Articles by Author Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison
Managing Editor & Columnist
Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as Playboy, Men’s Journal, Men’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to BeautyAlmanac.com and works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting www.MarlenHarrison.com.
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Gender Bender: Joy by Jean Patou (1930, 2015)Gender Bender: Joy by Jean Patou (1930, 2015)

Gender Bender 03/10/15 16:23 (94 comments)

This is the first in a series of fragrance reviews that asks, “Can a guy pull off a women’s perfume?” Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Hello and welcome to my new column here at Fragrantica: “Gender Bender,” an exploration of aroma, gender and scented freedom. Though by no means do I prescribe to fragrance having a gender, sociocultural stereotypes about masculinity often prevail at the fr... (more)

Find out if a guy can pull off this classic women's fragrance ...

Eau d’Orlane by Orlane (1992)Eau d’Orlane by Orlane (1992)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 03/04/15 17:57 (21 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A refreshing and vibrant 1990s offering from the family-run, French beauty company, Orlane (originally known as the house of Jean d’Albret and famous for fragrances such as Ecusson and Casaque ), the unisex and ... (more)

" ... subtle enough not to overwhelm yet present enough that I know I am wearing fragrance."

Casmir by Chopard (1992)Casmir by Chopard (1992)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/28/15 19:14 (110 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Casmir turns 23 this year! Chopard’s polarizing, love it or hate it triumph of the early 90s almost feels unisex by modern standards with its oriental amber and vanilla. I haven’t worn this in almost twenty years but wow... (more)

"This is a caramel-lover’s delight!"

HM by Hanae Mori (1997)HM by Hanae Mori (1997)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/28/15 12:02 (33 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The first “masculine” launch from Japanese couturier Hanae Mori is a unique gourmand fougere highlighted by bright citrus, sweet jasmine and waxy cacao. Groundbreaking upon its release nearly 20 years ago as a full-fledg... (more)

At the time, 1997/98, HM stood virtually on its own."

Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge Bvlgari (2006)Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge Bvlgari (2006)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/27/15 09:17 (72 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Thé Rouge (red tea), Bvlgari’s third and final eau parfumée after 1992’s Thé Vert (green tea) and 2003’s Thé Blanc (white tea), is a discontinued fragrance with excellent longevity t... (more)

The third one in Bvlgari's The Au Parfumée collection.

Courreges in Blue (1983, 2011, 2014)Courreges in Blue (1983, 2011, 2014)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/25/15 16:55 (27 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A soapy, mossy hit from early 80s Courrèges (the father of the miniskirt and space age fashion), In Blue has experienced more than a few iterations. Slightly fruity, a little bit spicy, and incredibly comforting, In Blue was develo... (more)

4711 Acqua Colonia Lavender & Thyme (2009)4711 Acqua Colonia Lavender & Thyme (2009)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/17/15 16:59 (38 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : From the ever-expanding Acqua Colonia line, Lavender & Thyme is a soapy, straightforward herbal lavender with impressive longevity and a tender and relaxing vibe. Different enough from other lavender aromas, and now retired from the... (more)

"A tender and relaxing vibe ..."

Lalique pour Homme Eau de Parfum (1997)Lalique pour Homme Eau de Parfum (1997)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/15/15 09:05 (51 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Lalique ’s first “men’s scent” is arguably its finest—a symphony of vanilla and woods accented with lavender, iris, amber and patchouli. While this scent seemed to cater to a more mature gentleman upon its release... (more)

"A cool bottle, a not too-idiosyncratic aroma, fantastic longevity, and an amazing price ..."

Acteur by Azzaro (1989)Acteur by Azzaro (1989)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 02/14/15 08:04 (50 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : One of Azzaro ’s lesser-known offerings, created just before the era of the marine/ozonic trends, Acteur is a surprisingly addictive and easy to wear herbal rose, leather and woods composition that retains the last glimmers of 1980s men&... (more)

"... retains the last glimmers of 1980s men’s perfumery while also seeming incredibly modern and unisex ..."

