Monday, November 16, 2015

My Perfume "Wardrobe" Pt II: Everything Else

[Products were purchased by me, or gifts from friends. One was a free Sephora perk. No affiliate links.]

Find Part I: Bottles, here.

Ok, here are travel and mini fragrances (including indie selections, which are often available in smaller sizes). The size of the hoard is a bit embarrassing, to be honest, but I do frequently wear most of these as well (I wear perfume daily, unless I have a headache or otherwise don't feel like it). Links to reviews where applicable. I grouped them by brand where I could, just for some sort of organizational scheme.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine
I have a travel spray (part of a set that S bought me as a gift), and redeemed some Sephora points for a mini splash bottle, because I really like this one. It's not razzle-dazzle amazing, but it has the best genuine orange note that I have come across thus far. It is so real, like you just cut into the peel of the fruit, and the citrus scent crackles to life. The sandalwood and amber woods keep it a bit spicier, rather than sending it down the well-trodden citrus-clean route; this is one of my favorites, actually, and I find it easy to wear.
notes: Blood Orange, Bitter Orange, Jasmine, Geranium, Amber Woods, Tonka Beans, Sandalwood. 

Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée
I don't really like oak moss, but since I fell in love with Sweet Anthem's Black Queen, this has sort of grown on me. The vanilla-oakmoss combination does still kind of have a spiced, tart caramel-apple tinge (due to the lime + coriander, I imagine) to it, and since Sweet Anthem has sadly shuttered its doors, I will have to wear this to fill the gap. Also, the little blurb is really romantic (on Sephora's site).
notes: Lime, Cedrat, Coriander, Jasmine, Vetiver, Oak Moss, Vanilla, Oak Wood, Amber. 

Atelier Cologne Grand Néroli
This one smells like Fruity Pebbles. Yep, the cereal. That is all. It's a little reminiscent of Orange Sanguine, but it doesn't have the draw of that great, real orange note, and the cereal note...it's weird. I don't wear this that often, but sometimes you wanna smell like childhood, I guess (or I guess I do, ha), so I kept it from the set.
notes: Orange Blossom Flower, Herbs, Musk, Vanilla. 

L'Occitane Verviene EdT
L'Occitane scents don't last very long at me at all (even accounting for the EdT formulations), and this is no exception. Still, I like the fresh, zesty verbena + geranium scent, especially in the summer, and if it were stronger, it'd prolly give me a headache, anyway (verbena sometimes does that to me). This is a 20 mL bottle that I don't think is available any more.
notes: lemon, orange, verbena, petit grain, rose, geranium

L'Occitane Vanille & Narcisse
This is a little splash bottle that I bought as part of a La Collection de Grasse mini 4-bottle set; I've used up 2/4 (Jasmin & Bergamot, Thé Vert & Bigarade), and will not go near the Magnolia & Mûre, so this is the last that I've got. It's a stronger, richer, spicy "floriental," so I don't wear it that often, but I'll have to pull it out again this winter - it does much better for me in cooler weather.
notes: blackcurrant, bergamot, narcissus, gardenia, vanilla, tonka bean
These are all tiny bottles! So much cute. The E&J is a rollerball.

Philosophy Amazing Grace
A simple classic. No frills, just clean musk - slightly floral, mostly clean, spritzy and inoffensive. I have a tiny 0.5 oz bottle because I like it just enough to have on hand.
notes: Bergamot, muguet Blossoms, musk. 

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black
This was a Sephora perk, and is a rollerball. I don't like Nirvana White at all, but I quite like this one - especially for sexy date nights. Violet is rather mercurial on me, and I don't normally like sandalwood much, either, but this combination is killer - sweet, sexy, sultry. I think this one is more feminine than other similar scents. 
notes: Violet, Sandalwood, Vanilla. 

Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise
A bit of a panic - have they discontinued this? I have the tiniest bottle (part of a gift set), and the tiniest drop left, and I always thought I would buy a full bottle when I finished this, but now I find that it has a much diminished presence in online shops. Eek. It's a great spritzy vanilla, and anise, guys, I love it.
notes: star anise, purple vanilla orchid, vanilla bourbon

Jo Malone Red Roses
A cautionary tale: I overdosed on rose somehow (and this was the only rose perfume I had, ha) and now I cannot wear anything that is predominantly rose. Maybe it's this really green rose combination that turned me off (it can be a bit sour). I don't know. I would hand this off to someone if I knew anyone near me who would take it! It's languishing.
notes: lemon, scarlet velvet rose, honeycomb

The rest of my smaller bottles are from Sweet Anthem (which can no longer be purchased), Solstice Scents, and Haus of Gloi - some of them are perfume oils or solid perfumes, and many were limited edition, so I'll just link previous reviews here.

Haus of Gloi Earl Grey
Solstice Scents Snowshoe Pass (my annual winter favorite)
Sweet Anthem Lizie, Joan, Edith, Lucille, Fox

All right! Scent journey, over. I wish more companies offered smaller sizes (Atelier Colognes is great about that, actually), because those of us with, er, diverse collections don't need to buy big hulking bottles, you know? And, of course, travel sprays are easier to, you know, travel with, so that's always nice. I don't love rollerballs, because the application method does change the scent experience, but I know they do have their fans. What's your favorite mini perfume style - solid, spray, rollerball? Do you prefer full bottles, or do you buy mini versions when you can?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Color Story: Plums and Wine

Er, which could also be a food story, I suppose, but who's judging?


Right, so we're not wearing ALL of these things at once (although I sort of did that here, and the monochromatic look doesn't always turn out too bad).  But I've been so into these sorts of shades lately, in clothing and in makeup.

