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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Pluriel Masculin ~ fragrance review

Most fougère fragrances are overtly manly and smell old fashioned to contemporary “noses.” When I smell a classic fougère, I think of a well-off/well-fed, outdoorsy, conservatively dressed and groomed man of a certain age, who, when not traipsing through wet woods hunting or hiking, holds court in a plaid-rich den (in a log cabin if resources allow) with one hand clutching a whiskey and the other resting on the forehead of a happy Labrador retriever. Let’s call this guy Traditional. The only fougère perfume I truly loved is extinct: Houbigant Fougère Royale (I don’t much care for the reissue) — it conjured the outdoors, but was dry and buoyant, not soggy.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian just released a new fougère fragrance, Pluriel Masculin: a man can be “one and many things at the same time” sayeth Kurkdjian…

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My Burberry, Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez & DKNY MYNY ~ perfume reviews

Brief reviews of three recent designer fragrances: My Burberry, Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez and DKNY MYNY. Bonus points if you can guess right off the bat which I liked best and which I liked least (hey, I’m nothing if not predictable) and do comment if you’ve smelled any recent launches we should all know about.

My Burberry

My Burberry

My Burberry takes its cues from the iconic Burberry trench coat, worn in a London garden after the rain, and yep, that’s just what it smells like. Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has done up a dewy floral in the modern style, and given it just enough of a warm golden glow to justify an autumn launch…

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