Confessions of a Rebel B*tch, Please Perfume Review

Let’s hear it for strategic placement.

I feel like it has been forever and a day since I have posted a perfume review. They arrive, I wear them I make notes and then I get distracted by something shiny like a befuddled magpie spotting an aluminium can.

This particular perfume came to me via my Scentbird subscription.  It is a monthly perfumes subscription in which you receive 0.27 ounces of a particular scent (you get to choose the ones you want and set up your queue. It costs $14.95 per month and while the first perfume comes with a reusable travel sprayer, the subsequent ones come in the above pictured strategically placed cardboard tube. Sometimes I end up choosing a great scent, other times I am let down, but either way I have a month’s supply of any particular scent I order to use and decide if I want to invest in a full bottle. If you like perfume, you can easily see how much money this saves. Now I only buy the perfumes I know I will wear based on the fact that I did wear them for a month rather than just a few spritzes from a tiny sample where I hope for the best.

Admittedly sometimes, my selections aren’t the best. I can actually lose myself for hours just reading the descriptions.  The words draw me in every time and I find myself thinking, oh yes that is the sort of exotic life…er perfume that attracts me.

Those marketing folks are good.

Admittedly, I also collect a lot of books about the incense and spice trade of yore too. 

Go figure?

This scent was from the Brand Confessions of a Rebel. I’ve purchased form them before and in general like their scents. Their descriptions are less romantically inclined and tend to match their fragrance names actually.

So what did Confessions of a Rebel have to say about this scent B*tch, Please?

In-your-face fruit notes like blackcurrant mingle with jasmine petals, weaving a decadent web tinged with an element of sass. Bold, brash, and unafraid to bare it all, creamy sandalwood and skin musk evoke a carefree, confident kind of vibe. You know exactly who you are, and you are, in fact, the f*cking boss.

Confessions of a Rebel

Okay so perhaps this time, the marketing wasn’t designed to whisk me off to far off locales.  As much as I love perfume descriptions it was the scent combination that got me and the knowledge that it is a good brand. It is supposed to have notes of Black Currant, Jasmine, Sandalwood and musk. To me, the combination sounded delightful. 

In fact, it is quite delightful.  There is a juicy fruitiness that is more earthy than sweet.  There are light floral notes from the jasmine that are tempered by the spice of sandalwood.  It is very well balanced and I loved spraying it on my wrist.  There is something clean and fresh about it, and yes, something a little powerful. 

My only problem is that it doesn’t last long.  You have an hour, two tops before the scent fades.  I don’t know if that is meant to be a metaphor or not. I do know that I like the perfume and despite the fading scent, I will consider this a possibility for a full purchase.  It is a scent I wouldn’t wear to work expecting a full day of wear out of it, but something I would keep in my purse to spritz as I was leaving the building to meet someone or just before I left the house for dinner out.  I think the scent would be fine for a dinner out actually as it stays close to the skin instead of spreading out to clash with the scent of the meal. 

Name and description aside, it is  a very seductive scent.

But then again, they say power is seductive too.

I may wear this out, but I think I would also wear it for a night in. It’s just that sort of scent.

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Reviewing Bella Rosa by Oscar de la Renta

This fragrance was one of my Scentbox subscriptions. For those who don’t know, Scentbox is a monthly perfume subscription service that sends a 0.27 ounce spray bottle full of scent to subscribers each month for $14.95.  Each month they give you a metal traveling case with the spray vial of perfume. These tubes are reusable and I often re use them with Scentbird perfumes as those are the same size but do not come with a travel case each month (you can order them separately, but I have extra so I don’t bother.)

In addition each perfume earns you a Scentbucks credit which you can save to use in the purchase of a full bottle of perfume which they do sell on their site as well. Each monthly sample ends up with about $2.24 in scentbucks earned, which can over time lower the cost of a perfume.  In the meantime I am trying all different scents to see what perfume it is I want to order. 

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The perfume I tried this month was Bella Rosa by Oscar de la Renta. On the site its description reads…

Bella Rosa by Oscar de la Renta is a Chypre Floral fragrance for women. Bella Rosa was launched in 2019. The nose behind this fragrance is Harry Fremont. Top notes are pink pepper, freesia and mandarin orange. Middle notes are pink rose, jasmine and orris. Base notes are patchouli, sandalwood and amber.

