Category Archives: Perfumers

For Perfumers There is No Bad Smell

“As one who writes about cologne, you owe it to yourself to read the book,” a new friend told me recently. He was talking about Chandler Burr’s The Emperor of Scent, and he was surprised I hadn’t read it. The … Continue reading

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Winter in Tuscany, in a Bottle

For those of us who collect things, there’s often a relentless focus on the new, whether it’s new to the market or new to our own collection. I have a good-sized collection of cologne bottles—modest by the standards of some … Continue reading

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What is beard oil and why do you need it?

I recently interviewed Nicole Miller, the owner of the Seattle-based retailer Blackbird, and she mentioned that she couldn’t keep beard oil in stock. “They’re great. They moisturize the skin under the beard, which gets really dry when you wash your … Continue reading

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Jean-Paul Guerlain: master perfumer, world-class jerk

So perfume legend Jean-Paul Guerlain is in the news again for racist remarks. This time it’s because of an anti-immigrant rant at the Eurostar workers who helped the septuagenarian get his wheelchair to a London-bound train: “France is a shit … Continue reading

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The Macallan Scotch and Perfumer Roja Dove

Perfumer Roja Dove and The Macallan single malt scotch have created something they call “The Macallan Aroma Box,” a kit containing 12 scents found in whisky. It’s designed to educate drinkers on some of the finer notes in a single … Continue reading

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An Absinthe Fragrance by a Cognac Heir

Surveying the scant amount of information available online about Kilian Hennessy, founder of the niche fragrance brand By Kilian, he does not seem very likeable: he comes across as an arrogant playboy who makes too many canned references to French … Continue reading

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Sartorial by Penhaligon’s

Penhaligon’s new men’s scent, Sartorial, was launched this month with a complete and satisfying story of its origins. The perfumer, Bertrand Duchaufour (an incredibly talented nose with an impressive portfolio that includes the Eau d’Italie line), used the aromas of … Continue reading

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Perfumers Say the Darndest Things

Whenever a cultural figure says something terribly boneheaded, (some of) the public is forced to reconcile their warm feelings and positive associations with the figure with this embarrassing new information. In America, by now we’re used to broadcasters and radio … Continue reading

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