Category Archives: Gardenia

Givenchy III Parfum

This cool picture from Fragrantica is the vintage eau de toilette, but I’m reviewing the modern parfum. Givenchy III is considered one of the greatest green fragrances of all time. It’s green in the old-fashioned way: musty and powdery in … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Amber, Bergamot, Chypre, Galbanum, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Iris, Jasmine, Mandarin, Muguet, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Peach, Rose, Sandalwood, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Miss Balmain

(Vintage ad from australianperfumejunkies) Miss Balmain comes in a pink package with old-fashioned typeface, in a tall bottle with reddish-brown juice. It looks designed to sit on a 1950s vanity. Miss Balmain seems like a staple perfume: the kind of … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Amber, Carnation, Chypre, Coconut, Coriander, Coumarin, Gardenia, Green, Jasmine, Leather, Muguet, Oakmoss, Orris Root, Patchouli, Powdery, Rose, Tonka Bean, Vetiver | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Margaux by Tocca Fashion Illustration

I’ve had a bottle of TOCCA’s Margaux forever, sent to me by Lexamedia. I’ve been meaning to review it, but I thought it was better expressed with this image. TOCCA makes delicate, hippie-esque clothes and sells perfumes that each represent … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Bergamot, Berry, Gardenia, Green, Musk, Orange Blossom, Smoky, Vanilla, Woody | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Chypre Palatin by Parfums MDCI

I’m going to start by saying I really like Parfums MDCI. It’s a quality house designed to bring back old-fashioned perfumery. Most of the fragrances are pretty good, and have a 40’s or 50’s feel to them. MDCI expounds upon … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Castoreum, Cistus, Clementine, Galbanum, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Iris, Jasmine, Lavender, Leather, Oakmoss, Prune, Rose, Styrax, Thyme, Tolu, Uncategorized, Vanilla | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Phoenix Botanicals Night Bloom, Saffron Veil, Zephyr

Image from phoenixbotanicals.com. So I have three samples of the great new natural perfume line Phoenix Botanicals, courtesy of owner/perfumer Irina Adam at Sniffapalooza. Irina started her Etsy store in 2010, which also has skincare and lip balm. She worked … Continue reading

Posted in Citrus, Gardenia, Ginger, Green, Jasmine, Magnolia, Musk, Neroli, Orange Blossom, Saffron, Smoky, Tuberose | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Petit Fracas by Robert Piguet

Fracas has always been my favorite perfume, but it’s a heavy-duty bombshell. Petit Fracas is lighter and gives off a flirty vibe instead of a voluptuous vibe. It took a while for me to appreciate it because it doesn’t immediately … Continue reading

Posted in Bergamot, Chocolate, Citrus, Gardenia, Jasmine, Mandarin, Pear, Sandalwood, Tuberose | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Great American Scents

(photo from Fragrantica. Read their good review.) I’m a firm believer in products made in the USA. Products that celebrate the USA are even better. I was excited when I got an email from Great American Scents, a candles and … Continue reading

Posted in Cedarwood, Citrus, Gardenia, Green, Lavender, Magnolia, Mahogany, Neroli, Oleander, Orange, Orange Blossom, Sage, Sugar, Tomato, Tomato Leaf, Vanilla | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gucci Rush

Gucci Rush is supposed to be, as has been mentioned many times before, the quintessential club perfume. Maybe that’s why it has the basic personality of an 80s perfume: the 80s were a more decadent age. But Gucci Rush was … Continue reading

Posted in Freesia, Gardenia, Grape Candy, Hairspray, Jasmine, Lactonic, Musk, Patchouli, Peach, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Liliana by Tocca

Liliana is Tocca’s new fragrance, which they were kind enough to send to me. It’s designed to be a 1920’s throwback to an outgoing girl who goes to garden parties. They give every fragrance a woman’s name (usually a super-femmey … Continue reading

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Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia

Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia is a classic, classy flower perfume. It’s wearable for anyone, anywhere, and is pretty enough to appease the ladies while sexy enough to appease the gentlemen. It opens up with the industrial ripeness of ylang. This … Continue reading

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