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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 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 is obviously ...

    Updated 14th April 2018 at 06:57 PM by Wild Gardener

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  2. 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 07:13 AM by Wild Gardener

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  3. The Maestro of the Mainstream

    When you become a passionate perfumista you get the urge to explore unusual things, the oddities, the bizarre, the obscure. By the time you get this far you've reached level 5 on Tania Sanchez's scale of perfume addiction : decadence, but you're also still experimenting as if you were back at stage one : mother's bathroom. By the time decadence sets in you've become disillusioned with the ordinary and the everyday and you start to seek out the weird and wonderful things in the hinterland of mainstream ...

    Updated 1st December 2017 at 05:34 PM by Wild Gardener

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