Articles by Author Miguel Matos

Miguel Matos
Editor, Writer, Translator
Miguel is a Portuguese journalist obsessed with art and perfume. Miguel likes to see himself as a fragrance curator, investigating the possibilities of perfume as contemporary art in exhibitions and other multimedia projects. He directs his own cultural magazine, Umbigo, besides contributing with texts for museums and art galleries. He is a perfume collector and specializes in vintage perfumery, organizing monthly talks called Vintage Perfume Sniffing in Lisbon.
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Chestnuts In the Air: Castagna by TuttotondoChestnuts In the Air: Castagna by Tuttotondo

Fragrance Reviews 01/17/17 11:59 (6 comments)

  This time of year, in my city and in many other cities where it's winter, the smell of roasted chestnuts is something that is always in the air. That comforting smell that I love, urging me to eat some more, and I can rarely stop before there is no more chestnuts left. Who would have thought that a perfume brand would take this as a theme for a fragrance? It's real and it's called Castagna , from the ever so fun Italian house of Tuttotondo . ... (more)

Have you ever imagined a perfume that smelled like roasted chestnuts?

Best in Show: Tuberose (2017)Best in Show: Tuberose (2017)

Best in Show 01/15/17 11:30 (57 comments)

No note in perfumery is more surprisingly carnal, creamier or contradicting than that of tuberose. The multi-petalled flower is a mix of flower shop freshness and velvety opulence. Which is why it is the perennial polarizing flower note having as many ardent fans as passionate detractors. The Victorians must have been among the latter: they forbade young girls of inhaling the scent of tuberose in the fear they might have a spontaneous orgasm! Roja Dove is right when he says that tuberose is ... (more)

Tuberose as featured in niche, luxe and men's perfumery.

Zadig & Voltaire This is Him - French RockZadig & Voltaire This is Him - French Rock

Fragrance Reviews 01/15/17 10:18 (7 comments)

Quality has been returning to mainstream fragrances lately and hopefully we are going to see this happen continuously not only from Guerlain or Chanel, but also from other names, even designer brands that are not fragrance-based businesses. A great example of that is the newest Zadig & Voltaire scent couple. After the first experience with perfume from this French fashion house, the solid creations called Tome 1 La Pureté and Tome 1 La Pureté For Men in 2012, a n... (more)

Dark and sexy, classic and young, a rocker scent for savvy millennials.

Gucci Guilty Absolute: Playing NicheGucci Guilty Absolute: Playing Niche

Fragrance Reviews 01/11/17 08:17 (27 comments)

  The new masculine scent from Gucci, Guilty Absolute may sound like another flanker in the yawn-producing line of the same name. Even the cliché designation "absolute" is such a tired meaningless thing. But behold and admire! Forget the last years of senseless flankers and non-creative juices flooding the brand in sameness. Gucci Guilty Absolute is really a niche fragrance trying to make its way into the mainstream market in a rec... (more)

Remember the days of Gucci fragrances created by Tom Ford? Those days are gone but this week the mailman just delivered the upcoming masculine Gucci and was I blown away!

Love Sweet Love: ÉléonoreLove Sweet Love: Éléonore

Fragrance Reviews 01/06/17 06:51 (4 comments)

After so much perfume talk about vanilla and gourmand, these words are almost like synonyms. But sometimes they are not. And even if Rancé 1795 describes their new fragrance Éléonore as their new gourmand edition in the Collection Imperiale, my experience with the perfume is not such. The concept of this scent is focused on fruits, cakes and resins, providing a contrast of these elements. The story behind it is the following: Napoleon III escapes from the... (more)

The sweetest caress from Rancé 1795.

Dora Baghriche, the Curious PerfumerDora Baghriche, the Curious Perfumer

Interviews 01/02/17 12:21 (7 comments)

  On my latest trip to Paris, I had the privilege of a guided tour inside Firmenich , one of the world's main raw materials supplier for the perfume industry. Inside, a team of incredibly talented perfumers works everyday so they can create the fragrances we fall in love with. Dora Baghriche is one of them. She has been working there for 10 years now, starting as a trainee in Firmenich in Geneva in order to become a perfumer. After two Years in Geneva, s... (more)

From Olfactive Studio to Viktor & Rolf: a bright conversation between Miguel and Dora inside the Parisian offices of Firmenich.

