Category Archives: Fragrance

Luca’s Rose Garden

Today, we sniff the great and near-mythical fragrance, Shiseido Nombre Noir.  This fragrance, which was, for a long time, the favorite fragrance of perfume critic Luca Turin, is something of a legend in the fragrance community.  I consider it an … Continue reading

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Going Postal: Addressing the Perfume Mailability Problem at USPS with Technology

I will admit that I’ve been a merciless critic of the USPS in regard to fragrance mailability.  When it was pointed out to me on Basenotes that it is far easier to mail fragrances in China – as in RED … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Hinoki Oh

This post was inspired by the amazing and unique Comme des Garçons fragrance Monocle Scent One: Hinoki.  Everything you are about to read is true.  As determined by a secret court that you cannot question, using secret law that you … Continue reading

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We Interrupt This Blog

…for this important message. We regret to inform  our few readers, that we are unable to continue our series of reviews, Letters to Primrose.  We may resume reviews of these scents at some time in the future, but due to … Continue reading

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Heavy Prada

A tale of two Pradas.  Both heavy.  Both rich.  Unlike lighter fare that we have come to expect lately, these two Pradas – one old and one new – are heavy, heavy, heavy.  And great, great, great.  Primrose sent me … Continue reading

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Goldilocks and the Three Leathers

“Once he hears to his heart’s content, sails on, a wiser man. We know all the pains that the Greeks and Trojans once endured on the spreading plain of Troy when the gods willed it so— all that comes to … Continue reading

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Cuir d’Iris: Pierre the Purse Snatcher

Panic turns to joy Pierre didn’t steal her purse Just its quiet song _______________________ Noses:  http://www.basenotes.net/ID26129765.html Fragrance:  http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/section/1/item/34531/brand/Parfumerie_Generale/Private_Collection%3A_Cuir_d%27Iris.html

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Heterodoria iridum

Good irises come in pairs.  At least, it sure seems that way.  Two of my favorites are the matched Prada pair, Infusion d’Iris and Infusion d’Homme.  They’re even better in French – as member JaimeB taught us on Basenotes.  Most … Continue reading

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Labdanum 18 – Love Notes from the Master of Musk

Labdanum 18 – which I tested as the oil – is a very interesting scent.  It wasn’t until I loved the base, that I started to understand why I didn’t like the opening.  Because when I got to the base, … Continue reading

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Iris 39 / 3

Longing for spring rains Even flowers with no scent Promise their perfume

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