A Yatagan is a short antique Turkish sabre - one that was worn on the body primarily to indicate one's wealth and status. French perfume powerhose Caron used this object of desire as the inspiration behind this woody, spicy fragrance for men.
First introduced in 1976, Yatagan conjures scenes from antiquity - Ottoman horses, and exotic landscapes. It's immediate appeal lies in the beautiful mediterranean blend of oriental and woody accords.
Yatagan embraces coniferous woods in the opening - sappy green needles of pine collide with aromatic nuances such as lavender, basil, mint and watercress. But moments later, a deeply satisfying arrangement of precious woods shift to the fore which reassert its masculinity. They are somewhat diaphanous, allowing resinous ambery facets and animalic notes of castoreum and musk to peek through. The perfume is underpinned by a strong, earthy backbone of patchouli and incense, which lend a complex richness to this scent.
Yatagan embraces the best of green notes and woody accords, and translates them into a distant landscape that one might find between the foxed pages of a history book. This eau de toilette can be worn by men much in the same way the ancient sabre once was; as an indicator to allof his fine taste and keen regard for luxury.
The flagship Guerlain boutique in Paris has been trading at No. 68 Champs-Elysées for the past 99 years and has served as THE destination for perfume pilgrimages since the first world war. In 2006 - some 92 years on - the much-loved perfume house launched a cologne whose name memorialises their prestigious street address: "Cologne du 68".
A scent that has been designed to be enjoyed with liberal application, Cologne du 68 is an aromatic citrus blend… one that is both vivifying and uplifting and very much in keeping with Guerlain's vast back-catalogue of finely scented eaux.
A genderless perfume, Cologne du 68 features a crisp citrus opening - a zesty blast of bergamot, mandarin, petitgrain orange and orange blossoms. But just as one might be thinking "citrus overload!!", the sharpness is subdued by rousing florals including jasmine, freesia, frangipane, iris, ylang and rose. Somehow, however, the scent remains resolutely unisex - it has been meticulously blended to marry the more acerbic facets with the florals. Oily green aromatic accords of rosemary and sage manage to round out the composition, furnishing it with a slightly earthy, viridescent vibe.
Despite the name, it is an eau de toilette concentration, and is therefore much longer lasting than traditional colognes. Cologne du 68 is a non-complicated scent, without compromising on quality and luxuriousness.
Regarded by many as the King of all that's chic and cool, Tom Ford unleashed Violet Blonde in 2011 - his most recent mainstream creation - much to the delight of die-hard perfumistas!
Following in the same vain as his previous releases Black Orchid, White Patchouli and Grey Vetiver, Tom has added another colour to the Ford Beauty rainbow, and indeed another interpretation of a single material from the perfumer's palette. Violet is obviously the protagonist in this epic fragrance narrative.
Violet Blonde is as glamourous as it gets! A beautifully orchestrated blend of violet leaf, Tuscan iris, Italian mandarin and pink peppercorns meet the nose upon first application. It feels spirited, sexy and playful. But moments later, one comes to recognise a luxurious orris butter which furnishes the scent with a powdery, suede-like sensuality. It mingles with blooming jasmine, musk and resinous / woody nuances which dance on skin for hours. The sum of all these components is totally bewitching… it feels enchanting and sophisticated - a modern day love potion for women who aim to beguile and ensnare.
Violet Blonde lasts many hours on skin. It has above average persistence, and will linger in the air moments after you leave a room. And who wouldn't like that to be the lasting impression you leave in the memories of others?
Looking for instant solace, warmth and coziness in a bottle? Then look no further! Master craftsman Serge Lutens created Chergui in 2005, and it has since become a mainstay in the Serge Lutens portfolio. Chergui has a cult-like following… both men and women the world over reach for their square-shouldered flacons and exclusive bell-shaped jars to apply this possessing elixir. It has just the right blend of elegance and sympathetic spiciness.
Chergui was named after a North African desert wind - one full of mystery and timeless enchantment. This deep chocolate-brown juice holds unbound pleasure… a wrist-sniffing perfume that will make your eyes roll back in your head. Ambery tendrils of tobacco leaf cartwheel over honey accords, iris, rose and musk. There is a hay-like sweetness that is warm and enveloping - one that adds complexity and a more-ish quality to the perfume. Soft curls of incense permeate throughout the composition, making for an exquisite scent that is every bit as unique and shape-changing as the shifting desert sands.
Chergui is not an overpowering perfume, rather, it speaks in hushed whispers, brushing your skin like the lightest of zephyrs. A rare beauty from this revered niche perfume house.
What do you get when luxe American fashion designer Douglas Hannant teams up with Robert Piguet, one of the world's most revered french couturiers and perfumers of the 20th century? Well, a bombastic scent which integrates contemporary elegance with timeless chic of course… namely, Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet.
Aside from his couture, Piguet was perhaps best known for his extraordinary women's perfumes Bandit and Fracas- a wanton pair or perfumes that have withstood a World War and decades of shifting trends only to remain amongst the most-loved in perfumistas collections. American designer Douglas Hannant creates bridal and ready-to-wear fashions that are sensual and elegant, and pay hommage to the female form. It is their shared appreciation for opulence and luxuriousness that resulted in Hannant's collaboration with Parfums Robert Piguet, and gave life to this perfume which is resolutely feminine in style.
Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet opens with notes of orange blossom, pear and gardenia - sensual blonde nuances that are every bit as narcotising as they are vivacious. Next, a heady bouquet of tuberose rises to the throne and remains the ruling queen of this composition - the excessive, amplified treatment of this tuberose is very bold, very commanding and very Piguet. Finally, a trail of jasmine, sandalwood and musk follows the wearer, just as the train from one of Piguet's or Hannant's exquisite dresses might.
