Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur EDP Perfume Review

Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur

Sacred incense meets cool ocean air. Warm sun and a balmy breeze. This is Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur, a new generation of aquatics. Copal Azur is marketed as a copal incense fragrance inspired by the Mayan temples of Tulum, Mexico. This is the sort of post-aquatics that I’ve been waiting for.

Copal Azur is like incense and ocean mist. It opens with cool, salty mineral notes and an effervescent, lemon-like frankincense. Copal Azur has this effect that makes me think of the vastness of the ocean… Continue reading | 5 Comments


Sage Diamond Perfume Oil Review

Sage Machado Diamond

Sage Machado is a California-based jewelry line. The line expanded to include perfumes inspired by gemstones that Sage uses in her designs. The aesthetic of the line is the epitome of Cali-boho. It draws from both West Coast and global inspirations. Diamond is the newest addition to the perfume collection.

There are other perfumes inspired by diamonds, but I love the direction that Sage went in. This is inspired by raw diamonds. This isn’t a dazzling, affluent Marilyn Monroe “Diamonds are a Girls’ Best Friend” sort… Continue reading | 4 Comments


Aether Arts Aether Argent EDP Perfume Review

Aether Arts Argent

Aether Arts Aether Argent is the first perfume in the Aether Series, a series of perfumes that explores ozonic and marine scents. Aether Argent is inspired by the stratosphere.

Aether Argent opens as cool and refreshing muddled mint leaves in sparkling water. It’s effervescent. Aether Argent becomes a crystal clear mineral water with an evergreen sprig and herbal ice cubes. The dry-down is an abstract floral clean musk (it wears like this for much of the wear).

This is one of those sheer, unobtrusive fragrance… Continue reading | 1 Comment


Penhaligon’s Quercus Cologne Fragrance Review

Penhaligon's Quercus Cologne

When I first sniffed Penhaligon’s Quercus, I had flashbacks to the mid-90’s. This stuff smells really familiar.

Quercus opens as ozonic to me but not “sea-fresh”. It reminds me of a gin and tonic. There’s a slight effervescence mixed with a cool spicy cardamom and tons of citrus. It wears as clean musks, ozone notes, citrus and shampoo-like florals over a warm, squeaky clean amber.

My “issue” with Quercus is that it is very similar to CK One…or at least how I remember CK


Inis Cologne Fragrance Review

Inis Cologne

Inis “The Energy of the Sea” by The Fragrances of Ireland is a clean, cool aquatic perfume. It’s a quintessential aquatic fragrance.

Inis (Irish for island) fits right into the aquatic genre of fragrances. It opens with cold ozone, citrus-melon and florals. With time I get an overdose of lily of the valley mixed with algae – something green and salty. The lily of the valley is what makes this scent so clean to me. (I have a feeling that most people will call this “soap” and not… Continue reading | 1 Comment