Fueguia 1833 Ballena de la Pampa Review

Notes Musks, Hay, Ambergris The Short Story A moment of bliss. The Long Story I’m lying in the dry grass, the scorching sun kissing my face.  The light breeze is caressing my body and the dry grass is tickling my arms and legs.  The sweet aroma of hay and parched meadow flowers is wafting through the air. Tranquility is all I am feeling at the … Continue reading Fueguia 1833 Ballena de la Pampa Review

Xerjoff Kobe Review

Notes Orange, Bergamot, Neroli, Benzoin, Styrax, Resins, Musk The Short Story Dry citrus in a wooden box. The Long Story Umberto was sitting at his wooden desk peering through the half open French window.  The noise from the busy Calle de Serrano was trickling through the crack along with the bright rays of sun. It was mid morning on the day after his 65th birthday and Umberto was … Continue reading Xerjoff Kobe Review

John Varvatos Artisan Acqua Review

Notes Orange, Pomelo, Toscanol,Palmarosa, Musk, Lavender, Fir Resin The Short Story Teenage hormone cover-up. The Long Story Margaret Thatcher has a famous saying about power: “Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”  The same is true for being an artist – if you have to tell people you are, you most likely aren’t. The ad campaign … Continue reading John Varvatos Artisan Acqua Review

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3 Rules for Choosing a Fragrance

Picking the right fragrance is tricky.  Overloaded perfume counters and cheeky sales associates don’t make things any easier. So, here are three simple rules to picking a scent without a buyer’s remorse. Rule #1: Decide where you would wear it Perfume is like clothes. You choose it for an occasion.  Would it be a casual scent to wear on a Sunday brunch; something with more … Continue reading 3 Rules for Choosing a Fragrance

What’s Hot Right Now: Valentino Uomo

I think I need to get a restraining order against Valentino Uomo.  Not that I really would but everywhere I turn I read about it. The hype this time, though, doesn’t come from a persistent marketing campaign Valentino‘s or Puig‘s (the company that created the fragrance) folks started but from independent reviewers. Valentino Uomo is rumoured to smell similar to Dior Homme – also created … Continue reading What’s Hot Right Now: Valentino Uomo

Tom Daxon Cologne Absolute Review

Notes Neroli, Bergamot, Tarragon, Violet Leaf, Jasmine, Lilly of the Valley, Givescone, Patchouli, Cypriol The Short Story A modern cologne. The Long Story Generally speaking, we can divide colognes into two broad categories: Old World and New World.  In the Old World category fall all classic or traditional colognes: Santa Maria Novella, Floris, Acqua di Parma, Guerlain, etc. In the New Worlds category you have … Continue reading Tom Daxon Cologne Absolute Review

Scent Stories: The Proposal (Eau D’Orange Verte)

“I don’t know, Gianfranco.” he said while buttoning his freshly ironed white shirt. “About which part?”, Gianfranco asked leaning on the side of the door frame. His white linen shirt, unbuttoned on top, was revealing sporadic black chest hair and a solid tan acquired through endless hours spent on the beach. Gianfranco crossed over his left foot, his his dark ankles peering from under his … Continue reading Scent Stories: The Proposal (Eau D’Orange Verte)