Beyond The Elemental

“Burst of colors begin to dance and swirl. A kaleidoscope effect rich in pattern. Until a veil of smoke and spice subtly creeps in attempting to darken the dancing colors. The colors carve out space amid the darkness allowing vibrant beams of light to splinter all around…” HouseMotif OlfactifOriginUSAFragranceVoile D’encensYear2019NoseOswald PareConcentrationExtrait de Parfum (28%)SeasonLate Summer... Continue Reading →

Boundless Emergence

"Yann Vasnier has a history of creating outstanding men's scents for Divine, and L'homme infini, his latest creation for the line, does not disappoint. Resolutely masculine and warmly reassuring, this has the confident ease of a man who has all the time in the world, surveying the vast horizon to see the next adventure ahead.... Continue Reading →

Mesopotamian Serenity

"In the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the world, Amytis of Media, wife of the great king, rediscovers her native land: the woody mountains of cypress, cedar, and almond trees, fig orchards, quince, pomegranate, and orange trees. It is in this Eastern paradise where Mušhuššu, the protective genius, envelops us... Continue Reading →

On Cloud Nine

“Derived from the Turkish name for wood, Odoon is an ode to the wood where it becomes the main character, front, and center. Showcasing the simple beauty inherent in wood, from forest to workshops and sap to ashes, it awakens instinctive respect.” HouseMeo FusciuniOriginItalyFragranceSpiritoYear2019NoseGiuseppe ImprezzabileConcentrationParfumSeasonSpringtime PersonifiedSize/Cost100ml / $280SourceImpossible-Color.comSoundtrackDormi Bene, Spirito by Dawn Chorus and the... Continue Reading →

The Singing Conifers

“This scent is a confluence the coniferous forests and the incense burning in the newly settled hamlet. It's a confluence of cultures and of scents….Here in Saint Louis, the word “confluence” is used for many reasons. Of course, the easiest connection is the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. But also, due to its origins... Continue Reading →

Back In The Garden

EASY BREEZY: “Hot summer days in a delicate, well tended garden with the air subtly hinting citrus and floral notes. My grandmother grew a beautiful garden at the home where my mom grew up, and where I was fortunate enough to spend my summers. She would water every morning and nurture an endless variety of... Continue Reading →

The Sheen of Night

A COLLABORATIVE POSTSCRIPT: “The P.S. perfume is a beautiful August evening recreated in detail. Musk and quality leather, dry vetiver and foggy resinous patchouli paint a convincing picture of tired summer with warm asphalt after rain. The theme of hard day's night is continued with crispy opopanax, as well as chords of precious resins of... Continue Reading →

The Mystique of Amber

"poudre impériale (imperial powder) - a woody oriental ambery scent. Based on the original recipe of a love potion from the 19th century in France, the perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer dressed it with bergamot oil, elemi oil, cardamom oil, black pepper oil, pink pepper oil, lily of the valley, jasmine abs, incense oil, heliotrope, benzoin resin,... Continue Reading →

Deep Breath!

TOP TIER: "Deep roots in undisturbed land. Creaking and creek-lined. Gasps of crushed fir needles. A balsam of dense blue cypress and tree sap. A remedy of morning air inhaled deeply. Evergreen botanicals that mimic the quietness of first light. Ancient flowering trees and woods who graciously lend their oils for revival." Click Play, to... Continue Reading →

Seeing Spots Melt Before Your Eyes

“A powerful scent spiced up to the extreme. Reminiscent of the hippie days where patchouli oil were used to mask scents of certain rituals. Sparkling pepper notes contrasted by warming resinous cashmere and richly blended amber. Calmingly landed by creamy natural sandalwood.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseMalbrum ParfumsOriginNorwayFragrancePsychotropeYear2015NoseDelphine ThierryConcentrationExtrait de ParfumAtmosphereDarkly CozySeasonAutumn into Spring ThawSize/Cost30ml / $135SourceMalbrum... Continue Reading →

Wonderous Witchy Ways

“Häxan is an ode to the ancient practices of sorcery, magic, alchemy and witchcraft. It is inspiredby Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 seminal film on this subject. The perfume uses over 100 ingredients that are traditionally represented in potions and elixirs associated with these practices. Häxan is a dark witchy fougere style perfume which incorporates dark woody... Continue Reading →

Casting Shadows

“I am at once both soothed and intrigued by the dry air that carries in its memory a myriad of fragrant notes that weave an exquisite tapestry of incense, wax, wood and leather. Patiently crafted by countless wisps of rich incense, the patina of time is lifted by the soft, effusive light of sweet beeswax... Continue Reading →

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