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Moving Forward – Amouage Journey Woman & Journey Man Perfume Reviews

Amouage's Journey Man & Journey Woman

Amouage’s Journey Man & Journey Woman

I may be a bit behind on the Amouage-front, but I still cannot believe that the time has come (and now passed) for the house to launch their annual pair of fragrances. Last year’s duo, Fate Woman and Fate Man, were definitely a divisive pair, with some perfume lovers falling madly in love with the scents and others finding themselves not too impressed. My feelings were somewhere in the middle of this spectrum, seeing them as high quality outings, but perhaps not the most stimulating offerings from such a dynamic brand.

This year Amouage is launching Journey Woman and Journey Man, two perfumes inspired by “Shanghai deco, Chinese cinema and film noir” and for the first time, housed in striking two-tone bottles of rich red and gold. These new fragrances mark the end of the first cycle of the Amouage narrative and as much as they smell like Amouage fragrances, they don’t appear to be as noticeably bold as the perfumes that have proceeded them.

Journey Woman and Journey Man mark a change in the Amouage aesthetic, not only with the two-toned bottles, but also with their fragrant signatures, both of which are unusual takes on the house’s staple oriental opulence. With this new duo, Amouage moves forward into unchartered territory, speaking in the language of subtlety and scenting the air with an understated sense of panache.

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And the Winner of The Candy Perfume Boy’s Third Birthday Giveaway Is…

And the Winner Is...

And the Winner Is…

The time has come to reveal the winner of The Candy Perfume Boy’s Third Birthday Giveaway! But before that, I would just like to take a few moments to say thank you once again to everyone who has ever read, commented, shared or enjoyed this blog. The Candy Perfume Boy is a real labour of love for me and it means so much that people actively engage with me here about my favourite subject on a regular basis. So thank you all.

Now on to the fun bit! I am pleased to announce that the winner of The Candy Perfume Boy’s Third Birthday Giveaway (as chosen by random.org) and the soon-to-be-owner of a brand spanking new 60ml refillable bottle of Thierry Mugler’s Alien (one of my very favourite perfumes), is…

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Blue Skies – Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume Review

Daisy Dream

Daisy Dream

It’s hard to deny the power of Marc Jacobs’ popular fragrance, Daisy. Since its launch in 2007, the wispy floral has become a best seller and has found many fans, thanks in part to the super-cute vinyl flowers that adorn its bottle. It has spawned a family of spin offs and most of Jacobs’ fragrances since have tried to recapture the magic of the original, resulting in a family of vinyl clad bottles and airy juices.

For 2014, Marc Jacobs is launching the latest instalment in the Daisy narrative, the languid-sounding ‘Daisy Dream‘. Created by venerable perfumers, Alberto Morillas (the gent behind the original Daisy, Amouge’s Opus VII and Salvador Dali) and Ann Gottlieb (responsible for Marc Jacobs’ Lola and Sarah Jessica Parker’s Covet), Daisy Dream is a wistful and pastel-shaded perfume that seems to be made for long summer days under blue skies.

Created to present “an airy and ethereal new chapter in the story of Marc Jacob’s free-spirited Daisy”, Daisy Dream is a fruity floral fragrance with a subtle touch of gourmand. It’s accompanying film, directed by Jacobs’ friend, Sofia Coppola, is an otherworldy affair inspired by Coppola’s cult indie film ‘The Virgin Suicides’ and presents this fragrance as something surprisingly light and ghostly.

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Smelly News: Penhaligon’s Launch Bayolea Fragrance & Gentleman’s Grooming Range

Bayolea

Bayolea – New from Penhaligon’s

Eccentric British fragrance brand, Penhaligon’s, have launched ‘Bayolea’, their new fragrance for men and an accompanying ‘Gentleman’s Grooming Range’. Recreated from a classic formula within the Penhaligon’s archive, Bayolea (and its accompanying grooming products) cater for all elements of the modern gent’s grooming ritual, and appear to be a more traditionally masculine entry in to the line.

