Filigree Parfums - for fans of 4AD bands: Cocteau Twins, The Pixies, This Mortal Coil, etc.

neurotica

Super Member
Jul 31, 2018
Is anyone familiar with Filigree Parfums? The line is inspired by the music of artists on the 4AD record label, most notably Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Dead Can Dance, The Pixies, Lush, Lydia Lunch, etc.

Check them out here: https://www.filigreeandshadow.co/

I recently ordered a sample pack from them and would like to discuss with others who are familiar with the line or curious about it. I can't seem to find reviews anywhere.
 

d.bishkoff

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Mar 10, 2018
As a huge fan of many 4AD artists... I think this is very awesome. Very curious..

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Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
What a cool idea! I dug most of those bands in college, especially The Pixies.

Wow, they sure have a lot of fragrances. How many scents did you get in the sample pack? Did you get their all-natural ones or the ones that blend natural with aromachemicals?

Please do report back on what you find. I have always sought out all-natural frags, but unfortunately rarely find any that have worked for me. The problem is that all-natural frags tend to have much weaker sillage and longevity than those that mix natural and aromachemicals, or all aromachemicals. I appreciate the effort, but it's apparently quite difficult to make natural scents that last.
 

neurotica

Super Member
Jul 31, 2018
What a cool idea! I dug most of those bands in college, especially The Pixies.

Wow, they sure have a lot of fragrances. How many scents did you get in the sample pack? Did you get their all-natural ones or the ones that blend natural with aromachemicals?

Please do report back on what you find. I have always sought out all-natural frags, but unfortunately rarely find any that have worked for me. The problem is that all-natural frags tend to have much weaker sillage and longevity than those that mix natural and aromachemicals, or all aromachemicals. I appreciate the effort, but it's apparently quite difficult to make natural scents that last.

I'm a big fan of the 4AD roster, especially Cocteau Twins, so when I heard about this house I had to get some samples.

The sample pack comes with seven 1 ml fragrances (of your choice). I picked Aeon, Alioth, Aurelia, D.D. & E, Kiyoti, Lakme, and Surfer Rosa. I believe these ones are all from the all-natural collection.

I will do some more sniffing when I get home later on today and report back! I must admit though that because I am so new, I don't yet have the language to describe fragrances the way many of you can. This is part of the reason I posted this-- I want to know what the experienced noses have to say about Filigree!
 

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
I'm a big fan of the 4AD roster, especially Cocteau Twins, so when I heard about this house I had to get some samples.

The sample pack comes with seven 1 ml fragrances (of your choice). I picked Aeon, Alioth, Aurelia, D.D. & E, Kiyoti, Lakme, and Surfer Rosa. I believe these ones are all from the all-natural collection.

I will do some more sniffing when I get home later on today and report back! I must admit though that because I am so new, I don't yet have the language to describe fragrances the way many of you can. This is part of the reason I posted this-- I want to know what the experienced noses have to say about Filigree!

I would recommend not trying more then one scent at a time. Your nose can get overloaded, and also it will make it hard to distinguish the drydown.
 

neurotica

Super Member
Jul 31, 2018
I would recommend not trying more then one scent at a time. Your nose can get overloaded, and also it will make it hard to distinguish the drydown.

Good point. Please let me know if you ever get a chance to try Filigree; I'd love to know your thoughts! To be honest, I didn't like any of my samples. I was really disappointed because I loved the concept so much. I'm kind of hoping that I'm just missing something.
 

Chetopa

Super Member
Apr 13, 2016
Interesting. 4AD was mostly Bauhaus for me (I dont see any mention of them) but as a Pixies fan/80's kid, I'm very curious to check these out and will be in Seattle for work next week.
 

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
Good point. Please let me know if you ever get a chance to try Filigree; I'd love to know your thoughts! To be honest, I didn't like any of my samples. I was really disappointed because I loved the concept so much. I'm kind of hoping that I'm just missing something.

Don't second guess yourself! If you didn't like them, you didn't like them. Of course, your taste may evolve as you spend more time in the fragrance world, but no reason to doubt your taste. My own taste may not be as sophisticated as some or as subtle, and my nose surely isn't as refined, but I like what I like. There are writers on here who have such a poetic way of describing fragrance notes, it can be intimidating even to someone like myself who has written two novels. Because it's more than writerly skill, it's also about following the trail of your senses and connecting those responses to other fragrances and fragrance styles. I could never match that because my olfactory capabilities are blunted. But I enjoy learning about scents and exploring them above all else. I mean fuck it, enjoy what you enjoy.

