Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pepper sprays! / Pimenta nos olhos dos outros é colírio!

Brazilians have a proverb that goes: "Pepper in the eyes of somebody else is eye drops". Which means that we should not do to others what we don't wish others to do to us. So, thinking of this ancient saying, I brought here fragrances that contain a very high percentage of pepper. Maybe eye drops to some...maybe pure pepper spray to others!

Pimenta nos olhos dos outros é colírio! Assim diz o velho provérbio. E nos perfumes?
Siga o índice de picância e descubra os perfumes mais apimentados do mercado!

Bang! EDT by Marc Jacobs - EXTRA HOT - 03 peppers: black, pink and white.
Picância: Extra Forte - notas de pimenta preta, branca e rosa.

Orris Noir EDP by Ormonde Jayne - VERY STRONG notes of Pink peppers Pimento Berries at the very first whiff. Usually Ormonde Jayne works fantastically with pepper notes (my favorites), here was a bit too much for me!
Picância: Muito forte para notas de saída - notas de pimenta rosa e pimento.

Piment Brûlant EDT de L'Artisan Parfumeur - STRONG notes of Green Jalapenos with cocoa. Click HERE for a full review.
Picância: Forte nota de jalapenos verdes combinada com chocolate. Clique AQUI para uma avaliação completa.

Greyland EDP by Montale - FORTE - dangerous notes of Sri Lankan Pepper according to Sandrina Raicevic Petrovic from FRAGRANTICA.
Picância: Forte - notas perigosas de pimenta do Sri Lanka.

Friday, March 11, 2011

L'Air de Rien EDP by Miller Harris - A different Review

She was the first to reveal pubic hair in the history of mainstream cinema.  She is the most famous heavy breather of all times. She was photographed (at least a thousand times) carrying  a bag that was more suitable for shopping in a street market, but Hermés created a fantastic leather bag just for her - The Birkin Bag. Although she doesn't even like perfumes, Lyn Harris (of English Niche perfume brand Miller Harris) created a scent just for her! Meet Jane Birkin at + Q Perfume Blog, the British lady that inspired so many with so little.

Photo credit: Colin Florence Gamma for Mail

In times where celebrity scents seem to be every brand's day dream of closing the next quarter with a reason to celebrate, the gimmick has also arrived to the noble houses of Niche Brands. 
It took me a lot of thinking to understand why British Niche Brand Miller Harris chose a celebrity from the sixties to be the inspiration of a fragrance. According to the British Journal The Independent, Jane Birkin and Lyn Harris had a common friend named Gabrielle Crowford, who decided to introduce Jane to the perfumer, just for the fact that Jane never really found a fragrance for herself. She used to wear Chanel while her beloved French husband Serge Gainsbourg wore Guerlain, but she never felt that the fragrance belonged to her. Also according to the journal, Jane's brother was involved in the production of the movie Perfume The Story of a Murderer, so she thought of making one with everything she liked. Great explanations for PRs to publish in magazines such as Marie Claire and Vogue, but not very convincing if you ask me.

I went deeper into Jane's biography. Ok, the girl was quite wild, photographed naked, filmed naked, sang naked, loved her husband in public (so did Yoko Ono but you haven't seen a perfume named after her right?)... and oh yes! She was the first one to show her British pubic bush in public. Pretty historical huh? She also recorded orgasmic breathing with Serge in the most famous song (and most played in cheap motel rooms song) Je T'aime Moi Non Plus. Ok, she also got the golden medal for the most famous heavy breather in the world!

Many records made, more than 70 performances in films both in England and France, many other naked pictures taken... still not the reason to make that fragrance!

Than it stroke me: Carla Bruni!

Both pretty ladies with L'Air de Rien and no voice married ugly famous men and boosted her celebrity sparkles. Carla is the current French president Nicolas Sarkozy's first lady.   In her "brilliant carrier as a singer" she has also recorded her version of Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus! OMG, What a coincidence!

She has also appeared naked in the media. Really? No way! What a coincidence!
Now, one cannot make a perfume inspired by France's first lady touchie today, but one can bring one Jane Birkin's pubic hair back to the spotlight 40 years later, right? 
Batman & Robin, Serge-Birkin, Sarco-Bruni...
Anyways, L'Air de Rien (translated as nothing to English) is a funny name for a fragrance that was supposed to have TOUT (everything) that Jane Birkin loves, such as her brother's hair, her father's pipes, the Paris subway stench, Serge's dirty underwear and many other weird stuff she could possibly think of... Sound as funny as the Bruni Bag! ( I am kidding again, there is no such a thing as the Bruni bag...but Hermés can if they wish to, there is a Kelly bag, so why not ?...)

So, the lady that showed her pubic hair in public so her lover would not look to Bardot's sexy lips and breast, who was the sound track of many hand jobs in the 60's got a fragrance of her own!
L'Air de Rien EDP by Miller Harris (launched in 2006) is to be said to have the following olfactive notes: French oakmoss, Tunisian neroli, sweet musk, amber and vanilla.
It is an unisex fragrance that resembles a chewed leather purse and French dirty armpit hair, with a little whiff of flower, a little whiff of skunky glands and pretty much like a sexual intercourse. It is sexy in a funny way. It is a Jane Birkin thing, I guess.

Serge & Jane

The truth is, L'Air de Rien must have been named by the way she behaved in the 60's.  Doing NOTHING and getting famous for it. Having most of all -  that L'Air de Rien dans la tete kind of personality.

You will find L'Air de Rien EDP by MIller Harris -  this 5 star rated perfume (By Famous Luca Turin) -  at Essenza Nobile, the guys who provided this interesting perfume for me to give a huge laugh the day I sprayed on my wrist!

