War of the Roses: Comparing Guerlain Rose Barbare with Serge Lutens Fille de Berlin

Today I’m wearing and comparing Guerlain Rose Barbare and Serge Lutens Fille de Berlin. I wrote this without checking the perfume notes beforehand. Rose Barbare (Francis Kurkdjian), of Guerlain’s L’Art et Matière exclusifs, is a warm, baroque, full-bodied rose, sweet and slightly metallic at the top. The metal doesn’t cool this luscious rose. In the heart,…

Review: Guerlain Neroli Outrenoir: Heart of Darkness

The first time I tried Neroli Outrenoir shortly after it launched, I was in search of a longer lasting doppelganger to A Lab on fire Sweet Dreams 2003, a cologne Thierry Wasser composed on paper some years before landing at Guerlain. I love SD2003 dearly despite its tragically short lifetime of two hours on my skin….

New Review: Agartha by April Aromatics

Agartha has been on my to try list for a year. I’m a habitual queue jumper, though, always trying other things first. It vaulted to number one simply through neglect. I got used to seeing it there, with no urgent need to smell it,  even with this wildly beautiful description from Cafleurebon I pasted next to it: April…

LM Hard Leather Extrait – Oud Lust [NSFW Review]

LM Hard Leather opens with a slightly boozy, soft yet pungent top note with an infinitesimal hint of sweetness. It morphs within 30 to 45 minutes to thick, chewy, industrial leather soured by the chemicals it buffs against. A shoe repair shop perhaps. Or a walk through an old, now closed industrial plant where  thick,…

Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her: REVIEW

This is Her is the feminine counterpart to This is Him, much like Arquiste El and Ella. Isn’t it adorable how the two bottles nest? If you’re familiar with New York Fashion Week and the like, you know Zadig & Voltaire.     Sprayed on paper, I got a sourish sweet, slightly nauseating chemical smell,…

Memo Paris Ilha do Mel, a Review

Someone in one of the Facebook fragrance groups mentioned Memo Paris Ilho do Mel as a very sexy fragrance. From the note list and reviews I thought it might be a Mon Precieux Nectar sister or cousin. Ilha do Mel, or isle of Honey, is located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. With a…

May Angels breathe their heavenly fragrance on us all

Seasons blessings! On Christmas Day, I’m wearing Guerlain Mon Précieux Nectar now, and Oriental Brûlant later. Here’s mistletoe if you need it to kiss someone you love. 💋 Merry Christmas, and to those who don’t celebrate it, Happy Monday!

What Projection, Sillage, Longevity and Performance mean [Revised]

Projection: The bear is standing three metres or less away from you. You smell it. You may or may not see it. But it smelled you 300 yards ago. Sillage [seeyahje]: If you move, the scent trail the bear uses to stalk your tasty ass. Longevity: also known as lifetime. How long the fragrance lasts…

When an almond note is not an almond note

I am an habitué of r/fragrance, a popular Reddit group that spawned curiosities like me, right alongside bois who want girls within a 15 foot radius to sniff their Aventus and give them a quick dick suck in the bathroom. Recently, a fragranista posted, asking for: “suggestions for something with reasonably prominent almond notes? I pick…