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Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon EDP Perfume Review

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume

When the fashion label Elizabeth & James launched Nirvana Bourbon and Nirvana Rose, I knew that Nirvana Bourbon would be a hit for them. Vanilla fragrances are popular because their smooth, sweetness seems to appeal to everyone¹. After trying Nirvana Bourbon, I was impressed. It’s a dry, boozy vanilla that differs from the usual sweet/candied designer/mainstream vanillas. I did state that I prefer Nirvana Rose (after all, I’m a rose lover) but this doesn’t mean… Continue reading | 12 Comments

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Byredo Mojave Ghost EDP Perfume Review

Byredo Mojave Ghost

There’s a flower that blooms in a region that I should spend more time in. Paper-like petals open just inches above dry desert. Byredo Mojave Ghost is inspired by  Mohavea confertiflora, or “ghost flower” that grow in the arid deserts of the Southwest (or Mexican Northwest).

The opening of Mojave Ghost is like a breeze. It’s a cool violet with a raspberry fruitiness that’s all being carried by a “mist” of sheer woods. This opening is bittersweet – like sweet, milky woods and tart… Continue reading | 3 Comments

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Calvin Klein Forbidden Euphoria EDP Perfume Review

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

At first I had no idea why the flanker, Calvin Klein Forbidden Euphoria is “forbidden”. It seems friendlier than the first one. Forbidden Euphoria isn’t as “dark” as Euphoria, it’s lighter and fruitier. It’s more like Euphoria for summer, an EDT. Now read the copy and you’ll figure out why Forbidden Euphoria is forbidden. It’s marketed as jail bait.

Calvin Klein goes right out and says… Continue reading | 14 Comments

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Boyfriend EDP Perfume Review

Boyfriend is a fragrance by actress Kate Walsh. I had an opportunity to interview Kate Walsh about Boyfriend. There’s more information of the inspiration of this fragrance in that post. This is my review.

After wearing Boyfriend a few more times, I’ve decided that I really love it. At first I was wary. Does the world need another patchouli vanilla even if it is pleasant? Does the world need another fragrance gender neutral woodsy amber? Well, I could argue yes or… Continue reading | 14 Comments

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Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather EDP Perfume Review

Tom Ford Private Blend Tuscan Leather is an earthy, chypre leather fragrance. I’m completely in love with the first few hours of wear. It’s a rugged, foresty leather that makes me swoon despite its simplicity. Tuscan Leather should be my dream fragrance but I’m not impressed with this perfume’s dry-down. Tuscan Leather is a perfume that is rugged and masculine but with a feminine smoothness. It’s a modern interpretation of those classic 20’s-30’s masculine-feminine tobacco-leather-woods perfumes that “young, modern” women used to wear. I think of Tuscan Leather as a now… Continue reading | 10 Comments