One Size, Terra Moons, and Other April Purchases Reviewed

Welcome to my fourth low-buy check-in! This month’s three biggest hauls were due to Sephora’s Spring Savings Sale, me redeeming my points at Ulta for $125 worth of products, and the weakening of the YEN compared to USD enticing me to make several purchases from CDJapan and and Fude Japan. Most of these products were reviewed in posts prior to this one, and will be linked to open in a new browser tab, but there are still plenty to review for the first time here today.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Microsmooth Multi-Tasking Baked Face Palette in Captivate

This is allowed in the Low-Buy under the face product category. I am so glad I finally bought this because it makes for a fantastic travel palette! There are two versions available from Sephora and I heard wonderful things about the deeper palette called Captivate, but baked products can sometimes look lighter than they would appear on the skin, so I wasn’t certain this would work for me until I had help on this topic from Beauty Blogger, Nikki.

The bronzer is a fantastic shade for me in terms of both depth and undertone! Despite being a matte product, it leaves a beautiful natural finish and is very quick and easy to blend. I’m really impressed with it! The matte blush is one of my favorite type of red tones that reminds me of MAC’s Mineralize Blush in the shade Flirting With Danger. It can be built up to look intense, but I prefer to wear a very light application of it on my cheeks.

The shimmer blush is on the subtle side, but I still get a noticeable flush of color. It’s like a slightly lighter shimmer version of the matte shade in the palette. If I had to choose my favorite, it would be the matte one, but I still wear both. As for the highlighter, it’s not the most finely milled, but it’s still very pretty and if I chose to use this palette for the blushes or bronzers, I wouldn’t feel the need to reach for a separate single highlighter. I would just use the one in here.

The longest wear test I’ve had with this face palette is ten or eleven hours and only the shimmer shade started to fade at the end of the day, but I consider that to be a good result. The others remain looking nice until I’m ready to remove them.

While I was on a trip in April, I actually forgot to bring an eyeshadow palette, so I relied on Shade 3 for depth in the crease and Shade 1 was my lid shade. Considering I got this already relatively affordable palette for 30% off, I am very impressed and happy with the quality and have no issues recommending this palette.

SEPHORA COLLECTION 2-in-1 Brush-on Lash Adhesive – This was definitely supposed to be a No-Buy, but it had been on my list for a long time and when all Sephora Collection products were 30% off during the Sephora Spring Sale, I chose to buy it anyway.

I’m sorry that I don’t have an actual review for this item. For all these months, I have tried to get myself to test this out, but I just don’t want to. I haven’t been feeling like wearing false lashes in a long time and I really don’t want to open this product and start that timer ticking on how long it will last unless I’m ready to start wearing false lashes regularly again, or else this truly will be a wasted purchase. This was holding up my ability to get this post out, so I decided to just explain why there’s no review for this one and to publish it. When I eventually do, I will edit this post.

Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Contour Brush

It’s a bit ironic that in my post about “Synthetic Brushes I Bought in 2021,” I mentioned that despite liking some of the ones I bought, I didn’t plan on getting any additional ones, yet for the Sephora Spring Sale, I couldn’t help myself and got it after enjoying the Patrick Ta Blush Brush so much. This one is the perfect softness, head shape, and the bristles are packed at the right density to accomplish a fantastic sculpt that isn’t too sheer or too sharp. It’s the right balance of showing the product while also being nicely blended.

I love this brush so much for use with both my powder and cream bronzers and contours, that I was able to skip getting the Sonia G Lotus Base brush when that one was no longer tied to the full set. Being satisfied with a brush so much that I feel I can skip getting a similar Japanese version is a huge deal and shows just how highly I value this one from Patrick Ta.

Even though the Sonia G Mini Base is still my preference for cream bronzing and contouring, if the cream product is too sheer or too close to my skin tone and needs to be applied at maximum pigmentation, the Patrick Ta brush is my top choice. It’s also my favorite for powder formulas that need building up.

One/Size Cheek Clapper 3D Blush Trio Palette in Freaky Peach

I love this product so much! This is an all blush trio palette in three different finishes, but even though I can only use the shimmer one as a highlighter, I’m not counting it as a face palette. As a blush product, I was supposed to be limited on how many I buy this year, and I was also not supposed to purchase anything from new brands. This is my first ever One/Size purchase and it’s so great that I can’t regret it.

The peachy-coral cream blush, Rump Shake, is a very interesting texture. The closest I can compare it to in terms of formula is the LYS cream blushes. This reminds me more of a silicone balm than a traditional creamy emollient formula. It’s is very pigmented, blends easily on the cheeks no matter what type of tool I used to apply it with, it leaves a healthy sheen but it’s not dewy or sticky on the skin. Freaky is the name of the matte blush and it looks far too light for me in the pan, but One/Size face color powders deepen on the skin. So, it’s actually a medium toned shade of peach that is pigmented, yet buildable. I only need one dip in the pan though if I want to layer it on top of Rump Shake. I should also mention that tougher bristles can lead to a lot of kickup in the pan, so I use my softer natural hair brushes with the powder blush, and that also helps me to not overapply. I can’t emphasize enough that the cream and powder are quite pigmented, and me being able to use them both individually despite there being just one trio lighter than this one is proof of that. Whiplash is the shimmery golden peach blush topper/highlighter in this trio. It’s too shimmery for my taste as a blush topper, so I use it exclusively on top of my cheekbones. It’s a beautiful color, but unlike the other two products which give me zero issues with longevity, this one doesn’t want to stick to my skin for more than four hours. It lasts a few hours longer if I use it with a dewier foundation or wetter type of cream product, but six hours is around the time that the shine of the shimmer particles dulls down. So, for days I need my highlighter to last, I reach for something else. Considering I still have two other faultless products in this trio and the third is still usable, I’m very happy with this purchase and I do recommend giving this a try. For a long time, I was really tempted to buy additional shades, but I like the fact that each of these colors are distinctly different. Most of the other Cheek Clapper options are intended for monochromatic looks, and while I can still see the value in that, I feel like I’m getting more bang for my buck if I have different colors over different formulas. The cream blush isn’t the type I’d be afraid to wear in summer because it’s a little stiffer (as opposed to being super emollient) and the effect on my cheek isn’t that far from a matte look, which makes it not that much different of an effect as the powder blush. So, if I had the Rich Betch trio where the cream and powder look nearly identical, I would feel like I got a duplicate product. This is the only reason, other than my low-buy, that I haven’t purchased the two other Cheek Clappers that held my interest.

