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

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Voluspa Champaca Bloom & Fern Scented Candle Review


This is a home scent for the white floral lover. This scent is loaded with “exotic” white florals. This fragrant candle is like tropical, heady white floral bomb. It is sweet and slightly spicy for a white floral blend. It fills my house with a spicy tuberose and sweet, humid gardenia. I don’t get too much of the fern but this scent is much “cooler” than most tropical floral blends. So, I would say that the fern and lily of the valley are there but I can’t pick up on it since the tropical florals are pretty loud… Continue reading | 5 Comments