As far as perfume descriptions go, this one was not as intriguing as they usually are.  Typically perfume descriptions try to whisk you off onto an exotic holiday or a more fanciful life then you’ve ever dreamed of having. This one saw no reason to do so.  It was in my recommendations though so I added it to my queue and this month it’s turn came about.

I will say the scent is perfect for this time of year.  It is lightly floral but not cloyingly sweet. It is delicate and feminine and reminds me that all these rains we’ve been having lately are leading into growth and life. It is an excellent pick me up for a dreary day.

It does however not last long.  On skin the scent lasts maybe an hour or two before fading to nothingness.  It lasts much longer on cloth though so if you spray your shirt instead of your skin you can still get teasers of the scent throughout the day.  While I wasn’t happy with the length of time it lasted, I did enjoy the scent, especially now.  It has a calming sort of effect on me. When I inhale and close my eyes I can picture people in ball gowns and jewels in an old black and white movie where nothing truly bad ever happens.  It’s one of the funny movies rather than the more angst filled ones.  This is the scent you can almost see the dancing ladies wearing as their silks whisper across the dance floor.  It is that kind of scent.

See this is what happens when the perfume company doesn’t provide me with a fanciful description. I make one up myself.  Still I think that describes what the scent of the perfume sort of embodies.

I don’t know if I would buy this again.  Currently I am enjoying using it.  I find it soothing and pretty, but I am not happy with its duration.  It’s not a definite no though either.  Usually with perfumes I am very much a yes or no sort of person.  This one may actually be my first maybe. I have to say the bottle is absolutely beautiful and definitely something I could see on my perfume shelf. And as vain and shallow of me as that sounds, I like pretty bottles. I won’t buy it just for the bottle, but as I am already on the fence it may sway me towards a future purchase. For now, I like the Oscar de la Renta Bella Rosa. Whether or not a bottle ends up in my collection is to be determined later.


Perfume Review: Euphoria Blush by Calvin Klein

This sample of Euphoria Blush by Calvin Klein was sent to me by Influenster for the purpose of review

I’ll be honest, when looking for perfumes, Calvin Klein doesn’t always spring to the top of my mind.  I think I associate most CK scents with something fresh and sporty. But when Influnster sent me a small sample to try, I was game. 

I have to say, it has been a while since I used one of the really small spray samples instead of the month long sample supply as sent from Scentbox and Scentbird. However as I always give perfumes a week of trial before I make my decision and the small vial did have enough perfume for the week, I was able to do a regular review on it.

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I have to say I was surprised by how much I really liked it.   But first a little about the perfume.

According to the product page listed on the ULTA website…

Embrace love’s passionate journey. Inspired by the temptation of falling in love, Euphoria Blush Eau de Parfum by Calvin Klein is an enchanting fragrance. Fresh and intoxicating florals evoke passionate desires, creating a seductive and addictive scent. A rich heart of rose, jasmine, and orchid layers over a warm and sensual base of amber and patchouli. A hint of chocolate pairs with raspberry top notes to inspire the sensation of a guilty pleasure, an exploration into emotions and lust. Updated in subtle pink blush, the signature Euphoria bottle is sleek and sophisticated with a curved contour.

Fragrance Notes: Top – raspberries, pink pepper, blackberries; Middle – rose, orchid, jasmine; Base – chocolate, patchouli, cashmere wood

It is a very feminine scent.  The orchid, rose and jasmine provide sweet florals while the raspberry provides a little tart to balance it out.  I think the base notes are less scents and more of a way to ground the florals and fruit and keep it from being too cloyingly sweet.

I will say I think it is more of an evening scent than a day one.  Something about it seems a bit more sensual than office friendly.  It comes on strong when you first apply it so I would recommend applying it about half an hour before you actually plan to leave the house so it has a chance to settle down.  Once it does, it becomes a soft feminine scent. Just let it relax first.

I think my biggest problem with this scent is its staying power.  It doesn’t really have one.  After about four hours there is barely a discernable trace when you hold your wrist directly up to your nose. It lasts a little longer on clothing than it does on skin I’ve noticed, so if you are a person who spritzes their clothing rather than their skin, you might find it lasts longer.

