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Masque Milano Montecristo EDP Perfume Review

Masque Montecristo

If you read reviews of Masque Milano Montecristo, you’ll notice that it evokes people to tell stories. Sometimes these stories are of a personal nature. Sometimes these stories are completely fictional but filled with vivid details of time and place. When it comes to perfumes, I don’t think there is a better sign than this. A perfume that stirs something inside us that makes us share stories, is a perfume worth trying…even if it is something that many will find too challenging to wear.

Montecristo is dried… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Mona di Orio Myrrh Casati EDP Perfume Review

Mona di Orio Myrrh Casati

I sat on a striped sofa fidgeting with tassels that embellish rose printed silk pillows like I’ve done before. This time not because I was deflecting topics, but because of awkward silences. My eyes made contact with the big eyes in the painting of my aunt as a toddler. I glanced down at the dogwood painted glass hurricane lamp that my grandmother absolutely despised, a gift from her mother-in-law. But, she kept it because it survived the dangers of four rowdy children (all born within a four… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon EDP Perfume Review

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume

When the fashion label Elizabeth & James launched Nirvana Bourbon and Nirvana Rose, I knew that Nirvana Bourbon would be a hit for them. Vanilla fragrances are popular because their smooth, sweetness seems to appeal to everyone¹. After trying Nirvana Bourbon, I was impressed. It’s a dry, boozy vanilla that differs from the usual sweet/candied designer/mainstream vanillas. I did state that I prefer Nirvana Rose (after all, I’m a rose lover) but this doesn’t mean… Continue reading | 12 Comments

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Shay & Blue London Framboise Noire EDP Perfume Review

Shay & Blue Framboise Noire

The notes of Shay & Blue Framboise Noire sounded so good that I ended up buying a sample. I had no idea what to expect with this. RETRACTION – I actually thought it would be terrible and sometimes it’s just as fun to talk about something awful as something great, right? I figured, “what the heck” and added a sample to my cart. Who says I don’t live a fun and exciting life?

Framboise Noire opens with a red berry compote (or pie filling). Instead… Continue reading | 7 Comments

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Aether Arts Magic Mushroom Perfume Oil Extrait Review

Aether Arts Magic Mushroom

The best thing about indie perfumery is its freedom to take a risk. This risk is why many of us follow indie (and niche) perfumery. We want to smell perfumes that don’t smell like other perfumes. Aether Arts Magic Mushroom took a risk to be a “gourmand mushroom” perfume. This may sound rather odd but quite a few botanical perfumes depend on mushrooms to add an animalic, earthy muskiness without relying on animal-derived ingredients.

Now most of these botanical perfumes that I’m thinking about use mushrooms to… Continue reading | 7 Comments