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LIKE A MONSTER

Originally posted on The Black Narcissus:
? ? ? A very long while ago – in the blog scheme of things at least –  I wrote, half-jokingly, about my grave disappointment over Fame, Lady Gaga’s woeful entry into the arena…

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LIKE A MONSTER

      A very long while ago – in the blog scheme of things at least –  I wrote, half-jokingly, about my grave disappointment over Fame, Lady Gaga’s woeful entry into the arena of fragranced celebrity. My instincts were … Continue reading

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BIG SHAGGY MONSTER :: VANILLE FATALE by TOM FORD (2017)

      Tom Ford’s latest release, Vanille Fatale, which just came out  yesterday here in Japan, is a rich and convincing gourmand chock full of goodies : vanilla Madagascar, coffee absolute, roasted barley (!), frangipani, and mahogany among other … Continue reading

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PATCHOULI CONSCIOUSNESS: : MADONNA’S LIKE A PRAYER, PIGUET’S BANDIT + MONTALE’S AROMATIC LIME

              If you were to rewind time back precisely twenty five years, at this exact moment I would have probably been dancing ecstatically around my bedroom in a daze of awe and elation to … Continue reading

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THE FORBIDDEN : OSAKA AT NIGHT; ‘MARTIN’ BY SOFT CELL (1983), + L’INTERDIT by GIVENCHY (2019)

          It was third time lucky with Osaka. The first time we were there was in refuge: shell shocked after the earthquake, cold, dazed and confused, and neither of us can remember a great deal about … Continue reading

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LET THE PERFUMERS GO CRAZY : : : : FRANCIS KURKDIJIAN for BURBERRY BESPOKE: : AMBER HEATH, GARDEN ROSES, HIGH TIDE (2017) + IVY MUSK (2018)

            While the main perfumery hall at Harrods is a cacophonous miasma and clamouring jam-packed of competing people, perfumes, sounds and smells- and not a particularly enjoyable perfume browsing experience from my own perspective – … Continue reading

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PERFUME & PERFORMANCE: : : : CARNIVAL AQUARIA, BURNING BUSH AND THE STRANGE WORLD OF PAUL SCHUTZE: : : : BEHIND THE RAIN, CIREBON + TEARS OF EROS (2016)

                  I am something of a voluptuary. Or at the very least an indulgent, sensualist aesthete, pretentious as that must sound. A Dionysus with a healthy helping of Apollo, I like to … Continue reading

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DRAMA! ! L’HEURE EXQUISE EXTRAIT by ANNICK GOUTAL (1984) + N’AIMEZ QUE MOI EXTRAIT by CARON (1917)

                              I wrote recently about my last exploits at the Tokyo recycle shops; about the fact that you almost invariably come back home with something to … Continue reading

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SAVAGE JASMINE by SANA JARDIN PARIS (2017) + VILHELM PARFUMERIE’s DON’T TELL JASMINE (2017)

  The spectrum of jasmines is vast, and varied: I find there is probably more heterogeneity and interpretation within this type of scent than practically any other. Vetivers will still be vetivers; ambers ambers; citruses citrus, and even the other … Continue reading

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SHOCKING : : : THE WORLD RIGHT NOW; SHOCKING AMOUNTS OF VINTAGE PERFUMES + SHOCKING by SCHIAPARELLI (1937)

A shocking thing happened to me last night. D and a friend of ours, Kevin, were in the dark watching the new TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s brilliant and timely The Handmaiden’s Tale – the first episode surpassing all my … Continue reading

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