Smell Like The Future: Robert Piguet Futur Perfume

Smell Like The Future: Robert Piguet Futur Perfume

Robert Piguet Futur is one of their original fragrances, originally released in the 60s.  At some point it was discontinued, likely due in part to the 60+ ingredients in the original version. Yesterday’s Perfumes has an enchanting review of the vintage formula. It’s been re-released and reworked with published notes of  bergamot, neroli, violet, jasmine, ylang, vetiver, cedar, patchouli. This perfume makes me think of the sounds of brilliantly discordant jazz. It seems haphazard but somehow it works and is strangely beautiful.

Futur is a “green” scent, and true to a good green perfume, I smell a ton of forest and resinous galbanum. It’s not listed as an ingredient but that may just be because by today’s perfume note listing standards, it’s more about advertising than actually listing the “notes”. My first impression of Futur is neon Irish Spring soap in a field of wildflowers. The floral notes just sing, in a gorgeous classical perfume way. I get an impression of floral/green classics like Joy, Ma Griffe, a hint of Miss Dior (original) and even a bit of Guerlain Chamade. The fresh florals give way to sexy jasmine and ylang and then become smoky vetiver. It’s like a ghost of classic perfumes with a crisp clean modern perfume built around it. It is clean and sexy at the same time – the sexy has something to with the woodsy patchouli base. It’s almost like an incense with that intoxicating smoky resinous goodness. I feel engergized when I wear Futur, and like I can do anything. Futur can go from jeans to the boardroom to a night out on the town. I love it, and wish I could try the parfum/extrait version – it must be so dense and gorgeous. The chewy mouth watering green-ness of Futur is addictive. I huff my wrists when I wear it.

Verdict is love, but I would caution buying this without sniffing. It’s not for the faint of heart, even though in the end it dries down to a sexy skin scent that smells like heaven to me. It’s not easy to love, and it doesn’t have the mass appeal of, say, Pink Sugar. If you are willing to step outside of the average perfume box and smell special, you should sniff it out. Also – if you like Irish Spring. Manly, yes, but I like it too….


Robert Piguet perfumes are available at specialty department stores, listed here on their website. And at The Perfume Shoppe in Canada. I don’t see Futur on their site but perhaps they can order it in. Ogilvy in Montreal carries the line as well.

The 7 Virtues Middle East Peace & Vetiver of Haiti Perfumes

The 7 Virtues Middle East Peace & Vetiver of Haiti Perfumes

Brigitte is telling Jane how good her perfume smells…

I’m reviewing these together because layering them smells sooooo wonderful! You can read more about the wonderful perfume house The 7 Virtues and the inspirational Barb Stegemann here. I wrote about her sweet & lovely Afghanistan Orange Blossom scent here, and it is a must have for lovers of that fragrant flower. The 7 Virtues Middle East Peace and Vetiver of Haiti perfumes are part of The 7 Virtues smell good/feel good perfume line up and they are definitely worth a sniff!

Here is what the website says about The 7 Virtues Middle East Peace;

Inspired by the citizens of Israel & Iran and their respect for one another, we felt something so intense it could only be expressed in a thought provoking perfume.

The enchantment of Middle East Peace eau de parfum is for all humankind. This ambrosial blend of sweetie grapefruit oil of Israel with the lime & basil oils of Iran captivates our hearts and ignites our senses.

With a dry down of cedar wood and bamboo, this fragrance is for men and women.

I find it a clean, refreshing perfume that is green yet sweet, with the delicious fruit notes mellowed by the crisp and calming woodsy base notes. It is a simple perfume, and would be perfect for a man or woman. It is easy to wear, and energises with it’s bubbly citrus notes. It has a soft and clean soapy note, and one indeed feels clean and fresh while wearing Middle East Peace. While it is a citrus scent, the balance of greens and woods makes it hard to pick out any one note. It is not a loud or projecting scent, but stays close to the skin. Middle East Peace is a must-try for those that like their scents quiet and sensual, and who love the clean scent of tart fruits. If you enjoy Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom, Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey or Clinique Happy, you MUST try Middle East Peace. Verdict? Love.

Here is what the site says about The 7 Virtues Vetiver of Haiti:

Created especially for both men and women, Vetiver of Haiti is layered with notes of lime tree, bergamot and amber. This warm fragrance, with its musky vetiver base note, is the perfect fall and winter scent, popular with men and women alike.

The organic vetiver of Haiti is considered the best in the world, grown by Haitian farmers whose country was devastated by the earthquakes in 2010.

We buy this exquisite oil at fair market value from our supplier who is rebuilding his community.

