In The House – Brand Spotlight on Aftelier Perfumes

Aftelier perfumes

In the House is a new feature on EauMG. I’m collecting my experiences from years of perfume sampling and putting together a quick brand overview. There are so many perfume lines out there that it can be overwhelming. My goal with this is to quickly introduce people to niche and indie lines that may be of interest to them.

Who’s in the house? Aftelier

The perfumer: Mandy Aftel, a self-taught perfumer, teacher and author.

Mandy Aftel

Cabochard by Grès EDP Perfume Review

Cabochard by Gres

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Grès was a French haute couture fashion house by Germaine Émilie Krebs, later known as Madame Grès. This fashion house is the epitome of decades of Old Hollywood drama – drapery, hoods, capes, dramatic sleeves… Cabochard, the house’s first perfume, was inspired by trips to India – sandalwood and salt air. It may be inspired by India but it’s evocative of French perfumery and fashion of the time. It’s more like a casino in Monaco.

Cabochard is a musty green… Continue reading | 4 Comments

The Lipstick League – Week of 3/31/2014

Jane Fonda

The Lipstick League – week of 3.31.14

Question of the Week: What color do you have on your nails right now?

EauMG’s Answer: Nothing.

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Lipglossiping – explores the promise that you can banish grey roots in minutes with the help of a Josh Wood Blending Wand. But do magic wands really exist?… Continue reading

Kahina Giving Beauty Serum Review

Kahina Serum

Years ago, I tried Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil. The line has since expanded to include a variety of skincare products. I’ve tried the Beauty Serum. The line also has a Brightening Serum; that’s not the one I tried.

The claims: Repair tissue damage. Prevent moisture loss. Calm irritation. Reduce inflammation. Protect skin damage from UV rays. Combat flaky skin.

Ingredients:  argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, coffea arabica (coffee) seed oil*, bisabolol, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed extract*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn) fruit

Olympic Orchids Gujarat EDP Perfume Review

Olympic Orchids Gujarat

Olympic Orchids Gujarat is a perfume inspired by India. It’s loaded with spices, tropical florals and woods.

Gujarat opens with a huge blast of lime leaf and anesthetizing spices. And it’s loud. What stands out the most to me is a smoky oud incense with curry leaves and lime leaves. The fragrance has energy and is referenced as “a full-scale Bollywood extravaganza”. It rapidly whirls in a different direction than what I expected. It smells exactly like lime chutney – limes, a mustard seed-like oud, ginger… Continue reading | 6 Comments