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MAC Ruby Woo & Velvet Teddy Perfume Reviews

Cathee Dahmen

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing (Two) Popular Perfumes

MAC Cosmetics launched Shadescents, a line of perfumes to correspond with some of their best-selling, cult status lipstick shades. I was all about this concept as it combined both of my vices – perfume and lipstick.

I’m not on MAC’s PR list and it really didn’t appear they reached out to anyone that talks solely about perfume, so I had to wait for these to come into stores. It was a wreck. I went to two stores in NYC and… Continue reading | 8 Comments

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Gallivant London Perfume Review

Gallivant London

Gallivant is a brand of perfumes inspired by cities. I’ve reviewed Tel Aviv, a gorgeous floral, and Brooklyn, musks and bellinis. I think it’s so difficult to do a “destination perfume“. People have different experiences with cities. Do you live there? When did you live there? Did you visit with your family? Was it a honeymoon? Do you go there mainly for work? You get my point. There are so many other factors that may influence our city sentiments… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Amouroud Oud du Jour Perfume Review

Amouroud Oud du Jour

It seemed like for a few years in niche perfume, there really was an “oud du jour”. Everyone was launching an oud perfume, or at least a perfume with the word “oud” in its title. I don’t know if Amouroud is joking about this or if “Oud du Jour” is a fun thing to say (because it is).

Amouroud Oud du Jour opens with dry spices and a fruity raspberry. This may sound like some sort of fruity-floral opening, but it isn’t. This is the sort… Continue reading

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Vilhelm Smoke Show & The Oud Affair Perfume Reviews

Today I’ll review two of the oud-y perfumes from niche brand Vilhelm.

Vilhelm Smoke Show

SMOKE SHOW

Notes listed include pink pepper, saffron, rose, leather, vetiver, cedar and oud. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Jerome Epinette

Firstly, let me display my dorkiness by stating that I can’t even read the name “Smoke Show” without it being Marilyn Manson’s voice in “The Dope Show”¹. So, you should do that too because it’s more fun that way.

The opening of Smoke Show is fruity. It reminds me of red… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Mugler Les Exceptions Woodissime Perfume Review

Mugler Woodissime

Like many other designer brands, Thierry Mugler has also launched a line of “exclusive” (AKA more expensive) line-up of perfumes sold at select locations and costs a lot more than their other fragrances. I guess this shouldn’t surprise me since everyone has a more expensive, limited distributed line of perfumes all in uniform bottles. But, I guess this is also what surprised me. Mugler has seemed to always do their own thing. I told myself that I’d try Les Exceptions if they came my way but I wasn’t going… Continue reading | 4 Comments