This is one of my favorite home fragrance oils ever. Aromatique The Smell of Spring does smell like spring. It is a blend of dainty, dewy lilies like snowdrops and lily of the valley paired with fragrant hyacinth and faint, powdery lilac. It is a dewy spring floral oil. It is very floral and very feminine. It does smell like concentrated spring in a bottle. I love these types of florals (especially hyacinth) so I love this. This is a home fragrance oil that I will always have around. I could see how some would find this fragrance oil to strong for their home. I don’t. I need something to help me get out of a winter funk. I like to burn this in the dead of winter as a reminder for spring. I like to burn it in spring because it is very fitting for a Nowruz celebration. I like it for summer and fall because it is such a pretty fragrance and makes my home smell fresh.

Like I’ve said before in other Aromatique reviews, I do not use this fragrance to refresh dried potpourri. I think that is what it is for. I use about 5 drops mixed with water and burn it in a home fragrance oil burner like The Body Shop oils. This makes my house so fragrant and like a dewy spring meadow. After the oil is gone (evaporated), I can still smell the home fragrance for a few days (on the floor of my home that I choose to burn it). I guess this all depends on the size of your home. But, I’m impressed with the lasting power. My only real complaint is that I don’t like the bottle. I have to use a dropper to get the oil out without making a mess. But, I am using it differently, I think.

Do give this fragrance a try if you are the type of person that likes spring floral fragrances like Coty Muguet de Bois EDT, Antica Farmacista Tuberose, Hycantih, & Lily of the Valley EDP, Strange Invisible Perfumes Urban Lily EDP, Annick Goutal Grand Amour EDT, Yardley Lily of the Valley EDT,  Tocca Giulietta EDT, and/or Jessica McClintock EDP. A bottle retails for $9. It is available on the company’s website.

I love home fragrance oils and now that I have a little pet running around my house, I love them more than ever. I used to use them just for myself to create “atmosphere”. Now I use them because I have a little frug, cook lots of Indian food, and since I purchased a ran down hoarder house, I am always paranoid that my house smells like B.O. and clans of cats. Anyways, Bath and Body Works has Slatkin & Company Sandalwood and Vanilla home fragrance oil. My husband purchased this for me which I know means so much. I hate going in to Bath and Body Works so I know that it is an alternate hell universe for him. He said that “maybe it smelled good, he couldn’t tell”. I love sandalwood and I sometimes like vanilla. Sandalwood and Vanilla is a rich fragrance. I don’t know if it is something that I would want my entire environment to smell like but it is nice enough. It sure beats an indoor frug that has to go in a PNW winter rain odor. It is less sandalwood or woodsy. It is more of a pretty and sweet fragrance with a hint of woods versus a woodsy fragrance with a hint of sweet. I didn’t mean for that to sound so confusing. I’m trying to say that this is a very sweet and polished sandalwood. To me it fits in that “modern woods” category. I do think of this fragrance as more of a fragrance that I would wear versus a home/atmosphere fragrance. It just doesn’t smell “homey” to me. The fragrance does last a while and it does smell “nice”. It lingers in the house for sometime. This oil retails for $7.50.

It’s that time of year again. Mandarins, satsumas, whatever you like to call them, are at market to be purchased by the boxful. Citrus is a nice treat during these cool winter months. I’ve compiled a “collage” of zesty mandarin fragrances with a variety of price points and formulas.

Budget Mandarin Scents (Under $50): Trish McVoy Mandarin & Ginger Lily EDT is a citrus floral blend that is light-wearing. It retails for $48 for .5 oz (not alot of product for the dough). Crazylibellule & The Poppies Les Garçonnes Tamara Charleston is a very interesting humid, green, mandarin blend. This solid Crazystick retails for $18 and is well worth it. My review of it is here. Lush Olive Branch Solid Perfume is a simple and refreshing unisex blend of olive oil and mandarins. I love the solid formula. tIt retails for about $8. Lancome Ô de Lancome EDT is a classic, cool feeling mandarin, floral, and rosemary scent. The 1.7 oz. bottle goes for $38.50.  Voluspa Victoria Collection Pink Fatale is an incredible flirty fruity-floral with citrus and lilies. The .5 oz. roll-on goes for $24. Oh, and I almost forgot the mandarin classic: The Body Shop Satsuma Perfume Oil. It’s all about mandarin and the .5 oil goes for $16. (not pictured)

