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.

Still Got It: Pour un Homme – Caron

Caron – celebrating two monumental birthdays this year: 110 years as perfumers, and 80 years of Pour un Homme – was founded in 1904 by chemist Ernest Daltroff with the assistance of artistic advisor (and lover), Felicie Wanpouille, a former dressmaker. Together, they created some of the most beautiful and revolutionary perfumes of the early […]

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.

Meditteranean Mermaid: Womanity – Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler is one of the few ‘mainstream’ houses that consistently pushes the boundaries of perfumery with its feminine pillar fragrances. Angel spawned an entire fragrance family of its own, and a few hundred inferior clones (at the very least). Alien also took no prisoners, a space-age Jasmine fragrance with an incredible solar potency.

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 […]

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”.