Acqua di Parma Colonia Mirra Perfume Review

Aqua di Parma Mirra

Myrrh is one of those notes that I adore but it’s not an easy note to wear. Myrrh can be very acrid and bitter. Sometimes it’s cold, like in Serge Lutens La Myrrhe (one of my favorite perfumes). Other times it’s like waxy black licorice. And sometimes you get a whiff of myrrh that smells like the exhaust of a semi-truck. Of course, myrrh will also remind some people of church/mass.

Acqua di Parma launched Colonia Mirra, which is basically a “soliflore”/single note… Continue reading | 2 Comments


Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure EDP Perfume Review

Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure

If you are looking for an “authentic” smelling incense perfume that focuses more on the raw ingredients of traditional incense more than smelling like something liturgical, check out Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure.

Incense Pure opens as a musty frankincense and myrrh. I also get a sharp piñon. I have little apothecary jars filled with resins: frankincense, myrrh, piñon, and labdanum. And I have little apothecary jars filled with woods and plants: sandalwood, Virginian cedar, patchouli leaves and orris root. When I have all… Continue reading | 11 Comments


Aftelier Sepia Parfum & EDP Perfume Review

You can follow the develop of Sepia through the letters of Mandy Aftel and Laurie Erickson of Sonoma Scent Studio on Nathan Branch’s blog. Sepia is inspired by ghost towns. I like that.

Aftelier Sepia EDP

EDP Review

Sepia opens as a “pink” citrus melody. The entire scent hits me as a salmon shade. It’s not frou-frou. I  get a raunchy barnyard oud with indoles working its way through. There’s a bitterness from sulfuric grapefruit peel that blends with bitter, green florals. When the… Continue reading | 5 Comments