Tsar by Van Cleef and Arpels (1989)Tsar by Van Cleef and Arpels (1989)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/21/15 19:15 (44 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Van Cleef and Arpels’ late 80’s fougere offering, Tsar , was the house’s second of their four men’s fragrances and their most successful. Directly related to other sweet and aromatic fragrances of that period ... (more)

"Tsar heralds a strong and definitely unmistakable identity."

Avant Garde by Lanvin (2011)Avant Garde by Lanvin (2011)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/19/15 14:17 (43 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The sixth modern “men’s” fragrance from the house of Lanvin, Avant Garde is perhaps the most, well, avant garde, and easily my favorite offering from the house. A honeyed tobacco and woods aroma with herbal accents... (more)

One of the best tobacco based fragrances.

Intrusion by Oscar de la Renta (2002)Intrusion by Oscar de la Renta (2002)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/18/15 12:39 (28 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Despite being developed by two powerhouses of perfumery, de la Renta’s surprisingly tame, peony-focused Intrusion was never a huge success. However, this enchanting and unique aquatic-floriental earned just enough of a follo... (more)

"There is something quite natural about Intrusion, and I find it both comforting and easy to wear."

Versace Blue Jeans (1994)Versace Blue Jeans (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/15/15 11:45 (48 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : One of Versace’s biggest hits of the 90s, Blue Jeans celebrates its 20th birthday this year and shows no signs of aging. Still as intriguing and relevant today under the more affordable Versus label as it was at its launch, th... (more)

"Easily unisex by today’s standards."

Maroussia by Slava Zaitsev (1992)Maroussia by Slava Zaitsev (1992)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/13/15 12:46 (106 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A little-known gem outside of Europe and Russia, Maroussia was the first fragrance by Russian designer and artist Slava Zaitsev . Widely regarded to be one of the 20th century’s most talented designers, he was the first Sov... (more)

"A little-known gem outside of Europe and Russia, Maroussia was the first fragrance by Russian designer Slava Zaitsev."

Romeo Gigli Man (2004)Romeo Gigli Man (2004)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/12/14 21:47 (19 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The second eponymously named men’s fragrance from the Italian design house of Romeo Gigli , RG Man 2004 couldn’t be more different from its 1995 predecessor; this time Gigli offers an aromatic, spicy citrus that while n... (more)

"Both Romeo Gigli Man and Romeo Gigli Woman share the sensibilities of early 21st century perfumery, namely a subtle take on classic themes with Asian influences."

Les Lions d’Arthes by Jeanne Arthes (2012)Les Lions d’Arthes by Jeanne Arthes (2012)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/08/14 13:21 (21 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : From the famously affordable Jeanne Arthes brand comes a gourmand reformulation/update of Les Lions d’Arthes 2001 that smells a lot like Missoni (2006) married to Tom Ford’s Black Orchid at a fraction of the price.... (more)

"Arthes has been developing fragrances for the leading distributor of fragrance in Japan ..."

Strenesse by Gabriele Strehle (2001)Strenesse by Gabriele Strehle (2001)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/05/14 18:54 (40 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A sadly discontinued chameleon of a scent developed by master perfumer Maurice Roucel for German designer Gabriele Strehle , Strenesse is an oddly compelling almond/vanilla gourmand that changes as it develops. Perfumer ... (more)

"Strenesse can be best described as a fragrance of conflicts.."

Zino by Davidoff (1986)Zino by Davidoff (1986)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 12/03/14 11:15 (53 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The 2nd fragrance from the house of Davidoff —a rich, animalic and woody oriental—is probably the brand’s most successful homage to Zino Davidoff’s provenance as tobacconist without actually employing tobacc... (more)

"One of the great curiosities of Zino is its notable leather/tobacco accord despite the fact that the composition employs neither leather nor tobacco."

Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson (2010)Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson (2010)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 11/20/14 17:36 (84 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Another understated gem from one of my favorite perfumers, Steve Demercado, Fancy Nights is like Shalimar meets Prada and quite unlike any of the other flankers in the Fancy series. With heavy patchouli, amber and vanilla, Fanc... (more)

"Yes!!!! I was delighted to have found a less expensive version of Prada."

