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Ma Bête – Floral and animalic and an erotic tease - April 4, 2016

Poster for Jean Cocteau movie "La Belle et la Bête", 1946 - Wikipedia

Essences Insensées (Mimosa) 2014 – floral and green and sensuous - March 21, 2016

Mimosa or Acacia dealbata, 10x magnification- Wikimedia Commons - by Aelwyn, 2008

Ginsberg is God – resinous and green and woody

 

NANBAN – Spicy and leathery and woody - February 29, 2016

Nanban bottle and box - arquiste.com

Arquiste, the niche fragrance line launched by architect, history buff and designer Carlos Huber, has become one of my go-to lines since it was launched in 2011. The fragrances are gorgeous evocations of a specific time and place in history.

Black Ananda – floral and fruity and seductive

Photo: Courtesy of M. Micallef

Ragù – Spicy, aromatic and woody - February 15, 2016

Photo: Gabriella Chieffo courtesy of Maison Gabriella Chieffo

One of my most exciting fragrance discoveries has been Ragù from Italian niche line Maison Gabriella Chieffo.

Vetyver Incenso – Woody and resinous and elegantly virile - February 8, 2016

Photo courtesy of Farmacia SS Annunziata dal 1561

Just before the holidays, we decided to renovate parts of our house, so for Christmas I was given a copy of the hot new book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo.

Noir de Réminiscence – Woody and balsamic and resinous – February 1, 2016

I have a single girlfriend who has made it very clear to all her friends that she would like to meet the right man. One afternoon, when I dropped round her place to return a book I had borrowed, I noticed a sports station playing on the radio in the background as we chatted.

“Since when did you start following hockey?” I asked.

Venezia Giardini Segreti – jasmine and resin and salty skin - January 25, 2016

My secret garden in Venice. Photo: perfumeniche.com.

Venice is a place of secrets, a result of its geography, I think. Built on 117 small islands, linked by bridges and canals, Venice is a maze of hidden entranceways, narrow corridors and passageways, just big enough for surreptitious meetings and clandestine assignations.

A*Men Pure Havane – Aromatic tobacco and sweet honey and woody, earthy, patchouli - January 18, 2016

Image - Cuban cigar and rum - agoranews.it

When I was a young, callow perfumista, I had a bias against flankers, those siblings of successful scents that often just share a fragrance note or name or packaging of the original fragrance and I dismissed them as money grabs.

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