Secret of Venus (Repost)

Peach and cassis dominate lemon with other citrus notes and lavender lingering in the mild distance (Weil 1933).  Then zany florals (freesia and jasmine in particular on my skin) lilt in with a spicy, saucy abandon. And yet the warm, grounded base of patchouli, a lovely sandalwood and a vanilla (with a bit of anContinue reading “Secret of Venus (Repost)”

Orange Blossom (Repost)

Warm, endearing neroli is flanked by jasmine, peach blossom, tuberose and musk. Pink pepper and cedar round this sweet beauty out… It’s a classic orange blossom (Penhaligon’s 2010), it’s not particularly fussy and for some it might even seem too simple. But I love it. Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom is the sort of scent that won’tContinue reading “Orange Blossom (Repost)”

Rausch (Repost)

If it could be described as a somewhat heavy fragrance, and it could (especially at first) Rausch (J. F. Schwarzlose Berlin 2012) transforms with time to become a little bit softer, sweeter and airier.  Complex, rich and sexy, this beautiful oud with warm sandalwood, sophisticated patchouli and a present but unobtrusive vanilla is quite perfectly intenseContinue reading “Rausch (Repost)”

Sycomore (Repost)

Sycomore by Chanel (Chanel 2008) is like taking a breath of clean mountain air in late spring or early summer. The florals (violet in particular) are sweet and noteworthy but they don’t take center stage. Rather, it’s the cypress and sandalwood with their sincere, crisp beauty that shine. Also, of course, (almost cigarette tinged) vetiver.Continue reading “Sycomore (Repost)”

Pois de Senteur (Repost)

Vintage vanille acts like a toasted, syrupy coating over every note. This fragrance is very sweet. Musk and sandalwood only add to the sweetness, although they do also add depth. But ultimately this Caron fragrance from 1927 is a sugary floral with an emphasis on a very pretty rose. And while the indulgent, sweet beautyContinue reading “Pois de Senteur (Repost)”

Eau de Cologne Quintessence (Repost)

Eau de Cologne Quintessence by Agnel of Paris (Agnel 1900’s or so?) is very rare so I’m truly guessing at the notes in this vintage bottle. To my nose, punchy lemon, orange, rosemary, geranium, and eucalyptus at the start are refreshing. Then soft florals and fizzy orris root are combined with woody amber and laterContinue reading “Eau de Cologne Quintessence (Repost)”