Category Archives: By Tara

Under the Boardwalk – Review: Heeley Sel Marin

By Tara Sel Marin is probably the fragrance that Heeley are best known for. An upscale oceanic scent that contains notes of lemon, bergamot, beech leaf, sea salt, algae, moss, seaweed, vetiver, musk, leather and cedarwood. It starts off with … Continue reading

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Coconut Cooler – Review: Heeley Coccobello

By Tara Not for the first time, I’m in the minority by not being a fan of coconut perfumes. I think coconut can be great when it’s in the mix (as it is in Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum or Fils … Continue reading

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Land of Plenty – Review: Mona di Orio Eau Absolue

By Tara Eau Absolue is said to be a fragrance Mona created for herself and embodies her love of the Mediterranean. It was launched in 2013 and is described as a Citrus Aromatic. Mona composed the formula before her untimely … Continue reading

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Fragrant Offering – Review: Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu

By Tara The full title of this fragrance is Fils de Dieu, du Riz et des Agrumes which translates as “Son of God, rice and citrus”. It was created by Ralf Schwieger and launched in 2012. The note list appears … Continue reading

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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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