This is a home scent for the white floral lover. This scent is loaded with “exotic” white florals. This fragrant candle is like tropical, heady white floral bomb. It is sweet and slightly spicy for a white floral blend. It fills my house with a spicy tuberose and sweet, humid gardenia. I don’t get too much of the fern but this scent is much “cooler” than most tropical floral blends. So, I would say that the fern and lily of the valley are there but I can’t pick up on it since the tropical florals are pretty loud. I think those two subdued notes add a watery, humid element. For some reason, this fragrance reminds of Juicy Couture EDP (the “original”). I think because it is a sweet, creamy, humid tropical floral. So to sum this scent up- It’s a rich, humid, sweet tropical white floral. It is a heavy scent. I can see how some could find this one overwhelming. I like the scent. I don’t crave a scent this humid all of the time, but I do like it occasionally.

I do like the candle. It is very fragrant and it can fragrance my entire house. The candle burns evenly. The scent is throughout the candle. Oh, and the packaging is nice. Many sizes are available. So you can get just a little or a lot of a heavy champaca home scent.

Notes listed include champaca bloom, fresh fern leaf, muguet, and gardenia.

This is a candle to try if you like heavy tuberose and gardenia scents and you want your living space to smell the same as perfumes like Juicy Couture EDP, Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia EDP, Urban Rituelle Tahitian Gardenia EDP, Antica Farmacista Ala Moana EDP, Yosh White Flowers Parfum, and/or Tom Ford Private Blends Champaca Absolute.

Prices and sizes vary. It is available at b-glowing.com and CandleDelirium.

Ylang-ylang is a note that I have learned to love. It’s tenacity always turned me off. I never felt like I could pull-off such a heady, floral note. As I’ve “matured” to put it nicely, I’ve realized that I can pull-off ylang-ylang. If you can pull-off jasmine than you can do ylang-ylang. It’s a special fragrance, very exotic for me since I’ve shunned it for so many years. Here is a very brief ylang-ylang fragrance guide with varying price points.

Budget Ylang-Ylang Scents: Lush Flower Market Perfume is an old-fashioned blend of ylang-ylang, carnation, and violets. I like the scent but I get so overwhelmed in Lush markets that I can’t pull this apart. So, I assume that I really like this natural blend. The 1.3 oz goes for about $40. Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs EDT is a floral blend with ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose, and lilies. It’s a nice scent that unfortunately now is seen as old-fashioned. The 1.7 oz. spray goes for under $50. Demeter PMU in Ylang Ylang is a pure, tropical, short-wearing soliflore. The 1 oz spray goes for $20. Demter PMUs also make nice linen/room sprays. Nuts Cream Perfume in Ylang Ylang d’Amore (not pictured)  is a nourishing cream perfume that is heavy on this tropical, romantic floral in a moisturizing solid form. It goes for $12. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Ars Amatoria Suspiro is a intoxicating white floral blend with exotic white blossoms and dainty lilies. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Excolo Skuld is a sweet and sticky ylang-ylang with honey and resins. (Both are not pictured and retail for $15 for .5 oz oil).

Moe Expensive Ylang-Ylang Scents: Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang-Ylang EDP is a warm, rich, sexy ylang-ylang based scent. It’s a nice modern oriental. The 2.5 oz spray goes for $135. There is a pure parfum with a breathtaking bottle that costs much more and I haven’t had the opportunity to sample it. Tom Ford Private Blends Musk Pure EDP goes for $180 for 1.7 oz. Imagine a ylang-ylang, tonka, and musk and you have this. I like it for a floral musk scent. The ylang-ylang feels almost powdery against the musk. A more floral ylang-ylang based scent is Henry Dunay Sabi EDP. It has floral notes of ylang-ylang, rose, and jasmine. It retails for $110 for 1.7 oz. Annick Goutal Songes EDT is a tropical floral blend of ylang-ylang, frangipani, jasmine with a dry-down of vanilla. The 1.7 oz retails for $80.

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.

So far, I am really loving Les Garçonnes fragrance collection. Pompon Gardenia is an amazing heady white floral blend with sweet lime. This is one of my favorite white florals ever. I love a super feminine white floral and this is a winner with its blend of gardenia, lilies, and lime.

I assume that the inspiration for Pompon Gardenia was François Pompon, a 20’s era sculptor and Rodin’s assistant. I’ve always remembered him for his sleek chouettes. But, it could just be pompon as a fashion accessory. I don’t know for sure and I really don’t care. I love the sleek and portable, ecological cardboard packaging. It’s a lovely poppy print with rich green and mauve. I peeled a bunch of ’36 era wallpaper in my rehab home that reminded me of this print and color scheme.

