I wish you all a wonderful Christmas with your beloved ones!
Dezember / 24 / 2013
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas with your beloved ones!
September / 25 / 2013
This is what I loved to smell this summer!
By the way, did I mention that we had Club Tropicana in Berlin? Gosh, it was so, so hot. But since two weeks it feels like autumn and I am suddenly feeling like buying autumn fashion flipping through the pages of glossy magazines. Every season has its beautiful sides.
For the gals…
L’Artisan Parfumeur: Mûre et Musc
I have found this perfume on fashion blogger Garance Doré’s site. She mentioned it to be THE perfume of the French girls. Of course I ordered a sample the same day and I must say that I completely fell in love with this clean musk fragrance that is so unbelievably sexy at the same time. It smells like blackberry yoghurt and musk mixed with Ô de Lancôme, which is one of my summer staples. And to be honest, who doesn’t want to smell like a French girl?
The Different Company: Pure eVe
Once it was called Pure Virgin, they have changed the name, Pure eVe is one of the most lovely musk scents I have ever smelled – you find me in the summer of musk, maybe a baby powder thing from a new mom. Céline Ellena has combined the smell of the famous French sweets Calissons with aldehydes, linen flower, mimosa, rose, cedar wood and, of course, musk. Clean and sensual, absolutely divine!
Montale: Sweet Oriental Dream
One gourmand for summer is a must. I have chosen Sweet Oriental Dream because it is overwhelmingly sweet, soft and sexy and the staying power is incredible. Reminds me – and a lot of others – of Keiko Mecheri’s Loukhoum Eau Poudrée but this one is less powdery and the almond is more on center of the stage followed by a wonderful rose and creamy vanilla. A must try!
Estée Lauder: Bronze Goddess
After checking other vacation scents like the new Coccobello by Heeley or Beach Walk by Maison Martin Margiela I’ve finally bought a bottle of this year’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche although I dislike the design of the bottle. Too much gold for me who distastes bling bling. Bronze Goddess is very creamy with a dominant vetiver note. Not at all ‚king of coconut style‘, this one stays close to the skin and nevertheless you smell it on your clothes for hours. It has something chilly, like the flair of the late-season, when it’s getting a little bit colder in the evening. Somebody compared it to Azurée Soleil by Tom Ford for Estée Lauder (2007). From what I remember Azurée Soleil had smelled somehow very synthetic, which Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche doesn’t. It’s a smooth operator.
La Perla: Just Precious
Some time ago we were talking about the 1990s perfume fashion. When I received the new La Perla perfume it reminded me in a way of this era. A sweet oriental scent with citrus notes, tiaré flower, vanilla, amber and sandalwood, perfect for a hot summer night. I have gotten a lot of compliments and have to admit that it really feels very sensual.
My all time favorites quickly added: Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St. Clements by Heeley, Louanges Profanes by Parfumerie Générale, Escale à Portofino by Dior, which is gorgeous, the bottle included! Not to forget Eau Dynamisante by Clarins and Ô de Lancôme by Lancôme.
By the way: I tell you my secret for the face during hot summer days: I use the Aloe Vera Toner Sensitive by Santaverde – best thing to wake up and to refresh yourself during the day. The atomizer makes an ultra-fine spray mist and the smell is heavenly! It’s not water-based but made of aloe vera juice and rose water. Also best directly from the fridge. I love this stuff and have just replenished my reserves. Forget thermal water with fuel gas!
And, last but not least I’ve found a new bronzer which I’m going to use throughout the year: Soleil Tan de Chanel. A cream bronzer which smells like apricots and which gives you a golden summer glow every time you need a little bit of color. Amazing!
So far from the Olfactorialist beauty cabinet concerning fragrant products.
For the boys…
J.F. Schwarzlose: Treffpunkt 8 Uhr
A great scent made in Berlin. Treffpunkt 8 Uhr (Meeting place 8 o’clock) combines vetiver, ginger, sage and mango. The mango just rounds up this beautiful perfume, don’t expect anything like a mango lassi note. The ginger reveals a sophisticated crispness. You have to try this, it’s stunning! A great mixture of classic and up to date.
