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  1. Fragrant Fizz: DRY Lavender Soda



    I've been snapping up all the bottles of this stuff I can find; it's been on clearance for $5.00/4-pack at Winners and HomeSense (the Canadian equivalent of T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, for my American readers). It has a really great, subtle lavender flavour that's not too sweet. If it were a fragrance, I'd peg it for SL Gris Clair. I really want to add some vanilla vodka or schnapps to it and try to create ...

    Updated 13th August 2010 at 04:16 PM by kopah

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  2. Quest for the Perfect Leather, Part IV

    Dzongkha (L'Artisan Parfumeur)
    A review in haiku.

    Top: Iris, carrot.
    Then: Green, some fruit, pepper. Weird.
    But leather it ain't.


    Cuir Améthyste (Armani Privé)
    At first, this was a lot better than I remembered it, with the vibrant violent playing off against a subtle leather. I was concerned that it would be too much violet, and I was right. After ...

    Updated 22nd January 2009 at 02:32 PM by kopah

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  3. Guerlain Elixirs Charnels: reviews

    Synopsis: It seems, along with the new Homme, that Guerlain is hoping to appeal to a much broader audience with its latest releases. None of these three are quirky or unusual, none of them are at any risk of alienating anybody, but they will each definitely appeal to a large chunk of the market. So I have to wonder: why aren't they priced to appeal to a large chunk of the market? I mean, they're more expensive than the Serge Lutens exclusifs, more expensive than the Hermessences. They should be ...

    Updated 22nd January 2009 at 02:32 PM by kopah

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  4. Quest for the Perfect Leather, Part III

    Cuir Pleine Fleur (Heeley)
    Weirdly vegetal. That cucumbery violet-leaf note from Narciso Rodriguez For Him is back, and I don't like it any better here than I did there. Why did I have such high expectations? LT gave it 4 stars (PtG fall '08 supplement), but I should have known when he noted the "fresh-green accord of violet leaf, citrus and vetiver" that I wouldn't like it. Who the hell wants a fresh-green leather anyway?
    ...

    Updated 21st April 2009 at 11:38 PM by kopah

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  5. Quest for the Perfect Leather, Part II

    Knize Ten
    I see, I see. So yes, it has a strawberry topnote, which fades after about 45 minutes to reveal the "dry, dark background," as Turin says in the Fall '08 supplement to Perfumes: the Guide. But this dry, dark background is really not something I can imagine anyone would actively want to smell like. It actually smells like a burned chypre, a chypre left in the oven too long, if you can imagine that. The edge comes off this burned ...

    Updated 21st April 2009 at 11:38 PM by kopah

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