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  1. Fragrance Review: Serge Lutens L'Eau Froide

    Genre: Woods

    L'Eau Froide's mentholated frankincense top note is an interesting play on the name ("Cold Water") and on the "chilly" facet of the incense note. Unfortunately, the construct collapses almost immediately into a very ordinary mild white musk drydown that feels more like laundry detergent than a personal fragrance. The clever incense-on-ice idea is executed with far greater flair and conviction in Comme des Garçons' excellent Zagorsk. L'Eau
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  2. Fragrance Review: Serge Lutens Clair de Musc

    Clair de Musc

    Genre: Floral Oriental

    This light, cheerful floral musk composition is about as far away as Sheldrake and Lutens could get from the animalic Muscs Koublaï Khan and still have the word “musc” on the label. If your idea of a musk fragrance is enveloping decadence and indulgent sensuality, this is not for you. If, on the other hand, your ideal musk smells of freshly-scrubbed skin and mild roses, you’re going to like Clair de Musc. Me, I’m more
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  3. Godey's Lady's Magazine - Philadelphia, July 1855, Perfumes for the Ladies, and Where They Come From

  4. Fragrance Review: Amouage Fate Man

    Amouage Fate Man

    Genre: Woody Oriental

    Fate Woman is a honking big oriental fragrance that would have fit right in among the monumental spicy orientals of the 1980s: Opium, Cinnabar, and Coco. Its masculine companion scent feels like something of a throwback, too: a dense, serious woody oriental that conjures distant echoes of late 20th century masculine icons like Héritage and Zino Davidoff.

    Nice saffron and citrus top notes introduce a complicated
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    Updated 29th July 2014 at 01:04 AM by Way Off Scenter

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  5. Fragrance Review: Diptyque Eau de Lavande

    Eau de Lavande

    Genre: Floral

    Eau de Lavande has a beautiful, beautiful herbaceous top note that soon resolves into a smooth, rich lavender-centered accord, one which emphasizes the central note’s bittersweet, caramel-like facets. The lavender accord persists, largely unaccompanied and linear, for three or four hours before trailing off into a barely detectable and indistinct woody drydown.

    Ultimately this is a nice straightforward lavender: not
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    Updated 23rd July 2014 at 04:16 AM by Way Off Scenter

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