Comme des Garçons Amazingreen is one of those perfumes that I knew I would have to revisit one day. I had hyped it up in my head pre-launch. I wanted to smell like gunpowder and pepper. When I tried Amazingreen, I didn’t get any of that. Nor did I get “Amazing” or “Green”. I was mad at Amazingreen. I was mad that it didn’t live up to my expectations. But, I was also mad that I *sort of* liked it too. Here I am in late summer 2018 revisiting… Continue reading
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 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 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).
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