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.

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Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH Mahjoun is a decadent gourmand that is a must have for the honey lover. I love the scent of honey. It’s sweet but raw. This makes it difficult to wear. If you are one of the lucky and confident few out there that could wear a heavy honey based scent then this is a must for you. The fragrance’s website describes Mahjoun as “exotic, sensuous, and delicious“. Oh, it is. And it is based on the Moroccan delicacy (an ancient cannabis confection). I have never traveled to Morocco. Mainly because I love the “exotic” vision that I have of it in my mind and I don’t want to be let down. I want it to always be that “faraway” place. I love to picture the textures and smells of Morocco. I imagine bold spices, dried fruits and flowers, and precious resins. This is what I imagine and this is what Mahjoun delivers. It makes my mouth water. It is much sweeter than what I would imagine the streets of Morocco being like. This is much more dessert and gourmand and intoxicating, as the name implies. I usually can’t (or won’t) wear “sweet” fragrance but I see myself wearing this one frequently. It is sweet but it has so many other things keeping it interesting and “raw” while remaining beautiful. It is so sweet like honey as soon as you put it on. It’s sweet but very musky and sexual. At first spritz, it is a all about the sweetness of raw honey with a heavy dose of bitter almonds and zesty citrus juices. You can pick up a bit of lavender. This makes this is a crisp but sweet scent. Lavender honey is one of my favorite treats, especially in a black tea with a squeeze of lemon. The crispness fades fairly quickly and you are left with the “heart” of this fragrance. The heart is much like a sweet, sweet confection. It is heavy on the honey. It’s rich and golden, syrupy. It is mixed with dried fruits. I pick up on the dried dates and the dried pipe tobacco like aroma of dried figs. It is far from smoky, it just smells like a mix of honey and dried fruit flavored pipe tobacco. It has a dusting of sweet spices like nutmeg. It isn’t really “spicy”. The spices just add to the richness of the honey and sticky dried fruits. They are very understated. The “heart” has a bit of toasty nuttiness. Hazelnut in fact. My favorite. This makes this scent almost masculine/unisex and a must have for the lover of L’Artisan Parfumeur Mechant Loup EDT (my review here). I imagine it as a very intoxicating scent on both males and females. It’s really for anyone who has dreamed of being swept away by Rudolph Valentino as The Sheik. (This fragrance really does embody that Silent Film obsession with “exotic” and “sensual” and “forbidden” Bedouin culture).

The dry-down is less smoky and resiny than I would of imagined/predicted but it is there. It is an oriental blend of “exotic” resins and precious woods. It remains honey-ish but more in a beeswax with honey way with lots of amber, myrhh, sandalwood, frankinsence. It smells of exotic incense. I have to say that this is my all time favorite honey based scent that I have tried throughout my many years of sniffing. It is less “pissy” than L’Occitane Honey & Lemon EDT. It is sweet without sweetness being its soul purpose of existence like Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Solid Perfume.

Notes include the following: bitter almond, cardamom seed, cherry blossom, lavender, lemon, sweet orange, Bulgarian rose, fig, hazelnut, honey, nutmeg, orange blossom, sugar date, amber, atlas cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, sandalwood, and Arabian myrrh. Many sizes are available. It’s a rich fragrance that wears for many hours closely to the skin. An 1 ounce EDP spray goes for $65. It is available at the Parfums des Beaux Arts website. I would say to give this one a try if you are a fan of complex honey scents or L’Artisan Mechant Loup, L’Artisan Havana Vanille, Tokyomilk Honey & The Moon EDP, Serge Lutens Chene, Arabie, or Fumerie Turque, Napa Valley Cielo EDP (my review here), just to name a few in the honey oriental genre.

This is a decent “chapstick” styled lip balm that goes for $5.99. That’s kind of expensive in my opinion but the packaging was just too cute and that was what got me. Being from Nashville, I’m all about vintage country western. Dreaming of being country western rhinestoned darling but lacking real talent and considering that vintage country was dead many moons ago, no wonder I just fulfill my dreams with little products in cute packages.

Time to round ’em up, boys…it’s basic and not greasy. It doesn’t leave a shine on the lips, very natural looking. It contains SPF 18 which did not burn the heck out of my lips like most SPF lip products. The formula was pretty smooth until the last 15%-20% left. It then became a bit gritty, uneven, and too much would be distributed to my lips. I did have to reapply frequently but I’m a big mouth that is always sipping coffee or tea, so I have to reapply everything frequently. The fragrance was slightly sweet, not honeysuckle in my opinion, more honey with a bit of orange juice. But, the fragrance was very,very faint and didn’t taste gross/metallic/anything like that.

