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  1. Fragrance Review: Amouage Journey Man

    Genre: Fougère

    Some nifty Sichuan peppercorn and neroli top notes yield to a smoky, boozy, and rather nostalgic accord of pipe tobacco, coumarin, and cypriol (papyrus), with a very warm, woody vibe. (What perfume critic Luca Turin might refer to as a "cigar box" fragrance.) In mood, if not content, Journey Man’s central stage brings to mind both Shiseido’s late, lamented Basala and the big tobacco fougères of the 1970s and 1980s – fragrances like Équipage, Lauder
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    Updated 13th July 2014 at 05:22 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  2. Fragrance Review: Ann Gerard Perle de Mousse

    Genre: Green Floral

    This is nice work in an uncharacteristic style (no incense, no leather, no oriental trappings,) from Bertrand Duchaufour. Intense galbanum and lentiscus top notes usher in a central accord of aldehydic green muguet and white flowers over a plush white musk foundation. The contrast between the brisk, effervescent green floral accord and the soft, caressing musk energizes Perle de Mousse like the mainspring of a mechanical watch. The nose waits in suspense
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    Updated 12th July 2014 at 10:57 PM by Way Off Scenter

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  3. Fragrance Review: Arquiste Anima Dulcis

    Genre: Woody Oriental

    They got the “dulcis” right; the “soul” I’m not so sure about.

    By all rights, I probably shouldn’t review Anima Dulcis. It’s simply not the kind of fragrance I’m liable to enjoy, even if done well. Nonetheless, I’ve sampled it, and I have some thoughts, so I will assume the dissenter’s position and share my experience.

    Anima Dulcis launches on lovely, sweet bergamot top notes, but these give way quickly to a syrupy vanillic
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    Updated 12th July 2014 at 04:58 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  4. Fragrance Review: Arquiste Aleksandr

    Genre: Leather

    Unlike some previous reviewers, I do not find this to be a quiet scent. Aleksandr’s huge violet top note is overwhelmingly potent – strong enough to stir memories of pre-reformulation Fahrenheit. The violets-that-ate-Tokyo are soon joined by a pungent, chilly balsam fir note and a smoky, birch tar-laden leather accord. The tripartite structure unfurls in linear fashion over the course of three or four hours, landing eventually upon a rugged woody-balsamic
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    Updated 10th July 2014 at 06:14 PM by Way Off Scenter

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  5. Fragrance Review: Diptyque 34 Boulevard St. Germain

    Genre: Oriental

    I can’t help but feel that the brief behind this anniversary release is misguided: attempting to capture the olfactory atmosphere inside the Diptyque flagship store almost guarantees a disorganized mish-mash of perfumes and scented candles. Indeed, the disparate elements thrown together here not only fail to cohere into a solid structure; they actually manage to cancel one another out. Reminders of older Diptyque scents flash by in the top notes - some
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    Updated 16th July 2014 at 12:29 PM by Way Off Scenter

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