Manos Gerakinis – Immortelle (June 2017)

Manos Gerakinis – Immortelle First encounter: A month ago, I received a pleasant DM from a fine luxurier himself via Instagram informing me that he would be releasing a new fragrance in June this year. He asked me if I would ever be interested in reviewing it and I, of course, gave a resounding yes. After furnishing…

Parfum Satori – Oribe (2008)

Parfum Satori – Oribe First encounter: It was a few years ago when I first visited the perfumer’s atelier in Tokyo. I recalled lugging my cumbersome, heavy luggage across the sidewalk in the morning hours of a late autumn season. I had met her and her staff before she decided to introduce her brand and…

Parfum Satori – Hana Hiraku (Oct 2016)

Parfum Satori – Hana Hiraku First encounter: I received news of the newest fragrance that was launched back in October 2016 from the perfumer’s website, and I recalled it was good news for me as I was heading to Japan in January earlier this year. However, I was in Kansai, another region of Japan, instead….

A Quick Chat With… Satori Osawa (Revisited)

It felt good to be back in Tokyo, Japan. Almost thirteen months had gone by since I last visited, only this time around, I was in another part of Japan, specifically in the Kansai region. It was on the morning of 12 January 2017 where I flew into Osaka before making my way to Kyoto,…

Manos Gerakinis – Sillage Royal (2014)

Manos Gerakinis – Sillage Royal First encounter: If you recalled my previous post, I received a sample of this perfume, together with Gold Rose, in a package shipped to me all the way from Greece. The sender had also enclosed a handwritten note and explained to me that the scent was the first scent ever created…

Manos Gerakinis – Gold Rose (2015)

Manos Gerakinis – Gold Rose First encounter: It was only after my post on Petitgrain which was published last month that the founder himself personally thanked me for my humble review on his fragrance. He briefly mentioned that he would be sending in a few more fragrances for me to try out, including the one…

Kenzo – Totem (May 2015)

Kenzo – Totem First encounter: Last month, I took the chance to catch up with one of my closest friend, B.R., whom I had not met up for quite some time. As I hurriedly caught a train to Orchard Road from my BodyPump class for dinner, he texted me before that he would be running late…

Manos Gerakinis – Petitgrain (May 2016)

Manos Gerakinis – Petitgrain First encounter: As I was working on my Dolce & Gabbana’s Intenso post last March, I received an interesting email from a reader (Yay!) She congratulated me on my blog (another yay ☺️) before introducing herself as a premium department manager of a niche perfumery from Greece! (I’ve always wanted to go there to…

The Fragrance Foundation – Fragrance Foundation Awards 2016

The Fragrance Foundation: Saluting the outstanding scents at The Fragrance Foundation Awards 2016 Synopsis Award season was in full force in the past few months. From honouring the crème de la crème of niche perfumery at the 3rd Annual Art and Olfaction Awards arranged by the Institute of Art and Olfaction to the 24th edition of…

The Fragrance Foundation UK – Fragrance Foundation Awards 2016

The Fragrance Foundation U.K.: Lauding the finest perfumes in the United Kingdom at the 24th annual edition of Fragrance Foundation Awards 2016 Synopsis Last Thursday, 12 May 2016, saw over 550 guests from the perfume industry graced the 24th annual Fragrance Foundation Awards at the Brewery in the heart of London, United Kingdom. Typically dubbed…

Comme des Garçons – Floriental (July 2015)

Comme des Garçons – Floriental First encounter: I was frantically roaming the streets of Omotesando, specifically in Minamiaoyama, in Japan last December, dragging my heavy suitcase around while navigating for Yohji Yamamoto’s flagship store. It was the last day of my maiden trip to the land of all things kawaii where I was blessed to…

Dolce & Gabbana – Intenso Pour Homme (2015)

Dolce & Gabbana – Intenso Pour Homme First encounter: When I heard that David Gandy was coming to Singapore last October, I knew that was THE only one chance to meet the male supermodel. Part of the requirements were to purchase any fragrance from the Dolce & Gabbana line from Sephora located at ION Orchard…

Xerjoff – Casamorati 1888 (2013)

Xerjoff – Casamorati 1888 First encounter: I was first brought into contact with this brand back in October of 2015 when I attended the first anniversary party of the perfume boutique’s flagship store located in The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore. While the main highlight was the launch of their latest scent, I was, in fact, also…

