Wild Water: Eau Sauvage – Christian Dior

Many of Dior’s fragrances have stood the test of time, such as Miss Dior (now named Miss Dior L’originale), a rich leathery Chypre created to celebrate Christian Dior’s New Look. Aside from Diorissimo, their portrait of the Lily of the Valley, few of their scents have had long lasting influence on the perfume industry. Eau Sauvage stands out in this respect as their most influential perfume.

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Wonder Resin: Wonderoud – Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons are well known for their explorations of woody and resinous notes: their Incense Series and 2Man are fantastic examples of what can be done with incense resins and woods. Wonderoud is the latest launch by the brand in wide distribution, flankering (and amplifying the oud note in) 2010’s “woods gone mad” Wonderwood.


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The Greatest Hits of @FragrantReviews

Four years ago today, my scented partner in crime Thomas (aka The Candy Perfume Boy) and I started @FragrantReviews. The concept is simple: fit a descriptive review into 140 characters, with a star rating. In the time since, we’ve amassed over 700 reviews, 3000+ followers, and better still: we have both been able to improve as writers – both of us being nominated for Jasmine Awards, with Thomas winning one earlier this year! Sadly, there’s not yet a category for best Twitter soundbite.

fragrantreviewsWe’ve decided to celebrate our fourth birthday in our normal pithy style, picking out our favourite 140 character reviews from the last 4 years.

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Smoke & Mirrors: Vetiver Veritas – Heeley Parfums

Heeley’s latest launch, Vetiver Veritas, is the first in a collection of entirely botanical fragrances. I am not normally a proponent of natural fragrances – I tend to find them unremarkable and flat, but the fact that Heeley has decided to move in this direction following his wonderful Extraits had me very intrigued.

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Pretty Patchouli: Fashion Decree – Atkinsons 1799

Atkinsons was originally founded in 1799 by James Atkinson – a perfumer and soapmaker – and was revived last year by an Italian investor with the assistance of John Bailey, Mr Perfume himself, who assisted in the restoration of the archives for the brand.


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Club Tropicana: Tulum – Cloon Keen Atelier

Cloon Keen Atelier is one of the most exciting houses we introduced at Les Senteurs during my time there. Based in Galway, on the Atlantic coast of Ireland, founded by Creative Director Margaret Mangan and her partner Julian in 2002.

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Fire at the Fairground: Déliria – L’Artisan Parfumeur

L’Artisan Parfumeur is the first house that I fell in love with when I began to explore the world of perfumery outside of what was available at the department store. Since they were founded in the mid 70s, they’ve shaken up the perfume industry and created some truly revolutionary fragrances.

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Empyreal Iris: Angélique – Papillon Perfumery

I wrote briefly yesterday about the launch of Papillon Perfumery, the brand created by perfumer Liz Moores. What I didn’t mention is that at one of Odette Toilette‘s events, I smelled a scent created by Liz that captured the smell of her grandmother.  It captured the scent of most grandmothers, as far as I could tell, and I was sent back in time to the late 80s and the overgrown garden at Nanny Rudge’s house (my Nan’s Mum).

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Familiar/Strange: Wisteria Hysteria – Comme des Garcons x Stephen Jones

Comme des Garcons has a number of scent collaborations under its belt: ranging from Daphne Guinness, Monocle Magazine, artek, Undercover, the recent Serpentine Galleries launch and soon Pharell’s “Girl”.

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French 75: Cédrat Enivrant – Atelier Cologne

Atelier Cologne have dedicated themselves to producing fresh, long lasting fragrances since their launch in 2010, and introduced a new concentration in the ‘Cologne Absolue’ – equivalent in dilution to Eau de Parfum.

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