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  1. 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 which is 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 ...

    Updated 11th January 2018 at 07:19 AM by Wild Gardener

  2. 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
  3. 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 08:13 AM by Wild Gardener

  4. The Official Creed Viking Thread—Part 3

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bark View Post
    My initial thoughts I posted on the other thread were that its opening 20 or so minutes really reminded me of a mix between Caron's L'Anarchiste with cinnamon, mint and "clove" type effect, but also with vintage Lagerfeld Photo with that one's lavender. After a bit it morphed, but it's definitely a weird one to describe. Yeah, it has nuances of late 80's/early 90's classic stuff, but with a modern edge. I also get a sea vibe with a marine note, kind of more Bond Wall Streetish - but
  5. Oman

    There are two things about Oman that make me wish I could go there.

    1. The shipbuilding museum in Sur
    2. The Amouage factory

    I've wanted to go to Oman since about 2011. It was about that time that my friend's brother Clyde asked me if I wanted to help him edit his sibling's book. I said, "Sure!" However, editing a book after the author has died is a tricky thing, especially if one has completely different tastes in literature from the other editor. ...
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