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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Perfume

On Ash Wednesdays, We Talk About Elizabeth Taylor

If you’re anything like me, on Wednesdays, you wear pink, and on Ash Wednesdays, you wear pink while making proclamations about doing something bold, like giving up pizza, which in execution is a half week’s worth of success before you’re off the wagon. Then, whenever anybody asks how it’s going, you find yourself checking your breath to make sure it…

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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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