Over all I think it is a great scent and I am sad that one week of steady use rather depleted my small vial of scent.  I don’t know if a larger sample is offered on either Scentbird of Scentbox but I think I might check.  That way I can give it a full month of wear to determine if I really want to spend the $98 for the full bottle.  I can say that at the moment it seems like a definite contender for space in my perfume collection. Thanks Influenster for letting me try something I might not have picked up on my own.


Perfume Review: Dream Fragrance by Catherine Malandrino

Fragrance sample of Dream sent in an IPSY subscription box

The perfume I’ve been wearing this week came courtesy of the February IPSY box and is the Dream Fragrance by Catherine Malandrino.  I’ll admit I’ve heard the name, but never tried any of her fragrances.  When I went to look it up, I found many wonderful sounding scents and I could feel the perfume marketers going to work on me. I was pulled down a rabbit hole and as a consequence several of her perfumes are now on my list to see about adding to either Scentbird or Scentbox for later trials.

Oddly enough though, I had a really hard time finding this particular fragrance and had to instead return to IPSY to get a description and details. I’m not sure it is an exclusive to IPSY, if it is not currently offered anywhere at the moment or I was just distracted by other fragrances like a dog in a park full of frolicking squirrels. So I went back to IPSY for the description and it is…

If you’re already yearning for warmer days, this fruity-floral scent is *almost* the next best thing. One whiff reveals fruity top notes of apple, rhubarb, and nectarine that smell crisp and refreshing. Floral middle notes of magnolia, lavender, and peony are equal parts soft and sweet. Warm bottom notes of ambrette, tonka, musk, and vanilla add a cozy feel. Trust us, when you spritz this on you’ll be asked what you’re wearing all day—the scent lingers for hours, but it’s light and not the least bit overpowering.

It is a nice IPSY description, but it really does lack the punch that most perfume copywriting features.  This lets you know what it is, while most perfume descriptors leave your mouth watering and half believing you’ve found a portal to another more exotic life.  Like a fragrance version of Narnia.

But descriptions, whether adequate or excellent, aren’t really the point, the fragrance is. 

I will say it does spray on strong, but fades back a little after about ten minutes to something that won’t cause those in the next cubicle to remind you that they have a fragrance allergy. It is what I like to call a personal scent.  It hugs closer to the body rather than create a cloud that makes an entrance before you do. It also lasts throughout the day.

There are a lot of interesting notes mentioned in the description and I’m sure I could, if I sat down and sniffed long enough, tease them out, but the truth is when I smell this I get one image in my mind. The scent of this perfume reminds me of a slightly more grown up version of Loves Baby Soft. 

I don’t know if anyone remembers that fragrance or if they still make it but in the sixth grade it was my first purchased perfume and it was all the rage for girls my age. Everyone smelled like Loves Baby Soft. A few years later there were the knock offs of high end adult fragrances and much more diversity, but not in sixth grade, not for my school.  

That year, it was Loves Baby Soft for all.

This Dream Fragrance is a slightly more grown up version of that scent. Or at least that is how it smells to me.  Wearing it this week has caused all sorts of strange flashbacks. It makes it a little difficult for me to think about this perfume objectively, but I’ll try. 

It is a nice scent, lightly floral and slightly powdery. It is sweet, but not cloying.  It is an excellent soft spring scent.  If I didn’t have a mental association with it, I might be inclined to pick it up and add it to my collection.  I’m not entirely certain I want to have that strong a reminder of my thirteen year old self, at least not on a daily basis.  A week was interesting; the full size might be pushing it for me.

Again that is more my memory association than the fault of the perfume.  If you are looking for a lightly floral spring scent, this might be for you. But amusement aside, for me, I’m going to have to pass. 

Admittedly now I need to look up Loves Baby Soft and see if they still make it.


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Moroccan Fig by Malin+Goetz Perfume Review

Malin+Goetz Moroccan Fig

The perfume I chose from the ScentBird offerings this month was the Malin +Goetz Moroccan Fig. I figured for me, it was a sure thing as I love figs and I have never tried a Malin+Goetz product I didn’t like. Admittedly most of the items were non-perfume products. (seriously if you haven’t tried their Grapefruit cleanser, I would highly recommend it. It is amazing. But that isn’t the point of this post, although if I can find it I’ll link it down below because it is super fabulous).  

