Thursday, 14 December 2017

Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4 Film Programme: The Silence Of The Lambs (dir. Jonathan Demme; 1991)

I've long considered The Silence Of The Lambs to be one of the most pungent films I've ever seen, which is why I was so excited to discuss it on Francine Stock's Film Programme on BBC Radio 4. To find out what I had to say about the late Jonathan Demme's masterpiece, pour yourself a glass of Chianti and tune in today at 4:00 pm (UK time); you can click here to listen live.

As before, I'll post a link to the podcast here as soon as it becomes available. Here's a link to the programme; my segment is at around the 20 minute mark.

To read the Cinema Scent reviews I've published on this blog, please click here.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

10 Must-Try Fragrances For Men - Persolaise Video On Feelunique's YouTube Channel

Next up on my list of collaborations with Feelunique: a showcase of must-try masculine perfumes. Enjoy!

If you'd like to watch the video on the YouTube site, please click here.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Complete Persolaise Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Here we go, ladies and gents. Time to put aside our views about the evils of consumerism and indulge in unadulterated, materialistic pleasure. Below you'll find all my gift recommendations for this year, which have appeared on Twitter over the last few days with the #PersolaiseXmas tag.

Happy giving!

Monday, 11 December 2017

10 Must-Try Fragrances For Women - Persolaise Video On Feelunique's YouTube Channel

The other videos I recorded with the team at Feelunique have now appeared on their YouTube channel, so I'll link to them over the course of the next few days. First up: my recommendations for must-try feminine perfumes.

If you'd like to watch the video on the YouTube site, please click here.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Persolaise Review: Elements Of Man - Strength from Ermenegildo Zegna (2017)

I haven’t given Strength the muscle it deserves. But I’m determined not to let the year end without mentioning it. One of five scents in Zegna’s high-end Elements Of Man range (well worth checking out as a whole) it’s focussed on a gentlemanlike tobacco note that couldn’t be further removed from the mind-crushing, cardboard-cutout creations which so many brands aim at men these days. Playing skilfully on hints of the illicit - there are strong echoes of film noir intrigue here - it links its central note with honey, green facets and a suave, almost powdery labdanum in the base to create a thoroughly grown-up effect that dares young hipsters to ditch their silly pretences and display some real character. Thankfully, the days when smoking was associated with manliness are behind us. But Strength is a nicotine-free reminder of why that particular idea remained so potent for so long. Highly recommended.

[Review based on a sample of eau de parfum provided by Ermenegildo Zegna in 2017]


Monday, 4 December 2017

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 9 On YouTube

Episode 9 of Love At First Scent - complete with poinsettia - is now on YouTube. Watch it above or by clicking here. In this edition I covered

Wonder Bouquet from Mugler (at the start of the video)
the Smoked Leather candle from Urban Apothecary (at the 15:00 minute mark)
Dent De Lait from Serge Lutens (at the 17:00 minute mark)
Rose De Damas from Buly (at the 42:00 minute mark)
Thé Vert Precieux from Mariage Freres, for Bulgari (at the 51:00 minute mark)
Rose Tubereuse from E Coudray (at the 56:00 minute mark)

The original video is still on Facebook. Click here to watch it.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Cinema Scent: Battle Of The Sexes (dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris; 2017)

Did someone say Yardley? During a key sequence in Battle Of The Sexes - a well-constructed account not just of Billie Jean King’s match against Bobby Riggs, but also of her struggles with her own sexuality - the women on the newly-formed WTA are treated to a pre-press-junket hairstyle makeover. King (played by Emma Stone) takes her seat, is approached by her hairdresser Marilyn (Andrea Riseborough, as excellent and underused as ever) and suddenly looks up in surprise. Is that lavender oil she can smell, she asks. The answer is yes. Marilyn likes dabbing a few drops on her wrists to help her customers relax.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4 Film Programme: The Age Of Innocence (dir. Martin Scorsese; 1993)

Tighten that corset and sweep all that lust under the silk rug. For my latest segment on Francine Stock's Film Programme on BBC Radio 4, I'm delving into the extravagant and asphyxiating olfactory world of Martin Scorsese's The Age Of Innocence. The programme will be aired today at 4:00 pm UK time (11:00 am New York time).

If you'd like to listen to it online as it's being broadcast, please click here.

When the podcast version becomes available, I'll link to it on this post. Here's the link. Fast forward to the 19 min mark if you can't listen to the whole programme.

To read all the Cinema Scent reviews I've published on this blog, please click here.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Ultimate Gift Guide - Persolaise On Feelunique + Facebook Live On Friday + More Cinema Scent On Radio 4 On Thursday

image: Feelunique

In case you hadn't realised it, we're less than a month away from that day when the odd present is exchanged beneath a tree, so my latest Feelunique article recommends a few sure-fire fragrance choices that would make excellent gifts. To find out which scents made the final cut, please click here.

I also wanted to let you know that episode 9 of my Facebook Live series, Love At First Scent, should be broadcast on Friday 1st December at 4:00 pm UK time (11:00 am New York time). Please try to tune in by visiting my Facebook page (click here).

And finally, I'm excited to announce that this Thursday, 30th November, will see the broadcast of another instalment of my Cinema Scent discussions on BBC Radio 4's Film Programme, presented by Francine Stock. This time, I'll be turning my attention to Martin Scorsese's masterclass in repressed passions and overflowing bouquets, The Age Of Innocence. To listen to the programme as it's being broadcast (4:00 pm UK time) please click here.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Persolaise Mini-Reviews: July to September 2017 [part 1]

Here comes another round-up of my mini-reviews, which for the first time features thoughts I've posted on Instagram. That's why some of these are less mini than others, in case you were wondering. And of course, Twitter now allows more characters than it used to, so I expect the next instalment of these reviews will have its mini-ness diminished even further.

