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  1. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 25: The Legends Of Niche Part 1 - The 80's

    Long before the internet made it easy to hear about rare fragrances, and many years before Barneys was an upscale chain store, back when The Perfumed Court was a Xerox list of available samples that you received by mail, there were still niche perfumes. Small stores and hotels had their own perfumes, and tiny little companies made interesting, non-mainstream scents. While on one hand, we have it easy now with the rapid spread of information, the days before this benefited from a much larger number ...

    Updated 15th November 2011 at 04:43 AM by rogalal

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  2. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 24: L'Artisan Parfumeur

    If I had to pick a personal favorite perfume company, I’d probably pick L’Artisan Parfumeur. They’ve been around forever (Their iconic Mure et Musc already made this list in my picks of the 70’s) and have consistently valued creativity and pushing the envelope of artistic perfumery, using top noses for decades now.

    I definitely see some recurring themes within their line. First, they’re known for their sense of humor, releasing surprisingly wearable and well-thought-out scents of ...

    Updated 11th December 2011 at 09:09 PM by rogalal

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  3. Now Things Get Serious

    In my last post, I indulged myself in a little harmless fun; at least that's what I said. In truth, there was a subtext to my borrowing the Occupy Wall Street metaphor and dressing it up in the issues of perfumista frustration in our own love-hate relationship with the purveyors of our favorite stuff.

    The best way to put this is perhaps to say that in many aspects of our life, so many of which are affected by commercial interests, we encounter more and more frustration in a sense of
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    Updated 19th July 2017 at 04:52 AM by JaimeB

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  4. The day of whispering to orange blossom

    When making a perfume, you can do it according to the laws of chemistry or choose an alchemical path. He made it both at the same time.

    Today he was making a fleur d’oranger cologne. He kneaded the thick leathery skin of green bergamot and mixed it together with bright sunlight concentrated on the surface of sweet orange skin. He seasoned them both with green coldness of shadow from under the orange blossom tree. It was not enough, so he grabbed the rest of the citrus fruits, mixed ...
  5. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 23: Perfume As Art

    So, in continuation from yesterday, if perfume can be art, what exactly makes a perfume art? For sure, it has to have had a lot of work put into its creation, with a keen attention to detail. I think it should be trying to make a point or paint a picture that’s larger than simply smelling nice. And, in a way, I think it should be non-mainstream, in that a perfume that’s trying to smell like everything else in order to be easy to sell can’t really be art in my opinion.

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