Tokyo Milk Parfum in Ex Libris is a nice fig inspired fragrance. I find it very earthy and wearable all year. Of course this is coming from a fig perfume fan. But, this isn’t my “typical” fig fragrance that I have in my collection. This is not Diptyque’s Philosykos (one of my all time favorites) or L’Artisan Premier Figuier (one of my other favorites) . Ex Libris is much more “fresh” in a feminine way. It manages to smell of earthy and woodsy fig trees,  punches of white flowers with a dash of zesty cardamom. It smells of the milkiness of the fig leaf without being super sweet because it is grounded by the bark. It isn’t “fruity” and not a bit Fig Newton like some fig fragrances. But, the scent isn’t overly woodsy and it manages to smell quite flirty. It is a tumbling bouquet, but not in an obnoxious solo season way. This floral, magnolia, can smell pleasant and like fresh summer blossoms or like pick me up in the winter because it is grounded by the earthy fig. I would say that the strongest note is the cardamom. It is the “citrus” that my body won’t devour. Cardamom is a special plant. It is both cool and minty fresh (mojito-ish) and warm and spicy like ginger. Cardamom freshens up the fragrance without making it smell like Pledge. It makes it fresh enough for spring and summer and spicy enough for fall and winter. It is all a matter of perspective. You would think that this fragrance blend would be sweet or gourmand because it contains fig and cardamom which is commonly used in Indian and Asian desserts, but it isn’t a sweet fragrance at all. The fig is very earthy and brings back wonderful childhood memories of hot Atlanta summers. It smells like my six year old hands and bare feet climbing sunbaked fig trees. The cardamom is spicy but manages to be fresh. The florals make this scent uniquely feminine, but not disgustedly feminine. This is not Estee Lauder Pleasures. This is much more complex. It has earth, spice, skin, and florals. It is complex without being moody or showy. It is a nice all year blend. In fact, this fragrance is what I have wanted many of a Guerlain Aqua Allegoria EDTs to be. It has that kind of clean sophistication but with a longer wear. It starts out as a woodsy figgy white floral and turns into an earthy, spicy cardamom green tea like fragrance held together by the staying power of crisp, white musk.

The bottle is OK. It is simple glass bottle with an alphabet typeset sticker. It isn’t as showy or glamorous as the other Tokyo Milk Parfum stickers. But, I am a nerd so I should like it. But, I am more of an IPA nerd. Slap some IPA symbols on this baby and I’ll be in linguistic heaven. I can’t possibly complain about the price. It is $28 for 1 ounce. It wears nicely and wears for at least half of the day which is quite sometime for a fig inspired fragrance. Most fig fragrances disappear in an hour or so, I give this one 6 to 8 hours. That isn’t bad, since I have compared this to the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria EDTs which last a maximum of 1 hour on me in the summer. I recommend this fragrance for those that like fig fragrances and that are kind of sick of the “whole” fig fragrance, those that like gingery, spicy scents like Origins Ginger Essence, those that like “tea” fragrances by Bvlgari, for those that like zesty watery splashes like those by Diptyque or Guerlain, or for those that think “fresh” scents is something more sophisticated than a Davidoff Cool Water or Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise. I am a fragrance flirt and I really see myself using this one frequently throughout the year. It doesn’t feel fadish and feels very “me”. It is available at beautyhabit.com and b-glowing.com.

This is nothing to be scared of. This is probably one of the sexiest men’s fragrances on the market. I love it so much I could use it as a room spray. L’Artisan Parumeur Méchant Loup translates as the “Big Bad Wolf” or “Naughty Wolf”  and it is a charming and seductive fragrance for me. I know it works on me. It is complex but not confusing. It is intriguing. It is warm and inviting. It is rich and spicy and woodsy and very masculine. It smells like a “strong” man both physically and mentally. It is the whole package. It contains, rich pepper, star anise, licorice, sandalwood, honey, hazelnut, myrrh, tonka bean and cedar. This fragrance is a jewel because it is so woodsy and very foresty but has this warm and sweet hazelnut accord. And what lady dislikes hazelnut? This hazelnut is warm, roasted and a bit burnt to keep in “manly”. I wouldn’t call it gourmand because of the heavy use of woods like cedar. However, the cedar smells like it has been dipped in honey and left in the sun. The dry down is amazing and has a pretty good lasting quality. The dry down is a bit honeyed with that hint of hazelnut and rich tonka bean. It is heavenly and I can’t stop sniffing it.

