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.

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Maja is a wonderful scent for a great price. It retails for about $19 to $25 depending on the size and where you buy it from. It has a beautiful stylish bottle and logo. I am seriously in love with the vintage packaging. I mean have you seen the adorable soaps? I purchased the EDT spray and the lotion yesterday in a gift set.

Maja, aroma de seducción. Pasión española. Maja, the scent of seduction. Spanish passion.

The scent is described as a “mysterious blend of rose, jasmine and other flowers.” This is not Tabu, this is a pretty delicate blend of roses, but not over rosy. It is clean because it has hints of oak moss with the dry down. The jasmine is there but it is not overwhelming or as pungent as most jasmine. The other flowers are a “family secret”. A family secret of other popular ingredients from the day. I would describe this as a “clean floral” or a “chypre floral”. The EDT does not last long on my skin. It is strong at first but I feel I can’t smell it after 15 minutes. I mix mine with L’Aromarine Mousse de Chêne for a little more lasting power and a cleaner smell but it also mixes well rose or jasmine oil too. I really like the Maja fragrance but I wish it would last longer or that I could find an EDP spray for the cooler times of year.

The Maja Perfumed Body Lotion with Oat Extract is for normal skin. It is a bit too runny for my body butter/cream tastes. It smells wonderul on and really does help the EDT stay on. The lotion is liquidy, silky and absorbs quickly. The lotion retails for about $12. I’m not disappointed with my purchase, I just wish I had it in the summer. This is a very summer set because it is an EDT and the lotion is so lightweight.

This scent has been around for over a 100 years. It is still a family business located in Myrugia. The creator was Esteban Monegal, an artist, sculptor, and violonist, and well, perfumist. The scent is a bit old fashioned for some people’s taste but it is very classic and well done in my opinion. It smells no “older” than Chanel Number 5. It can be found pretty much anywhere. I’ve seen it at Target and Big Lots, smallflower.com and tienda.com sell it too if you don’t feel like searching. I just happened to stumple across a set at Big Lots, glamourous I know. The kit had the lotion and EDT for $7. I’ve been searching for it since the move. Our Wal-Mart and Target used to carry it but I couldn’t find it anywhere in WA. I finally did. I just wish I found it a few months ago in the summer when I really wanted it.

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.