Figs, coconut, cedar wood. This perfume simply smells like vacation in a bottle and is the best for hot summer days and nights.Wearing Philosykos always feels like coming directly from the beach. A gem! Did you see the wonderful travel spray holders with the magnetized cap of the Collection Voyage by Diptyque? Slim, black and so chic!
Armani Privé: Eau de Jade
Something green! Recently I tested the whole Armani Privé line and sprayed Eau de Jade on my wrist. It lasted very long and I sniffed my arm the whole way home and again and again. I really love this wonderful scent with bergamot, neroli, musk and pepper. The price tag is the only reason why this beautiful perfume doesn’t sit on my dressing table yet.
Miller Harris: Fleurs de Sel
Vetiver is the womanizer par excellence. I don’t know any woman who doesn’t love vetiver on a man. Fleurs de Sel is salty vetiver, a dense and intense carpet made of thyme, rosemary, clary sage, vetiver grass, moss and leather. Amazingly woody and herbal.
Bullion was created for the Arabian market but in Berlin they sell it at Galeries Lafayette, so fortunately I went by and tested this wonderful sultry elixir. It is a very deep and opulent scent for the evening. Black plum, leather, dark woods, musks. A rich and absolutely sensual perfume. Gorgeous and after Bal d’Afrique my favorite Byredo scent.
What did you wear during the summer heat?
März / 11 / 2013
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary celebration in 2011 Diptyque launched 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain. Named after the address of the first Diptyque boutique in Paris the unisex scent presents a mixture of green notes, spices and a woody base. I smell geranium and finest suede and think it is a very delicate scent for men.
Now the French perfume house has released the unisex fragrance L’Eau du Trente-Quatre, the white companion and a homage to the change of seasons on Boulevard Saint-Germain. Perfumer Olivier Pescheux created a soft spring melody with citrus notes like bitter orange, lemon, grapefruit and verbena in combination with spicy nutmeg and cinnamon on a base of incense, patchouli, moss and musk. The result: A great citrus scent with longevity that doesn’t drown in the quicksand of thousands of other citrus scents. The longer I wear it the more I love it. Bitter orange and musk are the two dominant elements of this creation. For me this one is for the girls! And as a lover of purism I adore the simple chic of the vial with its magnetic white cap and the sheathed atomizer tube.
If you prefer a scented candle I have good news for you: Diptyque has added a new spring candle to its collection – Jonquille, the French term for narcissus. The funny thing is that I don’t smell narcissus but jasmine. Try it out yourself…
Perfumer: Olivier Pescheux
Notes: bitter orange, lemon, verbena, grapefruit, lavender, juniper berries, nutmeg, cinnamon, geranium, tuberose, musk, patchouli, incense, cedar wood, cistus
September / 18 / 2012
When I heard, that the new perfume Volutes by Diptyque has been inspired by a childhood memory of founder Yves Coueslant, namely by a passage from Marseille to Saigon, I immediately thought of one of my favorite books – The Lover by Marguerite Duras. I also love the movie and its soundtrack. It’s a blue, bittersweet melancholia amidst the scenery of the fertile landscape of Vietnam.
Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin has created the image of elegant ladies on a steamboat, standing at the rail smoking Egyptian cigarettes and sending smoke rings into the cool sea air. I imagine the famous scene from The Lover, the little French girl wearing a man’s hat and braids, putting her worn down stiletto on the rail while the Chinese man is observing her.
Volutes is a very feminine, soft scent with spicy nuances, yet cool. Sweet-smoky-spicy-cool to be precise. Iris is very dominant in the composition and functions as a metaphor for the silk dresses fluttering in the wind. It is also a very good contrast to the sweetness of honey tobacco. Dried fruits and oriental spices reveal an aroma of an oriental market, maybe a stopover of this journey. Resins represent the ship’s engine room. Volutes is a very round and strong composition, an intense woody oriental perfume. I don’t find it suitable for men. Amber pulls us into the depths of the ocean while the smoke rings fly to heaven. Volutes spreads the word into all cardinal directions.
Perfumer: Fabrice Pellegrin
Notes: pink pepper, pepper, saffron, clove, tobacco, honey, suede, hay, strawflower, amber, iris, myrrh, opoponax