the move


I will be wrapping up so loose ends before we move into our new and not completely renovated home this weekend, while emptying and cleaning the barren rental. Internet is not available in our home yet, darn 30’s home. So, there won’t be any new posts until next week or whenever we get Internet or I break down and go hang around a coffee shop for a few hours. Have a nice weekend and keep it glamorous!

Things have been so crazy and unpredictable in my life lately. I’ll refrain from ranting but let me just say that it has included a mortgage that has been in the process of closing for over 90 days, having to move out of my current rented residence because I will not sign a year lease since I am purchasing my first home, I have nowhere to live as of tomorrow, and the temps here in Washington have been super hot and unbearable. Anyways, if you want to read more about my so called life please refer to my home blog, www. tudorks.wordpress.com. And it is OK if you don’t. I’ll attempt to post blogs for your beauty fix daily. However, I am without internet for at least a few days, so I am leaving you guys with a few new ones to last throughout the weekend. I have not disappeared or decided to neglect this blog! Have a great weekend and wear berry lip gloss and a dab of decadent chypre perfume for me since I am now packing light and only with cheekstain and a Crazystick. It will all work out, it usually does.

This fragrance was difficult for Guerlain. It didn’t attract the “typical” Guerlain customer, you know the person that swears by Jicky or Eau du Coq, and it didn’t attract the mainstream consumer (the person that purchases every new release at Macy’s) because it is just too “odd” for their tastes. I am in the middle ground consumer. I love all Guerlain fragrances. I wear Jicky, but I also wear fragrances like Benefit Maybe Baby.

This fragrance is like a “young old lady fragrance” if that makes any sense. (I hate describing fragrance by age groups, its just wrong just like putting age equivalents on standardized tests). It is a super powdery fragrance. It’s kind of sweet like a dusting powder but it is very powdery from orris root and something that resembles candied violets (my ultimate weakness). It has a sweet rose, like a rose lozenge or pastille. Sweet, but only foody if you are a floral food fan like myself. It’s musky and clean while being powdery and floral.Guerlain’s website states that “olfactory pyramid has been ‘deconstructed’ to reveal three faucets of INSOLENT femininity that suits everyone’s taste and mood…sparkling violets, glints of red berries, and rays of iris.” Well, maybe not suited for everyone’s taste and mood, but definitely my own. Some of my favorite memories included last summer, my 1st summer in the Northwest. I would pick berries with a Choward’s violet candy in my mouth and I wore a cheap no label Italian iris/orris root EDT in the late days of summer. It was nice, happy times. So Insolence has nailed what I’m looking for. It is much more feminine than me sweating and ignoring bloody berry scratches. This is so feminine, soft, powdery. It is an “olfactory spiral”, this is just a gimmick that means that top note, middle, and base are all together and it pretty much stays the same throughout the wear. This is somewhat true. It smells much like initial spritz even a few hours down the road. I mean it is a little different but the idea is still the same. It isn’t like violet, berries, and musk. It is more all of these things in a blender once the alcoholic top note dries down. It is a sweet fragrance with candied violet, rose, vanilla, sandalwood but note overly sweet like cotton candy fragrances. It does appear fruity, but for some reason this just doesn’t linger with me (slightly like a red currant).  It is just sweet but not too sweet to wear for summer. I find that I wear this throughout the year.

I like Insolence much better than L’Instant which I find too vanilla-y and overwhelming. It is “young”, I guess but I found that many people under 30 are completely turned off by this fragrance that many ladies over 30 find this too “young”. I was working the launch of this fragrance and you wouldn’t believe how many people were offended by this one. I just didn’t get it but I am sure many of them would find Shalimar offensive and SJP Lovely not. I don’t find this one offensive at all, if anything it is too tame and pretty. Also, the use of Hilary Swank as the “face” of the fragrance was a bad idea. You don’t realize that the public is so sensitive to that kind of stuff until you see it in action. Many people do not find her glamorous (or attractive really!); people really do use her name and “horse face” together alot. Anyways…

It wears for many hours, extremely well for an EDT. I smell it on my jackets and scarves days after wear. My husband loves this one. It just smells “girly” so I am sure it will attract the opposite sex. My husband always says that he hates vanilla in fragrance because it smells “cheap” but he seems to like it in this. It adds a sweetness and softness to the floral notes. It also helps the violet stick around (I still haven’t found a violet fragrance that loves to be with me!)

