Category Archives: By Tara

Honey Trap – Review: Ramon Monegal Cuirelle

By Tara I’ve been curious about Cuirelle ever since I heard that it was a different, softer, take on leather compared to the usual animal hide. So I was grateful when the Cookie Queen kindly sent me a couple of … Continue reading

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Pin-Up Perfume – Review: 4160 Tuesdays Tart’s Knicker Drawer

By Tara British brand 4160 Tuesdays has quite a number of fragrances that are brim full of wit. In a world where perfumers can be painfully pretentious or rudely arrogant, the approach taken by indie perfumer Sarah McCartney is refreshing. … Continue reading

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I Left My Heart In Vienna: A Trip to Austria – 28th February to 5th March 2015

By Tara After knowing Birgit (Olfactoria) for 4 years now, I was beyond excited to accept her kind invitation to come and stay with her family in Vienna, Austria at the start of this month. The city was everything I … Continue reading

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Roses Revisited, Perfume Lovers London, The October Gallery, London – Thursday 26th February 2015

By Tara Aromatherapy tells us that rose oil makes us feel loved and beautiful. I’d say that’s about right. If ever I start the day feeling like I need a little extra shot of beauty in my life, I turn … Continue reading

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Cleansing Smoke – Review: Naomi Goodsir Bois d’Ascese

By Tara I really enjoy smoky aromas but I fully expected not to take to Bois d’Ascese (Ascetic Wood) because it sounded like the equivalent of a bushfire on the smokiness scale. However, while I may not be about to … Continue reading

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What’s Your Poison? – Review: By Kilian Addictive State of Mind Collection

By Tara While recent collections from By Kilian have left me cold, I was still interested to try this set of addiction inspired scents because they seemed to mark a return to a darker mood. The  collection was released in … Continue reading

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Free Spirit – Review: Vero Profumo Kiki Voile d’Extrait

By Tara Vero Kern is steeped in the classic fragrances from Guerlain and Caron which she wore for many years before becoming a perfumer. This knowledge, love and appreciation of old-school French perfumery comes through in her artistic creations time … Continue reading

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Saint and Sinner – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer

By Tara The name of this fragrance always put me off. Understanding it to mean “Gates of Hell” I imagined Passage d’Enfer to be sulphurous and indolic. However that couldn’t be further from the truth. Released in 1999, it contains … Continue reading

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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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