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  1. Avon Mad Men - A Masculine Fragrance History Pt 1: The Early Years

    Most folks who collect fragrance have a basic understanding of what Avon is, and although the company has made it their stock and trade to focus on Women, they do have a very rich and often unsung history of masculine scent craft as well. The cold hard truth of it is that America of the 19th century wasn't like Europe during it's Victorian ages and La Belle Epoch, and most American guys not rich enough to commission their own custom bespoke scents from places like Caswell-Massey or C.O. Bigelow ...

    Updated 1st May 2018 at 01:32 AM by Zealot Crusader

    Door to Door Drugstore: Avon Products
  2. Selected Reviews by Wild Gardener : Part 1

    An occasional series presenting a selection of reviews from 2015 to 2017.
    These are mixed in with contributions from other members so it may be necessary to scroll down before you come to the relevant one.
    By clicking on Wild Gardener in the review heading you can also go to my profile page.


    All Good Things - Gorilla

    Gres pour Homme ...
  3. No.5 and the rationalist revolution

    While it retains the traditional elements of the floral, No.5 does something radically new with it and in doing so it undermines the nineteenth century trope of a 'natural' or empiricist perfumery based on observing and imitating nature. In this essay I will attempt to outline how No.5 is different and why this change in perfumery came about.

    The most basic of floral tropes is the soliflor, a more or less straightforward attempt to replicate the scent of a flower. But No.5 is obviously ...

    Updated 14th April 2018 at 06:57 PM by Wild Gardener

  4. Under Renovation

    I found all my previous blog entries to be inaccurate both factually and historically. I should not have undertaken writing such articles without further research and exploration into the subject. Recent discoveries have made it worthwhile just to scrap and re-do them at some point in the future. The last thing I want to do is be seen as a blow-hard idiot.

    Thank you for your patience, more blogs coming soon.
    Random Musings
  5. Comme des Garçons : Parfum ex pyramide

    Thick and sweet with honey spices and balms, CdG Parfum is not a million cubits from Khyphu the ancient Egyptian temple incense (which they have now reconstructed for the Grand Musée du Parfum in Paris.) Referring back to the prehistory of perfume seems an appropriate place to start your career but this first Comme des Garçons creation by Mark Buxton is a thoroughly incongruous beast; it feels absolutely nothing like his later ethereal work that established him as an avant-gardeist, and it's anything ...

    Updated 29th November 2017 at 07:13 AM by Wild Gardener

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