GiuliettaRomeo - A Novel Take on VeronaGiuliettaRomeo - A Novel Take on Verona

Interviews 11/02/14 17:51 (14 comments)

“The perfumes ''GiuliettaRomeo'' were born from a passion for essences. Francesco Todeschini, Veronese by birth and very devoted to his city, is the creator of GR. He combines his love for Verona with his passion for perfumes. The promise of eternal love exchanged, according to Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet is the starting point for these Eau de Parfums. Over the centuries, the myth of the young lovers has made Verona a “city of love”, she hover... (more)

An Interview with Francesco Todeschini.

Victorio & Lucchino Hechizo (2007)Victorio & Lucchino Hechizo (2007)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/27/14 13:46 (56 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The Spanish design duo’s 6th women’s fragrance is a little known and highly underrated, subtle rose and patchouli blend that despite the curvaceous bottle, works just as well as a boozy, red wine-themed, unisex fragrance. No... (more)

"It seems that the V&L fragrances all follow similar themes and are centered on a few main notes..."

Hot Water by Davidoff (2009)Hot Water by Davidoff (2009)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/22/14 17:42 (28 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Davidoff’s red pepper and benzoin follow-up to the classic Cool Water was a surprising flop. Often compared to Givenchy’s enigmatic Xeryus Rouge —and as evidenced by reviews, liked significantly less than its older ... (more)

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Moschino (for Women) by Moschino (1987)Moschino (for Women) by Moschino (1987)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/21/14 11:05 (71 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : The first fragrance from the sadly deceased Italian designer is a striking, ambery-vanilla oriental recalling the best of the 80s powerhouses yet with a 70s floral bouquet of carnation, ylang and rose; due to its complexity and depth,... (more)

"When examining the compositions of the 80s and early 90s before the clean, watery fresh or gourmand trends kicked in, one notices quite a bit of similarity in notes employed ..."

Caron pour un Homme (1934)Caron pour un Homme (1934)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/20/14 19:59 (46 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Caron’s iconic vanilla and lavender composition turns 80 this year. But don’t let the name Pour un Homme (or “For a Man”) fool you; this scent is for everybody who loves a sweet, herbal, powdery lavender aroma.... (more)

"... when I wear Pour un Homme, I feel like I am wearing a piece of fragrance history ..."

Calvin Klein Escape for Men (1993)Calvin Klein Escape for Men (1993)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/17/14 18:49 (32 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Look who’s turning 22! Calvin Klein’s 4th men’s fragrance is a whisper of the women’s version, a clean, breezy vetiver and birch pairing with airy citrus and melon notes gracing the top. Perfect for the warm ... (more)

"Escape for Men is a citrus-chypre and should be given a chance by women as well as men."

Plus Plus Masculine by Diesel (1997)Plus Plus Masculine by Diesel (1997)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 10/17/14 15:18 (22 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! ... (more)

"..for an interesting youth-friendly and affordable fragrance, look no further than Diesel Plus Plus!"

Aqua de Senteur, Atelier Provence Lavande by VoluspaAqua de Senteur, Atelier Provence Lavande by Voluspa

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/13/14 14:41 (13 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Another winner from Voluspa , their current Provençal lavender mist is a smooth blend of the more floral aspects of lavender with hints of aquatic jasmine—perfectly unisex, for home or body, and completely affordable. ... (more)

"What I enjoy most about the Voluspa offering is that the aroma is light, fresh, citric, and even airy."

Nicole Miller for Men (1994)Nicole Miller for Men (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 07/13/14 13:45 (23 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Nicole Miller’s only men’s fragrance celebrates its 20 year anniversary yet may be one of the first bottles folks see in clearance and sale lists online. This little unisex gem still resembles its original formulation and is a... (more)

"Nicole Miller for men is the ideal scent for your artsy nephew who marches to the beat of his own drum."

Tempete de Zeste by Esteban (2007)Tempete de Zeste by Esteban (2007)

Fragrance Reviews 07/12/14 14:36 (4 comments)

Summary : A wonderfully fresh citrus aquatic from Esteban (Nippon Kodo) with a multi-faceted character that most calls to mind Creed's Royal Water . Perfumer (s): I can’t find any info; if you know, please tell us in a comment! Pros : I bought this one blind off Ebay and had no idea what to expect. To my great surprise, this one was both addictive, completely unlike anything else in my current collection, and yet also strangely familiar. Cons : T... (more)

"...a summer alternative to Creed Royal Water."

