First Impressions, Perfume

Xtina-Mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 5: Secret Potion, The Tropical Punch One With The Ad Made of LIES

On the fifth day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me a tropical take on an old friend and an advertising campaign made of PURE LIES in the form of 2011’s Secret Potion. Since 2011 is one of the roughest, weirdest years in Christina Aguilera’s career, I’m not going to politely ask to add a little context. LET’S JUST GET INTO IT.…

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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

Xtina-mas Perfume Advent Calendar Day 1: Christina Aguilera, the Pretty Base(ic) One

Well, well, well. Color me surprised like Christina Aguilera colors her lips: aggressively. On the first day of Xtina-mas, Xtina gave to me an unexpectedly fresh and fruity floral with delicate, softly sweetened base. And while I’d love to jump right into Christina Aguilera’s eponymous 2007 perfume, let’s take a moment to add some context, shall we? 2007 was a…

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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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