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Bond No. 9 Signature Bond No. 9 Perfume Review

Bond No. 9 Signature

One day I was waiting for a friend. During this time of boredom I found myself sniffing Bond No. 9 perfumes and hoping that I wouldn’t tumble over these colorful class bottles wearing exaggerated shoulder pads.¹ Success! No embarrassing accidents at the nice department store! The sales associate approached me, which I wasn’t in the mood for because I was going to waste her time. I wasn’t going to buy a Bond No. 9 that day (or any day, I don’t own any). Long story short, she… Continue reading

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Edward Bess Genre Perfume Review

Edward Bess Genre

I’ve always been intimidated by horses. I rightfully should be. I have no experience with them; I’ve never rode one. They’re huge, powerful creatures that really don’t need me. Like most things intimidating, I’m intrigued by them. So, when I look them it’s equal parts awe and also “this thing could kill me”.  They’re gorgeous huge, powerful creatures. I love them and basically all of the imagery they represent. I may not have any experience with horses but many people have. I imagine that makeup artist Edward Bess… Continue reading

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Acqua di Parma Colonia Mirra Perfume Review

Aqua di Parma Mirra

Myrrh is one of those notes that I adore but it’s not an easy note to wear. Myrrh can be very acrid and bitter. Sometimes it’s cold, like in Serge Lutens La Myrrhe (one of my favorite perfumes). Other times it’s like waxy black licorice. And sometimes you get a whiff of myrrh that smells like the exhaust of a semi-truck. Of course, myrrh will also remind some people of church/mass.

Acqua di Parma launched Colonia Mirra, which is basically a “soliflore”/single note… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Raw Spirit Citadelle & Bijou Vert Perfume Reviews

Raw Spirit Perfumes

It’s so strange to me which “Destination Inspirations” keep repeatedly showing up in perfumery. If you made maps based solely on perfume inspirations it’d only consist of the Mediterranean, Hawaii and some vague Spice Route that encompasses whatever Europeans think isn’t European. I’m not really complaining about these inspirations, they’re beautiful places and I enjoy many perfumes with these inspirations. I’m just saying there are so many beautiful places in this world that are underrepresented in the world of perfumery (or at least perfume marketing)… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Escentric Molecules Molecule 04 & Escentric 04 Perfume Reviews

Escentric Molecules have a bit of a cult-following in world of niche perfume and in the world of fashionable people¹. But, it’s never really been a line that I’ve been drawn to despite liking the perfumes on other people. They’re the sort of perfumes that you wear for others and not yourself. I wear perfume for me.

Escentric Molecules has launched two/binary new perfumes in their minimalist collection, Molecule 04 and Escentric 04:

Escentric Molecules

MOLECULE 04

Molecule 04 is like a citrus-hued sandalwood. It’s dry, woodsy and… Continue reading | 3 Comments