|Carlos J Powell of PLP, Goodsmellas, Brooklyn|
Fragrance Lover, etc.
The PLP Perfume Project was inspired by the theme of Peace Love and Perfume, a fragrance group of online friends who were brought together on Facebook and often in person, too, by Carlos J. Powell, who promotes the love of perfume online and at events, encompassing a full range of styles and tastes. He creates perfume review videos as the Brooklyn Fragrance Lover, blogs and and also organizes the Goodsmellas group which has focused attention on the rapidly growing interest in fine and niche perfume among men from a wide variety of backgrounds.
There are many fragrance groups online but Carlos maintains a special atmosphere that focuses especially on the qualities of Peace, Love and Perfume, so that it's a space for appreciation that helps introduce a wide range of people from all over the country and internationally to perfumes they otherwise might not run across on their own. The civility, open mindedness and pure enthusiasm is a rare combination in the online world and makes for a safe space to explore and discuss those fragrances that are close to the members' hearts. Carlos has a great talent for bringing people together around perfume and takes a lot of joy in it. As he often says, quoting a famous source, "perfume and incense bring joy to the heart." He asked several of his favorite indie perfumers to participate in a group perfume project to embody the spirit of the PLP group.
|New York Man by Envoyage|
|Pink Haze by The House of Cherry Bomb|
Peace, Love and Perfume by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH perfumes. The PLP group concept was divided into the three component parts, Peace as a meditative incense, Love as a romantic perfume laced with animalic tones, and Perfume as a classic cologne formula updated into a more contemporary feel.
Peace holds a soothing deep woodsy incense cloud within, and embodies an East/West aromatic mix. The incense and woods are so closely bonded they are perfectly equal. Resin, oud and attar together softened by the great moderator, Rose de Mai and lightly powdered by Orris, for me combines into the effect of the fine sandalwood of my dreams, as I fondly remember it. A powdery woodsy-ness gives it a comfortable familiar, almost child-like innocence.
|Peace Love and Perfume by DSH|
Perfume is based on the aesthetic of the classic cologne but made with non-traditional materials of grapefruit, rhubarb and cognac spiraling down to a fruity and creamy finish. A complex composition of varied essences that work together to give that characteristic lift and refreshment of a traditional cologne, cloaked in clever choices of fruit and herbs not typical of the cologne genre. This will also be available in an Absolute strength in limited edition. I think this one would be highly pleasing to a general audience on a beauty appeal level, but reveals its more subtle comments on perfume tradition to the more experienced perfume aficionado.
Chocolate LOVE Coffret by Kedra Hart of Opus Oils concentrates on the Love in PLP as expressed through the sweetness and velvet smoothness of ultra rich chocolates. There are four perfumes and they are all going to make you smell like a box of the most chocolate chocolates imaginable, at least initially. Those who are gourmand fans are fully indulged in this predilection here. The smallest drop will soak you in deep chocolate scented by the four different flavors.
|White Chocolate from the Chocolate LOVE Coffret by Opus Oils|
Dark Chocolate Royale is a deep dark chocolate infused with amber, whose primary initial hit of strong chocolate dries down to an predominantly amber-infused dark chocolate scent. White Chocolate Delight begins as a super sweet chocolate, as is typical of that type, but then dries down to a more delicate floral with a creamy undertone. Both morph into a body scent that references chocolate more distantly but uses its darkness and depth to ground and hold the top notes that cling for quite a long time.
Raspberry Rose Rapture is much like a chocolate covered cherry just as you bite into one, with a strong sugary sweet candy note real enough to almost taste it. This one is so realistically chocolate of a certain type that it's almost like a representational illustration of that sensation, in fragrance form. A lot of people have come to associate true love with the taste and smell of chocolate, red roses and raspberries with whipped cream, from years of celebrating Valentine's Day that way, so these signals might call forth the classic Pavolvian response. It quickly calms down to a much more delicate and refined rendition of sweet rose and berry notes over cream.
|Peace, Love and Perfume by Olympic Orchids|
Please hit the links above to go directly to the perfumers' sites which will give more details on notes and pricing. Please see the links in the first two paragraphs for Carlos J. Powell online in videos and blogs. Carlos has a lot of interests in addition to perfume. There's music, photography, cooking and two exceptionally cute tuxedo cats. There's a lot online as he is generous in sharing his enthusiasms.
Images above were taken from the perfumers' sites from pages relating to the PLP Perfume Project.
Samples were provided by the perfumers at the request of Carlos J. Powell of PLP. This post was not commissioned or compensated. I know Carlos and several of the above perfumers personally and have written about them all before, so please give the search button a try for a lot more about them all.
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