Derek Lam 10 Crosby Silent St., Looking Glass, Hi-Fi, Drunk on Youth, Afloat ~ fragrance reviews

Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrance collection

American designer Derek Lam recently released a new collection of ten fragrances, a partnership with Butterfly Beauty (the producer and distributor of the Elizabeth and James line) and his brand’s first official foray into the perfume world. 10 Crosby Street is Lam’s Manhattan business address, and it inspired the name of his more affordable diffusion collection, which offers modern fashion with a “calculated simplicity and thoughtful detailing” for a younger “downtown” woman. Now the address is also being applied to these fragrances: “1 STREET, 10 STORIES, 10 CROSBY.”

The 10 Crosby packaging has a fresh new look, with minimalist white cylinders and a rainbow of glass shades…

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Lalique Perles de Lalique ~ fragrance review

Perles de Lalique

Last weekend brought a near-record-breaking snowstorm to my little corner of the world, and when mass transit shut down and a temporary travel ban was put in place, I had no choice but to spend a cozy weekend indoors. It was the perfect occasion to spritz on clouds of Lorenzo Villori Teint de Neige or Serge Lutens Rahät Loukoum for fluffy comfort while I curled up to read and write.

Monday arrived right on schedule, however, and the roads had been cleared sufficiently and I had no excuse to hibernate any longer…

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Diptyque + Olympia Le-Tan Rosaviola ~ fragrance review

Diptyque + Olympia Le-Tan Rosaviola solid perfume with box

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Diptyque has introduced a limited edition capsule collection: Rosaviola, a scent packaged in collaboration with designer Olympia Le-Tan. I’m not specially a fan of Le-Tan, whom The New York Times has praised for her “glamorous geek aesthetic” and her clutch purses that reinterpret classic book covers in fabric and embroidery — a “nod to a bygone era when people carried actual books,” the Times tells us.1 I still carry real books, rather than a $2000 clutch, but I’m not one of the well-connected Le-Tan’s celebrity clients and never will be. What I am, however, is someone who can not resist a violet-rose perfume, so here we are.

Rosaviola is composed of notes of violet, violet leaf, raspberry, iris and leather; it’s meant to evoke the scent of a woman’s handbag and the cosmetics tucked inside…

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Clean Reserve Blonde Rose & Sueded Oud ~ fragrance reviews

Clean Reserve Blonde Rose & Sueded Oud

One of my fragrance-loving friends recently opined in a private e-mail that 2015 “was a banner year for perfume B.S.” I’m inclined to agree. So many instantly forgettable scents tarted up with fancy packaging and purple prose. So many new collections offering so many new scents at once that I couldn’t keep them straight in my head. So many cynical flankers and cheap re-workings of classics.

And what can we say about brands that sabotage their own well-tuned images in order to bring in more customers? Clean was founded in 2003 and established its name quickly and securely with non-perfume perfumes like Simply Soap, Fresh Laundry and Rain. Now it’s offering us the Reserve collection, a range of fragrances specifically not designed to smell “out-of-the-shower” fresh. Why? “Each Clean Reserve fragrance was created to be dynamic and evoke, not memories of the past, but possibilities and experiences yet to be discovered.” Oh, okay then. And this helpful hint: they are “ideal for layering and blending.” (So we can buy more than one!)

The Clean Reserve line has taken up residence in Sephora near other layer-able collections from Philosophy, Commodity and Fred Segal…

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Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Albino (A Study in White) ~ perfume review

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Albino

For the past few days, I’ve been feeling the need to purge after all my holiday indulgences — too much wine, too many desserts, more than a few late nights. I need to eat lighter, drink lots of water, get a little winter sunshine on my face. Even when I’m reaching for a fragrance in the morning, I want something crisp that pierces my mental fog. That means a short break from my usual soft florals and sweet orientals, in favor of something different. For the past few days, I’ve been trying Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Albino (A Study in White).

Hurwitz writes, “What is it to be without pigment? There seems to be a kind of quality; a luminosity and sense of lightness. So then what? ‘White’ materials…and a questioning: what does white feel like? Albino takes an abstract look at white from a synesthetic and textural stance…”

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