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 →

A Half Dozen Blackbirds

"…a dimension all its own, a playfully imperfect experiment in design and scent, where all humans are invited. Established in 2004, Blackbird evolved over time into a fragrance design house specializing in perfumes and incense. The brand is known worldwide for its forward-thinking installations and products." HOUSE: Blackbird ORIGIN: USANOSE: Nicole MillerCONCENTRATION: EDPSIZE/COST: 30ml / $96SOURCE:... Continue Reading →

Wit & West Duo

"Perfume can't truly be experienced if treated as disposable, uninspired fast-fashion. We believe perfume is an experiential art, both for the perfume wearer and the perfumer. Our approach is based on a commitment to creating authentic, handcrafted perfumes developed with 100% natural whole botanicals and naturally derived ingredients that are unique and never boring. At Wit &... Continue Reading →

In Full Bloom with Smallflower feat. Diptyque

Returning are our friends from smallflower.com/Merz Apothecary (Dana and Grace Ann) to help us with this second in a three-month long miniseries focused on one house monthly. This time around our exploration into the Paris-based house Diptyque for the very first time. Founded in 1961 Diptyque has been described as “a pioneering parfumerie Maison, a... Continue Reading →

Three Variable Sides To Every Story

Akaster: “This distinguished and charismatic oriental fragrance is structured around the Taif rose and Bulgarian rose, enhanced by a bouquet of woody notes (patchouli and oud). An indulgent scent, Akaster reveals a praline note which adds a hint of sensuality.”… Lippizan: “Lipizzan Inspired by the daring horse race that charmed France during the King Louis... Continue Reading →

Who Is Lisa Gherardini?

ITALIAN TRIP: “Limited series from the Beaux-arts collection, based on the olfactory art installation Sfumato Invisible by Alexandra Bachand. The perfume pays homage to a bygone era and symbolically gives an invisible presence to Lisa Gherardini, the enigmatic woman who grew up in Florence whose portrait painted by Leonardo da Vinci using the pictorial technique... Continue Reading →

Twilight Tone

"In the dark Arabian night, glazing full moon shines stark white. A mistress waiting for dawn breaks first light. The cold wind brushes with your skin awaken the spirits of the night. Animalistic. Euphoric, Vicious. The true nature of desert plumes, whirlwinds of dust spiral through to consume. Stripped of humanity exposed flesh, vicious and... Continue Reading →

Contemplative Oud

"The encounter of warm classic, oriental notes of saffron, incense and patchouli with the freshness of green fig and Laotian oud results in a vibrant liaison of the mystique of the orient and the modernism of the occident." Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseUrban ScentsOriginGermanyFragranceSingular OudYear2016NoseMarie Le FebvreConcentrationEDPSeasonAutumnal (and for Wintertime... Continue Reading →

I Need You By Me, To Hold Me, To Scold Me

“The Jazz Soul — Vibrant spotlights, smoky rooms, the brassy notes of a saxophone: an evocative cocktail brings alive the energetic soul of a musical genre that broke boundaries and hearts. Leather and rose take center stage with bass notes of agarwood, vetiver and saffron.” Fragrance: Smoke ShowOrigin: France/USAHouse: Vilhelm ParfumerieNose: Jerome EpinetteConcentration: EDPSeason: For... Continue Reading →

A Rose Vapor

“Smoke and rose perfume. Creating a perfume involves tremendous patience and experimentation. When I embarked on this process, I didn't fully know how engrossing it would become. Curiosity is a strong driver; the more you read, smell, experience, the more you want to know what this elusive scent is composed of, or what a certain... Continue Reading →

Tobacco: Smoky, Soft, Sweet

DRIED, SMOKED, HONEY-DRENCHED. Well, well, well. Take an extended drag while scrolling through with us and this full house of fragrances! As a non-smoker I cannot truly vouch for the pleasures that are sought in the world of tobacco, however I think I’ve searched and found several wide uses and interpretations in the world of... Continue Reading →

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