An Amber To Be Reckoned With – Review: Kerosene Copper Skies

Kerosene Trewthe aka John Pegg is a perfume fiend like us, a You Tube reviewer who has decided to make his own stuff. And like a certain Swiss guy we all know, Kerosene seems to be a natural.

I must say that I don’t know the guy at all, You Tube is not my scene, but a sample arrived at my doorstep as part of a care package by the greatest perfume fairy of them all (Hi Ruth!) and since Copper Skies is an amber fragrance, well, there was no question that I’d try that…

Copper Skies is Kerosene’s second fragrance. The first is called R’Oud Elements an oud scent, then there is Creature and Whips and Roses. The last one sounds especially interesting – it is a floral leather.

Copper Skies was created by John Pegg in 2011 and includes notes of amber, cedar, sweet tobacco leaves, honeycomb, basil and cloves.

Copper Skies opens rough and spicy and sweet and harsh and warm – in short it is everything a great amber fragrance is. It progresses into a warmer and softer heart, the spiciness taking a backseat to the enveloping and cuddly facets of tobacco and labdanum. It is not overly or cloyingly sweet, but there is enough sweetness to make me happy. In the drydown a dark-green aspect comes to the fore, slightly herbal, slightly grassy, reminding me of a dark and dank forest floor. It is gorgeous.

Copper Skies can be compared to Goutal’s Ambre Fétiche, but without incense. It has an almost chewy, textured quality, it is rich, three-dimensional, it has weight, but it is not oppressive. It shares a lot as well with a very classic (and god-awfully expensive) amber scent – Tom Ford Amber Absolute. The herbal aspect even brings Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan to mind.

Copper Skies, due to the nature of its resinous ingredients has exceptional lasting power and a good, but not overwhelming sillage.

This is a solid amber fragrance in a beautiful lacquered bottle. My, my, for an untrained amateur, Kerosene is really showing the industry how it is done. Consider me impressed.

I hope Kerosene will be successful with his venture, I wish him all the best and I hope to be able to try the other perfumes soon.

Kerosene fragrances are available exclusively at MiN New York.

Image source: Amber metallic texture by Beckas at

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32 Responses to An Amber To Be Reckoned With – Review: Kerosene Copper Skies

  1. Alexandra says:

    Oh this does sound interesting, now I just need to plot a weekend in NY! Plus a floral leather?! Someone to keep an eye on methinks…

  2. andreawilko says:

    Funnily enough I was chatting aout this perfume last night with one of my FFFriends, she was telling me how wonderful it was (she had ordered FB’s of this and R’oud and was lucky enough to get a sample of whips and roses which sounds interesting and the bottle is fab, bottle geek coming out again) and that she would send me a sample out to try it, I can’t wait, it sounds wonderful.:-)

    • Olfactoria says:

      Perfume ESP at work again. 😉
      The bottles do look great indeed.
      How is your amber phobia by now? Have you found a few to like?

      • andreawilko says:

        The Amber phobia is getting better, I have a decant of Profvmvm Fiore D’Ambra which has amber in the title and eveything I also have a FB of Cologne pour le soir which also has amber in it and love Amber Naguile on the BF. I think starting off on the big scarey Amber Russe was perhaps too much of a shock to the
        I am willing to accept that I will eventually find one of every genre that I love, Neela had me convinced with incense (Trayee) and cumin (Bombay Bling) Roses are still a work in progress though (maybe Kerosene will convince me on roses)
        Are you implying that I spend most of my working day talking about / researching perfume??? That would be a fair and truthful comment, I have been known to answer the phone occasionally when it rings

    • Alexandra says:

      Have to agree with you on the bottle – just fab!

  3. There’s something really great about seeing a fellow fumie take the step into making their own fragrances, it’s really satisfying to see.

    I’ve not tried any of the Kerosene fragrances yet but they do sound great, this one and the floral-leather especially and I love those bottles. Thanks for the review B!

  4. I am so glad you tried this! John’s creations are amazing! Although I cannot stand amber perfumes I could tell this Copper Skies would be a thrill for every amber lover. I have a bottle of R’oud Elements and a bottle of Creature in the mail, hopefully with a sample of Whips and Roses. The development of R’oud Elements and Nature is insane. They keep shape shifting for more than 2 hours on my skin to the point of making me feel like weraing multiple fragrances.

    Amazing talent!

  5. arline says:

    Sometimes I immediately want to try something NOW!!!!!! It is out of stock : (

    I really do want to try his fragrances, they sound interesting. I did not see where you could purchase samples on the site, but perhaps I overlooked something.

  6. Asali says:

    Ruth rocks! She’s the perfume-fairy god mother of them all:-)
    If you AND Ruth say that this is good, well it’s a must try. Thanks for the lovely review<3

  7. Joey says:

    Ruth is the Enabler to End All Enablers!

    I have samples of the first three Kerosene fragrances, and just ordered a sample of Whips and Roses last night. Copper Skies immediately became one of my favorite fragrances of all time, if not my HG amber! I really need a full bottle, but MiN keeps selling out of it – which is a wonderful thing for John. He’s a sweet guy, and very talented, and I wish him all the best!

    If you can, you must try to get some Creature to try as well =) xo

  8. Civava says:

    I kind of like the bottle. The notes are interesting too, you don’t read this combination usually.

  9. Dionne says:

    I just heard about Kerosene Trewthe over at This Blog Really Stinks, and the line really interests me. One thing I found fascinating is that he makes his own bottles (the Copper Skies bottle is gorgeous; love the cap!) and colors them with automotive finishes. Definitely a talent to watch.

  10. deeHowe says:

    A talent to watch is right!

    I’ve been curiously keeping my ears perked in Kerosene’s direction, and your nod of approval was all I needed to get my full attention. I love the bottles, and while the funny spelling of Truth annoys me, I won’t hold it against him 😉 Like Andy, and Neela, I’m glad that there are genuine perfumistas out there making the leap into niche, and I’m looking forward to trying the whole line!

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