Dessert Flirt; Guerlain’s Gourmand Coquin

Notes: black pepper, rose, smoky tea, rum, chocolate. I first encountered Gourmand Coquin in person at the Guerlain counter at Saks. Still reeling from a blast of Flowerbomb earlier, I asked the Guerlain rep to recommend me anything as long as it wasn’t overtly floral, and that’s when she handed me a test strip of … More Dessert Flirt; Guerlain’s Gourmand Coquin

Midnight in London; Black Cedarwood & Juniper

Notes: cumin, chili leaves, juniper, cedar. I’ve only been to London twice, and, if you can believe it, I escaped London downpours both times. So I can’t speak to the exact accuracy of Jo Malone’s London Rain collection. However, like any interesting fragrance, this collection is more about evoking a certain mood rather than reflecting … More Midnight in London; Black Cedarwood & Juniper

Speaking of Paris; Carven’s Le Parfum

Notes: mandarin blossom, white hyacinth, apricot blossom, sweet pea, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, osmanthus, and Indonesian patchouli.   I’ve enjoyed seeing the house of Carven’s revival under Guillaume Henry, with successful womenswear and menswear lines. Of course, a fragrance revival must come next, and I was intrigued by the release of a new perfume, and doubly … More Speaking of Paris; Carven’s Le Parfum