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Shanghai Tang Gold Lily & Spring Jasmine Perfume Reviews

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Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

A few years ago when I was in Hong Kong on a major skincare spree¹, I picked up two bottles of perfume from Shanghai Tang. Most of the perfumes that are sold in Hong Kong are also available in the U.S. I bought the Shanghai Tang ones because I haven’t seen them before (and the sales associate was so incredibly nice).

Some of you may be looking at these bottles and their names and rolling your eyes at… Continue reading | 3 Comments

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Shay & Blue London Framboise Noire EDP Perfume Review

Shay & Blue Framboise Noire

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?

Framboise Noire opens with a red berry compote (or pie filling). Instead… Continue reading | 7 Comments

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Givenchy Very Irresistible EDT Perfume Review

 

Givenchy Very Irresistible Perfume

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

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Narciso Rodriguez NARCISO EDP Perfume Review

Narciso Rodriguez perfume

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.

The appeal of Narciso Rodriguez perfumes is… Continue reading | 10 Comments

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April Aromatics Erdenstern EDP Natural Perfume Review

April Aromatics Erdenstern perfume

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”.

Erdenstern opens as a dusty, dark chocolate cocoa powder and musk. It’s warm, earthy and… Continue reading | 2 Comments