One of the things that I’m missing about Washington, now that it’s summer, is the lavender. This is the time of year that we’d go up the Olympic peninsula and sniff lavender in the rain shadow. Weekends of acres and acres of lavender, warm pleasant weather with a salt water breeze. It was a summer ritual and now I miss it. However, when I tried the newest release from natural indie line Alchemologie, I’m a little closer to this summer ritual. Foret de la Mer… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Hiram Green has launched a new perfume, Shangri La, a chypre inspired by James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. When the perfumer reached out to me to try this newest launch, he “warned” me that it was rather different than the debut fragrance, Moon Bloom, which is now one of my favorite tuberose perfumes. And honestly, I was relieved to hear that it was different, as I don’t like too many redundancies in brands anyway. The… Continue reading | 7 Comments
December is the month that I start to crave chypres. I blame it on the decadence of the holidays. All the tinsel, lights, spicy aromas must rub off on me. I too, want to be decked out like some sort of suburban Christmas tree. I want to be covered in jewels, sparkles, tinsel, silk and velvet! But, I can’t walk around like a human version of a Macy’s Holiday tree. However, I can wear perfumes that remind me of the decadence of the holidays. I… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Jolie Laide Jules et Jim is one of those perfumes that smells antique. It’s not that it smells like a vintage or “antique” perfume, it’s that it reminds me of antiques.
Jules et Jim is all about the oakmoss. And to me, this oakmoss gives it this dark, antique feel. It smells old which isn’t a jab. I’m not saying it smells “off” but I’m saying that it smells like antiques. Jules et Jim opens with dried lavender buds. There’s a balsamic quality to… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Capsule Parfums are a line of smaller “pocket” sized fragrances obviously marketed to the “20-something” crowd. Urbane is a perfume inspired by “the zest of urban life”.
I’m the type of person that absolutely loves living in urban areas. Suburbs freak me out and rural areas give me panic attacks. As far as “zest of urban life”, I really don’t know what to say about that. I love living the way that I do but I do encounter lots of “urban zest”, just check out any… Continue reading | 1 Comment