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Edamame Note and Other Unintended Odors: Balenciaga – B. Balenciaga Skin Review

“I tend to look for something to appreciate in any perfume, so it is disappointing when I’m unable to discover at least an aspect to enjoy. Balenciaga is one of the greatest designer houses of all time and I have fondness for it. How could the same brand that gave us the impeccably tailored Le Dix, the gloriously cacophonous Rumba, and even the hi-tech, ghostly florals of Florabotanica and Rosabotanica, produce such an uninteresting, brash and disappointing thing as B. Balenciaga Skin?…” READ MORE

A Western Interpretation of an Eastern Theme: Aramis – Calligraphy Saffron Review

“Calligraphy Saffron was composed by Clement Gavarry as an oriental scent centered around saffron. Upon the first spray, it opens with an interesting note of marigold vaguely embellished with bergamot. The heart and base notes manifest from the very beginning. The saffron, rendered more leathery than anything else, is accompanied by a healthy dose of Turkish rose that sweetens the composition just enough to turn it into a pleasurable experience…” READ MORE

Watery Roses: Marni – Marni Rose Review

“As a whole, Marni Rose is a perfectly balanced rose scent interpreted through a contemporary lense. It is not a spicier or darker version of Marni as advertised, but it successfully materialized the vision of an intensified version of the original, taking into account that the main note intended to be amplified was rose and no other. For anyone looking for a current, watery take on Tea Rose or a muskier, more refined version of Jo Malone’s Red Roses, this would be a good option…” READ MORE

Operatic Proportions: Fendi – Fendi (Donna) Review

“With the intention of visually explaining this fragrance, that operatic epithet I used before is perhaps the best starting point. Someone assisting the opera, maybe La Scala in Milan, wearing the most luxurious fur coat possible (Fendi, obviously), red lips, a Poiret-worthy gown and jewels that would make any European noble envious. Her voice is firm and deep, her eyes piercing and her heart joyous despite her frequent expression of ennui…” READ MORE


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