New Perfume Review Olivier Durbano SpeM PetraM- Stone of Mary

All independent perfumers look for their guiding light. Olivier Durbano has found his muse to be stones. Ever since he appeared, in 2005, he has created perfume meant to evoke some aspect of stones. Early on it was actual gemstones. More recently it has been some of those stones from fictional influences. M. Durbano has never failed to engage me with his bold aesthetic. In these days of transparency he stands like a monolith forcing those other perfumes to flow around him. That audacity has maybe never been as pronounced as it is with Olivier Durbano SpeM PetraM.

Olivier Durbano

Before you all think I’ve fat fingered my shift key the capital “M”’s are intentional. The name translates to “Stone of Hope” while the double-M is meant to represent Mary Magdalene. That inspiration is seen in two specific ways in SpeM PetraM. The first is M. Durbano’s use of a Bible-named root; nard. The other is the personification of Mary Magdalene as a rose. In SpeM PetraM the nard provides the stone while the rose provides the feminine hope within.

M. Durbano, and Google, inform me that nard is a plant of the Himalayas related to valerian. In its American incarnation it has been called spikenard. I have encountered it in the perfumes of natural perfumers previously. It seems like it must be a difficult ingredient to work with because it has three strong pillars which make up its scent profile. One is an earthiness, the other is mineralic, and the last is terpenic. Because of that variability it explains why this was an ancient perfume because it was good by itself. In the present day a perfumer must adroitly balance those competing aspects into something greater. M. Durbano is the kind of perfumer who is up to this task.

SpeM PetraM is all nard to begin. Those three faces I mentioned above are all on display early on. M. Durbano accentuates the earthiness with the warmth of saffron and the heat of cinnamon. The mineralic is wrapped in a haze of olibanum. The terpenic is given the lead as fir amplifies it into predominance. This is where M. Durbano brings MM into view as a gorgeous rose rises out of the nard accord. The ascendency of the rose is what makes SpeM PetraM something special. Every time I wore it the rose felt like a tiny piece of hope among the stone.

SpeM PetraM has 12-14 hour longevity.

I think there are some who will find the strength of the nard off-putting. This is not a perfume for everyone. It is for those who enjoy experiencing something different in the hands of a perfumer who can turn that into beauty. It might be a stone of hope, but I think of it as the Stone of Mary.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample I purchased.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Banana Republic Gardenia & Cardamom- Go For The Green

This time of year is when I feel the pressure of trying to stay on top of what is new in fragrance. Starting in August and going, seemingly, up until the last shopping day I get a steady stream of new perfumes. It forces me into some choices when I receive new things. It means my inner snob puts some things aside to assess. A couple weeks ago I miraculously didn’t receive anything which gave me time to catch up. One of the things I had delayed trying was a new collection from Banana Republic.

My inner snob always eventually gives these perfumes a chance because I’ve been surprised in the past. As recently as two years ago they released an interesting Oriental called 17 Oud Mosaic. These are generally simple perfumes. It is when they get a little more complex that they draw my attention. In this year’s releases the one which did that was Banana Republic Gardenia & Cardamom.

Vincent Kuczinski

There is a total of four perfumes in this collection. The others are; Dark Cherry & Amber, Peony & Peppercorn, and Tobacco & Tonka Bean. Those three are mostly what is described in the name with one or the other predominating. Why Gardenia & Cardamom felt different is because the perfumer, Vincent Kuczinski, uses the green version of cardamom which turns out to be a smart choice.

It opens on a juicy orange which is quickly overtaken by the cardamom. This version of cardamom has a sticky green scent to it. When a perfumer takes advantage of that it can be a good partner to an ingredient. That is what happens here as the gardenia first appears as its fresher form it quickly becomes more present. When gardenia reaches full bloom in a fragrance there is a swirl of green within the white flower. By having the green cardamom there to meet that it turns that swirl into something more prominent. This stays with this balanced accord in place for a long time before segueing into a typical woody base.

Gardenia & Cardamom has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

I liked this because Mr. Kuczinski was able to go for the green while finding a balance between his co-stars.

