Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hiatus

This blog will be on indefinitely hiatus, for the foreseeable future. Do to personal and health reasons, I cannot continue maintaining the blog in the manner I deem fit.

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I hope we see each other again. Until then, pleasant journeys~


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Episode 55: Five Scents That Make Me Happy (or, How to Cheer Up Fast)

I was meant to write a review tonight, but I got sick earlier and didn't feel like doing that today. That post will likely go upon Monday, if you want to look for it, I will be talking about Jo Malone's Cologne Intense Oud & Bergamot. Today I want to talk about the scents that cheer me up, lift my spirits or refresh me when I feel worn down, so yep. It's a new installment of the Five for All! Start.

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Five Favorite "Pick Me Up" Scents

These aren't specific products, although they will often show up as notes in and among my faves. These are just the scents that when I catch a whiff, I feel good, or that I actively seek out to improve my mood. In no particular order...
  1. Lavender - Definitely nothing weird or strange here, lavender is well known for its soothing scent. But I tend to avoid lavender mixed with sweeter notes (vanilla, tonka, the like) and prefer it much closer to its purest, herbal form. Nothing is better than having a stem of lavender and crushing it between your hands, and the resulting scent. That fresh, sweetness with the crisp herbal bite - it makes me tingle just thinking about it. Some faves: Black Violet Lavender and Chamomile Tonique,  EO Lavender essential oil and hand sanitizer.
  2. Camphor - This one might seem odd, but hear me out. Growing up, I lived near farms where there was often standing water, and hence mosquitoes. As kids, we always put Campho-Phenique on our bites to stop the itch. Now, as an adult, the scent of camphor reminds me childhood days playing out in the summer. I know that its medicinal and topical use it something of a debate, but I still find products with camphor to be useful in soothing my skin, and of course, I love the scent. Some faves: Yu-Be Lip Balm and Soothing Skin Cream
  3. Pine - Such a generic scent, again. But I live where there are basically two seasons - Summer and Less Hot (oh and Monsoon Season, the best of all). Christmas is my favorite holiday, and to me, winter means Christmas (I know that only works in the N. Hemisphere, but hey, that's my Hemi!) and there is something about the scent of pine trees that is both reminiscent of winter, and reminiscent of the happiness of Christmas. Again, if you break a pin needle and rub the scent in your hands you get that crisp, fresh herbaceous scent that I love. Some faves: Anything Christmas-y with pine? A whole slew of candles, mostly, such as Yankee Candle's Balsam and Fir.
  4. Tobacco - I can't pinpoint a time or reason for my love of the scent of sweet tobacco. Maybe it was born wan I was nineteen years old and inhaling cheap cigars through my nose as a party trick? I'm not sure. Whatever the reason, I love scents with tobacco notes, whether they be sweet or sharp. There is just something that is both sensual and also comforting in the scent of tobacco - those fragrances evoke a different time and place, yet bring one so distinctly into the now. One of my favorite notes in perfumery, by far. Some faves: Haus of Gloi  Tabac, Solstice Scents Old Havana, Guerlain  Tonka Imperiale.
  5. Almond - Oddly, the only food-y scent on this list, the scent of almond oil is almost too much for me to bear. It is so delicious, and so warm, it's like a hug for your nose. No, really. Once again, this harkens back to childhood, when I can remember my grandma having almond extract in her pantry, for baking. I though the almond smelled so good, but never understood why it was used in baked good that tasted nothing of almond, ha. This is still a major, major comfort scent for me. When I am feeling really sad or lonely I will use almond-scented products to cheer me up. Some faves: Jo Malone Sweet Almond & Macaroon Home Candle, L'Occitane Amande Body Oil, Guerlain Tonka Imperiale (again!), Gurlain Mon Precieux Nectar.
Those are the ones, the scents that just take me to a happy place. I could make a list greater than five, for sure - bergamot, orange blossom, tea tree - just to name a few. But many of those I could have selected, I enjoy better paired with a delectable base or middle, or top note; they aren't single scents I love just as they are.

I'd love to hear what some of your single-scent favorites are! Leave me a comment down below, it would totally make my day. I'll see you later with that review and until then, pleasant journeys~



Monday, June 22, 2015

Episode 54: Bath & Body Works SAS Haul (or, Christmas in June)

Sorry for the delay, I waffled back and forth about re-filming this video because the quality is pretty bad. In the end I didn't, I don't have time and I wanted to post it before the end of the sale. So if you want to check out my (first) Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale haul, you can do that now!


There is a couple of nice up-the-nose shots (soooooo sorry about all the itching and sniffing, btw. I had terrible seasonal allergies) and I am out of frame and bouncing around... I was pretty hyped, so my bad. I will be doing a full review on the Summer Boardwalk 3-Wick candle, but if you'd like to read about any of the other scents, please let me know! I'd be happy to review them!

Until then, thanks for watching and for putting up with my hijinks, LOL. Pleasant journeys~

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Update: Posting Schedule

Well ha ha ha hello again. Okay so real quick we need to talk about the posting schedule. I am much busier than I anticipated being, and under a lot of stress. The last thing I want is for this blog to become stressful.

So, for the time being, I am doing away with a set schedule. I will try to post up to three times a week, and I guarantee I will post at least once a week. Content will vary, but I will still be doing video posts on Friday/Saturday.

I apologize for the disruption, and as always will continue to evaluate to posting schedule to meet my personal needs, as well as the demands of my readers. Thank you, and pleasant journeys~


Episode 53: Atelier Cologne Collection Azur (or, Citrus Four Ways)

Hello, we meet again! So sorry for the lack of updates. I am going to make an announcement post shortly about scheduling and whatnot, which will hopefully clear up any confusion about these long breaks.

Today, though, I am finally going to review my Collection Azur from Atelier Cologne. I received this set as a 2k point perk from Sephora, and although it is not available to purchase in this form, each individual scent can be found at either Sephora or the Atelier website. I will have all the links included, and they are NOT affiliate links!

