Great interview, Alfarom!
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Great interview, Alfarom!
Great read, Alfarom!
I’m wearing it today - extremely potent. One spray and it's radiating strongly. It reminds me a bit of the first CdG fragrance, with a very amped up frankincense. Very dry. I like it a lot. They...
It was an awesome evening, I'm so glad I was part of it. I'm wondering how different the new version of Bel Ami is from the original. Anyone care to chime in?
BTW, I preferred the pee tainted...
Wonderful interview with a very interesting guy.
I tried a fresh bottle of Chergui last month at the Duty Free in CdG, and it was much weaker than I remembered it. The top notes seemed different, but the dry-down was the same.
I understood that...
I have longevity issues with Heritage as well. Zino Davidoff is similar, but I also get lousy longevity from it.
Habit Rouge EdP, on the other hand, lasts quite nicely on me.
Derby is a good...
Yes, thanks Joe!
I wore the original Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme in the 80s - and it will always represent the epitome of that time, when exaggeration and lack of proportion were mistaken for...
Louis Vuitton is the most powerful, profitable and popular luxury brand, and they do it without having a single fragrance. (Yes, this is going to change soon.)
Rolex is in the...
Yes, this one is vetiver without the tobacco. I do think vintage Guerlain Vetiver is also quite good. For me, the version in the ribbed bottle has a weird plastic note that does fade over time. BTW,...
Interesting review, any idea who the nose behind this one is? I love cinnamon/nutmeg notes.
I get great mileage out of Timbuktu and Havana Vanille.
Best of NYC:
CB I Hate Perfume
Interesting how Geza Schoen took a rather literal approach to the use of IES and changed it from an abstraction into an object unto itself. Synthetic doesn't mean abstract. Everything man made...
Wow, when did FM stop being a Barneys exclusive? Looks like they had a great turnout. Thanks for sharing the photos.
Another vote for Serge Lutens Encens en Lavande. Glorious stuff.
I visited the Paris store a few times and found it rather charming. I love many of ELDo's creations, that said, nothing get's older than an old joke. I'm glad they're "cleaning" things up a bit.
At this point in time a Serge Lutens export perfume really seems like a bargain at $120 for 50ml. I tend to agree with Raymond Matts' statement that, "Intellectual creativity is not cheap, nor should...
An aquatic oud will surely appear now. ;)
Yes, I think he's certainly got a few more tricks up his sleeve; after all, he is a genius.
L'Eau Froide - A vast improvement over L'Eau Serge.
Vitriol D'Oeillet - I had really high hopes for a good carnation creation, this did not even come close to fulfilling my expectations.
Thanks for all the comments; they are helpful.
What I'm finding is that the rose/mugwort accord, which is what I love about LN, doesn't last for more than 2 hours on me. I can smell the subtle,...
Very well put.
Like most of the MFK line, it's strength lies in its simplicity; it's a very clean/clear presentation for an oud-centric creation.
I'm very close to purchasing a FB of Lumière Noire.
My concern is its staying power. It seems to fade on me within a couple of hours.
Not sure if I'm just experiencing anosmia, or if I just...
Winter: Cologne Pour le Soir
Summer: Eau de Guerlain
Don't be so quick to give-up. Just because we've established that the bottle looks real, doesn't mean the juice is correct. Someone could have tampered with the bottle's contents, as they are splash...
Bottle shapes are irregular and change from batch to batch. The one on the right is from about 5 years ago, the one on the left (MKK) is newer, maybe 2 years old.
Hope this helps a bit....
It's working as a link now.
If you want to attach it, you need to be using the original jpg file from your computer, not a Flickr file.
Now the link is working.
Looks real to me. It could have been reformulated from the time you had the sample from.
Post a picture, please.
Yes, this one is on my wish list. It's similar to Mazzolari's Vetiver.
BTW, Diptyque is changing their packaging, and I suspect a price increase will also occur:...
