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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mendittorosa Omega (Sample) New (Review)

Mendittorosa Omega (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as an Oriental Spicy, the notes are Cumin, Vanilla, Olibanum, Leather, Iris, White Musk, Violet, Rosewood, Precious Woods (Agarwood) Oud and Jasmine.

Omega, The Trilogy, The last letter of the Greek alphabet denotes the end, the final limit. It is Alfa’s polar opposite, deriving its elegance and composure from the unawareness of its mortality.

Mendittorosa's Omega opens up in a way I didn't expect it too, it's has very fizzy, fuzzy, layered feeling, almost like carbonated Seltzer Water, it lasts almost an hour.

I was surprised that I did not get any sweaty cumin at all, being it's one of the main notes, and usually when it's in a fragrance, I get it very strongly on my skin.

I get a sugary, creamy, milky, comforting, playful vanilla that washes over a warped, narcotic, with a touch of green jasmine, and a resinous, moist, sappy olibanum.

Then a slightly pungent, cured, dark, black leather, melts over a dusty, fresh from the soiled ground, boiled, starchy iris, and a musty, murky, subtle agarwood (oud)

I get the Vanilla, Jasmine, Iris, Leather, Olibanum and Agarwood (Oud) it opens up with a sweet, smoky vanilla, and a fresh, bright jasmine, the vanilla is strong, the jasmine is mild.

After thirty minutes the jasmine dissipates, the vanilla softens, in comes a mossy, sparkling olibanum, and a balmy, supple leather, the olibanumis mild, the leather is strong.

After four hours the vanilla and olibanum dissipates, the leather softens, in comes a powdery, earthy iris, and a warm, woody agarwood (oud), the iris is mild, the agarwood (oud) is soft.

Omega is a very creamy, bright yet dark, strong, spicy and citric nuances, a touch fruity and musky, gourmand, not too sweet, unisex, Oriental Spicy fragrance.

This would be perfect for the Fall and Winter, I get average projection and average longevity, this is my first experience from Mendittorosa perfumes, it was wonderful, 4/5 Stars.

You can purchase this in a Anima drops sample set eight 1.4ML samples $50.00 and a 100ML bottle for $170.00 on mendittorosa.com.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ame Torturee Ikiryo Perfumes by Vincent Dreamhouse (Sample) New (Review)

Ame Torturee Ikiryo Perfumes by Vincent Dreamhouse (Sample) New (Review) this notes are Wisteria, Coriander, Amber, Woody Notes, Neroli, Olibanum, Vanilla and Benzoin.

The red rose that withers within a burning flame at night, the black ashes that melt from the salty tears in your eyes, a desperation for romance and love by the darkness and light.

A grey butterfly that lost it's wings in a soaring flight, it cries for help so it can reach for the eternal sky, you're hoping for a miracle without an answer in sight, heaven it cries.

The blood that drips down your cold black lips, my kiss that turns to ice as the moon fades into the shadows of silence, a scarred heart that shatters at the stroke of midnight.

An angel that dances from the sound of the devils violin, it's spiritual awakening that your powerless to resist, it's a symphony of music that seduces your ghost in the midst. J.Sagona (2016)

I get a lilac and dusty clove tinged, with a touch of green wisteria, that corrodes a fresh, woody slightly herbal coriander, and a sugary, comfortable, glistening vanilla.

Then a sweet, complex, enveloping, a touch earthy olibanum, that glazes over a smooth, cozy, gentle coating of amber, and a tart, fragrant, honey tinged neroli.

I get the Wisteria, Vanilla, Amber, Neroli, Coriander and Olibanum, it opens up with a lush, spicy wisteria, and an earthy, orange tinged coriander, the wisteria is strong, the coriander is mild.

After twenty minutes the coriander dissipates, the wisteria softens, in comes a sweet, comforting vanilla, and a resinous, incensed olibanum, the vanilla is mild, the olibanum soft.

After four hours the wisteria and olibanum dissipate, the vanilla softens, in comes a balmy, vanilla tinged amber, and a citrusy, bitter neroli, the amber and neroli are mild.

Ame Torturee is a distant white floral, comforting, creamy, dark, spicy and metallic nuances, with soft woody undertones, unisex, it leans more feminine fragrance.

This would can be worn all year 'round, I get average projection and average longevity, I really enjoyed this one from the Vincent Dreamhouse Collection 4/5 Stars.