First of all ScentBird is a perfume subscription service.  Each month you receive a 0.27 ounce sized sample of perfume which is generally enough to last through a full month of use.  At the moment I have subscriptions to both Scentbird and Scentbox  since there is some variety in their offerings.

One thing Scentbird does offer that Scentbox does not are non-perfume items.  They also have various skincare, makeup and beauty products offered as well so if you decide you want to trade it out and get something other than a perfume that month, you can. Actually, I think I have a non-perfume item slated for next month.

But this month I went with the Malin+Goetz Moroccan Fig.

According to the description…

Moroccan Fig is a light, tropical fig perfume layered with green pepper and coconut, for a spicy and deliciously earthy experience. The heart of Moroccan Fig offers a round, fleshy, and full profile of sweet, dark fruit that will definitely get you noticed as it heats up.

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I have to say it does have more of the scent of the fig leaf than the sweetness of the actual fig and I can detect the green pepper.  It has both a spicy note and an oddly green note that I find quite pleasant.  I can’t detect the coconut at all. 

For me that is not really a drawback.  If it is in the mix, it is a background supporting player and not a front runner.  It was actually my one concern as coconut can take over and make everything smell more tropical vacation –y than expected.  It did not have that effect here.  If it does anything it lightens the scent and lifts it from its earthiness a little, rounding it out.

Over all I do like this scent and I am very glad I added it to my list. I’ve enjoyed wearing it this week.  I think it is more an evening scent than a day time one though.  It isn’t a definite night time scent. There is just something about it that says, ‘It’s time to leave the office’  rather than something I’d wear to an office.  I think it would be a scent I would spritz on at the end of the work day, before a commute home or stepping out to a happy hour with friends. Kind of a clear demarcation between the end of the work day and something else. 

But I’m like that with scent.

I often find them a more accurate line of change in my day than the actual clock. Especially when I am working on a project.

The scent is one that stays close to you instead of sending out a cloud of warning prior to your arrival and the scent tends to fade after about four hours making it perfect for the post work time frame.

While I like it enough to use the remainder of the bottle, I am on the fence about whether or not I would add a full bottle to my permanent collection. It is a nice scent but with a $142 price tag, I need to be certain I love it before I buy it.  I would definitely snap up any sample sizes I came across and I would hoard them, because it is a great scent.  On my scale of personal likes from one to five, five being the best, I would give it a solid four.   

To be honest I can see myself thinking about this scent and dithering until a sale came along and then pouncing on the sale. Or waiting until I need a weight loss reward and picking it up then as a special treat. Either way it is definitely one to keep on the list of possible future purchases.

I seem to be on a roll with scents.  I don’t know if I am getting better at picking out the ones I like or if I’m just on a lucky streak.  Last year out of more than thirty perfume samples I tried, only three made the cut. Thus far in 2020 I have already found two perfumes I want to add to my list to add to my collection.  I doubt my streak will last, but I am going to enjoy it while I can. Admittedly I’ve also learned to avoid anything with patchouli in it as it tends to make me sneeze. That sort of helped the luck out a bit. But here’s hoping the luck continues, at least until my perfume shelf can take no more additions.


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Walk on Air by Kate Spade

This was a strange week for me.  It was filled with mishaps and calamities the likes of which were more surprising and time consuming than horrifying. Don’t get me wrong, they were relatively easy to deal with in the grand scheme of things but they made any attempt at scheduling seem like a joke.  It is at times like these that I really like having a perfume on hand to lighten the mood. 

Or at least help control my mental state through scent.

That being said, this was a good week for me to be testing the Kate Spade Walk on Air perfume. I believe it is Scentbird’s scent of the month.  I’m not certain whether that month was January of February, but I enjoyed having it now.  I’m pretty sure it was my January pick, but to be honest, I’ve gotten behind on my perfumes.  At the holidays I tend not to wear any because we have a couple of people who are sensitive to scent and it is easier just not to wear any.  It is entirely possible that this was December’s scent.  I’m pretty sure it was January’s though.  Regardless, I wore it this week.

The description reads…

Walk on air by Kate Spade New York is a fragrance that celebrates the graceful confidence of its wearer. Sweet and tender layers of lily of the valley, magnolia and crinum lily caress the skin like a breath of fresh air. The fragrance exudes delight. It’s an invitation to seize the day and envelop yourself in the promise of something wonderful.