Tarte Sea Power Flex Concealer (Mini) in 53S Deep Sand

I bought this when Tina (The Fancy Face) raved about it in several of her YouTube videos. Even though concealers are allowed to be purchased in my low-buy, I didn’t want to take the chance of wasting a product if I didn’t like it, so I just bought the mini. That turned out to be a good decision because I hate this product. The shape of my tear troughs is such that products that are too creamy don’t stay put in the lines of my under eyes, so the concealer moves, creases, or does both even when set into place with powder. Because I have almost the opposite issue with Tarte’s Shape Tape, I didn’t expect their Power Flex to be a creamy intensely creasing product on me. The finish of it at least looks pretty and hydrated, but the negatives outweigh the positives.

The biggest issue I have with this product is that it offers medium buildable coverage, but I cannot get the maximum full opacity I need. The shade match is perfect, but my dark circles are still visible underneath even when I use 3 times the amount of my normal concealers. The Power Sea Flex is marketed as being full coverage, but the fact that it isn’t is reason enough to be unwearable for me. Unfortunately, I can’t even use it in other areas of my face because it doesn’t do a good enough job concealing my hyperpigmentation and scars.

This situation is very specific to me because many people don’t have the intensity of skin discoloration as I do, nor the amount of lines. So, those who have youthful and moderately blemished skin could find themselves loving this product.

Ellis Brooklyn Scent Diary Fragrance Discovery Set – It has been ages since I purchased anything perfume related! I’m unofficially on a no-buy with fragrances, but I can’t regret getting this since I rarely buy full-sizes anymore. I also hadn’t done a perfume post since 2015, so I decided to make one dedicated to this and other perfume samples that can be found HERE.

Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream with Collagen and Squalane (Travel Size)

After experiencing the terribly smelling Bom Dia Bright cream that the brand previously released (mine smelled like potent olives instead of plums), I was too skeptical to purchase a full size of the Beija Flor even though the product claims sounded fantastic. The smell of this is at least pleasant, but a bit strong. It’s not surprising that parfum is listed as the third ingredient. I don’t know how to describe the scent, but it has been hyped up a lot by people on social media saying it smells like Baccarat Rouge 540. I’ve never smelled that fragrance myself, so I cannot confirm or deny if this is true.

The texture of this is very thick, yet it doesn’t feel as moisturizing as my other skincare products. It’s at least occlusive, so I like that it prevents my skin from drying out further. I haven’t noticed any other benefits when used on my body, like the advertised skin firming and cell turnover, but I still intend to use this up. I prefer the moisturization level of the brand’s Coco Cabana Cream, so perhaps I can apply that first and this new one after to seal it in. I believe I left my Coco Cabana in Germany, so unfortunately I cannot test out that combination anytime soon.

Farmacy 10% Waterless Vitamin C Serum

I was pretty shocked when I found this serum for such a low price on Mercari literally days after it launched at Sephora. Then again, this is one of those products that were sent to quite a lot of people in exchange for a review, so someone was bound to not want theirs.
I’m on a skincare low-buy, but I’ve been on the hunt for a good Vitamin C serum with a stable formula that will last longer than six months after opening. I believe that this has an airless pump mechanism and there are two holes under the bottle that support my theory. If it is indeed an airless pump, combined with the waterless formula, I anticipated that this could limit the issue I have of Vitamin C serums oxidizing and losing their efficacy before I can finish them.

The consistency of this is very runny and feels greasy initially, but this is also an oil-free formula. The brand says that propanediol ingredient is the reason it feels this way, but it does dry down on the skin after a few minutes and is no longer greasy, but I am left with a tiny bit of residue on the face. If my skin is especially dry, I don’t feel anything at all. Ultimately, this doesn’t matter since I put a moisturizer and other products on top afterwards anyway.

When I apply it to my skin, it instantly has a warming sensation. The first time I used it, my face was approaching almost burning level, but that only lasted a few minutes. It has never been hot like that again, and just continues to have a mild to moderate amount of warmth in the first minute that I apply it.
General skincare advice for Vitamin C usage and other acids is to start small, like around 5% depending on what the active ingredient is, and gradually increasing it over time as needed. I hadn’t used a potent version of Vitamin C in a while, but it was still in my routine enough that I didn’t expect to get a burning sensation from just 10% of L-ascorbic acid. So, just as a reminder, this could potentially be too strong for someone new to using Vitamin C or with sensitive skin, and consider how often you may be using other acids in your routine as well.

This serum with its additional ingredients are intended to brighten and even the skin, combat dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and keep it hydrated. I use this in cycles, so it’s hard to tell how much this serum alone is contributing. The two other products I rotate through have been giving me slight gradual improvements over time and adding this one to that cycle has not given a noticeable boost above the norm. So, there are three possibilities I can think of:

  • The serum is as effective as my current products, not better or worse.
  • The serum isn’t contributing at all and the benefits to my skin are from the other products I’m using.
  • The serum could be more effective, but I don’t use it consistently enough.

I’m going to play the long game on this one and just continue to use it the way I have been and if I run out of the product and I notice its absence, I will consider repurchasing it at that time. However, based on past experience, I just don’t think Vitamin C is that effective for me. I get better results from AHA’s like the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum. Even that hasn’t rid me completely of my hyperpigmentation, but it noticeably faded those areas and the smile line that gives me trouble isn’t quite as deep as before. I’ve been relying on AHAs and BHAs well over a year, and in a cycle, so it’s not a fast process. I had improvements right away within the first week, two weeks, and then month, but after that achieving anything further has been a very slow process as adhering to a consistent skincare routine has never been my strong suit.

Lastly, as shown in the photo at the top, this product “leaks” in the sense that it always has the tiniest of droplets around the pump when I open it, even if I wipe it down along with the cap after using it. The droplets are so minimal in size that it doesn’t bother me much and I don’t consider the amount enough to feel like I’m losing product. However, I’ve seen some photos online of other people having a more significant leaking problem than me. I always keep mine stored upright, so perhaps this is why I don’t have as much of an issue as others do. I recommend avoiding putting this in a bag, flat in a drawer, and don’t take this traveling.

Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette in 002 Glitz

I really should not have bought this, breaking my highlighter no-buy aside, because I heard these highlighters would be sparkly and I don’t like visible glitter specks in my highlighters. So, I can’t explain why I was so determined to buy it.

This was yet another Mercari purchase. I make it a point not to review products I’ve purchased from a third-party if I purchased them too long from the launch date to be assured of its authenticity, but I also wanted to show what I purchased in April for low-buy purposes. So, I guess take this particular section with a grain of salt. I do believe this is the real quad, especially with that typical Dior scent these have. Below is how the shades look on me.

The highlighter named Peach is the only one without glitter that I would call a true shimmer shade, but unfortunately it’s too light for me. Because Bronze is closest to my skin tone, the glitter isn’t as obvious as the others. I didn’t have any issues with wear time or fading, but this palette isn’t for me and I may eventually declutter it.

Florasis Floral Engraving Odey Makeup Palette (The Encounter)

I forgot this wasn’t even the Florasis palette I wanted (the Floral Engraving Phoenix). I was just so excited to be able to grab a completely unused and untouched one of their stunning looking palettes at a reduced cost off of Mercari. You know a brand is doing well when people want to make dupes, but I was still surprised to come across one such dupe on Amazon. In any case, I am happy with the results of this palette but I wish the blue shade wasn’t in this because it contains PET (plastic glitter) which isn’t safe to use in the eye area. I also don’t think anyone wants to see glass listed as an ingredient in their makeup.

The “glass” probably refers to “glass microspheres” which are apparently so tiny that they aren’t dangerous. However, there is still PET, so I have chosen not to use or even swatch that blue shade. Also, I can only guess that the numbers start from left to right and top to bottom. Not all countries have writing in that direction, but I assume this is the same as English.

Florasis is a Chinese brand, so I can’t help but compare them to Zeesea. This palette is made of cardboard, but Florasis typically has very luxurious packaging, similar to Zeesea. However, Zeesea doesn’t currently have eye shadow palettes with as intricate of pan embossings as the ones from Florasis. This price point of Florasis products are also much higher.

The website states that this palette is mutli-functional and the formula of the shadows certainly contributes to that. It’s listed as a powder formula, but they feel like a matte lipstick to the touch; like a stiff cream essentially. Applying with a brush was tricky because it wants to stick and dry to the bristles.

So far, I’ve stuck to my rate of two eyeshadow palettes per month so I adhered to my low-buy with this purchase (even though I said I wouldn’t buy from brands that are new to me this year). In addition, some of these eye shadows can be used for contouring, blush, and highlight, so it counts as a face palette too.

I haven’t touched this palette since I completed my initial wear tests. I could not even remember how I did the eye looks above because it was so long ago. Considering I never reach for this, the versatility aspect still didn’t make this a good purchase for me, but I just couldn’t let go of the idea of trying out at least one Florasis palette. My curiosity has been satisfied.

Terra Moons Cosmetics Chameleons in Terrestrial and Spring Equinox Multichromes in Galactic Blossom and Vela Supernova

If you’ve used Terra Moons chameleons and multichromes before, these work the way you’d expect. All three are super sparkly looking with large glitter particle size and the colors are intense. The formula is smooth to the touch, but when applied to the eye without a tacky base or being applied with a brush that has been sprayed to wet it, it can get messy. So, I do recommend something like the Nyx Glitter Primer to keep them applied precisely and minimize fall out.

Terrestrial was a pre-order item that didn’t begin shipping until May. I used my points saved from their reward program in order to essentially have the shipping paid and part of the item. BadtoTheBrow noticed it was similar to Bloodline, and I am obsessed with how Bloodline looks in photos and on everyone else, but the base color doesn’t show through on my eyes. So, rather than buying a second Bloodline to check if it was a fluke, I wanted to try the one from Terra Moons in the hopes it would be more of what I wanted from Clionadh’s multichrome.

Unfortunately, Bloodline and Terrestrial basically are the same shade. I can bring out a little more of a pink look if I pair it with another pink shadow around it and I can always pat a red multichrome on top to manually create the red-toned look I want, but I wish it was naturally the way it looks in swatches on me and didn’t require extra effort on my part. I didn’t bother to show comparison swatches between the two because the swatches looking slightly different on my arm doesn’t show the issue of them looking identical on my eyes. And for whatever reason, Terrestrial’s shifts are easier to detect on my camera than Bloodline, so comparing eye swatches wouldn’t be a fair representation for Bloodline either.

Galactic Blossom and Vela Supernova were pre-orders that were supposed to begin shipping in June, but I got lucky and had mine arrive in the middle of May. According to my Low-Buy rules, I’ve pledged to only purchase a few single indie eyeshadows per collection, so this was definitely allowed. My only regret is that I didn’t buy these two with my order of Terrestrial in order to save on shipping costs and time.

Photos showed Galactic Blossom as a strong pink-gold, and in some cases, shifting into literally a rainbow. I’d never seen a multichrome shift to so many colors, so I absolutely had to get it. Unfortunately, on my eyes it looks mainly yellow, and on camera it looks limey yellow-green with some pink. It’s not what I wanted, but I do like how it looks in person. On my arm, at sharp angles I can see that rainbow towards the edges, so it’s not false advertising. It really can shift that way, but it doesn’t look like that on my eyes and I want others to be aware of that possibility that it’s not going to look the same on everyone and how it looks depends largely on the curvature of the eyes and lighting.

As for Vela Supernova, the colors are what I expected, but ironically, I like it the least of the three. It’s not as unique of a purple shade as I anticipated. I admittedly can’t think of multichrome dupes myself (Temptalia says Roseline, Cerise, and Mosaic) but the shade of purple looks like what I have as some of my purple shadows without the shifting ability.

I don’t get fading, dullness, or any other longevity issues with these multichromes. Terra Moons really stepped up in their multichrome offerings to the point that I think they’ve tied with Devinah for the #2 spot of best indie multichromes (from North America at least). Clionadh is still holding that #1 spot in my eyes.

PAT McGRATH LABS x Bridgerton 2 Blushing Delights Blush + Highlighter Palette and PAT McGRATH LABS x Bridgerton 2 SatinAllure Lipstick in NÉGLIGÉE – The dedicated post to these products are HERE. Technically the Blushing Delights Palette is a face palette, and therefor allowed in my no-buy. The lipstick makes 5 out of 5 in my goal to end the year without purchasing anymore lip products.

