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Memo Paris Inle Iris Perfume Review

Memo Inle Iris

Years ago, when I tried (and fell in love with) Memo Shams Oud, the brand was impossible to get in the U.S. I had a kind “mule” bring it back from Paris. Fast-forward. Now the brand is everywhere in the United States! This is good. Accessibility is a wonderful thing. However, maybe it was the exchange rate, but I didn’t remember the full-size bottles being so pricey. Global expansion must come with some hefty costs.

OK, so Inlé Iris is one of Memo’s… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Vilhelm Modest Mimosa Perfume Review

Vilhelm Modest Mimosa

But, what if I like my mimosas conceited?

Vilhelm Modest Mimosa opens with bright blossoms. It’s neroli and violet. It’s a green, tangy citrus blossom. Because it’s a tangy, lime-like floral, it manages to remind me of linden blossoms. There’s a green grassiness that just sort of completes the spring fantasy of this perfume. Don’t get me wrong, Modest Mimosa is a mimosa soliflore. But, in comparison to many others, it’s greener and brighter. This scent eventually fades into a white musk with powdery (but “fresh”) violets… Continue reading

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Ormonde Jayne White Gold Perfume Review

Ormonde Jayne White Gold

When it comes to Ormonde Jayne, I’m one of those people that prefers their florals. I love their style of taking something that could otherwise seem dated or overwhelming and make it feel lightweight and new. And not just light, but light, as in rays of light. I’m all about Ormonde Jayne’s radiant florals. White Gold is like the epitome of a radiant white floral.

White Gold is a radiant jasmine. It opens with the sort of pink pepper meets orange zest that has become a… Continue reading

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Mugler Alien Flora Futura Perfume Review

Mugler Alien Flora Futura

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Since it’s launch in 2005, there have been many flankers and limited edition compositions of the now-cult-classic Mugler Alien. Like the patchouli-chocolate Angel, there’s just something people love about this over-the-top radiant jasmine in the purple scarab-esque bottle! I enjoy Alien but I have to be in the mood for it since it’s potent stuff (I can say the same about Angel too). I actually wear the more sheer version, Alien Eau Extraordinaire

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M. Micallef Ananda Perfume Review

M.Micallef Ananda

Over the past few years, I’ve been craving peach-scented things. I have always liked peach/stones fruit notes, like that in Lancôme Trésor or Chanel Coco. But over the past two years, I’ve oddly enjoyed straight-forward, fruity peaches (like cheap stuff by 4711). M. Micallef Ananda is a fruity-floral that perfectly satisfies my straight-forward peach cravings without coming across like some one-trick perfume.

Ananda opens with a clean citrus and a powdery, vanilla-ish floral that reminds me of heliotrope. It’s radiant a floral… Continue reading | 6 Comments