The scent, when sprayed on the wrist is lightly floral with back notes of citrus. I’m not entirely certain about seizing the day, but it was nice and calming during the neighbor’s impromptu mudslide. It is definitely a light day scent that wouldn’t cause raised eyebrows at the office for being too sultry.  It also sticks close to the skin instead of sending out a cloud of scent so it is really just a personal scent.  If your coworkers complain about it invading their nostrils, they are probably invading your personal space.

In that case, HR is down the hall and to the left.

In all seriousness though it is a light enough scent that you could get away with it in a cubicle environment without causing any sensitive noses issues. I generally find that a spritz on the wrists and neck lasts, scent wise, until about midafternoon. The scent will be a bare whisper of a ghost by about four o’clock.  Which is not a bad thing.  This is definitely a day scent.  It is not something I would reapply at night I would go with more of an evening scent then.

Personally, I am tickled by that.  Because I tend to gravitate towards the spicier scents, I now have several evening and night scents to call on.  I don’t really have any day scents that I have purchased for my collection. I think that I will be purchasing this one for day time wear.  I also think I will be looking into more Kate Spade scents in the future.  I have to admit even though I’ve seen all of the pretty bottles, I never actually added any to my try on list. This may have to change. Walk on Air is definitely a keeper for me.


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Wisteria Blue by Nest Fragrances

It is time to return now to one of my favorite indulgences.  That’s right, perfume. I love the way a good scent can completely transport you either to a memory or a place that never existed outside of your mind.  If you want to know a secret, sometimes I  choose scents because they let me pretend I am someone else.  I used to keep one scent around that made me feel as though I was a secret agent when wearing it.  I have no idea what scent notes made that connection in my mind, however I often wore that perfume when I knew I had to get through a long and pointless staff meeting. It was my staff meeting survival scent.  I can’t remember the now but I’d know the scent anywhere.

While Scentbird sends a reusable case with the first order, future scents come in a protective (and recyclable) cardboard case.

But then again that is the sort of person I am. Names I tend to be hit or miss on, scents I remember.

And yes it has given me a few awkward moments at cocktail parties. Seriously, never let me introduce people. Chanel Baby powder does not appreciate being introduced to Cough drops Old Spice. Even if they did later on get married and now have two children. Luckily, my babydoll is a wiz with names. He remembers their actual ones while I just tag them by scents in my head and hope the names will come to me later. It helps to love someone who is good at what you aren’t. That’s not why I love him of course, but it is a handy feature.

Speaking of my darling dearest, as his opinion features in this post, I should mention his lexicon when it comes to scented products. If he doesn’t like a scent his is fairly unequivocal.  The scent is termed weird. Not bad, weird. That means he doesn’t like it. Fancy means it smells nice. When testing this perfume this lexicon became important as you will see in a bit.  But first on to the scent.

As you may remember I recently tested out the scent Indigo also from Nest Fragrances and absolutely adored it. It is what prompted adding this to my Scentbird Queue. (actually it may have been more than a little while ago since I tested that one.  Over the holidays I had to put all my perfumes aside since we have several people sensitive to scents in the family. I had to restrain myself.  While I love them and was willing, it was rather hard for me.  Luckily I was baking a lot so I sort of smelled like cinnamon and nutmeg over the past month.)

So the next on my list was the Wisteria Blue from Nest Fragrances. It’s description…

Wisteria Blue’s clean, fresh, softness is slyly addictive. An ethereal blend of powdery wisteria, rich Imperial jasmine and soft roses creates a subtle mystery that grows more compelling as the scent lingers on the skin.

Go ahead, read that and tell me I’m not going to want to try it. They got me again. I knew they would. Those clever marketing people with their adjectives. They know just what to write to draw me in.

So the scent arrived. I spritzed. I sniffed. I sighed. I know not exactly Veni vidi vici, but still.

It is a lightly warm scent that does, at least in my mind where scents and colors occasionally combine, smell blue. It smells like something you would wear on a sunny afternoon when strolling through a garden looking to see if the early crocus flowers have popped up in the back garden. It is not a summer scent. 

It is certainly not a winter scent. 

It isn’t quite a spring scent though. 

It is that winter spring edge where things have started to grow but you are well aware that a cold snap may make those new shoots regret poking their noses above the safety or the earth. It doesn’t quite have the innocent brightness of spring, but it is not the hibernating coziness of winter.

