Category Archives: Galbanum

MEMO Cuirs Nomades Collection

Hey guys, I’ve been backed up for a long time. I have a ton of perfume samples waiting for review. I’m sorry if I haven’t gotten to yours. I’ll do the best I can. I have a lot of samples … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Benzoin, Birch, Blackcurrant, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Flouve, Galbanum, Iris, Juniper Berry, Leather, Mate, Musk, Myrrh, Opoponax, Petitgrain, Pink Pepper, Rockrose, Rose, Rosewater, Sage, Sandalwood, Suede, Tolu, Tomato Leaf, Tonka Bean, Vanilla | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Chypre Palatin by Parfums MDCI

I’m going to start by saying I really like Parfums MDCI. It’s a quality house designed to bring back old-fashioned perfumery. Most of the fragrances are pretty good, and have a 40’s or 50’s feel to them. MDCI expounds upon … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Castoreum, Cistus, Clementine, Galbanum, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Iris, Jasmine, Lavender, Leather, Oakmoss, Prune, Rose, Styrax, Thyme, Tolu, Uncategorized, Vanilla | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Molinard’s Habanita in Images

So this is going to be nothing like my Chamade images. Habanita is dark, addicted, and used. There is longing in it, and dreaming too, but no joy. Here’s who it reminds me of: (Photo from I recently saw … Continue reading

Posted in Bitter, Galbanum, Green, Leather, Old Classic, Powdery, Rose, Tobacco, Vanilla, Woody | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Chanel 28 La Pausa

28 La Pausa is another release from Chanel’s Les Exclusifs line. Like 31 Rue Cambon, 28 La Pausa is graceful and orchestrated with Chanel’s mannerly balance. It’s also a more coherent structure and fewer notes. It’s often described as the … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Galbanum, Iris | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Ma Griffe by Carven

I hadn’t known anything about Ma Griffe until I found a bottle of it in my mom’s friend’s bathroom. Except that it was a classic old perfume, like L’Air du Temps. I hadn’t known that it had a reputation for … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Cinnamon, Civet, Galbanum, Gardenia, Iris, Jasmine, Labdanum, Lemon, Muguet, Musk, Oakmoss, Orange Blossom, Rose, Sage, Sandalwood, Styrax, Vetiver, Vintage Version, Ylang-Ylang | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Ivoire de Balmain: Vintage and Modern

Note List: (from Balmain’s website) Top Notes: mandarin, bergamot, galbanum Heart Notes: rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, iris, lily-of-the-valley, carnation, pepper, nutmeg, raspberry Base Notes: vetiver, patchouli, oakmoss, sandalwood, labdanum, tonka bean First let me say this: Ivoire de Balmain is more … Continue reading

Posted in 80s fragrance, Bergamot, Carnation, Chypre, Clean, Galbanum, Green, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Rose, Sandalwood, Skin, Soapy, Uncategorized, Vintage Version | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Chanel No. 19

I’ve noticed these four evolutionary tactics that fragrances employ: 1.) Lack trajectory but may have different notes stand out at different times (Black, 100% Love) 2.) Follow a linear, storylike path of introductory blast, conflicted buildup, climactic heart, and decrescendoing … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Bread, Cedarwood, Galbanum, Green, Iris, Lemon, Sandalwood, Sugar, Violet | Tagged , | 8 Comments

Chamade by Guerlain

Guerlain’s website tells us that Chamade is named after the drum roll that Napoleon’s armies referred to as La Chamade, which sounds like the rhythm of the heart in love. Personally I think that title doesn’t fit too well, not … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Bergamot, Galbanum, Green, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Powdery, Rose, Vanilla | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Habanita by Molinard

Habanita immediately struck me as not smelling much like perfume. It smells just like a cigar. And if you were to agree with me, you’d be right, because it was originally designed to scent cigarettes. This is not unusual, because … Continue reading

Posted in Bitter, Galbanum, Green, Leather, Old Classic, Powdery, Rose, Tobacco, Vanilla, Woody | Tagged , , | 2 Comments