Connemara

This is a gorgeous Lily-of-the-valley on a warm bed of pretty peach, gentle rose, cozy orris, whimsical carnation with just a dab of vanilla (Fragrances of Ireland). A slightly spicy, Samsara-like sandalwood eventually emerges. Some detect a lot of violet with this one, and I suppose I do too, but it mixes so with the…

Poetica

Poetica, by Scottish Fine Soaps, is another fragrance I can’t find exact notes for. Although, I believe you can still buy lotions from Scottish Fine Soaps with this scent? I can certainly smell fruit, possibly peach and/or cherry and there seems to also be an accord of possibly sandalwood and patchouli? It’s actually a little…

Tara

Tara, A Legendary Fragrance is absolutely fabulous (polite but wonderful sillage too). I’ve been spraying fragrances on my husband for testing lately and this one is too lovely to keep for another day. I can’t find the notes anywhere online, but it must certainly be an opulent, green, and very strong jasmine, I believe, with…

Wild Rose

A tart but voluptuous rose is the dominant note in this vintage gem (Woods of Windsor unknown). It’s a green, resinous rose with possible accompanying notes of at least violet and geranium? Perhaps there’s also sandalwood (myrrh?) and heliotrope? Amber? At any rate, it’s wonderfully nostalgic and exactly what I was in the mood for…

Lady Delene Cologne 

This rare vintage (Delene Products Chicago unknown) starts earthy, slightly sweet and herbal with kicky citrus, and sharp, soapy florals. I’d bet there’s bergamot, lavender, carnation, and geranium. And perhaps lily, violet, ylang ylang, honeysuckle (?) and then almost certainly sandalwood and vetiver to close. Do I also smell sage, benzoin, tonka and musk? At…

White Ginger

White Ginger is a baby powder soft, sweet and slightly spicy vintage ginger scent.  With aldehydic opening (I think), a note of jasmine reminiscent of ripe bananas and an aromatic green earthiness, White Ginger is tame but not quiet.  It’s quite tropical and yet I can’t imagine wearing this fragrance in warm weather. It could…

Romance

I found this bottle of Romance Incense Oil at an antique store. I haven’t been able to find much about the notes, or even really who made it, but it’s a charming scent. It opens with strong pine and woody notes, however it’s also quite balsamic and there’s a floral delicacy and freshness that reminds…

Mystery

Since our samples are all almost entirely packed or put away somewhere I thought I’d write about this mystery bottle of perfume.  It’s warm, spicy and sweet.  I’m guessing at notes of coumarin, cinnamon, benzoin, amber and cloves for certain – possibly neroli.  It’s a very vintage balsamic fragrance, whatever it is.  There’s a beautiful,…