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Natori Josie Perfume Review

Natori Josie

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Josie is the “junior’s line” by Pinay fashion-lingerie designer Josie Natori. One of my favorite designer perfumes is Natori, a dramatic va-va-voom floriental perfume. I thought Natori was a wonderful extension of the Natori brand. I actually didn’t realize that the Josie line had a perfume until a sample came with a gift with purchase. I really didn’t know what to expect with Josie. I know it’s a younger, more “boho” brand that Josie Natori still defines as “East… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Perfume Reviews (2017)

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing Popular Perfumes

Years ago Kat Von D had launched perfumes. They were discontinued. I remember them very vaguely but not enough to do a comparison between those and the new 2017 edition. One thing that I can certainly say is that the new 2017 bottles are gorgeous. They’re an improvement!

Kat Von D perfumes

 

Saint

Notes listed include clary sage, mirabelle plum, jasmine, almond blossom, caramel, tiaré, lily-of-the-valley, vanilla, sandalwood, peach and musk.

So, let’s start with the “candied floral” one that… Continue reading

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Gallivant Brooklyn Perfume Review

Gallivant Brooklyn

Gallivant describes Brooklyn (the fragrance) as
It’s non-stop go-go-go. Energetic with a creative and intellectual fizz. Power-walking to a breakfast meeting over the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s life on the sidewalk, early summer breezes, the glow from the lighting in bars and diners, bright apartments with books. Cocktails with friends. A lazy May afternoon in the sun at Park Slope, warmth on the skin. Small flowers in the grass. Fresh air.
So, basically Gallivant’s Brooklyn is gentrified Brooklyn. And to those outside of the region, this is the Brooklyn they think of… Continue reading | 5 Comments

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Shanghai Tang Gold Lily & Spring Jasmine Perfume Reviews

Shanghai Tang ad

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