Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I stumbled across Perfumes: The A-Z Guide, the well-regarded 2008 book by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez (Viking), the other day and it must have been time to re-think my scent shelf because I have now sent off for several new-to-me decants from The Perfumed Court.
Turin and Sanchez are olfactory scientist and perfume critic respectively and their book is a refreshingly pull no punches review of about 1,500 scents. Turin's preferences are orthagonal to anything I have been exposed to in the past - he thinks Green Irish Tweed OK but despises Creed's Tabarome Millesime and calls Terre d'Hermes mediocre (those have been two of my staples this past year). Somewhat surprisingly given our differences, he does agree that Ormonde Man deserves its five star rating from the critics.
Not altogether unexpectedly given the relative rarity of eau de perfumes for men, the scents the co-authors rate highly are eau de toilettes, which mean they are unlikely to last on the skin as long as those despicable to mediocre things I have been wearing. But still, to deliberately mis-quote Steve Jobs, each journey is a reward in and of itself and I am now awaiting delivery of samples of:
-Eau de Guerlain ($98), their favorite citrus;
-Guerlain's Mouchoir de Monsieur, ($149), citrus and lavender;
-Pour Monsieur by Chanel, ($113), described as the greatest cologne ever released; and
-Timbuktu, a floral vetiver from L’Artisan Parfumeur ($95) that is called a better version of Terre d'Hermes.
Sniffing notes to follow in about two weeks.