Carnation absolute is one of those raw materials that make me swoon – deep, rich, spicy with a hint of green floral. It’s one of those complex absolutes that I smell and go “This is perfume!” Sadly, carnation, as a note, is viewed as “old fashioned” but it’s not carnation’s fault. IFRA’s strict eugenol regulations have made many good carnations extinct (like Floris Malmaison). So, what happened is that many carnations are associated with a certain era and because of the regulations and costs, we… Continue reading | 4 Comments
La Curie is a Southwestern indie perfume line inspired by myths, legends and mystics. Faunus, a smoldering woodsy scent, is one inspired by a forest god.
Faunus is opens with one of those leathery-mustardy synth ouds (which I like) with a delicate bergamot glimmer. It starts to smell like a new leather moto jacket with oud. Faunus dries down to a smoldering cedar incense.
Serendipity is a perfume in JoAnne Bassett’s More Life Collection, a line of all-natural parfums.
Serendipity opens with a hay-like rose and sliced cucumbers. With time I get a spicy neroli and mimosa that’s almost salty – French florals touched by sea. The dry-down is warm with vanilla and incense woods. Serendipity starts out bright and dries down to something more sultry or like “evening” wear.
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Tory Burch has a really cohesive preppy-chic aesthetic that I find it extremely frustrating that the perfume is so generic.The fashion brand is a mash-up of preppy Hampton-ish meets Palm Beach elements throughout the decades; the brand could have fun with this perfume. But, instead they played it safe and boring, giving us what could easily be a flanker of well, anything launched in the past 15 years.
Week of 8/11/14
Question of the Week: When it comes to fall/winter, which beauty brand collections are you always excited to see?
EauMG’s Answer: NARS. I always look forward to their collections. For holiday, I can’t wait to see what Guerlain has to offer. Their Perfume Shimmers usually come in the best packaging.
EauMG – Are you completely over the heat? Cool down with EauMG’s guide to perfumes inspired by snow.
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Trind is a Dutch nail care line that is now available in North America. This review is long but there’s a backstory.
I have the weakest, worst nails. No exaggeration. They are paper thin and peel like bananas. There’s a medical reason for this, actually more than one. When you have bad nails, you get so sick of hearing nail “tips” and what to do, even though you know that people have the best of intentions and are being nice. It’s still really annoying. I wish people would… Continue reading | 4 Comments