House of Matriarch Coco Blanc Natural Perfume Review

House of Matriarch Coco Blanc

With a name like “Coco Blanc” and a note list that reads like a dessert menu, one would expect for House of Matriarch Coco Blanc to smell like any typical gourmand, right? Well, it isn’t. This is an all-natural gourmand. And since so many gourmands rely on aromachemicals that smell like cotton candy, Coco Blanc isn’t going to come across like any of those gourmands you know. I’d actually argue that Coco Blanc isn’t a gourmand at all, but I don’t want to exert the energy… Continue reading | 6 Comments


Sweet Anthem Ella, Petra & Owl EDP Perfume Reviews

I know I’m whiny. I complain about the cold. I complain about the rain. And now I’m complaining about summer. I’m over it. I feel like I’ve had enough of this summer of 80º+ heat, no a/c and a bedroom on the top floor. I’m romanticizing fall and look forward to balmy days.

I’m also looking forward to fall perfumes. Ella and Petra are two limited edition perfumes in Sweet Anthem’s seasonal Fall ’14 Collection.

Sweet Anthem Ella

Ella has notes of agarwood, black tea, lavender and pumpkin.

home scents

NEST Pumpkin Chai & Tahiti Vanilla Candle Reviews

It’s cool and rainy here in Seattle. I’m starting to wear my “thicker” fragrances that are either spicy, smoky or gourmand. I’m also baking again and enjoying cooking. Even with all of this personal fragrance and ambient home fragrance, I still want my house to smell spicy or gourmand! Thanks to NEST, my home can smell even better with their autumn candle collection.

NEST autumn 2011 candles

Pumpkin ChaiContains notes of wild pumpkin, masala chai, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. Imagine the most decadent pumpkin pie ever… Continue reading | 11 Comments

fragrance, video reviews

Costume National Homme EDP Perfume Video Review

Like I said in my video review, Costume National Homme is a fragrance that gets me compliments. And I like that. This is a fragrance that I love to wear. It’s soft and comforting, very long-wearing and one of my go-to fragrances for when I want to smell good.

Costume National Homme EDP

Costume National Homme opens as citrus and a cardamom. By definition, it should be zesty and energetic. It’s zesty but not so energetic. It manages to be mellow and perfectly blended. The fragrance is very dry and… Continue reading | 8 Comments


Jacomo Art Collection #08 EDP Perfume Review

Chai lovers, here is a fragrance for you! Every fall I crave spicy, chai tea like fragrances; fragrances heavy on cardamom, rich spices, and sweet honey. This fall/winter, I have a new obsession: Jacoma #08. This is a fragrance from Jacomo The Art Collection. To make a long story short, Jacomo is finally doing fragrance again. Each of the fragrances in The Art Collection is based on an “aromatic illustration”. #08 is spicy, amber fragrance inspired by an illustration by Egnéus of Ganesha (pictured in the… Continue reading | 13 Comments