When I moved to the NYC area, I started to take up tapestry weaving as a hobby. I don’t know why I decided to do such a thing while living in such a small space, but I did. I really enjoyed it. I took classes and rented space in a textile center. I would get lost in fibers and colors. When I started grad school, everything was pushed to the back burner. I still have a primitive handloom with an unfinished piece on it, but it just stares… Continue reading
Opus Oils is an indie perfume brand located in Hollywood. If you dig through my archives, you’ll see that I have reviewed quite a few things from the brand. Spank is a perfume in the Fetish Collection. The brand works in mixed media compositions but does offer all-natural compositions as well. Spank is one of the all-natural perfumes.
Spank is animalic. Should that be any surprise with a name like “spank”?! Spank is a natural leather perfume. I admit at first, it’s odd. It’s camphoric/green but sweet… Continue reading
Recently Allure published an article in their July 2017 Diversity/”American Beauty” Issue, “The American Perfumers Modern Approach to Fragrance” by Liana Schaffner that briefly covers the rebellious spirit of American niche perfumery. I’m always delighted to see my interest introduced to a broader audience; however, there was something so curious about this article. Out of all the brands and perfumers interviewed¹, none were female. There was a total erasure of women in perfumery. Which is so unfortunate because I feel like there would have been no niche or indie perfumery in the US if it weren’t for women!… Continue reading | 19 Comments
Today I’m focusing on two natural “eau de colognes” from two great indie natural perfume brands: Parfums Lalun and Ayala Moriel Parfums:
PARFUMS LALUN ACQUA DI CALLITRIS
Notes listed include grapefruit, rosemary, lavender, silver fur, citruses, petitgrain, linden blossom, mimosa, jasmine, Australian blue cypress, vetiver and labdanum. Launched in 2012. PERFUMER – Maggie Mahboubian
Alchemologie Juke is a natural perfume inspired by Mississippi Delta jooks/juke joints. With copy including “bayou” and “magnolia flowers” with a note list prominently featuring white florals, I couldn’t wait to open my sample of Juke.
Juke opens as a heady, humid white floral. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I wish it could last forever, but it can’t. It’s almost like linden and frangipani. It becomes more indolic. Juke starts to remind me of unlit sticks of Nag Champa incense. There’s a honeyed tobacco in the heart that keeps Juke… Continue reading | 2 Comments