Fragrance Womens

Boy Chanel. Olivier Polge’s latest addition to Les Exclusifs.

August 2, 2016

Being off the boil for a while re. the ol’ perfume reviewing malarkey, it took a brave scent and a braver perfumer to get my juices flowing again. Before  this starts becoming far too Frankie Howard* by far (*Millennials, ask your parents), this is about Chanel after all. And such a classy, demure and newly-old […]

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Valentina Myrrh Assoluto by Valentino

May 22, 2016

Perfumer Olivier Cresp’s collaboration with Hamid Merati-Kasha has knocked it out the ballpark with another outstandingly beautiful release as part of the Valentina by Valentino range of fragrances. Usually flankers become run-of-the-mill with little other than tweaked differences (apart from the marketing ploy to capture already ‘sold’ consumers and spike sales) but Valentina’s ranges have […]

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CK One’s Summer is a Verdant Tropical Splash

May 18, 2016

CK One owns Summer. Its blast of aquatic fruity or floral freshness, depending on the latest limited edition flanker is oft a welcome antithesis to the overt bergamots or rose layers that remain, quite rightly, ever popular when it gets mid way through the year. Since the mid 1990s, CK One’s distinct appeal was its […]

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Cedro di Taormina–The 7th Release to the Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Range

March 2, 2016

It’s that time of year again when certain premium houses decide to tempt us willy-nilly with gorgeous zesty Mediterranean based fragrances that make Brits pine for warmer climes and have us clamouring for the nearest (sl)Easy Jet departure to the South of France or better, Italy. And then we mindfully counter-check this notion with the […]

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Valentino’s Valentina Poudre. Classic Powdery Heaven

February 25, 2016

Sometimes, new releases and even flankers can surprise you. I’ve always been a fan of the pretty and classic Valentina by Valentino range so was delighted when a new incarnation was recently released. Valentino Poudre is all that good releases to market should be: in keeping with the designer, true to the brand heritage and […]

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No.12 Lacha by ODIN New York

February 3, 2016

No.12 Lacha by ODIN is as sumptuous and narcotic with a deep masculine thrust as ever a perfume is likely to get. This is the essence of luxury masculinity in fine tailoring, measured and with good taste, kicking back in a Mayfair or St James gentleman’s club – aged Chesterfield Oxblood leather, sandalwood, crackling fires, […]

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Byredo’s Casablanca Lily is Lush with Eastern Promise

February 2, 2016

Byredo, with its distinctive modernist rounded flacons and its air of Scaninavian haute class, has its legions of followers. They buy into the essence and the style of the brand and of its quirky perfumer-creator, Ben Gorham, (half Indian, quarter Scottish, quarter French Canadian) who grew up in Sweden and then, fittingly created and grew […]

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Heeley’s Contemporary Chypre 21

January 25, 2016

I’m a pushover when it comes to chypres. The most sophisticated (to my mind) perfume type that soon divides the girls from the women or the men from the boys, chypres have an old world allure: A mystery and hard-to-define womanly aura that’s pre the pushover days of sweetly sick, over ripe and over used […]

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Narciso EDP–Contemporary Seductiveness

November 27, 2015

Narciso Rodriguez’s reason for creating this fragrance (released last year) was “I wanted to create an extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head.” And whilst wearing this, though I’ve not had this kind of reaction whilst others in my private arsenal of faves elicit  such response, Narciso lies firmly in the entrapment school […]

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L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Rose Privee

November 26, 2015

Yes, I know we’re about to hit December and this overtly pink, rose fuelled hysteria isn’t the first choice when we’re in heavy winter fragrances but, hear me out and stay with me. This beauty appears to have got lost in my banal daily tasks of life and re-discovering it was pure joy. Was it […]

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