Mitsouko Eau de Toilette by Guerlain Review

Collage of Mitsouko and its notes, including peach, rose, oakmoss, spices, vetiver, lilac, amber, ylang ylang, and jasmine.

It's so hard to write about our favorites, isn't it?Though I now favor the Eau de Parfum, the Eau de Toilette [...]

Umé Eau de Parfum by Keiko Mecheri Review

Collage of Ume by Keiko Mecheri and its notes, including plum, camellia, wisteria, may rose, persimmon, hinoki, and almond.

The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:The Lion beat the Unicorn all around the town.Some gave them [...]

Aventus Eau de Parfum by Creed Review

Collage of Aventus by Creed and its notes, including pineapple, birch, vanilla, bergamot, patchouli, ambergris, and apple.

One of the biggest memes of the fragrance world and most coveted releases of the 2010s, Aventus by Creed is [...]

Paloma Picasso Eau de Parfum by Paloma Picasso Review

Collage of Paloma Picasso perfume and its notes, including carnation, rose, mimosa, castoreum, lemon, amber, and civet.

Paloma reminds me of a stanza from one of my favorite poems, T. S. Eliot's "Rhapsody on a Windy Night":"The [...]

Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue by Atelier Cologne

Collage of Vanille Incensee and its notes: citron, lime, vanilla, oak, coriander, oakmoss, vetiver, amber, and jasmine.

Ah, the most divisive and controversial of woody vanillas.Dusty and sweet, Vanille Insensée is a woody [...]

Soul of the Forest Eau de Parfum by Maison Martin Margiela Review

Collage of Soul of the Forest and its notes, including cassis, vetiver, oakmoss, labdanum, pimento, fir, cedar, and maple.

Knowing the Replica line, I'd expected Maison Martin Margiela's Soul of the Forest to be a recreation of a damp, [...]

Vetiver Eau de Toilette by Guerlain Review

Collage of Guerlain's Vetiver and its notes, including sage, bergamot, lemon, civet, myrrh, nutmeg, tea, tonka, and oakmoss.

Vetiver is not some sort of vetiver quasi-soliflor, but, rather, a well-balanced and ingenious flourish, filled [...]

Myths Woman Eau de Parfum by Amouage Review

Collage of Myths Woman by Amouage and its notes, including chrysanthemum, narcissus, valerian, oakmoss, hay, and labdanum.

Myths Woman is a sharp green mossy marvel of a chypre. She is a fragrant blooming bog without apologies. She is [...]

Devil’s Nightcap Eau de Parfum by Lush Review

A collage of Devil's Nightcap by Lush and its notes, including oakmoss, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, oak, and clary sage.

This fragrance reminds me of a particular William Wordsworth sonnet, "The World Is Too Much With Us":The world [...]

The Scentaur

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