Hello all.  I hope everyone is having a happy new year and working toward your goals for the year.

I have spent the past several years exploring the world of fragrance.  One area that I have only in the past few months begin to delve into is the world of indie perfumery.  To an outside layperson, calling fragrance houses like Serge Lutens, Le Labo, and Frederic Malle “big companies” must seem like a funny concept.  However, once you have immersed yourself into this world, you realize that there are much smaller operations.  Often times within the indie houses, the owner is the perfumer, mixer, bottler, and shipper.  A one person operation.

After discovering that there are all of these independent perfumers, I certainly wanted to get my feet wet and try some of them.  Around this time, I came across a post on Basenotes as well as a YouTube video discussing Slumberhouse.  After visiting their website, I ended up ordering their sample pack.  I have been trying them for the past two months, and am ready to give my impressions of them through a series of posts.

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Chanel Sycomore – Fragrance Review

Chanel Sycomore

Hello friends.  Today, I am going to use this review as an exercise in brevity.  The name of the website after all is Scent Briefs.  Which was was the plan all along, to keep it brief and to the point.  So without further prolonging let us discuss Chanel Sycomore (2008).

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Animalic Fragrances

This whole year I have spent a lot of time resmelling the fragrances that I did not care for when I started to explore perfumery. This has led me to retry many “animalic” fragrances. In this video I do my best to explain what animalic fragrances are, as well as show some of the ones I own and enjoy. Again, most of these fragrances I did not enjoy at first and took multiple tries over many months to gain an appreciation for. For additional recommendations on animalic fragrances, I would point you in the direction of where you can perform a forum search thru many threads on this topic. I hope you enjoy the video, and I encourage you to leave comments on this blog and on the video page letting us know some of your favorite animalic fragrances or interesting experiences you have had with them.



Yes, I am alive and well. This blog is also alive. I never thought I would update this site with high frequency, but I never thought I wouldn’t update it for this long either. 2012 was an interesting and busy year for me. Not much time for this blog or my YouTube channel. I don’t apologize for the lack of content, but at the same time I really wish I could have been around more. In 2012 we also saw many other fragrance reviewers go on a hiatus. I was pondering this the other day. I personally think this is an inevitability based on the fact that the majority of reviewers are in their late 20s & early 30s. These are tough years for individuals including myself. We are trying to get our early careers going which is extremely time consuming and leaves little time for much else. For those that are simultaneously starting families, I can’t even imagine the lack of sleep & free time they are forgoing.

I need to come up with some organized topics to blog & make videos about. I am hopefully “back” for at least the time being. I could talk about fragrances for days straight without missing a beat. I have so many opinions that I know some of you would find of value. I just need to put the pieces together. Talk to you soon my friends…


Top 10 Niche Winter Fragrances 2012

Where oh where did the fall season go? I don’t know about you, but it is always my busiest time of year. I hope all of you had a great holiday season, and that your New Year’s resolutions are starting to materialize.

In this video, I bring you my favorite niche fragrances for the cold weather. The weather hasn’t been too cold where I am at, but I am still finding plenty of time to wear these heavy hitters. These are some of my favorite fragrances ever. Enjoy the video, and please leave me a comment about what are some of your favorite cold weather colognes and perfumes.

Top 10 Designer Fall Fragrances 2011

You may or may not have found my blog because of my YouTube videos.  I most likely will not post every video here on this blog, but there are some that definitely will be added such as my top for each season lists.  This video is where I list my favorite designer fragrances for Fall 2011.  Every fragrance on this list can be had for well under $100 at the time of posting.  You can definitely expect to see reviews of some of these here in the future.

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If you have a YouTube account, please leave me a comment there letting me know what you think of my list.  Otherwise feel free to leave any comments or questions you have below.

Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille – Fragrance Review

Once you take an interest in the world of fragrance, it doesn’t take long before you are made aware of Guerlain. This is one of the oldest fragrances houses out there (founded 1828). Besides their longstanding classics such as Shalimar and Mitsouko, they also have some newer creations. One of them is Spiritueuse Double Vanille (2007).
I will admit I did not test SDV out extensively before making this recent purchase. I normally like to sample out a fragrance several times, as well as testing it out against its competitors. But I wanted to add a Guerlain to the fold and this was the one I went for.

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