Best in Show: Chanel (2017)Best in Show: Chanel (2017)

Best in Show 01/01/17 11:55 (57 comments)

Chanel. For almost 100 years, these two syllables have conjured sophistication, glamour and simplicity...and perfume. Whether choosing an iconic early aroma of the brand such as Cuir de Russie, a 70s classic like Cristalle, an 80s powerhouse oriental such as Coco, or a new Les Exclusifs such as Jersey, it is easy for everyone to find a Chanel of their own. And many famous names have helped to keep Chanel iconic: Marilyn and her N° 5; Warhol and his pai... (more)

Fragrantica editors celebrate their favorite Chanel fragrances. Leave a comment with your own picks!

Oliver and Co Nebula 1: Subjective Minimal WhiteOliver and Co Nebula 1: Subjective Minimal White

Fragrance Reviews 12/26/16 13:42 (5 comments)

It's interesting how different people with different scent backgrounds and different perceptions can experience a fragrance. For the last few days I have been wearing Oliver and Co's Nebula 1 without knowing anything about the composition or the concept. And I have been enjoying it very much. It's such an intellectual perfume from the amazing, kind and cool Spanish perfumer Oliver Valverde , quite an aloof fragrance, much in tune with some concepts from Com... (more)

Olfaction meets Abstraction in this work by Oliver Valverde

A Fragrance for SantaA Fragrance for Santa

Columns 12/25/16 03:01 (34 comments)

Would Santa wear scent? What would it smell like? And if he did, would anybody smell it as he rode through the upper atmosphere? Well, every substance in gas form has a little gravity between molecules, so these molecules will distribute and fill all the space available. This probably means that in a vacuum or in outer space the diffusion of perfume will be much higher. Sadly, no one could notice it because it's actually not possible to inhale or breathe in space. ... (more)

Fragrantica editors choose scents they would gift to Santa. What would your choices be?

American Glamour: Norell ElixirAmerican Glamour: Norell Elixir

Fragrance Reviews 12/22/16 11:50 (10 comments)

Norell is a symbol of vintage American perfumery. Launched in 1968, Norell was a green fragrance that was exactly in tune with the trends of the time. It survived for many years until it was discontinued. Recently  Parlux relaunched the brand with a reformulated edition of the original scent called Norell New York . This year the first Norell flanker comes out bearing the name Norell Elixir and I happened to smell it in Cannes during the TFWA expo, instantly falling in lo... (more)

Norell is back and it comes with a flanker of oriental character in a jewel treasure box.

Experiencing Chanel Nº5 The Body OilExperiencing Chanel Nº5 The Body Oil

Bath & Body 12/21/16 07:25 (15 comments)

  The news about the launch of Chanel Nº5 Body Oil has raised a lot of curiosity in people, me included. I couldn't wait to try it on my skin and so I asked the house of Chanel if I could review it. With the most kindness and refinement, they sent me a bottle which I couldn't open fast enough, so excited was I to feel it on my skin and in my nose. And here I am, your brave writer, reporting from the trenches of chic and indulgence. So after all what is t... (more)

How does The Body Oil perform on the skin?

The Language of Scent, Part 5The Language of Scent, Part 5

Columns 12/19/16 14:39 (8 comments)

Becoming a fragrance fan essentially requires one to learn a new language, and there is quite a bit of specialized terminology that we use when we talk about perfumes: from the process of creation all the way to how we wear them. Many of these terms can be easily mixed up and so Fragrantica's international writers present a 5 part series to help us all build our vocabulary and clarify misconceptions. Today, Fragrantica writer  Miguel Matos who is also editor of the ... (more)

Miguel explores the notions of Vintage vs Retro, Classic vs Oldfashioned and Natural Content vs Natural Smelling.

Caron Brings Back Montaigne!Caron Brings Back Montaigne!

New Fragrances 12/16/16 15:35 (9 comments)

It's been a year of changes for the historical house of French perfumery Caron . First of all, William Fraysse was announced as the new official in-house perfumer (he is the son of the legendary perfumer Richard Fraysse and he co-developed Tubereuse ) and the brand launched his first individual creation for Caron, Pour un Homme Sport . Second, Caron celebrated the opening of the new boutique in Rue François 1er in Paris with a modernized version of the art deco style i... (more)

The oriental woody fragrance from 1987 is no longer discontinued. It is available again in a new bottle.

Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Thanks from Writer and Editor Miguel MatosEditors' Choice Awards 2016: Thanks from Writer and Editor Miguel Matos

Fragrantica 12/15/16 04:01 (22 comments)

As much as this may come as a disappointment to say, I am not the best person to speak about the magic of this festive season. I am not the family kind of guy and my dream would be to spend Christmas with my chosen family which is my selected and restricted group of friends, something that never happens. The passing of the year is also something that bothers me. There is too much consumerism going on and this is not the thing that the world needs, really. I would like to see more of th... (more)

Congratulations Angela Agiannidou, Drugstore Classics and Mary-Jayne!

Sylvaine Delacourte Debuts Her Own Fragrance BrandSylvaine Delacourte Debuts Her Own Fragrance Brand

Interviews 12/10/16 12:34 (6 comments)

Sylvaine Delacourte is a woman that is passionate about perfume. In her rich career she has worked behind the scenes for many years in the perfume industry, restricted by commercial briefs inside a "strictly business" house like Guerlain, but now she's flying on her own talent. While being Guerlain's creative director, Sylvaine was responsible for the creation of the whole L'Art et La Matière collection and she also directed the creation of the Champs El... (more)

Guerlain's former creative director is now flying with her own wings. Musk is the leitmotiv of the first collection of perfumes.

Bittersweet Poison: Cicuta by V CantoBittersweet Poison: Cicuta by V Canto

Fragrance Reviews 12/07/16 08:29 (3 comments)

  The analogy between perfume and poisonous potions is not a novelty. The greatest example we can find of this inspiration is the iconic Poison . It makes sense. In fact, both perfume and poison are liquids that can enchant, entrance or even kill. Well, mostly in fairy tales. Let's not enter the crime theme here. Cicuta is a fragrance launched this year by the Italian brand V Canto , and it is inspired by the deadly powers of hemlock. The nose behind it i... (more)

To every venom there is an antidote. Feel free to overdose in this one from Paolo Terenzi and Lucrezia Borgia.

The Look of Perfume Part II: Interview With Photographer Roberto GrecoThe Look of Perfume Part II: Interview With Photographer Roberto Greco

Interviews 12/05/16 12:06 (12 comments)

  Roberto Greco, self-portrait . Perfume as a culture has not only a smell but also a shape and image, a language or several. Perfume is a dream and the overall result of the imagination it triggers. After having discussed how a perfume gets its visual shape in a bottle with bottle designer Lutz Hermann , I will now talk with photographer Roberto Greco about the images he creates inspired by perfume. Chanel, personal research Roberto Greco i... (more)

Roberto Greco is the creator of some of the most beautiful images for the niche perfume industry.

Best in Show: The Fragrances of Michel Almairac (2016)Best in Show: The Fragrances of Michel Almairac (2016)

Best in Show 12/04/16 11:35 (30 comments)

Born in 1953 in Grasse, France, Michel Almairac has become one of the most prolific modern perfumers, developing fragrances for many major brands including Gucci, Chloe, Le Labo, Burberry, Escada, Chopard and Givenchy, to name just a few. Almairac began his training in 1972 at Roure Betrand Dupont (now part of Givaudan) and continued his career working at such famous companies as Creations Aromatiques, Drom, and Takasago. He currently works at Robertet.&... (more)

Fragrantica's editors celebrate Michel Almairac by discussing what they consider to be some of his most important compositions. Which are your favorites?

Unveiling Starck's Peau d'AilleursUnveiling Starck's Peau d'Ailleurs

Fragrance Reviews 12/03/16 09:29 (8 comments)

Much anticipation has been given to the fragrances from the world celebrated designer Philippe Starck . The bottles are probably the best we've seen in the last years, simple but sculptural and conceptually interesting. A picture is not capable of showing their simplicity and the movement it generates when the three bottles are in line. The sensuous touch that they have when you hold them in your hand is another surprising element that I cannot depict in images or tex... (more)

"Peau d'Ailleurs? Oh boy, this is another level of fragrance. This isn't even just fragrance. It's art. Period!"

