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Malle Outrageous! EDP Perfume Review

Malle Outrageous

Imagine CK One for the luxury shopper. So, yeah, Outrageous! really is a perfect fragrance for the Barneys Co-Op crowd.

The notes listed sound like a hot mess. The scent opens with an alcoholic caipirinha or more like a mojito – lime, mint, and rum – with fresh, out of the dryer towels. And there are aldeyhdes, tons of aldehydes. It sounds weird  and to some extent it is. To me, it’s like if Downy added a mojito scented fabric softener to their extensive line of scents… Continue reading | 6 Comments

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Bottega Veneta EDP Perfume Review

Bottega Veneta EDP

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

I love when a fashion line’s fragrance actually “matches” the brand. So many fashion lines launch unrelated perfumes and hope that their name will sell it. And this does work. But, there is something truly remarkable about a line that creates a signature scent for their signature. Bottega Veneta the brand and the perfume “match”. It’s a fragrance as soft as luxury leather with a timeless sophstication.

With Bottega Veneta I get the bottom first. I immediately… Continue reading | 17 Comments

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Penhaligon’s Eau de Cologne Fragrance Review

Penhaligon's Eau de Cologne

Originally created in 1927, Penhaligon’s Eau de Cologne has been relaunched in the Anthology Collection. Eau de Cologne should get an award for the most fleeting fragrance on the planet. I swear that its life span is 5 minutes on my skin. Even for an eau de cologne, I find this remarkable.

I find Eau de Cologne very refreshing. It opens as freshly squeezed lemons and oranges. It’s very effervescent and optimistic. I get some of that heady neroli that reminds me of little petals… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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NEST Fragrances Orchid Rain Candle for Jason Wu Review

I can talk about most scents and I can describe most scents but NEST Fragrances Orchid Rain for Jason Wu has been a difficult one for me. All I want to say is that it’s perfect. The end.

NEST Jason Wu Orchid Rain candle

With the name Orchid Rain and from the note list, I expected something dewy and fruity with a hint of pink pepper spice. Honestly, I expected something I’ve smelled before. That’s the problem with expectations. You have to experience things.

The orchid in… Continue reading | 1 Comment

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DSH Perfumes Italian Splendor Alba EDP Perfume Review

DSH Alba perfume

DSH Perfumes Alba, From Across the Alps, is in the Italian Splendor collection. The scent is inspired by a Renaissance tapestry from the late 1500’s. Alba is a warm honeyed floral that reminds me of late spring in the countryside. It reminds me of fruit trees in bloom, wildflowers and sun-warmed grasses.

Alba opens up as a bitter almond citrus with honeyed florals. I can smell the animalic notes even at initial application. It’s a waxy beeswax and indolic flowers. The florals are balanced by powdery florals… Continue reading