Disclosure: This review was based on samples provided by Banana Republic.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Carven Paris Alexandrie- Violet Chypre

If there is one thing which I enjoy about perfumes inspired by place is the opportunity to see a location through fragrance. Some of that comes with expectation. If it is a place I’ve visited, then I have my own memory which can be confirmed or contrasted by the fragrance. When it comes to a place I haven’t visited, then it is my imagination as fired through literature or movies the perfume is working for or against. I have to say though Carven Paris Alexandrie has created a new category where I wonder if I know nothing about a city.

Aurelien Guichard

Paris Alexandrie is part of five new entries in the Carven La Collection after the original seven in 2017 and one added last year. I had the same sensation of whether many of those previous perfumes were representative of the city they were trying to emulate. The other technique within the collection was to go obvious with the ingredient the city was most known for. In these most recent releases Paris Havane goes for tobacco and Paris Shenandoah is a festival of cedar. The head scratchers come when Paris Prague is a similar cedar perfume but with gin or Paris Tanger is a thick woody leavened with a bit of citrus. Paris Alexandrie is also in the head scratching category as it seems like the city between the desert and the Mediterranean smells like a violet chypre?

I’ve never visited Alexandria so perfumer Aurelien Guichard might be spot on with his interpretation. What he seems to find is a beautiful violet centered accord is the ideal contrast to a modern chypre base.

Paris Alexandrie opens on the violet, provided some depth with lavender in a supporting role. M. Guichard adds in a series of fascinating choices as the sweetness of carrot seed and nutmeg tease out that pleasant floral quality to violet. Black pepper and incense provided piquant texture and resinous contrast. All together this is a compelling violet accord. It finds an equally interesting chypre accord waiting for it. M. Guichard uses moss, patchouli, and cypriol to form his modern chypre. In this case the lack of the bite of the old school chypres works. It comes together as a kind of plush green velvet effect for the violet accord to rest upon.

Paris Alexandrie has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

I have no real idea if Paris Alexandrie is an accurate representation of the scent of Alexandria. If I am fortunate enough to visit, I might make the connection immediately. Until then I’ll think of Paris Alexandrie as the violet chypre.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample provided by Carven.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Providence Perfume Co. Drunk on the Moon- Tipsy Tuberose

The independent perfumer behind Providence Perfume Co.; Charna Ethier, is one of the elite independent perfumers. When I named her as my Perfumer of the Year for 2018 the primary reason I gave is, “She has been one of the most consistently innovative perfumers I have encountered.” A reason for that is a trait which is shared by the other independent perfumers which also inhabit the top tier; they have an instinctual knowledge of the ingredients they work with. Ms. Ethier seems to always be considering what combinations can provide something different; Providence Perfume Co. Drunk on the Moon exemplifies that.

Charna Ethier

In the description from the brand Ms. Ethier says the name comes from a lyric by singer-songwriter Tom Waits. It is not the way I looked at the name after wearing it. Ms. Ethier wants to take tuberose and give it a face lift. It is one of the most divisive of white flowers among perfume lovers. It is the core of what people will derisively call “old lady perfume”. Ms. Ethier must have considered that because she accentuates the easier to like parts of the scent profile. The remainder of the construct gives it a bit of a Holiday feel, which I’ll admit I might be seeing because of the time of year I received my sample.

Ms. Ethier takes tuberose and does what many perfumers do with rose by focusing on the core of the ingredient. There is a gorgeous creamy floral in the middle of any tuberose. What makes it difficult for many is the mentholated green quality along with a fleshiness which turns it into one of the more carnal perfume pieces. Ms. Ethier manages to create a debutante tuberose. A fresher version capturing the delicate beauty. The rest of the way in Drunk on the Moon is Ms. Ethier is rebuilding that fuller tuberose with the use of alternatives. The first of those is a huge amount of nutmeg. It adds to that buttery aspect while concurrently providing a different sweetness from something like vanilla. This is such a fascinating difference from getting that menthol-like face of tuberose. It just comes together in an enchanting way. Instead of the fleshy part of tuberose Ms. Ethier chooses to find a different illicit quality as she creates a “velvet cream sherry” accord. This again accentuates the creaminess of the tuberose while also giving it a gentle booziness. It comes together to form a slightly tipsy tuberose; maybe waiting under the mistletoe.