Laguna by Parfums Salvador Dali (1991)Laguna by Parfums Salvador Dali (1991)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/22/14 18:48 (65 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : Riding the wave of late 20th century aquatics, Dali’s Laguna is a quite unexpected, unisex, beach scent thanks to its spicy, vanillic basenotes. Perfumer (s): Mark Buxton . Pros : The bottle is super-kitschy, ... (more)

“Is this a women’s perfume? This is aquatic? But there is so much vanilla, and it is kind of dark!”

Lilith by Callaghan (1994)Lilith by Callaghan (1994)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/21/14 22:14 (53 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Lady Lilith, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) Summary : Intended as a garden-sweet, baroque floral, Lilith (the mythological first wife of Adam) was the only fragrance under designer Romeo Gigli’s direction of the fashion house o... (more)

"Smells like an ultra-green, orange blossom floral, and there are A LOT of orange blossom."

Passion for Men by Elizabeth Taylor (1989)Passion for Men by Elizabeth Taylor (1989)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 06/21/14 15:12 (27 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary : A perfect partner to Taylor’s first women’s fragrance of the same name, Passion for Men is a lavender vanilla-oriental that for all its straightforward simplicity still manages to stay surprisingly current, perfectly unisex, a... (more)

“Tucked neatly between the hated Joop! Homme and beloved Tiffany for Men is Passion for Men by Elizabeth Taylor."

Bill Blass by Bill Blass (1978; 2013)Bill Blass by Bill Blass (1978; 2013)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/21/14 01:39 (13 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Bill Blass and model, Vogue , early 1960 `s   Summary: A child of the 70s, I re-visit one of that decade’s classics: Bill Blass , one of that decades most successful floral-chypres. On this return visit, I find the 2013 reformulation to be incredibly smooth on my male skin and I’m i... (more)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.

Antonio by Antonio Banderas (2007)Antonio by Antonio Banderas (2007)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/20/14 07:34 (14 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Summary: One of Puig’s earlier offerings in the Antonio Banderas line, this is my favorite of the collection thanks in part to both its easiness-to-wear, and beautiful use of spices, woods and musks. Perfumer(s): Unknown: Please tell us in a comment if you know! Winner of a&n... (more)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.

Orgasmo by Hilde Soliani (2013)Orgasmo by Hilde Soliani (2013)

Fragrance Reviews 05/20/14 07:33 (14 comments)

Summary: A recent release from Italian perfumer Hilde Soliani that focuses on sweet, vanillic, powdery almonds with a fresh-baked pastry note wafting up from the base. Perfumer: Hilde Soliani Pros: An almond-lover’s dream that morphs from amaretto into a buttered croissant. Incredibly snuggly and soothing if vanilla is your thing. Cons: One must love almonds, vanilla, and bread dough; $160 for a 100 ml b... (more)

Review of Orgasmo by Hilde Soliani

Bottega Veneta pour Homme (2013)Bottega Veneta pour Homme (2013)

Fragrance Reviews 05/14/14 03:36 (8 comments)

Summary: The first men’s fragrance from Italian leather house Bottega Veneta is a surprisingly shy interpretation of leather and woods with a focus on green pine and fir. Perfumer(s): Daniela Andrier and Antoine Maisondieu Pros: Easy to wear in warm weather and easy to wear around others; has a classic, retro-vibe that I quite like. I’m a huge fan of all things forest but find that the genre can be tough to wear in Florida heat: Bottega will be ... (more)

Review of the first men's fragrance by Bottega Veneta

Flores Frescas by Victorio & Lucchino (2005)Flores Frescas by Victorio & Lucchino (2005)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 05/14/14 03:17

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Summary: A little known gem from Spain’s Victorio & Lucchino , Flores Frescas offers up sparkling, creamy, white spring florals anchored by a light musk and is focused on the most Spanish of all blossoms—orange blossom. Perfumer: Unknown. Please let us know if you find this info! Pros: Perfect for a hot s... (more)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less.

