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

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 6: Red Sin, The One Where You Can Smell The Fear

On the sixth day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me apple, spice, sandalwood, and other safe decisions in the form of Red Sin, the 2012 Christina Aguilera fragrance that asks, “What could we do that we haven’t done before? Great, now what’s the exact opposite of that?” But first: a little context, shall we? 2012 was a helluva year to be…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 2: Inspire, the Inspired-in-Name-Only One

On the second day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me tuberose, gardenia, the illusion of mango, and  DISAPPOINTMENT. Okay, okay, Inspire is your basic, wearable florals-and-gardenia fragrance, so it’s not that bad, but there’s no denying that the great irony of Christina Aguilera’s 2008 fragrance is that it’s a bit, well, uninspired. As before, though, let’s first have some context, shall…

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