Dear Visitor,

Thank you for stopping by to check out my blog! My first confession: I am a perfume addict always on the hunt to try new fragrances. I love products that smell good; hairsprays, lotions, powders and yes, perfumes and colognes.

This blog is my personal journal of the scents I love, like or wish I had never bought. Maybe, like me, you think that having a collection of pretty scent bottles completes your boudoir decor. Having lots of fragrances works for me because I have scent moods. I couldn't imagine using the same perfume day in and day out year after year.

My Perfume Personality

What do I think makes a winner? For me, a perfume has to have presence. It should have enough siliage for others to notice how nice I smell; especially men. I am not a lover of spending money on soft, watery scents that go unnoticed. So here are the traits that make me jump for joy whenever I find them in a perfume:

  • Attracts compliments from both women and men.
  • Has something unique or different about it.
  • Lasts a long time on my skin.
  • Is affordable enough to repurchase often.
  • Has a gorgeous bottle that looks pretty on display.
  • Is available in bath powder and lotion form.
  • Not mainstream and easily recognizable.
  • Makes me feel a strong positive emotion when I wear it; alluring, confident, elegant, classy, sophisticated, flirty, or young and vibrant.

 I don't want much, do I?

The nice part about being a scent collector is that you learn over the years what fragrance "families" to have caution with. For me, it is the Gourmands.

I have a hate-hate relationship with scents that make me smell like candy, cupcakes, chocolate, doughnuts, or any sugary bakery item. I want so much to like vanilla! I really do. The problem lies in the assignment I give to my perfumes; make me feel attractive and sexy.

Do I feel sexy as a doughnut-scented woman? No. Do I feel alluring wafting clouds of cupcake? No. Can I feel classy smelling of cotton candy? No.

I understand that vanilla is supposed to appeal to men. I have tried vanilla-based scents over and over searching for one that didn't turn me off. Alas, most of them do. I don't feel pretty in sickly-sweet perfumes and they don't capture the essence of my personality. Here are a few I tried and disliked for their sweetness :

  • Tresor by Lancome 
  • J' Adore
  • Fantasy by Britney Spears
  • Vanilla Musk by Coty
  • Juicy Couture

 The second family of notes I have caution with are Fruit notes. Normally perfumes that contain fruit notes are fun and refreshing on initial blast. On hot summer days, a spritz of grapefruit, melon or lemon cologne can be such a nice pick-me-up. Unfortunately, many fruit-based scents disappear as quickly as you can put the cap back on. Some I have tried:

  • Love Spell by Victoria's Secret
  • Obsession Nights by Calvin Klein
  • Escada
  • Be Delicious
So what makes my heart sing as far as perfume notes? Rich, deep, spicy, mysterious notes like incense, patchouli, musk and amber. Orientals are my favorite perfume family and work the best on my skin.

 Next comes those scents that are classified as Floral Aldehydes. Love! Any perfume that has notes of freshly cut grass mixed with flowers are highly attractive to my nose.

Perfume is so personal isn't it? Hopefully, this will help you understand my reviews and why I rate certain fragrances the way I do. I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day.

Scent Notes I Love

Patchouli, Musk, Incense, Cinnamon, Cloves, Spices, Orange Blossoms, Jasmine, Hyacinth, Lemon, Sandalwood, Amber, Oak Moss, Vetiver, Plum

Scent Notes That I Do Not Like

Vanilla, Cedar, Chocolate, Tonka Bean, Maple, Powder, Sugar