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Thierry Mugler Angel Muse Perfume Review

Mugler Angel Muse

Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume

I’ve been reviewing perfumes on this blog for 10+ years now. A lot of things have changed – from my own life to even just the perfume industry. Anyway, there are a few posts that I’m surprised that I haven’t done yet, even over this past decade. One of those is that I’ve never reviewed the original Mugler Angel perfume, an icon that I have so much respect for that I find it difficult to convey in words. 

When Angel Muse launched, it was instant… Continue reading | 17 Comments

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Chris Rusak Perfumes – Reviews of Io, 33 & Quasi Una Absurdia

Marlon Brando

Chris Rusak is a Los Angeles-based indie perfume brand (oh, and a person that is an artist and teaches at The Institute of Art and Olfaction too) that has launched a trio of new perfumes.

Unfortunately, I’ve been sitting on these for most of the summer. The “little” move across town, graduation, job hunting and travel really ate up my life. Long story short, I misplaced the samples but they weren’t ever misplaced (moving is so much fun). They were in a totally logical place… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Comme des Garcons Amazingreen Perfume Review

CdG Amazingreen

Comme des Garçons Amazingreen is one of those perfumes that I knew I would have to revisit one day. I had hyped it up in my head pre-launch. I wanted to smell like gunpowder and pepper. When I tried Amazingreen, I didn’t get any of that. Nor did I get “Amazing” or “Green”. I was mad at Amazingreen. I was mad that it didn’t live up to my expectations. But, I was also mad that I *sort of* liked it too. Here I am in late summer 2018 revisiting… Continue reading

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Floraiku Perfume Reviews – Part 2

I’m continuing from yesterday with the Part 2 Edition of my reviews of Floraïku perfumes.

FORBIDDEN INCENSE COLLECTION

This is a collection that consists of a trio of perfumes inspired by kōdō/incense ceremonies. Their bottles are black.

Floraiku Sound of a Ricochet

Sound of a Ricochet

vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood

Sound of a Ricochet is a sweet sandalwood. Mainly it’s vanilla and sandalwood (giving me strong vibes of Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black). The sandalwood is soft and balsamic. The vanilla… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Etro Jacquard Perfume Review

Etro Jacquard

Hello, I’m only reviewing Etro Jacquard because I love the sunny, cheerful bottle.

The opening of a Jacquard is a bitter angelica. So, yeah, it smells a little bit like celery leaves and cedar pencil shavings. There’s a dry, spicy black pepper and bright citrus. As far as citrus go, this is a greener, drier citrus instead of a juicy, pulpy citrus. Then we get to the rest of the fragrance. It’s a sheer, powdery iris with a green violet. This isn’t a cosmetic powdery fragrance. It has… Continue reading | 2 Comments