Carthusia Corallium Perfume Review

Carthusia Corallium

It’s June. Even though it’s oddly mild for this time of the year, I’m having my yearly hankering for citrus-centric colognes. Last year I asked for some suggestions within this category; there were many great ones. But, apparently I can’t get enough of insubstantial citrus waters. I still want more. When it comes to aromatic citruses, I think Italians do a great job. The Carthusia line has many wonderful “colognes”and today I’m talking about Corallium.

Corallium opens with a sweet citrus. On my skin, it’s mostly… Continue reading | 2 Comments


Sonoma Scent Studio Amber Incense Natural Perfume Review

Sonoma Scent Studio Amber Incense

Sonoma Scent Studio is an indie brand that mostly has mixed-media offerings; however, over the past few years, Laurie Erikson has taken on the challenge of creating all-natural compositions. As the name implies, Amber Incense is an amber and incense perfume, but without using any synthetics.

Amber Incense opens with a fruitiness paired with honeyed sweetness that reminds me of cherry pipe tobacco. It then turns into a spicy, honeyed tobacco. Then it becomes true to its name. It wears as a smoky blend… Continue reading

Blog Weekly Roundup

The Lipstick League – Week of 2.2.15

Clara Bow

The Lipstick League – Week of 2.2.15

If you haven’t entered our Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume oil giveaway yet, there’s still time! Click here for a chance to win 12 BPAL fragrances personally selected by members of The Lipstick League ($235 value).

Question of the Week: How much time do you spend on your skincare regimen each day?

EauMG’s Answer: Each day? I’ve never bothered to time that. I do weekly treatments so this number would vary by day. On average


JoAnne Bassett Intimacy EDP Natural Perfume Review

Joanne Bassett Intimacy

You don’t smell perfumes like JoAnne Bassett Intimacy being made anymore. There’s a few reasons for that. Large companies want to  make things that sell. Classic smelling perfumes and chypres never do well in focus groups and this is where big companies get their “inspiration” from The other thing is that IFRA has banned real oakmoss. In a way we’re making the chypre go extinct. JoAnne Bassett has started the Chypre Preservation Program with Intimacy.

Intimacy opens with an “oily” citrus with vintage floral and a hint… Continue reading | 5 Comments


Serge Lutens Boxeuses EDP Perfume Review

Serge Lutens Boxeuses bell jar

Serge Lutens Boxeuses is a perfume in the exclusive range. I try to avoid testing perfumes that I can’t get my hands on, but a sample of this ended up in my hands. And I’m happy it did.

Boxeuses (female boxers…um, OK) opens with a plum juiciness with a hint of tart citrus that reminds me a bit of a Serge Lutens’ more somber version of the opening of Mugler Womanity EDP.  And there’s more, of course. I get the vanilla and the candied licorice of Serge Lutens Un