In the photo above:
Sorry, all the similar colors freaked out my camera. L-R: MAC Stratus, MJ palette last shade, maroon shade in OR316, mauve shade in RD299, MAC Amorous, Maybelline Intoxicated Spice, Etude House Blackberry Jam.

I've been pairing both the mauve shade from RD299 and the wine from OR316 (sometimes over Laura Mercier Amethyst) for a plum eye that's really gorgeous. Or, using the entire RD299 trio and pairing it with a plum stain (Blackberry Jam) or a glossy lip (Intoxicating Spice). I haven't gone really vampy yet this season...but I think I'm getting in the mood, soon.
On eyes: RD 299 + OR316; lips: Intoxicating Spice.

What color family are you loving right now? 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

My Perfume "Wardrobe" Pt I: Bottles

Currently: 7. But I am scheming, scheming...
Ah, these bottles make me so happy. Perfume makes me happy, really - I think it is the perfect blend of science and poetry. And it's creative science. People often assume that creativity has no place in science, and that couldn't be more wrong. How else can you have innovation?

Mini (scientist) rant aside, I thought I'd do something fun and simple: showcase my perfume wardrobe. These are the full-sized bottles. Next is the travel/mini sizes. And that'll be it. I've done full reviews of most of these already, and will link them, so these are just little blurbs in a roundup style. Shall we begin?

YSL Parisienne
I start with this because...I started with this (check out this embarrassing first review). I normally dislike berry notes, but this one works for me. In the summer the patchouli-vinyl is stifling, but in the cooler months the riesling-aromatic is delicious. S also loves it when I wear this, so there is that, and nostalgia, as it is my first perfume and we picked it out together.
notes: vinyl accord, cranberry, blackberry, damask rose, violet, peony, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and musk
Serge Lutens Gris Clair
This is the only SL I happen to like, I think (here are the others I've tried). It is aggressively medicinal lavender, with a delicious, smoky vanilla wind-down. I feel sexy when I wear it, in a sort of androgynous way. As if I could pull off a sleek pantsuit, paired with killer heels.
notes: lavender, amber, tonka bean, iris, dry wood, incense

Diptyque Eau Duelle
This is hands down my favorite vanilla, and I'm a vanilla fiend. I love the medicinal quality of this woodsy oriental, and the spiced vanilla drydown is the sexiest thing. Delicious. Cozy as a thick, luxurious scarf, the kind you can bury your face into and breathe in. Equally good in the summer, due to the herbal elements, and I cannot tell you the number of people who have asked what I was wearing and said it smelled amazing.
notes: cardamom, elemi resin, olibanum, bergamot, pink pepper, juniper, saffron, black tea, musk, ambergris and bourbon vanilla

Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum
This was initially a limited edition release, but it sold so well that it was added to their permanent line. It's a buoyant summer fragrance, creamy and rich. It's all over white florals, with a splash of sunshine and coconut. I love it, although I wear it more in the warmer months, for sure.
notes: bergamot, coconut, tiaré flower, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang ylang, vanilla and musk

L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons
This is another white floral, but it's delicate and feminine and would be more representative of a fresh-cheeked spring than a summer beach babe. It's a classic, and one that is easy to wear - it's nearly impossible to overspritz (it's an EdT). I wear this mostly in the spring.
notes: Linden blossom, lemon tree blossom, orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose

Prada Candy
This is the original - I don't like any of the flankers. It's a delicious benzoin vanilla - a resinous, elevated gourmand that I love. This was a gift from S, and it's also one that I wear more frequently in colder weather. It sticks to sweaters and scarves beautifully, and I smell delicious forever.
notes: musk, benzoin, vanilla and caramel

Prada Infusion d'Iris
Actually, I confess that I don't wear this one that often. It becomes too powdery on me, and I was sort of turned off of it by having to interact with a bunch of people who wore it. I would sell it if I knew how to ship it, ha. But it's a well constructed iris, and maybe if I let some time pass I'll be able to wear it again. Still, I think it's overall a little too safe and clean on me.
notes: mandarin neroli, orange blossom, iris, galbanum, lentisk, benzoin, incense, cedarwood, vetiver

And now, the fun part. I told you I was scheming, right? 
Full Bottle Wishlist



Heh. I know, you're all thinking, "We are tired of you banging on about that stupid TF scent, go get it already and shut up."

Noted. BUT, there's more. Admittedly, I haven't smelled three of these, État Libre de Orange Fils de Dieu, L'Artisan Tea for Two, and Prada Infusion d'Amande, but their notes are intriguing (Fils de Dieu: lime, coconut, leather; Tea for Two: Cinnamon, Ginger, Lapsang Souchong, Tobacco; Infusion d'Amande: bitter almond, heliotrope, anise, tonka bean and musk). 

I love anise, lime, tonka bean, tea and tobacco notes.

(I mean, not all together. Probably).

These all sound marvelous and also pretty unique, with no overlap in what I already have, although to be honest, that doesn't really matter too much - scent is so hard to describe and pinpoint. I already have vanillas. I want more vanillas. *shrugs*

Origins Ginger Essence isn't high brow or anything, but that ginger beer scent is amazing and I must have it for next summer - the body oil fragrance doesn't last nearly long enough. Lastly, I had a mini Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise and it's nearly gone; it's an easy, spritzy scent that you can go nuts with, and like I said - anise (although funnily enough, I think licorice is disgusting to eat. Scent and taste are so connected, but I have more of these - I love coffee and coffee flavored food items, but I cannot stand it in perfume).

So, have I got you pumped up for perfume, now? Next time I'll go over my travel sizes, and smaller indie bottles. Prolly the bottom line is that I have a shit ton of perfume, but hey.

So tell me: what is your favorite perfume? How many bottles do you have? What's the last one you purchased, what are you wearing today, and what's on your wishlist? I AM THE PERFUME CREEPER, MUAHAHA.