Smelled up close, L'Eau Froide is an enjoyable twist on a unisex summer fragrance, and it probably has enough heft to take it into spring or fall as well. It's clean, but it isn't as relentlessly clean as L'Eau Serge Lutens. Still, from a distance, the early stages teeter dangerously close...

Serge Lutens will launch De Profundis, the latest addition to the exclusive range, in September. The fragrance was reportedly inspired by death, and named for an prose letter written by Oscar Wilde in prison. De Profundis is a floral unisex fragrance based on chrysanthemum; other notes...

Annick Goutal will launch Mon Parfum Chéri, par Camille, this September, with a preview at Harrods in early July. The new perfume for women is described as a "very feminine, elegant and mesmerizing fragrance, inspired by Hollywood glamorous actresses". Mon Parfum Chéri was developed by...

According to the lore of her eponymous fragrance house, Annick Goutal was deeply fond of roses; as one of the company websites states, "Every moment of her life was filled with them as she believed in their sensorial properties and their beneficial powers on the skin. She added drops of rose...

Like many of the Serge Lutens fragrances, Cuir Mauresque kicks off with a surprising note that offers a freaky insight into the rest of the fragrance. For Tubéreuse Criminelle , for instance, that note smells almost like gasoline, and once you've smelled it you see tuberose a whole...

by devoting a fragrance to her mother's memory: it is a spicy floral chypre titled Mon Parfum Chéri par Camille and its composition includes Indonesian patchouli, iris, violet, plum, and heliotropin. Mon Parfum Chéri par Camille is partially inspired by a vintage solid perfume from Annick...

I've loved many of the Annick Goutal floral fragrances, and I hoped Le Mimosa would provide a mimosa scent I could wear on my skin, not simply spray into the air. Le Mimosa, developed by perfumer Isabelle Doyen, lists fragrance notes of peach, anise, iris, mimosa, sandalwood and white musk....

like the gourmand fragrance it's being marketed as – it swaps a gourmand's saliva-inducing edibleness for something that's enticingly sweet, sure, but still somehow metallic, like it's been laced with something. And that's exactly what makes it worth buying. Serge Lutens is nothing if not a...

While Robin has been trying and reviewing Nuit Etoilée, the newest fragrance release from Annick Goutal, I've been revisiting Goutal's La Violette this week. La Violette was developed by perfumer Isabelle Doyen and was originally released in 2001. It has come and gone from the Goutal catalogue...

Fragrance reviews are silly. Fragrance marketing is even sillier. So from now on, we'll be crowdsourcing our fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. What Serge Lutens thinks it smells like: "L'Eau Froide gives you the...

 

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