18-01-2015: Etro Royal Pavillion: huge floral with warm civet
25-12-2014: Pomegranate Noir for Christmas day
19-02-2014: back in track with Jacomo Coeur de Parfum , words cannot describe how intoxicating this is. Smells like a deeper, darker Chanel Coco, more floral but very thick and the spices are more defined.
06-10-2013: Santal Noble, still finding new facets
05-10-2013: Another day with Iris Bleu Gris
04-10-2013: Iris Bleu Gris
03-10-2013: Santal Noble, time for some elegance
02-10-2013: Fuel for Men
01-10-2013: Paper Passion again
30-09-2013: Paper Passion, I love you just because…
29-09-2013: Route du Vetiver, safe and sound for me but sample first as others find it unwearable
28-09-2013: Dropped by Parfumerie Théodora. It took a lot of testing to get over the nasty amber (sentimental) aftertaste from yesterday. The lovely sales assistant made me feel at home.
777 Stéphane Hubert Lucas Soleil de Jeddah: high end, high price, Middle East oriented house. This however, 3 hours after being sparyed on a blotter, feels like it is dripping fruity juices, in the best possible way, coming from someone who doesn’t like fruity fragrances. And all this with a touch of leather and ambergris! Very interesting!
Mona di Orio Violette Fumée: beautiful and complex, as expected. There is so much more than violette going on here
Houbigant Fougère Royale 2010, I finally get the coumarin in fougère. Lovely but somewhat redundant
Nasomatto China White. I love this line. I do not find them strong at all, they only last for very long. China White is a very dry incense, the incense tear type, not burning incense. Flowers seem to fly in the air between incense drops, mimosa in the opening, jasmine later. As it progresses it becomes drier and drier, smokier, woodier. The flowers continue to vibrate. The base is a very dry and rather masculine, japanese, incense-cedar composition. China White update: 3 hours into wearing a beautiful green iris pops under the incense. Wonderful transformation! Simply beautiful! It is labelled as feminine and perhaps this has pushed it lower in my “to try” list but I think it leans more masculine.
27-09-2013: Ambre Precieux. Although I love this, this was a difficult day, very stressful and I am afraid that amber always makes me feel this way, I do not know why. I will have to seriously consider tomorrow’s choice to counter balance the bleakness of amber.
26-09-2013: Donna Karan Fuel for Men
25-09-2013: Iris Bleu Gris
24-09-2013: Santal Noble, more about this beauty coming soon
23-09-2013: First quick sniffs in Geneva
Carven Ma Griffe (current version, not the bottle shown below!!!): green flowers and a very real musk. If the current version is so good, I can only imagine how good vintage Ma Griffe was!
Il Profumo, Imprinting: this is an excellent blend! Bright citruses on top, a very complex middle phase with hints of tobacco and musky citruses again in the base. A clear case of a perfume that is so good, one has to like it
Ramon Monegal, Mon Cuir: this is what you get if you open a box of brand new men’s shoes filled with orange blossoms. It is not as floral to my nose as others have suggested because the new shoe leather is strong and very realistic. If you are looking for the smell of expensive shoes, look no further. Real to the point of being fetichistic!
06-07-2013: Magnetic Scant Untitled #1: if you are looking for an white floral in the style of Carnal Flower, but infinately more wearable, give this a try
05-07-2013: Santal Noble, trying to catch its many facets
04-07-2013: Chanel No19 because I need my mantra
03-07-2013: Iris Bleu Gris
not that I haven’t been wearing perfume all this time, but I am too busy catching curve balls right now and trying to move to a new country
14-07-2013: Forrest Rain, unique spicy floral in a very elegant bottle
30-06-2013: back from sentimental anosmia with my sample of Black Afgano
01-06-2013: Sarrasins, always transporting and sheltering
30-05-2013: Lalique Homme Equus
28-05-2013: John Varvatos Platinum Edition, weird stuff… very old-fashioned, shows clearly the aspiration of the house to niche qualities. Worth sampling!
27-05-2013: L’Homme de Coeur, comforting and fortifying
26-05-2013: Eau Sauvage Parfum, it’s really good… but I am desperately trying to find the connection with Eau Sauvage….
25-05-2013: Encre Noire, I have to write about this at some point….
24-05-2013: Iris Bleu Gris, the most human perfume, characterized by a non-human note
20-05-2013: Divine L’Homme de Coeur
19-05-2013: Eau Dynamisante, my favourite cologne for the time being
17-05-2013: Narciso Rodriguez For Him, the scent of wet cement
13-05-2013: Safran Nobile, time for a clear and calm smell
12-05-2013: lots and lots of skin patches sprayed with different samples
11-05-2013: Chanel No19 eau de toilette
10-05-2013: Serge Lutens Sarrasins
08-05-2013: Artisan Black
05-05-2013: L’Anarchiste, cool and metallic
04-05-2013: Tsoureki. This is Greek Easter weekend and my scent of the day is the smell of baking tsoureki. A sweet bread flavoured with mahalab, cardamom, kum quat and ghee
03-05-2013: Annick Goutal Vetiver, it’s so hot I need a sea scent
02-05-2013: Another day with Fleur d’Iris
01-05-2013: Vivacité(s) de Bach by Les Fleurs de Bach, for May Day
30-04-2013: Etro Anice because it is so hot it could be summer….
