Juniper Sling by Penhaligon’s

To the fresh air of the winter season! We often talk about winter fragrances that are warming and cozy and sweet as a Christmas fruit cake, and all those deep fir balsams, winter roses and gingerbreads. I thought that along with all that I definitely need something more fresh, green and aromatic that will make that chilly... Continue Reading →

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Amouage Collection: Honour, Epic, Lyric, Fate, Beloved, Jubilation 25 (women)

Another piece of Arabian luxury in my perfume library - six Amouage fragrances from their Main collection. Those are classic and undeniably gorgeous scents featuring traditional oriental accords - Amouage perfume house was founded by Sultanate of Oman more than 30 years ago. So, on a very basic level of perception I divide the scents that I like into two categories - the... Continue Reading →

Sample Box: Fumerie December Edition

December sampler box from Fumerie, one of my favorite perfume boutiques that's located in Portland, OR. What's in this box? I actually loved this month's selection: Serge Lutens - Chergui Slumberhouse - Norne Lubin - Upper Ten ERIS - Mx. Masque Milano - Montecristo Jovoy - Private Label Ormonde Jayne - Ormonde Woman Boadicea the... Continue Reading →

My Tips on Choosing a Perfume According to Your Skin Temperature

Have you ever tried to work out a strategy for choosing your new favorite scent easily and perhaps even doing a successful "blind shopping"? I personally often "blind buy" perfumes (meaning that I buy them without smelling, and go by verbal description only), and I am pretty happy with those types of purchases. One of my strategies for predicting how a certain fragrance... Continue Reading →

Mancera – Aoud Café

The smell of good coffee in the early hours is dear to every Seattleite's heart, and the golden bottle of Aoud Café is my favorite medicine for overcast days - it's a festive joy of velvety dark roast bitterness with woody undertones and just the right amount of fruity and floral hints. Actually, its sweetness... Continue Reading →

Black Afgano by Nasomatto

For over a year now this perfume has been my choice number one for "black is my happy color" type of days (and nights). It's mind-melting hashish, coffee and tobacco composition with the mantle of deep smoke is a decadent narcotic seduction, and as stated by Nasomatto, "it is the result of a quest to arouse the... Continue Reading →

La Religieuse by Serge Lutens

Bright dominant jasmine over heavy musk and incense base. It leaves a feeling of a missing link between the highs and lows, no middle tones, just like the lonely ray of bright light passes through the forlornness of a decrepit cathedral black with soot and dust. Irresistibly beautiful and graceful (just like all of Serge Lutens' creations) La Religieuse is... Continue Reading →

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