Drunk on the Moon has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

This is a perfume by a confident artist working at the highest levels. It is the best you can find anywhere. Ms. Ethier has made one of the best, maybe the best, perfumes of her illustrious career. I am impressed at the creativity it took to make this. I believe only a few could have achieved it.

Disclosure: This review was based on a sample from Providence Perfume Co.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Francesca Bianchi The Black Knight- Knightly Valor

The whole idea of Medieval knights has been an object of personal interest for as long as I remember. I eagerly devoured stories of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. I would read histories about the real ones which made them a touch less noble, but their bravery was enhanced. The tragic story of the ascetic knight Lancelot from the King Arthur mythology was of a man pure of purpose transformed by love. The real knights were less likely to be moved off their chosen path. The famous ones all lived sparse lives committed to their cause.  One of those real-life knights is the inspiration behind Francesca Bianchi The Black Knight.

Francesca Bianchi

To most when you read Black Knight those are villains in stories. The actual Black Knight was Giovanni Dalle Bande Nere; that translates to John of the Black Bands. His oath was given to the Medici family of Florence, Italy. He lived his life as a Spartan in armor. He spent his time in the field instead of at court. Sig.ra Bianchi casts The Black Knight in its own minimal terms accentuating the camp life milieu of a soldier.

One of the reasons I sought The Black Knight out was Sig.ra Bianchi uses caraway as her top note. It is one of my favorite ingredients in all of perfumery Sig.ra Bianchi uses it beautifully. The caraway carries a freshness tinged with shadow. It is an interesting way of evoking the life of the knight. A more traditional knightly accord comes next with the scent of saddle leather. Sig.ra Bianchi uses beeswax to mimic the sheen of tack impeccably taken care of. This is a glossy leather scent cleverly supported with a touch of rose and iris. It makes me think a couple of favors given at the last joust were kept in his saddlebags. The florals provide a delicate effect in contrast to the leather. We then get to the campfire carried forth by smoky vetiver. The Black Knight closes with another ingredient I enjoy; the vetiver which has a significant smoky character. Sig.ra Bianchi uses patchouli and cedar to find the earth and trees surrounding the camp.

The Black Knight has 12-14 hour longevity and average sillage.

It’s enough past Halloween I shouldn’t be playing make-believe. The Black Knight is such a nice perfume to wear on cool days it is hard for me not to get lost in a reverie of a valiant ascetic knight.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample I purchased.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Hiram Green Voyage 2019- Octo-lotus

There is a bit of a quandary when an independent perfumer makes a limited edition. When they are as creative as Hiram Green is there is a very real feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out) when he releases one. Four years ago he released a remarkable leather homage to India. Specifically the Floating Palace on Lake Pichola. Most non-Indians learned of this marvelous piece of architecture in the James Bond movie Octopussy. That perfume was called Voyage and is one of my favorite leather perfumes I own. Mr. Green contacted me to tell me he was doing a sequel, Hiram Green Voyage 2019.

Hiram Green

Mr. Green is still inspired by the same locale. If I imagine the clever construction of his all-natural leather accord was the equivalent of the palace itself then Voyage 2019 is the water surrounding it. Mr. Green substitutes the national flower of India, lotus, for the leather. It changes the style from full blooded Oriental to something closer to a Floriental. There is much that remains from the first version, but Mr. Green re-adjusts some of the concentrations to assure a smooth experience.

One of the best parts of both versions of these perfumes is the spiced citrus top accord. It reminds me of a clove orange, but Mr. Green is piercing his orange with vectors of cardamom, caraway, and cumin. This creates an exotically spicy beginning. Then the big change happens as instead of going deeper into a leather accord Voyage 2019 becomes a floating flower. This is a slightly watery floral accord which is supported by some green effects to mimic the leaves surrounding the bloom. Voyage 2019 returns to a similar base accord as the prior version. This time there is a warmer overall effect as the amber and benzoin have a more prominent place over the vanilla that was the center of the previous base accord.

Voyage 2019 has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

I know I remark on it every time, but Mr. Green coaxes an unusual intensity from the natural ingredients he uses. The original Voyage was the leather prelude for what would become the brilliant Hyde. Voyage 2019 also feels like we are heading towards something else equally impressive. In the movies they say the sequel is rarely as good. In the Hiram Green collection Voyage 2019 is just as good.

