Diptyque Do Son is inspired by one of the founder’s childhood memories of Vietnam. Essentially, Do Son is a tuberose perfume. It’s a sheer, green and “fresh” tuberose.
Do Son opens as a lush tuberose with some tartness, like an unripe peach. This tuberose isn’t as sweet as many other tuberose scents. It has greenness – a crisp, green orange blossom. The best way to describe this scent is as a “green tuberose”. Do Son displays the bitterness and sweetness of florals; it’s a perfect balance… Continue reading
Samarinda is the newest perfume from a house that I love, Providence Perfume Co. This oriental fragrance is inspired by Indonesia. I get Pacific Northwest craft cocktail from it.
Samarinda opens with a boozy cardamom and orange oil. Spicy pink peppers add a fruitiness. Samarinda actually gets “louder” at the heart. It’s a spicy carnation floral…with booze. So much booze. And a hint of earthy espresso which smells like toasted brown rice on my skin, like genmaicha. I also swear that I get… Continue reading | 3 Comments
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
“Why did you buy a Tinker Bell perfume? Were they all out of Hello Kitty?”, David asks. And I admit that explaining that Van Cleef & Arpels Féerie isn’t actually a Disney branded Tinker Bell perfume is difficult. It looks like a product sold at Disneyland and I could argue that it smells like it too. I don’t feel like giving the response, “You see, Van Cleef & Arpels is a fancy jewelry line that for some
Grandiflora is a perfume line created by an Australian florist. Currently, the line consists of two perfumes inspired by magnolia, Michel and Sandrine. My experience with magnolia perfumes is that none of them smell like magnolia. I thought that I only thought this because I grew up with magnolia grandiflora. There are different varieties of magnolia and it’s possible they don’t smell like what I’m familiar with. Grandiflora Magnolia Grandiflora Michel is not like a southern magnolia. Instead it reminds me of a Dior Diorissimo for a modern era… Continue reading | 5 Comments
Odin Owari 02 is a rather intelligible citrus fragrance inspired by Japanese mandarins. I always joke that straight guys* can’t resist this line. This in part has to do with the fact that my husband shops Odin and wears their clothes. They stores aesthetic is rather basic casual masculines (plaid button-ups, button fly jeans) that are exceptionally well-made, many made from luxury materials like Japanese indigo or cashmere. David is also drawn to their fragrances. And this makes sense. The fragrances are rather basic, casual… Continue reading