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House of Matriarch Albatross EDP Perfume Review

House of Matriarch Albatross

If you haven’t already noticed, Pacific Northwest based perfume line, House of Matriarch, has rebranded their line and extended their distribution to the Seattle-based department store, Nordstrom. This is huge! More and more retailers understand that many of us want more interesting options! At first,  I was a little skeptical because I thought that the formulas would have been compromised. But, they haven’t. I’ve sampled them all and the brand is better now than ever.

Albatross is one of the new perfumes in the… Continue reading | 17 Comments

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The Different Company Sel de Vetiver EDT Perfume Review

The Different Company Sel de Vetiver

One of my favorite genres of perfumes are those that bring to mind the sea. Many of us that lived through the 90’s have an aversion to the perfumes labeled “aquatics” that were usually in some blue bottle fronted by some topless ripped guy covered in water droplets. Those perfumes typically smelled like something that would kill salmonella on a kitchen countertop. And after a decade of these, I understand why people may fear anything with ocean/sea marketing. However, you shouldn’t. The modern… Continue reading

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Olympic Orchids Kingston Ferry EDP Perfume Review

Olympic Orchids

 

Let me start this review with the fact that I know exactly what the Kingston Ferry terminal smells like; I’m all too familiar with PNW ferries. And before I even heard about Olympic Orchids and many other indie perfume brands, I had fantasized about having a perfume that smelled like ferry terminals (and oddly I’ve always thought Dior Fahrenheit smells sort of like the Seattle Ferry terminal).

Kingston Ferry opens with something like motor oil and really dry woods. The flowers and plants in this fragrance are… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Annick Goutal Vetiver EDT Cologne Review

Annick Goutal Vetiver

It may surprise some people because not many perfume lovers declare this, but I love aquatics. Now before you start judging me, give me a chance. I don’t love melon/cucumbers that verge into household cleaner territory. I love salty, mineral scents that remind me of the sea. Unfortunately, the 90’s ruined this “ocean” genre of perfume for most people. But, I promise, there are some really great ocean inspired perfumes out there and Annick Goutal Vetiver is one of them.

Vetiver is well, vetiver with brine… Continue reading | 7 Comments

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Heeley Sel Marin EDP Perfume Review

HEELEY Sel Marin

As I mentioned in my Perfume Picks for Summer 2013 video, I was slow to warm up to Heeley Sel Marin. It wasn’t that I disliked it, but I didn’t exactly “get” it when I tried it in 2008. It read to me as some nice citrus-cucumber thing made for summer holidays. Keep in mind, I’m from a landlocked state. One of the many reasons I moved was to smell saltwater. Now I never see myself ever living in a landlocked area again…and not just… Continue reading | 18 Comments