Billie Eilish Eilish Eau de Parfum Travel Spray – The review for this is in the same post HERE as the Brooklyn Ellis perfumes. This was part of my Ulta points redemption, so I did not pay anything out of pocket.

MAC Wild Cherry Glow Play Blush Color Peaches ‘N’ Dreams and MAC Mini Macstack Mascara – These two were also part of my Ulta point redemption order and have already been reviewed HERE. I said I wasn’t going to get another Glow Play blush and I resisted for about a month or two, but my interest in peach blushes (especially in my favorite formula) got me again! As for the mascara, which I am on a year long no-buy for, I at least feel better that it wasn’t a full size purchase and that I’ve stuck to the mascara no-buy pretty well so far. However, I want to continue to stick to it and not purchase another in 2022.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Serum SPF 60+

Left are the active ingredients of the discontinued Neutrogena Ultra Sheer versus the active serum ingredients on the right.

This is the only Ulta point redemption item I have left to review! I did have one other purchase in my order, but they kept sending me the wrong shade so that product was returned. In any case, I was the biggest fan for 7-8 years of the Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70 Sunscreen until it was discontinued. The fact that this is supposed to have 60 SPF protection while also being in a thin formula intrigued me. I planned to either wear it alone or wear it to help boost the effectiveness of my current sunscreen, the Round Lab Moisturizing Sun Cream SPF 50++.
I don’t think double-sunning (I just made up that term…can we please make “double-sunning” a thing?) is that bad of an idea, because in one of Dr. Dray’s videos, she said the Round Lab is fantastic for a variety of reasons, but she views it more as a moisturizer that happens to have a very good sunscreen in it due to it not being waterproof (and therefore not as reliable in occasions where one will be sweaty). This serum isn’t waterproof either, but I feel like I’m doubling up, in theory, by having both this serum and moisturizer/sunscreen with high spf. This serum leaves no cast on me and although it’s slightly greasy looking as I start to apply it, that look doesn’t remain when it’s fully rubbed in. I do have dry skin though. This serum isn’t a fluid consistency like my previous holy grail sunscreen, but it’s very lightweight and easy to rub in, unlike the Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch that I despise. It’s like a good middle ground between the two.

I’m on a skincare low-buy, but sunscreen is an exception since it’s vital that I have a good one. The kind of acids I’ve been using make my skin more sensitive to the sun, in addition to living in Florida with an extremely high UV index the majority of the time. It’s imperative that I keep my skin protected.

I haven’t had any issues with pilling while wearing this serum, plus the Round Lab Sun Cream, plus makeup, so I’m happy with this product. I don’t know if it will be completely necessary for me to continue repurchasing it in the future if I find a waterproof sunscreen that I end up liking, but we will just have to see!

Nars High Profile Cheek Palette – This was a limited-edition holiday release in 2021 that I intended to purchase, but so many reviewers commented on how similar the blushes looked to each other. So, when I found one on Mercari that was barely more expensive than a single full size Nars blush, I decided it was worth getting at that point. By the time I bought it, I had already finished my Rediscovering Nars Blushes post, but I had to admit I was curious to try this gel powder formula to see if it would give me an additional finish from Nars that I could like besides their mattes. The review is HERE and as a palette with a highlighter along with the blushes, I think I’m going to allow myself to count this as being allowed in my low-buy.

SUQQU Melting Powder Blush in 07 YOIURUSHI – This and all my Suqqu purchases have been reviewed HERE. Suqqu was definitely not on my list of exemptions to the blush low-buy, but I was curious how this new formula stacked up to the usual powder formula.

MAC Surrounded by Stars Extra Dimension Skinfinish Palette – The review can be found HERE. MAC’s Magnificent Moon Collection is supposed to be in celebration of Ramadan and was released worldwide first before coming to the US. I purchased mine from Selfridges since it was there first, I was waiting for something to add to my cart to get the Suqqu blush, and I had free shipping via the annual global shipping program I signed up for with Selfridges. Since it’s a split highlighter and blush quad, it’s allowed in my low-buy.

CLIONADH HAUL – I decided that I would do a dedicated post to this haul, found HERE, but as a Thursday bonus instead of my usual Monday postings. I’ve mentioned endlessly how much I love Clionadh eye shadows and multichromes, so there isn’t much to say about the formulas and it’s just a matter of showing them off and possibly doing comparisons to other indie brand shadows.

FUDE JAPAN HAUL and CD JAPAN HAUL – I believe the brushes I purchased in April have already been reviewed HERE, with the exception of the Hakuhodo brushes which are still being tested.

That’s all for today! If you’d like to see previous posts in the low-buy series, as well as sneak peeks for the upcoming ones, I created a dedicated page to it HERE. If you’d like to see more content from me, be sure to click follow via email or to return back every Monday at 11:30 am EST! Thank you for reading!

-Lili

Perfume Sampler Reviews: Ellis Brooklyn, Killian, and Billie Eilish

My last perfume review on this blog was seven years ago, so a post like this is overdue. At the same time, fragrances are so subjective and what smells amazing on one person could smell terrible on someone else due to all of our unique body chemistries, so that is why I tend to not discuss or recommend fragrances. Even the length of time it lasts can be different. However, it has been so long since I’ve attempted it and I’ve purchased so many discovery sets with samplers that I decided to just go for it and discuss my newest ones here today.

My favorite perfumes are gourmands (desserts and fruits in particular). I don’t mind a few spicy notes, along with tobacco. I tend to not like green and clean scents, nor florals unless it’s gardenia and I don’t mind jasmine. Also, patchouli smells terrible on my skin. Every time I’ve hated a fragrance, not just disliked it, it turned out there was patchouli in it. So, I actively avoid buying anything with that note. Of course, it can’t be avoided if it’s in one of the fragrances in a sampler.

As a final disclaimer, I have to add that an uncommonly high percentage of the time I’ve sprayed a perfume in the air, it smells great, but that same one sprayed directly on my skin doesn’t have the same effect. So, most of the time when I wear fragrances, I spray them on my clothes rather than my skin. For review purposes, I have tested all of these multiple times and on my clothes as well as body for all day wear tests, unless stated otherwise. I began testing prior to April 2022, so this has been quite the task to complete.

