fragrance

Hermes Hermessence Cedre Sambac Perfume Review

Hermes Cedre Sambac

One of my many character flaws is that I love the Hermès Hermèssence collection. I live for sheer, ephemeral things that are basically non-existent. According to online perfume platforms and other perfume-related reviews, this is a problem. But, it’s not for me. I think things that last forever on the skin are a nightmare; they’re oppressive. My attention span and patience aren’t equipped for marathon perfumes.

This year Hermès has launched additional perfumes in the Hermèssence collection. The names suggested “heavier” perfumes, but I’m a… Continue reading | 4 Comments

fragrance

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

fragrance

Blackbird Ophir Perfume Review

Blackbird Ophir review

OK, OK, so the inspiration of Blackbird Ophir is a fictional trade planet and some pulp paperback storylines. I’m fine with all of that. I’m not here to debate what I think a fictional trade planet should smell like, but I’ll say this. This fictional trade planet smells a lot like what is in this Seattle-based brand’s backyard.

If it were up to me to classify Ophir, I’d have to say it’s a woods fragrance. It smells like a forest floor in the Pacific Northwest. There’s damp… Continue reading | 4 Comments

fragrance

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

fragrance

Providence Perfume Co. Vientiane Natural Perfume Review

Providence Perfume Co. Vientiane

Do you love sandalwood? If so, you are really missing out if you haven’t tried Providence Perfume Co. Vientiane.

Review spoiler alert: Vientiane is an amazing sandalwood. It is the perfect mix of nutty, creamy, green and woodsy. From the beginning Vientiane is a very obvious sandalwood. It opens with a mix of “creamy green” sandalwood. In addition, there is a very realistic jasmine rice accord.¹ It smells like the steam from a pot jasmine rice. There’s a subtle greenness that at times I think are… Continue reading | 6 Comments