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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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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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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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 1: Christina Aguilera, the Pretty Base(ic) One

Well, well, well. Color me surprised like Christina Aguilera colors her lips: aggressively. On the first day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me an unexpectedly fresh and fruity floral with delicate, softly sweetened base. And while I’d love to jump right into Christina Aguilera’s eponymous 2007 perfume, let’s take a moment to add some context, shall we? 2007 was a…

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Perfume

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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