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Esscentual Alchemy Sax & Violets Perfume Oil Review

Tarragon is such an unique and complex note. I often complain that it isn’t used enough in perfumery. Well, Esscentual Alchemy has used it and and used it well. Esscentual Alchemy by Absinthe Dragonfly Sax & Violets is an interesting composition of patchouli and yes, tarragon. The final result is a sweet, woodsy, and balmy fragrance that I can’t stop sniffing.

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Etro Messe de Minuit EDT Fragrance Review

Etro Messe de Minuit EDT review

OK, I’m a closet goth. I like deep aubergine lipstick, thick black eyeliner, and darkwave. I don’t appear very “goth” since most people associate this with what they remember from high school: Hot Topic, crushed velvet, and Wet n Wild black lipstick. Anyways, what I’m saying is that I tend to like “gothic” (moody) fragrances too: dark, mossy, mildewy, smoky incense. This is why I had to try Etro Messe de Minuit (midnight mass). Etro Messe de Minuit is a gothic… Continue reading | 11 Comments

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DSH Perfumes Cafe Noir EDP Perfume Review

DSH Perfumes Cafe Noir

DSH Perfumes Cafe Noir is a moody, rich fragrance. I love it. I call it “beatnik in a bottle”. It’s smart and sophisticated and a bit counter-culture (if a perfume can be described as such). It reminds me of a classic French perfume created for the kind of gal that spends late nights/early mornings reading Lawrence Ferlinghetti by the fireplace, sipping on midnight black coffee.

DSH describes this spicy oriental luxury perfume as “a Paris night…Dark and sophisticated, it evokes late concerts