i don't know why i'm so shocked to discover that Maurice Roucel is the nose behind Celine Dion's new fragrance. i cannot imagine that orris and mimosa are going to be extraordinarily different, but he's such an intriguing formulator that i'm going to have to sample this scent just to see what he does.
In our search for the new and exotic, it can be very easy to forget about the fragrances that have been in our wardrobe for quite some time. Such was the case for me with Chanel Allure Homme. I think it is a quality scent, but I don't use it often. That's partly because it's something that I think of as predictable and, now that I think about it, boring. It just isn't "different". But, perhaps the phrase "familiarity breeds contempt" is quite fitting here.
Updated 4th February 2008 at 08:22 AM by echerub
(Should have proof-read before posting!)
Another repost from the earlier blog, but this time with an update at the end:
I was at the Chanel boutique here in San Francisco yesterday, and I stopped to sample some of the Exclusifs line.
The first one I sniffed was the Bel Respiro. It is very leafy green, and slightly floral, with the florals persisting a little better into the drydown. The green notes in the latter stages become a little harsher, but not unpleasantly so. This one lasts pretty well, lingering longer
Updated 2nd March 2008 at 12:48 AM by JaimeB
Lately I've been pondering what it is that makes someone a connoisseur.
Maybe the answer to this question is obvious, but maybe it's a little more complex than it seems at first glance.
I suppose we can begin by saying that a connoisseur is by definition a person who knows. That's what the French word means. A fragrance connoisseur is a person who knows fragrances, right? End of discussion. Or is it?
I think connoisseurship is different from simply knowing
Updated 3rd February 2008 at 01:14 AM by JaimeB
Whenever I consider the fact that I'm on a sensory education experience these days, it always sounds like I was brought up in a sensory-deprived environment. That isn't true - at least not literally so - but a big part of it is that I simply never really paid much attention to my senses of smell and taste.
As I was growing up, nobody in my family and none of my friends used fragrances. We never used air fresheners, scented candles, scented anything around the house. Yes, there
Updated 28th January 2008 at 09:49 PM by echerub