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  1. Fragrance Review: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Cashmere Mood

    Genre: Woody Oriental

    This is by a narrow margin my favorite of Francis Kurkdjian’s three “Oud Mood” fragrances. Medicinal oudh jumps out from the very start, supported mostly by warm, animalic labdanum. The composition sounds simple, but the effect is intricate and nuanced, thanks to the inherent complexity of the two central notes. Though the ingredient is not mentioned in the pyramid, the oudh accord here has the kind of crackling, smoky aspect I have come to associate
  2. Fragrance Review: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Silk Mood

    Genre: Floral

    Oud Silk Mood offers what has by now become a familiar combination of rose and oudh. Variants on this structure have been offered in numerous Montale releases, and in the superb Amouage Homage Attar, to name but a few. In this regard, Silk Mood is perhaps the most conventional of the three Kurkdjian “Oud Mood” fragrances. It is certainly less dry, less smoky, and less animalic than either of its two siblings. While it smells richer, softer, and more luxurious
  3. Fragrance Review: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Velvet Mood

    Genre: Woods

    Both Oud Velvet Mood and its fraternal twin Oud Cashmere Mood emphasize the smoky, medicinal aspects of the oudh accord. Cashmere Mood, with its labdanum and vanilla, is the marginally sweeter and warmer of the two, while Velvet Mood, name notwithstanding, offers a drier and more angular olfactory profile, thanks largely to the bitter edge on its saffron top note. Again like its twin, this scent consists almost entirely of base note materials, so that once the
  4. Gender Benders : Three Dozen Great “Feminine” Fragrances for Men

    I tend to concur with perfume critics Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, who wrote somewhere that “fragrances have no genitalia.” Nonetheless, there are social and cultural norms around fragrances. By and large, western men are uncomfortable wearing soliflores – lavender and some roses excepted. Women rarely appear in public wearing aromatic fougères. That said, there are plenty of fragrances marketed to women that I, as a fifty year-old, relatively straight-laced, married man am perfectly happy to wear ...

    Updated 15th July 2014 at 12:48 AM by Way Off Scenter

  5. SOTD- Bond no.9- Chinatown, Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Bond no.9- Chinatown
    Proud, perfect plum blossom perky and prim,
    glows with oriental spices;
    cardomom anchors the sultry cloud
    as it hovers in the trees.

    Red; the color of happiness,
    luck and all good life forces,
    rushes forth as it fills my heart.
    The rich scent is redolent;
    representative of an ancient civilization

    Updated 13th July 2014 at 04:18 PM by kumquat

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