The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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A CaFleureBon Hound Post: Vintage Perfume Review: Caron Tabac Blond (1919) by Ernest Daltroff “A Testament to Androgyny” + Claude Cahun Draw

Claude-Cahun 3Undoubtedly, if there ever was a classic perfume that was identified with early gender bending, it would be Caron’s Tabac Blond.  Created in 1919 by Ernest Daltroff, Tabac Blond has been a testament to androgyny, a beautiful yet mysterious fragrance that doesn’t ascribe to normal gender classifications.  We typically associate the infamous actress, Marlene Dietrich with this Caron masterpiece, but even before she started testing the boundaries of the male/female conventions, a little know french artist, Claude Cahun,  was breaking gender bending barriers. To read more about this intriguing artist and to read the full review on CaFleureBon and to enter in a draw to win a 7.5 ml bottle of Tabac Blond parfum extrait, click here.

You can also read my original Tabac Blond Scented Hound review by clicking here.


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A Hound CaFleureBon Post: New Perfume Review – Maison Francis Kurkdjian masculin Pluriel and féminin Pluriel + Un Homme et Un Femme Draw

MFK PlurielThere is no future, there is no past. I live this moment as my last. There’s only us, there’s only this; forget regret, or life is yours to miss, no other road, no other way, no day but today.  – Lyric from Another Day (Rent)

Master and prolific perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has launched his latest creations as part of the new Pluriel collection in the Maison Francis Kurkdjian line.   Comprised of two fragrances, masculin Pluriel and feminin Pluriel.  Kurkdjian’s inspiration for the genesis of this new line was his quest to create eternal femininity  and masculinity in fragrance unbound from convention.  These two new unique fragrances are designed to evoke freedom and sensuality while harnessing a timelessness required for the creation of two classic perfumes with modern sensibilities.

masculin Pluriel and feminin Pluriel are sublime in their masterful interpretation of their individuality.  Together, masculin Pluriel and feminin Pluriel create a mirror image of equaled masculinity and femininity and an understanding that the blending of those distinct traits makes for the perfect pairing.

To read the full review on CaFleureBon and to enter in a draw to win a sample of each, click here.


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A Hound CaFleureBon Post: Perfume Review: Guerlain L’Art et la Matière Cuir Beluga (2005) Olivier Polge + Solace in Central Park Draw

When many of us think of the House of  Guerlain, most perfumistas immediately identify with  the great vintage fragrances of historical classic perfumery such as Jicky (1889), Mitsouko (1919),L’Heure Bleu (1912) Shalimar (1925), Vol de Nuit (1933) to name a few. Cuir Beluga carries on the great tradition of Guerlain as part of the Guerlain L’Art et la Matière collection.  And even though it’s the height of summer, Cuir Beluga has the ability to sweep you away to find some much need wintertime solace in the heart of New York City’s Central Park.  For the full review and the incredible draw, click here.