If you read EauMG, I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about Aftelier perfumes before. It’s a brand of indie, natural perfumes and flavors. Mandy Aftel, is also a teacher and author. I don’t think anyone else has influenced natural perfumery in the United States as much as Mandy. If this wasn’t enough, Aftelier opened the Aftelier Archive of Curious Scents in Berkeley, California. This is a little place where you can sniff a lot of raw materials (over 300… Continue reading
With a name like “Coco Blanc” and a note list that reads like a dessert menu, one would expect for House of Matriarch Coco Blanc to smell like any typical gourmand, right? Well, it isn’t. This is an all-natural gourmand. And since so many gourmands rely on aromachemicals that smell like cotton candy, Coco Blanc isn’t going to come across like any of those gourmands you know. I’d actually argue that Coco Blanc isn’t a gourmand at all, but I don’t want to exert the energy… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Providence Perfume Co. Heart of Darkness is a natural fougère that is supposed to be a classic but “with a dark twist”. I think of Heart of Darkness like a “noir cologne”. It has classic elements associated with traditionally masculine fragrances (freshness or a “lift”) but it’s also “dark” and has depth.
Heart of Darkness opens with a clean lavender and lemon. For a truly clean trifecta, there’s an addition of pine/evergreens. This reminds me of classic men’s aftershave of the 1960’s. Underneath this… Continue reading | 2 Comments
When I moved to the NYC area, I started to take up tapestry weaving as a hobby. I don’t know why I decided to do such a thing while living in such a small space, but I did. I really enjoyed it. I took classes and rented space in a textile center. I would get lost in fibers and colors. When I started grad school, everything was pushed to the back burner. I still have a primitive handloom with an unfinished piece on it, but it just stares… Continue reading
Can you believe it’s already September?! In a few months it’ll be a new year! I’ve already started back to graduate school. This is my final year. I look forward to receiving my Masters of Science but I also know that it’s going to be a very stressful year. To cope, I made a little deal with myself (one that popped into my head while receiving an excellent facial at Omorovicza‘s flagship spa in Budapest) – Get some sort of spa treatment or facial once a… Continue reading | 2 Comments