Currently 05/02/2016

Spraying: Eris Parfums Night Flower. My favorite of Barbara Herman’s Eris Parfums, which had their Sniffapalooza debut this weekend! All three Eris Parfums are solidly excellent niche scents, but the more-is-more spiced leather of Night Flower really captured my attention. Reminds me quite a bit of a cuddlier Puredistance M.

Wearing: Aquaphor. Red lipstick weekend = Aquaphor Monday.

Reading: Robert Repino’s Mort(e). The most compelling thing I’ve read in months! Fast, choppy writing style, jaded cat cops- what’s not to love? I actually made an indignant little squeak when I reached the last page.

And you?

Disclaimers: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links. Eris Parfums sample was distributed at Sniffapalooza. 

By Kilian Addictive State of Mind Review and Giveaway

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Finally, y’all. After a few too many rounds of uninspiring releases from By Kilian (ahem, Asian Tales), the new Addictive State of Mind collection is a stronger, less commercial effort. I think the concept of perfumes based on addictive substances has a lot of potential; I can’t be the only one salivating at the prospect of a Kilian chocolate scent. The first three fragrances in the series, Intoxicated, Light My Fire, and Smoke for the Soul, focus on the vices of coffee, tobacco, and marijuana. Sadly unrepresented is the most potent intoxicant of all, Kilian himself. “Skinny Robert Downey Jr.!” I hissed at my Sniffapalooza seat mates.

Intoxicated is extremely sweet, with more cardamom and less coffee than I was hoping for. There’s a strong resemblance to Thierry Mugler A*Men and the dearly departed Rochas Man. I still prefer Bond No. 9 New Haarlem for my coffee fix, but I think Intoxicated will easily be the most popular of these first three.

Light My Fire is a dry tobacco fragrance, more masculine and easygoing than the voluptuous, honey-drenched Kilian Back to Black. Unlike most tobacco fragrances, the emphasis is on tobacco itself rather than the accompanying vanilla and spices. My personal favorite, although I’m not sure I would pay Kilian prices for it.

Smoke for the Soul combines a hilariously unsubtle cannabis note with harsh, billowing birch tar smokiness. Probably the most interesting and the least wearable of the trio. Curiously, even though Smoke for the Soul has a much stronger smell than the other two fragrances, it has the weakest staying power. Not a particularly lasting high.

I have an extra Addictive State of Mind sample set from Sniffapalooza, and I’d love to share it with you! If you’d like to enter the giveaway, please leave a comment telling us your favorite, non-depressing addiction. Perfume counts, of course. I will close the giveaway at noon on Friday, October 17th. This giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers. Good luck!

Perfumista Problems

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Look how symmetrical my perfume collection is, you guys. Two L’Artisans at the ends, two Etat Libre d’Oranges in the center. It is the Jessica Alba of perfume collections. I never planned to develop a perfectly symmetrical collection, but now that I have one, I feel compelled to maintain the balance. My recent purchase of Slumberhouse Ore (I had to snatch it up before Slumberhouse changes the beautiful marble packaging) fit easily into the back row. The real Perfumista Problem is the L’Artisan Jour de Fete I bought during Sniffapalooza last week. It’s a big, bulky, 100 ml bottle, and it completely throw off my beautiful symmetry. I’m pretty sure that the only solution to this particular Perfumista Problem is to buy another L’Artisan. You know, for balance. DON’T YOU JUDGE ME.

What are your most pressing Perfumista Problems? Please share with us in the comments!