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Reviews of indivdual scents or groups of related scents

  1. Nasomatto

    A reply of mine to a thread about the Nasomatto line:

    By the way, the perfumer's name is Alessandro Gualtieri. He doesn't reveal any of the ingredients in his perfumes. They are described as "aiming to embody" such notions as "strength in fragility" (China White), and so forth. He cultivates quite an air of mystery, if you ask me.

    Some of the names are quite engaging if you equate perfumes with drugs: Narcotic Venus, China White (the street name

    Updated 23rd May 2011 at 11:15 PM by JaimeB

    Scent Reviews , The Fragrance Industry
  2. Houbigant Fougère Royale: Update on Official Pyramid, Sizes/Prices & Pictures!

    Finally, the official pyramid, definite sizes and prices, and the photos!

    Top Notes: Bergamot, Mediterranean Herbs, Lavender, Chamomile •Heart Notes: Rondeletia,* Geranium, Rose de Mai Orpur,
    Cinnamon, Carnation • Base Notes: Amber, Oakmoss, Patchouli Orpur, Tonka Bean Orpur, Clary Sage

    [*Rondeletia odorata (Fragrant Panama Rose) originally from Cuba]
    [‡Orpur® is a special collection of more than 50 pure naturals from Givaudan which are selected in partnership

    Updated 15th October 2010 at 04:47 PM by JaimeB

    Scent Reviews , The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery
  3. Houbigant Fougère Royale: A first sniff from a tester

    A re-post from the Men's Fragrance Discussion today:

    The tester of Houbigant's long-awaited re-release of Fougère Royale arrived in San Francisco on Sunday, but my commitments over my birthday weekend made impossible for me to get a couple of small vials until this afternoon (Tuesday, October 12).

    Well, I'll begin by describing the bottle. It is a square, solid design with a fretwork basket-weave motif of clear and frosted glass. The juice's pale green peeks through the

    Updated 13th October 2010 at 05:34 AM by JaimeB

    Scent Reviews , The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections , Perfume History
  4. Anise Lovers' Quest: L. Lempicka Au Masculin, Guerlain Après l'Ondée, & others

    I bought Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin the first time I smelled it. I think the strong appeal was largely the anise and licorice notes in the fragrance. Both of these notes are due in good measure to the presence of anethole, a component of natural essential oils present in anise, fennel, licorice, star anise, and anise myrtle; it is also closely related to isomer estragole, a fragrance factor abundant in tarragon and basil.

    Another of my anise favorites is Serge Lutens Douce Amère,
  5. Macassar, Makassar, and Macassar Oil

    There was a men's fragrance made by Rochas named Macassar. It was first put on the market in 1980. The noses for this perfume were Nicolas Mamounas and Roger Pellegrino.

    The original composition is said to have been:

    Nicolas Mamounas, Roger Pellegrino
    Leather Chypre
    Top Notes: Artemisia, Bergamot Oil, Geranium, Fruit Notes, Green Note, Pine Needle
    Middle Notes: Carnation, Cedar,

    Updated 20th January 2010 at 05:55 AM by JaimeB

    Scent Reviews , Personal Reflections , Perfume History
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