Atelier Cologne Collection Azur

There are four different scents included in the collection, Mandarine Glacial, Sud Magnolia, Figuier Ardent and Cèdre Atlas. Each scent is available in 30mL and 100mL size. 30mL is $85 USD and includes a leather sleeve, which can be personalized if you purchase through the Atelier website. 100mL is $125 USD and the sleeve is not available. All four scents are part of Atelier's collection of Cologne Absolue, and come in a Venetian blue bottle with removable pump. There is a gorgeous leather label on the 100mL size. They look stunning on your vanity, and smell amazing, too.
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Mandarine Glacial - In my opinion the freshest of the collection, and extremely easy and pleasant to wear. Atelier lists the top notes as mandarin from Calabria, lemon from Sicily, bergamot from Calabria. The heart notes are ginger from China, jasmine from Egypt, petitgrain from Paraguay and the base notes are listed as heart of vetiver from Haiti, oakmoss from Slovenia, white amber. The citrus top is well developed. The mandarin stands out nicely and the lemon and bergamot support it in a way that makes this scent pleasant even for those of us who don't love citrus. The warm ginger is what stands out from the middle to my nose, and when combined with vetiver and white amber lend both warmth to an otherwise very fresh scent, as well as an impressive longevity. Mandarine Glacial wear orange.
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Sud Magnolia - I briefly touched on this scent in my May Favorites, but Sud Magnolia is the floral of the bunch. It is a very clever composition of a citrus floral, and manages to make the tapestry of notes come together in something that is harmonious, and so life-like that it is hard to ignore. Atelier lists the top notes as bitter orange from Seville, pomelo from Florida, blackcurrant from Burgundy. The heart notes are magnolia from Louisiana, Bulgarian rose absolue, saffron flower from India, and the base notes are atlas cedarwood from Morocco, sandalwood from New Caledonia, musk. In this fragrance it is almost as if the warmth of the South causes that floral heart to rise up into the citrus top. The magnolia and bitter orange seem to dance on my skin, with those juicy ripe notes of pomelo and blackcurrant playing hide and seek with the rose absolue. This is a perfect example of how sandalwood can anchor a scent without getting in the way of any individual note, and here too, you find a warmth that is surprising for such a fresh citrus. Sud Magnolia wears pink.
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 Figuier Ardent - This is the lightest of the four scents, but that works well to capture the delicate greenness of the fig. Fig has long been one of my favorite notes in perfumery, because of how many different ways it can change a scent. The fruit is juicy and sweet, the leaves crisp and green, and the wood has a wet earthy greenness that is ever so subtle. In this scent, Atelier lists the top notes as bergamot from Calabria, anise from Turkey, cardamom from Guatemala. The heart notes are fig leaf from Provence, salty fig, black pepper from Madagascar and the base is cedarwood from Virginia, iris from Tuscany, tonka bean from Brazil. In this scent the citrus takes a step back, holds its self back, perhaps, and the fig comes to the front in a green, soft, salty way that plays with the bergamot and anise in a manner reminiscent of walking in wooded groves near a sounding sea. Although it wasn't what I expected, there is such beauty in this delicate scent that I feel almost protective, and the sweet musky tonka bean in the base rewards me back. Although this scent is lighter, with a shorter longevity, it is well worthy of this collection. Figuier Ardent wears turquoise.
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Cèdre Atlas - Now this scent has some serious tenacity. It is without a doubt the longest wearing scent in this collection, and is also by far the most masculine. I put it on my husband, and he smelled like a sexy god, but when worn on my own skin I felt out of place, a woman trying to bolster her courage and strength. Mind you, this is not something bad, merely an illustration of how utterly male I found this scent to be. Its feminine counterpart, I suppose, could be Sud Magnolia, but even that scent was more androgynous when worn. I am pleasantly surprised, to be honest. It isn't often that a collection billed as unisex contains scents that lean masculine. The top notes Atelier gives are lemon from Sicily, bergamot from Calabria, blackcurrant bud from Burgundy. The heart notes are cedarwood from Moroccan rif, jasmine from Egypt, apricot. The base notes are white amber, papyrus from India, vetiver from Haiti. Here lemon washes you in clean, fresh waves while the cedarwood muscles its' way to the forefront in an uncontested victory. The apricot is ever so softly adding sweetness and the vetiver is mossy, musky and inarguably the anchor that partners well with the cedarwood. But slightly, ever so slightly, if you give it enough time, a dry smoothness comes out that I am giving the papyrus credit for. Cèdre Atlas wears blue.
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The entire collection works beautifully together. Atelier Colognes has woven a common thread in between four distinct scents that for a collector can easily be integrated into their own personal collection either as individual items to wear, or a set. The price point for this collection is well placed. Atelier scents run a gamut from around $100 USD to well over $300 USD, and the pricing for this collection falls on the lower end. The leather sleeves and gorgeous packaging don't hurt, either. For Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, there is a scent that will carry your through in the Collection Azur.
Collection Azur Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ - It would be hard pressed for a consumer to not find something the liked among this variety, and even those who are not fans of citrus won't be able to argue with the composition of scents. Each scent has an appropriate amount of sillage, and the longevity to match. Atelier Colognes truly proves they understand the creation of a mass-market, mass-appeal collection, while still maintaining the feeling of personalized service you find with boutique brands. Shop the collection here
Mandarine Glacial: ♦♦♦♦ - The most likely to appeal to all consumers from the collection. Smells divine, wears forever and is just strong enough for your to catch a sniff of yourself every so often and think, "wow". My personal choice for best of the set. Buy it here
Sud Magnolia: ♦♦♦♦ - Floral, feminine, most likely to appeal to women who prefer this type of scent on an everyday basis. It is potent, but never too strong, and unlike some florals never goes "granny" on the skin. My favorite for personal use. Buy it here.
Figuier Ardent: ♦♦♦ - The lightest sillage, and shortest longevity, of the group, most likely to appeal to consumers who don't want a scent that could be offensive. This will work nicely in close quarters such as offices, because it is light and fresh while still separating the wearer from the pack. My personal choice for best year-round. Buy it here.
Cèdre Atlas: ♦♦♦ - The scent you want your man to wear, ladies, I promise. Most likely to appeal to consumers looking to buy a masculine gift, this scent stands out for its excellent longevity and potent sillage. Perfect for a guy, or a gal who prefers scents marketed towards men, it is sexy, yet comfortable at the same time. My personal choice for best mass appeal. Buy it here.

Finally, finally it is done and I hope it was done well. This set deserves the love, and even if I hadn't gotten it as a point perk, I would purchase all four of these scents myself. If you have an Atelier Cologne and you love it, or if one of these scents strikes your fancy, let me know in the comments below! I've tried a few other colognes from the brand, and would be happy to review them if there is interest! Until then, pleasant journeys~


 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Posting Updates!