Ellis Brooklyn Scent Diary Fragrance Discovery Set

MYTH – In the first five hours, this perfume is so lovely! I can smell that bit of bergamot in the beginning with that delicious cassis with a general floral background. Cassis and other currants and berries are my favorite in jams, so it triggers a very positive emotion out of me when I wear this. I can never pinpoint an exact moment when it happens, but at some point it changes from a black currant smell to sweet florals. It’s not sugary sweet, but a nectar type of sweet. The listed mid notes are Tiger Orchid, Pink Lotus, and Jasmine Petals which my nose just registers them as a pleasant floral smell. Additional notes are Patchouli (which I usually hate), Liquid Musks, and White Cedarwood, but all I can detect is floral and maybe a little musk when it goes past five hours. I wish this fragrance remained stronger for longer, because although it lasts about seven hours on the skin, it doesn’t smell as special in those last hours. I do like this overall. I’m not sure if I will try and purchase a travel size in the future, but I’ve considered it.

SALT – This perfume is the most difficult for me to pick out notes from. The initial spritz smells fresh, but in five minutes until about an hour it reminds me of soap. Like, it vaguely smells like Irish Spring Bar Soap. The ylang ylang and Violet Leaves Absolute top notes are completely lost on me. For the remaining eight hours that this lasts on my skin, the smell loses that soapy aspect and reminds me instead of green florals and damp wood on a pier. I don’t think that’s the most flattering description, but that’s what it evokes.

It’s like wood that has stayed wet too long and isn’t quite moldy but takes on a bit of an earthy, algae, and salty quality to it, but with a nondescript floral around to freshen it up. It’s like the Tahitian Tiare and Magnolia Dianica mid notes, along with the Musk, Vegan Ambergris, and Sandalwood meld together, so I can’t really pick them apart. The smell is very much prominent in the first few hours, which isn’t fun for me because I don’t want to smell like this, but as long lasting as it is, it does mellows out.

SWEET – After trying several pear scented fragrances, I’ve decided that pear is just “okay” out of all the possible fruits. In the initial spray, I do get that pear scent, but the sweetness of the ambrette comes through and it just reminds me of vanilla and fruit desserts like ambrosia. Smelling this made me instantly smile! I’ve made it quite clear that gourmand fragrances are my favorite, so it’s no surprise that Sweet ended up being a favorite.

I didn’t know I like the smell of violets until I started buying Guerlain products. Violet is one of the mid notes, and I can smell it, but I mostly still just smell like a dessert, which I really like. I know some people add candied/sugared violets to desserts, so it still follows along that theme. There’s also heliotrope and orris, but I have no idea what those notes smell like. Because marshmallow is the main base note, I continue to smell like a dessert, specifically a lightly toasted marshmallow when the florals fade. The cozy notes of amber and cashmere are ones I cannot smell, but perhaps they account for the warm but not smokey aspect of that marshmallow scent. The perfume begins to fade after 7-8 hours. This perfume is one I would like to get in the full-size, but considering I can’t ever get through my perfumes in time before they turn, it’s something I could see myself purchasing repeatedly in the travel size.

SCI FI – In the first few minutes, I get the exhilarating orange scent, but that quickly transitions to a sweet floral from the pink freesia. Green tea is a mid note, but I can only smell that when spritzed on my wrist. In the crook of my elbow, that tea scent never comes through and I just get sweet floral that’s warm almost spicy, especially when the fragrance moves onto the final stage where the cashmere woods and vanilla beans play a factor. I’m not sure what accounts for that slight spicy element though, but this is definitely a warm gourmand slightly floral scent. Sci Fi is closer to the realm of the kind of perfumes I typically go for, but what I consider to be “safe.” My favorites tend to be like this one but with some kind of slightly unusual twist, which this lacks. There’s still a place for something like this in my collection, so I could see myself one day buying a small travel size sprayer for occasional usage, but it’s not special enough that I would ever get it in the full size. The scent wafts off of me enough for those very close to me to smell, but certainly won’t fill a room. I can get a solid seven hours of wear with this perfume.

WEST – At first I smell a general citrus scent mixed with water lily, but after a few minutes the water lily completely dominates it. I can’t specifically smell the blood orange, clementine, nor lemon. They’re jumbled together. For 10-15 minutes, I smell green, bordering on floral, but there’s also an aquatic element. It reminds me of a pond with grass reeds and flowers, which I guess makes sense. I have to show a photo as an example of the scent and feeling it evokes.

After those fifteen minutes, I’m hit with the basil and oh my goodness I hate it! That green, herbal, fresh scent is too much for my liking. The water lily is still present, but it’s not enough to compensate for the way it smells on my body. Unfortunately for me, this happens to be one of the few potent scents of the bunch and wafts strongly off me. Within the first hour, I still get water lily notes with a touch of ginger on my wrists, but it’s herbaceous all the way if I spray it in the crook of my elbow. Because of this discrepancy, I’m guessing this is an issue between the perfume and my body chemistry. It’s possible I could enjoy it more if I just spray it on my clothes only, but honestly I didn’t like this enough to want to even bother trying. With the remainder of the notes being vetiver, amber, and oakmoss, the fresh green scent is one I cannot escape for the rest of the day. After nine hours I could still smell it on me, so I removed it. It could have lasted longer, but as I despise this one, I wasn’t about to test it beyond that.

BEE – A typical perfume would have top notes moving into heart notes and finishing with the base notes. With this fragrance, it doesn’t quite follow that order for me and I can smell them all at once. Initially, despite honey being a mid note, I smell a burst of honey, a touch of spice from the cinnamon, and rum. Then I lose the distinct honey smell in the first ten minutes and it becomes more of a general sweetness with the rum along with that dash of spiciness. After about 30-45 minutes, how I smell triggers the memory of the time I baked a rum cake using Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum which I bought specifically for the reported chocolate flavor it was supposed to have.

Of course, it didn’t have a true chocolate taste that I, a person who doesn’t dabble a ton in alcohol, expected. That’s why Bee reminds me so much of that rum cake. For several hours, I smell like sweet not-quite-chocolate rum. It’s not until about four hours that it finally smells like vanilla and cacao. The sandalwood note that’s present is barely detectable. I really like the finish of this perfume, but it takes so long to get there. Essentially the beginning and end are great, but the middle of the experience is just okay. The amount of sillage is perfect for me and I get a minimum of seven hours of wear.

