Category: 2011

Slumberhouse Rume, 2011/2015

(image, Banksy) Perfumer Josh Lobb. Slumberhouse recently re-released a couple of previously discontinued perfumes in a limited run.  The two were Grev and Rume.  They make an interesting set of bookends to the spicy, resinous, woody olfactory terrain that the Slumberhouse line has mapped out.  Grev is cold and spiced, as if a slice of Norne’s panoramic portrait of a…

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial, 2011

Perfumer Thierry Wasser Guerlain are getting smarter about their ‘younger’ entries into what is essentially a house composed of classics.  I’m not saying that the young Insolence buyer will necessarily move onto L’Heuere Bleue in later years, but there is a conceptual continuity between the two fragrances.  With both Insolence and Shalimar Parfum Initial, Guerlain is giving those new to…

Amouage Honour Man, 2011

  Honour Man, 2011. Perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer Amouage asks you to consider gender with their paired man/woman releases, the Golds, the Jubilations, the Dias, etc..  I don’t know all the Amouages, but I’m always leery of the boy/girl thing.  It seems so rote, so perfunctory, like dressing babies exclusively in blue or pink.  The quality of the perfumes, though, has…

Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Cheri par Camille, 2011

(image MISSING WOMAN: DISAPPEARING ACT #572, by Dominique Rey) Perfumers Isabelle Doyen and Camille Goutal I am as easily sucked in by the term “chypre-effect” as the next perfume fanatic. I’ll admit, I blind bought. Not only were the reviews good, but the  dark plum-iris-patchouli targets me perfectly. Factor in my recent interest in Annick Goutal fragrances and I become a…

Amouage Honour Woman, 2011

  (image, Madama Butterfly by The Australian Opera) Honour Woman (2011.  Perfumers Violaine Collas and Alexandra Carlin.) is a jumbo floriental that somehow sits comfortably between the ‘proper’ white floral and the tropical floral.  Captures the best of both and utterly draws me in. I suspect the Cio-Cio San  schtick from Amouage marketing is smoke and mirrors on a large…