Hi all! So sorry for the complete and utter lack of updates recently. I have had really, really bad seasonal allergies, worse than I can ever remember having this time of year. I've felt cruddy, and more importantly, my sniffer has been on the fritz.

It's also been a busier month than I expected, due to an unplanned stay-cation, a vacation that will come earlier than anticipated, and working on other new and exciting projects. I'm certainly not unhappy with the activity, but piled on top of the allergies and my gastrointestinal problems, it gets exhausting, very quickly.

I should be able to resume normal posting on this blog within a week, although during that time I may have to revise the posting schedule, yet again, to give myself a little more wiggle room. I really want to do the full review on the Atelier Colognes Collection Azur, I want to do a haul and review on DarlingClandestine's summer scents, a s first impression on Ten Three Labs and a review on one of my faves - Tom Ford's Shanghai Lily, which I have a lovely 2mL sample vial here provided to me by a wonderful Tom Ford Beauty Specialist at Saks Fifth Avenue (I mentioned previously this is a scent on my must-have list). I don't currently have an series installments or video posts planned, but that could change any time!

So please give me your patience as I sort out my daily life, and posting will resume, well, post haste. In the meantime, shop for a new scent at one of my valued advertising partners?***

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It won't be long until I see you again, and until that time, pleasant journeys~












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Friday, June 5, 2015

Episode 52: Five Favorite Citrus (or, Summer Zest!)

So I am really behind on posting, but due to my personal circumstances, I didn't get the posts researched or written. I am going to do the Five-For-All instead, and then a review tomorrow. I may film a video post for Saturday, but since there has been zero interest in a potential giveaway, I will continue to hoard perfume items, and do that at a later time - 100 posts? 1 year anniversary? We'll see.

Five Favorite Summer Citrus Scents

I've mentioned before how I don't care for citrus, but I also don't care for generalizations, so there are, in fact, citrus scents I enjoy. Summer is the perfect time to wear citrus. The heat makes the fragrances sparkle, and if you live in a humid climate,  a light cologne is perfect for cooling the skin and covering, well, one's natural scent. These are my five current favorites for Summer wear.

  1. Atelier Cologne, Cédrat Envirant: This woods-y, fresh scent tips to the masculine side, but is easy for women to wear, ass well. Sparkling cedrat (a fancy perfumier word for citron), line and bergamot make this scent easy to wear, but tonka and vetiver at the base ground it and give it enough warmth that even someone not particular fond of citrus can enjoy it.
  2. Acqua di Parma, Blu Mediterraneo Fico Di Amalfi: Another woody citrus, Fico Di Amalfi is one of my favorites from this collection because although it is a citrus, the warmth of the woods never let it be too fresh or too cool. Bergamot, citron and lemon on top are warmed by pink peppercorn, fig, cedarwood and benzoin for a scent that can be perfectly appropriate well into fall. 
  3. Jo Malone, Earl Grey & Cucumber: Umm, this is barely a citrus in my library of scents, but I guess the bergamot in the Earl Grey qualifies? This is an excellent scent if you just need a quick pick-me-up. The bergamot makes me happy, and cucumber (popular nineties ingredient that it is) is refreshing and slightly aquatic here. A somewhat sweet, musky base keeps this scent warm, not harsh, but the lasting power is low on me, even compared to other Jo Malone cologne scents.
  4.  Commodity, Mimosa: I'm straying, I know. I don't do well with pure citrus scents. I've talked about my love for Commodity scents before, and Mimosa is probably my favorite from the White collection (I do love it more than Tea, but I love them for different reasons). The citrus of the orange scents here (blood orange and mandarin, according to the ever so helpful internets) sparkle and fizz like the drink the scent is named after, and my favorite tonka bean with sweet, heady heliotrope making sure that the scent doesn't fly away. 
  5. Hermès, Un Jardin sur le Nil: I'm stretching now, I'm reeeeeally stretching. le Nil is probably one of the only scents with a grapefruit top note that I like - but it's sweet and somewhat fruity and has a gorgeous warm drydown, that I can forgive the insensitive choice of citrus. I kid, I kid, of course. I've mentioned my enjoyment of the Un Jardin collection by Hermès, and le Nil is one of my favorites. Definitely a nice line for fresh scents crafted in a quality deserving of it's brand.
Soooo... I mean, I've mentioned it before but I'd say this list makes it apparant, that citrus scents aren't really my bag baby. I have totally fallen in love with Atelier's Collection Azur, but since I will have a whole post reviewing that collection coming tomorrow, I left them out of this particular one. Another scent not included in this list is the ubiquitous 4711. This is the classic citrus scent, and a lot of people love it dearly. Here's the thing - I don't like citrus. I bought a bottle, in Germany, years and years ago. It was only ever a counter decoration until I lost it in a fire, with a good portion of my early perfume collection. If there is one thing I want my blog to emphasize, it is this - you don't have to like something just because it is a "classic" or because it is "popular" or because of it's "quality". You can like, or dislike, anything you want. I feel like perfumery, and perfume blogs tend to be elitist - but if you've only ever worn Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena/Breeze (one of my faves from the brand, I might add) as a citrus scent, that's okay. I've loved fragrance for 20 years, ten of those years as an adult who could pay for my own products, and there are still so many scents and brands I haven't tried, and even more that I never plan to try - either due to preference, or availability, or in a very few cases where I have had quite bad reactions to scent notes. My point is this, that I don't want anyone reading this blog to mistake me for an expert, or think that they have to be part of some club of experts to love perfume.

Wow, that went off on a tangent. You may also notice that no indie scents were included in this list, simply because I don't buy citrus-based indie scents. It represents too big of an investment for me, if I don't like them. So that's all, nothing personal. You've caught me on quite a bad day today, I daresay, so I hope I see you all tomorrow, in a much better mood. Pleasant journeys~


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Episode 51: Saturday Siesta! (or, Perfume TAG Take Two)

Hey, hey, hey how's it hanging? Since there were no scheduled posts this week, but I am home now and totally procrastinating on doing work, I figured - why not have a little Siesta? I've got some exciting posts planned for next week (well, exciting to me) so why not take today to just relax, chill out, and have a little chit-chat. By that I mean, another round of Perfume TAG questions. This one comes from the forums at fragrantica.com, a very helpful resource when you are researching scent. So let's start!

