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Phoenix Botanicals Lavender Noir Perfume Review

Phoenix Botanicals Lavender Noir

Lavender fragrances can usually be classified as something shrill/high-pitched/cool, think like traditional eau de colognes or lavandin soaps. Or they can be what I call “low-pitched”/warm and slumbering like Serge Lutens Gris Clair or L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Numero 4. Phoenix Botanicals Lavender Noir is one that fits into the latter. It’s a mellow, calm lavender.

Lavender Noir opens with a mandarin citrus over a musky lavender. Lavender is the main theme of this fragrance. Once the juicy citrus fades, Lavender Noir becomes a smoky lavender… Continue reading

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Cashmere Mood EDP Perfume Review

MFK Oud Cashmere Mood

OK, perfume people, I can practically see your eyes rolling but oud as a “trend” is not gone. In fact, it’s most likely going to be around for a few more years. And I’m fine with that. It’s not oud’s fault. Beautiful materials will always be around.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian has launched a few Ouds this year and I’m finally getting around to trying them. Cashmere Mood is meant to be like a “second skin” oud. But, I found myself halfway through wear trying to… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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aroma M Geisha Amber Rouge Perfume Review

aroma M Geisha Amber Rouge

Geisha Amber Rouge is an interpretation on Geisha Rouge…it’s the flanker. Amber Rouge is a spicy oriental with a dark, animalic amber base. Geisha Amber Rouge is getting great reviews. Some see it as a smoky, seductive fragrance. Others are reminded of the cozy goodness of Christmas. Geisha Amber Rouge reminds me of a honky tonk at 3 a.m.

Amber Rouge reminds me of a spiced whisky. It’s spicy but it has a malted molasses element with an aged oak. The fragrance becomes… Continue reading | 11 Comments