Cruelty-Free Favorite: Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon

Hourglass Liquid Lipstick applies easily, like a gloss or stain, but looks like an opaque lipstick on the mouth. When blotted, it goes fairly matte. I have a love/hate reaction to the fact that it… Continue reading

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Free Stuff Goes To …

Below are the people selected for the free items. Please email me your address at another perfume blog at hotmail. Lot 1: Vanessa, because I never get to send things overseas! Lot 3:… Continue reading

Free Stuff

If you have been reading my blog for long, you know I can’t stand clutter. I recently cleaned out my perfume cupboard and sample boxes, and although most of the items went to friends,… Continue reading

Winners of Ex Animo Giveaway

And the winners are … Poodle and Nemo! Unfortunately, you both wanted to try O’Hana. Please email me at another perfume blog at hotmail to provide your address, and please let me know… Continue reading


Smells like amber, shot through by lily and rose, and arriving in a swirl of smoke. Feels like walking on Willshire Bouelvard in the 1930s (or so I imagine – check out this interactive exploration). I… Continue reading

Cruelty-Free Fragrance Update: Guerlain

I recently received a response from Guerlain regarding my query on the cruelty-free status of their products. Overall, I think it is a good response. Although unfortunately Guerlain cannot be considered cruelty-free because of other… Continue reading

Cruelty-Free Fragrance Update: China’s Animal Testing Law

China recently decided to “end” its law requiring animal testing on domestically produced products, but it still requires testing of imported products. Although this is a step in the right direction, it remains… Continue reading

Vanille 44***

Smells like vanilla, amber, and balsam. Feels like a cup of tea on a chilly fall day. I wish Le Labo Vanille 44 wasn’t a city exclusive, because although I spent two years telling myself it was… Continue reading

Ex Animo, a Giveaway, and Pin Twist Hair

Ex Animo contacted me a few months ago about their first three fragrances, which are hair and body perfumes that also contain Vitamin E and aloe vera for nourishment. The fragrances are cruelty-free, and… Continue reading

Love is Sweet ****

Smells like rose-violet, iris, and musk. Reminiscent of L’Heure Bleue. Feels like a meditation on love. At times delicate and transcendent, at other times forceful and insistent. Always poignant. I wish I could share… Continue reading