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House of Matriarch Carmine EDP Natural Perfume Review

House of Matriarch Carmine

Carmine is a broad: husky voice, ciggarette between the fingers, a glass of whiskey with red lipstick marks around the rim…this is Carmine.

In the opening of Carmine I get a boozy brandy mixed with the distinctive unique kewra (bitter, turpenious, piney). I use kewra water in cooking regulary and realized that I have never sniffed it in perfume until now. Carmine wears as a slightly smoky spice with a brandied davana. On warmer days, the champaca blossoms on my skin. On cooler days… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Ormonde Jayne Champaca EDP Perfume Review

To my surprise, and my fumehead friends, I have fallen hard for the Ormonde Jayne florals. This is surprising because I’m not typically attracted to florals, especially abstract florals. I tend to like attars or straight forward white florals. Ormonde Jayne has introduced me to florals all over again.

Ormonde Jayne Champaca

Champaca opens up as a spicy floral with some wetness. There’s pink pepper, but it isn’t overpowering. It smells more like “floral zest”.  The heart is a warm floral that creates an atmosphere. I… Continue reading | 4 Comments