My latest post on Now Smell This is a review of two fragrances inspired by comforting beverages: Arielle Shoshana Sunday and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Perfumes Hot Masala.
You can read it here.
The weather is perfect “summer” in my corner of the world right now — warm (in the 70s) but not too humid, sunny and a little breezy. I wish Mr. Professor and I could take a day trip to Asbury Park or Coney Island, but since we’re both avoiding crowds and mass transit, that’s not something we’ll be doing anytime soon.
I dabbled in some beach-y perfumes last week, just to give myself an olfactory mini-vacation.
How are you doing today?
On Saturday the sun appeared over the New York City metro area and I was able to sit outside for a couple hours, just reading and drinking coffee and editing a PowerPoint on my laptop. That was a treat.
As I’m writing this post, it’s raining again. All the same, I’ve been trying to welcome Spring through my recent fragrance choices…
Last Friday I realized that one month has passed since my workplace closed. It seems much longer…or not that long at all. Time is all askew.
I found myself craving comfort scents last week, rather than big dramatic roses. Here are a few of the perfumes I sprayed while staying home…
Once in a while someone asks me my opinion about Tom Ford fragrances. Let me try to summarize: I think some of them are excellent. I think some of them are boring. I think all of them are overpriced. And I won’t buy (or review) any of them anyway, because I choose to reject Tom Ford’s branding and marketing.
I’ve heard that Tom Ford Lost Cherry is worth trying, and I’ll get around to smelling it eventually, just for reference. In the meantime, I’d like to mention a few other cherry-inspired perfumes that are worth seeking out.
July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s spaceflight to the Moon and the first human contact on its surface. “One small step for man…” (You know the rest!)
I don’t think Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins were wearing cologne on that historic voyage—they had other things on their mind!—but I couldn’t help wondering, what perfume would I wear for a fantasy visit to the Moon or simply for an evening of moon-gazing? What might enhance or complement that experience?
Here are a few ideas…
— T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland (I. The Burial of the Dead)
If you asked me to name my favorite flower, or my favorite floral note in perfume, lilac wouldn’t be the first one I’d name. It might not even appear in my “top five.” Yet every April there’s a day when I have the opportunity to visit the blooming lilac trees in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and I suddenly want to spray myself with a lilac fragrance.
Here are a few recommendations, including three from independent female perfumers and one from a preeminent female “nose.”