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.

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Tuberose is one of my favorite notes. It’s intoxicating, enchanting, and so feminine. It’s for a confident woman who isn’t scared to be a little over the top. It is many fragrances so I narrowed this “collage” down for the tuberose enthusiast, for the person wanting a tuberose heavy scent. As you may notice, it’s a luxe note so you will see more in the “expensive” category.

Bargain Tuberose Scents: Tokyomilk Pafum French Kiss is a lovely white floral blend heavy on tuberose and gardenia. It is a steal at $28 for 1 oz. A slightly sweet and exotic tuberose scent is Voluspa Victoria Collection Tuberosa Agave Roll-On. It smells of tuberose and coconut milk. It retails for $25 for half an ounce. Parfums des beaux Arts Tubereuse EDP is a pure tuberose soliflore. It’s one of my favorite “tuberose” scents. It retails for $27 for 1/4 oz. Filles des Iles Floral Exotique is a sultry blend of tuberose, orange flower, and jasmin. The .33 oz. roller-ball retails for $18. I know it isn’t a “budget” scent but the roll-on available at Sephora is a nice deal. Piguet Fracas is a lovely scent with tuberose and the adorable roller-ball retails for $25. It has always defined the tuberose scent for me.  DL & Co. Angel’s Trumpet is a nice blend of night blooming florals like tuberose and angel’s trumpet. The roller-ball retails for $45.

More Expensive Tuberose Scents: Jo Malone Tuberose cologne is a pure, intoxicating tuberose fragrance. The 3.4 oz. bottle goes for $100. Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia is a must have for the white floral lover. It is a lovely marriage of tuberose and gardenia. The pure parfum comes in a beautiful bottle that resembles jewelry and retails for $325. It is also available in a less expensive EDP spray. Jean Patou Joy is a classic floral heavy on tuberose. The 2.5 EDt goes for $110. If you like Piguet Fracas then give Joy a try. This fragrance brought tuberose pack into the scene: Michael Kors EDP. It’s a moden tuberose fragrance, still very sexy and classy. The largest bottle goes for $90. L’Artisan Parfumeur Tubereuse is a sweet and exotic tuberose scent with coconut and ylang-ylang too. The 3.4 oz. bottle retails for $135 and it smells like a tropical vacation. Creed Tubereuse Indiana is a sexy tuberose soliflore with ambergris hints that keep it grounded. The 2.5 oz. bottle goes for $210. Editions de Parfums Carnal Flower (gross sounding name, I know) is a nice tuberose interpretation. It retails for about $195. Profumi Capri Capri Night is a romantic blend of tuberose and gardenia. It retails for $62. This is a beautiful scent, a simple blend of tuberose and jasmine: Profumum Tuberosa. It seems simple but it sexy. It retails for $240.

I love Melissa Flagg fragrances. Many of them are super floral and super feminine. I have tried the perfume oil roll-ons and I am impressed with their portability paired with long-wear. Since I am a sucker for solid fragrances, I was so delighted to see that the line includes solid perfumes. The texture is divine. It is rich, not greasy, harder than most. It feels just like real shea butter because the base is shea and cocoa butter. This means it is never greasy and with the warmth of your touch it evens out smoothly. It wears soft and sensual to the skin. To my surprise it wears for some time in comparison to other solids on the market, like 4/5 hours of wear. The tin is a generous size and sturdy (about the size of a Rosebud salve). And it retails for $16. I find this a steal for what you are getting.

So, I love the formula about as much as I do the perfume oil. Now to the fragrance…Hazel’s is an intoxicating tropical floral of dewy white Hawaiian gardenias. Swoon. It is a romantic fragrance that reminds me of my dream Hawaiian wedding that never happened. Or the dream Hawaiian honeymoon that never happened either. I think of it as the perfect wedding/honeymoon fragrance for a tropical location. I never had that but I can at least pretend that I did when I sniff this fragrance. This is an exotic, humid gardenia with the right amount of pretty sweetness. It is intoxicating and consuming. My husband loves it. It isn’t overly heavy even though it is a sweeter gardenia scent. At first is has a “fruity” component. But, not fruity, it’s the kind of fruitiness that is subtle and what a gardenia has naturally. It then smells of white blossoms mixed with a bit of beachy coconut. This adds some smoothness to the gardenia but it never smells like suntan lotion or like a “beach” product. Overall, this fragrance is the epitome of the tropical gardenia genre. (BTW, there is a native Hawaiian gardenia. I am not familiar with the actual aroma of this plant because it is endangered by habitat loss. Since I am unfamiliar with its aroma, I imagine and want it to smell like this solid.)

Have I mentioned that I love the rich, moisturizing, natural base?

