March 17, 2012

Olfactory Rapture

I get total endorphine kicks from talking to people who are passionate about perfume. Add to that some new discoveries and I am in olfactory heaven of Dantesque proportions.

Juliette has a Gun: This is not a Review

I have been asked on a few occasions to do reviews on fragrances, both in formal and informal contexts. Have to disappoint those of you who wait for such posts. It is unlikely at this time that I will ever write a standard review with the purpose to grade a new launch or say that a perfume is good or bad. This simply goes against the essence of why I am interested in perfumes at all. I do, and will, however write reflections around specific fragrances and describe my impressions wearing them. If I notice obvious objective qualities that make it an exceptional perfume (in my opinion) I will tell you. But, scents are subjective and every persons skin, hormones, temperature, body odour is different. Therefore my experience will not be the same as yours and this to me makes a standard review based on evaluation pointless.

What I would like however, is if my reflections and obsession about details and facts and nuances can help you to a richer experience with your perfume, and that I can offer you some knowledge that will help you make more personal conscious choices. But for me to be able to do that for you I need to exercise my own perception. This is one of the reasons why I like to go through a range like I did with By Kilian or a theme (note, nose etc).

The next perfume house that I dive into will be Juliette has a Gun. A contemporary brand, created by Romano Ricci, with a classic heritage and a unique seductive narrative. Just received a sample kit from them and look forward to going through the fragrances. Stay posted for reflections on Citizen Queen, Lady Vengeance and their friends.

March 14, 2012

How to find a new perfume

For natural reasons I have the fortune to find myself indulging in conversations about perfume and perfume searching quite often. But in the last weeks it has really happened more often than usual. Which is great... I could easily spend my entire life talking about perfumes and helping others find their olfactory matches. My impression from these conversations is that there is quite a lot of insecurity around how to navigate between the shelves and brands and that this causes a feeling of being somewhat overwhelmed and confused. Some of my earlier posts offer guidance that could be of use to some of you. Hope this helps you in your perfume discoveries, and you are always welcome to contact me for questions or exchange of thoughts around this. Some of you do and I really enjoy reading your thoughts.

On perfume families and composition. This one.

On classification Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette...etc. This one.

One of my favorite topics... pour homme et pour femme.

Here, a post on wearing perfume.

A post about giving perfume to someone else, here.

In Swedish:
How to go about the shopping situation 
And this one.

Druid necklace from Chanel with Perfume bottle :)

March 13, 2012

It's oud-week.

Trying ouds, reading about ouds, thinking about ouds. I have three, two from Byredo and the Kilian. I will be back with reflections. In the meantime have a look at THIS. Juliette has a gun. I have a crush on this brand right now. To be continued.

In the meantime, watch your sillage.