The bottle is OK. It’s a bit chunky and the plastic top is a bit oversized. The 1 ounce bottle goes for $55. It is getting harder and harder to find! Please don’t tell me that it is being discontinued like I predicted it would be since it’s launch. I still have a 3.4 ounce bottle left and maybe I need to get my hands on another.

So for the past 2 months, my husband and I have been on the path to home ownership. To make a long story short, we are fixing up a 1936 eclectic revival home that is in great need of some TLC.  We have created a new blog to share this process with the world, friends, family. This is our first home, so we’ve already learned so much and we haven’t really started yet. We close next week and that is when the real work begins. I’ve decided to keep this blog, EauMG strictly about beauty and fragrance and have my other blog for decorating, home stuff, my recent obsessions. So, the new blog for home related stuff and some personal things is http://tudorks.wordpress.com.

I’m sure I will need your encouragement within the next few weeks! The cabinets are covered in blue faux fur!

whitechair-beforeandafter

This has nothing to do with fragrance or makeup, but I just want to share. I’ve been working on a few of those little projects before the big “my first house” remodel that will begin to take place in a few weeks on a 1936 eclectic revival. I bought this little wood chair for $3.5o and the junk store. I painted it this putty shade which I purchased at Lowe’s as a mistint for $2. I reupholstered the seat with a .99 cent pillowcase. It took about an hour of work. It will go with the sewing table that I converted into an art desk, another DIY job. I actually really like the putty shade and I’m thinking of painting the built-ins in the new house this shade. Oh, the projects waiting for me!

Total= $6.49 plus my precious labor.

Could any fragrance describe the Pacific Northwest better than Kiehl’s Forest Rain? I mean just the name is so Northwestern, crisp evergreen forests and lots and lots of rain. Forest Rain is a unisex fragrance and it is EDT spray that retails for $38.50 for 1.5 ounces. The bottle is simple, sturdy evergreen/Douglas Fir colored glass. It is simple with an apothecary styled label.

I love this fragrance. Keep in mind that I am the kind of gal that loves “masculine” scents and loves patchouli and “foresty” scents. This is a great scent because it is very woodsy yet fresh and floral. It reminds me of a walk through a damp, spring forest. It is woodsy and spicy in an evergreen/cedarwood and sandalwood way. It has dirty hints of patchouli. It is made fresh by vetiver, oakmoss, and citrus rind. This gives it a certain “zest” and keeps it from being too headshop. The most original aspect of the fragrance is its aquatic and wild floral hints of muguet. So many wild lilies grow in the forests in Washington. I was so shocked in mid-spring. This has been my first PNW spring. After months of being locked inside to keep out of the rain, I went out. It was still chilly and damp in the forests. Oakmoss was made “fresh” by the rain, but there was a different odor. It was all of these wild lilies popping up everywhere. They have that certain wild muguet/ lily of the valley odor. It is sweet, floral but really muddy and dirty smelling because they are so close to the forest floor, near oak moss and decaying fir needles. This scent completely describes the forest floor in spring. It is warm and woody and cool and floral. I was shocked when I smelled this fragrance after a romp through the woods. They are similar. Kiehl’s formula contains 122 fragrant oils. Damn, the forest is complex. Forest Rain is made pretty and complex by a nice touch of musk. The musk keeps the fragrance grounded to the skin. For an EDT, this scent is very long wearing. I would give it an 8 hour time span. I have to say, even though I am a fragrance flirt, I keep coming back to this one. It is perfect for rainy days and it is a great fragrance for transitioning seasons. This is a scent that I will definitely keep around. It is complex, natural, and moody. I wish the company would make it in a travel rollerball as well.

Does anybody know what these are? They are everywhere and have such a lovely scent?

Does anybody know what these are? They are everywhere and have such a lovely scent?

First off, I fell for this product because of it’s adorable and “eau” so Pacific Northwestern packaging. I love the raven and snow owl imagery. I just love it. I love nocturnal animals and I wish I could more raven and crow merchandise. So, Pacifica got me with with this one with packaging alone. And I just happen to like the fragrance.

