Monthly Archives: July 2011

Avez Vous Bourbon?

Sometimes I think the phenomenon of perfume criticism has destroyed what used to be an innocent piece of self indulgence for the average scent consumer.  Now we know, and those of us who don’t know are bound to find out … Continue reading

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Going to Ground

Everyone responds to heat differently.  Some of us don’t budge from the poolside or the beach, some of us get out of town and stay out until work schedules and other tiresome realities intervene. Some of us just go down … Continue reading

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The Aerial Automata

Synthetics are the bugaboos of the perfume world.  Everyone knows that they make up the majority of the shades in a perfumers’ palette, most of us can name a few names: Cashmeran, Hedione, Iso Super E.  Still, we resent them.  … Continue reading

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Two Tuberoses

I don’t know if tuberoses are perennials in the garden, but tuberoses in perfumery definitely are.  There are tuberose heavy bouquets that debut every year, though come to think of it, perhaps not this year.  Generally though you can count … Continue reading

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Pineapples in the Wind?

Actually, yes.  The fruity scent is not entirely the brainchild of IFF circa 1995, it does have a longer history.  Peach notes, usually courtesy an aldehyde (C14, or possibly  delta-undecalactone according to Luca Turin), were used as far back as … Continue reading

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Brewing a Golden Cloud of Tea

Today is threatening to reach  about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  I have been wondering what I have that is worth putting on in such heat. It’s hard to say.  Perhaps this is the day for a tea note and accordingly I … Continue reading

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A Case of the Begats

As in when you were sitting in a pew in a hot church listening to one of those sections of the Old Testament that sound like a breeding manual.  It was just as tedious as handicapping a race card, and … Continue reading

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Serge in the Summertime

It’s curious to note the heaviness of Middle Eastern perfume formulae considering just how hot it can get in that part of the world.  The standard Western approach to heat is to head for the cologne bottles which are usually … Continue reading

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Le Trèfle Incarnat

“The Pink Clover” (trifolium incarnatum)  is the rough translation of this title and it refers to a perfume by the firm of L.T. Piver, “la plus ancienne maison de parfumerie francaise” produced, well, some considerable time ago. Okay, to be … Continue reading

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