Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dragons and imps: Cannibale by Serge Lutens


The house of Serge Lutens in 2014 released a diverse perfume - with black bottle and a golden plate tagged on - that is the first member of subsequently enlarging collection named Section d'Or. Honestly since it's a Serge Lutens, and for the titles, and even the unspoken notes, the collection met me on my highest curiosity level. So I get the samples and randomly tried and tried. Finally Cannibale, with no discrimination to others, is the first from the row I'm dealing to write about.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Portrait of a gentleman: Monsieur by Frédéric Malle



Few months ago the French perfume house of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle announced for their latest release, Monsieur, that sooner or later hit the markets all around the world in their stores. Bruno Jovanovic, the tailor behind the release, borrows the concept of creation from Alfonso de Portago, Mark Birley, Jose-Luis de Vilallonga and Gianni Agnelli, the main seducers of the 20th century.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Exquisite leather, part II: Parfums MDCI Cuir Garamante



Even for many historians who worked on northern African cultures, the name Garamantes* is a shady legend buried under layers of sand of Sahara. For me the first time I heard the title was when I was researching on ancient Roman architecture and Opus Africanum stone masonry that I faced this name in a corner of a book. Skipped over like all those caravans who neglected the ruins of a missing civilization swallowed by history, but the short and unfit-to-English-literature word impacted like a fine poem you enjoy repeating in mind. Garamante, what a nice word to pronounce!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Smell my gun chamber: 1805 Tonnerre by Beaufort

Clarkson Frederick Stanfield, The Battle of Trafalgar, 1836

By suggestions and kindness of a friend in Paris I currently discovered the house of Beaufort with their two fragrances 1805 and East India (which I was going to write first but 1805 Tonnerre interrupted with very powerful statement and spoiled the game, so I'm now on his court)!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Smoked whiskey, leather sofa and cigar: Fumoir by Arte Profumi



Fans of hardcore birch leather perfumes take note. A prestigious branch of leather fantasy is devoted to classical Cuir de Russie compositions orchestrated around birch tar, leathers and soil tincture or tobacco, to enhance the effect of birch-tar-cured leather armors of Russian soldiers*. Fumoir is a member of this fashionable leather club. A perfume that concertizes palatial smoke of cigar, leather seats, and wood and velvet furniture in gentlemen's club.