Posts Tagged ‘fragrance’
Kilian – Spirits and Fragrance Collide
- Published on Monday, 07 May 2012 11:00
- Geoffrey Kleinman
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One of the things that’s alluring about spirits is the fragrant bouquet of aromas that emanate from the glass. It’s easy to get lost in a great cognac, whisky or rum. Kilian Hennessy, grandson of one of the founders of the iconic cognac brand, is no stranger to spirits and their aromas. Kilian grew up in the distilleries and cellars in Cognac, surrounded by a symphony of scents. After studying with some of the great perfumers in the world, including Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen, and Giorgio Armani, Kilian launched his own line of fragrances called simply “by Kilian.”
By Kilian has a wide selection of fragrances pulling from a dazzling array of rare essential oils. Many of his fragrances are inspired by the cognac-soaked barrels from Kilian’s youth, but some of them draw direct inspiration from other spirits.
A Taste of Heaven – Absinthe Verte is a glowing green fragrance inspired by absinthe. The fragrance is an ethereal blend of aromas of floral notes, incense, and moss. It doesn’t have the strong anise note you’d associate with absinthe, but again, the fragrance is more inspired by the universe of absinthe than the spirit itself.
Straight To Heaven – White Crystal captures a lot of rum characteristics with sweet vanilla high notes mixing with a wooded oak undertone backed by a deep musk. The fragrance actually contains “Martinican Rum Absolut” and smells a lot like someone who just came back from a rhum agricole distillery.
It’s extremely rare for a fragrance company to list their ingredients, but by Kilian not only lists them, they’ve published their complete formula for each fragrance on their site. Because of their high essential oil content, by Kilian fragrances are extremely bright, vibrant, and long lasting. Their aromas are strong but never overpowering.
By Kilian fragrances are considered unisex with the more floral fragrances balanced out with wood or musk, and the more wooded ones with sweet or floral notes. For men looking for less floral scents, both Straight to Heaven and Back to Black are slightly more masculine, and both exceptional. The fragrances come in 50ml / 1.7 fl oz refillable sprays, a solid perfume, and a 30ml / 1 oz refillable travel spray set that is extraordinarily well designed.
Madonna Gets into the Fragrance Fray
- Published on Friday, 09 March 2012 20:07
- Matt Bell
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“Reductive” is really the only word that comes to mind upon hearing that the Queen of Pop is getting into the celebrity fragrance market. A Madonna fragrance? Really? She’s copying marketing ploys from people like Justin Beiber and Paris Hilton now? All apologies—we love a good Madge tune as much as the next guy, and we’ve gone to every concert since, well…since long time ago—but she’s always reigned supreme for her ability to be original. The only thing original about this perfume is absolutely nothing. She’s even calling it “Truth or Dare”. What is this 1991? Actually, we wish. Even if you argue, as so many do, that back then Madonna was all about getting attention for sales, at least her “shock and awe” albums, art books and other marketing ventures challenged some sort of progressive pop cultural discourse. Harsh, we know, but this fragrance only drives home the point that the Madonna we fell in love with hasn’t only retired, but that she’s become reductive. They even had to photoshop Madonna’s face and shoot her in the exact style of her early 90′s heyday (which does look beautiful) You may say its just a fragrance but when Madonna does something its never a “just” moment. Its OK for a star to fade, in fact, its usually the only due course when an overdose or tragic accident isn’t involved, but its entirely sad to see a fading star trying to hang on so…ugh…reductively.
Available at macys.com ; 2.5 oz/75ml EDP $68.00
- Published on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 23:40
- Matt Bell
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If any material accoutrement in a man’s possession going to be “inspired by the flow of energy in nature, dance and music,” it should be a scented candle. Marie Todd, a Los Angeles based designer of home fragrances and jewelry whose inspiration is quoted above, today launched a new line of scented candles specifically for us men. Hand poured in Los Angeles of soy blend wax, Todd was also moved to make a collection of candles that will act as the olfactory soundtrack to your life. With titles like, “The Intellectual”, “The Bad Boy”, “The Adventurer”, “The Artist”, “The Free Spirit”, “The Romantic”, and “The Seducer”, she pretty much has us nailed down. So pick your present or desired fragrant/personality category and get to the memory making!
$12.50 for 2oz votive or $35 for 7oz candle at marrietodd.com
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- Published on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 04:22
- Geoffrey Brown
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Just like you switch out your wardrobe with each season, now is a good time to reexamine your own fragrance collection. Odin New York launches their new cologne, aptly named 07 Tanoke. Th
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e latest fragrance which is unisex, developed with Paris-based Drom perfumer Corinne Cachen, it demonstrates the masculine and feminine separation that makes Odin unique and an invigorating of perfume that accomplishes and eternal effect. There’s something decidedly old world about it, while still feeling modern. 07 Tanoke is unlike any other fragrance out today, it’s a perfume that can be more than just a way to smell nice. It can memory album around your neck, each component reminding you of some facet of whom you are, what you’ve been through, or how you feel about someone.