Exclusive Visit to the L.T. Piver Factory in ChartresExclusive Visit to the L.T. Piver Factory in Chartres

Columns 12/01/16 08:08 (11 comments)

Througout the years that I've been working at Fragrantica, I've made a lot of friends in the perfume industry. One of the best relationships I have developed is the one I have with Sylvie Dumontier, from L.T. Piver and E. Coudray . After the many articles I've written on these brands and so many joyful encounters in perfume expos, she invited me to visit the Piver factory in Chartes, near Paris. I was very excited to do this and, a year after the invitation, I decided t... (more)

A private inside tour where the juices are mixed, bottled and boxed.

Fiery Gourmand: Nishane Fan Your FlamesFiery Gourmand: Nishane Fan Your Flames

Fragrance Reviews 11/30/16 12:10 (4 comments)

In mainstream perfumery, I find that the gourmand category is the most vulgar, boring and cliché of them all. However, in the niche segment, it seems that this year many good surprises are coming from strange new gourmands. In this category I include Fan Your Flames , the smoky boozy fruity scent of quirky personality by the great Turkish house of Nishane . Fan Your Flames is a bold, extravagant scent. Nothing is soft here. It's for the brave perfumista only. ... (more)

Fan Your Flames represents the new category of unusual gourmands that we've seen at Esxence and Pitti Fragranze 2016.

Jean-Claude Delville in Retrospect: From Cabotine to Marjolaine and Many More...Jean-Claude Delville in Retrospect: From Cabotine to Marjolaine and Many More...

Interviews 11/28/16 11:04 (8 comments)

  Jean-Claude Delville is the father of some of the most memorable perfumes from the 1990s until now. He was the man who created the masterpiece  Grès Cabotine in 1990 and also the recently reissued Jean Couturier Marjolaine , originally launched in 1997. The relaunch of Marjolaine was the perfect excuse for me to get in touch with this extremely kind perfumer who lives and works in New York, creating fragrances within the highly respected Drom com... (more)

The re-edition of Marjolaine was a pretext for a conversation with the perfumer about hits like Kenzo Parfum d'Etê, Clinique Happy and many more interesting stories until today.

Parle Moi de Parfum: The Pure Works of Michel AlmairacParle Moi de Parfum: The Pure Works of Michel Almairac

Niche Perfumery 11/24/16 06:25 (2 comments)

Parle Moi de Parfum is the newest French niche brand to arrive to the market. I discovered it Last week in Paris, in the center of the Marais district, with the help of a friend. Parle Moi de Parfum was started by Benjamin and Romain Almairac, sons of the legendary perfumer Michel Almairac . This newborn family business (the shop opened 2 months ago) was built from a collection of scents created by the perfumer over the last few years, scents that were never released,... (more)

Inside this store, there are only works of art, not marketing. Miguel visited Parle Moi de Parfum in Paris to smell these newborn scents.

Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Cloves (2016)Best in Show: Seasonal Spices - Cloves (2016)

Best in Show 11/20/16 09:29 (31 comments)

We began our exploration of the spices of the season in our article about nutmeg . We return in our giant ship of the past to the Spice Islands for that elusive flowering bud that emits one of the richest of all spice scents: Cloves. Many do not know that the hard, dark brown spice that grinds down to a coarse and mealy powder is actually the dried bud from a flowering tree,  Syzygium aromaticum . It’s native to the small Moluccas Islands of Indonesia. However, they were... (more)

The closed buds of a rare tree bring forth the warm, spicy promises of the season through the lore of cloves.

Paris, A Perfumed AffairParis, A Perfumed Affair

Columns 11/19/16 12:39 (12 comments)

This week was a very exciting one for me. I was in Paris discovering new perfume brands, visiting good friends, interviewing perfumers and smelling the most beautiful things you can imagine. I love Paris and this is a place that is very dear to my heart. The atmosphere, the architecture, the wine, the cheese, the macarrons, the friends I've made, and the new pleasure I found in speaking French after 2 or three glasses of wine (my French only emerges with alcohol). Comi... (more)

Miguel spent the week walking in Paris, seeking the trail of perfume news and discovering hidden treasures.

