Etat Libre d’Orange Bendelirious EDP Perfume Review

Etat Libre d'Orange Bendelirious

I think Etat Libre d’Orange Bendelirious may be a perfume inspired by a fictional, carefree, fashion victim New Yorker  – I’m thinking a mix of Carrie Bradshaw and generic, young socialite. You can tell this from the brand’s copy. Bendelirious can go from rich socialite to “urban fairy” that drunkingly dances on tables. Frankly, if Bendelirious were an actual woman that I knew or casually encountered, I’m sure she’d get on my very last nerve. But, no worries, if she were a person, I wouldn’t know her… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Cacharel Eden EDP Perfume Review

Cacharel Eden perfume

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Eden has always reminded me of a “space garden”¹, this is a garden housed in some bubble on some planet we’ve never heard of. It’s a sci-fi fruity floral; a synthetic replication of paradise.

The opening is a metallic citrus and adlehydes, cool and mineral and somewhat like the opening in Kenzo Ça Sent Beau but more humid. It wears as green, citrus and humid with a hint of spicy anise. As the steam lifts, it’s a… Continue reading | 10 Comments

Miller Harris L’Air de Rien EDP Perfume Review

Miller Harris L'Air de Rien

Miller Harris L’Air de Rien is a bespoke perfume by fashion icon Jane Birkin. And Jane wanted this to smell like dusty libraries. Instead of libraries, I think of Jane’s influential Hermès Birkin bag. This scent is soft, supple with the feel of luxury leather.

L’Air de Rien may remind me of luxury bags, but this scent is more than a “soft leather”. It’s surprisingly animalic but in a really sexy way, like in a way that genuinely pertains to sex. It has a certain… Continue reading | 11 Comments

Von Eusersdorff New York Classic Vetiver EDP Perfume Review

Von Eusersdorff Classic Vetiver

Von Euserdorff is a line of modern “classic” perfumes. And they really do that so well. The fragrances are simple, but that is their strength. These are the sort of classic fragrances that I see myself wearing on a daily basis, like the perfume equivalent of wardrobe staples. Classic Vetiver really is a classic vetiver.

Classic Vetiver is like a peppery vetiver with sharp, lemon-y resins. It’s like a bright, citrus vetiver with a sharp, green geranium. The heart is spicy and dry with black… Continue reading

Olympic Orchids Kingston Ferry EDP Perfume Review

Olympic Orchids


Let me start this review with the fact that I know exactly what the Kingston Ferry terminal smells like; I’m all too familiar with PNW ferries. And before I even heard about Olympic Orchids and many other indie perfume brands, I had fantasized about having a perfume that smelled like ferry terminals (and oddly I’ve always thought Dior Fahrenheit smells sort of like the Seattle Ferry terminal).

Kingston Ferry opens with something like motor oil and really dry woods. The flowers and plants in this fragrance are… Continue reading | 4 Comments