• The Making of a Perfume Critic, Part 1

    Summary: As fragrance, and perfume in particular, has played a major role in the shaping of my writer’s voice, and participation in cultures of fragrance has had a major impact upon my identity, it is impossible to situate myself outside of these cultures. It is because of this privilege of “insider identity” within the fragrance …

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  • 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2: For S/He Who Has Everything

    Summary: I’ve been so quiet this year and have hardly mentioned all of the great finds I’ve come across on my day-to-day fragrant quests. I previously noted five great perfumers who offer great gift sets. In this post I discuss four fragrances from Davidoff, Azzaro, and Acqua di Parma. a Davidoff, Hot Water & Azarro, …

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  • Confessions of an Aromaholic: A Tale of Two Perry’s (Ellis)

    Summary: Marlen compares the original men’s Perry Ellis (1985) with the Anniversary Edition (2005) and finds one to be smokier while the other is greener, bordering on aquatic by comparison. Leave a comment below about your Perry Ellis fragrance experiences for a chance to win samples of both original men’s Perry Ellis and the Anniversary …

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  • Confessions of an Aromaholic: Mandel Bread, Heliotrope and Helen

    Summary: In a burst of energy, Marlen re-visits some of his writing from the original scenteur7 blog (ca. 2006) and offers some of his favorite almond/biscotti aromas including Etro’s and Piver’s Heliotrope fragrances along with the bargain Strenesse, and Roger et Gallet Persian Almond (Amande Persane). Leave a comment below about favorite food-inspired fragrances for …

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