More Expensive Mandarin Scents: Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne is a zesty, herbaceous citrus blend that is unisex. It’s a great summer scent. The 3.4 oz bottle goes for $100. It’s a limited edition fragrance but it is still available: L’Artisan Parfumeur Mandarine Tout Simplement. It is what the name implies. It is a sparkling mandarin citrus blend. It is light wearing and the 8.4 oz. spray goes for $135. If you are looking for a creamier mandarin fragrance, the kind that can transition into cooler weather even though it is refreshing, try Antica Farmacista Vanilla Bourbon and Mandarin Perfume. The 1.6 oz. bottle goes for $58. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Madarine Basilic EDT is a naturally sweet citrus blend with clementine, mandarin, and blood orange. The 1.7 oz bottle goes for $57. Here’s my review. Manuel Canovas Route Mandarine EDP is a mandarin and orange blossom mix, a citrus floral. It retails for $79 for 3.4 oz. Fresh Bergamot Citrus is a light blend of bergamot, citrus, and foresty base notes. The 3.4 oz. retails for $75. Creed Millesime Imperial is a unisex blend of crisp citrus, salt, musk, and woods. It is truly lovely and goes for $250 for 4 oz. (I just ordered one and I’m waiting anxiously for its arrival). Molinard 1849 Vervaine de Molinard is a green, crisp, fresh mandarin. Plus, the bottle is a must have. The 3.3 oz goes for $185.

5 Other Great Mandarin Products: Mistral Black Tea Mandarin Soap is a great scent for cooler weather. A bar goes for under $8. Ahava Body Sorbet in Madarin & Cedarwood is a refreshing and very moisturizing blend. The cedarwood really adds a special something. I love it for cooler weather. It is very foresty. A tub goes for $26. Lush The Big Tease Styling Gel is a hair gel with an orange blossom, mandarin, and lemon scent. It smells heavenly. It goes for under $17. Diptyque Oyedo Candle is a refreshing blend of grapefruit and mandarin. The candle retails for $60. A rich and lush mandarin fragrance for the home is Alora Ambiance Tre Reed Diffuser which goes for $58.

I can’t escape the truth that I am a Southern gal. This is only evident for my love of Tyler Perry, mustard greens, and the smell of gardenias. I know that many people out there find gardenias too old-fashioned, too formal, and just too heavy. I love gardenia scents. I love those that come across humid and tropical, those that are sweet and romantic, and even those heavy, old-fashioned blends that remind me of a prim and prudish Southern woman.

Aromatique The Smell of Gardenia isn’t the highest quality gardenia out there. It is something for the home and not the body. The Smell of Gardenia reminds me so much of Sand & Sable or Jovan Island Gardenia (more of the later). It’s a formal and humid gardenia soliflore. There isn’t much more to it. It’s a “strong” gardenia. I love gardenia so I love this.

The thing about this oil is that a little bit goes a long way. This is a strong white floral fragrance. Too much of this oil could be headache inducing. I burn this oil. I think it is used to refresh potpourri. I may be 25 going on 50 but I refuse to do the potpourri thing. So, I burn it with a little water in an oil burner. The fragrance lasts a long time afterwards. It leaves my house smelling like I’m being courted by a dapper gentlemen and his gardenia boutonnière  in a courtyard in Savannah.

It retails for $9 and is available at Aromatique’s website. It’s a bit expensive but it really has a lasting fragrance that even covers up house dog odors.

