The Freshest Vanilla: Diptyque Eau Duelle EDT

I guess you could say that I'm a vanilla lover. I'm not necessarily crazy about straight up, vanilla-extract-in-a-bottle scents, but I love what vanilla does to other notes in a fragrance composition. Some of my favorite fragrances are heavy on vanilla- like the rich, balsalmic vanilla found in Mugler's Alien Essence Absolue, or the spicy,... Continue Reading →

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True Neutral: Annick Goutal’s Musc Nomade

Musc Nomade by Annick Goutal is a true musk scent. You just get musk. Not a musky flower, or a musky wood, or a musky citrus, just a sheer, gauzy musk that is just ever so slightly creamy and vegetal. There are no particular notes that are visible in the composition (like the sandalwood in... 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 →

How Useful is the Term “Niche?”

Am I the only one who finds it a bit odd that somewhere down the line, we all decided that the main way us frag-heads would categorize fragrances is by whether or not they are "designer" or "niche"? Look at the description of most YouTube reviews - you'll usually see the "designer" or "niche" designation... Continue Reading →

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