This scent has abundant presence and exceptional staying power. A dense white floral perfume of grandiose proportions.
Pablo Picasso is a name permanently etched into twentieth-century art history. As a Spaniard, the bull and bullfighting made an early appearance in his paintings, and, in the 1930's, Picasso's works chiefly featured Le Minotaure - a half man half bull figure appended from Greek mythology.
To me, Minotaure is the embodiment of the Mediterranean, in an unrestrained, virile manner. Its tangy blood-orange citrus head is swiftly underlined by radiant geranium and then warmed by smoldering sandalwood and spices. But at the heart of this beast is a very rich leather that can't be beaten. Raw, brawny and sexy, it has the provocative smell of a napped leather motorcycle jacket that has been warmed by a man's body. It's heart beats over honey-like amber and soft musks.
This fragrance epitomizes the feeling of a warm southern European night.
Fashioned on one of Van Cleef & Arpels' exquisite men's 'constellation' watches, the beautiful flacon that holds Midnight In Paris is a true object of desire! A weighty balloon of coloured glass in dusky, twilight hues, holds an enchanting starscape and a fetching fragrance to boot!
The appropriately named "Midnight In Paris" is the newest masculine scent from this time-honoured jewellery house that has been in the biz for over 100 years. The bottle and the juice inside possesses all the poetry of a starry night as witnessed from the quintessential city of romance.
Amber and bitter leather dominate in this creation, which deserves its place in the wardrobe of every man who possesses a sense of charm and passion.
Boasting some of perfumery's most iconic ingredients, Midnight in Paris has a striking amber / leather aspect - one that is ever-present, and brings with it feelings of comfort and familiarity. There is a slightly effervescent quality to the opening which reminds one of a night sky prickled with light. An opulent vein of lily-of-the-valley whispers from the heart of the composition… and a slightly creamy tonka bean facet gives the scent an intrinsic, lip-smacking appeal. A rising swell of incense emerges in its development, and works incredibly well with the sharp leathery aspects.
Just one application of Midnight in Paris, and you're good to go. It will captivate, charm and fascinate, drawing those around you in for a closer sniff.
Midnight in Paris is the ideal fragrance for romantic nights with your loved one.
Well, she's not called BANDIT for nothing! This World War II creation by the fashion house of Piguet is internationally revered for her unrelenting sass and feistiness... an outlandish floral/leather time-bomb that is still detonating hearts today!
Bandit is every bit as relevant now, as she was back in the 40's. A whip-cracking chypre, she commands the respect and attention of all those who cross her path. Out of the bottle, she dazzles and narcotizes with a rush of heady white blooms (gardenia, tuberose, muguet and jasmin) which act as a rich floral smoke-screen over a dense, leathery, animalic heart. Civet, musks, and resins furnish this scent with a wanton, promiscuous sense of carnality.
A bitter, leathery / mossy base grows and grows, pushing their way through the rousing florals with unabating determination. Bandit is not the least bit tender… she is a force majeur… she will steal your heart and probably lift your pocketbook too!
Bold and confident women will rock Bandit, whilst those with any doubts will be worn by her. She makes no apologies.
A few squirts of this infamously daring elixir, and you will be transformed. Don't say we haven't warned you!
Distinctly British in style, Penhaligon's LP No. 9 is every bit the love potion it's title might suggest it to be. It has a romantic, slightly vintage "London-at-the-turn-of-the-last-century" feel.
Shimmering citrus top notes veil deep, rich, spicy heart and base accords... zesty bergamot, lemon and mandarin merge with a humming blend of rosemary, black pepper, warm cinnamon and smokey amber - the total sum of which tends to prickle at the back of your nose. The opening sensation is rather like inhaling the aroma of scotch and dry ginger ale. But with time, one can detect the delicate blend of warm clove, mint-like geranium, dry vetiver and fragrant sandalwood. This is a scent to be cherished as something timeless, sophisticated and elegant.
One cant help but feel transported back to Victorian England when wearing this masculine treasure... dressed in top hat and tails, stepping out of coal-black carriages with white gloves and silver-tipped ebony canes; Love Potion No:9 hanging in the air overhead like a shiny black raven.
LP No.9 has considerable projection and lasting power. This debonair and dignified eau de toilette can be worn anytime, but would perhaps best be appreciated at the office, or worn to exciting 'black tie' events.
Amber fragrances are chiefly olfactory interpretations of fossilised tree sap - resinous stones which have hardened over the centuries. The process of extracting the scent from these stones can be highly destructive, and with very low yield, so many amber scents are composed using warm, sweet and slightly spiced components - like vanilla, labdanum and resins - which somewhat emulate the odour of true vegetal amber.
Serge Lutens approached his amber interpretation with a good measure of artistic flair. Whilst observing the tradition of using vanilla and precious resins to achieve a rich, opulent warmth, Lutens breathed new life into a classic theme, marrying soft floral notes of angelica to herbal accords of coriander, bay leaf and oregano.
The result is a staggeringly beautiful composition, which opens with a husky, parched quality, followed by a rush of dry aromatic greens. An ember of honeyed warmth presses up from beneath as myrrh and benzoin collide with sandalwood, patchouli and creamy vanilla.
Ambre Sultan is unlike 'traditional' ambers, and can be worn on most occasions. Whilst it has above-average projection and persistence, it is not cloying. Finally, an artistic rendering of amber that can be worn and appreciated by men and women alike!