Serge Lutens Laine de Verre ~ fragrance review

Serge Lutens Laine de Verre

Serge Lutens made a reasonable enough showing in our latest poll on scrubbers (as did most major brands, mind you). Contenders included Iris Silver Mist (those people are obviously crazy), Jeux de Peau (surely a love-it-or-hate-it fragrance), Arabie, Fille en Aiguilles, and the subject of today’s review, the new Laine de Verre. Laine de Verre, named for everyone’s favorite source of fragrance inspiration, fiberglass, is the third fragrance in the L’Eau series that includes 2010′s L’Eau Serge Lutens and 2012′s L’Eau Froide, and if you’re too busy to read a whole review today, I’ll just start off by saying that reader Lady Murasaki’s comment comparing Laine de Verre to Lemon Pledge was too kind. Really.

We never get full lists of notes from Serge Lutens, but the short list for Laine de Verre — citrus, aldehydes, musk and cashmeran — sounded innocuous enough…

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Sonoma Scent Studio Yin and Ylang ~ fragrance review

Cananga odorata, ylang ylang

This month, independent perfumery Sonoma Scent Studio releases a new fragrance named Yin and Ylang, whose concept and inspiration were provided by Michelyn Camen of CaFleureBon. Yin and Ylang features “beautiful floral notes that meld into a woodsy drydown”: bergamot, blood orange, soft aldehydes, beeswax absolute, ylang complete oil, jasmine sambac absolute, tuberose absolute, rose damascones, ginger CO2, Mysore sandalwood oil, oakmoss absolute, amber, patchouli, vanilla and musk.

I was intrigued by Yin and Ylang’s description and notes when they were first announced, because I happen to love ylang ylang and I’ve enjoyed many of Sonoma Scent Studio perfumer Laurie Erickson’s previous floral fragrances…

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Parfums de Nicolai Patchouli Intense ~ fragrance review

Parfums de Nicolai Patchouli Intense, large bottle

Natural patchouli. So maligned. Always mentioned in the same breath as low-rent head shops…or hippies. Thus? Thought of as: dated, old fashioned, tired…obnoxious. Or just noxious.

Me? I love real patchouli! But the first time I wore natural patchouli I realized it was not beloved by all. During college, I remember taking my little brown bottle of patchouli oil and dribbling some oil into my palms and then rubbing it all over my leather boots (as I had read “rebels” did in the 60s). I went to work. Almost as soon as I sat at my desk I heard whispers slowly turning into boisterous shouts: “What’s that smell?” “I’m getting SICK!” “Damn! It smells like a HEAD SHOP in here!” “Is Stevie Nicks in the building?” I started to sweat…

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