It is like hope tempered with experience.

At least that is how it smelled to me.  When spraying it on, the scent is a bit strong at first but after a moment or two it fades back a little from its aggressive entrance.  It is long lasting, I was getting teasers of the scent throughout the day. While I liked it initially,. I have to say the more I wore it, the more I liked it.

But of course, I do not live in a bubble so I am not the only one who has to smell my scents.  So I asked my darling dearest to take a sniff. He said ‘Its fancy but not fancy fancy.’

Yup, that was new to me so I asked for clarification.  Apparently it is a ranking system. He saw two perfumes by Nest and decided he liked them both, the one termed fancy fancy is better than the fancy one, but he still likes both so neither is weird. Everyone on the same page?

I asked him what he was going to do if I tried out the other perfumes from Nest Fragrances.  First he was surprised that any company would have more than two fragrances (which is a whole other discussion).  To prove it to him I showed him the lineup.  Citron and Cocoa Woods are now on my list to try. I should have known as he is a huge fan of anything even chocolate adjacent and anytime I get a citrus scented body wash or soap he ends up appropriating it as ‘house soap’ because it was left in the shower.

So the end result is that I do like Wisteria Blue.  And like all of the Nest Perfumes, the bottles are quite lovely and very crave-able. It seems that I will now definitely be picking up at least one for my collection, but which one has yet to be decided. At the moment Indigo might be slightly edging out Wisteria Blue, but only by half a breath. The problem is that they are scents for different times of the year and each put me in a different frame of mind. With two more on the list to try and possibly others down the road to add to the list, I strongly suspect more than one will end up added to my collection. That wasn’t the plan, but I’m not really complaining. The bottles are really very pretty and I do love finding new scents to try.


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Scentbird Review: Indigo by Nest Fragrances

This month’s Scentbird Indigo by Nest Fragrances

As we all know, I love perfume.  And I love to try new ones.  I noticed as I was looking around that Scentbird carried some scents that weren’t currently available elsewhere and a few of them intrigued me, so I decided to give the subscription service a try.

For those interested Scentbird is a subscription service that sends a one month supply of a perfume so that you can try the scent before you commit to an entire bottle. There are different prices depending on what section of service you buy but the base is $14.95 + tax for one monthly sample. 

One thing to be aware of is that only the first month comes with a case, the following months come with the tube of scent in a protective cardboard tube. While you can use the perfume without the case, I personally don’t like to as I like the protection around the glass so I don’t have to worry about breakage. Each tube is clearly labeled which I really like and the tubes clearly come out of the tube easily, so I keep the scents I am not using in the drawer and just move the current one to the travel case to sit on the dressing table.  If you want, you can order extra carrying cases for an additional $10.

The subscription charges to your bank account on the 15th of the month and usually arrives sometime in the third week of the month.

So on to the fragrance. 

This month I selected Indigo from Nest Fragrances.  From friends who have purchased their perfume before I have heard very good things about Nest Fragrances and this was the first place I saw them offered as more than a tiny little sample. As I tend to spill more than I apply with the tiny samples, I don’t like them and I don’t like judging perfumes based on them. So this was perfect.

And as always, I was excited about the description. It reads:

Tart wild figs and bright bergamot sparkle over Moroccan tea, the dusky midnight spice of black cardamom, and the smooth comfort of Kashmir wood. This is a perfume for clandestine meetings in the hidden corners of the night.

It sounds simply sublime doesn’t it?  Once again, they reeled me in with the description. Way to go marketing team.  Job well done. The listed scent profile marks bergamot, cardamom, black tea, fig and cashmere wood as the scent’s main notes.

I have to say, I am in love.

The scent has an slightly spicy, almost deep woods kind of scent to it.  It comes on strong with the first spritz as though planting a flag and declaring its presence, but dies down to something more livable after a few moments.  Which is good because it lasts all day. The various components make it perfect for the colder months.

It is a warm scent that is a little earthy and slightly sexy. Usually when I describe a perfume like that, I find it is more of a special occasion perfume, something to be worn on a night out, but not suitable for the office.  This one is oddly more of an everyday kind of scent and one that doesn’t need to be restricted to the night, despite the fabulous marketing description. 