This fragrance is a keeper just like my darling Clementine. I can not wait to give the tropical floral explosion, Mily, a try. This is the fragrance for the tropical gardenia lover, the romantic at heart, the monoi/Hawaiian fragrance lover, those in need of a Hawaiian vacation, and those that like Lucy B. Tropical Gardenia perfume roll onKai perfume oil, Antica Farmacista Ala Moana, Tocca solid parfums, and/or Moyette Paris EDP. These are available at beautyhabit.com.

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If you are a tuberose lover then you will love Tubereuse. If you hate tuberose then you will hate this fragrance. This is a “true” tuberose blend, a real soliflore. Tuberose is the star of this fragrance. I love tuberose so I love this. Plus, the husband is a sucker for the scent and I’ll have to save this one for him. It will definitely make him take Frink the Frug outside, even in the PNW rain. Notes listed include: citron accord, mimosa, tuberosa, tuberose accord, French beeswax, heliotrope, Himalayan cedar, and Tamil Nadu sandalwood. I mainly just smell tuberose (for me this is a great thing). At the initial spritz it is “loud” like tuberose with a hint of citrus. When I say a hint, I mean am itty-bitty hint. Imagine a tuberose ambrosia. It’s a super intoxicating scent. I think nothing says “woman” better than tuberose. If you want to smell, feel, be sexy, reach for a tuberose heavy scent. You’ll stand out from all the predictable and cliche “sexy mama going to the club/bar” scents like Givenchy Hot Couture or Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Hot. My beef with the scent is that for an EDP it wears much more like an EDT.  I can barely smell it on myself after 1.5 hours. At this time it wears very closely to the skin. However, I can’t OD on tuberose like most people. I could bathe myself in Fracas pure parfum and not even notice it…On me Tubereuse smells like a mix of beeswax and tuberose, a bit sweet and faintly floral. Tuberose is a sweeter, tropical, exotic floral scent anyways and this is intensified by the beeswax.  It isn’t so woodsy on me during the dry-down and I can’t catch a whiff of cedar or sandalwood at all. So, it is very tuberose for about an hour. If I want hubby to actually smell this on me, I’m going to have to wait to spritz it right before he walks into the room. (He has a weak nose). Regardless, this is a simple fragrance, very sensual, I mean it is a night-blooming flower.

It retails for $27 for .25 fl.oz. spray at beautyhabit.com. Or you can purchase larger sizes like a 1 oz. EDP $65 on DSH fragrance website. I would say that you would love this if you love tuberose and are looking for a simple, sensual tuberose or if you like Diptyque Do Son, DL & Co. Angel’s Trumpet, L’Artisan Parfumeur Tubereuse, Profumum Tuberosa, Michael Kors EDP, Piguet Fracas, and/or Juicy Couture EDP.


CrazyStick Cologne

I am loving the new Crazylibellule & The Poppies 26 Juin Île d’Yeu solid fragrance (it is now available not only in a cologne but a Crazystick that is equal to 1.7 oz of liquid perfume). It is a must have for summer. It’s the kind of scent I put on and then I can’t stop sniffing myself. I find it very refreshing and very pretty. The new formula is awesome. This product is a winner.

This scent is described as “An exuberant composition fruity aldehyde fragrances, harboring a diaphanous olfactive folly“. It is a fruity aldehyde fragrance that truly embodies summer with it’s productive fruit trees, greenness, and flowering rose bushes. If I had to remember my summer in one scent, this would be it. This is how I want to remember it. Fruiting, productive, lush, green, and romantic. Also, I love this blend because it is truly a modern French aldehyde. It has the class of a classic French aldehyde by Chanel or Rochas but it is truly modern, light, and wearable at any time. I don’t think this is an easy task to pull off but Crazylibellule has done it. This scent has a complexity and for a solid it wears like a spray.

First the fragrance is fruity but not in a typical fruity way. It isn’t like most of the “fruit” fragrances on the market. It doesn’t smell like a lollipop. It is more like fruit, unripe, but ripening on the tree. It is very green and effervescent thanks to the aldehydes. I can smell unripe plums, ripe peaches and oranges, a mix of mouth watering fuzziness and bitter orange peel. I can smell those like they are still on the trees. You get a leafy, green note. It’s a refreshing fruity fragrance, almost champagne like at times. I get the faintness of rose. The rose is not stealing the show and it doesn’t wear like an old-fashioned or heavy rose scent. Enough rose is there to make it romantic and feminine. The rose is accompanied by the faintest of citrus blossoms. The dry down after about 2 hours of wear is soft, slightly fruity but with more woods and musk. But, not heavy, still very appropriate for summer. Like leaves and tree bark and a hint of “skin”.

