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Givenchy Insense EDT Fragrance Review

Givenchy Insense

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume (Vintage)

I imagine that Givenchy Insensé was a difficult one to “get” during its launch in 1993. I still find this masculine-floral a bit difficult to comprehend (I mean the name roughly means “wild and crazy”), but in a good way.

Insensé opens as very vegetal with lots of basil and aldehydes. It’s green, dewy, alive. So much galbanum! I’m always confused by Insensé because it is clean and soapy but their is a skankiness that isn’t actually dirty but… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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DSH Perfumes WANT EDP Perfume Review

DSH Perfumes WANT EDPWANT is a fragrance by DSH Perfumes that scented a gender-bending dance performance piece choreographed by Wade Madsen, a Seattle-based choreographer. I wish I could have been there for that…

WANT opens with so much fizziness, so many aldehydes! It’s a bitter green lemon seltzer water. Underneath all of this I get fresh from the garden herbs and burnt sugar. With time it becomes a glass of lemon juice with toasted sugar cubes. This adds warmth more than it does sweetness. The dry-down is a fresh mossy… Continue reading | 7 Comments

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Parfums DelRae Eau Illuminée EDP Perfume Review

Parfums DelRae Eau Illuminee

Parfums DelRae Eau Illuminée is inspired by San Francisco. Now if this perfume was all you had to go by, you’d think San Francisco was filled with dapper gents and was swarming with Cary Grants.

Eau Illuminée opens as a bitter, green, sharp herbaceous fragrance. I definitely pick up on huge amounts of glittery basil and lavender. I also get rosemary, lemon balm and all of the other stuff that grows in herb gardens. However, Eau Illuminée doesn’t smell like the outdoors or a garden… Continue reading | 5 Comments

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Kerosene Copper Skies EDP Perfume Review

Kerosene Copper Skies

I admire amber for its versatility. It’s a mixture, usually a mixture  of such ingredients like vanilla, benzoin and labdanum. Before a perfumer signs their signature on an amber, they usually decide if they want a resinous amber or a sweeter amber. With Copper Skies, Kerosene decided to be all of the ambers and to throw in a heavy dose of spice and smoke for good measure.

When first testing Copper Skies, my husband says “This is awesome, I get an astringent cedar and a

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Comme des Garcons PLAY Green EDT Perfume Review

Comme des Garcons PLAY Green perfume

I often describe scents as a color. Comme des Garcons Green in the PLAY Collection smells green.

Green opens as the best herb garden ever. I get cool mint, vivid lemon verbena, and a licorice-y basil. The addition of other “green” elements keep this fragrance from smelling too much like a dental hygiene product. The scent is cool to the skin and cool to the nose. This top burns off quickly; all mint in fragrances burns off quickly. Green starts to remind me of… Continue reading | 6 Comments