Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH Parfum de Luxe to me is a rich, oriental gourmand fragrance (even though it is described as a woody chypre). It’s a natural fragrance so it is long-wearing and rich. It is “de luxe”. One of the many reasons that I love Parfums des Beaux Arts fragrances (other than many are so artfully crafted and long-lasting) is their inspirations. The inspirations range from art movements to colors to historical periods. DSH describes the fragrance as so “On the Riviera, I was overwhelmed by the charm and grace of my surroundings. The Perfume in the air was magnificent. Inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 1920´s and ´30´s, Parfum de Luxe is rich, pure and confident.” I agree. I also love Art Deco after restoring our 1936 home. I wore this fragrance out this fall and winter when I craved all things deco and 30’s. This fragrance went so nicely with my page boy haircut, cloches, bakelite brooches, and menswear tweed trousers. It went with my fashion cravings so nicely. This fragrance was dead-on what I wanted. There couldn’t of been a better match for me at the time.

This fragrance contains many, many notes. They all play off of each other nicely. However, when worn on my skin, I pick up sweetness. I get rich, raw honey. It’s sexiness verges on vulgarity. I love it. Yeah, at the initial wear I get a bit of the balsamy, purifying sage. But, that is blended with rich old-fashioned roses. (DSH uses the finest rose absolutes that I’ve ever sniffed). These roses are hard for me to identify because they are soaked in sticky, raw honey. They smell gourmand, candied, sticky, and sweet. Throughout the wear the honey really sticks on me (no pun intended). I do get buttery, creamy orris mixed with the honey. Sometimes when I wear this, I get the rich white florals but they have been baked into a buttery, honey cake. I must add that the orris and honey combo is lovely. It inspires me to add orris root to my next honey cake. (Perhaps toasted orris root?) I think it would be quite amazing. Anyways, back to this fragrance. The base still has sweetness. The honey doesn’t vanish but it does get quieted down by rich, resins and unisex mosses. This is the stage where I would definitely call Parfum de Luxe a chypre. It’s woodsy and mossy but still sweet with amber, tobacco, and vanilla. I want to call it a gourmand chypre if there is such a thing. Regardless if there is or isn’t such a thing, I know I like it. It’s delicious, rich, sensual.

Like I said, this fragrance wears very sweet on me. It’s all honey, candied/edible flowers, and rich, gummy resins. I find it very sexy and it is one that I love to wear in the fall/winter. Its richness warms me up on cool, damp, classic Western Washington days.

Notes listed include: bergamot, clary sage, neroli, petitgrain, violet, Bulgarian rose absoulute, Centifolia rose absolute, Chinese geranium, honey, orris, tuberosa, ylang-ylang, amber, benzoin, brown oakmoss, labdanum, patchouli, sandalwood, tobacco absolute, and vanilla.

Like I said before, this is a natural oil blend. It is long-lasting and it smells expensive. I think this would be a nice replacement for Tom Ford Private Blend’s retired Moss Breches EDP. Also give this one a try if you like honey fragrances, natural fragrances, or scents like TokyoMilk Honey & The Moon EDP or Honeycomb Solid, Guerlain Tonka Imperiale EDP, Kilian Back to Black EDP, Serge Lutens Chêne EDP, Tom Ford Private Blends Arabian Wood EDP, and/or Sisley Soir de Lune EDP.

Many sizes are available. The 1 oz. EDP spray retails for $135. A pure parfum is also available. (I bet it is amazing). All sizes are available on the house’s website.

My first experience with L’Aromarine Florale Eau De Toilette Spray was not a good one. It came via UPS in a box that was  saturated with this heavy scent on one of the hottest days of the year that we have had. About an ounce of the EDT leaked in the box. It didn’t damage the other items but it got all over me.

Like I have mentioned before L’Aromarine fragragnces are very concentrated. They are strong and have a long lasting power. I was exposed to so much Florale that it gave me a bad headache. I had to set the box on the porch it was just so strong. A few days passed and the lovely ladies at beautyhabit.com sent me a new Florale that came via UPS in excellent condition. I still had to give it some time before I tried it on my skin because I was a little gun shy to say the least. Today was my day to give it a try.

