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The Black Knight by Francesca Bianchi greets you with the power of a fully equipped, light, and swift battle horse in a full gallop through a fresh and green field of vetiver: its muscles are moving in a tense way, hoofs picking up and throwing pieces of dry earth in the air behind it. 

And yet, there is hidden tenderness and fragility that makes him feel – so human.

My review of The Black Knight perfume was first published in Cafleurebon, and this is the version I edited in 2021.

In 1963, the male Indian peafowl which is commonly called Peacock was named the national bird of India and also the state bird of Rajasthan.

This gorgeous and majestic bird Mayura which is Sanskrit for Peacock is a symbol of beauty, joy, grace, and pride. They have been an inspiration to art and artists all over the world, painters create life-like paintings of them, musicians like to make tunes around them, designers make interiors inspired by them, sculptors carve their images on different types of stone and wood.

They have been a part of all forms of art and continue to be so. Auphorie Mayura (limited edition), created by Eugene Au and Emrys Au is inspired by this sacred fowl.

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one –John Lennon, 1971

As simple as these words and piano melody may seem, this is a complex song.

The vision behind it historically runs much deeper, just as the vision behind the perfume Lost in Heaven does, although it presents itself as seemingly simple happiness & well-being providing a fragrance that makes you want to hug the whole world.

That part is true but there’s more to it, so much more. Francesca Bianchi-style more.

My Lost in Heaven review was first published in Cafleurebon, and this is the version edited in 2021.

Say it with roses!

Let’s speak the language of love, the language of – roses!

I wrote a brief overview of 21 rose fragrances to fall in love with, with mini-reviews. Believe me, I really had a hard time limiting myself to compose a bouquet of 21 roses, I could go on and on – at least that’s what I thought when I started thinking about it, some six months ago. I had to draw the line somewhere because composing this list took a lot of time.

21 rose fragrance…I still haven’t found one rose to rule them all, but that’s great because it keeps me constantly trying out new and different creations.  SOTD, SOTN, for all moods and occasions, and during any season in a year. La Reine is always at my side: I’ve never waited for someone to make me a bed of roses. I make it myself and choose my own roses.

There are many ways of seeing things and ways of finding your personal interpretation.  Yes, sometimes it’s a Rashomon. Words express thoughts, thoughts can suggest an interpretation but it also works the other way around. Nomen est omen, and choosing a name for perfume is one of the hardest things any perfumer or brand manager faces.

The same goes for the newest addition to Der Duft‘s line of fragrances, created by Prin Lomros: Act.

Anselm Skogstad‘s (founder of Der Duft) philosophy rests upon freedom of thought, freedom of interpretation, and aesthetic simplicity that doesn’t steer your attention from the most important thing: perfume. All their perfumes have names that you can interpret as you find fit, and here is my interpretation of Act!

Lotus Rising perfume review (Tanja Bochnig), first published in Cafleurebon

“The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud“ – Buddhist Proverb

Lotus – a flower with unparalleled resilience, a symbol of life, death, and rebirth often tied to spirituality inspired Tanja Bochnig during gloomy days in 2020 to create a fragrance that would offer hope and strength, and point us in the direction of illumination.