One Thousand Scents

Friday, January 16, 2009


Sauté two tablespoons of curry powder in one tablespoon of clarified butter. Allow to cool. Stir in one 100-mL bottle of Christian Dior Fahrenheit. Let sit tightly covered for two weeks in a cool place. Filter and bottle as Fougère Bengale by Parfum D'Empire.


  • Is this a positive review or a negative. Or is it a take it or leave it fragrance?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:53 AM  

  • When I originally wrote the review, I was going to elaborate, but I thought the thing stood on its own. Fougère Bengale is basically a curried men's scent. (It doesn't have to be Fahrenheit: that was what it seemed most like to me. But you could pick nearly any fougère and add curry to it and it wouldn't make any difference. Sung Homme by Alfred Sung was another that came to mind.)

    I had thought from reading the list of notes when the scent first came out that this would be the sort of thing that I would love, but it was really sort of average; neither particularly terrific nor particularly bad. I wouldn't spend any money on it. The curry note, which is very distinct, is unusual, but it's not unheard-of; Joseph Abboud's men's scent also had one, and of course Demeter has a Fiery Curry scent that's actually much better than Fougère Bengale, because it's more novel.

    By Blogger pyramus, at 7:49 AM  

  • It would be better if you say that you just don t like Fougere Bengale and it is enough.

    It is a great scent, to my opinion and it doesn t deserve such way of commenting. Try to do something better if you can.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:17 PM  

  • So: my opinion is that it is average, but I should not express that opinion, while yours is that it is a great scent, and you should be allowed to express that?

    I think not. My blog, my opinions. You are free to write your own blog, and you are free not to read anything I have written: but why on Earth would you think you can tell me I shouldn't say what I think because my opinion doesn't line up with yours?

    By Blogger pyramus, at 4:25 PM  

  • Of course it's your blog and your opinion. As it is an open sourse I guess I have the opportunity to express my point of view, isn't it?

    Probably you got me wrong, but I have written "doesn't deserve" which means that one has to be more careful to what other people create. To make a statement in the way like you do one has to be at least able to make the same stuff by himself. Mixing Fahrenheit and curry powder is quite different business.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:05 AM  

  • Oh, come on.

    Obviously I wasn't saying that the scent was literally manufactured in that way: it was my way of saying that the general effect of the scent is that of some other men's scent with curry added. Perhaps I didn't get my point across in the original review, but I'm doing so now.

    As for your assertion that I have to be able to make a scent in order to know whether or not I like one: is a movie critic required to be actor, director and producer? Is someone who reviews novels required to be a writer (and an editor, too)? Is anyone who has any opinion on any created thing required to have mastered the creation of that thing first?

    Enough of this. We disagree. Let's leave it at that.

    By Blogger pyramus, at 7:16 AM  

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