OK, so for a solid perfume, Pacifica’s formula is pretty creamy. It comes in a tin about the same size as Burt’s Bees lip balm tins. It has the nice imagery on it 🙂 It is composed of many wonderful and moisturizing, natural ingredients. It is a solid perfume so it wears very closely to the skin. Since it wears so “intimately” it doesn’t appear to last very long. However, if you are a fan of solid fragrance, then this is not new to you at all. If you don’t like solids, Pacifica makes a spray too. That I have not tried.

Now to the fragrance. I love the version of the solid. It isn’t very “junipery”. I have a juniper outside the window and I love its evergreen aroma. I also love the aroma of the berries which I have tried to squish into some strange oil based concoction to burn in an oil burner. That idea failed miserably. This solid fragrance has a bit of that juniper berry vibe. It has a faint evergreen fragrance, almost like a martini. I mainly smell zest of grapefruit. I usually don’t do citrusy fragrances but I can do this one because it is kept level by the “woods”. This fragrance smells “cool” because of heliotrope and that makes it much more femme. I think the juniper turns a lot of ladies off but it shouldn’t. This is not Pine-Sol. It has enough floral to make is less “piney” and the citrus makes it very tangy. That being said, this is not a winter only fragrance. The citrus makes it totally wearable in warmer months. I actually wanted this to much more woody, but Pacifica had to pretty it up 🙂 I think if you like woody, herbaceous scents then you will really like this. Especially with the $9 price tag. Oh, and if you like Demeter Gin and Tonic or Martini. And if you want a “wintery” citrus than this is nice.

And, I know that this says that this is a solid perfume review only, I must comment on the body butter. It doesn’t resemble the solid perfume at all! That is my warning. If you want to slather yourself in the Avalon Juniper fragrance than you will be disappointed by the body butter and vice versa. If you want a fragrance that smells like the body butter don’t buy the solid. The body butter is very, very fruity. It smells like sweetened grapefruit juice. It is a little tangy but mostly sweet. It almost smells like a tropical cocktail. They played up “berry” but not juniper berry. It wears very nicely with the solid, making it more of a complex and more of a “girl” scent. I personally won’t be purchasing the body butter again because it is too LE Escada fragrance and not “earthy” or “woodsy” enough despite its nice texture.

This fragrance is very “walking through a Pacific Northwestern evergreen forest in early spring”. I love it for that because I am a big fan of forest walking, especially in cool air. It is also a nice unisex fragrance. Or at least that is what my husband says. It wears much more “woodsy” on him. I think he even uses it on dry skin patches since the rich soy and coconut wax base make it a nice moisturizer.

My poor juniper in one of the first days of the great Seattle blizzard of '08

My poor juniper in one of the first days of the great Seattle blizzard of '08

Thankful to be out of the South

Thankful to be out of the South

I try to keep this blog from being too personal. I don’t expect people to enjoy reading about my fortunes or misfortunes. That’s what reality TV is for. Anyways, on this Thanksgiving I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. This has been a huge year for me. I’ve made my first huge move. Drove across this barren country, starting in hot and bothered Nashville and making it to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments. I was prepared for the worst. It was a ballsy move. However, this has been the best thing I have ever done. Well, other than marrying my sweetheart. (Sorry to gag you with a spoon.) I’m so happy that this move worked out. I never realized why I was so unhappy. I just thought I was a bitch. I’m still a bitch but at least I am a happy one that spends weekends on the rocky coasts, finding so many golden chanterelles that I never want to see this little fungi again, and exposed to the most amazing produce ever. I love living in a place that keeps me so busy, either shopping for my new fave niche fragrance or kicking so many toadstools. It’s nice. It was a nice match for me. All I wanted was was mountains and sea with lots of fungus, good food, and feeling like I am in a place that is apart of the globe. My husband and I are happy, living in a cute yellow craftsmen a few blocks from the sea. Still no buttermilk colored French bulldog pitter patting about, still working on that. My French bulldog biological clock is still ticking. Still no delicious Mexican food. How I long for that daily! People don’t “keep it real” out here and I miss that. I come across as bitchy and pushy and that is funny. I miss people saying for Thanksgiving, “that they gonna eat till they get sick” or “until they hope to not see food ever again.” There are some differences but I needed a reason to romanticize the dirty South just like the rest of the country does. I needed a reason to think that making biscuits is cute and charming and eating pintos is something that you do even if you aren’t so damn poor that your parents can’t afford Top Ramen. It has it’s ups and downs but I’m just happy to be away from the South for a while. I’m thankful to have my own blue potato mashed potato Thanksgiving dinner sans driving to Grandma’s house stuck behind a huge ass SUV with anti-Obama, anti-gay, anti-everything bumper stickers.

