I suppose it’s almost a cliché at this point to recommend that someone sample the entire Comme Des Garçons incense collection as an introduction (or a useful refresher course) to incense perfumes. It happens all the time on Basenotes, and the inspiration for this blog already did it, too. But sometimes things like this happen because they’re true, and I don’t think I could come up with a more well-considered, diverse, and influential group. Sure, other incense scents will make their
My first post. I have just bought the newly released and re-packaged Bois d'encens of Armani Prive. It is in a glass bottle, 100 ml rather than 50, and cheaper than the previous packaging. My impression is that the formulation has changed also. I thought less incense, less staying power. I'd be interested to hear what anyone else thinks.
So what’s the big deal about Diptyque? The most honest answer to that question would be their amazing candles, of course, but their collection of perfumes has some truly outstanding scents, as well as quite a few “difficult” pieces designed to appeal to connoisseurs, as opposed to the general public. As such, they’re a great example of a true “niche” company, more concerned with artistry and distinctive flavor than with living down to common expectations.
For today’s rather late installment, I give you my salute to another of the most important lines in perfumery today, Serge Lutens. Though best known for perfumes that masterfully balance sticky sweetness with spicy undertones over woody and resinous basenotes in tribute to the bazaars of the middle east, Serge also deserves kudos for his simpler florals and, on a deeper level, for his self-referential style, going back through the years to quote his older perfumes in clever ways that reward his
Thoughts on perfume
Beware, this is not an essay containing good structure of thoughts, nor will it bring enlightenment to anyone, it is merely a long personal train of thoughts.
After pursuing perfumes for now more than 3 years I find myself thinking about what they mean to me.
How comes that I spend most of the money I have to “spare” and sometimes even some that I cant really spare?
What is the point of having so many fragrances that