Friday, March 24, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
It's all too easy to forget that before she had you, your mum had a life of her own. You may have grown used to seeing her just as the person who taught you how to tie your shoelaces, nagged you to tidy your room and gave you an endless hug when you had your heart broken. But there was a time when she had an identity that wasn't connected to yours in any way. She was a princess when she wanted to be, or an adventurer, or a dreamer, a planner, a party-animal, a culture-vulture, or a lover. All those facets of her personality are still in there, although they might not have many chances to show themselves these days. Perhaps they need a bit of a perfumed prompt to bring them out of hiding. After all, there's nothing better than fragrance to help us showcase different aspects of ourselves. So yes, although Mother's Day is the one day of the year when you thank your mum for being your mum, maybe the best way you can do that is to help her find those parts of herself she's long forgotten. Here are some scented recommendations to help you out, all of which have been released within the last 3 years, just to help you stay up-to-date.
Friday, March 17, 2017
[Review based on a sample of eau de parfum provided by Gucci in 2017.]
Friday, March 10, 2017
Persolaise Sixty Second Scents - Blackpepper from Comme Des Garçons (Antoine Maisondieu; 2016) + Persolaise Turns Seven!
On the eve of the 7th anniversary of this blog (doesn't seem possible!) here's my next Sixty Second Scents video review. This one is of a perfume which I first brought to your attention several months ago: the rascally Blackpepper from Comme Des Garçons, composed by Antoine Maisondieu.
To watch the video on the YouTube site, please click here.
Finally, I can't let the anniversary go by without saying a heartfelt thank you to everyone who's supported my writing over the last seven years, especially family, friends and all of you: the best readers in the blogosphere!
Monday, March 6, 2017
This year's perfume calendar just became much more exciting: Somerset House have announced an exhibition they're calling 'Perfume - A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent'. In itself, this would have been welcome news. But what makes it even more attention-worthy is the fact that the exhibition has been co-curated by none other than our own Lizzie Ostrom, aka Odette Toilette, author of A Century Of Scents.
More details will be revealed in the coming weeks, but we can already tell from what's been posted on the Somerset House website (click here) that this is going to be much more than a simplistic, superficial commercially-driven gallery of pleasant smells. Crucially, it's going to focus on the role of the perfumer: some of the names posted on the site include Daniela Andrier, Antoine Lie and Lyn Harris.
The exhibition will take place from 21st June to 17th September and tickets are already on sale. All being well, I shall attend it myself (at least once!) and I suspect I'll write about it. Can't wait!
Friday, March 3, 2017
Here's part 2 of my latest round-up of Twitter mini-reviews. For part 1, please click here.
Eau Des Delices from Jardins Retrouvé (Yuri Gursatz; 2016)*
Classic cologne, with bright mandarine, bergamot and lemon notes. Simple. Wearable. Forgettable.
Jasmin Kama from Rania J (Rania Jouaneh; 2013)**
Heavy, mothball indoles over sticky musky-vanilla base. Jasmine as confection. I'll go straight for the cheese course.
Ambre Loup from Rania J (Rania Jouaneh; 2012)**
Mono-dimensional labdanum overdose, with suggestion of woods and spices. Rapidly loses any heat it may possess at start.
T Habanero from Rania J (Rania Jouaneh; 2014)**
Opens as wonderfully brash 80s man concoction - tobacco, nutmeg & strong woods. Grows too quiet, but remains charming.