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 →

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 →

Alexandra Bachand’s Greenway

“The composition (Écorce Verte) is adorned with a lively green bouquet with citrus zest and fresh herbs, highlighted by a sparkling note of Calabrian bergamot. The scent evokes a gentle walk in the forest, the grass is freshly cut, the leaves twirl in the wind, the smell of green tea rises delicately and is adorned... Continue Reading →

Scented Snapshots from Ulrich Lang

“Inspired by fine photography, you’ll find intoxicating niche scents that will enhance or reflect your own unique character. Ulrich Lang New York’s luxurious fragrances take you on a journey of discovery — where eccentric creativity meets refinement and style, and opulence can be worn casually.…” HOUSE: Ulrich LangORIGIN: USAFRAGRANCE: Aperture, LetheSIZE/COST: 100ml / $135 (Aperture... Continue Reading →

Unexpected. That’s The Way I Like It.

“After arriving in Saint Louis at 19, Henry Shaw sold steel products from his family's business in Sheffield, England and made his fortune quickly. After retiring at an early age, Shaw set out to travel the world, exploring Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Far East. In his travels, Shaw decided to bring back the... Continue Reading →

Clean, Green + Libertine

“A surprising composition where vibrant, green and crisp notes (coriandre leaf, galbanum, cut grass) combine to create a fresh celery blast that slowly morphs into an elegant green chypre that waltzes with delicate flower buds and vibrant vetiver roots.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseMonsillageOriginCanadaFragrancesEau de CéleriYear2014NoseIsabelle MichaudConcentrationEDTGenderUSeasonSpring/SummerSize/Cost50ml / $95Source/LinkMonsillageSoundtrackInternal Crisis... Continue Reading →

Covert + Mystic

“A mythical destination: New York. A legendary liner: the Normandie. A bottle blue like the Atlantic Ocean. A new olfactive odyssey: Hommage à l’homme Voyageur. This Masculine fragrance is a woody and spicy scent imbued with confident masculinity and refined elegance, in which two beautiful raw materials from perfumery come together: oud wood and violet.” Click... Continue Reading →

Let The Sun Shine In

“Perfumer Shawn Maher, a finalist for the 2020 Art + Olfaction Awards, made his name through Chatillon Lux. However, a desire create without restrictions on budget or materials led to Maher Olfactive. This is olfactory art for art's sake.  A juxtaposition, reframing classic materials in a way that presents them with a new sense of wonder in cruelty-free... Continue Reading →

Suave Yet Soft Spoken

OH MAN! “A fougère accord, the trademark of major men's classics, set off by the depth of lavender absolute from Provence and a soft leathery accord built on an architecture of Eastern red cedar, Indonesian patchouli and vetiver from Haiti.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseMaison Francis KurkdjianOriginFranceFragranceMasculin PlurielYear2014NoseFrancis KurkdjianConcentrationEDTGenderM/USeasonFall/WinterSize/Cost70ml /... Continue Reading →

Strange Lemon Elixir

"A burst of lemon; a scent synonymous with Lebanon. The wind carries the scent of the sea, merging with the fresh scent of green nature and the vastness of the mountains. Juxtaposed with woods and a faint Arak accord (Levantine Anisic spirit similar to Ouzo) to create a ‘turquoise’ colour. Fairuz’s legendary voice echoes in... Continue Reading →

Sheer Citrus

“Every creation is meticulously developed on-island at historic Stewart Hall under the direction of Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone. "Art reflects environment," she says and Bermuda's authenticity is present in every bottle filled by hand. You can catch Isabelle in the Perfumery early in the morning weighing essential oils and blending them into a fragrance that captures... 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 →

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