Friday, August 24, 2012

New stuff today

I had hoped to have this before my summer holiday as reading material. After a failed attempt at getting my hands on this book I now have it. Finally. I have read Chandler Burr's The Emperor Of Scent and have seen A Code In The Nose (see YouTube for that) and his TED talk The Science Of Scent. All tell of Luca's theory of the way we smell stuff. Conventional wisdom says smell is based on the shape of the molecule. Luca says we smell molecular vibration. I thoroughly lack the knowledge to either prove or disprove Luca's theory but it fascinates me. I wanted to know more about it. Very nice book cover! Too bad it doesn't come with a set of sample vials of all the stuff that's mentioned in the book.

If your idea of fun doesn't include a healthy dose of organic chemistry, this book might not be for you.

I bought a 100ml bottle of Dior's Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir on eBay *) last week. As always, posty tries to deliver it while I'm at work, I picked it up at the post office today.
Released in 2007 as a limited edition, Fraicheur Cuir smells like Eau Sauvage with an added touch of smooth leather. Did I need it? Well, no. I wanted it. Badly. This was a now or never moment. Current prices for Fraicheur Cuir are still at a more or less normal level, when supply goes down (it will) and demand goes up, prices can (and will!) shoot through the roof. Mark my words. I won't be the one without a chair when the music stops. If you want this too, you'd be hard pressed to find it in a department store. It can be found online pretty easy, for now that is.

*) Basenotes-wisdom states to never buy a fragrance on eBay for fear of receiving a fake. People that wonder if they have received a faked fragrance are usually greeted with an "I-told-you-so answer". I guess I like to live dangerously.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Guide

This book just got delivered. I found myself going back to the public library more than once to do a quick lookup after I had borrowed it for three weeks. I just had to have my own copy. Great book filled with lots of highly subjective and sometimes hilarious reviews. Just don't buy blind based on a review in the book, trust your own nose. De gustibus non est disputandum.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Eau Sauvage

During my holiday in France I ran out of Dior Homme Sport. Uh-oh...  Dior Homme Sport in its 2008 formulation is a fine and fresh spring-summer scent. Having still two bottles at home I didn't buy a new bottle in France because: a) you can't buy the 2008 formulation anymore in shops, it's strickly the 2012 formulation and b) I wanted to try Eau Sauvage.

After I bought Dior's Eau Sauvage Parfum I sampled Eau Sauvage a couple of times in a local department store when buying fragrance for my mum (Bottega Veneta) and for the missus (Tommy Girl) and I must say it really grew on me. This is an excellent fragrance, believe everything good you read about it. It is fresh, clean and crisp and to my nose does not smell dated at all. Some say old men or grandpa smell (you know who you are, ain't that so Marc?), I don't get that, at all. Perhaps being born is '66 has something to do with that...

Eau Sauvage has been around for donkey's years and has been a top 5 seller in France since its introduction. I think it's safe to say Eau Sauvage is a staple in Dior's male fragrance line up. A notion that's amplified by the line of Eau Sauvage grooming products availabe to men. Because it's been around for so long it means it's available in any half-decent perfumery or department store. So while in France I did like the French, I popped  into the Nocib√© shop in Lons-le-Saunier and bought myself a shiny new 100ml bottle of Eau Sauvage with magnetic cap. Eau Sauvage is an excellent warm weather scent, with 27+°C ( 80+°F) temperatures in the Jura department I can attest to that. Now back home that "summer in a bottle" sits next to its Parfum brother.

While in France I also looked at wetshavers stuff in the local supermarkets. I was looking for Monsavon Bol √† Raser in particular, apparently a cheap but good shaving soap in a plastic tub. Cheap? Check! Good? Check! Smell is not bad either, a solid performer IMO. Very cheap in France (less than € 1.50), outrageously expensive outside it if you can find it. Other shaving creams available were trusty Palmolive Classic and one from Nivea I'd never seen before or knew it even existed. Took home a tube of the Nivea with the Monsavon as I still have plenty of Palmolive Classic. As for double edged shaving blades I only came across Gillette Bleue Extra blades (10 blades for € 1.60). They do shave but failed to impress me. It's either Feather or Gillette 7 o'clock Super Platinum for me.