Author Archives: cologniac

Old Green / New Green

It’s quite nice to see Basenotes (that would be https://basenotes.net) finally getting the makeover Grant has wanted to do for so many years. I’ve helped alpha and beta test the new site (that would be https://basenotes.com), and it is quite … Continue reading

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More Mouillette Madness

I’ve been doing some more experimenting with “radical abundance of mouillettes”, and decided to share some interim results. I am now awash in mouillettes – a.k.a. blotters – a.k.a. perfume smelling strips – I have them everywhere. They are of … Continue reading

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Akigalawood® – Turning Patchouli Waste Into Fine Wine

The natural woody componentMade from perfectly natural scrapGave an unearthly but natural smellAnd naturally got the synthetic rap I love Akigalawood® on salad and eggs. I think I love it in WINE most of all. But once I realized that … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Super-Mouillettes From Noyaux de Toilette

Just in case that evasive title doesn’t convey the full idiocy of this post, allow me to spell it out in plain old English: Make Your Own Surprisingly Awesome Perfume Smelling Strips From Toilet Paper Cores Yeah. You read that … Continue reading

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Spicebomb

Tonight’s fragrance is Spicebomb. But before that, a bit of an explanation. I think it’s clear that I disappeared from fragrance for a while. I think I’m still gone from it, in some respects. But despite that, I felt a … Continue reading

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L’Étrier d’Hermès: My Stirrupy Sweet Love Affair With Galop d’Hermès

In the process of explaining how I ended up buying what is probably one of the most well-known yet less commonly owned fragrances in my collection, it is my hope to do all of the following: (1) Give readers a … Continue reading

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kaffeeklatsch!

I view the health of public discourse by an interesting metric.  Can I make a good-natured joke about Donald Trump in the fragrance world – one with deep knowing humor on many levels to all sides – and only minimally … Continue reading

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Last Call 2017

I wanted to run around the city alone at night wearing a dark blue jacket, mumbling in French, looking pensive and conflicted. Thankfully, the Terre d’Hermès Eau Très Fraïche flanker pulled me back from the edge. But it was rough … Continue reading

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A Gentle Correction to Online Cosmetic Batch Code Checkers for Modern Guerlain Products

It is with great sadness that we report to the PERFUME LITERATURE otherwise known as the fragrance community otherwise known as the worldwide brotherhood and sisterhood of perfumistae otherwise known as (*shudders*) “fragcomm” that NONE of the three (3) online … Continue reading

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Ten Pins – Crashing the Macy*s VIP Sale

Having not had my usual fill of fragrant activities lately, it was with great happiness that I took up my wife’s offer to go to Macy*s for their “VIP Sale”.  This, despite neither being a VIP, nor knowing any – … Continue reading

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