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 at Andy Tauer trying to get the Cologne du Maghreb into circulation. Apparently, that’s an uphill battle. Continue reading
Everyone has a different inflection point that indicates the waning of summer. My own is the time when the basil plants come into the local farmer’s markets with the bracts of flowers attached, and a certain rubberiness to the leaves. When that happens, I know that summer is almost over and that soon I will be back purchasing school supplies.
I’m sorry to see the basil pass its peak. There isn’t any better herbal smell, not to me, and like the late Eleanor Perenyi, I find “the aroma so intoxicating, that I would turn it into a perfume if I knew how.”
Of course, others do know how. The first time that I recall was Isabella Rosselini’s perfume Manifesto, from the 90’s, predicated entirely on basil and owing something when you smelled it to Cabotine. Well, that wasn’t too much of a surprise. After all, Cabotine was a heavy hitter back in those days. Continue reading