Category Archives: People

Bare Skin Scents

Maybe this is an ooh la la sort of question, but I wonder what are the best fragrances for nudity?  Now I realize that the answer is going to vary a good deal because the subject of skin and what … Continue reading

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Dries Van Noten

Some years ago sandalwood was nowhere to be found.  The white sandalwood that I remembered from my childhood was produced by too few trees in India, and as a result, Indian authorities  shut down production for some time. In the … Continue reading

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Salty Melons and Married Love: Le Parfum de Therese

People remember the late Edmond Roudnitska for different reasons. Myself I remember his book about perfume, the first serious one I ever read on the subject. In it he made a plea for perfume to be considered an art form, … Continue reading

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Lemon-y but Lovely: New Citrus Florals

Right now colognes seem to be out of favor with the market. This always surprises me since colognes seem like such a wonderful option for many people. They’re often largely natural, they’re light, they offend very few, and yet look … Continue reading

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Bubbles in the Soap Dish: Cruel Gardenia, Caline, Fleur de Rocailles

Most of us are very clean.   I’ve never met anyone interested in perfume who was not something of a clean freak.  Maybe we don’t take three baths a day a la Tom Ford but we are very fussy about hygiene.  … Continue reading

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The American Smell?

Is there such a thing? I’d say not although there definitely are city smells.  In my extended family we refer to the New York smell, which is made up of car exhaust, uncollected garbage and yes a tiny touch of … Continue reading

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White Lavender

There’s an anecdote going back to the end of the sixteenth century that someone wanted to present Elizabeth I with a beautifully bound book, and to finish off the attractions of that volume they were going to perfume the binding … Continue reading

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Animalic June: Vraie Blonde and Sepia

June is supposed to be the month of roses but this year in honor of my cat and my daughter, I’ve decided to let things take a decidedly animalic turn. Yes, that’s not very apropos for the month of roses. … Continue reading

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Interview with Liz Zorn of Soivohle Perfumes

Do you have a smell from childhood that you loved-anything from your Mom’s perfume to your dog’s paws-and what was it? The most dominant memory smell from childhood would be the damp musty smell of my grandparents basement. Not that … Continue reading

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Interview with Jeffrey Dame of Parfums Retro: Tilting at WIndmills

To end my series on American perfumers, I’ve included an interview with Jeffrey Dame, the man behind Parfums Retro and last year’s well received perfume Grand Cuir. He answered the same set of questions I gave to every other perfumer, … Continue reading

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