I love PuH. Have you tried the ancillary products? The shaving foam is wonderful; there's also a shower gel.
1876 Histoires de Parfums
According to Tania Snachez in The Little Book of Perfumes: "Chanel says that they have unified the two fragrances, and all we have now is the Concentrée, which begins with a conservative lavender...
There is so much Myrrh being used these days, it wouldn't surprise me if one the new ones will be centered around it. Also, with the success of Neroli Portofino, it seems like Mr. Ford may add...
I almost went to Oman this past spring, it looks like a fascinating place, full of history, castles, fortresses, desert scenery, beaches, etc.
I think it gets uncomfortably hot after May.
One of my favorites is Prairie Nymph. It has an amazing honey note accompanying carnation and tangerine. Smell Bent is a cool house, like most experimental houses, CdG, ELDO, etc. you have certain...
Tried it late last night at Duty Free, and I have to agree, 'frankenscent' is what this is.
You get that trendy lime/mojito accord up top, plus lots of herbal greenery added, then it veers over...
Tried it last night at Duty Free, and I have to agree, 'frankenscent' is what this is.
You get that trendy lime/mojito accord up top, with lots of herbal greenery, then it smells like a classic,...
I think I'm one of a very few that likes Little Italy. Oranges and civet, yay!
I like myrrh, I like biscuits; I'm intrigued.
They sound rather underwhelming and a bit pricey for the mainstream market. I'm sure I'll eventually try them.
I agree, CDG (Paris) and HEA (London) are both green scents. Green is something I do not think of when I visit Paris, they missed the croissants/baguettes, the incense in the cathedrals, the foie...
I don't see much relationship between the two, either. I do love APLS.
Thanks for sharing your story.
I met Andy at an event at that perfume store MiN a couple of months back, he's a fascinating guy. He sprayed some of his Miriam perfume (an old school aldehydic...
The FiFi awards have been forced to acknowledge the niche/independent perfumers as well as the bloggers. That said, they were created as an insider industry event/acknowledgement, not a public...
It's all very QVC/HSN. She needs to take a tip from Karl and loose the fan.
Got my bottle of Timbuktu, old packaging, w/box, un-sprayed. Happy man. Faith partially restored in FragranceNet.
She learned everything from Yves:
Eau de Guerlain
I'm still trying to get my a*s over to Macys.
Such a can of worms.
If aroma chemicals are so volatile that exposure to oxygen alters them, then perfumes would have to have expiration dates on them.
Luca Turin has written that the biggest...
1 oz of an EdT for $205? Beyond overpriced.
Interesting concerns. I think the oxidation/evaporation rate for perfume materials/chemicals/molecules must be much longer than the amount of time that it takes to spray some into a decant bottle....
Precise and neat. Thanks for making/sharing the video.
You have a very intentional, and unusual approach to marketing/brand identity going on here. Creed is treating their fragrances like wines; each year is different depending on variations of its...
That, my friend, is one loaded response. :laugh:
I like like your description, you make it sound a bit like an Etat Libre D'Orange offering.
I wasn't blown away by it - but I'm not a fan of vinyl notes.
Hey Tom, it's always good to read one of your posts; please visit more often The cult of Creed will never die. :wink:
I actually ate my words, stepped back into the game, and re-ordered a bottle of Timbuktu on Friday. I just got a shipping confirmation number email; fingers crossed!
How about Plovdiv? :rolleyesold:
Yes, it's possible the bank is dragging it's feet. I called FragranceNet and they told me that a credit was issued to my CC on May 5th. I put the charge in dispute and had a temporary credit issued....
The kind of pirates that would pull the same stunt twice.
Directly with CC.
I do not trust Fragrancenet, they have Timbuktu listed as available yet again.
They confirmed my order for Timbuktu, charged my CC, then cancelled my order.
A week later, THE CREDIT HAS STILL...
