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Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin EDT Perfume Review

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

It’s that time in summer where I try really hard not to complain but it’s like 100° and I’m fed up with the summer’s oppression. This is the time of the year where I have to be careful with which perfumes I wear because something that I usually love can quickly become “too much”. As boring as it sounds, I wear citrus or herbal scents.

Lime Basil and Mandarin opens as a green… Continue reading

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Shelley Kyle McClendon EDP Fragrance Review

Shelley Kyle McClendon

Shelley Kyle is one of those brands that I like for their over-the-top feminine florals. I mean, they even sell these frou-frou powder puffs and body powders that really invoke Old Hollywood glamour. Most of the Shelley Kyle fragrances lean traditionally feminine, except for this one. McClendon is a refreshing unisex citrus fragrance named after her son.

McClendon opens with a really sharp citrus. Really sharp citrus notes is that they remind me of dish washing detergent. I realize that this… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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L’Artisan Parfumeur L’eau de L’Artisan EDT Perfume Review

L'Artisan L'Eau de L'Artisan

L’Artisan says that L’Eau de L’Artisan is a “scent for lazy summer days’. And since that’s what August is and my plans for the month includes being as lazy as possible, I thought it would be a good time to review this.

L’eau de L’Artisan is a light, fresh, green fragrance. It smells like green grass and lemon verbena with crisp herbs. Mint. Verbena. Basil. It’s like an herb garden with lemon peel. The heart is like a mix of musk and cool, green herbs. As it dries… Continue reading | 5 Comments

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Detaille Aeroplane EDT Fragrance Review

Detaille Aeroplane fragrance

Detaille is a brand of French perfumes and cosmetics created in 1905 by a rather outgoing countess. The brand still has a turn of the century feel with its inspiration and packaging. Aéroplane is a perfume that is a souvenir of the excitement of mankind conquering flight.

Aeroplane opens as an old-school basil citrus “eau de cologne”. It’s a sunny lemon juice and neroli. It gets mossier as it dries down. It becomes this “summer” chypre of patchouli, moss and fresh herbs.

The… Continue reading | 1 Comment

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Givenchy Insense EDT Fragrance Review

Givenchy Insense

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume (Vintage)

I imagine that Givenchy Insensé was a difficult one to “get” during its launch in 1993. I still find this masculine-floral a bit difficult to comprehend (I mean the name roughly means “wild and crazy”), but in a good way.

Insensé opens as very vegetal with lots of basil and aldehydes. It’s green, dewy, alive. So much galbanum! I’m always confused by Insensé because it is clean and soapy but their is a skankiness that isn’t actually dirty but… Continue reading | 4 Comments