What Lasts Longer: Perfume or Cologne?

The world of perfume is chock full of terminology, a lot of which goes pretty much undefined. Most people can’t tell an eau de parfum from an eau de toilette, much less a perfume from a cologne.  So what is a perfume? What is a cologne? And which one lasts longer?  Perfumes are much longer…

EDT vs EDP: What’s the Difference?

EDT? EDP? Just what in the blue blazes are these strange acronyms?  The world of perfume is nearly bursting at the seams with jargon, a lot of it (nay, most of it) in French. For your good ol’ cornfed average Joe, it can be a lot to handle. But never fear – that’s why I’m…

Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin Review

French designer fashion and perfume brand Lolita Lempicka became famous in 1997 with the release of the legendary Lolita Lempicka, which quickly rose in the ranks of the best selling women’s fragrances in the world. Inspired by fairytale and magical forests, Lolita Lempicka is a unique and playful perfume with notes of licorice, ivy, and…

L’Artisan Parfumeur Noir Exquis Review

L’Artisan Parfumeur has the distinction of being one of the first niche fragrance houses. Founded in 1976, L’Artisan has been creating unique and high quality perfumes for almost fifty years, many of which – such as Timbuktu, Tea For Two, Dzing!, Passage d’Enfer, or La Chasse Aux Papillons – are now rightly considered classics.  Noir…

L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea For Two Review

L’Artisan Parfumeur has the distinction of being one of the first niche fragrance houses. Founded in 1976, L’Artisan has been creating unique and high quality perfumes for almost fifty years, many of which – such as Timbuktu, Voleur des Roses, Dzing!, Passage d’Enfer, or La Chasse Aux Papillons – are now rightly considered classics.  Tea…

The 5 Most Expensive Chanel Perfumes

French designer brand Chanel is famous for chic couture, luxury handbags, and classic perfumes like No. 5 and Coco Mademoiselle.  No one could ever accuse the brand of being cheap, however. All that oh-so-French effortless sensibility comes at a cost, and a high one at that.  If you’d like to know why Chanel perfumes are…

Bon Parfumeur 004 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.  Taking the minimalist approach to perfumery that is so in vogue at the moment, each fragrance in the Bon Parfumeur…

J-Scent Sumo Wrestler Review

Japanese niche fragrance brand J-Scent has made a name for itself by offering up scents inspired by Japanese culture.  Ramune, for example, is an olfactory recreation of the famous Japanese soda of the same name; Hanamizake is based upon the idea of cherry blossom petals in a cup of sake; and Rakugan is inspired by…

Costume National Homme Parfum Review

Italian designer brand Costume National is known for its eccentric couture and stellar fragrances. Releases like Cyber Garden, Scent Intense, 21, and Soul have all been lauded by fragrance lovers for their quality and originality.  Costume National Homme, released in 2009 and composed by master perfumer Dominique Ropion, is no exception, having grown into a…

What Is a Tester Perfume?

If you’ve ever bought a perfume online, you’ve more than likely seen the term “tester” floating around here and there.  But what is a tester perfume? What difference is there, if any, between a tester and your average, everyday retail perfume?  A “tester” perfume refers to a bottle of perfume that customers can use to…