This is a fragrance that I would have never of chosen for myself by reading the description. I am so happy that I’ve tried it (thank you Beautyhabit for the thoughtful sample). I find it very interesting. It is unlike anything that I own. The blend is fantastic and the fragrance oil is very long wearing.

Saffron James is a pretty cool company, with Hawaiian inspired fragrances. They are tropical but not in that beachy coconut or sickly sweet cocktail way that so many other companies flirt with. They are truly inspired by nature. Plus, I dig vintage tiki culture. These fragrances have that tiki vibe.

The Saffron James website states: PŪNONO (pooh-no-no): Filled with sunshine, ever beautiful; flushed red, as the skin (to blush). 2. To make attractive with bright or red colors, to dress or appear gorgeous. 3. An olfactory homage to the Puakenikeni flower. 4. An intoxicating scent with notes of Ylang Ylang, Pikake, Carnation, Vanilla and Tunisian Opium.

This fragrance is a little strange and that is why I love it. It isn’t strange like bizarre but it is different than mainstream fragrances. It has made me realize that I do not hate ylang-ylang at all. It is just that I have never smelled it used in such a wonderful way. I’ve under appreciated this note for too long. Bring on the ylang-ylang. The fragrance is an “homage” to the puakenikeni flower. I really need to take a fragrance adventure to Hawaii; I can’t comment on the actual aroma of this flower since I’ve never been and these things just don’t grow well in our cooler climate. I can only imagine, for now.  However, I do smell the whimsy floral top notes of gentle ylang-ylang and feminine pikake. But, this fragrance is “spicy” all the way through. Yep, it is floral but these otherwise heavy florals are not stealing the show (uh-um carnation). They are only enhancing the depth and mystery of “Tunisian Opium” which is otherwise an incensey head-shop fragrance by itself (which I like sometimes but it isn’t very every gal).  This is a very resinous incense scent that is made feminine by exotic flowers. I usually don’t love vanilla. It makes scents too foody or “sticky”; however, the perfect amount of vanilla is used in this mix. It makes the opium so well rounded, blended, perfect. This is not a “winter” fragrance. It is warm and spicy but totally appropriate for warmer weather and climates. It is really nice all year long or to be used for those “special” occasions. I would say that you would like this if you like Carol’s Daughter fragrances, tropical scents, or modern “oriental” ‘fragrances.

It retails for $85 for 30 mL (1 ounce). A little goes a long way and it last for like 12 hours on my skin. It does last a long time but very, very closely to the skin, so intimate and soft but always there. The bottle is simple and a has a cute wooden top. The bottle really completes the entire “vibe” of the fragrance. This is a fragrance that I have been using sparingly since I only have a tiny sample vial. When it is gone, I know that I am going to have to add this to my collection. It is very “me” since I have two real fragrance personalities: expensive heavy, white floral or no label head-shop oils. This is the perfect olfactory compromise. Must have it.

Fragrance dominates every aspect of my life. The most recent craze has been my obsession with nice smelling cleaning products. I have used a few Mrs. Meyer’s products and so far I have been pleased with all of them. This all purpose cleaner has to be diluted down. I have it in an industrial spray bottle.  I have found that a little mixed with water goes a long way. It cleans all my regular spills and gets rid of my grim. I don’t know about “serious” issues, since you shouldn’t let your life get that grubby anyways! But, I found that in comparison to other “natural” cleaners that this one really gets the stuff up. Plus, actually like cleaning because I get to smell this stuff.

It claims to be “basil”. I don’t buy that. It isn’t that crisp, green fragrance. It isn’t a anise/licorice Thai basil. It isn’t basil at all. It claims to have basil oil. It also claims to have parsley, black pepper, and eucalyptus oils. I think that this smells much more “fresh” and less foody than the oils listed on the package. It smells almost floral, sweet, like drying cut grass. It is a very pretty fragrance really and I wouldn’t mind smelling like this myself. It is a bit like GAP Grass but much prettier. The scent really lingers. I’ll clean and my husband will come home like 5 hours later and comment on the “nice” fragrance. This sure beats the noxious fumes of other cleaners on the market.

Plus, this stuff contains biodegradable ingredients (good, I don’t want to ruin my beautiful Puget Sound) and isn’t tested on animals, including French bulldogs. This stuff doesn’t irritate my skin or cause me to have respiratory distress. Bonus! It seems to cost alot at about $8.50 for 32 ounces. But, I must emphasize that a little goes a long way and you can mix it to the water/cleaner ratio that best battles your messes. It cleans much better than cheapy stuff that I have used. Plus, it smells good and you won’t see me purchasing any home fragrance oils when I have this stuff. It’s available at most grocery stores/supermarkets and drugstore.com.

It is time to mod-ify your look. This look is super simple but really glam. No wonder Urban Outfitters is obsessed with this look.

First apply a tinted moisturizer to even out the complexion. I really like Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Teinte Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30. Use a concealer where needed, if you are like me you can not live without it under the eye area. I love Prescriptives Site Unseen Concecelear. Illuminate skin with Guerlain Meteorites for the Face in Mythic. Love this stuff. Brows are simple and pretty much clean but undefined. Brush brows with Dior Brow Gel in Clear. Use a nude shadow from lashline to brow, something like Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Maui Wowie. Line eyes with a matte cake liner such as NVEY ECO Organic Cake Eyeliner in Black. Wet a thin liner brush and dip in the eyeliner. Line and it won’t budge once it is dry. Coat lashes with a black mascara of your choice. Make sure to coat bottom lashes for this mod eyed look. Dab Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss in Deafening Silence onto cheeks with fingertips. Also use this on lips for a simple and polished look. Fragrance should be simple and “tonic-ish”. I say go for something like Hermes (how appropriate for Jane!) Us Jardin Apres Le Mousson, it’s lovely and unisex.

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.