L'Occitane's "A Perfumer's Garden In Grasse", designed by James Basson, took a gold medal at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
[x] is every brassy “gourmand” cliché rolled into one repellent confection.
In short, [y] is an expensive version of a cheap perfume, like one of those little town cars offered with a burl walnut trim option for snobs.
[z] is the sort of fragrance that restores one’s ebbing faith in cost-no-object perfumery.
— From Luca Turin's latest review at Style.com/Arabia, which covers Dior Fève Délicieuse, Guerlain Bouquet de la Mariée and Elie Saab Essence No. 2. See if you can guess which sentence is about which fragrance...
"What's in it," I ask? "We got some vanilla," he says. "We got some chocolate. We got some cognac, some clove, sandalwood, cedar and bergamot. I'm making it for my girlfriend," but "I don't know whether I should marinate some chicken in it first."
— Elina Shatkin talks to a member of the Institute for Art and Olfaction's Smelly Vials Perfume Club. Read more at Koreatown's Institute for Art and Olfaction — perfume for the people at KPCC.
Dove was one of the aoud pioneers (it can also be spelled "oud"), launching the first of his smoky fragrances in 2011. Other best-sellers, such as Acqua di Parma’s Colonia Intensa d’Oud, didn’t come to the market until a year later. Tom Ford’s Oud Fleur was launched in 2013.
— Read more at Roja Dove, 'the nose', on creating a Western aoud cult at The Telegraph. Tom Ford, of course, launched Oud Wood in 2007, and did M7 for Yves Saint Laurent in 2002. I was personally so sick of the avalanche of oud scents by 2011 that I started the please-no-more-oud tag that very year.