To refresh your memory, I really was not a fan of the signature Tory Burch perfume. Looking back at my review, I guess I was unjustly harsh. But, that was how I felt at the time. I didn’t expect to like that fragrance because I’m not a fan at all of the Tory Burch aesthetic (even though there are plenty of people that successfully pull off this preppy, waspy, colorful 1970’s looks). When I received a sample of Love Relentlessly, I didn’t think I’d even try it… Continue reading | 12 Comments
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I’m going to be honest, I hated Lancôme La Vie est Belle before ever trying it. Even though I try not to be, I can be extremely shallow and judgey. Everything about the marketing of La Vie est Belle gets on my nerves. The commercial with Julia Roberts may be one of the corniest perfume commercials of my adult life¹. This is slightly entertaining as I don’t expect Citizen Kane from a perfume commercial, but what really gets… Continue reading | 8 Comments
Until recently, I’ve never tried a Mancera perfume. I just thought they were rehashed Montale. They’re not. I’ve been really pleased with the few that I’ve tried so far. They actually smell *expensive* but don’t have a crazy price tag (for niche).
Black Prestigium is an iris leather with lots of patchouli. So, that means I love it. It opens with radiant aldehydes (think like Chanel No. 5). This is quickly followed by an iris-rose. This gives the impression of a proper “lady” perfume, even a… Continue reading
Amouroud is a new perfume line. Don’t worry. I rolled my eyes too when I heard about them. Another brand dedicated to oud?! It’s 2017. Haven’t we had enough of that?! Maybe we have, but I think this is the reality of modern perfumery. Oud has nowhere to go except for in perfume bottles. I’ve tried all of the Amouroud perfumes and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Oud isn’t the lead singer, it’s more of a backup dancer in these compositions.
Moresque is one of those luxury Italian brands that is inspired by the Middle East. I used to be really cynical and thought of all of this as to how to break into an Arab market. But, the more I’ve tried the brand, the more I see it as Italians celebrating their Moorish influence/roots and the Renaissance. This probably does result in international sales, but hey, I don’t fault them. Perfumery is a business.