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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New Releases: Proenza Schouler Arizona

As a longtime Arizonan, I was excited that a major designer release was gonna interpret my homeland via scent. Southwest-inspired design has been trendy for at least the last couple of years (I mean, Madewell seems to owe their entire aesthetic to southwest-hipster-chic.) So Arizona, the first scent released by the fashion duo Proenza Schouler,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Can’t Handle the Perfume? Buy the Lotion!

There are some fragrances that are just too much- especially those beauties from decades past. Heavy hitters like vintage classic Aromatics Elixir by clinique are wildly complex, overstuffed, and perhaps too bold for modern noses. Despite the current formulation likely being a tad tamer than back in the day, I still struggle with wearing this chypre... Continue Reading →

A True Flower Bomb: Chloe Narcisse

90's powerhouse Narcisse by Chloe distinguishes itself from the brands rather tame modern offerings. I've always been kind of indifferent to the wildly popular soapy-musky-fruity rose that is (modern) Chloe by Chloe. It's perfectly pleasant but ends up being a bit bland, so I've never felt the need to own it. Imagine my surprise when... Continue Reading →

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