Atelier des Ors Aube Rubis is one of those perfumes that I think I know but then I wear it a few different times over a span of a few different seasons and then I realize I never really knew it. There are times that I think of it like an iris gourmand (usually in warmer weather). Sometimes I think of it as a very opulent fruitichouli (again, in warmer weather). And then I wear it on cooler days and it’s suede and woods. Or it’s… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Rose Week 2016
Être au Parfum is a trio of rose perfumes launched in 2015 that are meant to be worn alone or layered. Each perfume displays a different faucet of rose soliflores.
Here’s my quick take on each one:
“The Citrus Rose”
Une opens as lemonade. It gets greener and more herbal with wear reminding me of geranium and lemon balm. The heart is a a bright citrus-y rose. Because of all of the lemon mixing… Continue reading | 8 Comments
Let me introduce you to one of my favorite vetiver fragrances ever.
Hermès Hermessence Vetiver Tonka smells like a vetiver caramel latte. The hazelnut in this comes across as coffee beans to me. The fragrance has that abstract sheerness that it appears that only Ellena can do successfully. It’s a slightly salty vetiver, green and gourmand with better-than-vanilla tonka beans. It’s warm and slightly smoky.
Notes listed include vetiver, hazelnut, praline and
The Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Take a generic, sweet fruity-floral with your favorite or not-so-favorite pop singer’s face on the box, wrap it up in purse-like leatherette sleeve complete with dangling charm so everyone knows that you are posh, take the celeb-o juice price and times it by three and one is left with Carolina Herrera CH. If you like sweet, synthetic Coty and Elizabeth Arden celeb genre perfumes but are too embarrassed to purchase something by Mariah Carey or Kylie Minogue, don’t worry. Carolina Herrera has… Continue reading | 8 Comments
Every now and then I will smell a fragrance on a blotter card that will make me cringe, this one gave me a toothache. It was like spraying raspberry jam, pecan pie and caramel onto a blotter card. I realize this works for a lot of people, but for me, it was too much.
The floral notes in Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy don’t really stand out. They are hidden behind raspberry jam-filled doughnuts. It smells like caramel and pecan pie. The base is a creamy vanilla with woods. Honestly… Continue reading | 3 Comments