Category Archives: Bergamot

Acqua di Parma Profumo

Acqua di Parma smells like sand and seawater. Not so much in the actual notes, but in the effect. There’s 3 different types of bergamot in here. Bergamot usually lightens up a fragrance, hence its use in cologne. But there’s … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Bergamot, Iris, Jasmine, Oakmoss, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Vanilla, Ylang-Ylang | Tagged , | 4 Comments

L’Heure Bleue by Guerlain

Not burying the lede: the reason L’Heure Bleue is so fascinating is that it smells like dessert while also managing to be melancholy. The name means “the bluish hour,” which leads me to believe it was designed to be more … Continue reading

Posted in Anise, Benzoin, Bergamot, Carnation, Iris, Neroli, Rose, Tonka Bean, Tuberose, Vanilla, Violet | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Chai by Robert Piguet

Last time I went to Bergdorf’s they gave me a sample of Chai. It’s part of a trio of three fragrances based on Asian plants and designed for an Asian market. Its sisters are Blossom and Jeunesse. Chai opens with … Continue reading

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Givenchy III Parfum

This cool picture from Fragrantica is the vintage eau de toilette, but I’m reviewing the modern parfum. Givenchy III is considered one of the greatest green fragrances of all time. It’s green in the old-fashioned way: musty and powdery in … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Amber, Bergamot, Chypre, Galbanum, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Iris, Jasmine, Mandarin, Muguet, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Peach, Rose, Sandalwood, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Ambra di Venezia Parfum

I got a bottle of Ambra di Venezia parfum when I was 18, along with the lush matching lotion. I bought it in a store called Takashimaya. (Takashimaya is a Japanese luxury department store. There used to be one on … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Bergamot, Jasmine, Lime, Mango, Narcissus, Narcissus, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Tuberose | Tagged , | 6 Comments

A Minor by Code Deco

(codedeco.com) Code Deco is a unique Singapore-based perfume company that started last year under perfumer and founder Gauri Garodia. She presented her jazz-based fragrance collection at Spring Fling Sniffapalooza. The concept is great: it’s such a hard thing to relate … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Bay Leaf, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clove, Geranium, Musk, Plum, Pomelo, Prune, Sandalwood, Uncategorized, Vetiver | 2 Comments

Angel by Thierry Mugler

 (from www.celebrityendorsementads.com)  Angel is probably one of the biggest perfumes out there besides Chanel No. 5 and anything released by a daughter of OJ Simpson’s defense attorney. Its distinctive otherworldly periwinkle star bottle (followed in spirit by Alien) is pretty … Continue reading

Posted in Bergamot, Berry, Caramel, Coumarin, Dewberry, Honey, Mandarin, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Margaux by Tocca Fashion Illustration

I’ve had a bottle of TOCCA’s Margaux forever, sent to me by Lexamedia. I’ve been meaning to review it, but I thought it was better expressed with this image. TOCCA makes delicate, hippie-esque clothes and sells perfumes that each represent … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Bergamot, Berry, Gardenia, Green, Musk, Orange Blossom, Smoky, Vanilla, Woody | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Histoires de Parfums 1899 Hemingway

(from fragrantica.com) Histoires de Parfums’ 1899 Hemingway has a concept that begs you to get involved: it’s based on the writer’s Mediterranean travels that, as respected by the copy on Histoires’ website, must have culminated in copious amounts of booze. … Continue reading

Posted in Ambergris, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Iris, Juniper, Orange Blossom, Vanilla, Vetiver | Tagged , | 2 Comments

PHI- Une Rose de Kandahar by Andy Tauer

Picture from Tauer Perfumes If any of you haven’t heard of Andy Tauer, you should learn about him. He’s famous in the perfume world for being completely self-taught and for having a really candid blog, which shows how his business … Continue reading

Posted in Almond, Ambergris, Animalic, Apricot, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Coumarin, Geranium, Leather, Musk, Patchouli, Rose, Tobacco, Uncategorized, Vanilla, Vetiver, Woody | Tagged , , | 2 Comments