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The Different Company Kashan Rose : Perfume Review

Our recent talk about Mughal empresses, attars and roses reminded me of a perfume I’ve been meaning to review, but it somehow slipped my mind. I mentioned The Different Company’s Kâshân Rose for my FT article about the rose capital of Iran, The Roses of Kashan, but the perfume deserves more attention. To be fair, […] Continue reading

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The daily lemming

From Portland Syrups, Rose Cordial (“Fragrant, whole dried rose blossoms and petals are slow-brewed in stages with dried rose hips, to capture the flower’s essence at several stages of its expression. It is sweet and tart with a subdued but complex floral character, and is extremely versatile. Wonderfully refreshing on it’s [sic] own, or add […] Continue reading

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Perfume Review: Elisabethan Rose by Penhaligon’s

I love rose. Seriously, it might actually be my favourite perfume note/genre/ingredient. You may think of me as […] Continue reading

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Hermes Myrrhe Eglantine : Perfume Review

The new collection from Hermessence. A fragrance review of Hermes’s Myrrhe Eglantine by perfumer Christine Nagel.

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A Rose Like No Other

I like rose perfumes in all of their guises, but some of my favorites are roses with a twist.

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Hermes Myrrhe Eglantine ~ fragrance review

Myrrhe Églantine is one of the five new Hermessence fragrances from Hermès. They’re the first additions to the series from house perfumer Christine Nagel, and before you go complaining about the five, don’t forget that the Hermessences debuted under Jean-Claude Ellena — way back in 2004, a kabillion perfumes ago! — with four: Ambre Narguile, Poivre Samarcande, Rose Ikebana, Vetiver Tonka. And, happily for me, I’m only going to worry about three of the new ones, since two are expensive perfume oils I’ll probably never manage to get my hands on. As for Agar Ebène, Cèdre Sambac and Myrrhe Églantine, I bought those unsniffed right away, in the (swap-bait) 15 ml travel sizes. I’m starting with Myrrhe Églantine, largely because I was curious what Nagel would do with it, given that there’s already a rose in the series.

Hermès is a luxury house, and they do luxury press jaunts to match,1 but they’re not known for providing the sort of persnickety details that perfumistas adore, like say, a list of notes…

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Sana Jardin Revolution de la Fleur, Berber Blonde & Tiger By Her Side ~ fragrance reviews

Sana Jardin Berber Blonde

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the phrases “conscious consumerism” and “sustainable luxury” have been appearing with increasing frequency over the past year or two. And now we have Sana Jardin, “the world’s first socially-conscious, luxury fragrance house. . . . created primarily as a vehicle for social change to power social impact through the economic empowerment of women through The Beyond Sustainability™ Movement.”

If you’d like to do some reading about Sana Jardin’s back story and business model, you can find plenty of information on the company website. I’ll limit myself to brief reviews of three Sana Jardin fragrances (from a collection of seven, all developed by perfumer Carlos Benaïm) that I’ve been trying over the past week or so, and you can decide for yourself what socially conscious fragrance might be and how far you’re willing to go for it…

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Perfumista Bait

The quintessential perfumista bait has something about it that’s rare and perhaps difficult

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Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Nue ~ fragrance review

Les Parfums de Rosine is a perfume line that generally “works” for me. It’s like an olfactory version of a favorite musical artist: I may not love everything they release, but I find most of their creations likable and wearable, so I give every new one a try. Rosine recently launched Rose Nue, described as a “skin perfume” combining rose with “a green and powdery accord.” Rose Nue was developed by perfumer Delphine Lebeau and its notes include tangerine, aldehydes, rose leaves, rose, heliotrope, vanilla, sandalwood, ambroxan, suede and musk.

Rose Nue was reportedly inspired by the Cuisse de Nymphe Emue rose; Cuisse de Nymphe Emue (“thigh of an aroused nymph”) is also, apparently, the name for a certain shade of blush pink…

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Perfume Review: Firedance by Ruth Mastenbroek

Ruth Mastenbroek’s line of four fragrances is one the perfume industry’s hidden gems, but hopefully all of that […] Continue reading

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