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Exotic Island Perfumer Orquidea Absoluta EDP Perfume Review

Exotic Island Perfumer Orquidea Absoluta

Living in a place where some days the air is too difficult to breathe and in the summer the streets smell like rotting garbage, it’s hard not to view an island in the Caribbean covered in  rain forests and sandy beaches as anything but paradise. Because if we measure paradise by fruits and fauna, Puerto Rico could be paradise¹. The Exotic Island Perfumer is an indie perfume brand based in Puerto Rico. This delights me because I want more perfumes in my life with a Puerto… Continue reading | 9 Comments

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Exotic Island Perfumer Flor Azteca EDP Perfume Review

Exotic Island Perfumer

I keep saying this, but more perfumers and perfume houses should be making perfumes inspired by Mexico. Mexico is a diverse, gorgeous country with a rich history, art, mythology and breathtaking fauna. Everyone wants to use notes that come from Mexico (vanilla, cocoa, frangipani), but there aren’t many perfumes that truly honor Mexico¹. My favorite perfume inspired by Mexico is Exotic Island Perfumer Flor Azteca.

Flor Azteca is a really interesting tuberose. The opening is fiery with red pepper, fresh ginger and dry cinnamon. The tuberose… Continue reading | 7 Comments

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Exotic Island Perfumes Waters of Aswan EDP Perfume Review

Exotic Island Perfumer

Exotic Island Perfumes is a really beautiful line based in Puerto Rico. I love this line’s gorgeous, unapologetic florals.

One of my favorite floral essences ever is blue lotus. We rarely see it used because it’s so expensive. And honestly, it’s so pretty on its own that it doesn’t really need to be mixed with anything. Saying that, it’s nice to see this essence highlighted in Waters of Aswan.

Waters of Aswan opens with grass on a cool river bank. It’s aquatic, green and grassy… Continue reading | 5 Comments