I’ve always been obsessed with perfume, but writing about it is no easy task. It’s so tricky to describe something that you can’t see, hear, or touch, but only smell. Their evanescent nature certainly doesn’t help.
Luckily, the blogsophere is full of perfumistas that can vividly bring a scent to life, helping us navigate through the myriad of department and niche scents to choose the ones that best suit our tastes and needs. They also help us understand its language and its profound, but often neglected, impact on our life, and shed light on its history.
There are many wonderful perfume blogs online, but only 7 have, so far, made their way on my daily must-read list:
Bois De Jasmin
If you’re going to read only one perfume blog, make it this one. Run by the lovely Victoria, Bois De Jasmin is an aromatic feast for all lovers of perfume, food, and other sensory pleasures. Perfumes and smells are very difficult to describe, but Victoria, who trained in perfumery, makes them come alive, perfectly and accurately capturing the notes they contain and the emotions they convey. When reading her reviews, you’ll feel like you’re holding the bottle in your hand and smelling the fragrance yourself. She also discusses fragrance materials and shares food and DIY cooking recipes. After reading her blog, you’ll become aware of how fragrances enhance our lives, even when eating or walking down the street.
Elena is a girl with a mission. Her aim in creating Perfume Shrine is to “to provide an Epicurean resource for anyone interested in scent, flavor and the arts” and independent, unbiased reviews. Elena has a deep and encyclopedic knowledge about perfume. In her blog, she shares perfume tips and trends, writes engaging essays on fragrance materials, and explores both the science and history of perfume. It’s a must-read for any perfumista.
The Candy Perfume Boy
Don’t let the name fool you. The Candy Perfume Boy doesn’t just cover sickly-sweet, gourmand scents. Instead, the blog “chronicles one boy’s obsession with fragrance and all things smelly.” Thomas writes about perfume in a fresh and engaging way that will appeal to both perfumistas and novices alike. He describes perfumes, be they an ordinary designer scent or a loud and heady concoction, in a such a beautiful and vivid way that will make you want to try them straight away. But, if he doesn’t like something, he’s not afraid of saying so either.
Love vintage perfumes? Then, this blog is for you. Barbara started hoarding vintage perfumes a few years ago and created Yesterday’s Perfume to share her passion with all fellow vintage parfumaniacs. Enriched with beautiful vintage ads, her reviews are vividly and beautifully written, perfectly capturing the scents of the past. Afterwards, you won’t be able to resist the urge to track them down! Plus, she also explores the language of perfume and the complex ways we enjoy it.
The Scented Salamander
The Scented Salamander mixes perfume, art, and history. In her throughout reviews, Chantal-Helene doesn’t just review perfumes. She puts them in their historical and cultural context. But don’t think that’s boring. Her reviews are engaging and entertaining, full of interesting details and insights. Afterwards, you’ll be left with a new-found appreciation for perfumes.
Perfume Posse is “dedicated to reviewing perfume, making fun of perfume, laughing at our obsession with perfume – and YOURS – and pretty much talking about it about every day.” This blog covers everything you could possibly think about about perfume: products reviews, fragrance ingredients, the language of perfume, tips and tricks, and more. The small army of authors puts perfume in the context of life, discussing its history and the emotions and memories it evokes.
Now Smell This
Run by the lovely Robin, Now Smell This is a must read for every perfume lover who wants to keep up-to-date with all the latest launches. But you’ll also find a lot more here. Robins also writes straightforward and engaging reviews, share tips on how to apply, choose, and wear perfume, and even covers perfume-related areas such as home fragrances and scented bath & body products. It’s a great resource for all your scented needs.
What are your favourite perfume blogs?