Starck Paris Peau de Pierre ~ fragrance review

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French designer Philippe Starck introduced three fragrances (his first) earlier this year: Peau de Soie, Peau d’Ailleurs and Peau de Pierre. They are “for intelligent people” (oh, that’s me, right?) and they represent “the opposite of marketing” (something intelligent perfumistas have perhaps heard once or twice before). The three fragrances vaguely1 align as feminine (Peau de Soie), unisex (Peau d’Ailleurs)2 and masculine (Peau de Pierre) but Starck has made it clear he was not looking for traditional interpretations of masculinity and feminity. On men and Peau de Pierre specifically…

He admitted that in his 67 years, he’s never liked or respected men, and called them “stupid” and “useless.” As a heterosexual man himself, he has a “beautiful wife” and five children. Starck professed that the only other male friends he has are “very feminine.”3

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Penhaligon’s Portraits The Revenge of Lady Blanche & The Coveted Duchess Rose ~ fragrance reviews

Penhaligon's Portraits brand visual

Penhaligon’s big fall launch is a quartet of fragrances called Portraits: Chapter 1. Two of them are feminine scents, two are masculine, and they’ve been given names and characters that evoke British mystery novels and period soap operas like “Upstairs, Downstairs.” Penhaligon’s tells us that the Portraits collection captures the brand’s “ultimately British, slightly eccentric, traditional, adventurous and aristocratic character.”

Yesterday Kevin reviewed the two “men” of the group, The Tragedy of Lord George and Much Ado About the Duke, and in another “his-and-hers” follow-up, I’m here to cover the women…

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Penhaligon’s The Tragedy of Lord George & Much Ado About the Duke ~ fragrance reviews

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The Penhaligon’s Portraits Chapter 1 collection includes two perfumes for women and two for men. Today I’m reviewing the men’s offerings: The Tragedy of Lord George and Much Ado About the Duke. I dutifully sniff any Penhaligon’s perfumes that come my way (I never go to any trouble to seek them out); I don’t feel excitement when the company announces a new perfume because, with a few exceptions (and no matter the perfumer) Penhaligon’s perfumes lack pizazz and many recent Penhaligon’s releases are downright wishy-washy in character. And now we have an “aristocracy” collection, or chapter…

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