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Atelier des Ors Larmes du Desert Perfume Review

Atelier des Ors Larmes du Desert

It’s officially autumn here. It hasn’t really felt like it, but it is. I’m so ready to stop wearing summer clothes and my summer fragrances. I’m ready for amber and incense. Atelier des Ors Larmes du Désert is an amber and incense perfume that is satisfying all my olfactory cravings.

Larmes du Désert (“tears of the desert”¹) is a resinous fragrance. It opens with frankincense and myrrh with a hint of evergreen sap. It’s dry and balsamic with a glimmer of citrus. Under all… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Raw Spirit Citadelle & Bijou Vert Perfume Reviews

Raw Spirit Perfumes

It’s so strange to me which “Destination Inspirations” keep repeatedly showing up in perfumery. If you made maps based solely on perfume inspirations it’d only consist of the Mediterranean, Hawaii and some vague Spice Route that encompasses whatever Europeans think isn’t European. I’m not really complaining about these inspirations, they’re beautiful places and I enjoy many perfumes with these inspirations. I’m just saying there are so many beautiful places in this world that are underrepresented in the world of perfumery (or at least perfume marketing)… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Yves Rocher Moment de Bonheur Perfume Review

Yves Rocher Moment de Bonheur

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

It’s been a few months since this rose lover has posted a rose-centric perfume review. And that’s too long.

Yves Rocher Moment de Bonheur is a green rose soliflore. It opens with green leaves and rose petals. At this stage, the roses lean lemon-y. The heart is rose petals that lean peach-y with a sour/tart musk. The dry-down is a green rose with an astringent cedar. This base sort of hovers over the skin… Continue reading | 3 Comments

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House of Matriarch Twin Peaks Perfume Collection

House of Matriarch

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m keeping up the Twin Peaks: The Return. I haven’t. I’ve been busy and I figured I’ll truly commit myself to once the current season ends. Like many people, I’m a Twin Peaks fan. I sometimes wonder if that series subconsciously impacted my choice to move to Western Washington when I first got out of school. I was attracted to the eerie beauty, the complete opposite ecosystem of the South, that I was introduced to me via David Lynch.

With… Continue reading | 5 Comments

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Masque Milano Montecristo EDP Perfume Review

Masque Montecristo

If you read reviews of Masque Milano Montecristo, you’ll notice that it evokes people to tell stories. Sometimes these stories are of a personal nature. Sometimes these stories are completely fictional but filled with vivid details of time and place. When it comes to perfumes, I don’t think there is a better sign than this. A perfume that stirs something inside us that makes us share stories, is a perfume worth trying…even if it is something that many will find too challenging to wear.

Montecristo is dried… Continue reading | 2 Comments