Best in Show: The Perfumes of Sonia ConstantBest in Show: The Perfumes of Sonia Constant

Best in Show 11/13/16 06:37 (6 comments)

As writers for Fragrantica, we are fortunate to become familiar with the work of our peers and gain access to information this way. Fellow writer Sergey Borisov  conducted such an intriguing and insightful interview with perfumer Sonia Constant that we knew we’d love to explore her work at greater length. It is with this thought in mind that we present our latest Best in Show highlighting perfumer  Sonia Constant . Looking at the wide breadth of her... (more)

Creator of the immensely popular Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme, Sonia Constant is a fascinating force in contemporary perfumery.

Oud Nihal: Memory and Legacy of the Terenzi FamilyOud Nihal: Memory and Legacy of the Terenzi Family

Fragrance Reviews 11/13/16 05:22 (6 comments)

Perfume has an intimate relation with a question of time. Perfume is not immortal, therefore it deals with the finite nature of itself as a work of art that develops over time and decays with the passage of time. By spraying a fragrance, we are spending it and putting a limit to our experience of it. Each drop we use is one less drop we have. The more pleasure we get from perfume, the more we know that the end is near. This is especially true in the case of a vintage perfume or a limi... (more)

"The sentimental issues, the transformation of memory, the rarity of ingredients and the quality of them are the things that make Oud Nihal a work of art."

Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina In FioreSalvatore Ferragamo Signorina In Fiore

New Fragrances 11/12/16 08:19 (3 comments)

The successful Signorina fragrance line from Salvatore Ferragamo is about to see another interpretation of the original composition. Signorina In Fiore is a new flanker, destined to the younger consumer with a taste for lighter scents of a fresh, floral character. “Signorina in fiore celebrates young women with a romantic and joyful signature. When the beaming spring shows up, each Signorina welcomes the blooming season revealing her romantic side, like a gracious flo... (more)

The fresh flanker of Signorina

Mister Marcel: For Urban SailorsMister Marcel: For Urban Sailors

New Fragrances 11/11/16 08:50

Mister Marcel is a fashion line for men by the French house of Little Marcel . This line is inspired by the vintage style of the sailors of the 50's and 60's. Their products are plentiful of details, labeled in the pure French tradition. Little Marcel has created a “chic marine wardrobe" for Men with a modern touch. Little Marcel and Mister Marcel in Cannes TFWA After a delightful trio of fragrances for women called Little Sky , Purple... (more)

The new masculine fragrance from the French fashion house of Little Marcel. Presented in Cannes TFWA and just launched.

Perfumer Luca Maffei Talks About the New Jul et Mad Fragrance Secrets du Paradis RougePerfumer Luca Maffei Talks About the New Jul et Mad Fragrance Secrets du Paradis Rouge

Interviews 11/09/16 09:57 (One comment)

  Orange Blossom is the ingredient that opens the doors to another chapter within the Jul et Mad perfumed love story. Luca Maffei has worked on this new fragrance called Secrets du Paradis Rouge and I met him in Florence in the context of Pitti Fragranze where the fragrance was launched in September. Secrets du Paradis Rouge is a very rich scent of sweet and gourmand tones. It's not as groundbreaking as the Art and Olfaction Award winner Néa but it has t... (more)

It's all about Orange Blossom!

Hot Glam: Revisiting Scherrer 2Hot Glam: Revisiting Scherrer 2

Vintages 11/07/16 11:07 (15 comments)

When a perfume older than 30 years is still in production today, that means one of two things: either it still has a considerable number of clients or it is a masterpiece that represents its brand's image. Scherrer 2 is both. However, it is an underrated fragrance that is not abundantly discussed by reviewers, both perfume lovers or perfume professionals. And I think it deserves more attention. 2 was obviously the second perfume by Jean-Louis Scherre... (more)

"Having said this, I think Scherrer 2 is an example of breaking rules. It has the elegant bite of a chypre, it's a sexy oriental, it's a sweet floral, it's boldly animalic."

The Look of Perfume Part I: Interview with Bottle Designer Lutz HerrmannThe Look of Perfume Part I: Interview with Bottle Designer Lutz Herrmann

Interviews 11/06/16 08:54 (15 comments)

Lutz Herrmann, photo by Florian Grey Lately I've decided to explore the creative minds that work around perfume. Not perfumers, but people who work with perfumers and perfume brands in order to convey their message visually. Photographers, window designers, bottle designers, advertising creatives.... We frequently get our first contact with perfume in a visual way - a bottle, an image in a magazine or blog, advertising pages, a perfume shop window. Perfume can ... (more)

Lutz has designed perfume bottles for brands from Beyoncé to Lacoste and Hugo Boss. What's it like to interpret a smell and create a perfume bottle? You might be surprised...

