Friday, January 29, 2016

Kerosene Dirty Flower Factory

I don't know how else to put it...there is something CRAZY about Dirty Flower Factory.  Like, manic crazy.  When I first sprayed it, I literally said aloud "What is happening???" even though I was alone in my apartment.

Dirty Flower Factory is VERY BIG and VERY FLORAL. It necessitates writing in capitals.  One spray will fill a room, and I might have made the mistake of applying two.

For me, rose is the predominant flower.  But a little further in, I can detect the jasmine.  There's also something strange and unsettling about the floral notes.  Like, it's very beautiful, but there's an edgy undercurrent that keeps it weird and far from generically pretty flower smells.

It might be because there is something familiar about the smell, but I can't put my finger on it.  Something from my childhood...?  I keep getting weird scent memories that aren't quite exact.  Like, the smell of my "purse" as a kid, a weird off brand Play-doh that was meant to be put in a mold, candied flower petals, grape soda, potpurri and plastic wrapped furniture in an elderly neighbors house?

I'm not sure how I feel about this.  So this came in a sample pack of florals that I ordered because I was curious if I could find something I loved as much as Un Lys because committing to a full bottle of that.  Un Lys is the frgrance that I want to be as a person...beautiful, elegant, easy to love.  Dirty Flower Factory is the side of me that I'm sometimes afraid of...beautiful in its way, but perhaps a bit too loud, a bit too strange, a bit destructive.

I will end this with a quote from the perfumer who created this, "Flowers spiked with grit, laying next to a disheveled bed and a pair of black Doc Martins. This is the Dirty Flower Factory machine, made up of roses, jasmine, orange blossom, spiced with pepper and grounded with musk and ambergris. A scent for those that don't want to smell pretty all the time."


They say: Dirty Flower Factory by Kerosene is a Floral fragrance for women and men. Dirty Flower Factory was launched in 2014. The nose behind this fragrance is John Pegg. The fragrance features rose, jasmine, orange blossom, pink pepper, chili pepper, sandalwood, ambergris and musk.


Y/N/M: Yes...with slight trepidation.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ego Facto Poopoo Pidoo

Despite its rather unfortunate name, I quite like Poopoo Pidoo (apparently it's how the French do Betty Boop's "Boop- Oop-a-Doop").    PPPD, as I'll call it because I'm a child who finds tying out poopoo too funny, opens with a bright citrus note.  It quickly turns into a very powdery floral scent that's a bit soapy on me.  That may not sound very pleasant, but the effects honestly are not displeasing for some reason.

To me, this is a very feminine scent.  It reminds me of a woman in a Dior New Look dress in the 50s putting on face powder in front of a vanity.  If it was a color, it would be a soft pink.

PPPD came with my January Olfactif subscription, and I found myself wearing it fairly often this month.  I reach for it when I want a finishing touch that isn't too challenging, or TOO beautiful.  When I want something wearable and pretty.


They say: Poopoo Pidoo by Ego Facto is a floral fragrance for women. Poopoo Pidoo is one of 7 fragrances from the Ego Facto collection introduced in 2009. The nose behind this fragrance is Dominique Ropion. Top notes are citruses and African orange flower; middle notes are and rice; base notes are amber, musk and woodsy notes. Available as 50 ml EDP.

On me: Powdery floral with some citrus.  A bit soapy but I don't mind it.

Y/N/M: Y for days that I want something wearable and pretty.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

4160 Tuesdays The Dark Heart of Old Havana

I really dislike smelling like food.  This was very, very gourmand on me.  I smelled like cookies, very brown sugar vanilla-y with some fruit.  I like cookies, but I don't like smelling like them.  There were interesting tobacco and coffee notes that became a bit more prominent, but I was way too distracted by the sweetness.


They say: The Dark Heart of Old Havana by 4160 Tuesdays is a Oriental Spicy fragrance for women and men. The Dark Heart of Old Havana was launched in 2013. The nose behind this fragrance is Sarah McCartney. Top notes are orange, peach, grapefruit and sugar; middle notes are tobacco, bergamot, tonka bean, jasmine and coffee; base notes are vanilla, musk and black pepper.

On me: I smell like cookies.

Y/N/M: N.  I don't like smelling like cookies.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Serge Lutens Un Lys

I've been really looking forward to trying Serge Lutens Un Lys.  I had it in my mind that it would be really me.  I've been putting it off because I wanted it to be the start of spring when I first tried it for whatever reason.  But I couldn't hold out any longer and finally tried my Surrender to Chance sample this weekend.

