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Ex Animo, a Giveaway, and Pin Twist Hair

Ex Animo contacted me a few months ago about their first three fragrances, which are hair and body perfumes that also contain Vitamin E and aloe vera for nourishment. The fragrances are cruelty-free, and… Continue reading

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Love is Sweet ****

Smells like rose-violet, iris, and musk. Reminiscent of L’Heure Bleue. Feels like a meditation on love. At times delicate and transcendent, at other times forceful and insistent. Always poignant. I wish I could share… Continue reading

Essences Insensées ****

Smells like furry little mimosa buds, tea, vanilla, and damp, ground almonds. Feels like a walk through a weedy field on a breezy summer day. I wish it lasted longer, and didn’t come in… Continue reading

Something Different

After writing Another Perfume Blog for going on four years, I am bored. I am bored by the bullshit that often goes along with blogging these days. At the extreme end of the spectrum, I’ve… Continue reading


Neon, by Roads, is meant to be “florescent and alive.” Although the note list consists of nutmeg, cinnamon, heliotrope, wild iris, vanilla, and so-called woody aromatics, to my nose Neon projects as a fruity spicy… Continue reading

Graduate 1954 ****

There should be a word (preferably a German word of many syllables) for the moment when you realize that a perfume is as good as its concept. “This represents the woman who, as a… Continue reading

Conversation with Jean Claude Ellena: Part 2

Read Part 1 here. Trend In the 26 February 2010 entry in The Diary of a Nose, Ellena writes: “The ogre Economy needs feeding. It has a fierce appetite and refuses to tighten… Continue reading

Conversation with Jean Claude Ellena: Part 1

Alright, alright, I admit I have not been given the opportunity for an actual conversation with Jean Claude Ellena. But, I have decided not to let that stop me from having an imaginary conversation… Continue reading

Iris Prima **

Is there any art form that is more subject to fantasy and fetish than ballet? From little girls dreaming of tutus and tiaras to movies featuring battered feet and pointes (and mentally ill… Continue reading

Three by Krigler

Krigler is a perfume house that has been in existence, off and on, since 1880 or so. Most of its perfumes are remasterings of fragrances from its archives, and there are many mentions… Continue reading