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 →

Ride The Vanilla Wave

“Celebrated by perfume lovers as the best iconic vanilla scent, ANI is a romantic and calm perfume created under the inspiration of a famous Anatolian folk song called “Sarı Gelin” (in Turkish) or “Sari Gyalin” in Armenian. As the similarity of the name of the song in both languages suggests that both nations share a... Continue Reading →

Taking Temperatures

“Unutamam was bound to defy easy categorization as the first entry in NISHANE's bold new "Experimental Collection". But that turns out to be the point: Unutamam, intentionally straddles the line between lush seduction and animalic ferocity, leaving it to the wearer to decide which mood to allow the scent to embody. Unutamam, from first spray,... Continue Reading →

Sun Through Citrus

“As one of the strongest fresh scents in the market, it opens on citrus notes of bergamot, orange and mandarin that provide the sparkling freshness. While Mediterranean fig and musk provide a base for the fragrance, oolong tea mesmerizes in an evasive way…” HouseNishaneOriginTurkeyFragranceWulong ChaYear2015NoseJorge LeeConcentrationExtrait de ParfumSeasonIt’s A Summer ThangSize/Cost100ml / $310SourceSoAvantGarde.comSoundtrackMediterranean by Nur,... Continue Reading →

Best of 2020

2020. What can be said about this year? Lots, yes. Despite all the goings-on (good + bad) I managed to put my nose through the paces, and sprayed a heck of a lot of fragrances in the studio. There were a lot of good olfactory sensations in the air that did not make this list,... Continue Reading →

Ripe Tropical Fruit & Sandy Shores

“Rich and natural-smelling rather than sporty or cheap, the pineapple note is so well done here that it redeems the reputation of the much-maligned fruit. Hacivat wears on the skin as lightly as a white linen shirt in summer…” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseNishaneOriginTurkeyFragranceHacivatYear2017NoseJorge LeeConcentrationExtrait de ParfumGenderU/M-leaningSeasonSummertime (& Spring)Size/Cost50ml/$240, 100ml/$380SourceLuckyscent.comSoundtrackDubwise... Continue Reading →

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