Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae review

Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae review

I don’t know how, but Kurkdjian keeps on popping up into my posts no matter what I’m reviewing. Maybe because he’s been as busy as God since his runway success with Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male in 1995, doing artistic projects (see Garage post), being contracted for mainstream houses’ fragrance…

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There's a new diva in town - Penhaligon's Iris Prima

There’s a new diva in town – Penhaligon’s Iris Prima

Penhaligon’s are going artsy. The English National Ballet is going for the unexpected. Together, they committed perfumer Alberto Morillas to discovering what the scent of ballet is. The May launch was a pretty affair, all ballet accoutrements, delicate satins, and nostalgic backstage photos.   Secret weapon on location were two…

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Mandy Aftel and her stable of scented unicorns

Mandy Aftel and her stable of scented unicorns

  And by unicorns I mean of course those magical creations that Aftel mixes from botanical ingredients. To say she’s the doyenne of an enchanted forest, is an understatement, she lovingly reigns over a great range of living art. Based in California, Aftel, who’s also a writer – reading her…

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See by Chloé review

See by Chloé review

See by Chloé has been the French brand’s youthful offshoot since 2001, but this is the first time the company launches a fragrance under this aegis.  It hasn’t even been one of those fashion houses that smothers you in launches and flankers until you can’t be breath from their ‘fumes…

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Jean Paul Gaultier 20 years of Classique

Jean Paul Gaultier 20 years of Classique

Or more appropriately… Who doesn’t know those ubiquitous torso bottles? Jean Paul Gaultier is inimitable and hard to categorize.  From ultra structured clothes to iconic perfumes (both for men and women), the cheeky French designer has dressed every bigger-than-life figure in recent pop culture – from Madonna (the infamous cone…

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Dorin Negrău Pour Femme perfume

Dorin Negrău Pour Femme perfume

Romanian designer Dorin Negrau’s Pour Femme perfume saved me from having to buy one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to scents: Alien. I am not sure if this is a case of brazen copying, real admiration or simply coincidence but undoubtedly Dorin Negrau Pour Femme and Thierry Mugler’s…

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