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aroma M Vanilla Hinoki Perfume Review

aroma M Vanilla Hinoki

I like many perfumes from aroma M, like the va-va-voom amber of Geisha Noire and the the green-licorice of Geisha Green. But, I have to say that Vanilla Hinoki may be my new favorite this indie brand. Vanilla Hinoki is inspired by Japanese baths. It’s fresh, clean and relaxing without being the sort of typical fragrance we’d expect when such adjectives were used to describe them.

When I first tried Vanilla Hinoki, I was so surprised by its steamy opening… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Diptyque Oyedo Perfume Review

Diptyque Oyedo

After a hiatus due to moving and traveling, I have decided to bombard this perfume blog with “weird eau de colognes” this week. It’s hot, humid and gross. I want to smell fresh and clean but with something that is a little more interesting than the usual. Like Mugler Hot Cologne, Diptyque Oyédo is a citrus with a twist.

Oyedo opens as a juicy, fruity orange mingling with a juicy lemon. There’s definitely something cool and mentholated in this that reminds me of a cough… Continue reading

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Thierry Mugler Hot Cologne Perfume Review

Mugler Hot Cologne

Les Exceptions is the more “luxurious” collection of Mugler fragrances. There’s woods, florals, leather, and of course, there’s a “cologne”. I don’t want to cloud this review with my love of Mugler Cologne, but I feel like I can’t review this without talking about the original Mugler Cologne

One of my favorite “colognes” and fragrances for summer is Mugler Cologne. It’s like a traditional eau de cologne, but a little weird (OK, maybe a lot of weird since the “S note” is rumored… Continue reading

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Our Modern Lives by 4160 Tuesdays – Perfume Mini Reviews

Our Modern Lives

Our Modern Lives is a fragrance project by Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays. So what it is? Well, it’s a line of 7 natural botanical-based fragrances and 2 “gentle” synthetics. What I like about it, is that it’s not born out of some marketing scheme disguised as some moralistic “chemicals are bad” propaganda. It’s from demand. Customers wanted naturals and “hypo-allergenic” fragrances so she created a line for them without confusing it with her established, mixed medium 4160 Tuesdays brand. The synthetics… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Atelier des Ors Choeur des Anges Perfume Review

Atelier des Ors Choeur des Anges

Atelier des Ors has launched a trio of new perfumes in their White Collection. These perfumes are primarily citrus/florals, but done in the Atelier des Ors style…they have some heft and aren’t fleeting “eau de colognes”.

I was immediately drawn to Choeur des Anges because of its energetic, effervescent opening. The opening of Choeur des Anges (Choir of Angels) is a luxury creamsicle. It’s a juicy, vivid blood orange with a hint of honeyed sweetness. The blackcurrant adds a “musky tartness” to the world’s fanciest… Continue reading