Category Archives: Fragrance

Scent of the day: Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens

Day four of an incense rotation. After yesterday’s ‘meh’ effort, today I’m falling back on one of my favourites, of which I am now on my third bottle. It’s a basic two-noter of incense and pine needles, but this time done – to my mind – perfectly, with the rich, warm pine heating up the incense, which lasts for hours… Read more »

Scent of the day: Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal

Day three of an incense rotation. Less incense and more pine air freshener, if you ask me. Not all that flamboyant, either, other than the initial blast of churchy incense, which is very strong but burns off in about 10 minutes. We heat our house with wood and buy huge bags of pine kindling to get the fire started each… Read more »

Scent of the day: Encens et Lavande by Serge Lutens

Day two of an incense rotation. This is a fragrance that does what it says on the tin – it starts with a great blast of lavender (the rather medicinal French kind), then quickly moves to the incense part, which is very smoky and dry, slightly warmer than the Avignon I wore yesterday. Serge Lutens is sometimes criticised for producing… Read more »

Scent of the day: Incense Avignon by Comme des Garçons

Incense Avignon

Day one of an incense rotation. This is my reference incense – the one I measure all others against. I’m an atheist from a religious family and I spent a lot of my childhood prowling round old churches and ruins in places like Norfolk and the chapels of stately homes like Blickling Hall and Oxburgh, taking brass rubbings, playing the… Read more »

Scent of the day: La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens

Day 7 of a rose rotation. This is a deep crimson rose that smells expensive. Some geranium and even blood up top and the heart is a full-blown powdery rose (the real Rosa Ispahan smells quite a lot like this, as does Rosa Californica Plena). The heart notes last for many hours and it dries down to a soft, powdery… Read more »

Scent of the day: Rose Ispahan by Yves Rocher

Day six of a rose rotation. This is a vintage splash bottle of EDT that I picked up on French Ebay, which enables me to use it like a cologne and splash it all over – something that’s needed because this fragrance is fairly weak. Rose Ispahan is a delicious, sugary pink confectioner’s rose with a soft, fluffy quality like… Read more »

Scent of the day: Rose Absolue by Yves Rocher

Day two of a rose rotation. I decided to do these rotations as a way of a: making myself go through my stash rather than reaching for the same handful of perfumes every time; b: filtering out the ones I’m really not going to wear again; c: making myself concentrate and focus on something each day. I bought Rose Absolue… Read more »

Scent of the day: Joie de Vivre by Lenthéric

Day one of a rose rotation and this is a surprisingly nice rose for a drugstore cheapie that cost about a tenner on Ebay. Created in 1985 by F&F firm Roure Bertrand (later bought by Givaudan), Joie de Vivre has head notes of rose and jasmine, heart notes of iris and bergamot and base notes of amber and sandalwood. It’s… Read more »