Amouage Myths Woman ~ fragrance review

Amouage Myths brand imagery

Amouage gives us two takes on Myths Woman. The first is the one-liner describing the fragrance: “Inspired by surrealism, Myths for Woman paints its floral and green facets with an expression of dark nuances shaded with an ambivalent tone.” (If you can decipher this, let me know.) The second is this video, loaded with swirling red fabric and music that reads as “Asian tribal.”

I agree that Myths Woman tells a story, but to me it has nothing to do with surrealism or swirling fabric. My impression is of Barbara Stanwyck in the pre-code classic, Baby Face

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Amouage Opus VII & VIII ~ fragrance reviews

Amouage Opus VII and VIII

Wow! How I’ve fallen behind on the Amouages! Let’s skip the formalities and go straight to reviews of Amouage Opus VII and VIII from the Amouage Library Collection:

Opus VII was developed by perfumers Alberto Morillas and Pierre Negrin. Its notes include galbanum, pink pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, fenugreek, agarwood smoke, patchouli, ambrox, leather, ambergris, costus root, muscone, sandalwood, olibanum and cypriol. In short, it’s a rich and smooth, slightly funky, leathery fragrance. It skews masculine, but I’d be perfectly comfortable wearing it…

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Liquides Imaginaires Saltus ~ fragrance review

Liquides Imaginaires Saltus

Who’s having trouble keeping up with new niche perfume lines? I definitely am. I’m even starting to get a little resentful about it. Enough already. It seems like every designer who fancies himself a tastemaker tosses together a branding campaign and a line of “edgy” perfumes.

I see two big problems with this. First, good design sense does not mean an experienced nose. Next, a lot of these lines are treading the same ground. They either latch onto an era or cultural mileu (the 1920s, writers, historic figures), or they shoot for the now banal take on naughty, artistic, and hip. We get a lot of sizzle for a gristly burger at a ludicrous price tag.

So, you’ll understand why I didn’t jump on sampling Liquides Imaginaires fragrances…

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The Summer of Ma Griffe

Carven Ma Griffe, outer packaging design

Two things happened this week. First, a commenter on my bath powder post taught me the meaning of SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy). Then, a friend posted on Facebook that she was determined to use a full bottle of vintage Balmain Vent Vert this summer.

This got me thinking. My perfume collection is SABLE and then some. Isn’t it about time I made a focused effort to use it up? Also, I loved the idea of immersing myself in a scent and getting to know its nuances over time. I wouldn’t wear only that scent — there’s plenty of time during the day for another perfume or two, besides I need to write reviews — but I wanted to live with it. Really live with it…

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Parfums MDCI Fetes Persanes ~ fragrance review

La Fête Persane, Georges Lepape

Parfums MDCI Fêtes Persanes was inspired by the Fête Persane portion of Les Indes Galantes, an 18th-century opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau. I looked up the music before I started in on the review, and, my goodness, I dare you to listen to it without your heart cracking open. (Here’s a link. It’s not quite six minutes long, and the really good stuff kicks in at just after two minutes and fifteen seconds.)

But we’re here to talk about perfume, not music. Is Fêtes Persanes Eau de Parfum as moving as its muse…

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