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  1. Fragrance Review: Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade

    Genre: Leather

    Immortelle (Helichrysum, everlasting flower,) is a challenging fragrance component. Some describe it as smelling of curry, some (including perfume critic Luca Turin,) say it smells of fenugreek. To me it smells inexplicably of smoked bacon and maple syrup. In any case, when used in more than homeopathic doses, immortelle tends to jump out of any composition, grab you firmly by the nose hairs, and hold on until you surrender. Perfumers often deal with it by
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  2. BPAL of the day: Earth Phoenix

    Earth Phoenix is one of BPAL's sixth anniversary range of phoenix-themed scents; I have another of them, Water Phoenix, which I'll also be reviewing on here soon. You're probably getting the idea by now that I had rather a phase of being a limited edition hunter with BPAL- for several years running I used to blow every penny of my Christmas money on a ridiculously large order with them (this was before US customs cracked down on marking items as gifts as a dodge to reduce recipients' customs charges, ...

    Updated 7th July 2014 at 12:46 AM by philistine

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  3. Fragrance Review: Dior Homme Eau

    Genre: Floral

    Maître Parfumeur et Gantier released Iris Bleu Gris in 1988, and Divine introduced the iris-based L’Homme de Coeur in 2002, yet Dior Homme was considered something of a breakthrough when it appeared in 2005: the first mainstream designer iris scent marketed to men. I’ve always wanted to like Dior Homme more than I do, but it’s never won the place in my heart that its two great predecessors occupy. It’s not a matter of niche snobbery, but rather a particular
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    Updated 6th July 2014 at 02:42 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  4. Posh fragrances notes: YSL L'Homme Libre, L'Eau d'Issey Miyaki Pour Homme

    Homme Libre (only sniffed on paper, may retest on skin): A very polite sort of freedom. As one reviewer on the fragrance page suggested it's a holiday fragrance; no passionate emancipation here, just a nice week off from your smart-shirt job "dine in tine". Not by any means unpleasant but reads as very safe to me.

    (But then so do about 90% of mainstream mens' fragrances, really; this is the same problem I have with designer clothes, it's about branding. I'm not Yves Saint ...
  5. Fragrance Review: By Kilian In the City of Sin

    Genre: Fruity Floral

    J’Adore meets Parfum Sacré, but nothing particularly sinful transpires.

    In the City of Sin launches on a whiff of pepper and a very sweet bergamot top note, then transitions quickly to an accord of rose, syrupy fruit, incense, and patchouli. The rose, pepper, and incense combination found some of its finest early expression in Caron’s Parfum Sacré, but In the City of Sin relegates its incense and pepper to supporting roles, giving pride
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    Updated 5th July 2014 at 04:56 AM by Way Off Scenter

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