I LOVE IT.  It is so incredibly beautiful.  It smells like a lily, but a little bit better, because it is slightly less musty / funereal.  It is a bright, fresh perfect lily.  At the end of the day the vanilla note became more pronounced, but it wasn't gross or overly sweet at all.  If I could afford the $300 full bottle of this, I would buy it and wear this scent all the time.  As it stands, I think I need a bigger sample.

My boyfriend even said that I smelled good, and he's only said that about one other scent so far (something I forgot to review at the time).

They say: Un Lys by Serge Lutens is a Floral Green fragrance for women. Un Lys was launched in 2007. The nose behind this fragrance is Christopher Sheldrake. The fragrance features lily, musk and vanilla.

On me: Gorgeous lily, turns more vanillic with wear.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Dasein Winter

I've been wearing a lot of warm spicy scents for winter as of late (and missed out on a couple of entries here, which sucks because now I can't remember what had that weird leather note I didn't like).  I'm kind of tired of that, and went to Sephora the other day just to spray myself with the most spring like perfume I could find (Hermes Jardin de Monsieur Li).

I got weirdly excited when I saw that Olfactif's January subscription box would include Dasein Winter.  For some reason, I thought it would smell very cold and clean, like snow.  Sadly, it smells more like a very sweet Christmas tree.  Which is not unpleasant, but I don't really think I want to walk around smelling like this.  Especially since my house still actually smells like a Christmas tree.

I think I would really love this scent as a candle.  I may just use it as a room spray.  But I don't really think I can wear it as a perfume.


They say:Created by independent perfumer Sam Rader, WINTER is a blend of blue spruce, forest pine, black cardamom and French lavender. The rare forest pine essential oil used in WINTER unisex fragrance is harvested from the twigs and blue-green needles of giant pines in the Austrian Alps. The use of this oil in the blend immediately conjures the presence of a majestic winter tree. Perfumer Sam Rader also chose to use lavender absolute from France to give the blend a rich, sweet, soft base that only a pristine absolute can offer. Unlike steam-distilled lavender essential oil that smells medicinal, lavender absolute is created by gently extracting the scent of soft lavender petals through use of a solvent, which allows for a sweeter, richer, fresher bouquet.

On me: Sweet Christmas tree.

Y/N/M: N.  Candle version perhaps!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Le Labo Rose 31

Finally got my 10 sample niche perfume pack from Surrender to Chance.  I just pulled one out randomly to use today and it was Le Labo Rose 31.

It started out as a spicy rose scent that reminded me more of a papery dried rose than a fresh one. It dried to be slightly more woodsy but a little bit green on me and had a soft and sweet finish.

At first sniff, I thought it might be a bit old lady-ish for me, but I actually really liked this scent.

It doesn't seem to have a lot of sillage for me, but I wonder if it's wearing like that because I only have it with a dabber instead of a spray.


They say: Rose 31 by Le Labo is a Floral Woody Musk fragrance for women and men. Rose 31 was launched in 2006. The nose behind this fragrance is Daphne Bugey. Top notes are rose and caraway; middle notes are rose, vetiver and cedar; base notes are musk, guaiac wood, olibanum, labdanum and agarwood (oud).

On me: Spicy dried rose to woodsier greenish scent to warm and sweet.

Y/N/M: Yes, I like this.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Costume National Scent Intense

What's in a name?  Well when you have a name like Scent Intense, expectations run high.  I was expecting something stronger from this next sample from Olfactif's Smoldering collection.

This was mostly very ambery on me, powdery and sweet.  There was an interesting hibiscus note (it was like hibiscus iced tea more specifically) that faded over time.  There was something synthetic about it, but not unpleasantly so.  It didn't last super long, and became kind of a soft generic perfume smell on me.  It was just forgettable and meh all around...or I'm just really not into amber.

Scent Intense?  More like scent intensely disappointing.  Har har har.


They say: Scent Intense by Costume National is a Chypre Floral fragrance for women. Scent Intense was launched in 2002. The nose behind this fragrance is Laurent Bruyere. The fragrance features amber, sandalwood, patchouli, hibiscus, jasmine, tea and crystal amber.

On me: Amber, hibiscus iced tea, generic perfume smell

Y/N/M: No.  Meh.