Fragrantica Reviews Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

"you will appreciate the zingy, joyful opening: galbanum with citrus tones which pop, juicily vibrant. The heart is comprised of lovingly blended florals, almost buttery beneath cheery topnotes. A little deft touch of labdanum (I'll wager) smiles affectionately upon iris and oakmoss as they provide a resting place.

The distinct pleasure I derive from Lost Lagoon is how smooth and effortless it feels. There are no rough edges, all the aromatic materials play so swimmingly with one another. It's just plain pretty, is what it is. And refreshing. I'd like to see Lost Lagoon offered in liter size so that I could splash around in it like a duck."

Visit Fragrantica to read the rest of Ida Meister's review of Lost Lagoon.

Etrog on Fragrantica & Now Smell This

Ida Meister (whom you may know by her perfumista screen name Chaya-Ruchama) has reviewed my newest fragrance, Etrog Oy de Cologne, on Fragrantica.
Now Smell This announced Etrog earlier this week as well. Thank you, Robin!

Want to add your own review of Etrog? You can do so on Make Up Alley!
We will have a lucky draw for an Etrog mini among those who post a review of it (draw date: July 31st).

Burnt Amber

Amber, originally uploaded by pmarella.

I always loved amber notes, yet somehow find most amber-oriented perfumes to be too much of a good thing, almost over-satisfying. In Burnt Amber I found a balance that makes it at once luxurious and impeccably wearable. Burnt Amber may seem at first like nothing new – the idea of marrying the smokiness of burning incense resins with rich sticky balsams has been explored before (for instance: Ambre Sultan, Ambre Narguille).

The main difference is that Burnt Amber this actually works. Perfectly. The notes in Burnt Amber blend convincingly, creating an illusionary world where sweetness is dry and smoke is moist… In one breath, oozing honey, balsams, labdanum and storax crystallize themselves into incense resins burning with thick, lung-invading smoke that uplifts the spirits and hugs the heart.

Burnt Amber is one of Neil Morris’ vault perfumes, which are only available in person (not even through his website just as yet…), and is the second perfume he co-created with Ida Meister (known to most as by her Hebrew name Chaya Ruchama). Ida tells me that she insisted on the inclusion of a plum blossom note; and while I cannot quite recognize such note (in all honesty, I don’t recall ever smelling plum trees in bloom), I do experience some wine-like fruitiness that is not overtly artificial like most fruity notes tend to be nowadays… Burnt Amber is more than just a comfort scent – it’s a feel-good perfume. I’ve worn it even during a flue yet I can still enjoy wearing it now that I’m in good health. It has about it an extravagant simplicity that can take you confidentially from the red carpet to that dirty sheepskin by your fireplace (or anywhere else where you like to just kick back and relax with no glamorous pretences).

Non-Celebrity Perfume

Haven't even finished compiling my wishes for 2008, and one of them is already coming true. There will probably still be too many celebrity perfumes in 2008, but at least this story of a perfume inspired by a real woman and a non-celebrity might warm your heart.

Thanks to Ida Meister and Neil Morris for helping to shift the balance of power from faceless jus to one with passion. I haven't smelled Le Parfum D'Ida yet, but having been inspired by a lady of our own breed - the infamous perfumista who bears the screen name Chaya Ruchama frequents SmellyBlog as well as my own virtual shop - I see no reason for it to be another run-of-the-mill olfactory disappointment... She also happens to be a nurse by profession, a mother and a wife, and the chances you'll see her on the front of a tabloid flaunting her love interest or drug abuse are near to none.
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