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  1. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 24: L'Artisan Parfumeur

    If I had to pick a personal favorite perfume company, I’d probably pick L’Artisan Parfumeur. They’ve been around forever (Their iconic Mure et Musc already made this list in my picks of the 70’s) and have consistently valued creativity and pushing the envelope of artistic perfumery, using top noses for decades now.

    I definitely see some recurring themes within their line. First, they’re known for their sense of humor, releasing surprisingly wearable and well-thought-out scents of ...

    Updated 11th December 2011 at 09:09 PM by rogalal

  2. Now Things Get Serious

    In my last post, I indulged myself in a little harmless fun; at least that's what I said. In truth, there was a subtext to my borrowing the Occupy Wall Street metaphor and dressing it up in the issues of perfumista frustration in our own love-hate relationship with the purveyors of our favorite stuff.

    The best way to put this is perhaps to say that in many aspects of our life, so many of which are affected by commercial interests, we encounter more and more frustration in a sense

    Updated 10th November 2011 at 07:43 AM by JaimeB

    The Fragrance Industry , Personal Reflections
  3. The day of whispering to orange blossom

    When making a perfume, you can do it according to the laws of chemistry or choose an alchemical path. He made it both at the same time.

    Today he was making a fleur d’oranger cologne. He kneaded the thick leathery skin of green bergamot and mixed it together with bright sunlight concentrated on the surface of sweet orange skin. He seasoned them both with green coldness of shadow from under the orange blossom tree. It was not enough, so he grabbed the rest of the citrus fruits, mixed ...
  4. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 23: Perfume As Art

    So, in continuation from yesterday, if perfume can be art, what exactly makes a perfume art? For sure, it has to have had a lot of work put into its creation, with a keen attention to detail. I think it should be trying to make a point or paint a picture that’s larger than simply smelling nice. And, in a way, I think it should be non-mainstream, in that a perfume that’s trying to smell like everything else in order to be easy to sell can’t really be art in my opinion.

    Yesterday’s ...
  5. The beginning of the most wonderfull time of the year (For perfume) with Chanel's Egoiste

    It's fall, and many will agree with me that this is the best time to dust off your most daring and powerfull fragrances. This is the time of year I love because most of the scents I love, don't really do well in the summer. Nobody wants to be choked out by a cloud of Opium pour homme EDP right?!

    So about a month ago, as it was getting colder, I took out Givenchy's Pi. I had'nt smelled this for over 8 months and I forgot how good it is! This made me think about what to buy next for ...

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