When it comes to perfumery, you’re usually going to see watermelon treated a couple of ways. The first one being that the melon will translate as “aquatic”. For lack of a better word, the watermelon adds wetness, an illusion of water. In this treatment, it can sometimes come across like a sliced cucumber, “ambiguous melon: otherwise not specified” or the sort of “ocean air” only found in perfumery and not in reality. The second way is a synthetic watermelon flavoring that for those of us in the U.S. will be… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
When Kenzo launched Kenzo World last year it generated quite the buzz…before it was even launched. Spike Jonze had directed a rather unusual commercial¹ featuring a gyrating Margaret Qualley, a Jamaican dancehall deejay and a hovering giant eye …all of this to sell us a perfume in a weird eye bottle. I knew with so much production there was no way I’d be pleased with this perfume. It was eluding to weirdness and even though KENZO has made some “wearable… Continue reading | 2 Comments
I don’t know why I try “dewy florals”. These things always leave me with a headache. Real, dewy florals do not but when they are translated into fragrance products, I’m usually left disappointed and in need of pain relievers.
Jo Malone London Wild Bluebell opens as a dewy hay floral. It reminds me of clover, well an “industrial strength” clover. These top notes bring to mind Clinique Happy. It’s that same fruity/watermelon-floral-fresh vibe but without the citrus and with more greens. Oh, it hit me. Do… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Well, with a name like “Brezza di Mare”, can you imagine what this smells like?
Brezza di Mare opens with watermelon mint sorbet with dryer sheets. It’s very “clean” and fresh. It’s sheer and it’s what I would expect from something with a name like Brezza di Mare. It’s very breezy. And that’s my brief review because that is all I have to say.
So far, I am really loving Les Garçonnes fragrance collection. Pompon Gardenia is an amazing heady white floral blend with sweet lime. This is one of my favorite white florals ever. I love a super feminine white floral and this is a winner with its blend of gardenia, lilies, and lime.
I assume that the inspiration for Pompon Gardenia was François Pompon, a 20’s era sculptor and Rodin’s assistant. I’ve always remembered him for his sleek chouettes. But, it could just be pompon as a fashion accessory. I… Continue reading | 5 Comments