APRÈS – I like the smell of evergreens, but not necessarily on my body, so I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the juniper berry scent, but it continues to grow on me with each use. There’s supposed to be saffron and cardamom in the top notes, but I can’t smell them individually as the juniper berry overpowers them. For the first fifteen minutes, I smell like slightly sweet pine with a touch of spice. From fifteen minutes onward in those first few hours, that sweetness really develops. I’m guessing that comes largely from the praline note. It’s sweet, a little warm, and a little woody. In the remainder of the time that I wear the perfume, it stays mainly woody but I swear I can still smell a bit of sweetness, spice, and smokiness. I don’t have any other fragrance in my collection like it. It’s the kind of scent I personally enjoy smelling and would wear it while by myself, but I wouldn’t want to wear it in public because it’s a masculine forward unisex scent, and I prefer wearing traditionally feminine or feminine forward unisex scents while out and about. This fragrance gave me more sillage in the beginning, but it doesn’t last as long on me as some of the others. I can only get about six hours out of it.

SUPER AMBER – From the very beginning, I can smell the amber and a touch of vanilla, but not the sweet kind. I wear so many gourmand fragrances that I forgot vanilla doesn’t always lean that way. This is more of a floral vanilla. After some time, perhaps 30-60 minutes, the cedar kicks in and from then onward the scent stays the same on my skin for the rest of the day. There is supposed to be musk in this as well, but all I really pick up are those three notes. I like that this perfume has a consistent smell, but I do wish it leaned a little sweeter in its warmth rather than being at the brink of woodsy, just to be closer to my personal preferences. This isn’t the kind of perfume that leaves a trail. I can only smell it on myself if I put my nose close to it, but it does last a good nine hours. I don’t want too much of sillage, and would be happy if only people directly next to me could smell me, but this one doesn’t give quite enough.

SUN FRUIT – After a few minutes when the fragrance settles into my skin, I smell just like Nonni’s Fig Biscottis, including the white icing smell. This makes sense since the notes include fig and vanilla.

At about an hour is when the florals start to dominate. At that point I can detect the jasmine and a bit of a citrus blossom note. I can still smell it for six hours and by nine it’s definitely undetectable by anyone but me. I didn’t care for the heart notes while they were stronger but as time went on and the florals mellowed out as it moved into the base notes, I started to like the scent again. The main selling point for me though is the initial spray, but since that doesn’t last, this isn’t the kind of perfume I would purchase in the full size.

Sweet, Après, and Myth are my three favorites from this Ellis Brooklyn selection. I have to applaud the brand for the fact that there is patchouli in some of them, which usually even a small amount ruins the entire perfume for me, but I don’t even notice them in these fragrances! I don’t mind the smell in the air but it usually smells awful on my skin! That has been a nice surprise. I’m very happy I decided to make this purchase!

KILIAN Paris Mini Travel Spray Sampler Set

Good Girl Gone Bad – This is very much a floral perfume, but not in the way that I normally dislike. I would call it a “Fruity Floral” smell, which has a natural sweetness with a combination of flowers that smell youthful and not old fashioned. The listed notes are apricot-tinged osmanthus absolute, orange blossom, and may rose, tuberose absolute, jasmine, and narcissus. Two spritzes is enough for a strong application that wafts off me for about three hours. At almost 4 hours is when I have to get closer to still smell it on me. So, I can get about 5-6 hours of wear. It’s a decent perfume, but nothing that really excites me.

Straight To Heaven – According to Sephora, “a burning splash of rich dark rum defines the opening,” which is true. I smelled that easily, along with a slight cocoa scent, plus something else that I don’t like and I can only assume was patchouli. However, as it started to settle after the first five minutes, the cedar smell dominated along with a spicy note. I thought I detected another wood note, but it wasn’t until I read the description that I was able to identify that as the sandalwood. Then, after the patchouli and my skin had enough time to mingle, I really started to become aware of it. For the rest of the day, I smelled woody with a touch of spice, some musk, and something unpleasant. Spraying this on my clothes could possibly help, but I didn’t attempt it with this one. Because I predominately get a wood profile from this, it’s not something I want to wear again. The notes collectively mentioned on Kilian, Sephora, and Fragrantica’s websites are: rum, vanilla, dried fruit, cedar, sandalwood, coffee, cacao, cognac, whisky, patchouli, vetiver, nutmeg, musk, jasmine, and amber. Straight to Heaven fades significantly within four hours and by the fifth hour I can’t smell it on my skin anymore. Unsurprisingly, I don’t plan to wear this again.

Love, Don’t Be Shy – Britt Clarke raves about Kilian fragrances so much that she’s the main reason I bought this sampler. This one in particular, along with Good Girl Gone Bad, I’ve heard her talk about the most. The first time I wore it, I believe it was nice at first, but it left zero impression on me afterwards. I didn’t even remember I had it on until I was in the shower that night having completely forgotten to keep track of the changes to it throughout the day. I was already mid-scrub at that point, so there was nothing I could do and that wear test day was wasted. I couldn’t even recall a single note.

The next time I wore it, I could see why I forgot about it. This perfume doesn’t just lack sillage. I usually spritz myself twice, but I had to double it to smell anything, and it was still weak! In that initial spritz, I smell vaguely sweet, floral, and powdery. After five minutes, the coriander dominates giving spiciness with a little floral, but that spiciness translates more on the smoky side for some reason. Within this time frame as it mingles with my skin, the strength of the perfume grows, but peak strength is just within that first hour. Around 45 minutes is when I notice the smoky element lessens, but spicy and slightly floral is still the main scent I get. It remains at the peak strength for about two hours before it starts to get weaker. It isn’t until that fading time that it starts to get sweeter. After 3-4 hours it significantly fades, and some point between 4-5 hours, I smell about as strongly as a body lotion at midday. If I put my nose right up to my skin, I can smell something sweet, but if I smelled that on anyone else, I would have thought it was the person’s body wash. It lingers that faintly.

According to the Fragrantica website, the top notes are neroli, bergamot, pink pepper, and coriander. The middle notes are orange blossom, jasmine, honeysuckle, rose, and iris. The base notes are sugar, vanilla, caramel, musk, civet, and labdanum. I don’t get any citrus notes when this is worn on my body. I can only smell the neroli and bergamot on my clothes.

