Sonoma Scent Studio Yin and Ylang¹ is a perfume of contrasts. It focuses on bright notes like citrus, aldehydes and florals followed by darker notes like musk and woods. Now, I wouldn’t say that this is an innovative concept. Basically, this is the formula of top, middle and base notes. However, Yin and Ylang does stand out. It’s a showcase of the different angles of white florals. They can be bright, light and airy. They can also be dense, velvety and dark… Continue reading | 5 Comments
Roxana Illuminated Perfumes Fleurish is a natural perfume dedicated to night-blooming white flowers. Why go looking for inspiration when nature gives us something as lovely as jasmine?
Fleurish (isn’t that name great?) opens as a collision of white florals. It’s like a minty jasmine, banana-y ylang and juicy jackfruit. It’s a heady tropical floral that really does flourish on the skin. It starts to wear like pineapples and indolic jasmine with a hint of green. With wear, the full-bodied jasmine fades into a… Continue reading | 9 Comments
Ramón Béjar is one of those lines that knows how to do simple well. There’s really no need for an intro with “Secret Sandalwood”. I think you can figure out what sort of fragrance this is.
Secret Sandalwood opens with something fruity and creamy that reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum. It’s a fruity ylang with a hint of greenness with humidity. I don’t know what secrets Secret Sandalwood has because it’s no secret that it’s a sandalwood perfume. Within… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Thorn & Bloom Savage Garden is one of those perfumes that plays up the cool, minty aspect of white florals. And when perfumes do that, it’s like they play up the “wildness” of florals like ylang-ylang.
Savage Garden opens with tangled wild weeds and ylang-ylang. The ylang in this is cool, minty. Tarragon gives the impression of a “cool anise”. It’s like anise but greener and cooler. Savage Garden wears as a cool, herbal white floral. It eventually dries down to bitter herbs and… Continue reading | 8 Comments
April Aromatics Tempted Muse is a perfume inspired by ambrosia, “The Nectar of the Gods”. To me this sounds so serious, like do I really deserve to smell like Gods? (No need to answer that). I do love the idea of an ambrosia fragrance, but when I wear Tempted Muse, I don’t think it’s overly serious. It’s a scrumptious fruity floral that seems more attainable than something only for Gods. It makes me think of the beauty of Central American beaches or like a beach-destined honeymoon… Continue reading | 10 Comments