Bayolea is described by Penhaligon’s Head of Global Marketing, Matthew Huband as being “wonderfully fresh and masculine”. The perfume, in limited edition candle form, was chosen to be the official fragrances of London Collections: Men 2014, earlier this year.

“I’m thrilled that we’re releasing this range, responding to our customers and applying a spritz of Penhaligon’s elegance to a modern grooming range. The fragrance is wonderfully fresh and masculine and I can’t wait to see it on the shelf (as well as in my bathroom!).”

- Matthew Huband,
Penhaligon’s Head of Global Marketing

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New Escentual Post: Cooling Fragrances – Because It’s Too Hot to Wear Anything Else

Cooling Fragrances - Because It's Too Hot to Wear Anything Else...

Cooling Fragrances – Because It’s Too Hot to Wear Anything Else…

It’s warm. Very warm. It would be fair to say that I don’t do well in the heat. I enjoy it for a few days, but after a while the relentless mugginess gets me down and I find myself crying out for some relief. Luckily for me, and those who share my difficulties with the warmth, there are a number of fragrances out there that can provide some much-needed olfactory refreshment on those days when the sun reigns supreme in the sky.

For my Escentual column this week, I’ve taken a look at six fragrances to wear when it is simply too hot to wear anything else. They range from straightforward eau de colognes to thirst quenching citrus fragrances, and I’ve even thrown in some ice cold fragrant offerings for when the mercury rises to crisis point. To read the piece, simply click here - make sure to let me know what your favourite cooling scents are!

Also – Don’t forget that you have until 22:00 GMT tonight to enter my fabulous third birthday giveaway to be in with a chance of winning a 60ml bottle of Alien by Thierry Mugler. Click here to enter. Good luck! Competition now closed.

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Smelly News: John Varvatos to Launch Artisan Acqua

New From John Varatos: Artisan Acqua

New From John Varvatos: Artisan Acqua

This August, American menswear designer, John Varvatos will launch Artisan Acqua, the third flanker to his popular Artisan fragrance launched in 2009. The fragrance, created by venerable perfume Rodrigo Flores-Roux (John Varvatos Artisan, Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino and Arquiste’s Flor y Canto), is a spicy/woody citrus perfume that reportedly “embodies the panache and leisure of the Mediterranean man who, without over thinking, achieves high style and an effortless nonchalance.” This limited edition fragrance perfume presented in a hand-woven rattan bottle, made from natural materials to give a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

“Artisan Acqua is the new and reinvigorated addition to the Artisan fragrances [...] Inspired by a unity of artisanal craftsmanship and sophisticated technique, this fragrance is truly a one-of-a kind creation that brings to life the artisanal approach used in old Italian hand finishing and unique DNA of my collection.”

- John Varvatos

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Smelly News: Jul et Mad Launch Aqua Sextius

New From Jul et Mad: Aqua Sextius

New From Jul et Mad: Aqua Sextius

Niche perfume brand Jul et Mad (the brainchild of real-life couple, Julien Blanchard and Madalina Stoica-Blanchard) have launched their fourth fragrance, Aqua Sextius. The fragrance continues the love story of the creators, told by the brand’s three other fragrances (Stilettos on Lex, Terrasse a St Germain and Amour de Palazzo) as an ode to the enjoyment of life and “its moments of perfect harmony”.

Created by perfumer, Cécile Zarokian (also responsible for Amouage’s sublime Epic Woman), Aqua Sextius is described as a “green chypre/citrus amber” and a “true explosion of freshness”, and as with all of Jul et Mad’s fragrant offerings, it is a perfume that tells a story:

“Drawing inspiration from Aix en Provence, the city of 100 fountains and the place where, on hot summers days, Julien and Madalina find themselves surrounded by friends and loved ones, celebrating their love and their union. It’s a moment of tranquility, generosity and total well being with the sound of clinking ice cubes, joyous laughter and the melody of slowly running water forming the backdrop to the festivities.”