What were the qualities that you didn't like about all the scents you tried? And how was the longevity and sillage of them?
 

neurotica

Super Member
Jul 31, 2018
Don't second guess yourself! If you didn't like them, you didn't like them. Of course, your taste may evolve as you spend more time in the fragrance world, but no reason to doubt your taste. My own taste may not be as sophisticated as some or as subtle, and my nose surely isn't as refined, but I like what I like. There are writers on here who have such a poetic way of describing fragrance notes, it can be intimidating even to someone like myself who has written two novels. Because it's more than writerly skill, it's also about following the trail of your senses and connecting those responses to other fragrances and fragrance styles. I could never match that because my olfactory capabilities are blunted. But I enjoy learning about scents and exploring them above all else. I mean fuck it, enjoy what you enjoy.

What were the qualities that you didn't like about all the scents you tried? And how was the longevity and sillage of them?

Longevity and sillage were not great. After a couple hours I could barely smell any scent on my skin. And the scent stayed very close to the skin the whole time.

All seven of the samples smelled very similar to me (again, could be my inexperienced nose). Very warm, spice-y, thick and heavy. Very masculine. I'll have to test them again to give you more specific info.
 

Hazel5

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Basenotes Plus
Jul 25, 2016
Love Pixies, so I will probably check out this line. (BTW has anyone tried the fragrance "Debaser" by D.S. & Durga? Inspired by the song).
 

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
Love Pixies, so I will probably check out this line. (BTW has anyone tried the fragrance "Debaser" by D.S. & Durga? Inspired by the song).

Hah, how funny! I've tried a few DS & Durga's but not Debaser.

Longevity and sillage were not great. After a couple hours I could barely smell any scent on my skin. And the scent stayed very close to the skin the whole time.

All seven of the samples smelled very similar to me (again, could be my inexperienced nose). Very warm, spice-y, thick and heavy. Very masculine. I'll have to test them again to give you more specific info.

As much as I wish this were not the case, this is a common issue with all-natural fragrances. Certain aromachemicals (in conjunction with other aromachemicals or naturals) are what allow fragrances to have greater sillage and longevity. This isn't 100% true, but generally it's a struggle for naturals to achieve potency. For example, true ambergris tincture or certain highly condensed naturals are quite potent. But ingredients such as those are rarely used. The more common "essential oil" type ingredients are weak by comparison.
 

neurotica

Super Member
Jul 31, 2018
Hah, how funny! I've tried a few DS & Durga's but not Debaser.



As much as I wish this were not the case, this is a common issue with all-natural fragrances. Certain aromachemicals (in conjunction with other aromachemicals or naturals) are what allow fragrances to have greater sillage and longevity. This isn't 100% true, but generally it's a struggle for naturals to achieve potency. For example, true ambergris tincture or certain highly condensed naturals are quite potent. But ingredients such as those are rarely used. The more common "essential oil" type ingredients are weak by comparison.

Are there any notable exceptions to this? Do you have any all-natural favorites?
 

Juxtapozbliss

Author, Artist & Creative Director
Basenotes Plus
Nov 3, 2016
Are there any notable exceptions to this? Do you have any all-natural favorites?

I've tried the entire line of April Aromatics. Didn't like them but some do, certainly. Didn't think they had much longevity but worth a try. Hiram Green is all-natural and does better with longevity, but I was not a fan of the two that I have tried. There is a cheapie that I used to get from Whole Foods called Dusk by Herban Cowboy...it also does not have great strength, but I love the scent. I actually make my own deodorant spray using it. Cheap vodka + Dusk...lol. The alcohol kills bacteria naturally and the fragrance is nice and all natural...And not so strong that it will interfere with whatever cologne that I wear that day.
 

neurotica

Super Member
Jul 31, 2018
I've tried the entire line of April Aromatics. Didn't like them but some do, certainly. Didn't think they had much longevity but worth a try. Hiram Green is all-natural and does better with longevity, but I was not a fan of the two that I have tried. There is a cheapie that I used to get from Whole Foods called Dusk by Herban Cowboy...it also does not have great strength, but I love the scent. I actually make my own deodorant spray using it. Cheap vodka + Dusk...lol. The alcohol kills bacteria naturally and the fragrance is nice and all natural...And not so strong that it will interfere with whatever cologne that I wear that day.

Wow... making your own deodorant! That's impressive.

I've been curious about April Aromatics but I think I'll hold off for now. Even the samples are slightly more expensive. Some of them sound really good though.
 

neurotica

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Jul 31, 2018

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
Wow... making your own deodorant! That's impressive.

I've been curious about April Aromatics but I think I'll hold off for now. Even the samples are slightly more expensive. Some of them sound really good though.

Hah thanks. I don't know if it's impressive, but it keeps me from drinking all the vodka. And it actually works well.


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