Green florals have always enticed me, vintage or modern. Florabotanica from the house of Balenciaga or Deneuve by Catherine both are good examples of green perfumes, the former a floral and the latter a chypre. Valentino is a favorite of mine. The reason being that his clothes, and I mean his and not the ones … Continue reading Valentino by Valentino – 1978
This trio of Diors corresponds to each other very well. Not only through smell but through the names as well, something comme Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria. Like three characters from the same chapter from the book of Dior Parfums. Our tale begins with Diorella, a fresh floral chypre launched in 1972. Created by Edmond Roudnitska, he has called this his … Continue reading Le Trois – Diorella, Dioressence, Dior-Dior
Diorissimo is unabashedly a floral. Not that being unabashed is a bad thing but the reason why I say that is is because it is only and singularly a floral, nothing else.
I remember I located an issue of Vanity Fair, circa 1993 with beautiful Julia Roberts on the cover in one of my mothers drawers a long time ago. I remember being ecstatic and springy knowing I would discover things I wasn't yet supposed to. Well, I sure did. A photo of a topless Madonna, K.D … Continue reading No. 4 – Jil Sander
I don't know how Arpege became a legendary perfume, especially since it doesn't have Shalimar's exoticsm or L'air Du Temps' liberty but I am glad it did. Actually, Arpege came out after Chanel No 5, in 1927. No 5 was presented in 1921 (sometimes I just talk and write about these dates but SERIOUSLY, 1921 is … Continue reading Arpege – Lanvin
Gorgeous advert right? The caption - misleading. Miss Dior was launched in 1947 while I suppose Dior was hot following the reveal of the New Look. I find it funny when I let my nose take in all the glory of Miss Dior and figure out how Christian Dior himself viewed the woman who … Continue reading Miss Dior – Parfum & EDT
Eau de toillete, Eau de Parfum, eau de cologne, Parfum de toilette, the list goes on and on. And it can make one crazy. I remember I used to think eau de toilette meant perfume which is to be exclusively kept in the toilet. Ha! Silly me. Do not do that. Seriously, the pefume you … Continue reading A short education in perfume.