First Impressions, Perfume

Well That Was Utterly Unexpected: First Impressions of Parlux’s Decadence for Men

While I’m rarely one to gravitate towards men’s fragrances, this sample of Parlux’s Decadence for Men plays to all of my weaknesses: It’s got a great name, an image of a tuxedoed Marlene Dietrich (plucked from Morocco, quite obviously), and a cheeky, almost camp tagline to (bow)tie it all together. Were I already familiar with this scent, I’d most assuredly make…

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A Sampling of My Thoughts as I Wore a Sample of Shalimar Parfum Initial

I had parfum initially planned to wear and write about Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau Si Sensuelle, a since-discontinued 2013 reinterpretation of Shalimar that has a comically long name, notes of grapefruit, neroli blossom, and rose with a “sensual hug of tonka and vanilla”, and a painfully lovely flacon of frosted matte perfection:How could I not want this, desperately? Upon opening my…

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First Impressions, Perfume

I Guess Now Is a Good Time to Discuss This Ad for Guerlain’s Insolence Eau Glacée

So far, I’ve been living my best perfumed life like some sort of Pokemon master for powdery scents: I’ve gotta catch ’em all! I’m constitutionally incapable of passing up a powdery accord, and it’s even easier when the perfume’s a classic, has appealing notes, or comes from a well established house. I had read that Insolence was a Guerlain powderbomb…

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And You Shall Know Me By My Trail of White Diamonds, Apparently

Signature scents are, traditionally, something you choose for yourself. You make your decision after a great amount of trial and error and spritzing and sampling and otherwise thoughtful consideration. After all, if you’re going to let a signature scent speak for you, you’d damn well better take the time to make sure it says the right things. In my case,…

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