First Impressions, Reviews

On the First of Oudtober: First Impressions of Guerlain’s Les Absolus d’Orient Oud Essentiel

After having made mention on Instagram last week that I’d never really spent much time with oud fragrances, it occurred to me that I should probably spend some time with oud fragrances. After all, oud is in these days, and added to that, I’ve a reasonable amount of fragrances–mostly samples, but a few full-sized bottles of the stuff, too–that all…

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Perfume, Reviews

Fine Fragrance: Fit for a (Mc)Queen? Or, McQueen Eau de Parfum Reviewed

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fine Fragrances, a record of the less-than-stellar entries in the annals of perfumery. They’re not bad, per se, just quantifiably okay, capably pleasant in a pinch but too familiar or faceless to really thrill. Today in our running tally of all the fragrances on the lowest rungs of wearability (because wearing them is better than wearing nothing…

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Perfume

Holy Shit!: We’re Putting Children in F*cking Cages! Is a Signature Scent for the Times We Live In

Today’s scent of the day is Holy Sh*t!: We’re Putting Children in F*cking Cages!, and it’s a signature scent for the times that we live in. It opens with a sh*t accord so holy it’s holier than thou, cultivated from the dung of elephants fed a strict, conservative diet of cherry-picked, misinterpreted Bible quotes and a morally bankrupt Kit Kat…

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First Impressions, Perfume, Reviews

Little Deaths May Be Larger Than They Appear: Parfums Quartana’s Les Potions-Fatales, Ranked and Reviewed

Some months back I ordered Les Petites Morts, a discovery set of 2ml samples for Parfums Quartana’s collection of nine fragrances based upon poisonous plants called Les Potions-Fatales. Why? Because it had everything: colorful packaging, the thrill of trying new and potentially unusual fragrances, and a coupon in the form of a $50 discount on a full bottle if you…

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Perfume, Reviews

Yves Saint Laurent’s Mon Paris and the White Musk That Must Be Stopped

yves saint laurent mon paris

Since everybody’s got to have a youth-oriented fruitchouli floral these days, Yves Saint Laurent has Mon Paris, which is their answer to Poison Girl, which is Dior’s answer to Coco Mademoiselle, which is Chanel’s goof on Mugler’s yet to be improved upon Angel. I suspect they chose to flanker off Paris because even if Opium is YSL’s “big” name fragrance, “Opium…

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First Impressions, Perfume, Reviews

Life Is a Cabaret Old Chum: First Impressions of Andy Tauer’s Les Années 25

Yesterday I had the good fortune to get my hands on a bottle Andy Tauer’s latest “immersive sculpture,” Les Années 25, from one of my local perfume shops. It was a blind buy, for sure, but having read it described as “Tauerade meets Guerlinade” by Instagrammer @stellaflynndiver and “a modern vintage fragrance” by whoever writes the copy on Tauer’s website,…

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First Impressions, Perfume, Reviews

Sheet Cakes for Everyone!: Forty Years of Cacharel’s Perennially Young Anaïs Anaïs

When I was taking a picture of my adorable little bottle of Anaïs Anaïs for the blog and Instagram, a coworker of mine commented, “Oh, my mother used to wear that! It’s a classic!” I’m not sure how I should feel about smelling like someone else’s mother, but Anaïs Anaïs is a classic, so if her mom’s got great taste, who am…

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Books, News, Perfume

Fetch Your Fainting Chaises and Clutch Your Pearls: A New Edition of Perfumes: The Guide Is Upon Us

Since I first started getting into fragrances, there are few things that have consistently brought me as much joy as Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’s seminal work from 2008, Perfumes: The Guide. It’s served me as a invaluable point of reference while researching new perfumes to add to my collection, an easy-to-pick-up casual read (pick a page, any will do!), and…

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Perfume, Reviews

Some “Ones”: Thoughts on a Few Flankers of Dolce&Gabbana’s The One

Whoever named Dolce&Gabbana’s The One either has an excellent sense of irony or zero sense of foresight, because there are no less than ten different versions of The One currently or previously available, and I’m not counting any of the versions marketed towards men, but I digress. Last winter, I got a few different versions Not “The One”, Technically Speaking…

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