Parfums Retro: 1 post

Parfums Retro Grand Cuir : Fragrance Review

44444

Elisa on breaking with the niche formula and on the masculine retro glamour.

There is a prevailing trend in niche perfumery toward unisex scents. Often, the “unisex” quality is communicated through a combination of (supposedly masculine) woody notes, such as sandalwood, cedar, and patchouli, and (supposedly feminine) sweet notes, such as vanilla and benzoin, to the point that when mainstream scents hit on this combination, we say they “smell like niche.” I love sweet woody scents, but this formula is starting to look like a niche cliché – mix up booze, tobacco, resins, a touch of leather and some vanilla until it’s the color of cocktails in a cigar bar. Does it smell good? Then ship it!

grand cuir

Parfums Retro is a new niche outfit that seems to be taking a different approach. Their first three scents are all clearly targeted at the men’s side of the aisle. And yet, Grand Cuir (a sample of which I received as part of an Olfactif gift box) doesn’t smell like the typical men’s offerings at department stores, radiating powerful synthetics like sexual-chemical warfare. Instead, it truly smells retro: reminiscent of the dry, bitter leathers from the first half of the 20th century, when women comfortably wore perfumes like Lanvin Scandal and pre-reformulation Caron Tabac Blond.

Continue reading →

From the Archives

Latest Comments

  • Old Herbaceous in Rose Retreat in Bulgaria May 2023: What a wonderful trip this would be! My May ’23 travel plans are already set, but I’m adding this to my future travel bucket list. February 5, 2023 at 8:49am

  • OperaFan in Ukranian Petrykivka Ornaments : Holiday Gifts: Victoria – I just wanted to follow up on this post. I finally did order 5 wooden balls and a bell. The package arrived today and they are even more… February 3, 2023 at 11:01pm

  • mansur sultani in In The Rose Capital of Iran: I went to Isparta in 2017 just to see the rose festival. It seemed growing roses for rose water was a recent and late activity for the area. Surprising for… February 3, 2023 at 4:31pm

  • mansur sultani in In The Rose Capital of Iran: This is an old post that I have seen it now. Yes you can. from Persian shops across Europe. These shops all have the Kashan rose water (I assume they… February 3, 2023 at 4:28pm

Latest Tweets

Design by cre8d
© Copyright 2005-2023 Bois de Jasmin. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy