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The more you listen to Fleur Japonais’s fragrant expression, the more it draws you in – it feels at moments very spiritual, like you’re watching a ritual in an ancient temple.

The incense is never overwhelming or dense, it feels so…light and clean. Nor does it get too smokey or too sweet anytime! The almost transparent layers of light florals are framing gently the image of a temple, gaining momentum and vibrating in soothing and comforting amber-glowing leathery tones much later,  in the drydown.

This is the seventh perfume in the collection, and is fascinating again: Fleur Japonais is Maurice Roucel’s interpretation of Sakura for Shalini Parfum.

Silence the Sea is one of the most intriguing fragrances that I’ve ever come across.  Christophe Laudamiel, working together with the Strangelove NYC brand owner Elizabeth Gaynes and creative director Helena Christensen weaves a creation that features pure ambergris with an alluring effect, addictive and deeply primal.

This is not a marine-aquatic fragrance, and yet it speaks about oceans and seas in volumes!

While you don’t have to make the obligatory rotation at all, these fragrances might give you a good reason to try something new this Summer!

Anastazija Zora Bjelousov, EIC of the well-known Croatian portal Femina.hr, an established beauty editor and perfume reviewer, gathered 4 leading Croatian fragrance critics, bloggers, and influencers – all with different tastes and views, to list their TOP Summer Fragrances For Women.

You can find my recommendations published in this article, if you’re not fluent in Croatian, feel free to use the Google page translate thing-y.

The list is here, enjoy your read – now all we need is Summer! (and preferably much, much nicer weather and warmer days)

The first fragrance I tried from the Strangelove  NYC line was Silence the Sea: I got lost and fell in love. Irreversibly.

I realized then that nomen est omen: yes, perfumes that the trio Gaynes-Laudamiel-Christensen offers ARE strange, and you might fall in love with all of them. It made perfect sense.

It so happened recently that I won a 15 ml Lost in Flowers bottle in an IG giveaway organized by Strangelove NYC, and this is my review!

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.