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Smelly News: Gorilla Perfumes Open First Stand Alone Store

Gorilla Perfumes

Gorilla Perfumes @ 3 Camden Passage, London, N1 8EA

Gorilla Perfumes, the rebellious perfume arm of cosmetics company, Lush has opened its very first standalone store in London. The store is situated within the fashionable Camden Passage in London and will stock the brand’s current offerings; Volume 1 (Lust etc), Volume 2 (Furze and Hellstone etc) and the newly launched Volume 3 (Kerbside Violet et al), as well as the Gorilla B-Sides, which are the fabulous fragrances from the now-defunct B Never too Busy to B Beautiful, such as Breath of God and Ladyboy.

The Gorilla Perfumes store can be found at 3 Camden Passage, London, N1 8EA. Do let me know if you’ve managed to pop in and have a nose!

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Perfume as Art – Maison Francis Kurkdjian féminin & masculin Pluriel Perfume Review

Pluriel

“Mirror Image” – féminin Pluriel & masculin Pluriel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

“Perfume is not art.”

- Francis Kurkdjian

At the recent launch event for Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s latest duo of fragrances there was a lot of discussion around art and its relation to the world of perfume. Kurkdjian, who is ever a frank and fascinating speaker, asserted that perfume is not art because it is created to please consumers and where art is given a value by the market, perfume prices are set by their creators. This isn’t to say that Kurkdjian is belittling perfume by any means, in fact it seems that he takes a purely practical view of the subject, comparing his collection to an olfactory wardrobe, containing a plethora of pieces ranging from the everyday staple of the white T-Shirt (Aqua Universalis) to the more occasionally worn leather trousers (Absolue Pour le Soir).

Also at the event, Art Curator, Karine Giannamore spoke at length about what constitutes a masterpiece, piecing together simplicity, hard work, innovation and emotion, as the key ingredients that create a timeless work of art. Giannamore states that a masterpiece “has to be new [and] has to be original” but also must be “cemented in tradition”. This collision of the innovative and the traditional is exactly what Francis Kurkdjian has played with for his two new fragrances – féminin Pluriel and masculin Pluriel.

“What makes a work of art? A masterpiece? A Timeless work of art? Something so good or beautiful that it cannot be affected by changes in society or fashion.”

- Karine Giannamore

The Pluriel (Plural) duo has been created as a mirror image – two fragrances that perfectly capture the essence of femininity and masculinity, or as the brand puts it; “the eternal feminine and masculine.” With each fragrance, Kurkdjian takes a traditional theme and adds a contemporary twist to create a pair of perfumes that feel thoroughly modern and very much in keeping with his clear and radiant style. For féminin Pluriel and masculin Pluriel, Kurkdjian has crafted two new pieces for his olfactory wardrobe – two fragrant garments that are as modern, chic, timeless and elegant as anything a couturier could construct.

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Smelly News: Gerard Butler Named as the New Face of BOSS BOTTLED

Gerard Butler - The New Face of Hugo Boss Bottled

Gerard Butler – The New Face of Hugo Boss Bottled

BOSS Parfums have named Scottish actor Gerard Butler as the new brand ambassador for their flagship masculine fragrance, BOSS BOTTLED. The 300 star (those Spartan abs, you guys!) will appear in both print and television advertisements for the fragrance, and is described by the brand as being the “perfect choice” for the fragrance because he is “a man that embodies modern masculinity in the 21st century”. On his appointment as brand ambassador, Butler says:

“It’s a generous compliment to be named an ambassador for an iconic luxury brand as BOSS Parfums, I’ve always admired the brand’s classic and modern appeal which I try to infuse into my own personal style. And BOSS BOTTLED really captures that essence of effortless sophistication that all men can easily incorporate in their daily lives.”

- Gerard Butler

Butler’s first campaign for BOSS BOTTLED, and for any masculine fragrance for that matter, is due to air in Autumn 2014.

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