You can purchase Vincent Dreamhouse's Ame Torturee sample pack of four $24.00 and a 50ML $125.00 on tigerlilyperfumery.com andhttp://www.dreamhouse-ikiryo.com/#!blank/c1y8n 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions by Josh Meyer (Sample) New (Review)

Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions by Josh Meyer (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as an Oriental, the notes are, Apple, Saffron, Peach, Benzoin, Cashmeran Leather and Rose.

Slow Explosions is Josh Meyer's fourteenth release from his Imaginary Authors house and one of the best he has ever created along with my other personal favorites, Cape Heartache and The Soft Lawn.

This is very reminiscent of his wonderful fragrance An Air of Despair, an air of despair is brighter, a very similar saffron note, and has stronger woods and musk.

Everything in Slow Explosions is very well balanced, the strongest note to me, is the saffron, at times it can be overpowering but it's blends beautifully with the rose, leather, peach and benzoin.

What I also found interesting was their is no apple or citric notes, a combination of the peach and saffron gives off that apple smell, their is also a tart raspberry note, subtle spices and a bit of darkness laced throughout.

I get a sugary, milky, bitter, earthy with a touch of leather saffron, that blends with a fruity, grainy, rough skinned peach, and a sandy, fresh, tangy, green apple.

Then a black, rough, aromatic, warped, old, cold hearted, suede leather, darkens a barely wilted, dusty, dried, red rose, and a vanilla tinged, rich, tepid, benzoin.

I get the Peach, Apple, Rose, Leather, Benzoin and Saffron, it opens up with a sweet, creamy saffron, and a juicy, syrupy peach, the saffron is strong, the peach is mild.

After thirty minutes the peach dissipates, the saffron softens, in comes a bright, watery apple, and a dark, supple leather, the apple is mild, the leather is strong.

After five hours the apple and leather dissipate, in comes a subdued, jammy rose, and a thick, candied benzoin, the rose is mild, the benzoin is soft.

Slow Explosions is a very warm, comforting, floral, dull, fruity nuances, a touch of sweetness, with soft woody and spicy undertones unisex oriental fragrance.

This can be worn all year round I get average projection and good longevity, this is one of Josh Meyer's finest releases in fragrance, amazing job Josh 5/5 Stars.

You can purchase Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions in a 2ML sample $6.00 and a 60ML bottle for $95.00 on imaginaryauthors.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DSH Perfumes Pandora by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (Sample) New (Review)

DSH Perfumes Pandora by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as a Chypre Floral. the notes are Exotic Floral Notes, Green Notes, Oakmoss, Vanilla, Anise, Licorice, Ambergis, Aldehydes, Geranium and Leather.

"When I'm in heat and someone gets a notion, I jump to my feet, I hoof it to the ocean, we hit a beach where no one gives a hoot, nobody never ever wears a suit, the ladies there, they look so proud, that's cause they know that their well endowed, I ain't much on Fannie's conversation, or care to much about her operation, but every time Pandora come my way, I get high, can't explain the sensation" Aerosmith Pandora's Box (1974)

Chanel No.5 changed my life forever! well, at least fragrance wise it did!

When I first started reviewing, experimenting with fragrances and exploring all different types of fragrance categories, Chypre Floral and most florals for that matter, in general were my least favorite fragrance genre.

I used to think that Chypre's smelled like an older women that doused herself in Revlon's Jean Nate, ignorance is bliss right? usually the Chypre fragrances consisted of citruses, rose, white florals which was another flower I had no love towards, woods, aldehydes, spices and musk.

However, I am the type of person that is willing to keep trying something until I land up loving it, and fairly often that is the case, and the fragrance that changed my dislike towards Floral Fragrances was the classic Chanel No.5 EDP.

Chanel No.5 EDP blew and opened my mind and made me respect floral fragrances more so, it was full of beauty, charm, character, charisma and commanded your attention, it was loud, ballsy, skanky, feminine and obnoxious, Oh! how I loved her so.

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's Pandora gives me that same feeling, and has that vintage touch of some of the redolent beauty Floral Chypre classics of yesteryear, such as Jean Patou's Eau De Joy, Robert Piiguet's Bandit and Givenchy III.

