In The House – Brand Spotlight on Aftelier Perfumes

Aftelier perfumes

In the House is a new feature on EauMG. I’m collecting my experiences from years of perfume sampling and putting together a quick brand overview. There are so many perfume lines out there that it can be overwhelming. My goal with this is to quickly introduce people to niche and indie lines that may be of interest to them.

Who’s in the house? Aftelier

The perfumer: Mandy Aftel, a self-taught perfumer, teacher and author.

Mandy Aftel

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EauMG’s Holiday 2013 Gift Guide for Your Favorite Goth

Elvira Christmas

This is one of my favorite gift guides to put together. Goth is its own subculture with similar cultural influence but the final product over the years has resulted in a diverse aesthetic. I don’t claim to be a goth expert. I’m just a grown-up that never outgrew my collection of Fields of Nephilim leather hats.  This is my gift guide for those that find beauty in the dark, complex and eerie. This is the gift guide for all those beautiful weird girls, freaks and misfits… Continue reading | 1 Comment


Phoenix Botanicals Meadow & Fir Botanical Solid Perfume Review

Phoenix Botanicals Fir


Phoenix Botanicals Meadow & Fir perfume is inspired by warm summer afternoons. To me Meadow & Fir is like a Christmas tree on vacation in Florida.

Meadow & Fir is a balsamic evergreen. It’s a fir forest with a warm breeze. Meadow & Fir could easily be a sibling of Aftelier Fig (it’s better behaved sibling). The fragrance is warm and resinous, like a fir amber. Meadow & Fir is a rather linear fragrance but it does become more resinous with myrrh at the… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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EauMG’s 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father's Day gift guide

I love making gift guides. If there was a master’s program in it, I’d go into student debt for it. Here’s my suggestions for Father’s Day gifts. Or as my husband says, “Victoria Jent’s Guide to Sh*t Your Dad Doesn’t Want”. He’s wrong. He’s always wrong. Lots of dads read my blog. Lots of dads want to smell good.

1. Madame Scodioli Whisker Wax in Laudanum – Dad still rocks an unbelievable 70’s mustache? Dad have crazy scary eye brows? Side burns? This Whisker Wax… Continue reading | 4 Comments


Sweet Anthem Floral Perfume Reviews

Sweet Anthem is a Seattle-based perfume line by perfumer Meredith Smith. Here’s my review of a few of their floral perfumes that are in the all-year catalog.

Sweet Anthem Annabelle

Annabelle perfume oil has notes of jasmine, osmanthus, sea salt, and white amber.

Annabelle opens as a tropical coconut floral reminding me of manoï. I get a ripe banana ylang-ylang. It’s a tropical floral by the sea. It dries down to a warm, powdery amber. In the oil base, it’s a good choice for a “beach” perfume. If… Continue reading | 8 Comments