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Perfume Review: Cartier Declaration

I got a sample of Cartier Declaration from  Sephora and I’m surprised by it.



The bottle looks a bit strange. I’m not sure I would even want to display it. To me this smells like a men’s fragrance. I associate spicy fragrances with cologne, but this is marketed as a perfume. Cartier created this scent with aprox. 1 millions notes in it. I can’t smell most of them in this though. The cardamom and bitter orange are very strong, but the cedar evens the bitterness out. When it’s wet the caraway is strong, but upon drydown the bitter orange because the dominant note. I love this fragrance for men, but it’s not for me.

tl;dr: 5/5 spicy and smooth citrus



Perfume Review: Rosabotanica

I got the March VIB gift from Sephora early and I’m so glad. It’s a Balenciaga gift box with a square scarf and a small sample of the new Rosabotanica by Cristobal Balenciaga. I am in love with this new scent. I might need a full-size.


I’m in love with this scent. I MAYBE bought the full-size in between writing this post and editing. In bottle it smells exactly like Florabotanica which I hated, but on skin it’s completely different. It’s a nice even mix of fig and rose. It’s not my favorite tea rose. It’s more like a Damask Rose absolute. This scent is a combo of Imogen Rose by Lush and Philosykos by Diptyque. This all sits on top of a beautiful woodsy middle featuring vetiver. I always thought I didn’t like vetiver, but it works beautifully in this scent. It’s a strong scent with moderate to soft sillage so it’s perfect for work and other places where humans gather.

tl;dr: 5/5 woodsy and deep rose/fig scent.

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Did y’all know about Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfumes? This is mostly Claire’s fault. It’s actually entirely Claire’s fault.

You all know I have a slight problem with perfumes. A friend recently introduced me to BPAL. I’ve been debating for over a week now on which scents to try out so I’m bringing it to the streets (of the internet). The streets I was raised on.

Here’s the list of samples I got.

  • Bordello –  Bawdy plum with amaretto, burgundy wine and black currant.
  • Deep In Earth – Rose geranium, Spanish moss, Irish yew, and graveyard dirt.
  • The Ghost –  White iris, osmanthus, Calla lily, tomb-crawling ivy and a coffin spray of gladiolus, lisianthus and delphinium.
  • Lucy’s Kiss – The gentle scent of rose and a blend of Victorian spices.
  • Dana O’Shee – Offerings of milk, honey and sweet grains.
  • Sea of Glass – A scent of inimitable purity, crystalline grace, and limitless light.

I got one full sized bottle of Dawn: Maiden. This scent is based of a comic book series I have no idea anything about at all. But it sounded great!

  • Dawn:Maiden – Tea roses, honeysuckle, heliotrope, olive blossom, milk, and honey.

I’m thinking about getting this full size next. It’s called Fairy Bites and it’s part of the Labyrinth collection.

  • Fairy Bites – Osmanthus and raw honey with lavender, chamomile, white peppermint, raspberry, honeysuckle, thyme, bergamot, and Dracula orchid.

Have you ever tried BPAL? You have to check out her site here.

Miss Dior by Dior

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This will come as no surprise to those of you who  know me well. I tend to get obsessive over silly things. Books. Cats. Marine Animal Trivia. It’s a serious problem. Thanks to this amazing article by Hannah from, I’m ready to announce my not-so-secret obsession to the world (all 10 of you) .  I have a perfume problem. It’s very important!. You have to match your perfume to your mood, the season even your outfit. Would you wear Miss Dior to a concert? I didn’t think so.

So here’s the part when I do the same thing I do with every other obsession: babble constantly about it. I’ve got more perfume than I care to admit in my collection. Here’s a highlight of my very favorite scents and my unreasonable attachment to each.

1. Miss Dior by Dior

Miss Dior by Dior

Look at the bottle! LOOK AT THE BOTTLE! Isn’t that enough? The ultra chic silver bow is the most adorable accent to the simple bottle. It’s so classy you should put it on your mantle. And as an added bonus, it smells good. It’s carefree and girly. This is the scent you should wear when you’re running through a field covered in butterflies. It’s a subtle citrus with vanilla and jasmine. The citrus fades quickly and leaves behind a beautiful innocent scent. This was also the first major gift Marc gave me as my husband. I realize I could interpret this as “now that we’re married you can’t smell bad anymore. ” I asked very specifically for this perfume. He not only listened to my constant talking about this scent, he bought the perfect Dior gift for me. It was really thoughtful and I feel newlywed happiness every time I wear it.

2. L De Lolita by Lolita Lempicka

L de Lempicka

Don’t be fooled by the bottle. This smells nothing like the ocean at all. It has this deep ginger, orange, amber scent. This perfume stays like nothing else. More than two sprays and you’ll smell like a Yankee candle store. If I were to ever pick a signature scent, this would be it. I almost never wear this during the summer or spring.

3. Juicy Couture and Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture PerfumeViva La Juicy


These are my go-to scents. Juicy Couture is a bit more powdery and floral so I wear that one more in Spring. Viva La Juicy is berries, mandarin and honeysuckle so it’s best for Summer. I will pretty much buy anything with a honeysuckle scent. Anything. These aren’t the most sophisticated or unique perfumes but they are my everyday.

Because I clearly don’t have enough perfume I really want another. I have my heart set on Chloe.

Chloe Perfume


Once upon a time I fell in love with Chloe Rosebud. Then it went out of season and I have non-buyer’s remorse. It’s probably an illness. No perfume could possibly live up to my expectations of a rose scent. Except Chloe Rosebud. Since the object of my affection is no longer available I’ll have to settle with the amazing Chloe. Worth $65? I’m not sure yet.