A Celebrity’s Scent: Frida Kahlo & Dana Emir


When I visited Mexico City for the first time, the place I wanted to see more than any other was Frida Kahlo’s house in Coyoacán — the Casa Azul. Since that trip, Casa Azul (Museo Frida Kahlo) has been spruced up, and hidden wonders within its walls discovered: many of Kahlo’s fantastic clothes and other personal belongings — hairbrushes, decorated (and bloodied) orthopedic corsets she used after her many spinal surgeries, Kahlo’s prosthetic leg, sunglasses, lipstick, nail polish (Revlon’s vibrant red “Orchids to You”)…and perfume.

Over the years, I’ve noticed friends sometimes keep empty perfume bottles for years. Often, the perfume was an overseas purchase and couldn’t be easily replaced. Sometimes, the fragrance was extinct or a particular bottle rekindled memories of a certain someone or some place that gave happiness. I was intrigued when I found out Kahlo kept an empty bottle of Dana Emir…

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Fiele Fragrances Pogostemon, Cedrus & Juniperus ~ fragrance reviews

Fiele Fragrances Pogostemon, Cedrus & Juniperus

Santa Monica, California-based Fiele Fragrances offers five perfumes; I’m reviewing three today (I’ve not had the chance to sniff Viola and Myrrha). What I immediately liked about these perfumes was their earthy vibe; their ingredients smell natural and none of the perfumes is dull or “basic” as is often the case with tightly focused natural/organic1 lines (where, when you’ve smelled one cedar or juniper or patchouli scent, you’ve smelled ’em all).


Juniper Leaf/Berry (Nepal), Juniper Berry CO2 Select Extract (India), Virginia Cedarwood (USA), Myrrh CO2 Select Extract (Somalia), Organic Fir Needles (Bulgaria), Organic Ylang Ylang (Madagascar), Bergamot (Italy), Pink Peppercorn (USA)

Juniperus opens with lovely cedar, juniper leaf, fir and myrrh…

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Carven Vetiver ~ fragrance review & a quick poll

Carven Vetiver

If there were ever to be a Perfumista Parade in Paris and Now Smell This were invited to attend, I visualize our long float thus:

Front — Angie, dressed in Ziegfield showgirl style, wearing a feather headdress in the shape of a classic Shalimar parfum bottle, wafting aldehydes and oak moss for blocks, her area adorned with sparkling, large-scale vintage perfume bottles…

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Carven Pour Homme ~ fragrance review

Carven Pour Homme

Carven Pour Homme1 is instantly recognizable as a contemporary men’s fragrance, but it’s much nicer than your average masculine mainstream perfume. Imagine a friend who always dresses like a slob. One day, you see a figure approaching who looks familiar but…different. It’s your friend! But in beautifully tailored clothes, and he’s sporting a great new haircut to boot. Such is the Carven Pour Homme effect.

Carven Pour Homme is a violet leaf scent. We often smell violet leaf in perfumes in loutish guise: loud-mouthed, obnoxious, ordinaire. Carven Pour Homme presents violet leaf made chic…

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Fragrant Father’s Day Gifts ~ 2015 Edition

Father and Son, the emperors Qianlong and Yongzhen

Seasoned perfumistas will do just fine when choosing colognes for their fathers, so I’m concentrating on scented “sides” this year — perfumed items that make life more pleasant. (Fathers…feel free to treat yourself to anything on this list.)

Brooklyn Grooming Beard Lovers Set: Beard oil kit with four scented oils, including Commando (scent-free), Williamsburg (cedar, Ho wood, ylang-ylang), Fort Greene (pine, rosemary, juniper, lavender, bergamot) and Red Hook (Bay Rum, cardamom, citrus), all in 4 dram vials, and 1 oz Pilgrims Beard and Hair Tonic (rosemary-scented), plus a Brooklyn Grooming limited edition beard-moustache comb…

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