At first Pompon Gardenia is a lush, humid white gardenia. There is a faint aroma of watermelon and gardenia. This doesn’t smell like a Jolly Rancher watermelon hard candy or too fruity. It just adds a humid quality to the gardenia, something that is more a sweet aquatic quality than just “aquatic”. It’s more “watermelon rind”, a bit green and fresh, bitter and sweet,  and what is keeping it from being like a candy-esque body spray. The sweet lime is an amazing touch to this blend. I love limes for their tart fruitiness and slight sweetness. We always have them around the kitchen. I love the smell that they leave on my hands. It is very beautiful and I always thought it would be perfect with a heady floral. Pompon Gardenia has a very pleasant slightly bitter but mostly sweet type of lime. I’m talking you smell the entire little sweet lime, including zest and juicy pulp. It’s beautiful. All of these fruits mix with dainty white lily of the valley (very understated in comparison) and big, white gardenias. Gardenia works very well with these fruits because gardenia has a slightly fruity aroma anyways. Eventually, the fragrance becomes a strong gardenia fragrance with a sweet lime twist, the watermelon rind fades, so do the other dainty white flowers. After a bit of wear, you pick up on the faintest and mildest tobacco ever. In fact the 1st few weeks that I wore this, I could barely pick up on it. It has been many, many years since I smelled the warmness and hay like quality of dried, light tobacco. I ended up wearing this one day in the summer and my husband drug me to a cigar shop. There I smelled the lovely jars of various flavored and unflavored tobacco. I smelled some that the owner referred to as “mild” and “blonde”. I could then smell this ever so slightly in this solid fragrance blend. It is faint and definitely overshadowed by the white florals. It does add some much needed warmth to the blend. Don’t let the tobacco fool you. This is not a smoky blend, “dry”,  nor is it even close to being masculine. This is a pretty girl wearing an old-fashioned gardenia perfume oil and red lipstick in a quaint tobacco shop. That’s it.

This fragrance isn’t what I expected it to be. When I read the notes when it was launched, I was thinking of something much more dry, smokier with a  less fruity gardenia, and maybe the kind of sweet lime wedge that has been swimming in honey colored whiskey. I was thinking something to wear in cooler weather. I was thinking of a sexy but desperate 20’s lady at a smoky bar with messy, uneven pin-curls. This is much more feminine, alive, pretty, and almost coy. It’s much more 40’s cheesecake pin-up. It is glowing with a bright red lipstick smile exposing more than pearly whites. It’s perfect like a Vargas created girl. Like I said, it wasn’t what I expected but it is something that I really like. I am happy that I bought it. It’s fairly simple aquatic gardenia with lime with a very slight tobacco dry warmth.

It retails for about $16 and is available at b-glowing.com and beautyhabit.com. It’s a great price, cute vintage packaging, and wears for a few hours without any touch-ups. I’m touching up my red lipstick more frequently than this stuff.

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.


The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Oh, the ever so popular L’Eau D’Issey! This fragrance has a cult following and I smell it on people all the time when I am out and about. It’s good that I don’t find it offensive! It’s a very popular aquatic floral and I remember for a few years there all of my girlfriends wore it. So it has taken me so many years to revisit this scent because I was so tired of it. I brought out a sample of it a few days ago. It’s a pretty scent. I’m not a fan of “aquatic” scents but I can handle this one (on other people) and as far as that genre goes, this is one of the best.

Issey is very, very floral at initial spritz (and throughout wear). It’s filled with humid, aquatic flowers. They are dainty and seem to have the most fragile of petals. These notes are listed as lotus, freesia, cyclamen, rose water, fresh peonies, carnation, and white lilies. If you are afraid of florals then leave this scent alone. It is heavy on them. I would say the floral that stands out most to me is the freesia and cyclamen. I can “feel” the lotus. This floral bouquet seems to create an atmosphere of water garden flowers. You just feel the humidity from them and you can almost see the sweating paper-thin petals. It’s an exotic fragrance (if you don’t live in a hot, wet tropical climate) because it smells like “jungle” flowers to me because they are so fragrant and so wet. The company describes it as “when Flower meets Water”. It wears very floral for a very long time.  Other notes in this fragrance include: precious woods, osmanthus, tuberose, amberseed, and musk. After hours and hours, no kidding, I can pick up a faint trace of the musk and woods, but their companions are still strong florals.

I can’t wear this fragrance. It gives me a headache. It is an attack of aquatic florals that doesn’t ever cease. That being said, for an EDT this wears for a long time. I also think it wears nicely on other people and it doesn’t bother me on them. It is just too much to be on my body. If you love lingering complex floral scents then you’ve found your soul mate with this one. If you want a long-lasting floral than this is it too.

I would say that you would like this if you like aquatic/fresh florals Estee Lauder White Linen (and all of its spin-offs), Demeter Rain, CK Eternity, Davidoff Cool Water, Susanne Lang Lotus Blossom, Armani Acqua di Gio, Lollia Imagine, and/or Avon Haiku. The EDT comes in 3 major sizes: a small .8 oz $44, 1.6 oz $65, and a 3.4 oz $89. Sephora has a roller-ball available for $22 that is nice for giving it a try and travel. *Currently available at fragrancenet.com.


