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
Fragrances and flavors go hand in hand. I’m actually surprised that more perfume brands don’t have flavorful luxuries (i.e. tea or chocolate) in their lines because it seems like such a natural pairing!¹ When a perfume brand offers ways for me to basically eat or drink perfume, I’m interested.
Providence Perfume Co. has six flavors of “a*poth*a*care*tea” AKA organic, perfumed loose leaf tea blended by an indie perfumer.
Disclaimer – I’m not a tea expert unlike many of my knowledgeable, dedicated friends. I’m more… Continue reading | 12 Comments
Years ago, I was obsessed with finding a fragrance that was “creamy green”. I found it with Aftelier Haute Claire. That natural perfume was the perfect blend of bitter green notes like galbanum paired with creamy ylang-ylang and vanilla. That fragrance has since been discontinued, commencing a new search for “creamy green”. I’ve found it with Hiram Green Arbolé Arbolé, a balsamic “creamy green” fragrance.
This perfume opens with grassy greens and a hazy lavender. Arbolé Arbolé’s opening reminds me of late summer days spent on the… Continue reading | 2 Comments
The best thing about indie perfumery is its freedom to take a risk. This risk is why many of us follow indie (and niche) perfumery. We want to smell perfumes that don’t smell like other perfumes. Aether Arts Magic Mushroom took a risk to be a “gourmand mushroom” perfume. This may sound rather odd but quite a few botanical perfumes depend on mushrooms to add an animalic, earthy muskiness without relying on animal-derived ingredients.
Now most of these botanical perfumes that I’m thinking about use mushrooms to… Continue reading | 7 Comments
What a year, what a year! 2016 was a crazy one. It was one filled with great ups and downs. 2016 started with unexpected illness which led me to care for my mother. Then I dealt with illness of my own. Everyone we knew was dealing with some sort of health scare. It was one of those years. On top of this, it was difficult to not think the world was imploding around you. Anyway, everything seems really chill right now and I won’t take that for granted.
Despite the downs, there were some ups. I drank champagne in a hot tub… Continue reading | 33 Comments