Disclosure: This review was based on a sample supplied by Hiram Green.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Arielle Shoshana Sunday- Next Level Gourmand

I keep waiting for new perfumes which are looking toward evolving the gourmand style. It is perhaps the final frontier where a perfume can truly do something different. It is why I am often disappointed when a new release doesn’t take advantage of all the creative space which exists in the genre. There are some which do find that novelty; Arielle Shoshana Sunday is one of them.

Arielle Weinberg

I am so fortunate to have as my local perfume boutique, Arielle Shoshana, run by Arielle Weinberg. Ms. Weinberg has grown from blogger to store owner to creative director over the last few years. She is one of those people who reaches for what she wants. I admire her for this tenacity which has proven to lead to success in her ventures. Two years ago when she wanted to be the creative director on her first perfume, Arielle Shoshana Saturday, she had a desire to make a perfume around passion fruit. Working with perfumer Cecile Hua they produced one of the best perfumes of the year because they worked with something different. This same creative team returns for Sunday with the same mindset.

Cecile Hua

For Sunday they wanted to focus on a specific tea drink called matcha horchata. Matcha is a version of green tea. Horchata is a Mexican drink made of warm rice milk flavored with cinnamon and rice milk. When I went to the World Cup in Mexico it was horchata I drank almost every morning. I still look forward to finding it on the menu of any Central American restaurant. This recent gourmet brunch version adding in the almost bitter matcha is also enjoyable. Ms. Weinberg and Ms. Hua were going to take us to a fancy Sunday brunch.

Sunday opens with the rice at first. There is a humid rice effect I’ve only experienced a couple of times. Ms. Hua uses that as a steamy introduction to Sunday. The sharp green tea of matcha seeds that cloud of rice. It gains more coalescence as the steam condenses into a milky liquid which the matcha contrasts. Cinnamon and vanilla provide the traditional horchata accoutrements. It snaps together into an opaque gourmand accord which is engaging in every way. Languorously like the day it is named for the final stages of the perfume turn warmly woody with amber and sandalwood forming the base accord.

Sunday has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.

This is exactly the kind of gourmand I would like to see more of. Ms. Weinberg and Ms. Hua found their own quiet spot to create a next level gourmand in Sunday.

Disclosure: My sample was from participating in the Kickstarter campaign which funded the production of Sunday.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Le Labo Tabac 28- The Cuban-Haitian Congruency

My childhood in the mid to late 1960’s in S. Florida was wonderful. The best part of that statement is I recognized it at the time. Living in Miami as it was absorbing two sets of refugees from Cuba and Haiti was a treasure of new experiences depending on which part of town I steered my bicycle. If I headed to Little Havana, I could go play dominos while the adult men puffed on their cigars. I always enjoyed the smell of those cigars but never more than when they were unlit. You’ve seen the caricature of a cigar lover running an unlit cigar under their nose and breathing deeply, that’s the way I felt for real. I would learn every family that made cigars had a secret blend handed down through generations. My nose wasn’t attuned well enough to pick up those nuances.

When I headed into Little Haiti it was always about the food and the music; mostly the food. When I would sit with the newly arrived Haitians I would have them tell me stories of their island. When I spoke to the older men, they were always sipping this viscous brown liquid. When I asked what it was, they always laughed and told me to come back when I was older. That was because the liquid was rum from Haiti. When I did become old enough one of my Haitian friends introduced me to Barbancourt Rum. This is not your typical rum it is a gorgeous liquor you sip and roll around in your mouth as it reveals its flavors. In the aged versions there is an opulent caramel-like flavor as if the sugar cane was on its way to molasses and stopped for a minute or two. It is one of my favorite things to do at a dinner party to end it with the 15-year aged reserve just to see the way people react to it.

Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi

Which means if you ask me for a single scent to represent the Cuban community in Miami, I would pick a fine cigar. It the same question was added for the Haitians it would be dark Barbancourt Rum. Not that creative directors Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi would have asked me what they should consider for their Miami City Exclusive, Le Labo Tabac 28, it turns out they asked perfumer Frank Voelkl to make a perfume which combines the cigar and rum in one exemplary avatar of Miami.