This is a gorgeous vetiver scent! It is invigorating and bright, and warms beautifully on the skin. The fresh yet smoky quality of the vetiver is so rich you can almost close your eyes and imagine yourself surrounded by greenery and earth. It evokes the rooty and rich scent of vetiver making it a classic, and the lime and bergamot sweeten and brighten the perfume. The gentle amber dry down makes for an almost powdery aspect. Again- perfect for a man or a woman, The 7 Virtues Vetiver of Haiti is a must-sniff for lovers of fresh woodsy scents like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, or Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir, and for women who don’t want a flowery scent, but just want to smell wonderful. Verdict? Love.

But the big one-two punch comes when you wear both together. Wow! The citrus fruits of Middle East Peace play off the woodsy vetiver in Vetiver of Haiti. They are both so easy and effortless to wear. And, later in the day, when I catch a whiff of Middle East Peace on my scarf, I just inhale and breath. Lovely.


The 7 Virtues perfumes are available at perfume counters at The Bay in Canada, and at Lord & Taylor in New York, and from The 7 Virtues online store.


Iris in Perfume: Refined, Relaxed and Calm…

Iris in Perfume: Refined, Relaxed and Calm…

I love iris. It can be a challenging scent, and not every iris perfume is for every lover of iris. It can smell like dirt, paper (Hermes Hiris!) or even a bit medicinal if it isn’t blended with notes that make it sing on the wearer’s skin. Because you know now that everyone wears every perfume differently, right? That we all “cook” the scent in a different way, depending on so many things. Our skin type (dry vs oily) our internal temperature (you know how some people are just warm? Or always cold?), what we eat, how we sweat etc etc etc. I wrote about my number one gorgeous iris scent, Guerlain Après L’Ondée, which is mixed with violets and heliotropin for a soft powdery sweetness. Some others I have enjoyed are Le Labo Iris 39, which is the definition of a rich and sensual iris, with the iris note being propped up by the earthiness of patchouli- which also makes it easy for a man to wear. Guerlain Iris Ganache is the gourmande delicious iris, with notes of white chocolate, musk and vanilla making you smell like edible iris. Yummy. The one that really works for me when I crave simple unadorned iris, however, is Chanel 28 la Pausa.


Roquebrune, Cap Martin 

Chanel 28 la Pausa is part of the Chanel Exclusif line, which is sold at Chanel Boutiques and at some special Chanel counters in certain department stores. I have not been able to find a list of “notes” on line, which is ok actually. In most cases, the notes listed for perfumes aren’t actually the actual notes, but more of an approximation of what the designer is trying to convey. Or, more often, they are basically ad copy disguised as legitimate information. Chanel 28 la Pausa simply smells beautiful, which isn’t surprising given that Chanel has access to some of the finest perfume ingredients in the world. Every note is perfect. 28 la Pausa is named after the address of Mademoiselle Chanel’s estate on the French Riviera outside Roquebrune Cap Martin. She would holiday there, often surrounded by luminaries of the time: the Duke of Westminster, Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau. From Chanel’s site:

“28 la Pausa is a scent full of contrasts — radiant yet delicate, simple yet luxurious, earthy yet powdery — with a tranquil, soothing character.”


 What do I smell? Hm. Let’s see. On the top, I get some gentle fruit notes. Citrus? Maybe a bit of a tart lime note but it is definitely more green than fruity. Earthy vetiver, for sure. Chanel knows vetiver, and there are hints of all her perfumes in, well, all her perfumes. The distinct vetiver note from Chanel Sycamore (another Exclusif) is here, but it is softened by the powdery aspect they have coaxed from the iris. It is cool, but not cold, as some iris scents can be. Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist is a frigid example of a cold iris. Brrrr.  No, the cool feeling in 28 la Pausa is soothing and calming, like meditation. I almost think I smell a white tea like scent in here, but who knows. It’s probably a delicious musk, some kind of perfume illusion cast by Chanel’s perfumer, Jacques Polge. Whatever it is, I adore it. And there it is- that earthy sensual iris note we love so much. It’s not sensual in the carnal way jasmine and tuberose are, but more of a smoldering quiet sensuality. And luckily for me, la Pausa lasts hours and hours on my skin, which is made for perfumes that many find fleeting. 



It is cooling and soothing, and does indeed make one feel relaxed and refined. It smells like clean skin, but with an oh so subtle undertone of sophisticated sensuality. Perhaps it is the iris combined with whatever magical musk note Chanel has cooked up in their labs? It smells like skin, freshly showered skin, sitting in a cool ocean breeze, with perhaps a light silk scarf draped across your shoulders. Cool, silky and smooth. Yes, I will have another G & T please.

The new 75ml Exlusif bottle

In the past, you could only get the Exclusifs in honking 200ml bottles. They are gorgeous bottles, with a simple Chanel design and the most genius magnetic cap that always sits just right with the conjoined Chanel Cs sitting just as they should. But, now most of the Exlusifs are available in a 75ml bottle.