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Hiram Green Slowdive Natural Perfume Review

Hiram Green Slowdive

Ever since I fell in love with Moon Bloom by Hiram Green back in 2013, I knew this new brand wouldn’t disappoint. Five years later and I still love Moon Bloom, a luxurious tuberose soliflore. I’ve also loved a few more from the brand (like the waxy orange blossom, Dilettante). With the newest launch, Slowdive, I’m even more impressed with the brand than I was before!

When I first sprayed Slowdive, I gasped and said, “ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY”. It is a… Continue reading

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Blackbird Anemone Perfume Review

Blackbird Anemone review

Indie perfume brand Blackbird really needs to keep on keeping on with the fruity themes. Why?  Because they’re nailing them. They’re making fruity perfumes that even the fruity/fruity-floral perfume averse will love. I really enjoyed the weird banana Y06-S. Now I’m enjoying the weird plum, Anemone. Fruits, like flowers, are so weird and subversive but brands rarely ever display that delightful side of fruit in perfumes.

Anemone opens like effervescent turpentine. It smells like champagne in an artist’s studio. Then it settles… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Edward Bess La Femme Boheme Perfume Review

Edward Bess La Femme Boheme

I love Edward Bess cosmetics and I’m finding that I love Edward Bess perfumes. La Femme Bohème appears to be inspired by a literal “romp in the hay” according to the brand’s copy.

La Femme Boheme is a honeyed jasmine. The opening is a heady jasmine and a citrusy resin. It reminds me of tobacco more than it does florals. The jasmine is dry, indolic and covered in sticky honey. With time, it’s like hay. Hay is for horses. So much hay… Continue reading

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MAC Ruby Woo & Velvet Teddy Perfume Reviews

Cathee Dahmen

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing (Two) Popular Perfumes

MAC Cosmetics launched Shadescents, a line of perfumes to correspond with some of their best-selling, cult status lipstick shades. I was all about this concept as it combined both of my vices – perfume and lipstick.

I’m not on MAC’s PR list and it really didn’t appear they reached out to anyone that talks solely about perfume, so I had to wait for these to come into stores. It was a wreck. I went to two stores in NYC and… Continue reading | 8 Comments

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Vilhelm Smoke Show & The Oud Affair Perfume Reviews

Today I’ll review two of the oud-y perfumes from niche brand Vilhelm.

Vilhelm Smoke Show

SMOKE SHOW

Notes listed include pink pepper, saffron, rose, leather, vetiver, cedar and oud. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Jerome Epinette

Firstly, let me display my dorkiness by stating that I can’t even read the name “Smoke Show” without it being Marilyn Manson’s voice in “The Dope Show”¹. So, you should do that too because it’s more fun that way.

The opening of Smoke Show is fruity. It reminds me of red… Continue reading | 2 Comments