Perfume TAG x2

  1. What is your favorite winter scent? I answered this on my other tag... but basically, I look for very traditionally seasonal scents - a lot of spices and greens. Since I named some favorite indie scents, I'd say my favorite Mainstream/Boutique scent for winter would be Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger layered with Pomegranate Noir.
  2. On a lazy day I reach for... DarlingClandestine Noose Jewelry which I talked about in my May Favorites video (seen here) or Thierry Mugler Angel when I want something sweet. It'ss all about comfort scents on those lazy days!
  3. What would you use when you are going on a date? If it were a date with my husband, I'd go with Guerlain Angelica Noire or Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. If for some reason I was going on a date with a stranger, I'd probably choose Bath & Body Works Forever Red Vanilla Rum. It's sexy and appropriate for a night out, but not so heavy and strong that it gives the wrong impression..
  4. What is your high school signature scent? Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars. A sweet, sexy scent that wasn't inappropriate for a teenager. One of my very first "high end" perfumes! (AKA perfume from the department store, as opposed to Bath & Body Works or the drugstore.)
  5. What's your current love? Fully obsessed with Byredo and have more than one scent I want to purchase from the brand! If we're talking loves that I currently have in my collection, it would be Vice from Haus of Gloi. This is a permanent catalog scent that I wear every night when I go to bed - it's a warm, delicious gourmand and smelling it makes me so relaxed and happy. I love it.
  6. What is your favorite summer scent? Also answered on the previous tag... the answer remains the same - Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia. THE perfect summer scent. I also love beachy, salty, sandy, sunny scents - as long as the aquatic and the woody, sandy notes are prominent and there aren't too many overwhelming citrus notes. I recently picked up a lovely one, also from Haus of Gloi (shop them here) that is part of the Summer release - called Driftwood.
  7. Name a perfume that you regret buying. Love this question! Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie. I wanted it, and I tested it in-store and it was awful, so I passed. But that flacon, with that gorgeous, crystal cut blue glass and the delicate faerie on the top - I wanted it, so I bought it, and in the largest size, which is the only size that comes with the fully decorated flacon (something they don't tell you until you get there). I never used it. I never opened it. I returned it a few days later, kicking myself. I would still buy that perfume in a heartbeat if I could make it work for me.
  8. What perfume is on your wish list? Oh, oops, here is the wishlist question. So, I mentioned it several times and it's not like this is a push for an anonymous gift or anything, LOL, but I am totally lusting after Byredo Gypsy Water and to a slightly lesser extent Mojave Ghost. It actually might be the other way around, too, because I remember when I tested them the one I thought I would like more, I ended up preferring the other just a bit - based on notes maybe it's actually Mojave Ghost that I liked better? I have to test them again, me thinks.
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So today's Saturday Siesta comes to an end. I'm the world's biggest sucker for tag questions, I apologize. Next week I'm going to try to get the long-awaited review of the Atelier Cologne Collection Azur, but I also have a DarlingClandestine haul... hmm... and then there's this issue with a giveaway... maybe... well, we shall see. Pleasant journeys~


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Episode 50: Five Epic Failures (and, An Announcement)

This is my 50th post! Whoooooo! I am really excited about this, because I have never stuck with blogging this long, and this diligently in the past. So I want to celebrate! I'm going to make my regular Five For All post, and at the bottom, a special announcement. So stay tuned!

Fragrance Flops

Of course, not every scent will work for every body chemistry, and even mass-market scents that are designed to appeal to a broader number of customers can have a fail. The Five For All today lists five major market scents that absolutely, utterly failed on me. Fun right?
  1. NEST White Sandalwood: This is definitely a scent that on paper, should smell amazing to me. It has everything I like, and nothing I don't. However, when I wear this scent, it just straight-up smells like body odor. Not a pleasing odor, either. Rank, unwashed body. FAIL.
  2. Marc Jacobs Daisy: I actually have yet to find a Marc Jacobs scent that appeals to me. The aesthetic of his fragrances just doesn't really "mesh" with me, and I always take a sniff, sniff, pass. Not to go all elitest on your asses or anything, but the fragrance line, and the Daisy collection especially, just smells so childish to me. I am honestly, genuinely shocked whenever I hear a woman over the age of 23 say she likes these scents. They feel like kiddy-grade body mist with a high-end price tag, just in my humble opinion.
  3. Tom Ford Black Orchid: I actually don't hate this scent but I just cannot get it to work with my body chemistry. It turns to deep, too hot and it just isn't for me. I've tried. I've really, really tried. I much prefer Velvet Orchid, if I were to choose.
  4. DKNY Be Delicious: Apple scents are just a big ol' no-no for me, so nothing in this line of scents has ever worked for me. Red Delicious was the worst - I smelled like someone had vomited sangria on me. Yeah, I avoid these scents like the plague and I always get a smug thrill when I see one on the discount rack at Marshall's or somewhere, ha.
  5. Estee Lauder Pleasures: I don't hate this in particular, but I feel like this is one in just a long line of very generic, lifeless fragrances from Estee Lauder, Clinique, Coach, Micheal Kors, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Lancome, Stella McCartney, and on and on. Scents that are virtually indistinguishable from one another, that have no olfactory excitement. Scents that are daring, aren't eager enough to take a risk. If you as a consumer enjoy these scents, if you prefer these scents as a fragrance lover, then that is entirely and completely fine. I like to push the envelope a bit, myself, and if I wind up stinking because of it, then more's the better. :D
Okay that's out of the way - the announcement! Actually I have two. The first is small - I won't be blogging again this week, because I am not at home, so I don't have access to my fragrance collection, and thus can't write anything about it. Makes sense, no? So - no Face-Off, and no video post this week. Posting will return to normal on Monday, June 1st.

Second! In honor of fifty posts, and six months of being dedicated to blogging, I am thinking of hosting a giveaway! This giveaway would be entirely funded by me myself and I, and would include little fragrance items from my own collection. So, I need to take a look around, and see what I have that might be of interest, and then I will post the rules for the giveaway and open it for entries. Hopefully next week! So let me know in the comments below if that sounds good, or send me an e-mail at admin@olfactory-exploits.com and tell me if there are any scents you'd like to see and/or try for free - on me! Until then, pleasant journeys~


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Episode 49: Solstice Scents Samples & First Impression (or, Branching, Branching Out)

I'm one of those people who likes to stay in my comfort zone. I don't like to experiment, I don't like to deviate from brands and products that I know I will like, especially when my skin and my wallet are on the line. That's why, when it comes to indies, I have a tendency to stick with the tried and true. The last couple of times I branched out, it ended in disaster. (See, my excruciating ordeal with Debaucherous Bath & Body)

However, I've felt like it's time for some fresh blood lately, so on some recommendations, and some of my own volition, I will be testing and talking about some indie companies that I have either never tried, or that is has been so long since I tried them, I need to give it another go. Here is the first one!

