New Blacks: Sugar + Spice

Introvert / Extrovert: “When it comes to Black Pepper they say: “Crisp and energizing, juicy citrus combines with a fresh marine accord, woods and pepper seeds….Once considered a luxury, black pepper was something only the upper class could enjoy. Because of this, it was a sacred offering to the Gods centuries ago.” And then there’s... Continue Reading →

Equinox Redux

SACRED vs PROFANE: “Evil lurks in each of us and we hold it in check: envy, cowardice, contempt, hatred can lead us if exasperated to unimaginable and unmentionable acts. The secret will remain hidden in a casket within us and only comes out when we speak to ourselves in front of a mirror: because we... Continue Reading →

Easy Elegance

“Imagine a sensual and magnetic allure. An elusive man, with charismatic powers, who can conquer any challenge… He invites you on a journey into the mysterious world of perfume, on the roads to the rarest scents.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseNino Amaddeo Parfums & BijouxOriginFranceFragranceCatch Me If You CanYear2019NoseNino AmaddeoConcentrationEDPGenderU/MSeasonFall/WinterSize/Cost50-100m/$71-104SourceNino... Continue Reading →

Soft Sweet Tobacco

SINEWY BLONDE: “In the advent of the biggest drought in Cuban history, the amount of harvested tobacco leaves had become increasingly scarce. The Reina del Mar, a cargo ship exporting goods to the continental United States, contained only one crate of the famed Cohiba Maduro cigars during its maiden voyage. The finest, refined medio tiempo... Continue Reading →

An Apple A Day As They Say

Ave Parfum says of this fragrance: “Destruction and renewal, a fragrance of opposites. Spring rain paints a pastoral picture, vivid watercolor of fields of daffodils reaching towards the sky while waterlogged crannies hold daffodils that are near collapse, their bloated stems prematurely decaying in the soggy soil.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this... Continue Reading →

Musky Spice

VINES + ALL: “UDV Wild opens on an explosion of freshness, where the fruity notes of a fusing bergamot and a crunchy apple merge at a green and spicy cinnamon leaf. At the heart, the strength of rosemary meets the golden light of a radiant and mysterious duo of labdanum and elemi. Finally, the sweetness... Continue Reading →

Clean Green Sheen

NU-FOUGERE: “Grassland is a fresh, oriental fougere, with an amazing contrast from the watery fruity notes on top to the warm, sensual dry down.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseBanana Republic (Icon Collection)OriginUSAFragranceGrasslandYear2020NoseunknownConcentrationEDPGenderM/UnisexSeasonFlexibleSize/Cost75ml/$85SoundtrackCosmic Resonance Pt 4 by Aythar, 2016SourceSo Avant GardeRating83%

Fort & Manlé Discovery Set

“Similar to a movie scenario that sets the tone by recreating a particular atmosphere and giving insight into the characters’ personas, the real-life stories behind each of the Monsillage perfumes are a way to create a bond with the perfumes and enhance the perfume experience. The perfumer finds inspiration in past travels, one-of-a-kind experiences, personal... Continue Reading →

EP 56: Intimate Complexity

Before you go in deep to the audio portion here, rest assured, this is just plain gorgeous (I refrained from all caps). Seen as an Oriental woody (is it OK to use the 'O' word anymore?), this is a lush trip through blended spices and so much more. You may want to put on some... Continue Reading →

EP 43: An Esteemed Profile

One of those revered modern masterpieces, this comes from Mr. Roja Dove's house, here for your sensory pleasure is Elysium. There must be a hundred ingredients in this masterful concoction, it's sublimely sophisticated, just shy of perfection for my personal taste. Fragrances like this come around once every few decades or so, in ways defining... Continue Reading →

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