Category Archives: By Tara

A Visit to the Perfumery at Roullier White, London – Sunday 10th August 2014

By Tara Recently I finally visited the perfumery at Roullier White in south east London for the first time. It took me so long because if you live north of the Thames, it’s not the most straight-forward place to get … Continue reading

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Evergreen – Review: Parfum d’Empire Corsica Furiosa

By Tara Released earlier this year, Corsica Furiosa was the first new launch from Parfum d’Empire since 2012’s Musc Tonkin. Perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato has based the fragrance on an overdose of the natural material, lentisque (or mastic resin), using it in the form of oil, absolute and extract. The resin is obtained from an evergreen shrub, Pistacia lentiscus, which is native to Corticchiato’s picturesque homeland, the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Notes for Corsica Furiosa include lentiscus (mastic) oil, nepita (a local variety of wild mint), lentiscus absolute, … Continue reading

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Hypnotic Tuberose – Review: Nasomatto Narcotic Venus

By Tara “The fragrance is the result of a quest for the overwhelming addictive intensity of female sexual power” say Nasomatto about Narcotic Venus. How’s that for a mission statement? I tend to find tuberose more than a little overwhelming. I feel like it’s trying to dazzle me with its intensity rather … Continue reading

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Windswept – Review: Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli

By Tara  Like many people, I associate patchouli with cool – particularly autumnal – weather. It has a warm, earthy, sometimes dirty aroma which goes well with bonfires and falling leaves. It can have hippy connotations but it can also be refined as exemplified by Chanel’s Coromandel. These days it’s usually cleaned up and paired with sweet fruit in the ubiquitous, youth -friendly “fruitcholi”. … Continue reading

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A Fun and Fragrant Summer’s Day Out in London, Thursday 24th July 2014 – And A Giveaway!

By Tara  You may know Val the Cookie Queen from her occasional Sunday Foodie posts here on OT as well as her regular contributions to Australian Perfume Junkies. She lives in Austria and we met for the first time in February of this year when Portia came to town. Although we … Continue reading

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Alpha Male – Review: Parfums de Nicolai New York

By Tara You may be aware that New York is the fragrance Luca Turin tells us in Perfumes: The Guide that he wore for a decade. It’s an eau de toilette aimed at men that was launched in 1989 and … Continue reading

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Serene Green – Review: Jacomo Silences

By Tara As I write this, it is one of those gently rainy, warm mornings. Everything seems calm, quiet and slowed down somehow. It’s a perfect day for wearing Silences. When wearing it for the first time I was surprised … Continue reading

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Romantic Vanilla – Review: Van Cleef & Arpels Orchidée Vanille

By Tara The majority of vanilla perfumes focus on the end result of vanilla production – those calorific cupcakes and cookies. However, Orchidée Vanille takes its inspiration from the start of story: The orchid flower which produces the vanilla pod. … Continue reading

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NSFW – Review: Parfumerie Générale L’Ombre Fauve

By Tara Have you come across the tag NSFW? It stands for “Not Suitable/Safe For Work” and denotes internet content that isn’t advisable viewing while at your office. The same warning could be applied to L’Ombre Fauve: Don’t apply liberally … Continue reading

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Class Act – Review: Papillon Artisan Perfumes Anubis, Tobacco Rose and Angélique

By Tara I can’t remember a time when I’ve been this impressed by the launch of a new fragrance line. British perfumer Liz Moores is the creator of Papillon Artisan Perfumes and this is her first collection of three eau … Continue reading

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