Notetaking’s Best of 2021 [So Far…]

EXCEPTIONAL OLFACTION: Wait one hot minute...it's only July! Yes, I fully realize that there are likely stunning fragrances to come (or that I've missed altogether), with amazing scents just right around the corner. Before I step away from the microphone I wanted to give credence to those which have already impressed halfway through the year.... Continue Reading →

A Special Trio from House of Matriarch

OLFACTORY HEAVEN - 3 WAYS: “House of Matriarch is the premier natural and artisan fragrance maker in the USA. Our language speaks to the past but carries into the future, to the pinnacle of the highest art of perfume-making. Hearkening back to the mysteries of thousands of years of science, discovery and artful application, and... Continue Reading →

Fragrance Flashback Pt 2

LOOKING GLASS IN REVERSE: I like to think of ending where I started. Here we take a trip back into the world of fragrances dating between 1978-1994. The wayback machine is in the upright and full tilt position, and has not smelled this good in a long while (unless you caught part one). Sure, some... Continue Reading →

DS & Durga By The Half Dozen

“The power of scent is equal to that of sight and sound. A great scent is a world you can return to over and over–a keyhole into another realm. You can travel via the mind-nose connection to larger collective spaces…Our scents are fragments of half-remembered myths and imaginary landscapes that invite exploration. They are an... Continue Reading →

Triple Threat: The House of Oud

“Andrea Casotti’s concept is an exciting freestyle, the personal accumulations of a nuclear engineer who is also a visionary, a street artist and a perfumer: a chameleon-like explorer who employs dynamics, colours and the ingredients of his fragrance house with talent to reproduce a vibrant synthesis of widely different universes in every one of his... Continue Reading →

Tom Ford – A Duo In The Woods

“Costa Azzurra Acqua is a fresher expression of Costa Azzurra. It merges cool air and refreshing waters as one.”… “Impulsive, debonair, extravagant. Fougere Platine inhabits the exhibitionist and his most brilliant, mischievous, indulgent, and infinitely exhilarating. Opulent doses of refreshing woods magnetize you like the shining gleam of platinum, or a devilish grin replaying the... Continue Reading →

Artisan Parfums Trio

“(Ixchel Leigh) weaves together the modern science of scent with wisdoms of the ancients both in her writing and her transformational scents. She uses her gifts to create unique botanical healing perfumes that support an individual’s dreams, goals and desires….Our products are made with the finest, exotic raw materials and therapeutic grade essential oils from... Continue Reading →

Heeley x 2

“As a designer influenced by nature, it was natural that James Heeley should be fascinated by the world of scent. It was after meeting Annick Goutal in 1996 that he discovered how scents are ‘designed’. His first scent, ‘Figuier’, is remarkable for it’s precision in evoking the natural scent of a Mediterranean Fig tree. With... Continue Reading →

Sucreabeille to the 3rd Power

Assbutt: "Feeling a little toasted, marshmallow? When you're on a road trip, always remember to be polite. Angels have a way of reminding us of our manners, so keep in mind: Possessed or not, you're not Molotov proof!” Venom: “it’s more than just a mediocre Tom Hardy superhero movie; it’s also a deadly toxin that... Continue Reading →

Comme Des Garçons Smoke Signals

“Comme des Garcons is a Parisian fashion brand run by Rei Kawakubo, its owner. Rei Kawakubo is avant-garde Japanese fashion designer whose collections demonstrate 'anti-fashion' elements. Black is many things. One of those things is a positive number on a balance sheet, the opposite of red…2 MAN's simmering and incensey opening unfolds into an unusual... Continue Reading →

The Quieter Ginger Spectrum

“Black Ginger is a rare variation on Ginger with black leaves so shiny and smooth that they appear lacquered. Demeter's Black Ginger is an invigorating spicy ginger scent, with touches of eastern spice and ginger flowers. It is unique and unusual, in a manner that is classically Demeter…Fresh Ginger captures the delicate, sparkling and slightly... Continue Reading →

Ricardo Ramos – An Exquisite Twofer

“Ricardo Ramos inherited the sense of smell from his paternal grandfather, also named Ricardo Ramos, horseman and pioneer in the Colombian coffee export business from the late 1940s to the mid 1980s, and a great promoter of the implantation of international strains of coffee in Colombian territory, he taught his grandson from the early age of 7... Continue Reading →

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