So, it’s a decent product. I’m not sad that I purchased it. I did use it up. Will I puchase again? Most likely no. I’m a flirt anyways and I didn’t fall in love with this product. Like most Blue Q products, it is all about the novelity, the cuteness, the packaging. It’s an OK product housed in Dale Evans-ish cuteness. I guess it just depends on what is important to you in a product. It can be purchased at www.blueq.com.

This is the most delicious fragrance that I have ever smelled. This is the kind of “foody” scent that I wear happily and won’t stop sniffing myself. Cielo is described as a “modern green chypre”. I like to describe it as a “edible”.  Notes include: sweet daphne, grape leaf, honeysuckle, fig leaf, honey, oak, and sandalwood. It is a sweet fragrance but not like something marketed to teenage girls with notes of chocolate syrup and vanilla frosting. Cielo is sweet like fig and honey. That being said, if you love honey or fig fragrances then you’ll be a fan of this. I really don’t know why they call it a “chypre” fragrance. No citrus, oakmoss, etc. but it has some sandalwood. Anyways, at first spritz  you can smell the daphne and honeysuckle. But, it isn’t very “floral”. It has been “greened” by the fuzzy grape leaf. It’s  a really interesting mix. The daphne scent reminds me of jasmine and I love when it blooms in late winter/early spring. So there is this lush floral with green, fresh grape leaves. I love the smell of grape leaves and every time I pass a vine I have to rub the leaves to release that odor. After about 15 to 30 minutes, I get a coconut milk like sweetness from the fig leaf. I am a fan of anything fig, so this part of the fragrance brings me much delight. It is warm, green, fruity. It’s everything. This fig leaf aroma is mixed with a little bit of honey but more like the “honey” nectar from a honeysuckle. The dry down of this fragrance is rich, lush, and amazing. It’s sticky golden honey in an oak barrel. This honey wears so nicely on me, many honey scents do not. This smells warm and comforting especially with the dried out woods in this blend. It smells like taking a sun break in fall. I love this fragrance. But, I am partial to fig and grape leaves. It’s funny because this scent is described by the company as “evoking the mood of a leisurely stroll through the sun-dappled vineyards of the Napa Valley on a warm autumn afternoon, this sophisticated green fragrance is built around the unusual combination of grape leaves and sweet daphne.” Before I even read that, that is what I thought. Maybe not Napa Valley, Washington and Oregon have vineyards too. I know we have daphne here in the PNW and I hear it grows better here than California…anyways. I wore this and thought this is a sunny fall day fragrance. I see myself wearing this with my favorite pair of worn out boots, light weight super-soft cardi, and a statement scarf, strolling through the farmer’s market on its last few days of being “in session” buying what’s in season. It’s comforting, warm, and somehow fresh. This fragrance will be apart of my fall wardrobe for sure.

It’s an EDP and it wears for about 3 hours tops on me that I can notice. It retails for $60 and is available on beautyhabit.com. Do give this fragrance a try if you like fig or honey scents.

Rêve de Miel Ultracomfortable Foot Cream has a great texture. It isn’t sticky at all. It is very light-weight and absorbs quickly while still moisturizing. It is a great foot cream to wear during the day. I just wear foot cream nightly and still like the texture of this one because it doesn’t create greasy stains on my sheets. Lots of foot creams claim to be non-greasy. This one actually is. This is the “pro” of this product. And it still moisturizes and leaves my skin almost buffed when I wake up. That’s another “pro”. OK, now to the “con”. This cream has the strangest odor ever. It is like a mix of honey, cold bran cereal, and tomatoes. It is so strange. I was expecting this to smell rich and like honey. It has honey but it is just off with the other “notes”. I seriously won’t be buying this because of its odor. I find it too strange and disturbing. It grosses me out when it is on my hands and it is almost offensive. A 2.6 oz tube retails for $22. It’s a bummer because I really love the feel of this one. I just don’t think I can get over the odor it’s like Honey Nut Cheerios with compost scraps. If you are willing to give it a try because you want a light-weight, not greasy, and effective foot cream and can handle the odor then it can be purchased at beautyhabit.com or beauty.com.

