Parfums DelRae Coup de Foudre EDP Perfume Review

Parfums DelRae Coup de Foudre

Synesthesia is a popular topic when it comes to perfume. Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon where there is an involuntarily response to one sensory stimuli that may result in activating another sensory pathway (like associating a color with a grapheme/letter or associating a taste/flavor with a word/sound). In PerfumeWorld, there’s often discussion about scents and colors. Overall, synesthesia is said to be a rare phenomenon, but it seems like in PerfumeWorld it’s more common than it seems in the general population. My thought is that… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Zoologist Beaver EDP Perfume Review

Zoologist Beaver

I actually put off testing Zoologist Beaver for a few reasons.

Reason #1 – I think beavers are adorable. They are nocturnal, chunky, industrious and live in little family units. I can relate. Out of the animals in the Zoologist line, beavers are my favorite. And I wanted to love this one because the bottle is adorable and this leads to…

Reason #2 – CASTOREUM¹. I actually like animalic notes but with this name and the note list, I feared it would be out of my… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Aftelier Vanilla Smoke Natural Perfume Review

Aftelier Vanilla Smoke

Vanilla Smoke is the newest perfume from Aftelier. As the name implies, this is a fragrance that pairs vanilla with smoky notes (and in this case from lapsang souchong tea). With cooler temperatures, shorter days and dead leaves crunching beneath steps, I must admit that I’ve never  been more ready for a perfume called “Vanilla Smoke”.

Like many of the Aftelier perfumes, Vanilla Smoke is available as a parfum or as an EDP. Here’s my impressions of both:


The parfum opens with more… Continue reading | 6 Comments

Sage Machado Onyx Perfume Oil Review

Sage Onyx Perfume

In the summer, I put together an updated guide to coconut perfumes. At the end of this post, I included my “must try” coconut perfumes. Sage Machado Onyx made the list. I realized that I have yet to review what I consider one of my favorite coconut perfumes.

Onyx, like its namesake, is “dark”. It’s unlike a lot of other coconut perfumes and perfume oils in that it showcases a darker side of coconut.  Onyx pairs the lactonic sweetness of coconut with smoke. It’s coconut with… Continue reading | 11 Comments

Blackbird Broken Glass EDP Perfume Review

Blackbird Broken Glass

Broken Glass is the newest perfume from Seattle-based indie line, Blackbird. It was described to me as a floral/femme fragrance, an unexpected addition to Blackbird’s lineup. I’ve spent a few months trying it. And it’s an odd fragrance because what I’m perceiving is unlike many of the reviews I’ve since read. And this is why I love perfume. There are so many varied perceptions and experiences¹.

The opening of Broken Glass is loud. It’s a slap in the face of angelica which is green, bitter and like… Continue reading