First Impressions, Reviews

On the First of Oudtober: First Impressions of Guerlain’s Les Absolus d’Orient Oud Essentiel

After having made mention on Instagram last week that I’d never really spent much time with oud fragrances, it occurred to me that I should probably spend some time with oud fragrances. After all, oud is in these days, and added to that, I’ve a reasonable amount of fragrances–mostly samples, but a few full-sized bottles of the stuff, too–that all…

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First Impressions, Perfume, Reviews

Little Deaths May Be Larger Than They Appear: Parfums Quartana’s Les Potions-Fatales, Ranked and Reviewed

Some months back I ordered Les Petites Morts, a discovery set of 2ml samples for Parfums Quartana’s collection of nine fragrances based upon poisonous plants called Les Potions-Fatales. Why? Because it had everything: colorful packaging, the thrill of trying new and potentially unusual fragrances, and a coupon in the form of a $50 discount on a full bottle if you…

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First Impressions, Perfume, Reviews

Life Is a Cabaret Old Chum: First Impressions of Andy Tauer’s Les Années 25

Yesterday I had the good fortune to get my hands on a bottle Andy Tauer’s latest “immersive sculpture,” Les Années 25, from one of my local perfume shops. It was a blind buy, for sure, but having read it described as “Tauerade meets Guerlinade” by Instagrammer @stellaflynndiver and “a modern vintage fragrance” by whoever writes the copy on Tauer’s website,…

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First Impressions, Perfume, Reviews

Sheet Cakes for Everyone!: Forty Years of Cacharel’s Perennially Young Anaïs Anaïs

When I was taking a picture of my adorable little bottle of Anaïs Anaïs for the blog and Instagram, a coworker of mine commented, “Oh, my mother used to wear that! It’s a classic!” I’m not sure how I should feel about smelling like someone else’s mother, but Anaïs Anaïs is a classic, so if her mom’s got great taste, who am…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 8, Part Deux: Touch of Seduction and Glam X, The Jewels of Queen Christina’s Crown

On the eighth day of Xtina-mas, I got too impatient to wait for the rest of my presents and decided I wanted to spend Christmas wearing something a little fancier than a Christina Aguilera fragrance, so I gave to me the holiday off from writing because Touch of Seduction and Glam X are the last of ’em ’til the Burlesque perfume Xtina-mas…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 6: Red Sin, The One Where You Can Smell The Fear

On the sixth day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me apple, spice, sandalwood, and other safe decisions in the form of Red Sin, the 2012 Christina Aguilera fragrance that asks, “What could we do that we haven’t done before? Great, now what’s the exact opposite of that?” But first: a little context, shall we? 2012 was a helluva year to be…

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