26-04-2013: John Varvatos Artisan Black
24-04-2013: A very long day… Started it wearing Terre d’Hermes Parrfum (I had to play it safe and please…). Then moved on to John Varvatos Artisan Black and then out on a smelling spree in Geneva. I smelled till I (or to be more precise, my nose) dropped. To name a few:
Parfum d’Empire Musc Tonkin (good but not sure it is That! special)
Mona di Orio Carnation (fabulous carnation-laced musk)
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fetiche (a glove full of flowers)
Frapin Speakeasy (soooo good and so familiar…)
Montale Chocolate Greedy (I wouldn’t even go near this until I read some reviews… It is the most amazing gourmand I have ever smelled! Smells like double chocolate chip cooikies and at the same time it is NOT sweet! Really impressive!)
Lots and lots of others, so many I would do them injustice if I said anything about them. I ended up buying…
Vivacité(s) de Bach by Les Fleurs de Bach, the most individualistic “cologne” I have ever smelled
23-04-2013: Kerosene Pretty Machine. A quick sniff coming soon but I can tell you it’s pretty damn… pretty
19-04-2013: Bulgari pour Homme Soir, the most interesting of the pour Homme variants
18-04-2013: Goti Black Essence
Later, Montale Red Vetyver
17-04-2013: Kerosene Creature, and getting compliments for it!
09-04-2013: Fleur d’Iris
17-03-2013: Paper Passion by Geza Schoen
16-03-2013: I am moving to a new place so all my bottles are packed and tucked away. I will be wearing random samples from the vault and occasionally posting about them. Till after March 25th….
03-03-2013: Sienne l’Hiver
02-03-2013: Jardin du Nil MP&G
01-03-2013: Arpege pour Homme
28-02-2013: Paul Smith Story
25-02-2013: Sienne l’Hiver
24-02-2013: after soaking my skin for days in Counterpain I just realised that it mimics the opening of Tubereuse Criminelle perfectly…….
21-02-2013: on a bed of nails… not really in the mood for perfume…
17-02-2013: after wearing a lot of aromatics Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve, a break with Philosykos
14-02-2013: Chanel No5 Eau de Cologne
13-02-2013: Aromatics Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve, the Girl is mine!
11-02-2013: Forest Rain
10-02-2013: Angel Schlesser Homme Oriental
05-02-2013: Diesel Zero Plus Masculine, in the mood for cheap thrill
03-02-2013: Lalique pour Homme, Le Lion
01-02-2013: Lalique Le Parfum, smells like rich bitch… in a good way
31-01-2013: Noir de Réminiscence
30-01-2013: Mandarine mandarin, because after all citruses are winter fruits
29-01-2013: Nobile 1942 Colonia Maxima: grumpy old men… :-)
27-01-2013: Lancome Sagamore
26-01-2013: Cuir Ottoman
25-01-2013: Bijan Men “if I catch you smoking that stuff again I am going to tell your father…”
23-01-2013: Héritage EdP
15-01-2013: Habit Rouge eau de parfum
14-01-2013: Comme des Garcons 2
12-01-2013: Urban Musk
10-01-2013: Stern Chêne today
07-01-2013: recovering from a weekend of terrible headache, my favourite “nurse me back to health” fragrance, Musc Koublai Khan
05-01-2013: Courvoisier Editon Imperiale
04-01-2013: Perfect time for Spicebomb
03-01-2013 Jil Sander Feeling Man
02-01-2013 La Myrrhe
01-01-2013 since 29-12-2012: Myrrhe Ardente
28-12-2012: wore Jacomo Art Collection #8… cardamom bomb, I like it a lot, there is something from Feminité du Bois in this
and I tried the new Korres Tonka Brown: smoky camphor opening, weak drydown but very good for the pricetag
27-12-2012: Fleur Pudrée de Musc
25-123012: Ambre Précieux in the morning and Bois de Turquie in the evening
24-12-2012: Etro Dianthus over Aramis Devin
23-12-2012: Safran Nobile
21-12-2012: my sense of smell is back…. trying Carbone (mehhhh….)
and celebrating the end of the world with YOU PARA | DISO
17-12-2012: nothing to smell… the flu won…
12-12-2012: Habit Rouge eau de parfum
06-12-2012: Santal Majuscule
05-12-2012: Une Voix Noire write up
04-12-2012: taking time off sniffing…
03-12-2012: Santal Majuscule: I like this so much more than I expected but if it is sandalwood you are looking for you won’t find it here
02-12-2012: Une Voix Noire
01-12-2011: Jacomo Silences
30-11-2011: Opium pour Homme Eau de Parfum
29-11-2012: Diorella and Aromatic’s Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve. just perfect! I want them both!
28-11-2012: dissecting Oud 27
25-11-2012: Donna Karan Fuel for Men–
23-11-2012: Magnetic Scent samples
22-11-2012: Etro Sandalo, sandalwood plain and simple
20-11-2012: Neela Vermeier samples!
18-11-2012 Equistrius: a warm blanket of sweet iris
17-11-2012: Iris Silver Mist, perfect for a grey cool morning
16-11-2012: Santal Noble, bitter swirls of sandalwood
15-11-2012: layering Etro Dianthus with Etro Gomma
14-11-2012: Halston 1-12: in 1974 in an act of promotional suicide Halston releases two perfumes in the same nameless bottle. Z-14 was the legendary success. 1-12 is the unloved child.
13-11-2012: Thierry Mugler B*Men
12-11-2012: The smell of freshly baked bread
11-11-2012: Santal Noble, sandalwood as cool as it gets
10-11-2012: Eau Cendrée… writing my 100th post about this.
09-11-2012: Still hung up on Eau Cendrée…
08-11-2012: Jo Loves Pink Vetiver on the left, Yosh U4eahh! 2.43 on the right
07-11-2012: still wearing Jacomo Eau Cendrée, retracing my first perfume memory
06-11-2012: Jacomo Eau Cendrée