Illuminum Black Musk Haute Perfume EDP Review

Illuminum Black Musk Haute perfume

Black Musk is headshop-ish. This is my disclaimer. It’s also why I probably I like it. I have this soft spot for nag champa oils and unlabeled musk oils one would find in any esoteric shop sprinkled across America. These places were my first introduction to personal fragrance, so I have nostalgia for these sort of fragrances.

Black Musk opens as a balsamic cough medicine with what may be called “opium musk” from your favorite mystic shop or a fly Ethiopian corner market. It’s… Continue reading | 9 Comments


Esscentual Alchemy That 70’s Smell Perfume Oil Review

Gino Vannelli 1976

Esscentual Alchemy That 70’s Smell is a earthy, resinous, aromatic green perfume. Yeah, it could be described as “hippie” but I think of at as a very spiritual and ancient perfume.

That 70’s Smell is “strong”. The opening for me is cool/medicinal lavender with frankincense and tons of earthy vetiver. It seems very “ancient”, like 70 B.C.E instead of 1970 C.E.! It reminds me of ancient resins, woods, balsams. After 15 minutes of wear, That 70’s Smell takes an unexpected turn. It becomes greener on me. It… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Patchouli Pits – LUSH Aromaco Natural Deodorant Review

LUSH Aromaco patchouli deodorant

I love the smell of this solid, natural deodorant.I love patchouli. Yes, even headshop, hippie patchouli. I’m a patch-head. I love earthy, woodsy fragrances. LUSH Aromaco Deodorant strongly smells of patchouli oil. And I think that is a great thing, some perfume peeps may find this disgusting. I’ll still be your friend even if you hate patchouli. But, you may not want to stand next to me.

I’m going to be honest. I bought this block of hippie baking… Continue reading | 9 Comments


Wiggle Little Five Perfume Oil Review

Wiggle Perfume Little Five

I ordered a few samples form Wiggle Perfume (as you know, review of Nicosia here), a local Olympia line. Ordering on-line, I went with the descriptions. I really felt a connection with perfume, Little 5. I’m a gal now living in the Northwest that grew up in the Southeastern U.S., spending my time between Nashville and Atlanta, family still in both places. Mrs. Wiggle “got me” with her description of this fragrance:
For me, it all started in Little Five Points, Atlanta. On… Continue reading | 3 Comments


LUSH Gorilla Perfume Karma EDP Review


LUSH has relaunched Karma in their Gorilla Perfume line. Oh, Karma, the spicy, orange patchouli scent. It’s hippie and it’s very LUSH. It’s the fragrance that I always think of when I think of LUSH.

Karma open ups strangely on me. It’s a turpentine mess. It’s both warm and cool, dirty and fresh. From one direction, I have warm natural orange oil and the woodsy warmth of patchouli. From the other direction, I have cooling pine oil, lavender, and that damp, earthy side of… Continue reading | 6 Comments