Amouage Myths Man ~ fragrance review

chyrsanthemum by Piet Mondrian

I’ve smelled almost all Amouage fragrances but have bought only two: Jubilation XXV and Gold Man. Most of the Amouage perfumes don’t suit me; when I wear them, they make me feel “mature,” serious, and their heavy-opaque feel and scents are uncomfortable. I don’t think of myself as a careFREE guy, effervescing all over town, a giggle-box. I like sober scents, too, at times, but ones that float, like spirits. Amouage perfumes often sit, heavily, on me. (Yes, I’ve tried the Sunshines…no thanks.)

Amouage’s new Myths Man has a promising mix of notes (chrysanthemum, orris, rose, rum, elemi, labdanum, vetiver, “ashes” and leather); its described trajectory, from chrysanthemum to smoke, sounds romantic and brought to mind images of flower and bird paintings, philosophers and poets from Asia…

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Zoologist Bat ~ fragrance review

Zoologist Bat

Mystical, mysterious murmurings glide upon a blanket of inky sky. Shadows smear across the moonlight, their darting journey shrouded in darkness. Bats, the only mammal capable of true flight, are enigmatic and alien.

Toronto-based indie perfume company Zoologist came to my attention at Tigerlily Perfumery in San Francisco last weekend. Being an animal lover, how could I resist a line inspired by bats, pandas, hummingbirds, rhinoceroses and beavers!? (Answer: I couldn’t.)

Zoologist does not aim to capture just an animal’s own scent, but the scents of its environment and diet…

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Top 10 Summer Fragrances 2016

I didn’t realize how much I missed summer bugs (animals, not diseases) till I left Virginia as a teenager. Living on Manhattan, then Los Angeles and now Seattle doesn’t compare to the South when it comes to insect life. My childhood summers were filled with the sounds of crickets and cicadas. Butterflies put on a non-stop show in the flower gardens. Nighttime was when my grandmother and I would sit on the front porch (swatting mosquitoes, one bug I do NOT love) and watch the fireflies as we took in the heady scent of gardenias — whose white blossoms also lit up the darkness. I’d love to see a grasshopper or praying mantis, a big black-and-yellow garden spider shimmering in the sun, or a dragonfly flitting about my yard.

Here in Seattle I do get to see some beautiful moths, living their brief moments on earth holding fast to my deck screens or circling a light bulb. Tiny spiders are everywhere, inside and out, and I would never think to kill one — they work so long and hard to live and make a living. Right now in Seattle it’s the season for ten-lined June beetles (a type of scarab beetle); my cats (to my chagrin) love to chase, torment and kill June beetles, who, as they fight for their lives, raise up their antlers (yes, antlers) and make puffing sounds to ward off attacks. Here’s to bugs! (AND summer perfumes!)

Coqui Coqui Rosas Secas ~ This wonderful rose perfume smells of dried rosebuds mixing with a fresh rose bouquet; there’s also a pinch of tobacco leaf. Rosas Secas is a great rose perfume for men…

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Hiram Green Dilettante ~ fragrance review

Mapp & Lucia

The definitions1 of “dilettante” are interesting and a bit confusing / conflicting:

1. a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement, especially in a desultory or superficial way — if you have the chance, do watch the hilarious TV series Mapp & Lucia for examples of Dabblers-Dilettantes Supreme.

2. a lover of an art or science, especially of a fine art.

I’m guessing Hiram Green’s dilettante combines amusement with love for the creation of fragrances?

Hiram Green’s new perfume, Dilettante, debuted recently and it’s a heady mix of fruit, flowers and spice…

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Astier de Villatte Grand Chalet & Elixir du Dr. Flair ~ fragrance reviews

Grand Chalet, Rossinière, Switzerland

In Rossinière, Switzerland, the painter Balthus lived at the Grand Chalet — and grand it is. The Grand Chalet is the largest chalet in Switzerland and one of the biggest wooden residences in Europe. On the Grand Chalet’s grounds was a huge linden tree that provided shade and fragrance (supposedly, Balthus loved the scent of linden); Astier de Villatte just released a linden blossom fragrance inspired by this tree. Astier de Villatte describes Grand Chalet, the perfume:

An enchanting smell escapes the bottle and suddenly fills the air: it is the age-old linden that shades the garden of painter Balthus’s atelier, at Grand Chalet, high up in the Swiss alps. A tribute to the artist and his favourite scent, bask in this Cologne’s delightful redolence of honey, milk and slight hints of lemon…

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