Solstice Scents First Impression

I ordered a five-pack of samples from indie perfumer Solstice Scents based on the recommendation of some lovely ladies I chat with at http://allthesparkles.com. The scent descriptions sound too good to pass up, and I especially fell in love with the adorable theme of the website. As a new customer, I was also given my choice of two free sample scents, so I have seven that I will mention. I'm also going to touch briefly on the ordering process and customer service as a whole (if applicable). So, let's do the site and the ordering first.
Solstice Scents offers a variety of unique scents, many of them centered around the (fictional?) town of Foxcroft, Maine. The site its self is super cute and easy to navigate, and the Master Scent List is easy to find - no hunting for scent descriptions here. They offer perfume oils, as well as other bath and body products, but everything is made in small batches, so the entire catalog is not always available at the same time. They also offer seasonal and limited scents.
Checkout, for me, was a breeze. They offer a variety of payment options, and you earn points on each purchase, good toward a future gift card, if you make an account with them. You receive a free sample scent with every order, conveniently selected by drop down. For my order, I had to leave a note with my desired scents and there was no problem. My order shipped within 48 hours, and I had it in my hot little hands less than a week after I got my shipping notice.

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I'm pretty picky about scent, and I didn't want to go crazy, buying something outside of my comfort zone from a brand I've never tried. So, I picked up the following:
Cellar: Damp Earth and Stone, Wooden Casks, Cool Fall Air, Crisp Apple, Pear and Broom Corn. Part of the Manor Collection. This scent was so interesting - I could immediately smell the damp, earthy stones and the sweet apple. It smelled so nice and earthy, this is definitely on my "to buy" list.
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Covered Bridge: Woods, Moss, Leaves, Wood Smoke, Dirt, Ozone, Fir Absolute. Part of the Foxcroft Collection. This was a nice scent, definitely up my alley but was a little generic - I am almost positive I already own something similar to this, but I'm not sure what. The scent was nice, but I don't plan to purchase a full size at this time.
Black Forest: Agarwood, Nagarmotha EO, Tobacco Absolute, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Cocoa Absolute, Maraschino Cherries, Black Cherries, Hay Absolute, Sandalwood EO, Whipped Cream & a drop of Pink Peppercorn Essential Oil. Ohh my god. This smells nothing like cake, but is so sweet (but not sticky sweet) and chocolate-y and cherry-y and woody and sexy. I wanted to eat my own hand. This is going on my "buy immediately" list.
Foxcroft Fairgrounds: Cotton Candy, Cream Soda, Vanilla Taffy, Gridling's Funnel Cakes, Powdered Sugar, Crisp Fall Air, Woodsmoke & a Tendril of Incense. Part of the Foxcroft's Autumn Festival Collection. This was nice, but I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped to. It was quite sweet, with just a hint of smokey air, and I mostly smelled the funnel cakes and vanilla. I liked it, but I don't plan to purchase a full size at this time.
Grey's Cabin: Smoked Cocoa, Cedar, Embers, Black Musk, Copal Bark, Tobacco, Spice. Part of The Woodland Collection. One of the scents I was most looking forward to, and probably my biggest disappointment. All I smelled from this was a heavy scent of artificial cocoa, and just the slightest hint of cedar. I was really hoping for more cedar and tobacco, with a hint of cocoa. Oh well, can't win them all. I'd not purchase this.
Old Havana: Tobacco, Woods, Spices, Sea Mist, Lime. Premium fragrance. DING DING DING we have a winner folks! This. Smells. Amazing. If you like tobacco scents, this is like - holy grail status. It smells exactly how I would imagine a little cigar bar in old Havana might smell - tobacco is the main note, but it's just a little salty and just a little crisp. Perfect. Going on my "buy immediately" list.
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White Fox: Vanilla Musk, White Fur, Wood Blend, Frozen Dirt, Snow. Part of The Woodland Collection. I think this was the most interesting of all the scents I sampled. It is a really unique mix of sweet vanilla, and crisp, snowy air with just a hint of raw dirt and musk. I couldn't decide if I like it or not, and then it grew on me and I definitely like it. So much so, that it is going on my "buy immediately" list.
Regarding customer service, I did not have to contact Solstice Scents about any troubles with my order. They will be on vacation until June 14, 2015 and both the closure dates as well as final cut off for placing orders was clearly stated on both the index page of the website, and their Facebook page. All in all, my experience with the company was good.
I am very happy with the quality of the fragrances, as well. Three I plan to purchase as soon as the shop re-opens, one will wait for a sale, two were good, but not amazing and out of the seven only one was a total dud - that's a pretty good ratio. Also, Old Havana, which is a Premium scent, really does express a higher quality feeling than the general catalog. The perfume concentration was denser, the scent lasted longer (five hours with just a teeny drop on the back of my hand) and the throw was greater. Although all the scents were of good quality, I'd definitely be willing to pay more for Old Havana because I can see the premium quality is there.
So, in total, my first impression of Solstice Scents was very good - good experience, good products (I only tried perfume oils in this case). I definitely plan on purchasing from the company again, and I would feel very comfortable recommending the products. A+

Oh shit, I meant to add pictures. Lemme do that now. Okay, yeah, sorry that one is sideways I am too tired to deal with these pictures having a mind of their own. This is a new type of post for me, and I will probably do more unboxing and first impression posts over the next few weeks, as I have several fragrance orders outstanding. All indie, too, so if you like hearing about indie perfume, keep checking back. If you see any scents you'd like a full review on - let me know! I'd be especially willing to go more in-depth on scents I didn't like, and why, to help make purchasing decisions. As always just leave me a comment if you'd like that, and pleasant journeys~


Episode 48: May Fragrance Favorites (or, I'm Sheeple, Baaaa)

Okay so here's the thing. I wanted to do a fragrance collection video but it would have to be done in like... four or five parts. I was going to film the first one for last Friday but some really upsetting crap has been going on around my house (stuff with the police involved and everything), and I just never had time to film it. So I filmed this, instead, highlighting a few of the fragrances I've found myself reaching for a lot, all through May and the past couple of months.






