Category: Michel Almairac

Gucci Rush, 1999

Gucci Rush, 1999.  Perfumer Michel Almairac. There’s nothing I can add to the comments I’ve read about how this smells.  Hairspray, lactones, patchouli, non-existent flowers, bubblegum, poppers.  All true. It’s the feeling, though. There’s not even an attempt to tether this thing to anything actually botanical.  Natural and chemical are words I tend not to use, because what do they…

Bond no 9 Fire Island, 2006

Perfumer Michel Almairac. Fire Island by Bond no 9 has an implicit goal:  to emulate a memory of euro sun tan lotion.  It succeeds.  It’s funny that this scent memory can be generalized.  Fire Island doesn’t smell like any particular brand of sun tan lotion, but on smelling it, I instantly recognized the qualities that make up the lotion notion.…

Grès Cabaret, 2002

Perfumer Michel Almairac Transparent, woody rose.  I’ve seen Cabaret described this way a number of times.  I’ll take the transparent, and even though I can’t really describe how a fragrance is transparent, Cabaret is.  I do smell a boozy rose, particularly at the opening.  But overall, Cabaret smells of incense, lily of the valley and musk. These notes bounce off…

Gucci Rush, 1999

Perfumer Michel Almairac There’s nothing I can add to the comments I’ve read about how this smells.  Hairspray, lactones, patchouli, non-existent flowers, bubblegum, poppers.  All true. It’s the feeling, though. There’s not even an attempt to tether this fragrance to anything actually botanical.  Natural and chemical are words I tend not to use, because what do they mean?  Nature, as…

Bond no 9 West Side, 2006

perfumer Michel Almairac I know a couple of Michel Almairac’s roses, Voleur de Rose for l’Artisan Parfumeur and the inexpensive but spectacular Cabaret for Grès. Voleur is a beautifully simple-to-wear patchouli rose with and earthy/fruity bent. Cabaret is a long-lasting musky rose/incense and one of the best perfumes available for about 25 bucks. Clearly, the perfumer knows his way around…

Chopard Casmir, 1991

Perfumer Michel Amairac Casmir is the amphibious step where perfume evolution took a creature from the oriental sea to the terra firma of the gourmand. The vanilla is comfortable yet unpalatable in the manner of vanilla extract–you might make cookies with it, but you would never pour it in a glass and down a slug.   The peachy/apricot fruit, when…