Category Archives: Coconut

Miss Balmain

(Vintage ad from australianperfumejunkies) Miss Balmain comes in a pink package with old-fashioned typeface, in a tall bottle with reddish-brown juice. It looks designed to sit on a 1950s vanity. Miss Balmain seems like a staple perfume: the kind of … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Amber, Carnation, Chypre, Coconut, Coriander, Coumarin, Gardenia, Green, Jasmine, Leather, Muguet, Oakmoss, Orris Root, Patchouli, Powdery, Rose, Tonka Bean, Vetiver | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Péché Cardinal in Images

As promised, here’s Péché Cardinal in images. I don’t see any anthropomorphism in it, like I do in Habanita, but I can get a visual picture. Péché Cardinal is based on a French dessert called Poires Belle Hélené, made of … Continue reading

Posted in Blackcurrant, Cedarwood, Coconut, Davana, Lily, Peach, Prune, Tuberose | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Péché Cardinal by Parfums MDCI

I went to Osswald looking for a perfume that I was sure I could wear all the time for the price. I hadn’t tried many of Parfums MDCIs offerings, but there they were in their unabashed, even kitschy neoclassicism, with the marble busts … Continue reading

Posted in Blackcurrant, Cedarwood, Coconut, Davana, Lily, Musk, Peach, Prune, Sandalwood, Tuberose | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent’s bomb Opium is one of the more controversial perfumes. Years after its release, in 2000, Opium was banned from China because of the opium trade connotations. (That’s interesting stuff: read about the Opium Wars here.) Opium also … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Balsam, Benzoin, Bergamot, Carnation, Castoreum, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Coconut, Coriander, Incense, Jasmine, Labdanum, Muguet, Musk, Myrrh, Opoponax, Oriental, Orris Root, Patchouli, Peach, Plum, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Ylang in Gold by Parfums M. Micallef

I reviewed Art Collection Vanille by French luxury perfume house Parfums M. Micallef a few months back. They were kind enough to send me a sample of their newest release, Ylang in Gold, for review. First I have to say … Continue reading

Posted in Coconut, Geranium, Magnolia, Mint, Muguet, Orange, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang-Ylang | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Prada Candy

* Picture from Fragrantica I wanted to try Prada Candy for several reasons: 1.) The name. Five letters each word and good alliteration on the ‘a’s. And when every other perfume on the market smells like candy, you know that … Continue reading

Posted in Caramel, Coconut, Musk, Vanilla | Tagged , | 3 Comments

New Jersey by United Scents of America

*Picture from Fragrantica United Scents of America, a new perfume company in Hoboken, New Jersey, has what is probably the best concept for a niche perfume line I’ve ever seen: perfumes that smell like the state they are named after. … Continue reading

Posted in Caramel, Coconut, Cotton Candy, Musk, Orange Blossom, Patchouli, Peach, Vanilla | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Cuir Venenum by Parfumerie Generale

Here’s a curveball for the new year… Cuir Venenum, “leather venom” in this fragrance’s high-minded juxtaposed French/Latin title, seems at first to be too provocative a name for this superficially staid fragrance. With distinctive but nonthreatening top notes of cloves … Continue reading

Posted in Cedarwood, Citrus, Clove, Coconut, Green, Honeysuckle, Leather, Musk, Myrrh, Orange Blossom, Violet | Tagged , , | 1 Comment