With this fragrance, no matter how much I spray, it doesn’t last on me. Nothing is distinct enough for me to be able to identify the specific notes other than the ones I’ve already mentioned I could smell. Many people say this smells like marshmallows, but when it gets sweeter, that doesn’t even come to mind. I haven’t seen or heard anyone else have longevity issues like this, so either this sample is off or I have a very unique relationship with this perfume. I find myself saying, “Love, don’t be shy. Make your presence known. Don’t disappear so fast.”

Because it’s not memorable to me, I would never attempt to buy even a travel size.

Black Phantom – “Memento Mori” The notes in this are, “Dark Chocolate, Rum, Caramel, Coffee, Sugar Cane, Almond, Sandalwood, and Heliotrope.” This is the kind of scent I consider “sexy” from that rum and chocolate smell I get right from the start, along with a bit of sandalwood once it has time to really sink into my skin. I actually prefer the way this smells on my body over how it smells on my clothes because it’s a little sweeter of a smell on my skin. After an hour or so, I start to notice more of the almond scent, but that’s it. I can’t detect any other specific notes and I don’t notice any other changes to how it smells for the rest of the time I wear it, which is about six hours. Also, I don’t know how common this would be for someone else, but this perfume triggers dessert cravings for me. Maybe it affects me a little more because I’m on a strict diet, but other gourmand scents I’ve reviewed were worn at points during my diet as well and did not have that effect. Although the temptation aspect is unwanted, I like the fact that this fragrance smells good enough to make me hungry. I prefer this to Bee, from Ellis Brooklyn, but Bee has better longevity.

Moonlight in Heaven – I’ll start off by saying the top notes are supposed to be grapefruit, pink pepper, and lemon, with middle notes of mango, coconut, and rice, plus main notes of Tonka Bean and Vetiver. The grapefruit is very apparent. I can only get a whiff of lemon if I overspray (which for me is four spritzes). After a few hours, the perfume smells less acidic, but still fruity overall, though I can’t ever pick out specific notes. Even when I spray a lot in the beginning, this perfume doesn’t last on me past five hours. I like it, but it’s not a must-have.

In fact, after smelling all of these, I don’t understand the hype for Kilian fragrances at all. I’m glad I bought the sampler (at $24 during a sale) to find out five of these aren’t my cup of tea over spending double that amount for one travel size scent and wonder if I just chose the wrong one for me.

Eilish Eau de Parfum by Billie Eilish (Travel Spray)

I like some Billie Eilish songs, but I don’t have any opinions about the artist personally. The reason I wanted this perfume was due to those gourmand notes listed. The top notes are mandarin, sugared petals, and berries. The middle notes are listed as vanilla, cacao, spice, and rose. The base notes are amber, wood, tonka bean, and musk.

Whenever I wear this, I smell absolutely zero fruits. I instantly get cacao, creaminess from the vanilla, and a hint of spice. Essentially, I smell exactly like a bowl of milky Cocoa Puffs Cereal.

After about three hours the creamy sweet scent fades, but the perfume remains smelling like cocoa with spice. I can smell this on myself for a decent amount of time, but around five to six hours I can only smell it if I put my nose right up to my skin. The cocoa smell fades significantly at six hours and even though I can still smell something on me for a few more hours after that, all the pleasantness from it is gone. It just smells like generic cheap perfume at six hours.

I like that I get the cocoa smell for longer than I expected, but I’m not a fan of how it finishes, and re-spraying myself has never been part of my routine. Knowing what I know now, I would have skipped getting this perfume. Since it’s already in my possession, I considered still using it for quick outings. However, a cocoa puffs cereal smell is a fun quirky thing I would have loved in my teen years, up to perhaps 21. From 22 and onward, I still wasn’t going for very sophisticated smells, but I wanted something “sexy.” I want to smell sweet and delicious, but also mysterious. I wanted there to be some unusual note as well to give it a little more nuance. Now, I don’t care as much for the niche scents, but I still want that sweetness and in an elevated grown up way. I never subscribed to the idea that a perfume could be too young or too old for someone, but in this case, I do feel like it’s a bit young for me. So, I’m likely going to put it up on Mercari at some point, or see if my friend who is a Billie Eilish fan wants it. However, I don’t think this scent profile is really her vibe either. She’s more of a sweet but floral type.

That is everything I’ve got for today! I don’t think I’ll do another perfume review ever again though, unless it’s a fragrance I already know and love. Forcing myself to give some a chance that I really didn’t like, and testing most of those unpleasant ones multiple times was a downside to the review process that I’m not ready to repeat again anytime soon. If this was helpful in any way, or at least entertaining to somebody, then at least it will have been worth it. Thank you for reading!

-Lili

My Two Scents On Perfumes

Two Scents. Cents. See what I did there?

repeatMy Favorite Perfumes

mainperfI’m partial to sweet, fruity, and sometimes flowery scents so the majority of my collection falls into those categories. I don’t have an expert nose and I can’t smell all the notes included in perfumes, so I will defer to information from http://www.fragrantica.com and a few other listed sources.

Gucci

guccigGucci Guilty

Of the brands in my collection, I’m most familiar with Gucci scents. Of all the Gucci perfumes I’ve come across, Gucci Guilty is still my favorite in their fragrance line. From the moment I saw the first ad on television, I knew I had to smell it. Any fragrance that will make Chris Evans want me has my attention! It is perhaps the most effective advertisement I’ve seen, other than food commercials.

*I included the video to show why it drew me in. I am not paid or sponsored by gucci or any other business in this post.

The ad bought me to the store but only something fabulous could make me stray from my previous obsession (Gucci II). And after smelling it, I knew I had to buy it. At the time, I was very much into amber so the mix of fruit and amber kept me hooked. I literally wore nothing else for three years.

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Prada

pradaI purchased Prada Candy L’Eau a week before Florale was released, but even still, L’Eau is my favorite of the three. I know the Eau de Parfum is supposed to last longer but it always smelled artificially sweet to me, unlike the Eau de Toilette. I wear perfume based on my mood and according to how I want to smell in the moment. However, when I’m in a rush and have only seconds to make a decision, this is my go-to scent. My only hangup with this fragrance is that sometimes when I apply it, the caramel scent that I love is completely absent (even after three spritzes and I’m unwilling to spray more). I’m not a fan of musks, benzoin, or even sweet pea, so the times when those notes are all I can smell makes for some unpleasant hours. I also never caught a whiff of citrus in this one.

