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Perfume Collection (partial)

 A glimpse of the ongoing madness...It doesn\'t seem to ebb. This probably 1/5 of the collection.  ...
05-04-2021 18:52

Baruti Onder de Linde: fragrance review

 Exploring the Baruti line, a niche collection by Greek perfumer Spyros Drosopoulos, based in the Netherlands, I found myself transfixed by Onder de L...
03-04-2021 18:52

The Smell of Books

 That wonderful rich smell of books, old or new, with that inherent variation ingrained, which lures seekers of knowledge since at least the time of E...
23-03-2021 18:51

Diptyque Fleur de Peau: fragrance review

The Diptyque story began in 1961 Paris at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain with, at its heart, three friends driven by the same creative passion, who chose ...
22-03-2021 18:51

Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady: fragrance review

 Portrait of a Lady in the line Editions des Parfums Frederic Malle is named after the homonymous novel by Henry James from 1881; a romantic detail wh...
28-01-2021 18:51

Aquolina Pink Sugar: fragrance review

The infamous cotton candy note (candyfloss, for those in the UK) lies at the heart of Aquolina\'s Pink Sugar (2003), and the fragrance made the chord ...
28-01-2021 18:51

L'Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc: fragrance review

Berries are an especially pliant fruity note in perfumes; no less because a certain group of synthetic musks has a berry undertone. The classic Mûre...
25-01-2021 18:51

Top Perfumes of 2020

 The annus horribilis is behind us. Perfume was one luxury which alleviated the gloom for us. Here are a few top perfumes of 2020. In photo form for e...
25-01-2021 18:51

Luxury and the Hermessences: Fragrant Musings

Hermès has always seemed to me the height of luxury: not just a status symbol to carry around, but a brand organically grown out of that most arist...
25-01-2021 18:51

Penhaligon's Babylon: fragrance review

  Babylon is a quite a "new and now" launch  by Penhaligon\'s, a Harrods\' exclusive till January 2021, but I was lucky enough to secure some and a...
25-01-2021 18:51

Kingdom Scotland: the first Scottish niche perfume brand

by guest writer Rose Strang Interview by Rose Strang, professional artist and perfume reviewer for L.L.M ? Edinburgh?s lifestyle magazine  What word s...
18-12-2020 18:51

Penhaligon's Newest Eye and Nose Candy

photo by Elena Vosnaki It was inescapable. The new goodies from Penhaligon\'s have trickled their way to my lap and I\'m slowly savouring their deligh...
26-10-2020 18:52

Penhaligon's The Favourite: fragrance review

The Favourite is the latest fragrance by British brand Penhaligon\'s and the story behind it is inspiring. It involves as its protagonist Sarah Church...
26-10-2020 18:52

My Vogue Hellas Editorial

 Blast from the past.  ...
07-10-2020 18:51

By Kilian Moonlight in Heaven: short fragrance review

Kilian\'s Moonlight in Heaven is a fragrance I had my eye on for at least a year, nay, more! I took the opportunity to try it out in store with an Ame...
15-09-2020 18:51

Guerlain Apres L'Ondee: fragrance review

What\'s in a name" What\'s in a material" Shakespeare\'s immortal line has a lot to account for. Lots of scents with heliotrope pose as "almond" or "m...
10-07-2020 18:51

The Different Company White Zagora: fragrance review

White Zagora by The Different Company stands as an optimism shot for occasional gloomy days, even if the heat does not let us perceive them as such. I...
09-07-2020 18:51

Molinard de Molinard (new edition, 2017): fragrance review

First of all, let me prephrase this review by saying the original vintage edition of Molinard de Molinard from 1979 was a gift of my beloved, who chos...
08-07-2020 18:51

Britney Spears Fantasy the Naughty Remix: fragrance review

Britney had told us quite a while ago, in her lyrics, "I used to think I had the answers to everything, but now I know that life doesn\'t always go my...
07-07-2020 18:51

Trussardi Donna (vintage, for women, 1984): fragrance review

Everything there is to know about the feminine fragrance by Trussardi from the early 1980s (1984 to be exact) can be seen right from the start. The mo...
07-06-2020 18:51

My Perfume Collection: Puredistance Candy

Sheiduna parfum, purse gift set, photo by Elena Vosnaki Puredistance M and Opardu, parfum spray, photo by Elena Vosnaki ...
13-04-2020 18:51

Gucci Memoire d'Une Odeur: fragrance review

A comrade of mine in fragrance said, taking the 2019 fragrance launches in retrospect, "In today?s world, chamomile will never be a major perfume tren...
07-04-2020 18:51

My Perfume Collection: Some Chanel Eye-Candy

photo by Elena Vosnaki photo by Elena Vosnaki photo by Elena Vosnaki photo by Elena Vosnaki These small pleasures amount to a great deal in...
06-04-2020 18:51

Nine and a Half Weeks (Classic Perfume References)

The heroine of the memoir of a love affair wears a classic by Dior, from 1947. ...
29-03-2020 18:51
26-03-2020 18:51

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid: fragrance review

Tom Ford is eagerly awaited by fashionistas during New York Fashion Week due to his excellent finger on the pulse, in both sartorial as well as beauty...
13-03-2020 18:51

Parfums de Rosine Ballerina No.5: fragrance review

The newest fragrance to take the Les Parfums de Rosine brand by storm is Ballerina No 5, which is as gorgeous a specimen in the rich tapestry of rose ...
10-03-2020 18:51