I recommend you to spray the fragrance, look at Jane & Serge and listen to Jane's sexual moans at the same time - must be a olfactive - audio - visual porno experience... at least curious... I am kidding again... (no I am not!) It is a nice fragrance if you like oakmoss and leather!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Eau de Fröhliche EDP by Das Aromatisches Blog - Erik Kormann

Erik driving a bathtub!
3 years ago I was looking for blogs about fragrances and grooming. I had the great fortune to find a very well written German blog called Aromatisches Blog. I became a fan right away and also a constant visitor. The exchange of comments went back and forth, and during the years Erik Kormann (the blogger) and I became virtual friends (we never actually met, but we get along amazingly).

Obs.: I hope he will stick with his English classes because mein Deutsch ist nicht gut (my German is not good)! But we manage to understand each other LOL!

About Erik - a charming German young man who knows where the wind & the nose can take him. When he is not blogging, or working at 1000 & 1 Seife, or windsurfing, or traveling around the globe... he is creating amazing fragrant products. 

(I had the great pleasure of experiencing a chocolate bath back in Jan 2009. I was writing pieces on chocolate scents so  Erik was a doll to send me him Schokobade Bar (for a review  click here - Portuguese speakers only, sorry...). Schokobade did impress me very much - first because of the vintage photo on the package and secondly, because it smells heavenly! Elegant notes of oranges and vanilla are blended with a very rich chocolate note. The result is a warm, soft gourmet fragrance is a fizzy - cacao butter experience.)

From that moment I knew the man knows how to indulge!
From his minimalistic fragrances 7, 8 and 9 I had the pleasure to try two - number 7 - Vetiver+ Figs+ Grapefruit - a very nice perfume that gives me a sense of being close to the Holy Land - due to the fantastic fresh grapefruit notes. Number 8 (Iso E Super + mandarin) was more to my mom's taste (she is picky when fragrances are concerned) but also nice.
This last Christmas he surprised me with his newest fragrance Eau de Fröhliche. (Eau of Merry). I could not try when it arrived because I was already abroad. But I was excited about the fact that a new exquisite Erik perfume was waiting for me at home. I was previously following its development in his blog, so I knew just from the articles that I would love it.


Brand: Das Aromatisches Blog
Origin: Germany
Perfumer: Erik Kormann
Launch: 2010
Gender: Unisex
Range: EDP
Olfactive family: Gourmet -chocolate iris
Olfactive notes: Frankincense, rosewood, coriander, Frambione, musk, patchouli, iris concrete, cardamom, vanilla, tolu balm, coumarin.
Description by the brand: "Cute and Cuddly. An incense perfume that smells a bit like chocolate".
Description by + Q Perfume Blog: FESTIVE, RICH, ELEGANT, GOURMET, urban chic, cuddling.
Silage: Very nice!
Fixation: Good
When to wear: Any time, any day - but it is indeed a happy pill - so if you are down...
Could pair with:
Rating: ✮✮✮✮
✮✮✮✮✮ - Merry Delight
✮✮✮✮ - Giggling, singing and tap dancing.
✮✮✮ - A nice elegant smile.
✮✮ - I see a smirk there!
✮ - I am not smiling at all!

Some reasons to smile according to Mark Stibich, PhD: 

Smile is a fun way to live longer.
Smile improves your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.
Smile is a great way to make you stand out.
Smiling changes our mood.
Smiling lifts your face and makes you look younger.
People are drawn to people who smile.

That you need more reasons to buy Eau de Fröhliche??? 
A hint of cacao, a hint of iris, a hint of cardamom freshness and you are smiling my dears! Eau de Fröhliche will make you look younger without turning you into a teenager. It will change your mood to a better one because it has a sweetness that is rich, without being boring. It will make you more attractive because it has a tenacious and a vivid spirit all the way till dry down.

From the first whiff you get a delicious chocolate scented cloud all over you. I wish I could find more saltiness to it. It would than, be perfect. I tried Lindt dark chocolate with salt crystals in Tel Aviv, and it is an exquisite combination that I wished to find in this perfume. Maybe Erik will listen to my dreams and make them become true...

The thing with this perfume is that a lot is going on there...I smell coriander and iris and cacao. A revolution of scents on my skin. How can I describe it? It feels as if the notes were little children and in that case, they would be giggling and  dancing together around a pole. The pole would be the incense note.

I also fell caressed. This perfume is very furry - buttery. I found a beautiful photo of Naomi Campbell that in my opinion, describes this sensation/fragrance in one shot: Classy, Urban chic, very elegant and very sensual.

The chocolate note, according to Erik, was made with patchouli, tonka, vanilla and tolu. To my merry happiness the vanilla does not smell like pastry. It is a very velvety rich accord. Very grown-up.

Photo credit: Gilles Schneider

The fruit note comes from a combination of rosewood, Frambione and ketones. It is a very subliminally hint of acid freshness, but it is there. It makes the fragrance more MERRY. A joy that you feel but you don't know where it is coming from. Just like an spontaneous smile: BEAUTIFUL!
Dry down is musky furry. I would love to have seen some darkness there. Something more hard core, more mushroomy... or a hint of vetiver or even elemi.  But than, would it continue to be fröhlich-y?


Just to finish - I wrote the review and went upstairs to finally go to bed. I spread a fantastic body lotion that I bought in Israel - YES to carrots on my arms and hands. Than it stroke me: Eau de Fröhliche EDP has also that carrot oil scent! By comparison and just empirically I found a note that was not really capturing my olfactive memory files. BINGO!

I think this perfume would be a great option for Pessach and Easter instead of chocolates!!
I will certainly wear it to celebrate!
Thank you once again Erik for being such a sweet person as yourself!

P.S.: The fragrance bottle image is currently being redefined....I loved this one...pity pity.

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