Gri Gri Sideshow - Get Your Freak On!Gri Gri Sideshow - Get Your Freak On!

Fragrance Reviews 11/05/16 03:13 (7 comments)

Ladies and Gentlemen and all of those in-between! Children of all ages! Welcome! Welcome to tMadame  Biguine's Gri Gri freakishly attractive funfair! It's a smelly trip you will never forget! When I met with Anaïs Biguine (creator of the brands Jardins d'Écrivains , Les Cocottes de Paris and Gri Gri ) in Florence in September, I was excited to smell the new edition in the Gri Gri line, Sideshow . I had read about the ingredients... (more)

Candies and animalics in one of the most original scents of the year - according to Miguel's peculiar taste.

Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pure Eau de ToiletteIssey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pure Eau de Toilette

New Fragrances 11/04/16 04:39 (3 comments)

L'Eau d'Issey is a classic name of 90's perfumery and a major commercial success from the Japanese designer Issey Miyake . After so many years of flankers, the brand has decided to launch a reinterpretation of the original scent, updating it in order to suit better the modern tastes. That's how we saw L'Eau d'Issey Pure entering the market in July. This was the work of perfumer Dominique Ropion . The second chapter of the L'Eau d'Issey stor... (more)

A new concentration for the Pure version of L'Eau d'Issey

Autumn Aromas in Boston, Lisbon, San Diego & AmsterdamAutumn Aromas in Boston, Lisbon, San Diego & Amsterdam

Columns 10/29/16 21:10 (7 comments)

Inspired by the scentscapes of our favorite environments, Fragrantica's international writers discuss the autumnal aromas that they associate with cities around the globe. What kinds of scents permeate the air in your own hometowns or favorite vacation destinations? Leave us a comment below. Part 2:  Autumn Aromas in Kyoto, Krasnodar and Athens   BOSTON JOHN BIEBEL : Boston lies nestled around a harbor, and so the smell of the sea i... (more)

Fragrantica's writers celebrate the aromas of autumn that are associated with international cities.

Sarah McCartney Speaks About Creating Macaque for ZoologistSarah McCartney Speaks About Creating Macaque for Zoologist

Interviews 10/29/16 09:22 (7 comments)

Sarah McCartney is the oh-so-witty and talented perfumer behind the brand 4160 Tuesdays , but she is also responsible for the creation of Macaque , one of the latest perfumes in the Zoologist collection from Victor Wong . We met in Florence while she was exhibiting her own brand in Pitti Fragranze. I had a great time talking to her as she is very talkative and a very fun person. We were wearing flowers and we had to take a selfie, but we ended up talking about the process of cr... (more)

How to scent a monkey? Sarah from 4160 Tuesdays tell us the process of working with Victor Wong.

Jacomo For Men Intense - Mixed Feelings Got me HookedJacomo For Men Intense - Mixed Feelings Got me Hooked

Fragrance Reviews 10/27/16 04:23 (7 comments)

From time to time I meet a perfume that I take a long time to fully figure out. I don't know if I like it or not. There is something that is elusive. Something mysterious, hidden behind a cover of apparent sameness. But there is always that element, lurking, that keeps me coming back for more. And I still am not sure if I like it or not. You know those perfumes that you eventually decide to give them a go, even though you fear to have a hard time with them? Well, the first time... (more)

Between macho clichés and the sensualities of oud and woods, I found this to be a disturbing fragrance. This was a novelty presented by Jacomo in Cannes TFWA.

Rosy and Creamy: Dear Diary Sakura Blossom in CuritibaRosy and Creamy: Dear Diary Sakura Blossom in Curitiba

Fragrance Reviews 10/25/16 08:35 (3 comments)

  Dear Diary is a recent niche brand (launched in 2015) that comes from the same hands as the ones that are giving us back all the glory of  Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier : the Taraka Tradition et Parfums company. I met the owner of the company in Florence during Pitti and I was very happy to see the iconic brand MPG being revalued in quality and design, but I also had my first contact with another interesting line called Dear Diary. This is a beautiful co... (more)

An oriental fusion of rosy shades with amber that wears like a fluffy velvet fragrance cushion.