I get a dark, black, used, warped, smoky, full bodied leather, that smothers a quiet, rushing, aromatic blend of exotic white florals, and an earthy, slightly vegetal green notes.

Then a sharp, sugary, a touch herbal, blackened licorice, bubbles over a slightly bitter, dried, candied, white vanilla, and a biting, piney, forest filled with oakmoss.

I get the Leather, Licorice, Vanilla, Oakmoss, Exotic Floral Notes and Green Notes, it opens up with a ripe, pungent leather, and a fresh, bright, exotic floral notes, the leather and exotic floral notes are strong.

After an hour the exotic floral notes and pungent smell dissipate, the leather softens, in comes a leafy, grassy green notes, and a dark. slightly sweet licorice, the green notes are mild, the licorice is soft.

After five hours the leather and licorice dissipate, the green notes soften, in comes a warm, with a touch of sweetness vanilla. and a inky, bitter oakmoss, the vanilla is mild, the oakmoss is soft.

This is a very classy, a touch animalic, patchouli nuances, vintage yet modern, with soft woody and spicy undertones, unisex, it leans more feminine Chypre Floral fragrance.

This would be beautiful for the Spring and Summer, I get average projection and average longevity, this is a very pretty and lovely Chypre floral fragrance, 4/5 Stars.

You can purchase DSH Perfumes Pandora in a Sample Vial $6.00, 3ML Deluxe Sprayer $18.00, 1 dram miniature flask $27.00,10ML $63.00, 15ML Antique Presentation, $235.00, 30ML $135.00, 60ML $235.00 all on dshperfumes.com

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hendley Perfumes Jade by Hans Hendley (Sample) New (Review)

Hendley Perfumes Jade by Hans Hendley (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as a Woody Aromatic, the notes are Mint, Musk, Star Anise, Sandalwood, Violet, Benzoin and Geranium.

Hendley Perfumes Jade has it's own identity and individuality with some disarray thrown in, this is one of those fragrances that never stands still, and at times can be perplexing.

It starts off with a burst of animalic musk that lasts maybe five minutes, then you get a bright, green mint, with some warm subtle spices, and a slight touch of church incense.

A floral dusting of a bouquet of springtime violets and geraniums, a milky sandalwood, and a wax infused benzoin, this blend of notes too me are peculiar, but, who am I to judge the perfumers mind?

I get a cold, crisp, with a touch of sweetness mint, that slices through a calming, slightly astringent geranium, a metallic, coating of powder violet, a deep, thick, syrupy benzoin, and a delicate, sweet woody sandalwood.

I get the Mint, Violet, Sandalwood, Geranium and Benzoin, it opens up with a cool, herbal mint, and a lemony, with a touch of a powdery geranium.

The mint is strong, the geranium is mild, after twenty minutes the geranium dissipates, the mint softens, in comes a earthy, green violet, and a vanilla tinged, rich benzoin.

The violet is mild, the benzoin is strong, after five hours the mint and violet dissipate, the benzoin softens, in comes a warm, creamy sandalwood, the sandalwood is mild.

This is a very clean, bright, citric and spicy nuances, a touch soapy, balmy, unisex, it leans more feminine, with soft musky undertones Woody Aromatic fragrance.

This would be perfect for the Spring and Summer, I get average projection and good longevity, this was really pleasant and long lasting, Nice job Hans, 3.5/5 Stars.

You can purchase Hendley Perfums Jade 2ML sample $9.00, 15ML $60.00, all on hendleyperfumes.com and indiescents.com

DSH Perfumes Hippie Chic by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (Sample) New (Review)

DSH Perfumes Hippie Chic by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as an Oriental, the notes are Coconut, Clove, Tobacco, Amber, Patchouli Additional Note Incense.

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small, and the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all, go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall, and if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you're going to fall, tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has , given you the call" Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit (1967)

Far Out, Man!

When I think of Hippies and their culture, I think of someone dirty and grungy, that hasn't bathed in a few days, lived in Woodstock New York, in a rundown, dilapidated wooden shack, making pot brownies and handing out flowers to people passing by.

They wear bandanas, Baja hoodies, drop acid, smoke a lot of marijuana, wear patchouli oil, burn incense, and listen to Jefferson Airplane, The Doors or the Grateful Dead.

Hippie Chic is more of a modern take on the late 1960's peace love and flower power Hippie Era, it doesn't have a marijuana note that I can detect, and it has a bit of a sunny coconut tropical essence.