One thing I really like about this is that it doesn’t have patchouli mixed in. I tend to find myself drawn to more of the earthy scents as many of the highly floral ones I find a little more cloying than I care for, but the problem is that many of them have patchouli in their make-up and patchouli makes me sneeze my head off like a cartoon person inhaling a snoot full of pepper. This has no patchouli and I have no problem with it.  The scent Indigo by Nest Perfumes will be going on my ‘to be purchased’ list and will actually making it into my collection.


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October Scentbox#2: Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca

The October subscription as it came to me.

I know that my original plan was to wear my second perfume for a week and then report back in as I like to spend some time with perfumes before I make an actual decision on them. It is one of the reasons I really like this Scentbox subscription.  With the size of the sample, not only are you not fumbling with a tiny tube of scent, but you have enough product to actually make a determination. There have been so many perfumes I’ve gotten in tiny samples that I liked when trying them, but did not care for once I’d gotten a bottle.  I have also spilled many a sample as it came with only a stopper not a spray bottle. For me I like to try things out for a while before deciding if I can live with it. I also dislike coating myself with perfume when i am trying for a simple sniff, but that is mostly due to my own clumsiness.

I know, you are thinking, that’s fine, but why are you not waiting until the end of the week to review this Mimsy, hmmm?

Good question and I will answer that, but first, the perfume.

I like the sleek black with the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon and the Scentbox logo, but this perfume sample is pretty but deadly. or at least not to my taste.

The second perfume in my October Scentbox subscription was the Aqua Allegoria Nerolia Bianca by Guerlain.The description on the website reads:

The new fragrance from the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria collection is named Nerolia Bianca. The fragrance launched in late March 2013.With this creation Thierry Wasser tried to reconstruct every fraction of a bitter orange tree; from its flowers, fruits and twigs to leaves. The scent is very fresh and citrusy. It contains accords of orange, bitter orange, orange blossom, neroli, twigs and leaves of orange and petit grain.

The beautiful, full sized product in it’s original packaging.

I have to admit, I have a weakness for orange blossom. One of the first perfumes I ever adored featured orange blossom.  It was a gift so I didn’t pick it out myself, which is partially why I cannot remember the name of the perfume.  It also came in a somewhat generic looking bottle making it hard to look up. So alas, that perfume has been lost to the sands of time. I’m sure it wasn’t a terribly expensive perfume and I doubt very much it is made any more.  I also think sentiment and memory adjust my remembrance of the fragrance, but it still means that I see orange blossom in the mix and smile.

However this fragrance may have cured me of that. 

At least for a little while.

Yup, that’s the reason I am not waiting to review this after wearing it a week.  I can’t wear it a week. 

While there is a scent that might be called orange blossom mixed into the perfume, the scent is both strong and cloying. It also reminds me of a nursing home where I used to volunteer.  One of the older ladies put on perfume every morning (which I admit, I will be one of those ladies as well when the time comes so no shade there), but it was applied strong to counteract the smell of required topical ointments and other sick room smells (something to remember when my turn comes round).

Not exactly the fragrance I was going for.

I put it on while standing in my small bathroom and had to immediately open the door so I wouldn’t be over powered.  It is strong and has the staying power of a leech. If you want something that will stick around, this is your perfume. Once on, it isn’t going anywhere. 

After applying it and thinking, maybe it will mellow, I left the bathroom and started my day.  Twenty minutes later and not only had the scent not mellowed any, my eyes were watering. I don’t know if it was the scent or if I am somehow allergic to one of the components, but I could not wear this scent any longer. Rinsing it off with water didn’t help. Washing with soap and water knocked it back a little bit.  Finally, I broke down and just took a full shower and changed clothes in case the material soaked any scent up.  It did and to keep my closet from being saturated with the fragrance like some sort of demented air freshener, I had to do a load of laundry.

This was Friday.  This morning (monday) when opening my closet door, I still get a ghost of a scent from my laundry hamper (I may have to take out the lining and wash it). This is one of those scents that seems to almost be alive. It has the force of a personality behind it.  I can respect that, but it is not a personality I want to be friends with.  I have a box of beauty products to donate and I think this will be added to the lot.  I’m sure with its nice packaging and pretty pink ribbon, someone will snap it up. As it takes all kinds to make this world we live in, they may even like the scent more than I do.

