Good Grief!

So…umm…one of my husband’s co-workers had a very strange response to hearing the news about the birth of our daughter. She seemed to be suggesting that our daughter, might not “be his.” Umm… Awkward. *laughing* As in, she was wondering if someone other than Mark conceived our daughter with me. …As in, this lady either…

*Sigh*

So, it’s worked out well to stop sharing almost anything personal on Instagram and to end these journal posts on this blog. A lot of you reading this who have decided to compete are incredibly determined. (And no I don’t mean the lady who I no longer am in touch with as of last week,…

Peacock Throne

Do you want to smell like an upscale candle?   Do you want to walk around wafting the sort of fragrance that emerges from the bubbly waters of a luxuriously fragranced bath at a spa?  Well, my dears, perhaps Peacock Throne (Thameen 2013) would be right up your alley. Honestly, I’m pretty taken with it.  There’s…

Paradise Lost

The first time I saw Paradise Lost (Keiko Mecheri 2011) on Instagram a few years ago I was instantly curious to try it.  I knew I would find it fascintating.  I do. It’s a passionate but discrete fragrance.  The wild florals are kept under a well sealed veneer of citrus and elegant sandalwood.  You can…

Floriental

This is another lovely creation that reminds me of Papillon Artisan Salome and a recent one I tried by Houbignant named Demi Jour.  The notes are listed below and frankly, I can smell all of them.  It’s spicy, sweet, heady, and wonderfully warm.  I like it. But, where Salome is erotic and Demi Jour is…

1A-33

Oh J. F. Schwarlose. Is it fair to say that this reminds me of Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bianca Nerolia?  Because it does.  And I both love that and hate that. Where Nerolia Bianca is brighter, more cheerful, more definitive and perhaps a little prettier, 1A-33 (J.F. Schwarlose 2012) is more delicate, elegant and mysterious.   I…

Orangers en Fleur

Spicy orange blossom?  Romantic rose, jasmine, tuberose and jasmine?  Why, it’s Orangers en Fleur (Houbignant 2012)of course. I had been wanting try this one for ages and about a month ago, or so, I did.  I’ve had to be careful with it though because it reminds me of having both air sickness and morning sickness…

Baptême du Feu

This reminds me a little of Papillon Artisan Salome, and actually the other Papillon Artisan perfumes I’ve also tried. The gingerbread and castoreum notes work together to create a feeling of a sort of…well…erotic bakery in the winter?  Haha.  And, that’s not a bad smell at all.  The opposite. …And, no, I don’t know for…

Spring Flower

I first tried this fragrance last spring – the spring of 2018.  I sampled both Fleurissimo and Spring Flower (Creed 1996) at that time, and I recall being in adoration of Fleurissimo (I’ve since bought a bottle) while finding Spring Flower a tiny bit disappointing. I experienced lovely projection and longevity with Fleurissimo, but with Spring…

Kai

Incredibly tangible, lush white florals, specifically lily-of-the-valley, jasmine and gardenia open a wild bouquet.  Kai (Kai 1999) smells a little daring and a little heady up close but far away it smells earthy, exotic, and sensous while also being a bit more subtle.  And while this is not a fragrance with a tremendous amount of…