I get a fleshy, white colored, woody, suntan lotion tinged coconut, that comes together with a damp, burrowing, seething incense, and a pungent, dusty, spiced, flaky clove.

Then a slightly grassy, cultured, dense, murky, sludgy patchouli, that rips through a silky, euphoric, with a touch of sweetness amber, and a warped, hay tinged, tobacco.

I get the Coconut, Clove, Amber, Patchouli, Tobacco and Incense, it opens up with a rich, buttery coconut, and a moist, deteriorated incense, the coconut is strong, the incense is mild.

After twenty minutes the incense softens, the coconut softens, in comes a warm, slightly sweet clove, and dirty, earthy patchouli, the clove Is mild, the patchouli is strong.

After four hours the incense and clove dissipate, the patchouli softens, in comes a resinous, vanilla tinged amber, and a musty yet pleasing tobacco, the amber is mild, the tobacco is soft.

Hippie Chic Is a very warm, strong, carnal, sultry, out in the sunshine on the beach, drinking a Pina colada, spicy and green nuances, unisex, tropical oriental fragrance.

This can be worn all year round' I get average projection and average longevity, this is another lovely beauty from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, 4/5 Stars.

You can purchase DSH Perfumes Hippie Chick in a Sample Vial $6.00, 3ML Deluxe Sprayer $12.00, 1 dram oil essence pulse roller $32.00, 1/3 ounce dram oil essence pulse roller $58.50, 30ML $70.00, 60ML $130.00, it also comes in body wash, body lotion, body massage oil and shea butter body cream, all on dshperfumes.com

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Moments 1 By Christi Meshell and creative director Robert Bradford (Decant) New (Review)

Moments 1 By Christi Meshell and creative director Robert Bradford (Decant) New (Review) the notes are Jasmine, Green Tea, Incense, White Ginger, Cedar, Sweet Clover, Black Currant Bud, Buddha Wood, Sea Salt, Pine Tree Moss, Western Red Cedar, Charred Oak Wood, Balsam, Vetiver, African Stone, Cinnamon, Choya Loban, Choya Ral, Mysore Sandalwood and Cruelty Free Musk.

Moments 1 by Christi Meshell is one of those fragrances you have to experience to understand where it's coming from, it's a tantalizing combination of smells and notes unlike anything I have ever experienced.

Anyone who has familiarized themselves with the House of Matriarch fragrances, that has smelled Moments 1, will recognize and say to themselves? Oh! yes, this has Christi Meshell's signature touch written all over it.

She has an uncanny ability to use notes that are unheard of in perfumery, and one would think her fragrances would be a big, giant disaster, but somehow, she masterfully makes her fragrances individualistic and amazing.

For those of you who have smelled her Albatross and Orca fragrances, Moments 1 is very similar yet different from those, it has that distinctive oceanic, marine feel, with some woods and spices, to add to the characteristic ambiance.

I get a bright, airy, sedative, with a touch of an animalic smelling jasmine, that tantalizes a salty, crystalized, oceanic sea salt, and a burnt, rough, wasted charred oak wood.

Then a charming, deep scarred, resinous, blooming incense, barely touches a woody, grounded, brown tinged vetiver, and a slightly spiced, bitter, sweet clover.

I get the Jasmine, Incense, Sea Salt, Charred Wood, Sweet Clover and Vetiver, it opens up with a pure, natural sea salt, and a fresh, with a touch of dirtiness jasmine, the sea salt is strong, the jasmine is mild.

After an hour the sea salt dissipates, the jasmine softens, in comes a smoky, charred oak wood, and a warm, aromatic incense, the charred oak wood is strong, the incense is mild.

After five hours the incense and smokiness dissipates, the charred oak wood softens, in comes a earthy, grassy vetiver, and a dry, herbal, sweet clover, the vetiver and sweet clover are mild.

Moments 1 is a very watery, white floral, a touch astringent, woody, unisex, dark pungent leather and spicy nuances, with soft musky and citric undertones fragrance.

This can be worn all year round, I get average projection and good longevity, I really liked Moments 1 quite a bit, fantastic job as always Christi Meshell, 4/5 Stars.

You can purchase Moments 1 in a 1ML sample $13.00, 10ML $115.00, 30ML $320.00 on som1store.com