As much as I like the larger perfume samples, with this one, one spritz was enough to let me know that this scent is not for me. Oddly enough, I expanded my perfume selection to two samples per month so that I can try one safe perfume and one sort of experimental scent.  That way I felt certain I would have one scent per month I would definitely like enough to use up. This was my safe scent and the first scent of the month (Eau De Cartier) was my out on a limb try it perfume.  That one I liked and will probably end up purchasing.  My safe one, I want as far from me as possible as quickly as possible. 

Go figure huh?

October Scentbox #1: Eau De Cartier

October 2019 Scentbox

Morning everyone it is time for one of my favorite subscriptions. For those who don’t know Scentbox is a monthly perfume subscription. For $14.95 a month you can get a 0.27 ounce sample of a perfume of your choice sent to you to try out. They have a great selection and if the perfume you chose is really horrible, you can return it and as long as it still has most of the sample inside, they will send you a new selection no questions asked.

I actually had to exchange one and their customer service was fantastic. I had zero problems and it made me like the company even more. If you are interested in more information you can click HERE to get to something more official. As a disclaimer it is my referral code and if you use it I think each of us gets one free perfume sample as a result. If that bothers you just go to scentbox.com instead.

I really like that this month they sent a breast cancer awareness pamphlet with some rather sobering statistics on it. I really liked receiving it as well as the information it contained. As you can see one of the scents also has the pink ribbon on the travel case that each scent comes in automatically. I also like the cases. They keep things from breaking in transit and don’t create extra packaging to dispose of as the product comes in.

Now I’m sure most of you noticed the #1 in the title. and the two perfume samples in the above photo.

I knew you were smart.

That’s why we’re friends.

This month I increased my subscription to two samples. It is an additional $10 per month so I now pay $24.95 for two samples. which means each sample is now about $12.47 in cost. I chose to get two samples because that way I can choose one that looks relatively safe and one that might be a little bit out there without feeling like I’ve wasted a month’s selection. As you probably remember from reading my perfume reviews, my curiosity does not always net me the best fragrences.

So, while both samples came at the same time. My nose can’t evaluate them both at the same time. I spent this week wearing the first sample and tomorrow I will break out the next sample and report back on it next week. I don’t want to confuse my poor nose. After surviving ragweed season, I feel it deserves some kind of consideration.

So Eau De Cartier. The description on the Scentbox site is:

Eau De Cartier as it is sold in the bottle.

This creation by Cartier, with the crisp transparency of spring water, is a new turning point for the brand. The prestigious french jeweler has never before presented a unisex fragrance. Embodying generosity and the brand’s values of quality and tradition.

I’ll admit, it isn’t all that descriptive, scentwise. Usually the marketing people have me drooling over a scent based on its description. I kinda have to say, I like that they didn’t bother. It intrigued me a bit. I like a bit of mystery now and again. Which I suppose means that where perfume is concerned I am damned no matter if the description is evocative or not. In the smaller box to the side the scent notes are listed and they are bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, violet and yuzu. While the simple description drew me in, it was the scent notes that had me adding it to my list.

Scentbox Monthly subscription sample

I have to say, I am finding it a very intriguing perfume. The first spritz comes on a little astringent. That scent made me think, oh no. But it fades almost immediately. Then you are left with a light clean smelling scent that is lightly floral and utterly feminine without tipping over into the ‘sweet little girl’ realm. This is a floral scent meant for an adult.I know that sounds strange to say, but I have found many floral perfumes smell to me like something I would have liked wearing in middle school or early highschool when I first started learning about perfume rather than something I would wear now. This is something I would wear now.

I really like this scent, but it is not something I think I would wear every day. It is the sort of perfume that makes me think I am going out to a candle lit restaurant. It makes me think of getting dressed up in my finest for a night of elegance and romance. It smells special and makes me feel special to wear it. And how a scent makes you feel is really the whole point of the fragrance. While I don’t think that I would wear it on the daily, I think I will be adding a bottle of this to my list to purchase.

Even if I don’t frequent Michelin Star restaurants or gala premiers, I like the thought of wearing something that makes me feel like I am about to do so. I will be wearing this when I go out to dinner with my baby doll, or even on those days when I am having a bad day and just need a little something to make me feel special. Over all, I have to say I am pleased I took a chance on this perfume and added the sample to my list. I can’t wait to see how the next perfume stacks up.