Two happy peeps.

Two happy peeps.

I remember when I first saw this. I thought it would be so gross. I was imagining the actual DKNY Be Delicious fragrance infused into a clear, shiny lip gloss tube. Even as a fragrance fan, nothing is worse than having a “perfumey” lip gloss. I’ve revisited this product because apples are falling off of trees here in Washington. Since I am new to the area, this is very novel.

DKNY Be Delicous Lip Gloss is a clear super shiny lip gloss with medium thickness. It is loaded with a green apple scent and flavor. This is not Jolly Rancher green apple. This is still a bit “synthetic” but not candy-ish. Apple scents are hard to replicate. It is very fresh, crisp and juicy. I’m not a huge fan of DKNY Be Delicious, it makes me sneezy, but I do like this fun product.  It retails for $16 and it available at sephora.com and nordstrom.com.

My husband bought me L’Aromarine Mousse de Chêne aka Oakmoss fragrance oil not to long ago. I really didn’t know what to expect because oakmoss is a popular note that I thought I never smelled in isolation before but knew it in dry downs. I have been very pleased by this fragrance and I love it.

I have reviewed L’Aromarine Jasmin in a previous post. L’Aromarine fragrances are very potent fragrance oils that have a nice price tag. Oakmoss is not as potent as Jasmin but it is still a very long wearing oil. The picture above is that of the EDT spray. I have the fragrance oil and use it as is and love it. I am sure the EDT is wonderful too.

When I first applied Oakmoss I was surprised by its complexity. All I could think of were the old forest floors found here in the Pacific Northwest. I love it because it was reminding me of this new stage in my life, I’ve very recently moved and this was the smell that I would use to define this area. It is earthy, woody, crisp, and somehow very fresh. It is very chypre and rustic. This fragrance oil wears for hours. I mean all day without reapplying. I get complements on it all the time. When I first saw the bottle and read the name I thought it was going to go to my husband’s collection. I feared it would be too masculine but it isn’t. It really works with my chemistry. It is unlike anything that I own and that is saying alot because I have alot.

Anyways, this fragrance made me curious. Why did I associate this with the PacNW so much? Well, I looked it up and it is because, duh, oakmoss is the lichen that really takes a like’n to this area. It is all over the forest floors being crunched under your footsteps. You can’t walk two feet in a PacNW forest without stepping all over it and releasing its woodsy aroma. So yesterday I went to a local park and collected many different specimens of oakmoss which I found near a lot of different conifers. I smelled them and they were all dead on this L’Aromarine Oakmoss. They weren’t as strong as L’Aromarine, I don’t know if anything is as strong as L’Aromarine, but L’Aromarine Oakmoss is the forest floor times ten. It’s amazing. Oakmoss that takes a liking to pine has a special turpentine aromatic quality. It does smell different and is used in many men’s fragrances. L’Aromarine Oakmoss is not the oakmoss from pine. I do not pick up this turpentine aroma. I assume that since the L’Aromarine buys some of their fragrance oils from Grasse that this Oakmoss comes from that region since Grasse is a big producer of commercial oakmoss used in perfumery.

So, L’Aromarine is an intoxicating and very pleasant, high-quality parfum oil. I am so happy that my husband chose this fragrance for me. This is one fungi that I can’t live without.

You can purchase this fragrance from beautyhabit.com or smallflower.com or just google it online. Prices vary but it is always a great deal.

This is it. Im sure many of you have seen it. Just look for the fungus that looks like antlers.

This is it. I'm sure many of you have seen it. Just look for the fungus that looks like antlers.

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