FragranceNet handled this situation in a completely unprofessional manner. Boxed/unboxed, old/new; charging people's accounts on orders that they knew they could never fill, and then not refunding...
It's so misleading to say that he's the "new face of Chanel No 5" - he'll be the new celebrity that is endorsing the perfume.
I also had the vintage formulation, but sold it. I didn't like the way it marked my territory, not a fan of hazelnut accords. I haven't smelled the more recent versions.
I agree with you. But it doesn't seem to matter when anyone ordered - without FragranceNet having a state-of-the-art inventory system anything can go wrong, and it apparently did.
I ordered my...
It seems like it was a case of what, not when, you ordered. They obviously do not have a computerized inventory system, and unfortunately, someone was asleep in their warehouse.
Thank you for your recent order.
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Lift your eyes and close your noses.
The blue bottle really is seductive.
Tom Ford's luxe version of Jean Naté/Axe genré?
I'm curious to try this one, too.
Fingers crossed that our purchases don't show up without caps and all dinged. I bought Timbuktu.
I agree that it smells dated. Too much lavender, the notes are dense and heavy. Too much projection, the aldehydic top makes it almost explode off the skin.
It is a beautiful museum piece, IMHO.
Congratulations Marian! I just finished reading the interview and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fascinating fact about the Bulgarian Rose industry being sourced in Turkey during the Soviet years.
I find the most overrated thing in perfumery is actually a material: OUD. There's going to be a lot of OUD themed fragrances gathering dust and eventually being shipped off into the grey market. ...
Babies should smell like clean babies.
When Lourdes has a child Madonna will become a tranny granny. :cheesy:
It didn't grab me either, but it probably merits more testing. I find that the scents that do grab me right away are the ones I usually grow tired of quickly.
The smell reminds me of Fritos. Sounds like it was a fun time.
Nothing terribly original. Steve Jobs is dead, we might as well get used to it. :shocked:
Who's going to tell Madonna that it's already been done? Not, me! :lipsrsealed:
To the op, I've also read so many mixed things about the line that I've consciously avoided it. But I am curious, too. I have heard that M/Mink is quite well done and original, a lot of people like...
Cologne Grand Luxe Fragonard: available on Amazon for $54.99.
Careful, boxwoods smell like cat urine.
Hedi Slimane was credited with the original 3 Dior men's colognes as well as Dior Homme during his tenure - let's hope that Raf Simons can bring some excitement to Dior, too.
BTW, Slimane is now...
I'm a big fan of Eau de Guerlain, as it manages to have good longevity. Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino is a long lasting update of the classical "4711" style-cologne. The price is a bit steep.
For me, Kouros is like masturbation; something one enjoys alone, and in private.
L'Eau Trois by Diptyque has a big myrrhe note; much sharper than Myrrhiad, but it settles down.
Interesting that this thread popped up again. After reading all the great reviews I bought a bottle from an online discounter. The amount it's discounted, it must be the deal of the century. Still...
Fleur du Male by Jean Paul Gaultier in either its EdT or EdC strengths.
Rochas Lui, if you can find it. Neroli and cedar. Discontinued, has gotten very expensive.
Eau de Guerlain. A rather classic...
CITRUS → Aromatic → gourmand
Only in the cooler months. Usually something cozy, and slightly gourmand or oriental like Havana Vanille, Douce Amere. Aromatic fragrances would be too distracting.
Thanks for your review, Brian.
Their new eponymously named fragrance, is also going to be available at Barneys, as opposed to their first creation, which is an Aedes boutique exclusive.
You have Designer houses that once belonged in "The Jewelers' Brands" category, but with most of their recent releases have turned more "Designer Mass-Market" - Givenchy is a good example.
I'm too sexy for my fragrance.:happy:
Hey Brian, I hear ya. Press releases are for the most part meaningless.
Have you ever been to a trade show/fair? I attend quite a few during the year that are apparel/design/art related; they are...