Sweet Anthem Ella, Petra & Owl EDP Perfume Reviews

I know I’m whiny. I complain about the cold. I complain about the rain. And now I’m complaining about summer. I’m over it. I feel like I’ve had enough of this summer of 80º+ heat, no a/c and a bedroom on the top floor. I’m romanticizing fall and look forward to balmy days.

I’m also looking forward to fall perfumes. Ella and Petra are two limited edition perfumes in Sweet Anthem’s seasonal Fall ’14 Collection.

Sweet Anthem Ella

Ella has notes of agarwood, black tea, lavender and pumpkin.

home scents

NEST Sicilian Tangerine & White Narcisse Candle Review

OK, I’ve had a really busy Sunday organizing and cleaning, but I thought I’d post something anyway. Here’s my “mini reviews” of two home fragrances from NEST.

NEST Sicilian Tangerine

Sicilian Tangerine – Notes listed include Sicilian tangerine, bergamot, mango and passion fruit.

This is a very nice tropical fruit tangerine. I want it blended in ice with rum and brought to my poolside lounger STAT 😉

It’s a fresh citrus with a sweet, tropical mango and passion fruit that doesn’t remind me of Sicily but the… Continue reading | 4 Comments


Shelley Kyle De Ma Mere EDP Perfume Review

Shelley Kyle De Ma Mere

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to review Shelley Kyle De Ma Mère. When I first sampled the line, I immediately fell for this one. I love a spring-like honeyed floral.

De Ma Mère is a gorgeous honeyed floral. It’s a cool, dewy mimosa with lime zest. The linden in this is sweet and honeyed, reminding me of linden tea. De Ma Mère is a sweet yet tart floral. It wears rather linear but I like… Continue reading | 10 Comments


Pirouette Perfume Gold Souvenir EDP Review

Pirouette Gold Souvenir

The past few days in Seattle, it’s been gorgeous. We’ve had sunshine, fluffy white clouds gracing bright blue skies. Flowers are in bloom and spring green buds are dusting tree leaves. This perfect weather had me thinking about a perfume launched last year by Seattle-based Pirouette. Souvenir is a perfume inspired by lazy, sunny days and that’s exactly what I get from it – yellow flowers and blue skies.

Souvenir opens with a floral astringency. It’s a fruity lavender and mimosa. If Souvenir were a color, it’d… Continue reading | 3 Comments


Givenchy Dahlia Noir EDP Perfume Review

Givenchy Dahlia Noir

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume

Dahlia Noir – doesn’t that sound dark? I can’t help but to hear the name and think of the gruesome “Black Dahlia” murder. I saw the Unsolved Mysteries of that as a kid and it scarred me for life (as was the intention of the show). So, it’s very difficult for me to think of the name “Dahlia Noir” without getting the heebie jeebies. The name was my first warning sign.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir throws me off at the initial stage. I get something that reminds me… Continue reading | 7 Comments