The notes of Shay & Blue Framboise Noire sounded so good that I ended up buying a sample. I had no idea what to expect with this. RETRACTION – I actually thought it would be terrible and sometimes it’s just as fun to talk about something awful as something great, right? I figured, “what the heck” and added a sample to my cart. Who says I don’t live a fun and exciting life?
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume (ROSE WEEK 2017 EDITION)
It’s Rose Week on EauMG! This is the annual celebration of rose-centric perfumes! This week I’m reviewing 6 fragrances that display a different aspect of rose perfumes.
I’m kicking off the week with a designer rose perfume. I’m not a perfume snob and most of the perfumes in my rotation are boring, mainstream designer perfumes. This doesn’t mean that I’m free of designer perfume complaints. One of my issues is that it… Continue reading | 20 Comments
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
In the world of perfumery, the word “synthetic” may have negative connotations since marketing has clouded quality with words like “natural” to justify high prices for products. “Synthetic” is often used to describe “cheap” headache inducing perfumes in a world where if you utter the word “chemical” you’ll incite hysteria. However, synthetic shouldn’t always be viewed with an unfavorable mindset. Synthetics in perfumery can create an abstract beauty that makes realism appear pedestrian.
Years ago, April Aromatics won me over with the decadent”glamour hippie” spicy patchouli, Bohemian Musk. I adore the the brands heady florals (like Tempted Muse), but I’m always drawn to what Tanja does with earthy notes. Erdenstern is like a cousin of my first April Aromatics love, Bohemian Musk. This is a botanical musk with a leafy bitterness over the brand’s signature “sophisticated, balsamic sweetness”.
Deco London is a brand of perfumes inspired by (you guessed it), London in the 1920’s. Loretta is a floral chypre inspired by a 1920’s era Bohemian. I find it to be a modern, musky white floral with an elegance that shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions.
Loretta opens as a heady, gilded floral. I mostly get a a delicate orange blossom and humid jasmine. At times, it’s like a fancy bar of French soap, other times it reminds me of actual jasmine blossoms on a… Continue reading | 4 Comments