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Soleil Blanc by Tom Ford: The Smell of Hot Skin
I'll be honest. I'm writing this review based on my impressions of Soleil Blanc on my flight from Barcelona to Toronto. In other words, this review hasn't gone through the usual process I use to review fragrances.Before I review a fragrance, I usually wear it several times, so I can get a good idea of what it smells like and how it performs. With Soleil Blanc, however, I decided to do something more casual and literally on the fly. Considering that Soleil Blanc is a simple and rather linear scent, I think I won't do it much disservice to review it without several wears.
Nisean by Parfums de Marly – A Fragrance Review
Nisean by Parfums de Marly is a proof that an woody-oriental fragrance can be conventional without being boring. The first spray will deliver a healthy dose of the typical for the genre resins, woods and flowers. You may smile and say to yourself that Nisean is a well-composed fragrance but nothing you haven't smelled before and you'll be right.
3 Good Reasons Why Your Friends May Hate Your Perfume
We all have been there before. You find a fragrance you love just to discover all your friends hate it. You might rationalize saying people have different tastes. That's true but it's probably not the only reason why people turn their noses up.Here are three reasons you'd never guess why people may hate your perfume.
Rocabar by Hermes – Fragrance Review
To get a sense what it's like experiencing Hermes's Rocabar, take your favourite song and play it very at a very low volume. You can barely hear a coherent melody and all the straining kills your joy.Rocabar is one of the perfumes that make up the core Hermes's fragrance collection. Others fragrances it includes are Belle Ami, Equipage, Caleche, and Eau d'Hermes. I have been unfortunate to have never smelled the original release of Rocabar, as rumour has it, it was an amazing fragrance. I recall smelling a reformulated version around 2009, which I remember being a lot more potent than the watery juice Hermes is currently peddling.​
Aventus by Creed: The King of Men’s Perfume Review (2016)
Two years ago I wrote that Creed Aventus is the perfume of choice for soulless climbers of the career ladder. I'm not sure why but today I have warmer feelings toward Aventus and its ubiquitous wearers.I have to be honest - I have always liked Creed Aventus. Olivier Creed masterfully blended roasted pineapple, smoke and creamy vanilla to create fragrance that is original, versatile and with mass-appeal at the same time. Balancing originality and mass market appeal appears to be a tall order for many designer fragrance houses.
Clive Christian: When Luxury for the Sake of Luxury Doesn’t Pay the Bills
What comes to mind when you hear Clive Christian? For me, it's opulent chandeliers and this brooding image of him. As I keep swirling Clive Christian in my head, other, funny images come to mind. One of them is a video of his daughter Victoria demonstrating a new perfume release. Wearing a white magician glove she sprays the fragrance in the air and then fans it towards the audience. I saw this video five years ago and it still makes me laugh.
Venetian Bergamot by Tom Ford Review
Someone just recently pointed out to me that bergamot doesn't grow in Venice. It doesn't even grow in Northern Italy. A quick search to confirm this fact revealed that most of the Italian bergamot (80%) is grown in Calabria, Southern Italy. Southern France and Turkey also grow some but this is beside the point.This leaves me with a burning question in my mind: what Venetian beramot is Tom Ford talking about? The official description of the fragrance tells me that the Venetian bergamot is, in fact, "the sun-drenched citrus from Italy's south", which "is transported to the Northern city of grand palazzos..."​
Lonesome Rider by Tauer Perfumes (Review)
If you think leather fragrances are heavy and iris is a sad note, Andy Tauer is about to change your mind. His latest release, Lonesome Rider, features leather and iris but has little in common with what your typical leather and iris perfumes.​The idea for Lonesome Rider was not thoroughly new. This fragrance is the reincarnation of another perfume Andy Tauer created shortly after his most successful composition, L'Air du Desert Marocain, hit the market. The name of the original fragrance was Orris and, according to Andy, it featured iris and a very high quality oud among other notes.
10 Modern Takes on Classic Cologne
I've decided to switch things up this year. Instead of going with the latest designer release for the summer, I'm going to wear a classic cologne. The kind that is bracingly fresh and mouthwateringly bitter. A type of scent Paul Newman or Gianni Agnelli wore in their prime.
Do Perfume Reformulations Really Matter?
If you spend any amount of time with frag heads you are guaranteed to hear a rant or two on how the fragrance companies keep ruining classic fragrances by constantly reformulating them. Talk to any Dior Homme fan and he will tell you great detail the nuances of each batch by year and month of release bemoaning how Dior ruined their masterpiece in search of higher profits.
What I Learned from an Indie Perfumer
The fragrance industry has always been wrapped in a cocoon of mystery and secrecy. It's not that perfumes are made in secret, it's that you rarely get a glimpse of what is behind the scenes. Occasionally, a mass media outlet would release a story on the back-end of creating a fragrance.
Why Narciso Rodriguez for Him Bleu Noir Left Me Puzzled
Someone needs to tell Narciso that it is okay to switch things up in his men's fragrance lineup. Since the release of the original Narciso Rodriguez for Him all we have been getting is different variations of the same musky fragrance favoured by men with bad taste or in equally bad mood.
What Your Cologne Should Smell Like: Bottega Veneta pour Homme Essence Aromatique
Just when I had given up all hope for designer men's fragrances, Bottega Veneta comes to the rescue with a release defying the newly set norms in the genre. The house's new release Bottega Veneta pour Homme Essence Aromatique is a bracing spicy citrus built very much in the fashion of the classic Italian cologne.
Is Dior Sauvage Original Art?
Maybe. It depends how you reason it. If you say that Sauvage is perfume and perfume is art, then, logically, Sauvage is art. This statement is the same as saying that your 13-year-old niece's selfie is a photo and since photography is art, then her selfie is art too. It's the same logic but you know that the statement is not true.
Chypre 21 Heeley Parfums Review
I didn't know much about Chypre as a genre until I started to write the review of Heeley's Chypre 21. To me, the chypres have always been throw-back fragrances I associated with Edith Piaf fans and old ladies smoking slim cigarettes through fume-cigarettes.
The Ultimate Guide: How to Wear Perfume
Yes, I know. It does sounds a little bit nonsensical - writing a guide on how to wear perfume. Isn't[...]
You’re Wearing Perfume for All The Wrong Reasons. Here’s Why.
I couldn't believe she said this to me.It fell on me like a bomb and at the same time it was hardly a surprise. I had asked her to sniff the back of my hand, where her coworker had sprayed some perfume for me to try. She had sniffed it and said with a grimace on her face:"Eeww, this smells like an old lady."
8 Men’s Rose Fragrances for Spring 2016
Yeah, right! Dudes wearing rose perfume? No way! Rose is strictly for grandmas and little girls.That's how my gym rat friend responded when I told him I'm writing an article on the best men's scents featuring rose.

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