“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” – William Shakespeare / Henry V
Sarah Baker Perfumes Bascule thrusts off with impeccably-groomed fields of fresh grass, adds a touch of elegance by well-dosed citruses-infused bitterness, canters in a round, balanced frame with neatly arranged and addictive smelling stacks of hay, jumps over a steeple-chase fence wearing high leather boots, and finishes all the combinations and all the rounds of its development in a well-composed way, remaining refined all the way, and through the drydown.
(This review was first published in Cafleurebon)
I can’t stop humming: And as we wind on down the road / Our shadows taller than our soul / There walks a lady we all know / Who shines white light and wants to show / How everything still turns to gold…And she’s buying a stairway to Heaven.
White on layers of white, flying high into thin air. I’ve been going through a rough patch lately, and Stairway to Heaven felt like a wound-soothing, comforting, and delightfully sensual medicine for my soul. Sleeping on my great-grandma’s white lace sheets helped too. Here is my full review, previously published in Cafleurebon.
The inspiration behind Antonio Alessandria’s Rusty Vibes was one specific image, created by the photographer and essayist Alex C. Musgrave. A photo of flowers, an atmosphere, inspiration plus creative freedom, and Rusty Vibes was born!
This perfume was the fourth bespoke fragrance created for Çafleurebon’s 10th anniversary, and my review was first published there.
Allow me to tell you a fairy tale, inspired by the sixth Talisman in the Mendittorosa perfume collection; The Talisman of Talent – Mendittorosa Talento!
This review was first published in Cafleurebon, and I believe it was the first fairy tale review of a fragrance ever.
There are travels that become not only physical transitions from one place to another, but turn into inner journeys, intimate and spiritual, that weave delicate and invisible webs made of emotions, feelings, and memories of experiences shared that bond a traveler’s soul to the places traveled to – forever.
My Varanesi by Meo Fusciuni review, edited in 2021, was first published in Cafleurebon in 2020.
Visiteur, a perfume brand founded in 2018 by Janne Rainer Vuorenmaa from Sweden, is now present with three fragrances: Cabaret Nocturne was the first one I reviewed, even before it officially launched.
Janne did take his time, a perfectionist, working on each and every detail until he was ready. And guess what? He was ready amidst the worst lockdowns – in 2020!
Here’s my review of Cabaret Nocturne, a wonderful fragrance created by talented Cecile Zarokian. (First published in Cafleurebon, edited)