This review is partly written in honor of a friend of mine who is tragically no longer with us. She would appreciate the subject matter, though I’m not sure she ever wore perfume.
Wednesday Dec 09 2015
The great perfumer Guy Robert once famously said that “Above all, a perfume must smell good.” Many perfumers in the modern era have forgotten this. Mitsouko should serve as the ultimate reminder; with the exception of Dzing!, I’ve not encountered anything that smells better in my entire life.
Tuesday Dec 08 2015
Bel Ami is about as close as I think it’s possible to come to “a gentleman’s leather.” It’s elegant, understated, refined, and, frankly, a little boring in parts. The top is very interesting and the emergence of the smoke near the end of the perfume is unusual, but it’s really just a very smooth, well-blended leather that probably won’t offend anyone and is great for office wear. If you’re looking to smell like a luxury leather dealer, like money and polish, then this is a pretty good choice. But if you’re looking to make a statement, I’d look elsewhere.
Monday Dec 07 2015
Saturday Nov 21 2015
Fragrantica lists the notes as oud first, amber second, vetiver third, rosemary fourth, mandarin fifth, musk sixth, lime seventh. I don’t quite follow that. To me, M7 starts with tobacco. Lots of it. Warm, rich, sweet pipe tobacco. The tobacco is followed up by a reasonably well-done synthetic oud with an unusual hint of black tea. It’s rich and inviting and better than many of the oud perfumes in modern production. But then everything goes to hell....
Thursday Nov 19 2015
This is an old, elegant scent, the kind of scent worn that might be worn by trappers out on the frontier or hardworking men who struck oil and built timberframe mansions in Wyoming. It’s beautiful, weird, and utterly without compromise. It’s the fragrance of a man who’s sure of himself and of his place in the world. On a woman, it would be the ultimate femme fatale; bitter and warm, smooth and lilting, like a dress that conceals and displays at the same time.
Wednesday Nov 18 2015
I’ve smelled a lot of perfumes in my life and have loved quite a few, but Dzing! remains the only perfume to have actually moved me to tears. If Lolita Lempicka is the smell of lullabyes, Dzing! is the smell of childhood wonder, spent on the magical night with Daddy. If I am to be buried with one perfume, this will be it. I hope to god they never stop making it.
Tuesday Nov 17 2015
Regardless, though Luca Turin says that Antaeus would smell dated on a man these days, I’m not entirely sure I agree. It’s one of those scents that could be worn quite easily by a guy with a lot of self-confidence and style.
Monday Nov 16 2015