Bon Parfumeur 003 Yuzu, Feuilles de Violette, Vétiver Review

French niche brand Bon Parfumeur is new to the fragrance world, having been founded in 2017, but has already made something of a reputation for itself as a purveyor of quality fragrances at affordable prices.  If you’re curious about the difference between a “niche” and “designer” perfume, by the way, feel free to take a…

Hermès Rocabar Review

French designer brand Hermès has been a powerhouse of the fragrance world for decades, putting out major milestones like Equipage, Bel Ami, Calèche, Terre d’Hermès, and Un Jardin Sur Le Nil. Known for their elegance, class, and discretion, a Hermès fragrance is never loud or obnoxious in any way, but rather cool and understated. Rocabar,…

Antonio Puig Quorum Silver Review

Spanish designer brand Antonio Puig has been a powerhouse in the world of designer perfumery for decades. Fragrances like Agua Brava (1968), Quorum (1981), and Sybaris (1988) are now regarded as masculine classics in the fragrance community. Although Puig doesn’t put many fragrances out these days under its own letterhead, they own a number of…

Why Is Clive Christian Perfume So Expensive?

British niche fragrance brand Clive Christian has become a byword for luxury in the fragrance world.  Established in 1999 by designer Clive Christian, the brand is intended to be a revival of a heritage perfume house known as The Crown Perfumery (founded in 1872), which was given use of the royal crown by Queen Victoria…

Why Is Creed Perfume So Expensive?

Creed has been perhaps the foremost niche fragrance brand for decades, and one of the few that has achieved a similar degree of success to designer brands, along with Jo Malone.  Fragrances such as Green Irish Tweed, Silver Mountain Water, Millésime Impérial, and the wildly popular Aventus are considered landmark releases not only in the…

7 Reasons Why People Wear Perfume

Perfume has been around for time immemorial.  From the age of Babylon until today, perfume has been a constant companion of humankind.  But why exactly do people wear perfume? What are the reasons behind our love of smelling good?  People wear perfume and deodorant for a variety of reasons. Personal hygiene is the obvious one,…

What Happens If Perfume Gets In Your Mouth?

Imagine: you’ve just sprayed on a heaping dose of your favorite designer perfume, but some of it ends up inside your mouth rather than on your wrists.  It’s something that I would wager has happened at least once or twice to most perfumistas (it has to me, at least). But if you get perfume in…

Guerlain Lui Review

French fragrance brand Guerlain is renowned for their legendary perfumes, many of which are over a hundred years old and still going strong, such as Mitsouko. Founded in 1828, the brand remains an absolute cornerstone of the modern fragrance industry, setting trends and consistently churning out high quality (and often very expensive) perfume.  Lui, a…

Imaginary Authors Sundrunk Review

American fragrance brand Imaginary Authors has been making a splash in the niche fragrance world ever since its founding by perfumer Josh Lobb in 2012. With its creative branding, affordable pricing, and bold and unique offerings, it’s clear to see why. Sundrunk, a 2018 release from the house, is inspired by summer love at the…

Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady Review

French niche brand Frédéric Malle has been one of the most celebrated and successful niche fragrance houses ever since its inception in 2000. The brand places an emphasis on the perfumer rather than the maison itself, and gives each of the perfumers it works with access to the best raw materials and limitless creative freedom. …