Category Archives: Cologne Reviews

First Smell: S-ex by S-Perfume

The more experience I have smelling and wearing unique fragrances, the more my taste forks into two distinct camps: the ones I want to wear and the ones I want to smell in the abstract. The wearable camp is increasingly … 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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My Take on Niche Fragrances in the Globe & Mail

Back in October, I was contacted by a writer for Toronto’s Globe & Mail who asked if I’d comment for a story he was writing about men’s fragrances. We had a short flurry of emails and I answered some basic … Continue reading

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Cologne Review: Nostalgia by Santa Maria Novella

I love the smell of exhaust and unburned fuel from a hot rod without a catalytic converter—I even like the way my clothes smell after I’m around it. But would I bottle it? Fortunately, Santa Maria Novella’s vintage race car … Continue reading

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First Smell: Providence Perfume Co.’s Cocoa Tuberose

I’m not normally fond of gourmand fragrances—at their worst they can be like getting the smell of food stuck in your clothes after too long in the kitchen. So I was caught off guard when someone handed me a test … Continue reading

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Spent Musket Oil Cologne by BKLYN Dry Goods

Jahn Hall and Kurt Uhlendorf of BKLYN Dry Goods are an odd pair: Hall is a tall, burly guy who’s never without a disarming grin and Uhlendorf is a slighter, shorter, thoughtful-looking guy. Their business, BKLYN Dry Goods, is an … Continue reading

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How to Write About Something You Don’t Like: Part One

It once bothered me that so many fellow bloggers didn’t post negative reviews, particularly in the fragrance world. If we all love everything, aren’t we just creating free marketing and advertising for the fragrance companies? How are we credible if … Continue reading

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