Atelier Cologne Cafe Tuberosa

After a few months of marinating in Self-Pity and Work and Responsibility, I’m really happy to finally smell something that ruminates in my mind so much that I really wanted to write about it.


Photo from Sephora

I had this one hyped up to the heavens for me on Sniffapalooza Fall Ball Sunday in 2017. (Yeah I actually started this review last year. Whoops.) I usually hate things that are hyped up so pre-sniff. My mind was already countering every single bit of praise being heaped upon this fragrance.

Someone said it was wonderful for coffee lovers? I decided it was probably sickly sweet like a lot of coffee fragrances can be, because for some reason a lot of people really like that.

Someone said the tuberose was super balanced and didn’t take over? I decided that meant that the florals took a back seat after the initial sniff.

Someone said that I’d really like it? Uh, okay you don’t know me like that.

But as it happens they did know me like that.  Read More

Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires

Okay so I disappeared again for a month. Whoops! I’ve been working hard for money to afford books and perfume remember? I’ll post some of the fruits of my labor later this week.

I received a decant of Myrrhe et Delires as one of those fruits.


Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires

The little cap on top of my decant smells like what violet candy tastes like to most young people: violets, vanilla, resin, and soap.

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Imaginary Authors: Stories II


Here comes installment two! In my previous post about Imaginary Authors, I decided that for these fragrances I would do something different and write some short stories based on what comes up when I smell them. These stories are based on a vigilante concept that Mr. Chokkattu and I discuss whenever someone who’s a waste of space shows up on the news, and the style hopefully smacks of Brandon Sanderson as well as a tiny hint of Haruki Murakami perhaps. Hope you enjoy!

Cape Heartache: pine, oak, embers, strawberries, vanilla Read More

Jo Malone Rain Series – Rain and Angelica

As promised!

When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread:
Come live, and be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of “Ha, ha, he!”

– Laughing Song, William Blake

Jo Malone Rain Series
Rain and Angelica

Wet: citrus, floral, vetiver, a little pepper
Dry: vetiver, pepper, citrus, floral, water

This is definitely a more feminine leaning fragrance. A big punch of floral, tempered little by the warm, almost powdery vetiver and bright lime in it. In fact, the last two really just serve to highlight the angelica on me. Very floral heavy. And actually less aquatic on my skin than Black Cedarwood and Juniper. Definitely more dewy than rainy in my head, but it’s perfectly pleasant.

It’s not quite for me because it’s a little too sweet. The lime fades away too fast for me to really enjoy the juxtaposition. It’s still a lovely scent, and I can see this on someone whose favorite season is spring and also stirs honey into their tea.

Versus Blue Jean by Versace for Men

Fragrance review #2: Versace/Versus Blue Jeans for Men

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I prefer scents marketed towards guys much of the time, and the Blue Jeans is no exception; in fact, it’s one of my favorite day time I’m-trying-to-be-a-sophisticated-business-chit scent. I generally find the ones marketed towards women too sweet or smell too old for my baby face, and they don’t seem to work on my skin as well as some of the spicier male scents do. I will, however, do a review soon on the female-marketed scents I enjoy eventually, because they definitely do exist!

Now, Blue Jeans is a little weird at first, soapy on first open, with a weird, light sprinkle of violet sugar on top. There’s a hint of wood, but it’s mostly an odd lemon pepper flavor with the floral sweetness up top. It smells a little like mixing Sprite and Dr. Pepper.

On my skin, it’s immediately peppery, woody, musky, and citrus-y. It dries down into a woody floral on me with a spritz of lime and it’s quite interesting and distinctive. The sandalwood comes through as a touch of sweetness. It’s really quite nice. I’ve found that it lasts fairly long on my skin, up to 6-7 hours or so. I wear it basically every day and am thoroughly happy with it!