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Linden/linden flower is such a pretty, bubbly, and flirty scent. It is one of my favorites for spring and summer and lately I haven’t been able to get enough of it. It’s a slightly honey-ish floral in a honeysuckle way and tart like a lime blossom. It brings back sweet memories of linden tea and linden honey in early summer. If you are a fan of citrus blossom fragrance then I think you’ll love linden like I do. I love this scent but it can be difficult to “find”, so that’s why I’ve put this “collage” together. I want to help myself and others find a place to start when finding that perfect linden based fragrance.

Budget Linden: I have raved about it before for its true linden-ness, Le Provence Santé Tilleul/Linden. It retails for $27 for a big, simple looking bottle. This is an EDT so lasting power isn’t so great  but it smells amazing. This is the “truest” linden fragrance that I have found, it is a single note. Tokyomilk Pafum has a gorgeous floral linden with delicate touches of rose and wisteria, Waltz (I have raved about this one also). This scream femininity and retails for $28 for 1 ounce. It comes in a really cute bottle. A nice white floral linden blend is Voluspa Floraison Linden Blond Tabac, it’s a heady blend of tuberose and linden. It’s ultra femme and flirty. The 1 ounce cute travel spray goes for $18. Demeter has a Linden that goes for $20 for 1 ounce. It smells lovely but the lasting power isn’t hot. I hate to include a limited edition fragrance, but MAC has a nice one for $25, Naked Honey, it is a bit like sweet linden honey. I recommend trying it while you can.

More Expensive: A complicated but beautiful linden that contains notes of lily of the valley, ylang-ylang, and vetiver, Pafrums DelRae Début EDP, $135 for 1.7 ounces. A fruity, “young” feeling linden is Trance Essence Whyte Rabbit which retails for $90 for the largest bottle, a roll-on oil is also available and is cheaper. I love the playful, bubbly floral of L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons EDT. It is a fun floral with linden, citrus blossoms, and jasmine. It’s so beautiful and I find myself using it frequently. This retails for $95. I like the “moodiness” of Annick Goutal Eau de Ciel. It’s a wet and rainy blend of linden, violet, and iris. It goes for $115. This fragrance contains linden but is heavy on lots of other stuff like aquatic and wood notes, Estee Lauder Pure Linen Light Breeze. It  manages to be playful and fresh with linden blossom. The largest bottle goes for $72.

This is my “beginners” list, if you have any others to share, please do. I am always on the “smell-out” for linden based fragrances. They just make me happy.

tmcandlesLook more stuff that I want! What a surprise! ( I can’t wait to get this 1st house stuff settled so I can go back to purchasing my special little items). Tokyomilk Parfums now have 6 ounce travel candles in 18 wonderful fragrances. Each come in a cute tin with adorable packaging/graphics. I love travel candles because they have a lid and this makes me think that it is “trapping” the fragrance in when not in use. They are all in Tokyomilk perfume fragrances and I have been very pleased with the EDPs for their artistic blends. Since these are home fragrances I am sure I’ll be craving different scents than I would wear on my body. I am intrigued by them all but these are the top five that I am most interested for my home:

Ex Libris (vision chart image): Sound familiar? It should I wrote a raving fragrance review about this fragrance spray. It is a blend of fig and cardamom and I wouldn’t mind my body or my home smelling like this wonderful fragrance. I could seriously surround myself with the scent of fig.

Dead Sexy (poisonous skull image): This is an awesome fragrance for home or body as well and is perfect for chillier months because of its warm aroma. It is a rich vanilla and woods fragrance. And it is sexy as the name implies. (fragrance review coming soon)

Lapsung Su Chong (pagoda image): This is a great blend of moss, rose, and woods. It creates a wonderful atmosphere. But, I am a fan of a woodsy, mossy blend.

Honey And The Moon (insect collector bee image): This is a scent that I like for the skin but I would rarely wear it because I don’t “wear” honey scents very well, bummer. However, I admire them. I would love for my atmosphere to smell of sweet honey, sugared violets and sandalwood. This is a sweet scent but in a honey sweet way.

Waltz (society ladies and gents waltzing image, Belle Epoque? can’t tell): I love this as an EDP (review here). I believe everybody should have a super feminine fragrant candle in their collection for those bubble bath kind of days. This is a lovely blend of linden blossoms, rose, and wisteria. It’s so femme and springy.

Like I said, I am interested in all of the candles but I have to limit myself, you know? Too many candles and I’ve turned my home into a Prince video. Each retail for $12 and are available on beautyhabit.com and b-glowing.com. I hope in the future we will see gift sets by this brand pairing their fragrance, soap, and travel candles. That would be really special. I also want to add that the my image above is not so great due to my poor editing skills. They are all the same size in real life. I just wanted to display some of the cutest images.