Friday, 24 February 2017

Persolaise Sixty Second Scents - Outrageous from Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle (Sophia Grojsman; 2007/2017


Here's another Sixty Second Scents video review for you: Sophia Grojsman's Outrageous for Frederic Malle, which has just come out of its exclusivity to Barneys and joined the brand's regular line-up.

To watch the video on the YouTube site, please click here.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Persolaise On Feelunique - Sensual Perfumes


I suspect the folks at Feelunique were enjoying a spot of the ol' tongue-in-cheekery when they called my latest piece 'The Sexiest Scents Ever'. Or maybe they weren't! Either way, the article focuses on sensual perfumes, so if you'd like to read it, please click here.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Persolaise Review: Bois Marocain from Tom Ford (2009/2016)


The soundbites
If Bois Marocain were a colour, it would be a rich, iridescent mustard, somewhere between yellow and brown.
If it were an item of food, it would be a lemon smoked in a cedar cabinet.
If it were a sculpture, it would be this piece of work by Jaehyo Lee.

The review
Now that Tom Ford has brought Bois Marocain out of retirement for a limited time, I've found myself wondering why some fragrances are on what we might call the 'discontinuation cusp'. I'm sure the main reason is clear to everyone: the scents that get killed off are the ones that don't sell. But - the motivation for brands to make profits notwithstanding - there may be other factors too, related to the cost and availability of raw materials, or the need to stop a collection from growing too large, or the difficulty of reformulating a composition in response to anti-allergen recommendations. However, if we just focus on the cash question for a moment, I think it's worth trying to speculate why some perfumes sell sufficiently poorly to be taken off the shelves, but are not quite unpopular enough to be relegated to the great vat in the sky forever. In other words, what was it about Bois Marocain that didn't resonate with the great buying public in 2009?

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Monday, 13 February 2017

National Fragrance Day 2017 - Share Your #ScentMemories


Dior Fahrenheit reminds me of my Dad on family summer holidays. Of nights together for family meals, enjoying the warm summers without a care in the world and my brothers trying to wear the same scent as my Dad. When I smell the fragrance now it always takes me back to very fond summer fun.
Karyn MacEwan – Travel Retail Manager Aspects Beauty Company

The lines above are taken from ScentMemories.org, a site set up by Fragrance Foundation UK to gather the olfactory recollections of as many people as possible. In the run-up to this year's National Fragrance Day - 21st March - the folks behind the site are trying to encourage more scentusiasts to submit their own stories. So if you fancy being included in the collection, drop them a line. You'll find all the details you need on their site.

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Friday, 10 February 2017

Perfume Mini-Reviews From Twitter: October to December 2016 [part 1]


Here's a round-up of some of my Twitter mini-reviews from October-December 2016. Part 2 will be posted soon.

Carrot Blossom & Fennel from Jo Malone (Anne Flipo; 2016)*
More like sugary, soapy clover to me. Not what I'd reach for if I wanted sharp, anisic herbs. Innocuous.

Lavender & Coriander from Jo Malone (Anne Flipo; 2016)*
Ill-at-ease, surprisingly grating barbershop fougère, heavy on coarse lavender. Little coriander in sight.

Orris & Sandalwood from Jo Malone (Pierre Negrin; 2016)*
Synthetic sandalwoods can be vile, but here, the link with iris achieves a pleasing - if forgettable - effect.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Persolaise Sixty Second Scents - Hot Cologne from Mugler (Jean-Christophe Hérault; 2016)



Here's my YouTube review of the latest addition to Mugler's Les Exceptions range, Hot Cologne, by Jean-Christophe Hérault.

To view the video on the YouTube site, please click here.

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