Category Archives: By Tara

High Spirits – Review: Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling

By Tara Juniper Sling is an homage to London Dry Gin and the Jazz Age. Really, you couldn’t get a better beverage to inspire a fragrance than gin. It can be infused with a wide range of natural botanicals including … Continue reading

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An Impassioned Man – Review: Frapin Passion Boisée

By Tara Passion Boisée is a tribute to a material which may not be glamorous but is an essential part of Frapin’s cognac making process – wood. After distillation, the brandy is aged in oak casks for several years. During … Continue reading

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Winter Chic – Review: 4160 Tuesdays Doe in the Snow

By Tara 4160 Tuesdays is the quirky independent perfume house of Sarah McCartney, who makes all the fragrances by hand at her studio in west London. “The name: if we live until we’re 80, we have 4160 Tuesdays. That’s all. … Continue reading

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Dusty Iris – Review: Histoires de Parfums Tubereuse 1 Capricieuse

By Tara Tubereuse 1 is capricieuse by name and capricious by nature. It’s wonderfully unexpected. Created by Gérald Ghislain and released in 2009, Tubereuse 1 Capricieuse is part of the Tuberose Trilogy collection. According to the Histoires de Parfums website, … Continue reading

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One of Us – Tama Blough Fundraiser

By Tara The thing I love about perfume the most is not actually scent itself but the people it has brought into my life. Not just the amazing friends I’ve met but also those I only interact with online and … Continue reading

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Salud! – Review: Carner Barcelona El Born

By Tara Why haven’t I been to Barcelona? There’s really no excuse. I would love to take in the Gaudi architecture, visit the Picasso Museum and wander along Las Ramblas. Thanks to Carner Barcelona, I now have another destination in … Continue reading

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Smoke and Spice – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two

By Tara I’m always attracted to fragrances with a good tea note. I think it’s the dark, smoky, yet comforting aroma that I love so much. In warmer weather I could happily wear Osmanthe Yunnan day after day, while during … Continue reading

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Introverted Incense – Review: Serge Lutens L’Orpheline

By Tara The recent Serge Lutens release L’Orpheline (the orphan) is the sort of airy fragrance I generally get on better with than the dense creations which make up a good proportion of the house’s output. It gives you a … Continue reading

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Graveyard Rose – Review: Frapin Nevermore

By Tara Nevermore is the beautifully wistful name of the latest release by Frapin. It comes from Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven”, which was first published in 1845. In it, an increasingly distraught narrator pines for his … Continue reading

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Chocolate Trio – Review: En Voyage Perfumes Souvenir de Chocolat Indigo Vanilla, Captured in Amber and Café Cacao

By Tara Shelley Waddington, the super talented perfumer behind En Voyage Perfumes, won many new fans last year with her stunning, vintage-inspired scent Zelda.   This year her collection of three chocolate based perfumes “Souvenir de Chocolat” has already won … Continue reading

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