I've talked about Balenciaga Paris l'Edition Mer before and I have been loving it through spring. You can purchase it through Neiman Marcus who, as far as I can tell, is the exclusive retailer for this edition. Be careful if you think you see it somewhere else - Paris l'Edition Reflets has very similar packaging.

Like I said in the video, I am going to do a full review on the Collection Azur from Atelier Colognes, but I happened to have already purchased the rollerball of Sud Magnolia and I've been obsessed. I carry it with me everywhere! This scent is available at Sephora, as well as the Atelier Cologne website. According to Sephora's website, Collection Azur is exclusive to them, among those who distribute Atelier's fragrances.

I may have made mention of Noose Jewelry from DarlingClandestine waaay back in February, but I've been wearing it any time I want to feel comfortable in my own skin, and that says a lot. I can't even explain it (and I know I did a terrible job) because what words do you use to describe the fragrance that just smells like you? This is from DarlingClandestine's original listing for the scent:
Noose Jewelry features notes of true raw carrot, mulberry, honeysuckle and (yes, I went there) a nice dirty green patchouli. True unisex, boss level 8.
It's just so raw and loamy, a little sweet and a lot green. I just love it. Not available, of course, but Evonne has some other great scents currently available in her Etsy shop! Pyrotechnik is there (at the time of this writing), and it is one of my faves!

So yeah, I hope you enjoyed this terribly late post - I'll be back again soon (no rest for the weary. more like post your shit on time) with a sample set un... boxing? Unpackaging? Something like that. A mini review of the samples I chose, which I plan to order in full size, and my experience with the company. Look forward to it, and pleasant journeys~


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Episode 47: Fragrance Face-Off State of the Series (or, Affiliate Links Here, too)

Okay so the men's cologne has vanished into thin air and for the life of me, I can't find it. I'll have to try to get another sample. Honestly though, I've been struggling with ideas for the Face-Off, since  I'm kind of swinging the opposite way now - most fragrances I want to review as either individuals, or as parts of fragrance sets.

So I need help! If there are any two scents, brands, collections - anything fragrance related that you want to see compared to each other, let me know. Comment below and give me suggestions! I'm going to take this next week to consider what I might include in the Face-Off, and then next week I will either do another installment, or I will put this series on hold, and just do standard reviews on this day. Sorry y'all, but I'm in need of some real inspiration.

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Until then, I'll be wracking my brain and see if something good comes to mind. I'll have a video post tomorrow (or maybe Saturday, once again, if editing takes too long) and I hope you'll enjoy it. Pleasant journeys~

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Episode 46: Bath & Body Works Candle Faves (or, I had to narrow it somehow...)

This Five for All is pretty generic because it's after midnight and I forgot I was posting on Tuesdays now. Sorry 'bout that, hope it is fairly interesting anyways. Bath & Body Works very often re-promotes scents,, so if I know of an RP or close dupe, I'll try to mention that for you as well. Anyways, here it is.

Favorite Bath & Body Works Candles 

This list is ordered from lowest to my greatest love. Now - I've said this before, but I think BBW candles in general, offer the best value at the price (if you get them on sale) but I don't necessarily think they are the best on the market. However, since BBW home is hugely popular, I would imagine a lot of folks have one or two candles from them or are thinking of getting some when there is a sale. Hopefully this list will be interesting.
5. Bottoming out the list is one of the perennial Fall scents, Pumpkin Cupcake. It is pumpkin-ny, sweet, warm and not cloying or sticky-sweet like some of the other candles in the Pumpkin line. This scent is part of the BBW Fall collection, so expect to start seeing it in stores around August.
4. Next is Summer Boardwalk. This scent would have a higher place on the list, if BBW hadn't reformulated the scent in 2013. So - any Summer Boardwalk prior to that year (2012 only) smells of sweet, sticky taffy, caramel popcorn and a hint of salt water. After 2012, the caramel component smells more artificial (except in 2014's American Boardwalk, a re-package of the original scent launched as a limited Spring Transitional** line). Summer Boardwalk can launch as Summer or Summer Transitional, so look for this scent on shelves anywhere from March to July.
3. Coming in third is Party Dress. Launched as Winter/New Years Eve collection in 2013 this is a gorgeous scent for making your room smell amazing. It's a sweet, almost gourmand-like floral, with notes of orchid, white peony and jasmine. Something to note is that multiple reviews say this scent reminds them of Thierry Mugler's Angel. Also important to note, despite some suggestions to the contrary, the 2014/2015 New Years scent Sparkling Confetti is NOT a re-package of this scent. You will usually see this on shelves as early as November and held through the Winter Semi-Annual Sale.
2. Evergreen and Tis The Season probably tie for my favorite Holiday scent. Evergreen is a really nice Christmas tree scent, not as strongly pine-scented as Balsam and Fir but still enough that the scent of the evergreen is most prominent. Tis The Season is the best for imparting a truly "Holiday" feel - cinnamon, apple, evergreen wreaths. Both have returned for multiple Holiday seasons. Tis The Season is a Winter staple, on shelves in the first part of November. Evergreen was released as a part of the Winter Mid-Season collection in 2014, but that could change.
1. All time favorite is Seashore. Released as a part of the Spring Transitional collection in 2013, this scent is redolent of the beach. No other home fragrance compares, if you are looking for that indescribable salt air tang. 2014's Sydney Harbor is not a re-package, but is a very close duplicate, offered in that year's Destinations Spring Transitional collection. I would buy soooo many of these candles if BBW re-promoted the fragrance. It just smells fresh, invigorating and brings you to the seaside. One thing to note, the recently released White Barn scent Fresh Water & Sea Salt is not even close to being a duplicate of this scent. There are similar accords, but it isn't the same.

So that's my list! Please note that I live very close to a lot of high-visibility stores. I don't have test stores in my area, but my stores sell through merchandise quickly, and are usually granted leave to stock new collections early to keep the shelves full. Launch dates may vary.

If this kind of post was interesting, I am happpy to do a full candle collection. I also own home scents from different brands, whaaaat? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and pleasant journeys~












** Terminology such as "Mid-Season" and "Spring Transitional" are not official Bath & Body Works terms. I use them to distinguish personally when different collections launch. Feel free to use it, but don't expect any Bath & Body Works employees to know what you mean! XDDD

Monday, May 18, 2015

Episode 45: Black Violet Indie Haul (or, In This For the Long Haul)

Today I got in quite a substantial order from Black Violet Perfume Vault & Bathory, and since I needed to write about something, why not a haul? This is not an unboxing, but I could totally do those in my video posts, if there is any interest. Let me know in the comments!

