Category: Annick Ménardo

le Labo Patchouli 24, 2006

Perfumer Annick Ménardo A review of le Labo Patchouli 24, a salute to Bvlgari Black and, I suppose, a fan letter to Anick Ménardo. If I find a genre of perfume that I like,  I embrace it.  I stock up.  With Patchouli 24, I’ve cornered the market on the smokey-leather-tea-patchouli-resinous-vanilla genre.  I already own two others in the category:  Bvlgari…

Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka, 1997

  Perfumer Annick Ménardo Lolita Lempicka is often identified as one of the post–Angel issue, the first of Angel’s progeny, many of which would follow.  Most of those would be defined as cotton candy + something loud, the ‘loud’ usually being a harsh floral note or an enormous but simple fruity note.  While this group of followers can be considered…

Bvlgari Black, 1998

Perfumer Annick Ménardo I’ve just written about Guerlain’s Shalimar and Heritage and their lineage in the evolution of the amber fragrance. There is a strong sense of through-line. Although separated in origin by about 70 years, similarities of composition and intent are far more apparent than their differences. Then Black, the evolutionary jump. This fragrance captures the best of post-modernism: the breaking down of form,…