Aftelier Vanilla Smoke Natural Perfume Review

Aftelier Vanilla Smoke

Vanilla Smoke is the newest perfume from Aftelier. As the name implies, this is a fragrance that pairs vanilla with smoky notes (and in this case from lapsang souchong tea). With cooler temperatures, shorter days and dead leaves crunching beneath steps, I must admit that I’ve never  been more ready for a perfume called “Vanilla Smoke”.

Like many of the Aftelier perfumes, Vanilla Smoke is available as a parfum or as an EDP. Here’s my impressions of both:


The parfum opens with more citrus than the EDP. It’s fruity and juicy… Continue reading | 9 Comments

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The Lipstick League – Week of 5.18.15


The Lipstick League – Week of 5.18.15

Question of the Week: Which eyeshadow primer are you reaching for most often these days?

EauMG’s Answer: My default primer is Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion. However, I’m have a renewed interest in eye makeup again and I keep reaching for various shades of Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow

Clumps of Mascara – is already feeling the summer heat here in Florida but what will Zoya’s Paradise Sun collection


Phoenix Botanicals Linden Moon Natural Perfume Review

Phoenix Botanicals Linden Moon

Phoenix Botanicals Linden Moon is a perfume inspired by linden blossoms drenched in moonlight and the Summer Solstice.

Linden Moon opens with lime zest and linden tea. The heart is a waxy jasmine with faint linden blossoms. It dries down to a grassy vetiver and patchouli.

On my skin, the jasmine is the most prominent; however, this is what puts the “night” in this perfume. It’s a soft linden breeze paired with heady night-blooming jasmine.


April Aromatics Liquid Dreams EDP Perfume Review

April Aromatics Liquid Dreams

April Aromatics Liquid Dreams is when spring meets summer. There’s delicate yellow spring florals mixing with refreshing citrus and sharp linden blossoms.

Liquid Dreams opens with a big blast of natural lemon. And then it reminds me of that “refreshing” spa water; an infusion of water with lemon, lime and cucumber slices. It’s refreshing and effervescent. The linden peeks through. It’s tart and more green when smelled from a distance. Up close, it’s more floral reminding me of linden mixing with pollen-y daffodils – a spring… Continue reading | 3 Comments


Aftelier Wild Roses EDP Perfume Review

Aftelier Wild Roses

Aftelier Wild Roses is inspired by perfumer Mandy Aftel’s garden. It’s meant to come across like walking around and smelling all of the flowers, not a soliflore but more of a “multiflore”. For me it’s a very synesthetic fragrance. I smell it in colors.

Coral, vermilion, hot pink, lilac with “flickers” of yellow curry that fades into a deep royal purple. Wild Roses comes at me as a swirl of bold colors reminding me of vintage Pucci prints. Wild Roses opens with a vanilla-heliotrope rose with natural… Continue reading | 9 Comments