A new disclaimer! All of the following were purchased by myself, for my own use, using my own funds. The only exception is the item indicated as gratis below, that was provided out of generosity, with no obligation review it or any other item. All of the opinions expressed are my own, and I receive no compensation, monetary or otherwise, for promoting these products.

Now that that is out of the way....


Black Violet May 2015 Haul

The first items I picked up were two of the 2oz mini jars of Detective Notes Body Butter. Detective Notes was a fragrance that was only made available to the Black Violet Blackbox subscribers in the inaugural edition of the Blackbox. I got a chance to smell it, and when I expressed to Leilani just how smitten I was with the fragrance, she offered to let me purchase the extra she had on had. I jumped at the offer, and I am so glad to have a couple of these now to last me!
The Butter smells like delicious praline, honey and a hint of pipe tobacco - a scent that is right up my alley. The Body Butter its self is very moisturizing, creamy and thick, and it holds the fragrance for hours.
My second score is the Black Violet Phyto Mist. I had previously tried the mist in a different scent, and I loved the product, but I had my eye on this particular fragrance. 
This is Bergamot Cedarwood. I haven't sprayed it yet, so I can't say for sure it smells as good as I imagine it does, but even combine those two scents in my imagination... damn. I cannot wait to try this. The Phyto Mist is amazing, on my wet hair it acts as a super light leave in conditioner. On dry hair it works for me as a detangler and frizz control. The scent doesn't last long, but I don't mind because I really just want to enjoy it as I am using the product.
I snagged a couple of the mini 2oz jars of Creme Soap, as well. The first is Secret Passage, another Blackbox scent that Leilani mention when I inquired about Detective Notes. She had an extra which I snatched up, because I am still kicking myself for missing the signups on the first go-around for the subscription. In the jar, Secret Passage smells gorgeous, floral but not overwhelming. There is a nice amount of sweet there, too, and something warm and a bit musky. A lovely scent for Spring!
The other item was included as gratis. One of the wonderful things about indie brands is that they often include freebies, and Black Violet is no different! I've found some of my favorite scents through her bonus gifts and this time I was gifted a mini jar of Valley of the Temples Creme Soap. Not sure if I've made mention before, but VOTT is my favorite Black Violet scent, surpassing even my love for Ginger & Lace, so I am super, duper excited to try this. These soaps are so, so creamy, beyond any other brand I've tried. I am looking forward to getting them on my body, ha ha, bow chicka bow wow.
Of course it wouldn't be right if I didn't get any perfume, so I picked up two of the sample drams. I selected Lavandula because I've been meaning to try it for ages. Black Violet does amazing lavender. It is crisp and herbal, not sweet like those sugary, cakey lavender scents. This is raw, the kind of lavender that makes people say they don't like lavender. I love it.
The second choice is a new scent to BV's catalog - Caffe al Vetro. One of the scents that recently retired, Affogato, had an espresso component, and I was interested to see how similar they were. Make no mistake, Caffe al Vetro is much, much more "coffee", but I think most fans of Affogato will like it as much as I do!
My final purchase gets me the most excited, TBH. I picked up the Black Violet Tonique in Chamomile Lavender (that lavender again, boy) and I am soooo excited to start using this. In a sample I had, I saw the results on my skin after the second use - my face looked fresh, my skin texture looked more even, and the scent was so relaxing right before bed. Since I haven't had it, I've been really bummed out, and I was more than willing to buy a full size.
So that was what I picked up in this round of purchases! I can't wait to get my hands on some of the Summer scents, I want to try pretty much the entire Summer '15 line. Also still hoping to score that coveted Blackbox subscription, so maybe I can do some on-camera unboxings! (If you want to find out more about Blackbox just head on over right here.)
 Thanks for checking out this haul - maybe you saw something that caught your eye? You can see the entire product catalog and scent library at http://www.blackviolet.net and if there is anything you'd like a more in-depth review on, just leave a comment below and I would be happy to do that for you! Pleasant journeys~








Friday, May 15, 2015

Episode 44: New Video Series - The Quickie (or, Bow-chika-wow-wow)

HiiiiiiiiiiiI'm done. Okay, so I didn't really know what type of videos to make, but I enjoy talking about perfume once in a while as opposed to writing about it, so to give myself inspiration I decided to start The Quickies. Since a lot of people get turned off when they see a video is longer than just a few minutes, these are mini-reviews of scents that I don't want, or plan, to create more in-depth discussion on but that I like (or hate) and want to give them a mention.

Each Quickie will be short - under five minutes - and will feature any number of scented items, from perfume to home fragrance to bath and body. Suggestions are gladly accepted, as always, on products to review. So here is the inaugural episode of The Quickie, in which my inappropriate humor rears its ugly head.



Annnnyways, hope that was interesting and/or fun, and I hope that you'll share this blog with friends and family who might enjoy it! I'm signing off for the weekend, I hope you have a fabulous one and until I see you again, pleasant journeys~


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Episode 43: Ylang-Ylang in Perfume (or, Scent Notes Holla!)

So you may remember me mentioning that today would be a Face-Off between men's scents? Okay well that obviously didn't happen. This was due to my complete and utter loss of one half of the colognes I wanted to review, and not having anything prepared as a back up. So instead of writing today's post off entirely, I'm going to do an edition of the Scent Notes series instead! Yaaayyy... I hope, ha. So, today's focus is on Ylang-ylang.

