I’ve never been a person that likes “Christmas” scents. I find them nauseating and honestly, I don’t have any positive associations with this time of year. I wanted to try Noel au Balcon for the nigella note. Nigella is a seed with a spicy, herbal “green” flavor that is used in Armenian string cheese. It’s one of my favorite spices. Because it has an “onion-y” quality*, this is why I suspect it isn’t used in perfumery. However, seeing it listed made me curious and… Continue reading
The niche perfume market has lots of incense themed perfumes to choose from. After a while I grew tired of these because it felt like so many of them were redundant. (At that time I had found Etro Messe de Minuit and was satisfied). I know that this genre continues to attract people because of nostalgia. Many of us have associations with “church” incense. Out of the genre of “spiritual” incense, I think April Aromatics Calling All Angels is one of the best… Continue reading
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Last week I reviewed Banana Republic’s newest feminine addition to their fragrance collection, Wildbloom Rouge. Today I’m taking a look at their most recent masculine addition, Wildblue Noir.
Wildblue Noir opens as “sweet ozone”. It’s fresh but not overly clean fougere. It’s one of those sweet fougeres that seem to be popular with young men now. Wildblue Noir becomes warmer and softer. It really is a chocolate suede with an ambery musk. Going from fresh… Continue reading
I really couldn’t resist trying a perfume with blackberries and tar even if the copy makes me want to vomit.
A rebellious scent inspired by bikers and the babes who love them. A dark fruity floral with notes of black plum, sun-warmed blackberries, black dahlia, smoky incense, vanilla and tar. Seductive and liberating. Equally dangerous on men and women.
Because, you know, women just ride on the back of bikes, they don’t actually drive them. *eye roll*
I have a feeling that Ramon Monegal Cherry Musk is one of those perfumes that I could possibly “get” on a late spring day in the future, but for now these are my impressions:
Cherry Musk opens with a delicate fruity musk and sheer strawberry jam. With time I get cherry flavored lip balm and a delicate rose that is as delicate as rosewater. And then it becomes strawberry Twizzlers with rose. And then it dries down to a rosy fruity musk. Lots… Continue reading