Guerlain Teazzurra ~ quick & only slightly snarky perfume review with a quick & only slightly snarky poll

Guerlain Teazzura, brand images

Teazzurra is the latest in Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria series, which used to be a reasonably-priced, youth-oriented range showcasing natural materials. I mostly think of it now as where Guerlain keeps their white-musk-dominated “fresh” scents, as opposed to the sweet gourmands1 and Shalimar flankers that dominate the rest of the brand’s output.

Anyway, Teazzurra is a completely harmless, very fresh tea…

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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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Fragrance gifts for Mother’s Day 2015, part 2

The second (and last) set of gift ideas for Mother’s Day 2015, which is coming up soon — Sunday, 10 May.

Jo Malone White Lilac & Rhubarb candle

From Jo Malone, the limited edition White Lilac & Rhubarb candle: “Jo Malone White Lilac & Rhubarb Candle is scented with a daring juxtaposition of tart and vibrant rhubarb, powdery white lilac and sensual rose. It’s the blooming scent of an early summer garden.” 45 hour burn time, $70 at Nordstrom

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Masque Milano Russian Tea ~ fragrance review

Masque Milano Russian Tea

There’s a kind of fragrance that especially intrigues me: it’s the type that reads as warm and cool at the same time. This kind of fragrance’s notes are warm — leather, spices, wood, for instance — but its overall feeling is thin and cool, like a splash of scented water. Masque Milano Russian Tea is that sort of fragrance.

Perfumer Julien Rasquinet developed Russian Tea. Its notes include mint, black pepper, raspberry, black tea, magnolia, everlasting flower (also known as immortelle), leather accord, incense, birchwood and labdanum. If you’re thinking this sounds a bit like Annick Goutal Duel, you’re right. Russian Tea might be Duel’s tougher brother, the one who came straight from the stables to lunch…

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3 teas from Kusmi ~ (not a perfume) review

Kusmi Anastasia, Jean Paul Gaultier tin

It’s been a good long while since we’ve talked about tea other than as an aside in the scent of the day polls. I used to post on the subject more frequently (even though I am no more an expert on tea than I am about perfume), and especially about green teas, which were my staple drink during the day. Those cups (not telling how many, let’s just say quite a few) were interspersed with heavier bursts of caffeine from the occasional latte. I’ve since had to give up coffee entirely, and not surprisingly, my collection of black teas has increased accordingly. I hope to do a post on Earl Grey teas soon, but today I’m concentrating on three black teas from the Russian-inspired French brand Kusmi, which as it happens was the subject of my last tea post

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