EnVoyage Perfumes Captured in Amber Perfume Extrait Review

Envoyage Captured in Amber

Captured in Amber is a perfume in EnVoyage Perfumes’ Souvenir de Chocolate Trio. This is a scent that is meant to “evoke the Victorian era fetish for the Orient“. And I get that from this sweet, animalic amber that uses materials from around the globe.

Captured in Amber is an amber gourmand. It opens as a rich, sticky honey that is sweet and animalic. It wears as a sweet yet animalic amber with dark, spicy Mexican hot chocolate. The best word to describe this heart… Continue reading | 5 Comments


Smell Bent Winterrific 2014 Perfume Collection Review

Smell Bent has launched their limited edition perfume collection, Winterrific, just in time for the holidays. These are new takes on Smell Bent’s old holiday favorites.

Here’s my reviews for all four in this collection:

Smell Bent Dr. Dreidel 3000

Dr. Dreidel 3000 with notes of oud, Malaysian sandalwood, guaiacwood, hiba, “designer musk”, vetiver and amber incense.

Every winter, Smell Bent makes a “dreidel” fragrance. I remember Dr. Dreidel from 2010. It was a spicy green perfume that reminded me of Drakkar Noir. This one is really different. Dr. Dreidel… Continue reading | 2 Comments


Blackbird Triton EDP Perfume Review

Blackbird Triton

Triton is the latest perfume release from Seattle-based brand Blackbird. It’s an icy perfume inspired by the landscapes of Neptune’s moon, Triton. It’s a perfume with a heavy dose of bright aldehydes and incense resins. Because of this, I’m more reminded of temple surrounded by snow.

Triton opens with glistening aldehydes that remind me of “carbonated” elemi and myrrh. It becomes a rooty, vegetal iris with violets and a dry cedar. At this stage it reminds me of a hybrid between Serge Lutens La Myrrhe and… Continue reading | 7 Comments


Miller Harris Figue Amère EDP Perfume Review

Miller Harris Figue Amere

Miller Harris Figue Amère is a fig by the French seaside in a little cottage garden. It’s a salty and bitter green fig with wild flowers.

Figue Amere is a very “French” fig to me. It smells like an elegant French perfumery’s take on a green fig. It opens with a bright citrus with a slightly bitter galbanum. Underneath this “layer” there is an astringent cedar over “coconut greens”. On my skin, the narcissus is noticeable. It’s heady and very green. And then this transforms… Continue reading | 5 Comments


Juliette Has A Gun Not A Perfume EDP Perfume Review

juliette has a gun not a perfume

I’m finally going to discuss Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume which brags about being a flacon of a very popular aromachemical, Ambrox.

Reasons this bothers me:

#1 – Why would a fragrance that is supposed to contain only one aromachemical cost the same as the other perfumes in the line that are more complex? Wouldn’t this one be much cheaper? I mean, it’s not like you had to pay a perfumer to make a great, novel composition?

#2… Continue reading | 18 Comments