Kenzo World Power: fragrance review

Maybe the most unexpected in the line Power by Kenzo is Kenzo World Power, a woody aromatic fragrance for women launched in 2019. Although the fragran...
05-03-2020 18:51

The Unisex Beauty of Guerlain's Jicky (Photo Collection, Sho

Jicky by Guerlain is a gender bender perfume to end all gender benders; changing sex and direction mid-stream in its illustrious career like an adoles...
03-02-2020 18:51

The warrior

by Alex Vosnakis (copyright) ...
25-01-2020 18:51

Will of the Wisp Chills: Fragrances to Give the Goosebumps

Although warm fragrances wear comfortably on the natural heat of the skin and provide an instant "aaah" moment, like wrapping oneself with a cashmere ...
18-01-2020 18:51

Pretty Is as Pretty Does...More Perfume Bottles From My Coll

photo by Elena Vosnaki The bottle of Shalimar Parfum Initial is a jewel, and thus should be accompanied by jewels. The choice of pearls is not ran...
16-01-2020 18:52

A Year in Retrospect and New Trends for 2020

Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you had a lovely celebration! 2019 was a good year for perfume and hopefully 2020 will be as well. There were worthy...
06-01-2020 18:51

Goeffrey Beene Grey Flannel: fragrance review

In the Grey Flannel scent by American designer Geoffrey Beene, crisp greenery and musk tonalities (plus that seductive coumarin in the bottom) combine...
24-12-2019 18:55

And so this is Christmas...

Another holiday season upon us, the good and the bad, the merry and the sad ones, and we can rejoice, yes, everyone. So a merry, merry Christmas (and ...
24-12-2019 18:55

At the moment: December 2019

It\'s been a loooooooong while I last wrote an At The Moment post. There\'s a reason. I have had my plate full. Rather too full for my own sake. But I...
18-12-2019 18:51

Estee Lauder Sensuous: fragrance review

The scent of Sensuous is rather clever, even if not particularly ground-breaking, balancing all the ingredients and chords in an effect that would mak...
11-12-2019 18:52

Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum: fragrance review

Mon Guerlain does not dare veer into the animalic, like its forerunners  Guerlain Jicky and Guerlain Shalimar do; this is the first thing one needs to...
14-11-2019 18:55

Hermes Elixir des Merveilles: Revisiting my Fragrance Review

Elixir de Merveilles came out ages ago and we have all -I hope- tried it out in the shop. But are we still grasping its genius" It\'s the rare fragran...
14-11-2019 18:55

Everything Old is New Again: the Bell Jar

In recent years we have seen an endless recycling of design, ideas, DIY tricks and products that reference the past, in a spin of retromania, which st...
13-11-2019 18:52

Men's Fragrances to Capture (This) Woman's Heart

Evaluating a masculine fragrance is always harder than evaluating a fragrance that is divested of its loaded semiotics of gender, or which appeals to ...
12-11-2019 18:52

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours: fragrance review

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours from 2017, with a seductive name that evokes caresses with the softest materials, is a lasting, worthwhile specimen in t...
07-10-2019 18:56

Estee Lauder Sensuous Noir: fragrance review

This discontinued gem is shining in a deep purple bottle of sumptuous line that would match a wonderful smoky eye that looks so at ease on an autumnal...
03-10-2019 18:56

Dior Diorella: the Peach, the Peach, the Peach is on Fire.

photo copyright by Elena Vosnaki Read my fragrance review of Christian Dior\'s Diorella on this link. ...
03-10-2019 18:56

Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental: Tendrils of Earthy Green

photo copyright Elena Vosnaki I cannot shake the impression that the task of scaling down, of attenuating the formula of Vetiver Oriental to the rich...
04-09-2019 18:51

The Tender Music of Guerlain Chant d'Aromes

Photograph copyright by Elena Vosnaki    Chant d?Arômes does not aim to be a link in the Guerlain chain, but making a fresh, ever young start it t...
31-08-2019 18:51

Points of Contrition: What Makes a Modern Fragrance Tick&quo

 Several fragrances flummox the shelves of department stores nowadays, more than at any other time in history; greed is a sin. But few of those surviv...
15-08-2019 18:51

Guerlain Cuir Intense (Les Absolus d'Orient): fragrance revi

For the latest release of the Les Absolus d\'Orient collection, Cuir Intense, in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser creates a bewitching fragrance with the...
17-07-2019 18:51

Serge Lutens Sarrasins: fragrance review

The beast cradles the jasmine vine in the garden and its salty-dirty stench of its hide, as well as the warmth of its fur, only serve to enhance th...
17-07-2019 18:51

Gucci Bloom Gocce di Fiori (2019): fragrance review

The interpretation of tuberose floralcy in Gucci Bloom Gocce di Fiori is beautifully lighter, cooler and altogether more stereotypically "pretty" than...
10-07-2019 18:51

Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori (2018): fragrance review

"Intensely sensual and feminine, Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori celebrates the intimate and authentic character of a woman. Rose and Osmanthus flower re...
09-07-2019 18:52

Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori (2018): fragrance review

The funny thing with tuberose is that in its complex glory it\'s a blossom that hides an intensely green facet. Its top note is a mentholated cool bla...
08-07-2019 18:51

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