An indescribable energy and sense of purity

Perfumes, like all works of art, are more powerful when they’re simple. There’s an indescribable energy and sense of purity that sets apart great works of art from the more common ones. It’s hard to make these very streamlined fragrances, but they’re worth the effort. That’s one of the differences between a classic and flavor of the moment.

Frédéric Malle, on his motto “Eliminate all that is superfluous or merely decorative.” Read more at New To NM: Frédéric Malle and his unconventional take on fragrance.

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Foreplay is not their thing

But both Malle and Le Labo are well aware of the dangers, having rejected other offers. Malle describes it as a flattering, often amusing process. “You have fund managers and bankers coming to see you all the time, wanting to buy you out,” he says. “And foreplay is not their thing. You’re sitting having a nice breakfast with them, and suddenly they’re talking about merging your company and telling you what you’re doing wrong.”

— Fabrice Penot (of Le Labo) and Frédéric Malle talk about selling their respective brands. Read more at Boutique perfume: on the scent of a deal at Financial Times.

Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile ~ fragrance review

Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile

Here’s what Frédéric Malle has to say about its newest offering, Cologne Indélébile1:

A clean scent, yet surprisingly magnetic. A modern yet traditional Eau de Cologne that lasts forever. Dominique Ropion embraces musk’s nature as both a quasi-aphrodisiac and a scent of purity to create a very personal interpretation of Eau de Cologne. A splash of the best neroli intertwined with orange blossom, bergamote, and the most technical musks for a scent that endures, and endures, and endures… Cologne Indélébile (Permanent Cologne).

My preliminary edits…

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Top 10 Spring Fragrances 2015

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At last, spring! It’s taken long enough, and if your local weather has been anything like mine, you might be wondering if winter is not quite done playing games with you yet. Here are 10 perfumes (and another 10+ alternatives, because everyone needs choice, right?) to cover the full range of (crazy) spring weather, from boots to sandals and back again. As always, do add your own picks in the comments, or go read the lists at Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Perfume Posse and The Non-Blonde.

Sonoma Scent Studio Forest Walk: When I reviewed Forest Walk, I said you could wear it year-round but that the outdoorsy blend of earthy notes and pine-y woods was perfect for chilly fall evenings. Turns out it suits a brisk spring night just as well…

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