Lists, Perfume, Random Asides, Reviews

In Honor of the Royal Wedding This Weekend, Let’s Rank the Penhaligon’s Fragrances I Own

Every time there’s a royal wedding, I forget how much I don’t really care for royal weddings just long enough to be convinced I should pay attention. In my mind, royal weddings should be occasions for once-in-a-lifetime fantasy eleganza, so I want a church full of rich people flaunting their wealth in front of the rest of us peasants, not…

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Perfume, Random Asides, Reviews

I’d Love to Talk About Serge Lutens’s Cèdre If I Could Ever Stop Thinking About Its Terrible Packaging

Early last fall when I was first dipping my toes into the horizonless ocean of perfume obsession, I asked my Facebook friends for fragrance suggestions. One of the responses I got was from a guy I had a crush on in college, and he suggested I look into Serge Lutens’s line. I was obviously touched that senpai finally noticed me, despite it…

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Inquiring Noses Want to Know, Perfume, Review

Inquiring Noses Want to Know: What’s Your Favorite Cologne?

If I’m being honest, I’m not sure I have ever smelled a traditional cologne until only very recently. I’m not talking about the highly diluted concentration (eau de cologne) or the generic term for men’s fragrances (side note: it’s a trend that is both lazy and stupid, so please stop). No no, I’m talking about the good ol’ fashioned genre of…

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Perfume, Reviews

Zoologist Perfume’s Dragonfly, an Aquatic Antidote to the Summer Subway Blues

Nothing good comes from summertime in New York City. Everything outside is too hot, and everything inside is too cold. The underboob sweat struggle is real. The subway stations become circles of Hell where you play fun games like “What Is *That* Smell?” and “I Hope It’s Just Vomit!” Every subway car is packed except for the one that you’ll get onto…

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Perfume, Reviews

Guerlain’s Joyeuse Tubéreuse, or, When Too(berose) Much Is Not Enough

[via Fragrantica] Y’know, I’m of two minds about Guerlain’s Joyeuse Tubéreuse. On one hand, Joyeuse Tubéreuse is undeniably gorgeous. It’s part of Guerlain’s L’Art et La Matiere line, each of which exists to celebrate a particular material in perfumery. They’re inarguably beautiful (hence L’Art), and since they’re using high quality materials (hence La Matiere), they’re set at price points that’ll…

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Perfume, Reviews

Fine Fragrances: Guerlain’s Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

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, Reviews

An Ode to Indole: Keiko Mecheri’s Tuberose

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to intrigue me in perfume, it’s tuberose, and if there’s another thing that’s guaranteed to intrigue me, it’s strange or unconventional notes, so on the odd occasions when a fragrance embraces tuberose’s indolic side, we have a perfume twofer I simply must smell. Keiko Mecheri’s Tuberose is a fine example of this principle in action.…

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Perfume, Video

Here’s an Interview Where Joan Collins Has a New Perfume and No F***s to Give About the Last Few Seasons of Dynasty

In the spirit of Throwback Thursdays, I thought I’d post this old Entertainment Tonight interview I found with Joan Collins promoting her (then) new fragrance, Spectacular. I already knew that she was the face of Revlon’s Scoundrel, but vintage bottles of Scoundrel are stupid expensive for being what’s basically a drugstore fragrance blessed by royalty, plus Spectacular has notes of tuberose,…

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