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Yves Saint Laurent

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I was always intrigued by this scent and found it interesting, but I mainly wear this for others. What I mean is that I wear it during social occasions or when I know I’ll be in a crowd. Sometimes the YSL site has an entry form to request a sample of Black Opium, so I filled it. During the week that I wore the sample, I received so many compliments from friends and strangers that I felt compelled to buy the full size. The main scent that comes across to me is coffee. I’m a tea drinker and not much of a coffee person, so this is why I theorize others like it even more on me than I do! Without the sweetness of the vanilla, I may have passed on this. It still takes the #1 spot in my collection because unlike the Prada, this gives me a guaranteed dose of sweetness with each spritz.

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Nest

nestAmazon Lily

I always refer to this my “WTF” perfume. It never ceases to amaze me how I can simultaneously love (citrus notes) and dislike (musk) this scent. The driftwood and lime also throw me for a loop. There’s something about the combination of everything in this perfume that both strange and alluring. I have many spray samples of this so I haven’t felt the need to buy a full size bottle other than the rollerball. I don’t wear it often but I’m glad I have it.

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The Body Shop

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I was hoping fragrantica would be more helpful in ascertaining why I love the smell of this so much.

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I couldn’t place what was in it that smelled so familiar, like a part of my childhood. I kept thinking it was bubbly and sugary like a candy because of the citrus aspect, but it was the sugarcane that I was unable to place. Citrus fruits, mangoes, and sugarcane all have roots in my childhood. This is still a body mist, and just like all the body mists I’ve ever tried, the scent disappears so quickly, almost too quickly to bother with spraying on myself. Yet, I still try! I spray it on when I’m just going to do a quick errand and don’t need the scent to linger.

Vince Camuto

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I love this scent so much but for an Eau de Parfum, it’s not much better than a body spray. I can only smell it for a couple of hours. The only note I can ever smell from this is citrus (nectarine blossoms). Like The Body Shop’s Satsuma, I still continue to use it.

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sampsI keep a box of paper, card, and bottle perfume samples. The items listed below are my favorites based on my first few impressions. I never had the full size of these and therefore could not test them extensively like the others above.

Citrus

Michael Kors Sporty Citrus: Ulta sent me samples of this, amber, and jasmine to test a year or so ago. Citrus notes are my favorite in the fruity category, so I love that this one lasts a long time and smells so strongly of orange, even if it comes off as one-note.

Ulta’s Listed Notes: Mandarin, orange with a sparkle of pink pepper lead into a body of orange flower, jasmine and the faintest hint of patchouli.

 

Pomélo Paradis Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume: The oranges are so well done in this one. It’s like the Satsuma spray but better. Sephora sells a small version which I may purchase in the future.

Sephora’s Listed Notes: Pink Pomelo, Calabrian Mandarin, Blackcurrant Bud, Moroccan Orange Blossom, Bulgarian Rose Essence, Mint, Haitian Vetiver, Tuscan Iris, Amber.

 

Fruity

Hanae Mori Hanae: This. Smells. Amazing. It takes a little while for the fragrance to settle but once it does, its heaven! It’s a beautiful mix of berries and florals and far too expensive for my budget, but I can enjoy the sample while it lasts.

Sephora’s Listed Notes: Strawberries, Bilberries, Black Currant, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Sandalwood, Almond, Praline.

*I have to note that HiM by Hanae Mori is the best scent for men that I have ever smelled. I snag it whenever I can, and the men in my life that I give the samples to love it as well.

 

English Laundry Notting Hill Femme Eau de Parfum: The cassis, jasmine, and sweeter notes are the most detectable. This reminds me of the Hanae but a bit sweeter. Perhaps I will get it in the future. Aside from the expense, the thing holding me back is that I use my perfumes so sparingly. More often than not, they expire before I have time to finish the bottle. So I would rather finish a few before I buy anymore perfume.

Birchbox’s Listed Notes: This fresh, classic scent opens with notes of bergamot, mandarin, and cassis. The heart of the fragrance is pure walk-in-the-garden bliss, blending jasmine, rose, and cyclamen with herbal and green notes. Warm wood, vanilla, and amber round out the scent.

 

Tocca Cleopatra: This smells exactly like the hand cream I love so much. No one note overpowers the other besides an overall fruity scent. Depending on how long the fragrance lasts on the skin, I may add it to my list of future perfume purchases.

Sephora’s Listed Notes: Bitter Grapefruit, Lush Greens, Cassis Bud, White Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Tuberose, Warm Patchouli, Golden Amber, Rich Vanilla Musk.

 

Nest Indigo: What I used to mistake for berries, is actually fig. I could never distinguish any other notes. It’s fruitier and more “normal” than Amazon Lily.

Sephora’s Listed Notes: Moroccan Tea, Kashmir Wood, Cardamom, Wild Fig.

 

Floral

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White: I prefer this to the other Nirvana scent. It’s one of those fragrances that I can enjoy as a sample but wouldn’t purchase the full size. Once I read the notes, I understood why. It smelled powdery to me rather than floral or musky.

Sephora’s Listed Notes: Peony, Muguet, Tender Musk.

*As this is the only floral in my honorable mentions, I wanted to reiterate that I’m sensitive to herbal and some floral scents. Others that I think are good and you might like if you’re a fan of flowers (that don’t give me a headache) would be Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance, Estee Lauder Modern Muse Rouge, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb (only gives a headache if I use too much), Georgio Armani Si, and Lancôme La Vie Est Belle. Another scent that is floral but comes off as powdery like Nirvana White is Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Eau de Parfum.

 

Sweet

TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection – Tainted Love No. 62: This one is more affordable, which I love. The notes are so complimentary and it has a more complex sweet scent rather than a sugary one. It is unique and another perfume I hope to someday add to my collection.

Sephora’s Listed Notes: Dark Vanilla Bean, Sparkling Citrus, Orchid, White Tea, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean.

 

Spicy

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA ‘REPLICA’ Jazz Club: It’s so intoxicating, intriguing, and sexy. I find myself drawn to this masculine scent.

perThis is an extremely close second, under HiM by Hanae, for best male fragrance. It’s so familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Love it!

Sephora’s Listed Notes: Pink Pepper, Primofiore Lemon, Neroli Oil, Rum Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Java Vetiver Oil, Tobacco Leaf Absolute, Vanilla Bean, Styrax Resin.

I know this was quite a long list of favorites but I have a passion for perfumes and felt compelled to keep everything on this list.

❤ Lili