Perfume, Reviews

Yves Saint Laurent’s Mon Paris and the White Musk That Must Be Stopped

yves saint laurent mon paris

Since everybody’s got to have a youth-oriented fruitchouli floral these days, Yves Saint Laurent has Mon Paris, which is their answer to Poison Girl, which is Dior’s answer to Coco Mademoiselle, which is Chanel’s goof on Mugler’s yet to be improved upon Angel. I suspect they chose to flanker off Paris because even if Opium is YSL’s “big” name fragrance, “Opium…

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Inquiring Noses Want to Know, Perfume, Review

Inquiring Noses Want to Know: What’s Your Favorite Cologne?

If I’m being honest, I’m not sure I have ever smelled a traditional cologne until only very recently. I’m not talking about the highly diluted concentration (eau de cologne) or the generic term for men’s fragrances (side note: it’s a trend that is both lazy and stupid, so please stop). No no, I’m talking about the good ol’ fashioned genre of…

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Perfume, Reviews

Fine Fragrances: Guerlain’s Shalimar Souffle de Parfum

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fine Fragrances, a record of the less-than-stellar entries in the annals of perfumery. They’re not bad, per se, just quantifiably okay, capably pleasant in a pinch but too familiar or faceless to really thrill. Today in our running tally of all the fragrances on the lowest rungs of wearability (because wearing them is better than wearing nothing…

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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 2: Inspire, the Inspired-in-Name-Only One

On the second day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me tuberose, gardenia, the illusion of mango, and  DISAPPOINTMENT. Okay, okay, Inspire is your basic, wearable florals-and-gardenia fragrance, so it’s not that bad, but there’s no denying that the great irony of Christina Aguilera’s 2008 fragrance is that it’s a bit, well, uninspired. As before, though, let’s first have some context, shall…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Elephant Love Medley: First Impressions of Histoires de Parfums’ 1889 Moulin Rouge

Histoires de Parfums’ 1889 Moulin Rouge draws its inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 pop-musical hypomania extravaganza the famous Belle Epoque Parisian cabaret. It blends lipsticky notes of iris and rose with cinnamon, absinthe, musk, and patchouli to create a sensual and sophisticated powdery perfume. It’s like Etat Libre d’Orange’s Putain des Palaces without the shameless eroticism. It’s also like a What’s…

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First Impressions, Perfume

An Apple a Day: First Impressions of Lolita Lempicka’s L’Eau en Blanc

I’ll admit off the bat that I’m not exactly proud of resorting to another “apple a day” line for this post’s title, particularly as I already played that card on Instagram, but Lolita Lempicka’s apple-shaped flacon makes it so tempting (do you see what I did there?!?), and besides, it was between this and an even lazier “Winter is Coming” pun, so you…

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First Impressions, Perfume

Well That Was Utterly Unexpected: First Impressions of Parlux’s Decadence for Men

While I’m rarely one to gravitate towards men’s fragrances, this sample of Parlux’s Decadence for Men plays to all of my weaknesses: It’s got a great name, an image of a tuxedoed Marlene Dietrich (plucked from Morocco, quite obviously), and a cheeky, almost camp tagline to (bow)tie it all together. Were I already familiar with this scent, I’d most assuredly make…

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