Tocca Simone EDP Perfume Review

Tocca Simone

Tocca Simone is marketed as a “tomboy” fragrance…whatever. It’s a reason for them to mention surf and sea in copy without going out and creating an overtly “beachy” fragrance.

Simone is fruity. It opens as a familiar apple, citrus and creamy amber, reminding me of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Her but with an addition of honeydew melon. This opening is tart, crisp and fruity. The heart is a bouquet of abstract florals and crisp apple slices. Simone dries down to a “mush of… Continue reading | 4 Comments


DSH Perfumes White Lilac EDP Perfume Review

DSH Perfumes White Lilac

I love the smell of lilacs. I hope when I retire that I move to a lilac ranch. (Um, are any of those things real? Retirement, lilac ranches?) I love the heady floralness, the honeyed nuances and most importantly I love how the flowers and their scent remind me of spring.

Lilac perfumes aren’t the easiest soliflores to find. I’ve head that the flowers can’t be distilled but one would think accords could be done to replicate the floral. I don’t know if they’re unpopular… Continue reading | 9 Comments


Lostmarch Lann-Ael EDT Perfume Review

Lostmarch Lann-Ael

As the weather has warmed up, its time to trade in our hot cereal for cold cereal. Lostmarch Lann-Ael is the “cold cereal” of gourmands. It’s filling but never heavy.

Lann-Ael opens as this sweet creamy Korean barley tea (bori cha). It’s barley and vanilla with a hint of fruits (that remind me of dried mango and freshly sliced apples). The heart really does remind me of grains and milk. Lann-Ael dries down to a vanilla cream. In my opinion, Lann-Ael is a special gourmand in that it… Continue reading | 5 Comments


By Kilian Forbidden Games EDP Perfume Review

By Kilian Forbidden Games

I’ve had zero luck with By Kilian “In the Garden of Good and Evil” Collection. They’re all “nice” fruity-florals but they lack personality. Or maybe I’m being really harsh because I expect more from luxury brands. And I expect more when a perfume costs a lot more than I usually pay.

Forbidden Games opens as peach blossoms and apples. It’s a fruity sweet fragrance with rose. My notes while sampling this one say “styling mousse“. I’ve had this complaint before with fragrances that do the… Continue reading | 10 Comments


Hermès Hermèssence Ambre Narguile EDP Perfume Review

Hermes Ambre Narguile

Hermès Hermèssence Ambre Narguile is Ellena’s interpretation of a hookah lounge. It’s meant to be a spicy, fruity tobacco. And it is. But, what I get isn’t hookah. I get all of the best aromas of winter.

Gingerbread. And hot apple cider. Ambre Narguile is a warm blend of cinnamon, clove, allspice, honey, lemon and ginger. There’s a fruity apple tobacco. The dry-down is a warm, honeyed amber with a faint traces of that apple tobacco.

Ambre Narguile is all of those comfort cozy scents… Continue reading | 4 Comments