Frank Voelkl

Tabac 28 takes a fine cigar out of its case and holds it under my nose. Mr. Voelkl makes an inspired choice by using the sticky green version of cardamom. If there was a nuance of freshly rolled cigars it was of the slightly green leaf used as the wrapper. This green cardamom adds that grace note to the rich tobacco. The same inspiration happens with the rum. This is that dark slightly caramel-like rum I remember. Mr. Voelkl adds a subtle veil of smoke via a judicious use of oud. It is as if that cigar has been lit and as you reach for your glass of rum it passes through the smoke on the way to your lips. All of this is spectacularly balanced. The only bad part is it ends up on an all too typical cedar based woody accord which hardly lives up to the rest of the perfume.

Tabac 28 has 12-14 hour longevity; with over half of it firmly in the rum and tobacco piece of development, to go with average sillage.

I had not considered how these two distinct scents of my youth would find a place of congruency where it brings Cuban and Haitian worlds together. It is what makes Tabac 28 more emotional for me than others. Removing the emotion if you are looking for a perfume which fuses rich tobacco and gourmand-like boozy rum Tabac 28 should be on your list of “to try” perfumes.

Disclosure: This review is based on a sample I purchased.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Jul et Mad Stairway to Heaven- White Musk Whispers

As new materials in perfumery are more widely used there are some which I become less fond of. The category of ingredients called white musks became omnipresent in the first decade of this century. Also called “laundry musks” these are the fresher analogs to the heavier versions which hew closer to the natural source. There are so many of the lighter musks because they have uses beyond perfume. They are the main ingredient in clothing detergent when it says, “spring fresh”. As perfumers began to use them more and more for their fixative properties, I would find they could give a kind of screechy quality to the final stages of perfumes. One of the best things about perfumery today is there are so many creative people looking to do something different. I am not sure when it happened, but it seems like around five or six years ago a few of them learned a curious truth. One white musk might be boring but if you layer a bunch of them together there are some almost supernatural effects to be found. Jul et Mad Stairway to Heaven finds the right set can take you to the roof of the world.

Julien Blanchard (l.) and Madalina Stoica-Blanchard

Jul et Mad are creative directors-owners Julien Blanchard and his wife Madalina Stoica-Blanchard. The brand is named after them because it represents their life as translated into fragrance. For Stairway to Heaven it is based on their trip to the Himalayas in Nepal. They would hike up to the Annapurna Base Camp the literal stairway to the highest heights a human can attain via walking. I’ve done my share of high-altitude hiking here in North America. In the press materials they describe the experience as “bowing before the beauty and the sumptuousness of this veritable sanctuary.” There is something spiritual about reaching as high as you are able. There is also a scent to that.

Cecile Zarokian

For Stairway to Heaven the Blanchards turned again to perfumer Cecile Zarokian, whom they worked with previously on Aqua Sextius. It seems like they all agreed that this was going to be a white perfume. Mme Zarokian is that kind of ingeniously curious perfumer that I have a feeling she had a cocktail of white musks she thought might work. The press release says the heart of Stairway to Heaven is a combination of eight white musks. It leads to a fantastic accord at the center of this perfume.

Before those white musks show up Mme Zarokian wants us to take a deep breath of cold air at altitude. She opens with a chilly whoosh of aldehydes; another maligned ingredient. Mme Zarokian uses a firm hand at keeping the balance refreshing instead of obstreperous. Now as we look out over the snow field rising to the sky the musks come together in a powdery snow accord which is kept traditionally powdery in the early moments by rose and iris. The musks get a firmer hold and now they are like shuffling through fluffy crunchy snow refreshing and soft. A skirl of meditative incense wafts over the musks in the final phases.

Stairway to Heaven has 24-hour plus longevity and average sillage to start before becoming a skin scent after 12 hours or so.

Stairway to Heaven is a wonderfully realized brief. Most of the time I laugh at what a perfume is supposed to remind me of. Not this time. Every time I had this on my skin it was like staring up at the majesty of nature. Only to have a mixture of white musks whisper back to me.

Disclosure: This review was based on a sample provided by Jul et Mad.

