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Art de Parfum Excentrique Moi Perfume Review

Art de Parfum Excentrique Moi

I would like to think that when a brand/perfumer/creative director agrees to launch a perfume that they think the final mod is eccentric. I’m not saying that they should be “weird” but I’d like to think there are people launching perfumes that they think aren’t clones of something else. I know this thought is naïve. There are entire companies that exist to copy fragrances (like the drugstore Designer Imposters). We also know that fragrance is a business and utilize focus groups to create something that sales… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Phoenix Botanicals Lilac Rain Natural Perfume Oil Review

Phoenix Botanicals Lilac Rain

So far, 2016 has been a wild year filled with many things that I’m sure most of us want to forget. However, it’s been a great year for lilac perfumes. Amouage launched Lilac Love, a lilac and chocolate perfume. There were a few botanical perfumes by Providence Perfume Co. launched Love-in-a-Mist, a limited edition wild flower/lilac combo, and DSH Perfumes La Belle Saison, a dewy lilac. And here’s another new limited edition botanical lilac perfume, Phoenix Botanicals Lilac Rain.

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DSH Perfumes Kohl Gris EDP Perfume Review

DSH Perfumes Kohl Gris

DSH Perfumes Kohl Gris is a perfume inspired by “mysterious” kohl liner. However, I think of, Kohl Gris like an angry scorned lover on the verge of a complete meltdown. At that isn’t really a bad thing. It’s just a hot-tempered scent.

“Smoky eyes” are often perceived as seductive, sultry and I like the thought of kohl rimmed eyes. But when I try to do this, I’m told that I come across as looking mad.  As I’ve matured, I’ve finally realized that lining… Continue reading

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Alchemologie Flora Natural Perfume Review

Alchemologie Flora

Carnation absolute is one of those raw materials that make me swoon – deep, rich, spicy with a hint of green floral. It’s one of those complex absolutes that I smell and go “This is perfume!” Sadly, carnation, as a note, is viewed as “old fashioned” but it’s not carnation’s fault. IFRA’s strict eugenol regulations have made many good carnations extinct (like Floris Malmaison). So, what happened is that many carnations are associated with a certain era and because of the regulations and costs, we… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Histoires de Parfums 1969 EDP Perfume Review

Histoires de Parfums 1969

Histoires de Parfums 1969 is a perfume inspired by “an erotic year…this perfume represents the sexual revolution and evokes an intense sensuality, accentuated by white musk and intense chocolate.” Apparently, white musk and chocolate are emblems of sexual revolution…or something. With a name like 1969, I think we all expect patchouli, which are we given in this perfume. Other than patchouli, I have no other expectations for this perfume.

1969 opens with peach, so much peach. To me, it’s dried apricots and fresh peaches. Lactonic… Continue reading | 6 Comments