Category Archives: Oakmoss

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

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

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

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

Chaman’s Party by Honore des Pres

Henri Rousseau, “Snake Charmer” 2007 Olivia Giacobetti’s work is beautiful, but inscrutable enough if it doesn’t have obscure organic ingredients. Chaman’s Party, arguably the highest acclaimed of the 2008 Honore des Pres quintuplet, is a mystical wonder in the same … Continue reading

Posted in Bitter, Chypre, Ginger, Green, Labdanum, Natural Perfume, Oakmoss, Spicy, Vetiver | 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

Azuree by Estee Lauder

Picture from Fragrantica. The first time I smelled Azuree, I had no idea what it was, but I said it was similar to Aromatics Elixir. Both were done by Bernard Chant within a few years of each other; both have … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Bergamot, Citrus, Dry, Herbal, Leather, Musk, Oakmoss, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 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