Sospiro – Opera (2014)

Sospiro – Opera First encounter: “Good news – we have a new brand in the boutique and I would love for you to try them! Let me know if you’re interested :)” It was a sight for my sore eyes the moment I fired up my inbox from my iPhone. I immediately wrote her a…

Parfum Satori – Iris Homme (2010)

Parfum Satori – Iris Homme First encounter: It has always been a dream of mine to visit the land of the rising sun, Japan, ever since I was in elementary school. All those times, I reminisced watching Japanese dramas such as 花ざかりの君たちへ (For You in Full Blossom), 花より男子 (Boys Over Flowers) and all dramas acted…

Parfum Satori – Kon Shiro (2014)

Parfum Satori – Kon Shiro First encounter: A recent trip to Japan last December saw me visiting the atelier of one of Japan’s independent perfumers. Located in the heart of Tokyo, I had the opportunity to speak to the lady of the hour who burst into the Japanese fragrance scene at the dawn of the…

Parfum Satori – Satori (2006)

Parfum Satori – Satori First encounter: I chanced upon this one by accident actually. While my initial plan was to just attend my friend’s wedding reception in Yokohama, Japan, I made an executive decision to also explore the fragrance scene while I was there. It was just a coincidence to come across this particular fragrance house after…

Parfum Satori – Brand Insight and Meeting Satori Osawa

Parfum Satori: An insight to one of Japan’s only independent perfumery and a casual encounter with the perfumer herself. Satori Osawa. Photographed by Tsutomu Takasaki. Synopsis In early December 2015, The Scent of Man had an excellent and intimate time chatting up with Japanese perfumer, Satori Osawa. She took the chance to present her famous…

A Quick Chat With… Satori Osawa

The moment I exited Yoyogi Station on the Toei Ōedo line, chilling winds caressed my skin despite the sun shining brightly against the calming blue sky as I struggled to lug by heavy suitcase around. Yes, readers, I was in the heart of Tokyo, Japan towards the end of the autumn season, with the temperature…

Alexandre.J – Rose Oud (2012)

Alexandre.J – Rose Oud First encounter: As Black Friday fell on 27 November 2015, many retail outlets were seen arming themselves from the onslaught of shoppers rushing in and grabbing hold of products that had been slapped on with massive discounts. While this phenomenon is often a common sight in the West, it is, however, a much…

The Fragrance Foundation Arabia – Fragrance Oscars 2015 Award Night

 The Fragrance Foundation Arabia: Honouring the crème de la crème scents of the Middle East in the 6th edition of Fragrance Oscars 2015. Synopsis Held on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 at the Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The Fragrance Foundation (TFF) Arabia hosted the annual Fragrance Oscars which was in its…

Fragrance Du Bois – Oud Orange Intense (2013)

Fragrance Du Bois – Oud Orange Intense First encounter: You might have recalled all those times when I patronage the Fragrance Du Bois boutique at The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore a few weeks ago. After going through the dazzling assortment of fragrances from their in-house line with the sales staff, I made an executive decision in…

John Varvatos – Dark Rebel (September 2015)

John Varvatos – Dark Rebel First encounter: To keep myself updated with all things fashion, culture and anything in between for the contemporary man, I follow Details, L’Officiel Hommes and Men’s Folio religiously. So, when Details covered the newest fragrance by John Varvatos back in the September issue, I was looking forward to reviewing the…

Fragrance Du Bois – Oud Rose Intense (2013)

Fragrance Du Bois – Oud Rose Intense First encounter: I was over the moon after receiving confirmation from the Fragrance Du Bois marketing team that I would be attending their first-anniversary party last month. (You can find my entry on their birthday event here.) To familiarise myself with the brand, I paid a visit to…

Fragrance Du Bois – 1st Anniversary Party and the Launch of London Oud

Fragrance Du Bois First Anniversary Party: Commemorated its first birthday with a bang, as well as the premier launch of a great perfume, London Oud. Image credit: Fragrance Du Bois Synopsis VIPs and guests were invited to celebrate the joyous occasion of Fragrance Du Bois’ 1st-anniversary party held at The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore on 8 October…

Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue Pour Homme (2007)

 Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue Pour Homme First encounter: I recalled meeting with the scent for the first time back when I was working at the airport in 2007 when it was launched in Singapore. Like many other fragrances out there, I always had the urge to try them out. It turns out that…