Venezia Eau de Parfum by Laura Biagiotti (2011)Venezia Eau de Parfum by Laura Biagiotti (2011)

Fragrance Reviews 04/23/14 17:48 (5 comments)

Summary : Relaunched - and yes, reformulated - the new Venezia EDP does an excellent job of retaining the original’s overall character but pales in comparison when it comes to longevity and depth. Perfumer (s): Michel Almairac (1992); Lucas Sieuzac & Michel Almairac (2011) 1992 2011 Pros : For anyone whoever loved 1992’... (more)

"...it does stand apart in the fruity floral market..."

John Frum, Burner Perfume #4 from Aether Arts Perfume (2013)John Frum, Burner Perfume #4 from Aether Arts Perfume (2013)

Fragrance Reviews 04/16/14 19:44 (3 comments)

Summary : Developed specifically for the annual Burning Man event, Art & Olfaction Artisan Award finalist John Frum is a handmade perfume oil focused on vetiver and kava kava and inspired by the Vanuatu Islands. Perfumer : Amber Jobin Pros : An atypical, unisex vetiver with a natural perfume vibe; offers a chance to enjoy the rarely used kava kava; an exciting example of what happens when culture, ritual, and perfume come together. Cons : As it offers ... (more)

Try this if you like natural perfumes, vetiver, exotic floral notes, concept fragrances, or just simply want to support a new artisan perfumer.

Azzaro Onyx/Silver Black (2005)Azzaro Onyx/Silver Black (2005)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 04/13/14 21:32 (4 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Summary : Another short-lived release from Azzaro destined to grace discount shelves, Onyx / Silver Black is actually a successful, aromatic fruit-chouli married to a classic barbershop fougère. Note : Some claim that the two scents smell differently and the notes listed at Fragrantica.com support this assertion but I’m ... (more)

Good fragrance for less. Marlen continues his series of bargain fragrance reviews.

Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy Ambre Velours (2013)Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy Ambre Velours (2013)

Fragrance Reviews 03/12/14 16:40 (7 comments)

Summary : Givenchy , the fragrance house I wear more than any other, continues its line of flankers for 2010’s rose-themed Eaudemoiselle and this time takes it into Oriental territory with a new focus on plum, amber, and wood resins … and a significantly higher price tag. Perfumer : I can’t seem to find this information anywhere. Can anyone help? Try this if you like : amber fragrances or orient... (more)

"...truly, Givenchy has created a nouveau voleur de mon coeur."

Ralph Lauren Polo Red (2013)Ralph Lauren Polo Red (2013)

Fragrance Reviews 03/12/14 15:51 (15 comments)

Summary : Ralph Lauren continues its colorful trend of Polo for Men flankers, this time combining grapefruit, saffron and woods, and offers perhaps the sweetest, juiciest Polo for men yet. Perfumer : Olivier Gillotin Try this if you like : Sweet, sugary, red fruit/citrus aromas. Pros & Cons : Though neither all that original nor exciting, I can’t help but love Polo Red with its simplicity of composition, strong longevity, and eye-catchin... (more)

"There is nothing I would change about this scent."

Very Irresistible Cedre d`Hiver by Givenchy (2010)Very Irresistible Cedre d`Hiver by Givenchy (2010)

Fragrance Reviews 03/16/11 03:44 (6 comments)

Summary: Cedre d’Hiver or Winter Cedar is a surprisingly gentle combination of wood, spice and rose that deserves to be more than just a limited edition. Pros : Longlasting on my skin; perfect for lovers of woody, ambery, orientals; completely unisex. Cons: A far departure from the original might surprise some loyal fans; a more typically masculine composition might also put some off; hard to find; a surprisingly high pricepoint. Designer’s Description: “... (more)

Have you ever had one of those moments when you sprayed on a scent and it immediately felt familiar, comfortable, and somehow, very, very “you?”

The Lauder Chronicles, the 50’s & 60’sThe Lauder Chronicles, the 50’s & 60’s

Fragrance Reviews 02/09/11 14:37 (19 comments)

    “What does it take for a fragrance to transcend its own historical references and become a classic? Some perfumes are so much a part of our memories that they become, quite simply, iconic aromas. These timeless compositions also become a part of our global collective unconscious such that the very mention of a name like Estee Lauder almost certainly triggers some kind of olfactory recognitio... (more)

Tell us about an experience with one of the 50‘s/60‘s Lauder classics in a comment below for your chance to win a new, 2oz bottle of Estee Pure Fragrance Spray, courtesy of Estee Lauder.

The Lauder Chronicles, the 70’sThe Lauder Chronicles, the 70’s

Fragrance Reviews 02/09/11 14:31 (19 comments)

    Many of Lauder’s scents have come to represent specific people as much as names or faces, and there are still others that almost seem from a bygone era and now antiquated. With a constant wave of olfactory creations tempting us daily, perhaps it is time to get a little retro and re-visit some of the scents that have stood the test of time.   ALIAGE (1972) ... (more)

Tell us about an experience with one of the 70‘s Lauder classics in a comment below for your chance to win a new, 2oz bottle of Aliage Sport Fragrance Spray, courtesy of Estee Lauder.

The Lauder Chronicles, the 80’sThe Lauder Chronicles, the 80’s

Fragrance Reviews 02/09/11 14:31 (17 comments)

    In the following months I’ll be examining many of Lauder’s current collection, starting with the classics, and asking how they stand up to a new century of fragrance paradigms. What does it take for a fragrance to transcend its own historical references and become a classic? What does it take for a fragrance that at one point seemed “grandma” to later become a genderless, tim... (more)

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Nina Ricci, Memoire d'Homme (2002) Nina Ricci, Memoire d'Homme (2002)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/16/11 06:23 (5 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Summary: Ricci’s only men’s release this past decade is a warm, smooth blend of woods and spices and is highlighted by Balm Opoline, a blend of notes purported to have been used by King Solomon. Pros: One of my all-time favorites, nothing else launched in the men’s market has ever come close to achieving the overall m... (more)

"One of my all-time favorites, nothing else launched in the men’s market has ever come close to achieving the overall mood of Memoire; very, very unique."--Marlen H.

Zirh Corduroy (2005)Zirh Corduroy (2005)

Bargain Fragrance Reviews 01/11/11 10:47 (4 comments)

This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Summary: Another short-lived release from Zirh destined to grace discount shelves, Corduroy is actually a successful, aromatic men’s oriental. Pros: Interesting balance between bright citric topnotes and warm woodsy basenotes. Cons: The longevity could be better, but layering with other Corduroy products helps. ... (more)

"On my skin, Corduroy is a smooth and addictive, oriental blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and rum, but tempered with an unusual citrus/aquatic edge," says Marlen....

Giorgio Armani Acqua di GioiaGiorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia

Fragrance Reviews 01/02/11 07:52 (6 comments)

Summary: Fifteen years after the launch of Alberto Morillas’ trend-setting Acqua di Gio, Armani has introduced Acqua di Gioia , an entirely new fragrance based on a similar citrus-floral concept and inspired by the same place, the Mediterranean island Pantelleria. Pros: Though the scent opens with a deliciously tart note that feels like a cross between mango and lemonade, the drydown is quite unexpectedly warm and soothing. Cons: The sugary sweetness may bother those who wer... (more)

A tale of Two Acquas...

Guerlain Habit Rouge Sport (2009) Guerlain Habit Rouge Sport (2009)

Fragrance Reviews 12/15/10 14:10 (3 comments)

Summary: The classic 1960‘s oriental is back, now accentuated by floral and verdant notes. Habit Rouge Sport feels more classy than sporty and boasts a modern fresh edge in its opening, a somewhat sweet, dark finish and manages to stay true to its roots. Pros : Many will find this version easier to wear than the original thanks to the addition of jasmine and green notes; fantastic longevity and sillage; beautiful, red glass bottle. Cons: Difficult to find in many parts of... (more)

The classic 1960‘s oriental is back, now accentuated by floral and verdant notes. Habit Rouge Sport feels more classy than sporty and boasts a modern fresh edge in its opening, a somewhat sweet, da...

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