Odin 02 Owari EDT Fragrance Review

Odin Owari

Odin Owari 02 is a rather intelligible citrus fragrance inspired by Japanese mandarins. I always joke that straight guys* can’t resist this line. This in part has to do with the fact that my husband shops Odin and wears their clothes. They stores aesthetic is rather basic casual masculines (plaid button-ups, button fly jeans) that are exceptionally well-made, many made from luxury materials like Japanese indigo or cashmere. David is also drawn to their fragrances. And this makes sense. The fragrances are rather basic, casual… Continue reading

O’Driu Leva EDP Perfume Review

O'Driu Leva

O’Driù is a niche, artisanal Italian perfume line. I can barely keep up with American indies, so I haven’t went out of my way find “new” International brands. It’s not that I don’t care, I do, it’s just really difficult to keep up. O’Driu has received a lot of buzz due to the perfumer and the line’s eccentricities and art installations (see Peety). This is one of the few International indies that is on my radar.

The inspiration of Leva is rather “tame” in… Continue reading | 2 Comments

EauMG’s Spring 2014 Perfume Picks

My allergies have alerted me that it is indeed springtime. As I sit on the sofa sneezing with a box of tissues at hand, I’ve put together my “picks” for Spring 2014 (since I can’t smell; I can’t test new things). Here’s a list of perfumes that should get you through all of your spring activities.

Spring 2014 perfumes

Spring Festivals

Here are my picks for various spring-related outdoor festivals and gatherings:

Joya No. 6 Perfume Oil – This is an evergreen gin and… Continue reading | 22 Comments

Pirouette Perfume Gold Souvenir EDP Review

Pirouette Gold Souvenir

The past few days in Seattle, it’s been gorgeous. We’ve had sunshine, fluffy white clouds gracing bright blue skies. Flowers are in bloom and spring green buds are dusting tree leaves. This perfect weather had me thinking about a perfume launched last year by Seattle-based Pirouette. Souvenir is a perfume inspired by lazy, sunny days and that’s exactly what I get from it – yellow flowers and blue skies.

Souvenir opens with a floral astringency. It’s a fruity lavender and mimosa. If Souvenir were a color, it’d… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Givenchy Insense EDT Fragrance Review

Givenchy Insense

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume (Vintage)

I imagine that Givenchy Insensé was a difficult one to “get” during its launch in 1993. I still find this masculine-floral a bit difficult to comprehend (I mean the name roughly means “wild and crazy”), but in a good way.

Insensé opens as very vegetal with lots of basil and aldehydes. It’s green, dewy, alive. So much galbanum! I’m always confused by Insensé because it is clean and soapy but their is a skankiness that isn’t actually dirty but… Continue reading | 4 Comments