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EauMG’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Niblings and Teens

EauMG's holiday gift guide


HUG your auntie! My holiday gift guides are back! This is an annual tradition on EauMG for the past five years. This edition was previously known as “Holiday Gift Guide for Sweet Nieces and Teens” but as I discussed last year, I wanted a word that was more gender neutral or something I could use collectively. To this date, I have four nephews and one niece. I just want one word to sum all this up. The English language really lacks in this regard… Continue reading | 11 Comments


Etat Libre d’Orange Bendelirious EDP Perfume Review

Etat Libre d'Orange Bendelirious

I think Etat Libre d’Orange Bendelirious may be a perfume inspired by a fictional, carefree, fashion victim New Yorker  – I’m thinking a mix of Carrie Bradshaw and generic, young socialite. You can tell this from the brand’s copy. Bendelirious can go from rich socialite to “urban fairy” that drunkingly dances on tables. Frankly, if Bendelirious were an actual woman that I knew or casually encountered, I’m sure she’d get on my very last nerve. But, no worries, if she were a person, I wouldn’t know her anyway… Continue reading | 5 Comments


Etat Libre d’Orange Noel au Balcon EDP Perfume Review

Etat Libre d'Orange Noel au Balcon

I’ve never been a person that likes “Christmas” scents. I find them nauseating and honestly, I don’t have any positive associations with this time of year. I wanted to try Noel au Balcon for the nigella note. Nigella is a seed with a spicy, herbal “green” flavor that is used in Armenian string cheese. It’s one of my favorite spices. Because it has an “onion-y” quality*, this is why I suspect it isn’t used in perfumery. However, seeing it listed made me curious and… Continue reading | 6 Comments

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Etat Libre d’Orange Jasmin et Cigarette EDP Perfume Review


Jasmin et Cigarettes is time travel in a bottle. It’s a jazzy, skanky jasmine with this dry, hay-like, fresh pack of cigarettes. A very realistic, freshly opened pack of smokes. But, that isn’t all. If you wanted that, one could purchase a heavily taxed pack of cigarettes. You do get jasmine, but that isn’t what impresses me (actually this jasmine is quite “low brow”). I love the fruity, chewy addition of osmanthus like apricot. I think this is brilliant: hay, dried apricot florals and a fresh pack of ciggarettes. The dry down is “odd” but I think it… Continue reading | 9 Comments


Etat Libre d’Orange Fat Electrician EDP Perfume Review

You can do your own reading of the ridiculous back story/inspiration of Etat Libre d’Orange Fat Electrician on Now Smell This and Blogdorf Goodman. It’s a “modern vetiver” loosely based on “Midnight Cowboy”, that’s all the back story I’m giving. Etat Libre d’Orange irritates me with their names and inspirations, well, most of the time. It takes me years to get over the trying-ever-so-hard to be clever antics, eventually I try their fragrances. I still do not own a full-size bottle of any of their juices, but… Continue reading | 8 Comments