Edward Bess is best known for his makeup line of beauty staples (and his perfect hair that looks like its straight from a Romanticism painting). In 2016, the brand launched three perfumes. I don’t really expect for makeup brands to be able to do everything. Frankly, my expectations were low. To my surprise, these perfumes are excellent. Not just one perfume, but all of them. It’s a rarity for a brand to have good makeup, skincare and perfumes.
Spanish Veil opens as a dry, creamy… Continue reading
Escentric Molecules have a bit of a cult-following in world of niche perfume and in the world of fashionable people¹. But, it’s never really been a line that I’ve been drawn to despite liking the perfumes on other people. They’re the sort of perfumes that you wear for others and not yourself. I wear perfume for me.
Escentric Molecules has launched two/binary new perfumes in their minimalist collection, Molecule 04 and Escentric 04:
Molecule 04 is like a citrus-hued sandalwood. It’s dry, woodsy and… Continue reading | 3 Comments
So far, I’ve reviewed two perfumes from Phlur (Hepcat and Moab) that I’ve absolutely loved. Yes, I was initially put off by their marketing because it made me feel ancient, but when you write about perfume, you have to often ignore marketing if you plan on keeping your sanity. What matters is that Phlur makes great perfumes. Hepcat and Moab both smelled really “niche” without having a niche price tag. Now I have one more reason to love Phlur. That reason is Hanami… Continue reading | 3 Comments
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.
As someone that likes honey in perfume… Continue reading | 4 Comments
I’ve tried a lot of perfumes so I don’t mind giving recomendations. I actually love giving perfume recomendations because it makes my weird obsession appear useful. One popular request is “Can you recommend a perfume that smells like church incense?” I always find this entertaining because my interaction with “church incense” is extremely limited. I’ve been to church twice in my life. Granted, both times were at an Eastern Orthodox church and there was incense but I don’t remember too much other than smoke and chanting (I… Continue reading