First, it comes in an adorable deco inspired bottle. The spray is very easy to use and a little goes a long way. I find that one spray is enough to last many, many hours. WARNING: Do not over do it. The fragrance isn’t bad, it just isn’t what I expected. You can not find the notes of this EDT listed anywhere on the internet. Everyone says, “The Florale fragrance is as its title suggests – a bouquet of floral essences, not too sweet. A classic French fragrance.” Well, duh, I know it is floral, but what is it? Usually, I can identify many notes. But, I have trouble with this one. The fragrance is floral, yes, it isn’t sweet and it is slightly spicy. I smell roses, the heavy, “old-fashioned” kind that many young ladies do not like. This fragrance smells like a French cologne that came straight out of the 50’s. It is the kind of fragrance we think of when we think of our grandmother’s going out fragrance. It doesn’t smell “fresh” but more of a dried bouquet or your favorite romantic flowers. I smell rose and a bit of lily. It reminds me a lot of rose essential oil mixed with Avon’s Skin So Soft Body Oil. This isn’t a bad thing, just pretty heavy for an EDT. This fragrance is not “new” nor “modern” and I do not recommend it to those that think Vera Wang is a heavy floral. This is a scent for a confident fragrance wearer, most rose scents are. The fragrance can be very strong but dries down to something soft and classic within 45 minutes. This fragrance is very “vintage” and “mature”. I think it is pleasant but I know that it isn’t for everyone and most women my age won’t like it. They like Gwen Stefani L.A.M.B. and Pink Sugar. They’d call this a “French whore” or “grandma” fragrance, two people that most likely have very little in common. Regardless, the fragrance oils smell fairly “expensive” in my opinion. It smells just like something I have smelled before but I can’t name it. It drives me nuts. It smells like something far more expensive.  Anyways, if you are curious and want to try this and you like the smell of pure rose oil or classic European fragrances, you can pick this up on amazon.com, beautyhabit.com, or smallflower.com. It is on clearance on beautyhabit.com. I like it, I don’t think I’ll buy it again. However, I think it would make a lovely fragrance for a dusting powder which I now I will try to do.

Update: I made some bath salts with this fragrance and love it. The “dried” flowers smell mixes so well with hot water. This fragrance also mixes well with patchouli. I spray this on and wear a dab of patchouli and it is amazing. This scent has really grown on me. I just had to give it some time after being saturated in it.

It is like a dried bouquet.

It is like a dried bouquet.

lil bottle with a jasmine kick

lil' bottle with a jasmine kick

My husband bought me a couple of these L’Aromarine perfume fragrances and parfum sprays a few days ago. I’ve never worn them before and I know that he was attracted to the 30’s Deco packaging like I am (oh, and the cheap price). One of the scents he bought me was Jasmin which is to no surprise being this is one of his fav scents on me.

The bottle is small at 8.5 ml. This size bottle has a pretty plain, but vintage feeling label. The sprays have adorable Deco inspired labels. L’Aromarine is a French perfume oil company that claims to shop around for the best oils available. They say some are from Grasse and others from a small French family owned business. The small bottles are multi-functional. They can be used to refresh potpourri, used in bath (I’m going to add mine to Epsom salt for bath salts), body oil, mixed with alcohol to make an eau de toilette, or wear alone. One thing that all the vendors have in common, they all say “A Little Goes A Long Way.” This is so true.

A Jasmine Bomb

A Jasmine Bomb

The first time that I wore it, I over did it. It was so strong, I dabbed the oil everywhere and spent thirty minutes being an atomic jasmine bomb. Today, I used a minuscule amount and it smells heavenly. On initial application this stuff is strong, it is a very sweet jasmine. It’s very heavy and wears you. Within five minutes it begins to die a little. It begins to smell softer, less sweet but still sweet, and still has that jasmine zing. Within 30 minutes to an hour it is perfect jasmine. It’s soft and someone has to be close to you to smell it. It’s girly, sweet, floral and fresh. I’m sure I could avoid the whole overwhelming at first aspect if I mixed it into vodka. Beautyhabit.com says to mix the whole bottle into 3 ounces of alcohol. This may be nice but I think I’ll keep mine in oil form. I can handle it strong. I can’t wait to make bath salts out of it. One day I may dilute it into apricot kernel oil or something for a body treatment. Currently, I like it so I’ll wait till I get sick of it to do something like that.

I’m really fascinated by this line now. There are a ton of scents. They come in cute packaging and have a great price for the quality that you get. I also have Mousse de Chêne a.k.a. Oakmoss and LOVE it! I’ll review it later when I can actually think about it and not just be intoxicated by it.

My Jasmin parfum sells anywhere from $7.95 to $8.50 depending on what vendor you buy from. I like beautyhabit.com because they are so nice, easy to work with, give great thought out samples, and have fast shipping. I will be ordering more once I make up my mind and that can take sometime.