David Jourquin is a niche, French line of perfumes that specializes in leather fragrances. Cuir Altesee is a self-described “evening fragrance”. It’s actually the only perfume (so far) that I’ve tried from the line.
Cuir Altesee has an opening that is dense but luminescent. It’s like peaches, orange, spices and tons of patchouli. It’s like cinnamon and bourbon. It’s bitter, bold and somehow bright. To my surprise, there is a rich “cigar accord” in Cuir Altesee. I say I’m surprised because it’s not listed in the… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Penhaligon’s Portraits Week
Penhaligon’s has launched a new collection of perfumes, Portraits. This is basically a concept collection/olfactory comedy-drama inspired by a fictional, wealthy and totally dysfunctional aristocratic British family. This entire collection is like if Wes Anderson decided he wanted to be a creative director for a line of perfumes. The tongue-in-cheek stories feel like they’re pulled from an early 00’s era screenplay based on the early 1900’s (or maybe even some sort of popular TV series). The art is whimsy in a British way. Each bottle has
Cumming which later became 2nd (Alan) Cumming is one of those perfume collaborations that just makes sense. We have “outcast” perfumer Christopher Brosius teaming up with the eccentric actor and writer Alan Cumming to create an “anti-celebrity” celebrity perfume with profits going to various LGBTQ charities. The final product = CB I HATE CELEBRITY PERFUME.
Cumming is one peat-y perfume. It smells like wet, damp peat/dirt, rubber and garden hose. It’s a hyper-realistic olfactory portrait of a rooftop… Continue reading | 3 Comments
Samarinda is the newest perfume from a house that I love, Providence Perfume Co. This oriental fragrance is inspired by Indonesia. I get Pacific Northwest craft cocktail from it.
Samarinda opens with a boozy cardamom and orange oil. Spicy pink peppers add a fruitiness. Samarinda actually gets “louder” at the heart. It’s a spicy carnation floral…with booze. So much booze. And a hint of earthy espresso which smells like toasted brown rice on my skin, like genmaicha. I also swear that I get… Continue reading | 3 Comments
Eau d’Italie Bois d’Ombrie is one of those unusual but totally wearable fragrances. I’ve always thought of Bois d’Ombrie as a “Spaghetti Western” fragrance. This perfume is Italian and it represents the American Wild West much better than Hollywood could ever do.
Bois d’Ombrie opens up heavily with a sweet balsam with hot spices. And something that reminds me of sliced bell peppers and dried basil (hey, I did call it a Spaghetti Western!) It’s resinous and gummy. I do gets a heavy dose of birch tar. This reminds me of worn… Continue reading | 5 Comments