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Hermes Hermessence Cedre Sambac Perfume Review

Hermes Cedre Sambac

One of my many character flaws is that I love the Hermès Hermèssence collection. I live for sheer, ephemeral things that are basically non-existent. According to online perfume platforms and other perfume-related reviews, this is a problem. But, it’s not for me. I think things that last forever on the skin are a nightmare; they’re oppressive. My attention span and patience aren’t equipped for marathon perfumes.

This year Hermès has launched additional perfumes in the Hermèssence collection. The names suggested “heavier” perfumes, but I’m a… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Chris Rusak Perfumes – Reviews of Io, 33 & Quasi Una Absurdia

Marlon Brando

Chris Rusak is a Los Angeles-based indie perfume brand (oh, and a person that is an artist and teaches at The Institute of Art and Olfaction too) that has launched a trio of new perfumes.

Unfortunately, I’ve been sitting on these for most of the summer. The “little” move across town, graduation, job hunting and travel really ate up my life. Long story short, I misplaced the samples but they weren’t ever misplaced (moving is so much fun). They were in a totally logical place… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Geir Ness Laila Perfume Review

Geir Ness Laila

A few years ago, well into my 30’s, I decided to go to Walt Disney World for the first time in my life. This was a rather impulsive trip with few adults who decided that their parents didn’t really love them because we never went to Disney or got Air Jordans and that now, as adults, we were going to do something about it.¹ It was an OK trip. I suspect there is some sort of critical window in a child’s life that needs to… Continue reading

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Flankers – Miu Miu, Chloe and Dior Reviews

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing Popular Perfumes

This Monday I’m reviewing three flankers. What is a flanker? It’s a perfume that shares some attributes with a perfume that already exists (notes or even as much creative license as only sharing a name or similar bottle).

Miu Miu L'eau Bleue

Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue

Flanker to Miu Miu EDP

Notes listed include lily-of-the-valley, green notes, honeysuckle, Akigalawood and oud. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Daniela Andrier

L’Eau Bleue doesn’t open up as blue, but instead… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Yves Rocher Naturelle Osmanthus Perfume Review

Yves Rocher Naturelle Osmanthus

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

I try to review as many Yves Rocher fragrances that I can. Why? Well, overall, I like the brand. I think they’re good for the money. Then, in the U.S. there are no physical Yves Rocher stores. You can order online which means that you are blind-buying fragrances (a practice I typically discourage). And finally, there are few reviews of Yves Rocher fragrances in English. Basically, I review Yves Rocher like it’s a public service announcement.

Naturelle… Continue reading | 2 Comments