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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

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Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Jardin Secret Extrait Perfume Review

Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Jardin SecretHoubigant Quelques Fleurs is one of those perfumes that I have history with. It was one of those perfumes that I wore before I even knew I loved perfume; we have some great memories together. Houbigant has launched a flanker to the L’Original. When someone is making a flanker to a perfume launched in the 1910’s, I’m going to assume it shares few similarities (if any at all). For the sake of this review, I’m going to focus on Jardin Secret and not L’Original. I just don’t think… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Coquillette Moramanga Perfume Review

Coquillete Moramanga

Coquillete Paris Moramanga is a perfume that wants to celebrate the glorious olfactory materials of Africa. And yes, that’s a huge continent to pull inspiration from. YET, so many perfume brands seem to ignore this huge region that is full of lovely raw ingredients. This is why I ordered a sample of Moramanga. I was happy to see a destination inspiration outside of the Mediterranean or islands popular with European tourists.

Moramanga opens as a heady, indolic white floral with a lot of jasmine and cool tuberose… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Pinrose Perfume Reviews – Volume II

Pinrose perfumes

A few years ago, I reviewed perfumes by Pinrose. Since then, they’ve expanded their line adding new fragrances. They’ve also changed their packaging and marketing¹. Here’s my thoughts on some of the perfumes that I didn’t review in my initial post.

Pinrose Secret Genius

Secret Genius

Notes of Madagascan vanilla, caramel and sandalwood. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Harry Fremont

Secret Genius is a gourmand. It opens with flowers and a coconut-like nuttiness. The scent… Continue reading

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Eric Buterbaugh EB FLORALS Flower Oud Perfume Collection Reviews

Eric Buterbaugh Oud Florals

Eric Butterbaugh EB FLORALS has launched a new collection of three oud florals. Last year, I reviewed the original EB FLORALS, a line of floral perfumes inspired by Eric’s love of flowers. (FYI – He’s a floral designer based in Los Angeles).

So, let’s get to this new collection that highlights flowers with oud.

FLORAL OUD Orange Flower

FLORAL OUD Orange Flower with notes of champaca, frangipani, Egyptian orange blossom, patchouli, oud, vanilla and oakmoss.

OUD Orange Flower isn’t what I expected… Continue reading