Cacharel LouLou ~ fragrance review

Cacharel LouLou vintage advert

I must be feeling nostalgic lately. This week I found myself digging into my “perfume cabinet” and pulling out a bottle of Cacharel LouLou that I bought nearly a decade ago. Cacharel launched LouLou in 1987, positioning it as a more seductive older “sister” to the highly successful Anaïs Anaïs (1978). I was always intrigued by LouLou, and now I’m wondering why I’ve never worn it on a more regular basis…

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Astier de Villatte Splash Orange Amere & Commune de Paris 1871 ~ fragrance reviews

Astier de Villatte Splash Orange Amere & Commune de Paris 1871

Six years ago, I bought (shipped from France) bottles of Astier de Villatte’s Eau Chic, Eau Fugace and Eau de Cologne. Between the two of us in my house, we went through those bottles in record time (15 ounces of perfume!) and it was discouraging trying to track down Astier de Villatte perfumes in the US. Now, Aedes de Venustas (full disclosure: a long-time NST advertiser) just stocked them. (I actually let out a whoop when I heard the news.) Just like their great scented candle line,1 the Astier de Villatte colognes are well-made and interesting; this week I’m reviewing two newer offerings, Splash Orange Amère2 and Commune de Paris 1871.3

Splash Orange Amère begins with a strange mix of oily bitter orange and bergamot mixing with tangy-spicy (peppered) tarragon, a green and “edgy” scent. There’s a food-y vibe to Splash Orange Amère…

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Imaginary Authors An Air of Despair & A City On Fire ~ quick fragrance reviews

I haven’t checked in on indie brand Imaginary Authors since last spring. Here are quick reviews of two of their recent-ish efforts. If you’ve tried anything from the brand, do share your favorites in the comments!

An Air of Despair

Imaginary Authors An Air of Despair

An Air of Despair was launched as a limited edition for Summer 2015 (it’s still easily found), and features notes of cedar, saffron, musk and sadness…

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Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey ~ fragrance review

Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey

Last week I reviewed Room 1015’s Power Ballad, a fragrance inspired by memories of teenage love and rock clubs in the 1990s. I didn’t think it succeeded as an evocation of that decade, and many of you agreed with me. Ironically, although you (we) might have been listening to grunge or wearing Doc Martens and oversized flannel shirts in those days, there’s a good chance you were wearing a clean- and fresh-smelling fragrance. It might have been a body spray picked up at Bath & Body Works, or it might have been a splurge from a department store. (I personally went through several bottles of Kenzo Parfum d’Été.) It might have been Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey.

In 1992, Issey Miyake was already known for his sculptural-minimal designs, which reinterpreted traditional Japanese techniques of fabric-wrapping and origami in state-of-the-art synthetics and other unexpected materials…

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Atelier Cologne Philtre Ceylan ~ fragance review

Govardhan. Dalliance on a Terrace, detail

Day after day, he worked to perfect the love potion to seduce this untouchable woman. He asked her to meet him early in the morning in the park where the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. The perfect moment to kiss her would be apparent. Later, he understood that she never drank the filter he prepared. Instead, it was destiny that brought them together.

The Atelier Cologne Philtre Ceylan copywriter apparently does not know what “untouchable” can mean in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Filter? No, that would be — p-h-i-l-t-r-e. ARE there cherry trees in Sri Lanka? Why not a heavily scented flowering myristica fragrans tree (that yields nutmeg and mace)? Perhaps all was lost in translation? (But when a perfume costs over $300, it is nice to get some free humor.)

Philtre Ceylan (roughly translated as Ceylon love potion) is part of the Collection Orient. Philtre Ceylan’s mix of notes1 promised an exciting perfume experience…

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