Category: Richard Herpin

Tom Ford Oud Wood, 2007

(Photo source unkown) Perfumer Richard Herpin Oud tends to be the gorilla in the room in a fragrance. Oud being both potent and distinctive, the challenge is how to make an oud-centric perfume fundamentally different than any other.  This is a problem for all perfume producers, not just Tom Ford.  Oud is the It-Girl still, and here lies the other problem.  The oud trend…

A FRUITY FLORAL COMPARISON, OR SMALL FISH, BIG POND.

  The fruity floral tends to be a dismal genre.  It’s not intrinsically bad, but producers in the 2000s chased the least common denominators of the hybrid down a well of banality until there were only two controls left on the soundboard, marked ‘sweetness’ and ‘kool-aid’.  Both dials were stripped from sweaty overuse and wound up stuck at volume 11.…

Lady Gaga Fame, 2012

Perfumers Richard Herpin, Honorine Blanc, Nathalie Lorson Thank god perfume has the capacity to reveal truths that current mass media cannot.  If you were to believe the visual imagery, the music, the PR, you’d assume that Justin Bieber was the tween idol and Gaga was the Edgy Artist who Will Not be Restrained ©.  But Bieber’s perfume, with its stagnant topnotes become a…

Badgley Mischka by Badgley Mischka, 2006

(Zizi Jeanmaire, Yves Saint Laurent and models. 1962. Image source unknown.) Perfumer Richard Herpin My liking Badgley Mishcka is akin to the person who hates all white florals loving Robert Piguet Fracas. I don’t have anything against the notion of the fruity floral per se, but I’d never smelled one that I wholeheartedly liked until Badgley Mischka. It proves that if…