The formula is awesome. I bought a green tea and jasmine solid perfume in Germany with this base and I loved it and couldn’t find it in the U.S. It is a transparent formula, not waxy at all. It is ultra-smooth and wears for a long time. It is less “balmy” and more “glossy” but not a bit heavy or greasy. I love this new formula which is also paraben and alcohol free. The packaging ,like all the line’s other products, is adorable. Described as “a landscape garden scenery where words and flowers tangle.”The packaging has a bit of sheen unlike the other Crazysticks.

I love this scent. I’ve been getting compliments on it all week. It’s pleasant, light, effervescent. It’s perfect for summer. It reminds me of our backyard which has rose bushes filled with blooms, ripening plum and peach trees, and lots of foliage and bit of sea air. This is how I want to remember summer, plentiful. This is the kind of fragrance that I will take out in mid-winter to remind me of the pleasures of summer. It retails for under $20 and it is available at b-glowing.com.

This fragrance is what the name implies. It is a rich, warm, and seductive scent. The packaging is perfect and contains a skull and crossbones, suggesting the poisonous side of the product. (Who doesn’t love the antiquarian styled packaging?) Initially I wasn’t attracted to the product despite its cool packaging. To be honest, I found the name dull and boring. “Sexy” is an overused and bastardized word. I mean if it is being used by some slimy designer on HGTV to describe a ceiling fan, then it is dead. Yep, dead is “sexy”.

However, I am so pleased that I was talked into and had a chance to try this fragrance. Dead Sexy is warm and comforting without being overly sweet. It is perfect for these chilly and drizzly and moody western Washington days. This fragrance is the epitome of the “modern woods” fragrance genre. In the beginning this fragrance is a high quality vanilla liquor and a dry, rare woods blend. It is almost oud-ish but less abrasive. It has a bit of a smokiness which is what I think makes this so sexy. It reminds me of being in an Old World “bordello” filled with the abstract incense smoke and fine wooden furniture and the softest linens, surrounded by ebony panels. It’s luxe and goth in An Interview With A Vampire way. Once it starts to dry down, it is more of a “woods” scent. The vanilla is there but it isn’t as “liquory”.  The vanilla is smoky and incensey. It just smells of a melange of  rich and slightly sweet “modern” woods. These woods aren’t dirty. They are round and robust and very feminine. There is the faintest aroma of delicate white petals. It smells more like your in this “bordello” and you pick up a whiff of little white flowers in a vase next to a candelabra filled with burning candles. The florals are there but almost ghostly, you catch their cold “feeling” every now and then amongst the warm woods. In fact, this blend is a great balance of “warm” and “cool” like a rich mahogany bed with crisp, smooth sheets. It has a mix of exotic and precious woods, smoky vanilla, rich amber-like resins, and a dash of flirty petals. It’s a beautiful thing, really. This scent reminds me of vampy Theda Bara. This is a must have fragrance for all the real-life vamps and working goths out there.

This fragrance is a sexy (not my favorite adjective but fitting for this scent) scent that isn’t overwhelming like most “modern woods”. I wear it during the day. It is soft but very rich and bewitching. It wears closely to the skin for a few hours. I say about 4-5 hours of wear. It contains notes of deep vanilla, exotic wood, white orchid, and ebony. I would say to give this one a try if you like dry woodsy scents, Tom Ford Oud Wood,  Tom Ford White Patchouli, Estee Lauder Sensuous, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Nanette Lepore Nanette, Prada EDP, Calvin Klein Euphoria, and/or Laura Mercier Minuit Enchanté.

The 1 ounce spray retails for $28 (a steal) and can be purchased at b-glowing.com.

Even though there are like a hundred of these Crazylibellule and The Poppies solid fragrance perfumes on the market, I am determined to have them all. They’re cheap, portable, and most importantly, they smell expensive. My recent addition to my solid perfume collection has been Aux Anges (On Cloud Nine) from the Les Divines Alcôves collection. All you need to know about it is that it smells like jasmine, no matter what else it claims to have in it (bergamot, ylang-ylang, tangerine, jasmine and more jasmine). It’s a pretty strong and authentic smelling jasmine (it is not as strong as L’Aromarine Jasmin). This jasmine is still pungent but wears closely to the skin in this solid form. I love the scent of jasmine and I give this a thumbs up. It isn’t fussy, it’s intimate and  it is sooo feminine. It is a star in the Divines collection. Les Divines Alcôves was a collection that was supposed to represent love and meetings. It is a very soft, polished, and romantic scent. It reminds me of late 50’s bridal magazines because it is so polished and it is so keen on selling romance. It’s trying to sell devotion and monogamy to a generation that is starting to care less (I’m pointing to you candy scented fragrances). It’s a flirty white floral bouquet housed in a butter yellow poppy printed cardboard tube. It’s amazing considering that it goes for $16 and the only other option you have in that range is like Aquolina Pink Sugar glitter or Malibu Musk. Do pick one up from beautyhabit.com.