Dior Homme Parfum Review

The Dior Homme line of perfumes is one of the most iconic and successful in modern fragrance history. Characterized by its signature lipsticky iris note, the line has spawned a number of flankers that have grown into legends in their own right, as well as influenced countless others, including Valentino with its Uomo Intense (which…

Amouage Beach Hut Man Review

Omani brand Amouage is one of the oldest and most well-respected niches fragrances houses around. Renowned for their heavy, incense and oud laden creations, such as Interlude Man and Jubilation XXV, Amouage has positioned itself on the cutting edge of unique, complex, and high quality perfumery.  Beach Hut Man, a 2017 release, is one of…

Dior Fahrenheit Le Parfum Review

Dior’s Fahrenheit is an all-time classic 80s powerhouse that took the men’s fragrance world by storm when it was released way back in 1988. With its characteristic gasoline accord, rough-and-tumble leather, and masculine florals, nothing had ever smelled quite like it before, and it still stands the test of time today.  The original Fahrenheit has…

The Difference Between Perfume Oils and Eau de Parfum

The world of perfumery is chock full with unfamiliar terminology and concepts, so much so that it might be impenetrable for the average person.  You might have heard of or seen perfume oils before, either in your local shop or even in supermarkets. But when you go to the perfume counter at a department store,…

Why Are Jo Malone Perfumes So Expensive?

Jo Malone is a British fragrance brand that has, since its inception in 1990, become perhaps the most popular and successful niche fragrance house on the market, along with Creed and Diptyque.  Their signature scents, like Wood, Sage & Sea Salt, Blackberry & Bay, or English Pear & Freesia, have been imitated countless times, and…

Loewe 7 Anónimo Review

Spanish designer house Loewe is far more popular for their fashion than for their fragrances. But don’t sleep on Loewe’s perfumes – they pack a punch in terms of quality, price, and performance.  7 Anónimo, a 2016 flanker in the popular 7 line, is just one example of that fact.  Loewe 7 Anónimo is a…

What Are Fixatives in Perfumery?

If you’re into the perfume hobby a little bit beyond the surface level, you might have heard the word “fixative” mentioned here and there.  It’s one word in a sea of often (sometimes deliberately) mystifying terminology related to perfume, along with terms like projection, sillage, and perfume concentration. But what exactly is a fixative? What…

Lalique Ombre Noire Review

French designer house Lalique is famous for their glassware. In fact, they are known to design and supply other brands with perfume bottles, such as for Nini Ricci’s L’Air du Temps and even a special edition of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid.  But Lalique has its own excellent (and quite affordable) line of perfumes, several of…

What’s the Difference Between Perfume and Parfum?

Perfume? Parfum? What’s the difference, if any, between these two oh-so-similar words?  Spoiler alert: the difference is very slim.  “Perfume” and “parfum” mean effectively the same thing; in fact, “parfum” is the French word for “perfume”. However, “parfum” also refers to the concentration of a fragrance, i.e. “eau de toilette” and “eau de parfum”.  Want…

What Lasts Longer: Eau de Toilette or Parfum?

If you’re at all familiar with fragrances, you’ve probably heard the words “eau de toilette” and “eau de parfum” or “parfum”.   Almost every designer brand is putting out a “parfum” edition of their fragrances nowadays, from Dior to YSL to Paco Rabanne and everything in between.  But what exactly do the words “eau de toilette”,…