Zino Davidoff EDT by Zino Davidoff: a Review

Davidoff Zino is an old school EDT, meaning it’s frikkin’ powerful. It has the air of an excellent red wine aged to perfection in the bottle. By that, I don’t mean that it’s gone off. This fragrance would not dare. It has backbone. I have a swipe from the bottle’s internal stopper on my knuckle…

Why I wear perfume

I wear perfume because I love the smell of a particular perfume that day. And it makes me feel good. By good I can mean attractive, more sociable, a little bit more confident, more connected with myself, even more comfortable. Perfume enhances my mood in some small way. And although I wear perfume relatively close…

Tom Ford Amber Absolute B2B Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir

Couple days ago, a fellow fraghead on Reddit posted a paean to Tom Ford Amber Absolute. Something something seeing the Divine when she inhaled it, doing yoga, like that. Triggered! So I pulled that trigger by snagging a small decant. Two days later, I’m wearing Amber Absolute and waiting to see God. Amber Absolute and…

Andy Tauer & the Prince of Customer Experience

(Never read a Harry Potter book, so you are spared a Harry Potter style post.) About a month ago, I received an order from Tauer Perfumes for the magazine with a sample of Les 25 Années. I had also ordered a sample of L’Oudh, but it wasn’t there. So I waited a while, almost forgot, …

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…