When I purchased this fragrance oil I was thinking of fall. I thought that an apple scent would be very nice for October. I was expecting something that would remind me of leaves crunching under my Frye boots in the orchards of Washington. This is not a fall fragrance. L’Aromarine Pomme is more like a Jolly Rancher mixed with Johnson’s No More Tears Shampoo. Perfume labs and flavor labs are often married. This smells like what fake apple tastes like. You know the apple used in sour candies and pops. If you like that sort of thing such as Demeter Sour Apple or DKNY Be Delicious then you should like this very long-wearing fragrance oil. At first it is very “fruity” then it becomes very intense and tangy. It smells just like a Jolly Rancher or Jone’s Soda Sour Apple. After an hour + of wear, it becomes softer and more like an apple used in a kid’s shampoo. It’s like a lab trying to recreate a Golden Delicious instead of a Granny Smith. It isn’t a bad fragrance but if you don’t like the thought of smelling like apple flavoring then do not give this a try. But, if you are looking for a fun, young, fruity scent then give this a try. I really smell this and think it would be appropriate for a tween or teen. My teenage sisters would love this. My adult, apple-loving Washington state “where we know what apple orchard the apple came from in one bite” self doesn’t. I am planning on mixing mine with a white floral, maybe a honeysuckle or a jasmine to make it a bit more ladylike. I really do not see this mixing well with spice like I had initially planned. This is more of a warm weather fragrance. It retails for $9.50 and is available at beautyhabit.com.

I didn’t know that I loved the scent of grapefruit so much until I bought this product. I used to shy away from grapefruit in scents because it was A. too sweet and sugary or B. cat piss. I didn’t hate grapefruit, I just stayed away from it because cat piss is hard to pull off. L’Aromarine Pamplemousse is a “rugged” citrus blend. It is bitter, fresh, but is still sweet like a grapefruit. This oil is just enough of the peel and the fruit. It is a tad kitty pee-pee-ish but enough to make it interesting and not fake. Grapefruit kind of smells like that in “real” life. It doesn’t smell sugary unless you add the sugar. I would also say that this is a grapefruit, not a pink grapefruit or any of those other sweeter varieties. This is “rugged” citrus.

Since this is a fragrance oil, it is very long-wearing. This is a scent that I see myself wearing year round. It is crisp and tart for summer, clean and natural for fall, etc. I also would imagine that it would mix very well with bergamot oils, oakmoss oils, lemon oils, floral oils like honeysuckle or jasmine. This is a very versatile fragrance and by adding any of these, you’ve created something “new”. The scent is unisex; however, my husband finds it too “girly” for his taste. He doesn’t do citrus at all. I really like it and cant wait to play with it by mixing up something of my own in a vodka base. It retails for $9.50 and is available on beautyhabit.com.

I am not a huge fan of Bath and Body Works products but when they have something that I like, I usually find that I love it and always have it around, such as Brown Sugar & Fig and Vanilla Bean Noel in the winter. This Warm Vanilla Sugar home fragrance oil is one of those products. It smells so nice for the house. It is a bit gourmand, foody, comforting but not as offensive as something like cinnamon and apple spice or blueberry pie. This smells foody but not like you’ve been trying to convince others that you’ve been baking all day. This smells very nostalgic to me. Growing up in poverty in the dirty south, we ate “sticky” rice. A dish that consisted of rice, sugar, and butter. This was the best treat ever and it sure beat the hell out of the usual diner of pinto beans, rice, and ketchup. If Mama was feeling real uppity then  she would put a dash of imitation vanilla in it and you were dining high class. I thought my ghetto family was the only family that did this but talking to other Southerners from a background of poverty, they did the exact same thing with their rice on “special” occasions. (This has to have a tradition of some sort or at least a name…)

This oil has hints of “vanilla, coconut, basmati rice, and a touch of sandalwood” according to the Bath and Body Works website. So that “basmati rice” and “vanilla” is what reminds me of lazy Sunday mornings. The hints of coconut and sandalwood make this oil a bit more posh and nice for the home. It is a sweet fragrance but not too gourmand. It is just comforting, soft, and cuddley like my favorite cardigan. Unlike the body products in this line that are heavy on the vanilla part of the fragrance, this is heavier on the sweet rice. The vanilla is there but it doesn’t smell like a birthday cupcake. The coconut isn’t beachy but more of a coconut milk and the sandalwood is faintly there. (This is beginning to sound more and more like a Thai dish). I use about 10 drops in an oil burner with the rest of the dish filled with water. The fragrance is light but still present and lasts many hours after the oil has stopped burning. It retails for $7.50 for .33 ounces. And of course, I’m sure you can find it on sale if you just wait a few weeks. They always have sales.