In Lisbon With Caron's President Romain AlésIn Lisbon With Caron's President Romain Alés

Interviews 10/23/16 09:35 (5 comments)

Romain Alés, Miguel Matos and Paula Gomes manager of Dara Jewels Caron is a big, fragrant passion of mine. I think that Caron is a passion for any proud fragrance lover. The history, the quality of the perfumes, the allure of their creations, the French iconic's all too magical not to be admired. So it was with great joy that I received a phone call telling me that the president of Caron, Romain Alés, was in Lisbon for a quick stop and he ... (more)

Caron opened an exclusive point of sale on Lisbon, Portugal, and that was an oportunity for a quick conversation with Roman Alés about Caron, past and future.

Inside Florence's Palazzo Spini-Feroni: An Interview with Luciano Bertinelli of FerragamoInside Florence's Palazzo Spini-Feroni: An Interview with Luciano Bertinelli of Ferragamo

Interviews 10/21/16 10:43 (3 comments)

Luciano Bertinelli, CEO of Ferragamo Parfums standing next to Salvatore Ferragamo and Audrey Hepburn It's not common for a world-renowned fashion and perfume house like Salvatore Ferragamo to open its doors in such a trusting and welcoming way to a journalist. But in fact upon my last trip to Florence I was given the incredible chance to enter the familiar environment of Ferragamo, for an interview with Ferragamo Parfums' CEO Luciano Bertinelli. I was also allo... (more)

An intimate tour inside Ferragamo's historical headquarters and a very honest conversation with the CEO of Ferragamo Parfums.

Cannes TFWA 2016: Postcards from Perfume TravelsCannes TFWA 2016: Postcards from Perfume Travels

Art Books Events 10/19/16 09:16 (6 comments)

  I know that each time Fragrantica goes to Cannes' TFWA, we get carried away. It's just that there are so many exciting new things coming to the market and we feel that it would be a shame not to share them with you. From my side, this is the final report from the expo but I still have tons of interviews, fragrance reviews and other articles on very special fragrant products. However, it would be unfair not to include all the brands I visited. So, last but not least... (more)

Miguel still has news to share from Dorin, Mauboussin, Montecristo, Halloween, Tous, Roccobarocco, GianMarco Venturi, Tuttotondo, Little Marcel and Jean Couturier with the surprising scent Marjolaine.

Chanel Nº5 The Body OilChanel Nº5 The Body Oil

Bath & Body 10/19/16 08:55 (10 comments)

Chanel is more than ever a brand that knows exactly how to innovate within the fragrance industry without losing its identity. After the innovation that was Chanel Nº5 back in 1921, this name is not only the name of one of the most important ladies ever in the world of fashion but also a synonym of chic, class and newness with personality. The case of the new Chanel Nº5 L'Eau was already explored HERE at Fragrantica, but now I would like to call your attention fo... (more)

A new ritual for a classic fragrance. Refined and sensual, a caress for the skin, a delight for the nose.

Aigner BlueAigner Blue

New Fragrances 10/19/16 08:13

  The German house of leather goods Aigner is known for interesting, affordable fragrances of good quality. To justify this claim I only have to mention cases like the oriental  Aigner Nº1 Oud and the suede scent of  Cara Mia for example. This year the brand presented a new masculine fragrance simply called  Aigner Blue . The aquatic/marine family of fragrances is something I am not fond of. But every now and then I find some members of t... (more)

A new marine/woody fragrance from Aigner. Fresh and cool like the color blue.

