Arquiste El ~ fragrance review

Arquiste Él brand image

Arquiste Él’s1 backstory is based in 1970’s Acapulco, at Armando’s Le Club:

Nighttime at Acapulco’s sultriest disco. Revelry on the dance floor. In the heat of the moment, he smiles coyly and motions to the beach outside, hinting at a midnight swim. He unbuttons his shirt, flashing bronzed skin and the scent of his cologne, a virile muskiness loaded with patchouli, oak moss and elegant woody notes. A masculine impression of a day under the sun, intensified by the thrill of the night.

If a guy started undressing in a club after motioning to the beach…it would give me pause…

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Fig Leaf Syrup (or Jelly) ~ recipe

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I enjoy making fig jam in late summer (especially rich Mission Fig jam), but fruit isn’t the only culinary ingredient a fig tree yields — fig leaves make an unusual syrup that’s perfect for glazing savory and sweet foods (it’s a nice alternative to maple syrup for pancakes, too). My recipe below presents you with two options: liquid fig leaf syrup or fig leaf jelly. If you want jelly, all you need to do is set the syrup with pectin in step no. 6 below and use jars instead of bottles…

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Cartier L’Envol ~ fragrance review

French postal card showing Santos Dumont flying the 14 bis

Cartier just launched L’Envol (the flight). If you read about the fragrance online, you’ll see it compared to the scents of mead and ambrosia; there’s even a connection with one of Louis Cartier’s favorite people, aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. Santos-Dumont has a Cartier watch and perfume named after him, and you may have seen “him” (wearing his Cartier watch) in the beautiful L’Odyssée de Cartier film (he’s the guy in the sky bringing the leopard back to Paris).

I got a kick out of L’Envol’s sample card’s wording, which shows even super-rich companies fall short in PR and translation: ‘”Un nectar aérien et boisé. Une potion de vie pour prendre son envol” was translated as “An airy and woody nectar. A life potion for men to take off.”1 After spraying on L’Envol, I didn’t want to take it off; I wanted to spray on more…

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Sarah Jessica Parker Stash SJP ~ fragrance review

Sarah Jessica Parker Stash SJP brand image

I forgive Stash many things:

1. its name (to me, “Stash” doesn’t jibe with the advertising or bottle);

2. the fact I could only smell Stash at Ulta Beauty (I went to two Ulta stores in order to get a sample of Stash. At Ulta No. 1 the S.A. said: “Uh, nope, we have Stash but not a tester bottle…I have a bottle here I’m making into a tester.” Me: “Can I sniff it?” S.A.: “I’m making a tester…SOON.” She chuckled and moved on. The store was empty.

3. Sarah Jessica Parker (whose roles never resonate with me). SJP: hie thee to a desert, strip your face of all makeup and play a character with little money and no “wardrobe;” perhaps a graveyard-shift nurse who also runs an animal rescue farm near Albuquerque with her lazy-ass teen sons and bitch of a mother…Sissy Spacek? Kathy Bates?

I admit I didn’t have much hope for Stash…

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Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue ~ fragrance review

Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue advert

Versace just released Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue and Donatella Versace had this to say about it:

I have always believed men should be strong, passionate, proud, expressive, unafraid. I love that in today’s world, men feel able to reveal their true natures, to share their passions and their beliefs. It’s there in the fragrance, which is strong, fresh, seductive.1

Donatella grew up in ITALY. Italian men, including those in diapers and strollers, don’t exactly have a reputation for hiding their true natures, passions or beliefs. Who put these dumb words into Versace’s mouth? She grew up surrounded by brothers! Robin Here at NST™ had another take on Donatella, using Versace’s quote “I love how Dylan Blue captures such an evocative world of Versace masculinity.” Robin: Then, I picture her closing the door of her room, laughing, and counting her money.

I don’t know Ms. Versace personally (she seems nice enough in interviews), so I don’t relish her successes…or gloat over her failures…

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