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 →

Coffee, Tea or…

MAKE MINE BOTTOMLESS.... Wake me up or put me to bed. This month's One Note Wonders is a focus on fragrances that delve into the psyche of our morning rituals somewhat. Here I've collected two handfuls of perfumes that touch on Coffee & Tea. Caffeinated or not, dark and light, herbal and roasted - there... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Midwest Vintage Flair

“The Missouri Weinstrasse, a region my ancestors helped grow, features many wineries with sweet, white wines in the German tradition, along winding countryside roads. This fragrance aims to reimagine the fougère with a white grape top note and a lush, dense supporting cast of flora and fauna that could be found on the winding trails, perfect for a... Continue Reading →

EP 77: Effervescent Petals

ALL ROSY: By American perfumer Shawn Maher comes another wildly interesting fragrance that is a curious as it is indulgent. His work often references sense of place, and this one is "an homage to the gardens of Henry Shaw, a philanthropist and botanical enthusiast whose gardens are Saint Louis' present-day Missouri Botanical Gardens and Tower... Continue Reading →

EP 36: Estranged Dualities

Here are two various fragrances from the nose of Shawn Maher, one available from American Perfumer - the truly 'strange perfume' called Lamplight Penance, and also I am sharing my very first experience of his Admiral - both fragrances today come from the Chatillion Lux line. These are so very distinctly different in composition and... Continue Reading →

EP 21: Flickering Memories

This puts you in place, but just where? To this nose it's got the power of time transport, to another place and time. Shouldn't all perfumes have this quality? Well, I guess it may depend on where you are going to. In Maher Olfactive's Treachery, just what will you be subjected to? It does ask... Continue Reading →

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