Aether Arts Electrum Perfume Review

Aether Arts Electrum

Aether Arts Electrum is a perfume that mixes “gold and silver”. It’s an amber that brings together warm and cool notes. The final result is a rather “foresty” amber.

Electrum reminds me of marshmallows in the snow. It’s a sweet marshmallow amber with cool snow-covered fir trees. There’s something in Electrum that is savory, like mushrooms cooked in broth. It’s “meaty”; it has density. When it warms up, it becomes this balsamic vanilla and amber with gooey, sap-like resins. There’s a mix of this sweet, syrupy… Continue reading | 2 Comments


Boadicea The Victorious Complex EDP Perfume Review

Boadicea Complex EDP Perfume Review


I hate really certain thoughts that put people into boxes of rigid identities: introvert/extrovert, left-brain/right-brain, dog person/cat person and even city person/country person. But, I have found, and much of the struggle of adulthood is finding out what you want, that I am a city person. I fit into that stringent little box. Open spaces give me anxiety. My nightmares are filled with scenarios where I’m stuck in some tiny town. Don’t get me wrong, I like visiting rural… Continue reading | 1 Comment


Roxana Illuminated Perfumes Chiaroscuro Natural Perfume Review

Roxana Illuminated Perfume Chiaroscuro

Roxana Illuminated Perfume Chiaroscuro is a perfume based on contrasts. It’s an interpretation of olfactory “tonal” contrasts like that seen in visual art.

Note that this perfume is available in solid or liquid form. I have a photo of the solid perfume featured but I’m reviewing the liquid.

Chiaroscuro opens with a shocking amount of indoles. I put it on and the dogs start sniffing. It really caught their attention. The indoles become more subdued. There is a lemon verbena with fresh ginger now… Continue reading | 4 Comments


Chanel Antaeus EDT Fragrance Review

Chanel Antaeus


Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume

I featured Chanel Antaeus in my Favorite Masculines for Men post. This was a post about perfumes that I love to smell but don’t feel comfortable wearing. And it’s very evident from that post that I love late 1970’s and early 1980’s masculines. I like men’s fragrances that will remind you of Tom Selleck’s mustache.

Antaeus is a powerhouse. It is THE powerhouse. It broke the ice for a decade of “sooo masculine it was borderline… Continue reading | 8 Comments


Chantecaille Kalimantan EDP Perfume Review

Chantecaille Kalimantan perfume

Kalimantan is such an unexpected addition to the Chantecaille fragrance line. It’s quite a tale of Beauty and the Beast. We have this skanky, dirty amber beast of a fragrance in a middle of a pretty princess luxury beauty line.

Kalimantan opens as this rich amber and delicate spice with barnyard funk (oud). After 10 minutes, I get this green, herbal grassiness that at times reminds me of pot and then when I think of it some more, it’s more like thyme and Mexican oregano. This is all… Continue reading | 5 Comments