Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb EDT Fragrance Review

Viktor Rolf Spicebomb

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Today I’m going to review a fragrance who’s packaging has probably put more people in detention than anything else: Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. It seems like every six months there is a story that hits the news regarding someone held by TSA for suspicious goods only to find out it’s a bottle of Spicebomb¹.

I hate the bottle. And I’m not really the demographic for Spicebomb so I’ve never tried it. However, it gets brought up a lot… Continue reading | 6 Comments

Phlur Hepcat EDP Perfume Review

Phlur Hepcat review

Phlur is a new brand of perfumes with affordable (under $100) perfumes marketed like it’s a tech startup. I don’t want to repeat myself, but if you are curious about my thoughts on the marketing, you can see my review of Moab, a delicious amber. So far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this brand and couldn’t wait to try more.

Hepcat opens like a “boozy vetiver”. It’s like vetiver root submerged into something fruity, almost like brandy. It smells like tobacco and hay… Continue reading

April Aromatics Erdenstern EDP Natural Perfume Review

April Aromatics Erdenstern perfume

Years ago, April Aromatics won me over with the decadent”glamour hippie” spicy patchouli, Bohemian Musk. I adore the the brands heady florals (like Tempted Muse), but I’m always drawn to what Tanja does with earthy notes. Erdenstern is like a cousin of my first April Aromatics love, Bohemian Musk. This is a botanical musk with a leafy bitterness over the brand’s signature “sophisticated, balsamic sweetness”.

Erdenstern opens as a dusty, dark chocolate cocoa powder and musk. It’s warm, earthy and… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Rose EDP Perfume Review

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Rose

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

I have a type and that type is usually rose. I may like many types of rose soliflores, but I’m also really picky.¹ And I can be picky because there are a lot of rose perfumes on the market. But, one thing that I’ve noticed is that there’s little competition for designer/mainstream roses that are actually worth wearing. There are a few excellent roses that retail for under $100 but for the most part, I’m attracted to the… Continue reading | 11 Comments

Jardins d’Ecrivains George EDP Perfume Review

Jardins d'Ecrivains George

I seem to talk about this a lot, but I’m always surprised when a perfume line chooses to launch a fragrance with “grand inspiration“. It’s too much pressure! There have been a few perfumes inspired by French novelist and icon, George Sand¹. But, if I were a new, relatively unknown small brand, I’d be so intimidated to take on such a task! Jardins D’Écrivains is braver than me and launched George.

George opens with heady white florals of camphoric, cool jasmine and that oily, rich sort of… Continue reading