Avant Versailles; Arquiste’s Fleur de Louis

Notes: iris, jasmine, African orange flower, Virginia cedar, orris, pine, rose. Fleur de Louis opens with a wicked sharpness, a blast of cool pine and orange blossom. I initially thought I had applied the wrong perfume, since this wasn’t at all what I expected. Where is the floral? I wondered. If this doesn’t sound appealing, … More Avant Versailles; Arquiste’s Fleur de Louis

Dualities at Work: Parfumerie Generale’s Djhenné

Notes: grey lavender, mint leaves, seringa blossom, cocoa beans, blue cedar, wheat absolute, myrrh, blonde leather accord. I’m a fan of lavender (especially for summer), so I was pleased to discover that Djhenné opens with this note. However, this lavender is not of the bracing, sharp variety. This is a suave, herbal lavender that introduces … More Dualities at Work: Parfumerie Generale’s Djhenné

The City at Dusk: Cologne du Maghreb

Notes: citrus accord, cistus, ambreine, cedarwood, java vetiver oil, bergamot, lemon, neroli, orange blossom, lavender, rosemary, rose absolute, rose essential oil, clary sage. Cologne du Maghreb is easily one of the most buzzed-about releases for this summer. Originally released in 2011 as a limited edition for the holidays, it sold out. Now Andy Tauer has … More The City at Dusk: Cologne du Maghreb