Estee Lauder Sensuous Noir

Estee Lauder Sensuous Noir is the tragically discontinued flanker of Sensuous, a beautiful, if a bit basic, sandalwood-based scent. Although not exactly gothic despite the "noir" designation, Sensuous Noir is a rich, dense, semi-gourmand sandalwood scent. It corrals all of the best scents from the holidays, and rolls them into one warm, syrupy, and intoxicating brew.... Continue Reading →

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My Top Boudoir Scents

"Boudoir" is one of my favorite scent genres. Even before my more involved fragrance exploration, I was always drawn towards anything evocative of vintage glamour: waxy lipstick, warm face powder, boozy vanilla... These qualities are perfume at its most "perfumey" and womanly, embodying that grown-up, elegant mystique that gets many young girls intrigued by the... Continue Reading →

The Price Superiority Complex

Anyone who's spent enough time in a fragrance hobby knows just how expensive a single bottle can get. Oh, how naive I was when my awareness of fragrances was limited to the selections at Ulta- where a $100 Chanel was the most exorbitantly expensive fragrance option. Now, I don't even bat an eye at $200... Continue Reading →

Womanity- A Refreshingly Weird Summer Scent

  Womanity by Thierry Mugler is an infamously weird, wacky fragrance that actually isn't that weird. It's certainly unique- there's not really anything else out there that smells like it. But there are so many overwrought reviews of this one that insist that its downright disgusting- that it smells of rotten fish, puke, and/or "dirty vagina."... Continue Reading →

My Top 6 Summer Gourmands!

The phrase "Summer Gourmand" may seem like an oxymoron- but this ride or die gourmie has been able to find plenty of satisfyingly yummy gourmands to get me through the summer heat. The secret is gourmand notes that are sweet without being sticky, paired with fresh, light notes like mint, fresh fruit, or green/medicinal accords.... Continue Reading →

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