Mark Behnke

New Perfume Review Dasein Winter Green- Creme de Menthe Christmas Tree

The first alcoholic drink I ever had was during Christmas in the mid 1960’s. I had always seen the adults sipping this brilliant green syrup out of small glasses. My mother would hold it up to my nose to smell and there was this wonderfully thick minty-ness. I don’t remember exactly my age when my mom decided it would be all right to pour me a sip or two of crème de menthe in the same tiny glass the other adults had. I remember sitting at the end of the couch taking tiny little tastes trying to make it last. The Christmas tree was right next to me. I remember thinking the tree and the mint smelled nice together. I haven’t thought about that for probably fifty-plus years; until I received my sample of Dasein Winter Green.

Sam Rader

Dasein is the perfume brand from independent perfumer Sam Rader. She first caught my attention during Christmas time 2014 with her first perfume Winter. Winter was a photorealistic Christmas tree perfume. Ms. Rader would follow up with the other three seasons all showing great attention to detail. When she took her brand to the AIX Scent Fair in Los Angeles she would meet fellow independent perfumer Josh Meyer of Imaginary Authors. They hit it off and collaborated on the sequel to Winter; Winter Nights in 2016. That perfume was also built around the Christmas tree accord Ms. Rader had built previously but now was altered to represent a Christmas tree around a bonfire. Winter Nights is one of my favorite perfumes which I always wear every Holiday season.

Josh Meyer

As an early holiday present I heard there was going to be a new Winter perfume continuing the collaborative creativity of Ms. Rader and Mr. Meyer. I was excited enough to contact both to find out a bit about how Winter Green came together.

Ms. Rader remembers the name came first, “We started brainstorming what direction we might want to go in for the green note. We tried mixing the WINTER juice with grass, with basil, with vetiver. We eventually found that mint plays nicely with my already very conifer heavy blend” Mr. Meyer had already been doing a lot of work with mint, “We talked a lot about new options for what would be fun to work with and the idea of mint was strong on my mind from Saint Julep… after working on it for so long, and spending so much time with a lot of the mint materials, I was excited about making a different kind of mint.” Both wanted to make a mint perfume which stood apart.

Their working relationship involves sending mods back and forth via mail. Mr. Meyer believes it took twice as long to come together as Winter Nights did using the same process, “We sent a lot of perfumes back and forth, Sam even sent me an incredible candle for inspiration, then it was fragrant sketches back and forth, and then when we got close, we hovered around a few different formulations based on different accords in varying concentrations. Simply dialing in the right balance that we were both really excited about. “That balance was all centered on the mint as Ms. Rader recounts, “We used several different mint oils to achieve the accord. I wanted it to be very mint forward, but at the same time not too camphorous, more of a heart note. We supported the mint with some round florals and other magic molecules that helped marry the mint to the pine and spruce….we both knew we wanted a mint with tenacity that would last far into the dry down….We had to work some magic but I think we finally got there!”

Winter Green opens with the evergreen accord Ms. Rader has perfected matched with the mint. The early version of the mint is that very herbal version. It causes the mint to rise out of the needles of the pine. It does so on sparkles of citrus provided by the tartness of pomelo with the floral herbal aspect of baie rose. The mint turns thicker at the same time as the evergreen accord becomes stronger. A gorgeous breeze of jasmine wends its way between the mint and fir. It all snaps together on a matrix of beeswax as it adds sweetness to both tree and herb without becoming treacly. The whole perfume is so well-balanced.

Winter Green has 12-14 hour longevity and average sillage.

These two creative minds need to work together more often. My final question to both was what took you three years to work together again? The answer from both is understandable; their lives are busy. As Mr. Meyer says, “We're just both so busy and both of the same mindset that all this perfume 'work' should be nothing but a ton of fun, so it's sincere joy working on a project together. “Ms. Rader needed that reminder, “I am grateful to Josh for continually infusing my company with new life.  It was awesome to put my creative hat back on this year and receive tons of USPS packages for sniffing as we constructed this beautiful complex scent together.”

This is another fabulous perfume in the Dasein Winter collection. I have been wearing it these early days of the Season and it complements my mood ideally. From a perfectly selfish standpoint I would love seeing what these two creative minds could do with any of the other three Dasein seasons. While I’m waiting, I’ll be sitting by the Christmas tree sipping crème de menthe luxuriating in Dasein Winter Green.

Disclosure: This review was based on a sample I purchased. 

Mark Behnke