Category Archives: Fragrance Reviews

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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Absolute Aphrodisiac – Review: Introducing Initio Parfums Privés

By Sandra Taking a stroll through the city the other day I stopped in a perfume store and asked if they had anything new. Spring is thankfully fast approaching and I love sniffing the new releases for spring as they … Continue reading

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Different And Good – Review: Papillon Perfumery Angélique

Darling Olfactoria’s Travelers, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse and today I’m trying a new-to-me house for you all. Not so long ago Karen Gilbert was in Australia and she left me three samples of the Papillon range, … 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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A Bitch In A Tar Pit – Review: Montale Aoud Cuir d’Arabie

Hello Olfactoria’s Travelers, Portia in the OT house from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse. A split I was part of a while ago that turned out to be a fave for a while and then the decant got put … 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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Ephemerals – Mini-Reviews: Brecourt Paris

By Sandra Brecourt Paris is a relatively new niche perfume company (2010) created by perfumer Emilie Bouge and is based in Paris.  I have never tried their perfumes and now I have a handful that I have tried and truly … Continue reading

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Tender Touch – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Skin on Skin

By Tara Skin on Skin is the fragrance in L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Explosions d’Emotions collection that appealed to me the most. I liked the name and quite a few of the following featured notes: Iris, suede, velvet leather, saffron, whisky, lavender, … Continue reading

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