I really couldn’t think of a clever intro for INeKe Hothouse Flower, the newest in the Alphabetical Series. But, I can tell you that I love to wear this gardenia, yes, a gardenia soliflore and I love to wear it. It always surprises me when I fall in love with something as pristine and polished as Hothouse Flower.
Hothouse Flower is a “green gardenia”. It’s heady a gardenia with a milky fig; however, in the opening I get dry evergreens and glistening bergamot. Oh… Continue reading | 14 Comments
Malabah is a modern interpretation of the Spice Route. I find it to be like those boring historical dramas where all the actors and actresses have really modern hair and makeup. You can’t really figure out why it is period piece other than some “thy”s and “thither”s are thrown in sometimes.
Malabah opens as a cup of hot green tea with ginger with a squeeze of lemon. And there’s cilantro aldehydes. Unfortunately, the scent is really vapid on me. It’s super sheer and something in the top doesn’t work on… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Tea scents and I usually don’t mix. So many of them go all plastic-y on me. Atelier Cologne Oolong Infini doesn’t.
Oolang Infni opens with a blast of black pepper and Earl Grey tea. It’s pepper with tons of bergamot, very zesty. There’s a little bit of smokiness. It’s caravan tea smokiness. But, mainly I get pepper, bergamot and neroli. Oolang Infini is fresher than it is smoky. The dry-down is lots of white musk and some smoky vetiver on me.
Costamor is a perfume house inspired by the scents of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is known for its beaches and Beachwood is the beach scent in the collection.
Beachwood opens up as Earl Grey tea. It’s the bergamot but it really does smell like warm, steeped tea in water. There is a salt-aquatic vibe to Beachwood. This saltiness is subtle and mixed with coconut water. The heart is a fresh neroli, coconut water and driftwood musks. It’s probably an issue with my skin, but… Continue reading
I’m one of those people that has always had this strange obsession with all things campy, vintage and well, sleazy. I’ve always loved low-brow art, thrift store crap and huge prints. Yes, in the 90’s I wore polyester (what was I thinking?!). Because of my love of camp, I love Jonathan Adler and his design. I love the Palm Beach quirkiness and how he can jazz up those ugly Brady Bunch houses. He and I are about the same age, I don’t want to go there because he’s insanely successful and I’m not. What I’m trying to say is that he glam’d up… Continue reading | 7 Comments