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Exotic Island Perfumer Orquidea Absoluta EDP Perfume Review

Exotic Island Perfumer Orquidea Absoluta

Living in a place where some days the air is too difficult to breathe and in the summer the streets smell like rotting garbage, it’s hard not to view an island in the Caribbean covered in  rain forests and sandy beaches as anything but paradise. Because if we measure paradise by fruits and fauna, Puerto Rico could be paradise¹. The Exotic Island Perfumer is an indie perfume brand based in Puerto Rico. This delights me because I want more perfumes in my life with a Puerto… Continue reading | 9 Comments

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Technique Indiscrete by Libertin Louison Santa Subita EDP Perfume Review

Libertin Louisin Santa Subita

 

Fellow patch-heads, you’ll want to check out Technique Indiscrete Santa Subita. This is a patchouli beast.

Santa Subita opens with rich citrus over sweet woods and moss. There’s a camphoric patchouli mixing with musty orange peel and mint. The opening is slightly grating not because it’s aggravating but because it’s so hardy.The heart of Santa Subita is patchouli and balsamic incense resins. This heart is “raw” reminding me of dried patchouli leaves and jars of resins. It’s musty and ancient in feel. The… Continue reading | 6 Comments

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Puredistance M Extrait Perfume Review

Puredistance M

It’s time for me to review this aspirational “master perfume”, created by a “master perfumer”. Puredistance M is a leather oriental inspired by “the stylish interiors of a grey Aston Martin”, James Bond’s car. I’ve never been a Bond fan nor have I ever sat in a grey Aston Martin…or any Aston Martin for that matter, but I can say that I like the “overindulgence” that is Puredistance M.

Balsamic citrus and cinnamon spiced honey. It’s complex and multi-faceted. It actually reminds me of mezcal. Cumin and… Continue reading | 6 Comments

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Ineke Gilded Lily EDP Perfume Review

INeKe Gilded Lily EDP Perfume

Ineke Gilded Lily wears like a still life to me even though it does progress and change with wear. What I mean is that it reminds me of a painting with dense, saturated colors. It’s a dark table draped in rich embroidered velvet. On the table is a gold bowl of ripe fruits, a vase of blooming lilies and a rustic candelabra.

Gilded Lily opens with tart fruits and a sulfuric grapefruit. Underneath this is a hint of chypre – moss and patchouli. The top is… Continue reading | 5 Comments

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Vero Profumo Mito EDP Perfume Review

Vero Profumo Mito perfume

One of the many reasons that I respect the Vero Profumo line so much is that Vero doesn’t release a perfume until it’s perfect. Her line is not padded with filler fragrances. She doesn’t launch a fragrance to keep her name in the perfume SEO game. Vero launches a perfume when it is right. Mito is right.

Mito opens as fresh, green and bitter with citrus and a complex galbanum (like wet weeds and freshly sliced apples). The scent is bold. If it were a… Continue reading | 6 Comments