gift guide

Stuff to Buy Yourself for Valentine’s 2018

Jeanette MacDonald

Each year I put together a Valentine’s Gift Guide. I usually add a disclaimer to them something like “I am throwing this together as an excuse to talk about rose-scented things and things to get me out of a winter funk”. My disclaimer is the truth. So, instead of saying this is some sort of gift guide, I’m going to be frank. This is a list of 14 ridiculous things that I wish I could buy myself in the middle of February. It has nothing to do with Valentine’s… Continue reading | 8 Comments

fragrance, hair

Mugler Alien Beautifying Hair Mist Review

Mugler Alien Hair

Mainstream Monday : Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Mugler bath/body products are some of my favorites. A few months ago, Mugler launched a new Alien bath/body line with cream, lotion, shower milk, deodorant and a hair perfume.

So, what is a hair mist? It’s another way to wear perfume. I’ve noticed over the past few years that hair perfumes have been very popular with perfume and haircare brands. There’s a few reasons that hair perfumes appeal to me.

  1. It’s a different way to wear perfume
fragrance

Blackbird Y06-S Perfume Review

 

Blackbird Y06-S perfume

Blackbird is a Seattle-based indie perfume brand with a minimal aesthetic and fragrances with backstories delving into science fiction, art and oracles. Throughout the years, I’ve reviewed a few Blackbird perfumes. In all honesty, I have never wanted to try one as badly as I did the newest launch Y06-S. Why? BANANAS. I am one of those weird people that loves the scent/flavor of artificial bananas. It’s so sickly sweet, unnatural but if you really focus on a real banana isn’t it as… Continue reading | 9 Comments

fragrance

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

fragrance

Zoologist Camel Perfume Review

Zoologist Camel

Zoologist Perfumes draws its inspirations from animals. With the copy and the name, I expected for Camel to have a Middle Eastern or Horn of Africa influence. This influence is seen throughout perfumery with the use of resins, woods and fruits from the regions and “desert imagery”. It does seem like if your brand is inspired by animals and if you want to do a “spice route” sort of perfume, then a camel as your mascot seems like a good idea.

The opening of Camel is like… Continue reading | 2 Comments