Wow! from Joop! (Christophe Raynaud; 2017)*
Petrol, patchouli & pine, with shades of burnt medicine cabinet. Very 'whisky-on-ice boardroom'. Preening musks in the base.

Lui from Guerlain (Thierry Wasser & Delphine Jelk; 2017)*
Low-on-clove, claw-less carnation, wrapped in sweet, creamy benzoin. Baby-soft at its core, therefore both safe and likeable.

VE Velvet from Uèr Mì (Jean Jacques; 2014)*
Pretty straightforward vetivert, after cologne-like opening of citrus and rosemary. More earthy and rooty than velvety.

XX Latex from Uèr Mì (Antoine Lie; 2014)*
Knock-your-head-back glue notes with weird florals produce glossy, stretchy, spicy, kinky, crimson gorgeousness. A triumph.

Tears Of Eros from Paul Schütze (2016)*
Undergrowthy, sappy, peppery ivy/hyacinth shifts to curious, hard incense/vetivert. Stony. Tears of a statue?

Monday, 20 November 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017

Persolaise Review: Roland Mouret - Une Amourette from Etat Libre D'Orange (Daniela Andrier; 2017)

Three aspects of the new Une Amourette - an Etat Libre D'Orange collaboration with fashion designer Roland Mouret - are worthy of attention. The first is that it marks a welcome instance of a Daniela Andrier perfume that isn’t green or centred around iris. Sure, an objective glance through her portfolio reveals that she is more than capable of working with a range of materials; after all, she’s made or co-made scents as diverse as Prada’s Candy, Gucci’s much-missed Envy For Men and Bottega Veneta’s Pour Homme. But there’s no doubt that in recent years, she’s developed a reputation for being the Iris Lady, throwing the plant’s rooty personality into a large number of her compositions, not least the Olfactories range for Prada, Miu Miu’s debut scent and Margiela’s Untitled. Thankfully, Une Amourette shows her at her innovative best, trying out new ideas, refusing to rest on her laurels.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Unisex Perfumes - Double Dose Of Persolaise On BBC Radio

The subject of unisex perfumes has obviously been high on the minds of some BBC Radio producers, because two of them asked me to appear on their programmes to chat about the topic. If you'd like to hear what I had to say, then please click on this link to the Malcolm Boyden show on BBC Hereford & Worcester (my segment is at about the 38 minute mark) and on this link to the Danny Kelly programme on BBC West Midlands (fast forward to about 2 hr and 9 minutes). Those links will be active only for a few days, I believe, so don't hang about. And if you're based outside the UK, I'm afraid the links probably won't work for you. Sorry!


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Best Evening Perfumes - Persolaise On Feelunique

image: Feelunique

Bow ties, sparkling dresses and impossible heels are all over the shops again, which must mean it's party season. So for my latest piece for Feelunique, I've turned my attention to perfumes that create a bold, nocturnal impact. To read it, please click here.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4 Film Programme: The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols; 1967)

Regular readers will know that in recent weeks, I've started writing about the relatively unexplored space where the worlds of scent and cinema meet. Well, I am thrilled to announce that my little project has made its way onto my favourite weekly dose of movie musings: Francine Stock's Film Programme on BBC Radio 4. So, put on a wetsuit, jump into a red sports car and tune in today at 4 pm (UK time) to hear me talking about one of the most beloved films of the 60s: The Graduate.

To listen online as the programme is being broadcast, please click here.

As soon as the podcast of the episode is available, I'll post a link to it here. Here we go... You should be able to listen to the episode by clicking on this link; on the same page, you'll also find a 'Podcast' link with various options for Apple, Android et al. I hope you'll listen to the entire episode, but if you're interested only in my bit, fast forward to the 24 minute mark.

To read all the Cinema Scent pieces I've written so far, please click here.


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 8 On YouTube

Episode 8 of Love At First Scent - featuring my suitably Halloween-esque orange shirt - is now on YouTube; please watch it by clicking above or by going directly to the YouTube site (click here). In this edition I covered

Illusion Captive from Lalique (at the start of the video)
Viking from Creed (at the 15 minute mark)
Warszawa from Puredistance (at the 33 minute mark)
Le Frenchy from Guerlain (at the 43 minute mark)
Oud from Spirit Of Dubai (at the 50 minute mark)

As always, the original video is still on Facebook. Click here to check it out.

I know I usually let the videos speak for themselves, as it were, but I would particularly like to draw your attention to the Puredistance; a new composition from Antoine Lie, it completely took me surprise and I can't wait to revisit it. As for the Creed... well... see for yourselves...


Friday, 3 November 2017

Searching For The Silver Lining: The Best Modern Perfumes For Young Women

A little while ago, I published a post bemoaning the fact that many new perfume releases aimed at young women don’t treat their target audience with the intelligence they deserve. They tend to be dull, safe and patronising. But I didn’t want to leave the subject on a negative note. Surely, I told myself, even though there is a great deal of dross being heaped onto the market, there must be a few modern compositions that manage to capture some facets of 21st century femininity without resorting to cliches.

As you can imagine, that immediately prompted me to set myself a challenge: if those perfumes are out there, THEN FIND THEM! So, here is my attempt to meet that challenge.


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