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 →

Dreamy + Creamy

“A decadent balance between regal and rebel. Inspired by 19th century bohemians, re-imagined in an original elegance. Cashmere-like ambery notes smoothing out the carnal earthiness associated with counter-culture. In MISFIT what was once decadent is now made addictively desirable. In a bedroom in the City of Flesh, a Kashmiri shawl drapes decadently over the bed. Once extremely coveted, the shawls are... Continue Reading →

Coffee, Tea or Ch’i

“Based on a documented transoceanic voyage in 1618 uniting East and West. NANBAN is a woody and smoky oriental fragrance evoking the dark hull of a galleon full of exotic cargo. Following a diplomatic mission to the West, a galleon carrying a delegation of samurai charges through dark ocean currents. Loaded with a rare and precious cargo, the ship’s hull is... Continue Reading →

Manifest Fluidity

OOOOOud: “An intense blend of citruses and spices simmering around an oud wood accord. Inspired by the mysterious and rich universe of the Middle East, Oud is a work of art that is bold, inventive and infinitely smooth. Extract 20%. Use sparingly.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseLes ÉlixirsOriginUSAFragranceOudYear2020NoseRodrigo Flores-RouxConcentrationExtracts/Natural SprayGenderU/MSeasonFall/WinterSize/Cost100ml/$235SourceLes... Continue Reading →

One House of Different Strokes

IS THREE BETTER THAN ONE?: Tobacco Oud : “A woody spicy fragrance for men & women. Rich smoky warm masculine & charismatic. Contains notes of agarwood (oud) tobacco sandalwood patchouli spicy accords & whiskey. Recommended for evening or colder seasons wear.” Ombré Leather: “True luxury doesn’t shout. If you’ve been on the hunt for the... Continue Reading →

Liquid Luxe

WAVING: “An intense burst of citruses and spices settling into a warm core of amber and wood. Aqua is an extreme take on fresh aromatics. Freshness that lasts through day and night. Experience it on skin to understand. Cold, crisp and distinctly chic. Extract 25%.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseLes... Continue Reading →

The Portfolio by Commodity

BLACK + WHITE + PLATINUM ALL OVER: This Portfolio collection comes from the house of Commodity a range of fragrances (2013-2018). “The Portfolio catalogs fifteen of Commodity's unisex fragrances from our Platinum, Black and White collections. Each scent is expertly crafted to be worn stand alone or can be layered for a fully customizable experience.” Of... Continue Reading →

EP 98: Spicy Driftwood

TAKE YOUR PACES: The title here may slightly be off, but it captures the sense this gave me, this sense of flotation, of being on air. I also got much more of a fruited sense than anticipated, and it came from a surprise source that I did not expect. Xinu describe it as: "The smoky... Continue Reading →

EP 71: Ready, Set, Groom

FRESHLY SHORN: When I went in to review these, live, there was nothing especially connecting these two except a masculine sense of good grooming. That seemed enough. Though I realized these were more disparate than I imagined, not 100% night + day, more a few degrees of separation. One is a bit more complex, one... Continue Reading →

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