Phlur Hanami Perfume Review

Phlur Hanami

So far, I’ve reviewed two perfumes from Phlur (Hepcat and Moab) that I’ve absolutely loved. Yes, I was initially put off by their marketing because it made me feel ancient, but when you write about perfume, you have to often ignore marketing if you plan on keeping your sanity. What matters is that Phlur makes great perfumes. Hepcat and Moab both smelled really “niche” without having a niche price tag. Now I have one more reason to love Phlur. That reason is Hanami… Continue reading | 3 Comments


Cloon Keen Castana EDP Perfume Review

Cloon Keen Castana perfume

Cloon Keen Castaña is a perfume inspired by winter and roasting chestnuts. This nutty vetiver reminds me of being in Japantown/Nihonmachi on a balmy winter day, roasting chestnuts cutting through the crisp air. The feel of soft scarf wrapped around my neck and touching my ears. The starchy aromas from small bakeries, the faint smell of ice melting on pavement…

Castaña is a roasted, gourmand vetiver. It’s one of those nutty vetivers like Hermès Vetiver Tonka. But, Castaña isn’t as sweet asVetiver Tonka. Castaña opens… Continue reading | 6 Comments


Hermes Hermessence Vetiver Tonka EDP Perfume Review

Hermes Vetiver Tonka

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite vetiver fragrances ever.

Hermès Hermessence Vetiver Tonka smells like a vetiver caramel latte. The hazelnut in this comes across as coffee beans to me. The fragrance has that abstract sheerness that it appears that only Ellena can do successfully. It’s a slightly salty vetiver, green and gourmand with better-than-vanilla tonka beans. It’s warm and slightly smoky.

Scott Brady

Notes listed include vetiver, hazelnut, praline and


LUSH Lip Tint Review in Double Choc & It Started With A Kiss

I have never tried LUSH lip balms or lip tints before. Like most LUSH products, I find reviews that love or hate them. You know that I love bold or dark matte lips but when I’m not wearing those shades (like to work), I go for lip tints. I am not a lip gloss person because lip gloss lasts like 2 minutes on my lips and I hate the sticky feel of lip gloss. Lip tints aren’t sticky and moisturize like a balm. So here’s my review of these natural lip tints in simple little tins.


L’Artisan Parfumeur Mechant Loup EDT Perfume Review

L'Artisan Mechant Loup


L’Artisan Mechant Loup is nothing to be scared of. This is a sexy, spicy woods fragrance.

Although I have worn Mechant Loup and enjoyed it, I still prefer it on other people, especially my spouse. In my opinion, it leans more masculine. It’s a sweeter, woodsy, spicy scent that smells good without being boring. Mechant Loup opens with warm spices and nutella. It’s gourmand without being overly gourmand-y. The heart smells like cedar chips dipped in honey and left in the sun to dry. The dry-down… Continue reading | 4 Comments