Diane wrote to me on one day, from the Champlain Valley in Vermont, USA. I admitted openly that I’m always curious about American niche, artisan and „naturals“. This is still a huge terra incoginito for me. I also told her that sending samples doesn’t guarantee a review, that I do not have time nor will… Continue reading St. Claire Scents: To Earthward!
“In the beginning there was earth, wood, stone, metal and leather…” These are the primal elements according to Mr. Bertrand Sonnier, owner of this artisan perfumes company for twenty years. The work of Jardine de France began more than 100 years ago in Amboise: still manufacturing, still featuring an in-house perfumer – Justine Brivet, always… Continue reading The 5th Element: Jardin de France
„Recordate lo juorno ca stive a me becino, e te scorréano, ‘nzino, ‘e llacreme, accossì. Deciste a me: “Non chiagnere, ca tu mio sarraje”. Io te voglio bene assaje e tu nun pienze a me.“ Te voglio bene…assaje! I love you very much. Sounds familiar? It’s Napoli, Italia. One of the songs that make me… Continue reading Te voglio bene assaje! Luigi Borrelli Napoli Royal Collection
Here I go again, back to Grasse! Second time in three years, to be exact, spending my vacation there, already feeling a bit like a Grassoise. What does Grasse smell like? Jasmine, of course. Sprayed above the old medieval streets all day long: This time we rented an apartment in a lovely old Provencal house… Continue reading What’s Up in Da City: Grasse
Not the pretty little flowers, of course, because they blossom in Spring. I wanted to give you an update on some projects and perfumes I already wrote about, one new project I plan to participate in and inform you about upcoming events. And to write a reminder for myself 😀 Let’s take a look at… Continue reading Forget-Me-Not’s in August
Memories of a date palm tree: What if an old palm tree in an oasis somewhere far away in a desert could tell you about its memories? Fragrant memories of all events that it witnessed? Date palm trees are silent observers of life unfolding in their shade for ages. It would be unfair to describe… Continue reading FO’AH: MÉMOIRES D’UNE PALMERAIE
Rab/Arba is a small island, 22 km long and located in the northwestern part of the Adriatic Sea/Croatia, very easy accessible from Rijeka or Zagreb. When you reach the ferry port Stinica, it’s a ten minutes ferry ride to Rab. When you approach the island, first what you see is mostly barren terrain -karst on… Continue reading What’s Up In Da City: The Island of Rab
I write about perfumes. I am a collector of olfactory impressions. Sometimes I fall head over heels in love with a perfume. As I did with Dangerous Rose. Unexpectedly, utterly and irrevocably. With an insatiable hunger for it. To start with, I was just as selfconfident that it will not affect me so strongly when… Continue reading Dangerous Rose: An Insatiable Hunger
Le Jardin Retrouve, a small, family owned artisan perfume company is dear to me. I am, let this be clear, a friend and a supporter, not only because Clara and Michael are ever so sweet and gentle people, but because the perfumes they produce are niche in every sense, of the finest French provenience, they… Continue reading #Perfume Revival Project: 4 Mystery Fragrances – I Cracked the Code!
Gold and scented pixie dust! Just a week ago we were impatiently heading towards the Esxence fair in Milan, in anticipation of all it has to offer…ah! Sweet and fragrant memories! I would like to share with you my impression and personal experience of visiting the 10th Esxence – The Scent of Excellence Fair in… Continue reading About Fairs, Good Fairies & Pixie Dust – Esxence 2018: Recap & Survival Guide