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 →

Top Shelf Shaman

“I crafted notes of blonde oud, ginger, sandalwood, juniper berries and a trace of olibanum to age in a bourbon seasoned oak barrel which imparted a warmer and smokier dimension to the top… A mysteriously alluring and easy to wear smokey spiced oud for women and men aged 47 days in a bourbon seasoned American Oak barrel.” And,... Continue Reading →

A Cure-All Cordial

SHAKEN + STIRRED: “I crafted SGO Batch #501 with notes of warm Sandalwood with Cardamom, Cypress and Juniper Berries to age in the Gin seasoned charred oak barrel which added a darker nuance and new dimension of spicy tones to the final fragrance.  This fragrance has a sensually lingering sillage.” I'll drink to that! Click Play, to hear my thoughts on... Continue Reading →

Vanillelixir

VANILLA RIPPLES: “A richly dark, complex shared Vanilla with woody undertones and a smokey bourbon back”….”An exotic, intoxicatingly sensual Vanilla sun scent party for the skin.” I'll drink to that! Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseOK Fine FragrancesOriginUSAFragrancesVBO + VROYear2019-20NoseSteven DeMercadoConcentrationEDP (15% perfume)GenderUSeasonA Warm-UpSize/Cost1oz/$95Source/LinkOK Fine Fragrances + PerfumologySoundtrackVanilla Crush by Thomas... Continue Reading →

Green Fairy Rises

L'HEURE VERTE: Combining botanicals and other spirits like aniseed, grande wormwood, and fennel, this age old concoction has been attributed to artists, hallucinations and legality for eons. I searched near and far for various perfumed potions that may include absinthe, the infamous aphrodisiac as a featured ingredient, and cast my net wide. Ending up with... Continue Reading →

Bubbly Intoxication

BARREL O' BUBBLY: “Champagne Port CPO Batch #601 is a one-of-a-kind limited-edition oak barrel aged OK Fine Fragrance of 99 bottles. A stunningly rich and boldly exhilarating bubbly scent celebration. Steve’s sparkling champagne scent aged 58 days in a Port wine seasoned American oak barrel.” Let's all toast to a new year ahead - I'll drink... Continue Reading →

Patchouli 2.0

RIGHT DOWN THE BARREL: “I crafted notes of Patchouli, Tonka, Vanilla and Woods to age in the golden rum seasoned oak barrel which added a distinctly sweet and buttery dimension to what I think turned out to be a very special and magical fragrance.” Click Play, to hear my thoughts on this one. HouseOK Fine FragrancesOriginUSAFragrancePatchouli Aged In... Continue Reading →

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