I hang around at Los Angeles' premier perfume shop Scent Bar so much that the owners decided to put me to work. "Smell some stuff!" they exclaimed, "Then tell some people!" Done and done.
What I'm smelling here is a line from Brussels called L'Antichambre. Scent Bar (and their online store, Lucky Scent) is the only joint outside of Belgium offering the brand. The perfumes are elegant and vivid, each with a distinct presence.
I go into detail on my especial favorites in the video, but here are my quickie notes on the ones that popped out for me from L'Antichambre:
Misreading "Pink Pepper" as "Pepper Rose", I went looking for a rose and found geranium. A pepper perfume with an incense moustache and a fruity kiss.
Opulence with restraint, a smokey incense of vetiver, suede, black tea, birch oil, and pine resin. A hopped-up Donna Karan Fuel for Men.
Spicy fennel. Fresh! Electricity and green trees. Sandalwood milkiness with a bit of nutmeg. Reminds me of a cross between Comme des Garçons Odeur 71 and Satellite Padparadscha.
A lived-in, faded amber oriental that smells like it's already been living on a man's skin. Must be the sweaty cumin.
Metallic mint powder and cedar and patchouli. Like a mint version of Aki by Tann-Rokka (a perfume I bought on two consecutive trips to London, and used both bottles to the last drop). Coup de Coeur is a Lucky Scent exclusive.