Jul et Mad Aqua Sextius EDP Perfume Review

Jul et Mad Aqua Sextius

Jul et Mad is a perfume brand founded by a young married couple. The “themes” of the perfume deal with romance and love. Aqua Sextius is the newest perfume from the line and it’s inspired by Aix-en-Provence as an autobiographical fragrance. This is where the couple were wed and where they reside. This place is known as “The City of 100 Fountains”. You can pick this up in Aqua Sextius. This perfume is a mineral, green aquatic floral.

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Tauer Cologne du Maghreb Natural Fragrance Review

Tauer Cologne du Maghreb

Cologne du Maghreb is an all-natural classic eau de cologne by Andy Tauer. This is Tauer’s project of recreating traditional eau de cologne but adding his own signature.

Cologne du Maghreb is an aromatic citrus. It’s like lemons and licorice. And then it wears as big ‘ole lemons. It’s bright and sunny. There’s a hint of spicy neroli and clove. And then it dries down to “woodsy aromatic”.

Overall, it’s a rather uncomplicated fragrance. It’s a lemon eau du cologne made from botanicals. Projection and… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Marc Jacobs Lola EDP Perfume Review

Marc Jacobs Lola

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume

This Monday, I take a look at a perfume that I consider a “remix” of everything that has been popular in mainstream perfumery for the past 6 years. Marc Jacobs Lola has it all: pink pepper, cedar, some fruits, powdery rose and an inoffensive base. It may have it all but at the same time it has very little. When something is developed to be such a “crowd-pleaser”, it comes across as something without any personality.

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Ayres Soap & Shower Cream Review

vintage Buenos Aires map

Ayres (like Buenos Aires)  is an aromatherapeutic bath and body line inspired by Argentina and created by Argentinian in America, Alejandro Rasic. The line is based on aromatherapy but I find that these products have complex scents that easily compete with more “perfumey” products.

 

Ayers Shower Cream

Shower Cream in Patagonia

Patagonia’s notes include jasmine, rosemary, lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, patchouli and fir. This scent is inspired by Patagonia’s snow-caped mountains… Continue reading

Sweet Anthem Ella, Petra & Owl EDP Perfume Reviews

I know I’m whiny. I complain about the cold. I complain about the rain. And now I’m complaining about summer. I’m over it. I feel like I’ve had enough of this summer of 80º+ heat, no a/c and a bedroom on the top floor. I’m romanticizing fall and look forward to balmy days.

I’m also looking forward to fall perfumes. Ella and Petra are two limited edition perfumes in Sweet Anthem’s seasonal Fall ’14 Collection.

Sweet Anthem Ella

Ella has notes of agarwood, black tea, lavender and pumpkin.