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Ormonde Jayne Tsarina Perfume Review

Ormonde Jayne Tsarina

Ormonde Jayne Tsarina is supposed to be the brand’s “opulent” fragrance, the brand itself describes it as a “powerhouse” with imagery of brocade, furs and jewels. I found this interesting because I’d never use the word “powerhouse” to describe a Ormonde Jayne perfume despite many of my descriptions/review of Ormonde Jayne perfumes that come across as “powerhouse”. White Gold, a jasmine soliflore, smells like jewels and wealth. Ta’if, an oriental rose, is a perfume that never ceases to gain me a few… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Ilsa Infinite No. 1 Perfume Review

Ilsa Infinite No. 1

I first “met” Ilsa through Twitter. ¹ Mrs. Scents (Ilsa) impressed me because she was so knowledgeable on top of expressing her love of perfume. It ends up she has professional experience within the fragrance industry. Fast-forward many years and she has launched her own perfume, Ilsa Infinite No. 1.

With the note list of Infinite No. 1, I really didn’t know what to expect. These notes are relatively common but can go in many directions. The perfume opens with a… Continue reading

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Our Modern Lives by 4160 Tuesdays – Perfume Mini Reviews

Our Modern Lives

Our Modern Lives is a fragrance project by Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays. So what it is? Well, it’s a line of 7 natural botanical-based fragrances and 2 “gentle” synthetics. What I like about it, is that it’s not born out of some marketing scheme disguised as some moralistic “chemicals are bad” propaganda. It’s from demand. Customers wanted naturals and “hypo-allergenic” fragrances so she created a line for them without confusing it with her established, mixed medium 4160 Tuesdays brand. The synthetics… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Atelier des Ors Choeur des Anges Perfume Review

Atelier des Ors Choeur des Anges

Atelier des Ors has launched a trio of new perfumes in their White Collection. These perfumes are primarily citrus/florals, but done in the Atelier des Ors style…they have some heft and aren’t fleeting “eau de colognes”.

I was immediately drawn to Choeur des Anges because of its energetic, effervescent opening. The opening of Choeur des Anges (Choir of Angels) is a luxury creamsicle. It’s a juicy, vivid blood orange with a hint of honeyed sweetness. The blackcurrant adds a “musky tartness” to the world’s fanciest… Continue reading

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Hermes Twilly d’Hermes Perfume Review

Hermes Twilly d'Hermes

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Let me start this review by stating a disclaimer: I love Hermès perfumes. Yes, I love the classics. I especially love the overpriced Hermèsessence line. I even like all those fruity “jardin” ones. It’s a brand that really resonates with me. Saying this, they have had some duds. It seems like these days that a lot of these older houses have a high risk of “dud” as they try to keep up with new… Continue reading | 2 Comments