Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir Eau de Parfum Review

“Blue” fragrances are all the rage these days. Between Dior’s Sauvage and its many iterations, Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel, YSL Y EDP, and Dolce & Gabbana’s K and Light Blue (among many others), the blue fragrance marketplace is crowded to say the least. Almost every major designer house has released their own take on the…

Guerlain Santal Royal Review

The French heritage perfume house Guerlain is no stranger to incredible scents. Founded in 1828, nearly two hundred years ago, Guerlain has created some of the most iconic and enduring classics in all of French perfume history, including such staples as Jicky, Shalimar, Mistsouko, Vetiver, Habit Rouge, and many, many more.  Of course, a lot…

Why Was Perfume Invented?

Perfume has existed for millennia.  All of the great ancient civilizations, from the kingdoms and city-states of Mesopotamia, to Ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Chinese and Roman Empires, placed a special emphasis on perfume. In some cultures, perfume came to occupy an important position in cultural and religious traditions, and it still does to…

9 Reasons Why Perfume Is Important

Perfume schermfume.  You might be wondering… What’s the big deal about this whole perfume thing anyway? If I wanna smell good, couldn’t I just put on some deodorant and take a shower? Do I really need to shell out my hard earned smackers so that I can smell like some flowers and woodchips?  Of course,…

What to Do if You Get Perfume in Your Eye

So, you sprayed your perfume or deodorant in your eyes. They’re stinging and burning, and you can’t see a thing.  What should you do?  First thing’s first, calm down. You’re not going to lose your vision or cause any serious damage unless it was a huge amount.  If you get perfume in your eyes, there…

How Many Perfume Sprays Is Enough?

We’ve all known a “cologne guy” or “perfume girl”.  I’ve even been one. When I was first starting out on my fragrance journey, I didn’t seem to understand the concept of restraint. I sprayed with wild abandon, as if I wanted everyone within a forty block radius to know I was the smelliest guy in…

Azzaro Wild Mint Review

French designer brand Azzaro has been one of the major names in mainstream fragrance for decades. While they might not enjoy the same level of popularity like bigshot brands such as Chanel or Dior, fragrances like Pour Homme, Acteur, Chrome, Visit, and Azzaro 9 are widely considered to be landmarks.  Azzaro Wild Mint is the…

Zoologist Squid Review

Canadian niche brand Zoologist Perfumes has made quite the splash in the fragrance world since its founding in 2013. Zoologist’s focus is on recreating the scent of a given animal’s environment, and sometimes even their diet.  Bat, for example, conjures up the dark, subterranean homes of the titular animal, but juxtaposes it with the tropical…

Costume National Scent Intense Review

Italian designer brand Costume National has made a name for themselves in the fragrance world with their unique, sometimes avant-garde creations. Releases like Costume National Homme (the parfum version of which I reviewed here), 21, Soul, and Cyber Garden are widely acclaimed by fragrance aficionados for their niche quality and daring scent profiles.  Scent Intense,…

How To Spot Fake Creed Perfumes

French brand Creed has established itself as one of the most popular and prestigious niche fragrance brands on the market, with landmark releases like Aventus and Green Irish Tweed practically defining trends in fragrance as a whole.  But with great success comes inevitable imitation. Creed is without a doubt the most “cloned” fragrance brand on…

How To Spot a Fake YSL Perfume

French designer brand Yves Saint Laurent, also known as YSL, is one of the most established and iconic houses on the market, both in fragrance and fashion.  Of course, success doesn’t come without challenges, especially in the age of the Internet. An abundance of scammers have seen fit to capitalize on the YSL name and…

Montale Vetiver Patchouli Review

French niche fragrance brand Montale has made quite a splash in the fragrance world due to their rich, powerful, Middle Eastern inspired compositions featuring oud, rose, and spice.  Fragrances like Intense Café, Black Aoud, Chocolate Greedy, and Full Incense have been frag-com (fragrance community, for the uninitiated) darlings for years. Vetiver Patchouli, released in 2019,…

Montale Intense Café Review

Since its founding in 2003, French niche fragrance brand Montale has established itself as one of the most popular and successful niche producers in the industry. Fragrances like Roses Musk, Red Aoud, Chocolate Greedy, and Full Incense have been hailed as modern-day classics for years. Intense Café, released in 2013, is perhaps the most popular…

Montale Oud Dream Review

For years, French niche fragrance brand Montale has built up quite the reputation in the fragrance world, becoming famous (or notorious) for their numerous rhapsodies upon the theme of oud, rose, amber, and spice. Fragrances like Intense Café, Honey Aoud, Chocolate Greedy, and Roses Musk have come to be regarded as staples of modern niche,…

What’s the Difference Between Perfume and Fragrance?

If you’ve read any articles from this site, you’ve probably seen that I use the words “perfume” and “fragrance” pretty interchangeably.  And it’s true that these two words are about as similar as they can be. But is there any difference between the words “perfume” and “fragrance” to speak of?  The difference between the words…

What’s The Difference Between Eau de Toilette and Perfume?

If you’ve had any experience in the world of perfumes, you’ve probably encountered the words “perfume” and “eau de toilette” on more than one occasion, both referring to what seems to be the same thing.  But is there a difference between the two? And if so, what is it?  The difference between “eau de toilette”…