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NEW — February 7, 2019: Io reviewed on OG perfume blog Scenthurdle!

"Rusak’s portrait of SoCal starts at ground-level and moves upward. The frankincense, which Rusak tinctured himself, permeates the perfume from start to finish. Combined with labdanum and other resinous materials the frankincense smells dusty rather than woody or sappy. It’s rooted in an earthy accord that smells more of sand and stone than moist garden soil. The sense of scorched desert is palpable to the nose. Rusak says that the dry-soil effect is in large part due to a tincture of smoked, dried peppers that he created in his studio. The result is a sun-baked coziness that’s much more personal than the geosmin overdose sometimes used to give fragrances an earthy but often brittle vibe."

Read more on Scenthurdle.

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Liam Sardea of Olfactics has reviewed Quasi una absurdia, Io, and 33. An excerpt on QUA:

"Consider this gem. In the first instance, [Quasi una absurdia] could be construed as a well-executed homage-qua-synthesis of two greats: the plush blue quiet of Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue, and the rich intensity of Bal a Versailles. It’s as if Bal came along and told L’Heure Bleue to put its chin up, for QUA never drags along with quite a melancholic weight, nor does it lose its classical attitude. But it would be unfair to describe QUA as strictly an homage, as this feature moves along quite quickly. Rather, QUA is a fragrance made of a classical syrup, where notes of rose, jasmine, orange blossom, and civet speak a whole history of classical perfumery, enlivened with an equally classic amalgam of ylang ylang, clove, benzoin, and tonka bean." (November 20, 2018)

Read more on olfactics.net.

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Victoria Jent of EauMG also reviews the same three perfumes and shares similar delight with QUA:

"Quasi una absurdia smells like funeral lilies, Certs mints and Murphy oil soap. My mind immediately went to a funeral parlor as morbid as it sounds. As it wears, it’s a really pollen-heavy floral. With the notes, you’d expect a white floral, but this is a “yellow floral”. It’s lilies and carnation. Vermillion-hued pollen scattered on the floor. As the fragrance dries down, it’s like night-blooming jasmine making its way through an open window. These florals eventually fade into musk and church incense. It’s gorgeous." (September 21, 2018)

Read more on eaumg.net.

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@chris.rusak.perfume Bluer Skies (Whenever You’re Around) is the sweet smell of elation, which apparently contains real sandalwood oil and jasmine sambac and registers like one of Phil Spector’s walls of sound or the panoramic grandeur of CinemaScope in 70mm. It feels like a huge, dense accord positioned between Poison’s fruity-floral (I swear I smell grape here, though the notes say Bluer’s actually got apple in it) and Samsara’s sandalwood fog horn, but Bluer Skies is a tastefully scaled microcosm of those big, bold ideas that remains light, personal, and effortlessly wearable. It’s pure color, and for a while it shimmers and crackles with aldehydic pop rocks and bits of indole before it cools into a more silvery tone of its ebullient light. I have racked my brain all day to find some way—be it silly, sincere, or shamelessly sentimental—to better put words to my affection for Bluer Skies, but the best I’ve got is to paraphrase the great poet @carlyraejepsen and declare that I really, really, really, really, really, really like this perfume. It’s apropos, though. As in all great works of pop, Bluer Skies (Whenever You’re Around) is a mainline of unabashed #joy straight to the heart. #perfume #chrisrusak #bluerskieswheneveryourearound #jasmine #sandalwood #apple #fruity #floral #woody #sweet #eaudeparfum #edp #fragrance #scentoftheday #sotd #perfumeaddict #perfumecollection #perfumenerd #nicheperfume #indieperfume #artisanalperfume #perfumehasnogender #samples #review

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