Cananga odorata

Cananga odorata is more commonly known as Ylang-ylang. It is derived from the flowers of the Cananga tree, which is native to the Philippines and Indonesia. The Tagalog mean of the root word ilang-ilang can mean "rare", perhaps indicative of the highly valued perfume oil extracted from the flowers. Ylang-ylang flowers are large, star-shaped and very fragrant. The oil pressed from the flowers is sweet scented, slightly yellow in color. In aromatherapy, Ylang-ylang is good for relieving stress and anxiety. Applied on the skin it can aid in the reduction of acne, as well as assist in the growth and treatment of damaged hair. It is important to note, however, that some people experience headaches and nausea when presented with Ylang-ylang oils, so it is possible that this is one of many potential migraine triggers in perfumery, and should be worn with that in mind.
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 The scent of Ylang-ylang is very popular, and both the oil and the flowers themselves have been used for thousands of years. A traditional Indonesian wedding ritual is to strew the petals on the wedding bed, and the oils have been used to smooth the hair and seal split ends. The fragrance evokes a sweet, slightly fruity, floral scent. It is very fragrant, but still maintains a delicacy of scent. Ylang-ylang is typically used as a heart or base note in fragrances, and blends well with bergamot, lavender, grapefruit and sandalwood, making it a common ingredient in chypre, floral and fruity-floral blends. Some well known fragrances with Ylang-ylang are Guerlain's Samsara EDP and Maison Martin Margiela Beach Walk. (wikipedia.com, aromaweb.com, essentialoils.co.za)
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Ylang-ylang, in perfumery, is not traditionally a fragrance compound that I gravitate towards. I own perfume with Ylang-ylang in it, but I cannot personally put a description on the scent other than "sweet" and "floral". However, it isn't a compound I shy away from, either, and after reading about the aromatic benefits of using this in an essential oil format, I am definitely tempted to give it a try. Supposedly it can even lower blood pressure and reduce hypertension, which I've suffered from for years. So even though I don't particularly care for this scent in perfumery, I might find a very valid use for it in aromatherapy. That's another thing I love about scents - there are so many dimensions to every thing you smell, and so many different ways it can work on your body. I'm going to have to wear my perfume with Ylang-ylang more and see if I notice any headaches or stress relief!

So I hope that was informational, and made up for the lack of a Face-Off. Again, I am not going to be continuing this series permanently, but of course I will always revisit them on occasion! Feel free to comment below with any particular scent notes you'd like a short info sesh about and I will add them to the queue! I will have a video post tomorrow, but if I can't get it edited to my satisfaction, it may not show up on the blog until Saturday. You can keep an eye on my Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for updates when the video is live - all of those links are on the Random Facts page! I can't wait to see you tomorrow! Pleasant journeys~


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Episode 42: New Day, New Series (or, The Five for All)

Okay, so I kind of started this series in my last video post, but I decided to make it an official series. The Five for All is a list segment, each week with five items in the designated category, ranked by me. It can be five good things, or five terrible things. I'm also totally up for category suggestions (things like "Five Prettiest Flacons" et cetera) or scent suggestions (like "list these in order from least to most favorite" with five choices). As long as it can be evaluated in list format, I'm game! So I'm going to go ahead and get started with this week's five.

My Five Most Interesting Scents

Out of the collection of scents that I own, this is the list of the five that I can't stop sniffing. When I wear these, there is just something about them that is like a party for my nostrils. They are in no particular order, please note, and also note that this doesn't take into consideration the complexity of the scent - only the way it smells on my skin!
  1.  Supernova Sway by DarlingClandestine - I've talked about this before, but it one of my absolute favorites. This smells, hands down, like hot asphalt and metal in the summer. I was raised in a small town, but I am a city girl in my very heart, and I've had six summers here to absorb that smell. Supernova Sway isn't marketed as being for one particular season or another (it is part of DarlingClandestine's general catalog, thank goodness) but it screams summertime to me. With that said, I would also wear it in winter, to remind myself of those 115° days that I long for. Check out DarlingClandestine here!
  2. Womanity by Thierry Mugler - I have a mix of indie and mainstream so I am alternating. Womanity is a scent that can make you enemies - like, won't get in the car, move away on the bus, asked to leave the store level enemies. Don't wear this one to work, for sure. It's such a heavy blend of fig and that caviar note that it quickly turns into a lovely, human "musk", if you know what I mean. A feminine musk, if I dare get crude. But.... I like it. Not when it's too much, mind you. This is very much the "spritz and step into it" type of perfume. When it's good, though, it's figgy, sweet, woody, green and just a bit salty. It's fascinating. Just don't spray too much. Check out the entire Thierry Mugler catalog, or just buy Womanity here***.
  3. Lady Grey by Black Violet - You're wondering why I'm writing about a scent I don't care for, right? Well interesting doesn't denote approval, ha. So Lady Grey is a weird one. I ordered in blind assuming that it would smell much like the tea, and nothing in the description leads me to believe it shouldn't but on me it.... smells like I am a lovely old broad of Victorian times, sitting in my musty parlor, drinking black tea and having a smoke on my ivory-handled cigarette holder. No, really. I get a very faint hint of tea, but mostly this smells like stale cigarettes and rooms that aren't aired out enough. It's the damnest thing. Every now and then I wear it again, hoping for something different, but it never changes. Check it out at Black Violet, here!
  4. White Jasmine & Mint by Jo Malone - What do you get when you take a fragrance that supposedly smells of wild mint, peppermint, bergamot, chamomile, cardamom, coriander and black currant at the top, May rose absolute, jasmine, ylang ylang, lily of the valley and orange blossom in the heart and prune, Guaiac, vetiver and cedar at the base? Something that manages to smell like everything and nothing all at once. Seriously, I list this Jo Malone scent here because it is an anomaly. With every other scent I own, I am able to pick out at least one top note and one base note. I wouldn't be writing this if I couldn't. With most I can paint a fair picture of the composition, even if I can't name every single note layered in it. With White Jasmine & Mint I can't make out any individual notes. In fact, prior to Googling that list, I could have only said "white jasmine" and "mint" if put on the spot, ha ha. It smells good, don't get me wrong. I wear this in the fall a lot, because I love how sunny and floral it is, but it is a bit too heavy for spring, and definitely too much for summer. Now, knowing the scent notes, I could tell you that I can - sometimes - smell the prune. LOL, perfect for a granny like myself. Check out the Jo Malone catalog here
  5.  Feast Day by Alchimia Apothecary - This is the Granddaddy of interesting perfumes. It starts out sweet, and as it develops it grows faintly smoky with a hint of crisp bacon until at the end you have what can only be described as a delicious, smoked brisket. Now, I have to point this out. While I smell like food to my self, I have never had anyone mention food while I'm wearing Feast Day. Instead, I usually get compliments and questions about the scent (from as many men as women, ha ha) and people only notice the bacon if I point it out. I notice, however, and it makes it really fun. Check out Feast Day at Alchimia Apothecary, here!
Sorry this is a little late y'all, meant to finish last night and my stomach went nutso on me again, so I had to finish up today. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please comment below, or email at admin@olfactory-exploits.com any suggestions you have for this series! Tomorrow is another episode of the Face-Off, the first ever Men's Only version, muahaha. Then I will have a new video post on Friday, starting a video series! So be on the lookout. Until then, pleasant journeys~











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