This fragrance is masculine but isn’t made exclusively for men. But, what fragrance is? You can wear whatever fragrance you want to. I haven’t actually worn this on my skin yet. I’d love to though, later, in cooler weather. I’d like to see how it wears on a woman. But, I just love it as a men’s fragrance because it is so interesting.

It is available in 50 ml for $95 and 100 ml for $135.

Oh, Demeter Dirt, my first Demeter fragrance from way back when I was in 6th grade. Oh, do you know the obsession that you started? No, you’re just a cologne. Demter Dirt PMU is a wonderful fragrance. It is a must for those that love earthy or patchouli fragrance. At first spritz, Demeter Dirt smells kind of “wet” and like moist dirt. It dries down to a more “dry” smell, a dirt that has been tilled and bathed in the sun. Demeter Dirt is made to resemble the dirt from the fields of Pennsylvania which is were one of the founders of the company is from. I have no idea what Pennsylvanian soil smells like, I’ve never smelled their dirt. I just know that this smells “dirty”. This fragrance doesn’t have a great lasting time, it’s about 30 minutes max. It wears but very faintly. I just want to smell like Dirt for a little while anyways. It makes a lovely room spray. It creates an instant “camping” atmosphere. It also mixes wonderfully with Beetroot or Grass. It’s a great unisex fragrance too. I love it and I’ll keep buying it. I guess I am just a dirty girl. The large bottle is available at fragrancenet.com.

I love the smell of incense and I have my favorites. I like the “hippie” scents even though I am not a hippie and typically don’t like the same things that they do. I love incense but hate buying it. Thank goodness for the Internet. I was sick of visiting the creepy crystal lady.

Anyways, Demeter Incense is a very pleasant and nice fragrance. It is warm and sweet and not smoky or spicy. It isn’t Nag Champa or frankincense. It is very soft in an amber resin way and is almost vanilla-ish. (It isn’t too vanilla sweet and it definitely is not a cupcake by a long shot.) It isn’t a headshop and doesn’t smell like Dragon’s Blood or whatever. It isn’t heavy. It is light and very resiny. Demeter incense uses Copal. The Demeter website says,

Demeter’s Incense is centered on a unique core of Copal. Copal is a type of resin produced by plant or tree secretions, particularly identified with the forms of aromatic tree resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica as a ceremonially burned incense, as well as for a number of other purposes.
More generically, the term copal is now also used to describe resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between more viscous and ‘gummy’ resins and amber.”

So that is why it is amber-ish but not dead on amber resin. This fragrance really wears nicely on skin and has a better than average lasting power compared to other Demeter scents. I will buy more when I am out. It comes in a 1/2 ounce splash, 1 ounce spray, 4 ounce spray, calming lotion, shower gel, body oil and room spray. I want to try the oil.

Copal Rocks, thatll be what Im smoking.

Copal Rocks!

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.

Beetroot is one my favorite Demeter fragrances. It is exactly what it says it is, a beet root. It is dirty and earthy. It is dead on fresh from the Farmer’s Market, covered in dirt and earth beet root. I feel like I can smell the individual dirt granules. After it dries down a bit, you can smell a hint of the bitter fresh, greens. It is bitter, dirty, and earthy. It isn’t stale or dry but more “wet” and alive/fresh/new. If you want to know what this fragrance smells like plant plant some beets, wait a few months, and pull them out of the ground one dewy morning. Or if you’re like me and too lazy to do that. Go to the Farmer’s Market and choose the most gnarly, huge and filthy beet they have and hold it up to your nose and breathe in. This is it. This fragrance is lovely alone and I find it so comforting. It’s a rustic smell that I crave. Maybe I need the iron:) I highly recommend this fragrance to anyone that loves dirty, natural or unusual fragrances. I love it and next time I am going to buy the 4 ounce spray. I love to wear it, spray it on my linens or spray it in the air. It’s funny but it smells so “real” that sometimes I get a little nervous feeling spraying it on my skin or white linens. It is like my nose can’t communicate to my brain that it is synthetic and then I think it is real and going to stain my sheets or skin a pink-ish beet red. But, it doesn’t and I love it. I can smell it on my skin up to a few hours after spraying it, making it pretty long lasting for Demeter.

No smell this and tell me it dont stink.

Now smell this and tell me it don't stink.