L’Eau D’Issey Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.3 Oz by Issey Miyake

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

This is one of my all time favorite florals. It is bold and old-fashioned but strangely very wearable. It is everything that I love. I love heavy, almost bitter florals such as jasmine and tuberose.It has notes of sweet honeysuckle and tart orange blossom. It is a white floral bomb and it has a tendency to wear you which I have no problem with. This is a fragrance that demands attention. It is a “woman” fragrance. It smells so feminine but not “flirty”. This scent isn’t frivolous. This is for a woman that knows what she wants. She knows she is attractive and sexual and she isn’t being coy about it for one minute. And she isn’t being trashy about. She isn’t a bimbo putting Revlon Fire & Ice lipstick stained cigarette butts out into her bourbon, she is elegant and refined even if she is sipping on brown liquor.

The top notes are citrusy but only in a floral citrus way such as an elegant orange blossom way. This is not that “fruity” type of citrus. This is more of a scented viognier kind of citrus. In fact, this fragrance reminds me very much of a viognier with its white florals and hints of honeysuckle and citrus blossoms. I’ve always wanted to have a bar with all of the drinks inspired by fragrances, but that is another story. You start to smell gardenia like notes, shortly a jasmine and tuberose bomb goes off. It has that ripe bitterness. It is beautiful. There is a short blast of sweet honeysuckle. Minutes later it goes back to the jasmine and tuberose. It stays this way for a long time but it becomes grounded by faint hints of warm woods. It isn’t too woody, it remains floral throughout the entire wear. It’s an elegant thing really.

My husband goes nuts for this one. There is nothing subtle with this fragrance. My husband’s sense of smell is not as sharp as mine and I find he doesn’t take very well to “hints”, he needs a fragrance to be all up in his space. He isn’t the only male that loves it. I’ll wear it out and I can tell that it turns heads.  Occasionally a gentlemen that doesn’t understand unspoken social rules may ask me about it. That’s fine with me. I’ve had a few South American ladies actually ask me if I was wearing Carolina Herrera, we’d talk shortly in the grocery line about the love of the fragrance and how it isn’t subtle. They’d share stories about how their hubby purchased them the pure parfum in the late 80’s and how badly they wish they could get their hands on that again. I can only imagine how glamorous and amazing the pure parfum must be.

The bottle is simple, not one of my favorites. The only thing nice I have to say is that I love Carolina’s font. I just find the bottle dull for such a glam fragrance. The box is polka-dot, one of Carolina’s favorite prints. Carolina should know a feminine fragrance, she is a queen of dresses. I would say that you would love this if you loved jasmine and tuberose based fragrances such as Piguet Fracas , Patou Joy, Micheal Kors, Marc Jacobs, Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Jasmine, Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia, Tocca Cleopatra, Chantecaille Le Jasmin,  Guerlain Jardin de Bagatelle, and/or Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Orange. The 1.7 ounce EDP retails for $66 and the 3.4 ounce for $90. I know that when I run out, I will repurchase. *Currently available at fragrancenet.com.


Carolina Herrera Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 Oz by Carolina Herrera

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

Coty Muguet des Bois is one of my all time favorite spring scents. It’s not too complicated and it isn’t expensive. It’s an old school fragrance from 1936. It usually retails for $18.50 for 1.8 ounces and trust me if you shop around you can get it for about $10. This fragrance is green, fresh, floral, and “wet”. It is a wonderful interpretation of wild lily-of-the-valley blossoms heavily hanging down because they are drenched in dew. It has that certain wild “muguet” quality. “Muguet” flowers are some of my favorite. They require little maintenance, spread rapidly, and produce so much fragrance for such small blossoms. Most bloom early on, just when I need to be reminded of life after long winters. At first spray, this fragrance is very green (aldehyde but not in a “dead” way like No. 5 or Mitsouko). It smells very floral and very wild lily. It is very “alive” and feminine. It smells a bit aquatic and very fresh. It quickly becomes “floral” and smells of wildflowers.It is a great fragrance for those that appreciate and know what lily of the valley smells like. This scent is not complicated. It is pretty straight forward, a soliflore with touches of “green”. It is spring with a hint of forest floor.

It only makes sense that I love this fragrance since the nose was Henri Robert, the man that brought us the Chanel Cristalle EDT and Chanel No. 19, two of my all time favorite summer fragrances. However, I find Muguet des Bois much easier to wear. It seems much more “modern” as well. It is hard to believe that it is was created so long ago. (Even though we all know that formulas do change through the eras.)

It is an EDT so it doesn’t wear very long. It wears for about 2 hours and I wish that it would wear longer because I love the simplicity and the freshness of this fragrance. It fresh but so feminine. The bottle isn’t so great. It has a cheap plastic “crown” shaped cap and a sorry label. But, I could care less. The fragrance is so good and it doesn’t cost much. Now if I paid $70 for it I would complain. It is available at fragrancenet.com for a great price!