Restrained and Twisted - Etat Libre d'Orange's Attaquer Le SoleilRestrained and Twisted - Etat Libre d'Orange's Attaquer Le Soleil

Fragrance Reviews 10/17/16 10:11 (7 comments)

  Marquis de Sade. There is a new Etat Libre d'Orange fragrance and everyone seems to be shocked by the simplicity of it. Well, not me. I am seduced and hypnotized. I know that with a reference like the Marquis de Sade, everyone will expect something repulsive like Secretions Magnifiques, but that would be misinterpreting the work of this master of literature. Attaquer Le Soleil  can be seen as basic, just like the bodily instincts. And... (more)

Cistus and the basic instincts praised by Marquis de Sade

Best in Show: Chypre Fragrances (2016)Best in Show: Chypre Fragrances (2016)

Best in Show 10/16/16 10:55 (52 comments)

Some say that the first chypre (French for Cyprus, but in reference to the island, not the tree) began in 1917 with the launch of the famous Chypre de Coty , a pre-oriental blend of sharp citruses laid over oakmoss, patchouli, a floral bouquet, styrax (benzoin), civet and musk. However, one only needs to examine perfume history closely to understand that actually Guerlain with their Chypre de Paris and d'Orsay with their Chypre d'Orsay actually preceded Coty b... (more)

Named for the island of Cyprus and containing bergamot, labdanum and oakmoss, the chypre is discussed in this week's Best in Show. What is your favorite chypre?

Niche For The Masses Part 2: Varens Fresh, Cool, TonicNiche For The Masses Part 2: Varens Fresh, Cool, Tonic

New Fragrances 10/16/16 10:31 (3 comments)

On a hot summer day or after an intense gym session nothing can be more pleasant that a generous splash of a fresh eau de cologne, those scents that bring an energizing sensation, with bracing citrus, fresh marine breezes and tonic aromatic essences. There are many of these products on the market, but Ulric de Varens just presented a new collection of refreshing waters that have the uplifting powers of these colognes but also the classic elegance of a citric eau d... (more)

Refreshing spritzes with an unusually great price/quality ratio. Use and abuse at will.

Niche for the Masses: Jeanne Arthes' L'Atelier des Bois de GrasseNiche for the Masses: Jeanne Arthes' L'Atelier des Bois de Grasse

Fragrance Reviews 10/14/16 08:30 (14 comments)

Perfumery is nowadays an ever-flowing industry. And what used to be separated into different worlds is now moving back and forth until we are no longer able to really see where one genre starts and another one begins. I am speaking of niche vs mainstream or in other words arty vs commercial. In the near past there was a clear distance between what was mainstream and niche. Mainstream was common and everywhere. Niche was real luxury and hard to find. Now we see mainstream brands... (more)

An unbeatable "mass niche" collection from the house of Arthes showcased at Cannes TFWA 2016. Miguel is a fan!

Cannes TFWA 2016: More Fragrant RevelationsCannes TFWA 2016: More Fragrant Revelations

Art Books Events 10/13/16 09:03 (7 comments)

Between recent launches and upcoming novelties, last week was a full plate that we are just starting to digest. From Niche to Mainstream, perfumes to scented candles and cosmetics, the days were full of excitement and fun. Yes life is hard between so many stumulating products and nice people to chat with about our main obsession: smell! Here are some highlights of the brands I visited during Cannes TFWA 2016. The future smells amazing!   AMOUROUD ... (more)

News from Amouroud, Braccialini, Creed, Aigner, Scherrer, ELDO, Jacomo, Patou, La Martina, Loewe, 4711, Baldessarini, Montana and Alyssa Ashley.

Jacques Bogart Club 75Jacques Bogart Club 75

New Fragrances 10/12/16 09:20 (5 comments)

  Inspired by the underground scene of the Parisian clubs in the 1970's, Jacques Bogart launches a new masculine pillar fragrance called Club 75 . This number is symbolic since it is also the zipcode of Paris, as well as the year when Jacques Bogart was founded as a brand. The fragrance is young in spirit but has some of the joy of the fragrances of the past decades. Its fruity top contrasts with aromatic shades in the heart over a sweet base of oriental accords. Th... (more)

New from Bogart, presented in Cannes: a new masculine pillar fragrance inspired by the Parisian underground clubs of the seventies.

Mercedes-Benz For Men CologneMercedes-Benz For Men Cologne

New Fragrances 10/12/16 08:45 (3 comments)

  The Mercedes-Benz journey into perfume land is far from being over. Covering men's fragrances in different olfactive families, the house decided it's time now to enter a field of freshness and clear shades. Mercedes-Benz For Men Cologne is the new fragrance for men that is already for sale on Asian markets, but will only be available in the rest of the world by December 2016. This was one of the novelties that the brand was presenting during this year's e... (more)

A new scent for men presented by Mercedes-Benz during the Cannes TFWA 2016 show.

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