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MAC Ruby Woo & Velvet Teddy Perfume Reviews

Cathee Dahmen

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing (Two) Popular Perfumes

MAC Cosmetics launched Shadescents, a line of perfumes to correspond with some of their best-selling, cult status lipstick shades. I was all about this concept as it combined both of my vices – perfume and lipstick.

I’m not on MAC’s PR list and it really didn’t appear they reached out to anyone that talks solely about perfume, so I had to wait for these to come into stores. It was a wreck. I went to two stores in NYC and… Continue reading | 6 Comments

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Elizabeth & James Nirvana Amethyst & French Grey Perfume Reviews

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing  Popular Perfumes

For a mainstream, designer line, Elizabeth & James has some really solid scents. I love Nirvana Rose and Nirvana Bourbon is a really great vanilla perfume. When I heard that the brand launched two new perfumes, Amethyst and French Grey, I couldn’t wait to try them. I tried them as soon as they came out and here I am in December finally reviewing them. I guess that says really all you need to know about how I feel about these:

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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 | 2 Comments

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David Jourquin Cuir Altesse Perfume Review

David Jourquin Cuir Altesse

David Jourquin is a niche, French line of perfumes that specializes in leather fragrances. Cuir Altesee is a self-described “evening fragrance”. It’s actually the only perfume (so far) that I’ve tried from the line.

Cuir Altesee has an opening that is dense but luminescent. It’s like peaches, orange, spices and tons of patchouli. It’s like cinnamon and bourbon. It’s bitter, bold and somehow bright. To my surprise, there is a rich “cigar accord” in Cuir Altesee. I say I’m surprised because it’s not listed in the… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men & Intenso Fragrance Reviews

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing  Popular Perfumes (Masculine Edition)

This summer I’ve tried to downsize and organize. Notice the key word: try. I tried. I’m still nowhere near being organized. In the process, I organized (some of) my designer samples and thought I’d knock out a few more mainstream masculine reviews:

Dolce & Gabbana The One

The One for Men

The One opens with sharp, cool spices and citrus. It’s sharp and reminds me of other designer masculine fragrance openings. There’s a sharp cedar and ginger… Continue reading