Khalis Memo Paris Clones

There are several brands that do clones that are talked about a lot in the fragrance community — Armaf, Paris Corner, Lattafa, Ard Al Zafaraan. But there’s one brand I’ve been trying for the last year or so that hardly gets a mention, and that’s Khalis. I first came across them with a recommendation that Khalis Resolute Gold was a good Tom Ford Tuscan Leather clone. For £12 for 100ml I couldn’t go wrong. Finding what fragrances their other offerings were clones of was a bit of a detective game with completely unrelated names (Khalis I’m Legend Black = Tom…

Ferrari Leather Essence

I spent 2019 exploring the range from Ferrari. When you think of scents by car manufacturers, you tend to think they’re going to be a bit lacklustre – the sort of fragrances they don’t keep locked behind glass in Boots. I’d already tried the basic Ferrari line (Red, Light Essence, Red Power etc.) but after being really impressed with Ferrari Silver Essence back in mid 2018, I was intrigued to see what the others were like. I managed to get most of the range, and finally got my hands on a 100ml bottle of Leather Essence just before Christmas 2019….

It’s Late August — But I’m in September.

It feels like an age ago I was in shorts and flip-flops, yet it’s only a week since we had a heatwave. Now at the tail-end of August with the rain falling and the darker mornings, mentally I’m finding myself already in September. We lay in bed the other Sunday morning while baby was napping. ‘Talons was playing in my earbud and everything just seemed to align perfectly into a ‘moment’ of coziness and autumnal longing. September’s a time of year I love. Something about the days being a bit shorter, but not too short; cooler but not too cool….

Catching Up on Reading

I used to have so much time to read. One year I read a total of 63 books (but I wish I’d had the note-taking habit back then that I do now). But in recent years, this has declined considerably – especially recently with the arrival of my baby daughter. At work, I spend a fair amount of time on the road. Not long trips, but 10-15 minutes travelling to one appointment, 10 minutes to the next, and so on. Also, I can spend a bit of time at appointments waiting for clients to arrive. In the past, I’ve listened…


Done is better than perfect. So let’s get this done. I’ve been blogging on and off for years and it’s never really gone anywhere. My themes have been disjointed. I’ve not kept up with regular posts. Interests have come and gone, and often life has simply gotten in the way. But I really wanted to blog again, to have some sort of writing output and also just to share with anyone who’s interested. One theme that has remained constant for the last 15 years or so is my desire to capture and organise. I try to capture my days both…