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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!

 The Plum Girl Interview- Adventures of a curious nose, or Avventure di un naso curioso: some time ago a dear friend of The Plum Girl, Andrej Babicky asked me to chit-chat with him about perfume ‘n’ stuff. Instead of a podcast, we agreed upon an interview in a written form for the Beauty Scenario webzine.

We discussed perfume/fragrance, perfume reviews, the importance of perfume reviews, and quite a few other scent-related things!

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. 

To everything, there’s a season: autumn suits patchouli and spices well, and Patchouli & Black Pepper is a lovely perfume that I wore and tested since spring but enjoyed the most this November – it definitely shines, blossoms, and expresses its personality fully in colder weather! Created by Ruth Mastenbroek, and praised as the Bath House bestseller, it definitely breathes in synergy with autumn. And there’s an almost empty bottle to prove it.

“…If I had them, I’d be King”.

But it’s the juicy green balls of desire – figs! that we’re talking about here!

Balls Said the Queen by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes is not a beach-y or tropical fragrance at all, and yet it feels lush like a late summer’s day, like the moment when you realize that the summer is almost gone and each and every minute of a hot day suddenly feels like a precious gift you don’t want to let go of. It’s not gourmand either, and yet it is mouthwatering and inviting. You might call it „green“ but that’s a hot hue of green, like a green leaf placed over strategic places on a naked body. And even though it feels openly sensual, its balance is refined.

Dawn thinks it’s „kinda badass.“, and I think it’s a fragrance that’s wonderfully sensual in a very playful way.

Times, they are a-changing. People – not that much: this is why the myth about Echo and Narcisuss is always inspiring, and what I was thinking about while sampling and testing Aroma Echo and Narciso from DFG1924, and getting more and more attracted to it. I tested it during the hot summer months but came to enjoy it fully during the first cold, Autumn days. Its notes and accords then started to bloom beautifully on my skin, unfolding a layer upon layer of fragrance with a deep, amber-infused tremolo in its base.

The bright voice of Echo at the beginning and the hypnotical beauty of Narcisuss to follow…to the end.