When I first tried Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Bahiana, I merely dismissed it as Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue for Her but with more plumage. Both have some similarities – citrus, dry woods and a breezy feel. However, now that I’m trying Bahiana again, over a decade from its initial release, I realize there’s some to Bahiana.
The opening of Bahiana is almost like a vegetal, musky citrus. It’s lemon and something that reminds me of ambrette. As it wears… Continue reading | 1 Comment
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
When I sprayed on Paco Rabbane Olympèa, I had no expectations. Well, I take that back. I thought it would be a generic fruity-floral, a real disappointment for a perfume inspired by an unnamed Greek Goddess. When I sprayed on Olympèa I was confused! This was a weird fragrance that brought to mind beach town boardwalks.
I think there’s a lot of similarities between Olympea and Mugler Womanity. Olympea opens with a red berries and this savory, salty caviar and cotton… Continue reading | 19 Comments
I have a rule for myself: Never trust blue liquids. A blue perfume can’t be trusted. And don’t get me started on blue alcoholic beverages which are basically inspired by untrustworthy blue perfumes¹! Why do I not trust blue juices? Well, I lived through the 90’s and associate these with “sporty” or aquatics that smelled like they were household cleaner in fancier bottles.
I ignored my own advice and tried Curacao Bay from Fath’s Essentials before I tried any other from this new, revived line. I’m… Continue reading
Chabaud Innocente Fragilité is a floral perfume that is a “tribute to purity”. When it comes to purity, I could care less unless we’re talking about potable water or the tubes of lipstick I’m buying at Sephora (for real, what makes people play in the items when there are testers out?!). When I think of flowers, I don’t think of purity either. In fact, I’ve always viewed flowers as if they were predators – attracting insects to do their pollination. Many parts of flowers are poisonous to animals… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Ayala Moriel Parfums newest perfume, Sunset Beach, is one of those perfumes inspired by beaches that manages to not smell like tanning lotion or the sort of functional fragrances we’d associate with a day at the beach. For the most part, this is a rarity in the perfume world. So many “beach fragrances” rely on the sort of scents used in products, not the beach. Sunset Beach is a creamy, warm scent with woods that is like a never-ending summer.
Sunset Beach opens with bitter woods… Continue reading | 8 Comments