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A touch in winter

Loree Rodkin Gothic rings

Loree Rodkin was one of the scent lines I discovered at the Scent Bar in Los Angeles, a line from which the delightful Steve gave me samples of both Gothic I and Gothic II to consider further.

As You Know, I have been on a huge amber kick all year; there . . . → Read More: A touch in winter

Smell my leftovers

Something on my shirt smells delicious.

You have this situation, right? I wore this shirt, like, last week or something. I have no idea what this is. But it smells great. You’re delicious, scarily-large-molecules-that-are-clearly-not-organic-because-they-have-not-decayed.

I don’t know why, but it doesn’t make me that crazy not to know what it is. I own it, whatever . . . → Read More: Smell my leftovers


What are your favorite houses? It seems like every perfumista I meet or see online is a known fan of this or that house – they love L’Artisan, they’re a big Amouage ho (I’m a big Amouage ho), they adore Tauer perfumes or Jo Malone, and then of course there are the classics – Guerlain . . . → Read More: Houses

Neroli, man. What’s up with that?

At some point in the last five years I decided I didn’t really care for neroli. I think I had smelled too many soapy orange flowers and neroli was one of those ingredients I learned to steer clear of. I have no problem with white flowers (though I am careful with tuberose); it just wasn’t… . . . → Read More: Neroli, man. What’s up with that?

2013 in perfumes: it’s ovah!

Wow, was 2013 over in a blink or what? Thing is, I felt like the year went really fast. Perfumes I bought in the spring still feel like new acquisitions to me.

In fact, it was my biggest splurge of the year – Roja Dove’s Amber Aoud – that still seems new. I am still . . . → Read More: 2013 in perfumes: it’s ovah!