The Kerosene Line of Perfumes

One of the most hip and youthful lines of perfumes to come out in recent years is a made by a company called Kerosene. They have created several scents in the past few years that have genuinely impressed both newer users and older collectors of exotic scents.  Both men and women can wear these complex perfumes although the line does make specific scents for both sexes.


An example of one of the company’s bi-sexual scents is Pretty Machine. The label looks like battered copper and is emblazoned on a bright sky blue bottle.  The scent is compared to “taking a walk in the light spring air.”  This scent was launched in early 2013 and it features top notes of lemon, lime neroli and linden blossom; medium notes of jasmine, rose and orange blossom and an enchanting base of vetiver mixed with musk.


The latest scent called Unknown Pleasures was actually inspired by a Joy Division song.  The scent was created to evoke the experience of drinking Earl Gray tea with a lemon treat while listening to Joy Division on a rainy day in Manchester.  The perfume smells like Earl Grey tea with a bit of lemon and melts down to a waffle cone and vanilla smell.  The natural bergamot of the Earl Gray scent lingers for others.  The bottle is very retro as well with a weathered burnt orange label on a glittery gold flacon.


Some of the company’s older scents are also still very popular. One example is the highly creative Fields of Rubs which has a strong raspberry and patchouli smell that suffuses into a long lasting mix of wood, vanilla, musk, sandalwood and tobacco.  This scent, also perfect to be worn by both men and women, comes in a glossy blood red bottle with a copper label.


Another classic is the 2012 Whips and Roses perfume. This comes in a lipstick red bottle wrapped in metal-knotted rope. It features top notes of bergamot and blood orange backed by rose, jasmine, gardenia, iris sandalwood, musk and leather. It was also created for both sexes to wear.


Another unusual scent from 2012 is Copper Skies which is like “a song in amber.” It is a very smoky smelling and unique mix of amber, cedar, tobacco, basil and cloves. It is very sweet but in a light way that is not cloying.  The bottle is a glittery copper color.


Many of the scents are worth investigating in this line just because they are so clever.  The genius responsible for the wonderful blending of smells in the Kerosene line is British Perfumer John Pegg.