Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Your daily dose of spring fragrances: an overview on versatile vetivers

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Spring already began, everywhere trees are blooming. The planet renews and smells of air change. Woods smell brittle like fresh flowers and promise of juicy yummy fruits of summer. What can be more delightful than a versatile, wearable musky vetiver with earthy floral nuances? In this post I just randomly come up to name some of those fragrances I like the most whenever I'm not sure what to wear to be casually chic: Diptyque Vetyverio, Medittorosa Nettuno, Ormond Jayne Zizan, The Different Company Sel de Vétiver, and last but not least, L'Occitane en Provence Eau de Vetyver.

King-size aromatics: Roi Sans Équipage by Henry Jacques

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Today's fragrance industry is a battlefield of fame and business, not only for mainstream fashion houses, but also for so-called niches who claim to deliver quality products. But there are names barely heard, barely seen, barely visited in Esxence or any other event. Names that are talked like clandestine legends and Henry Jacques is one of those ultimate points that leaves no aftermath.

Mon gourmand: pros and cons of Mon Guerlain

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While I was thinking how lucky I am for having dear friends who support me with newly-released perfumes, unexpectedly I saw Mon Guerlain in Turkish market just a week after its launch in France! It is a weird condition because many perfumes appear over a year after their official launch (to give clear instance, Chanel Boy is not introduced yet). Guerlain is not an exception and its fragrances usually retard to sit on shelves, and this is the first thing that catches my eye. What is wrong or right with this news pinky that Guerlain insists to have it introduces globally immediately?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Green is the color: Les Extraits Vert by Tom Ford

The exclusive line of Tom Ford fragrances - Private Blend - introduces four new fragrances in a collection named Les Extraits Vert which three of them are here to introduce - sadly my sample of Vert de Fleur smashed and I couldn't attend for another one. Greens are emblem of 70's which fragrances remarkably stamped on a brilliant era, nevertheless they now are simply called oldies. Tom Ford with this verdant collection opens a case I've closed years ago, now have to reopen the case; my pleasure. Greed fragrances, no matter how far I got from today, are a part of me. Specially I always seize a brutal avuncular green fougère from 70's and 80's in my collection.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Exquisite leather, Part IV: Black №1 by House of Matriarch

Being in exactly 180° away from where artisan perfumery clusters, I always feel marooned when the topic comes to this trend of fragrance world. Therefore, when a dear friend of mine gave me a tiny sample of Blackbird (currently named Black 1, with the same formula and new bottle) I seized it with several tests to write my review that lasted one year in overall!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

A fairy tale of nature and memory: Pahodka by YS UZAC

Franz Dvořák, title unknown, 1910

While Switzerland hosts most of fragrance ingredient labs, its perfume houses, instead of few, are mainly undiscovered. YS-Uzac is one of them. Recently I received a sample of their 2011 aromatic leathery composition; Pohadka; that impressed me to write down on this infamous composition.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A bouquete of hearts: Le Parfum de Thérèse by Frédéric Malle

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This last months I was encountering timeless classics and in my discovery I searched for roots and masters of perfumery which took me to a name many paths ends to: Edmond Roudnitska - an influential name reminding of tens of great classics of all times like Eau Sauvage and Diorissimo, Eau d'Hermès, Eau Rochas and Mustache. Also a name who delivered talented and brilliant artists of their own time like Mona di Orio and, master's son Michel Roudnitska. Hats off!