Fragrance Index :: Female YOUTUBE Reviewers

I am slowly working on trying to create and index for helping people  who might want more info in the FragComm. This will include a list of columnists , Bloggers, Reviewers, Niche and luxury houses as well as common sayings other things I feel might be beneficial.

To start off this project I have (and I believe) compiled ALL the fragrance reviewers on YouTube (myself being one of them)!!! This will have a list of all of the channels that do primarily fragrance content, as well as a brief little blurb about their channel, and how long they have been doing it. If they still post and the like.  I will be doing the ladies, because Ladies first. Then later this weekend I will have the male reviewers up. This list does not mean they talk about FEMALE fragrances. A lot of these ladies have excellent range from masculine, unisex feminine and more!

IF I HAVE MISSED ANYONE! Comment with their channel and I will check it out and if it fits I will add it to this list! These are just single channel and collab channels with have their own index!

This list is long but well worth checking out!

 

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Female Fragrance Reviewers

 

  • Katie Puckrick Smells– Katie was (and still is) the queen of fragrance reviews on YT. Know for her short and very to the point fragrance reviews. Her concise approach was nonetheless very entertaining. She had a fun way with words that gave you a clear picture of the fragrances, as well as showcasing her passion and extensive knowledge on fragrances. She started creating videos over 8 years ago and sadly has stopped producing content. But that doesn’t mean her videos are out of date, or not worth checking out. Rather her extensive video library is a fantastic resource full of thoughtful reviews, lists, and recommendations. One day though I hope she will come back!
  • Angel Lately- Fantastic beauty/lifestyle and fragrance Youtuber. Her channel is energetic, fun and informative. Not to mention she has EXCELLENT taste in fragrances (IMHO). She has been apart of the YT game for about 2 years and I always looked forward to her fragrance collection and favorite videos!
  • HelloPhilly– HelloPhilly has one of the best channels in general if you want checkout any reviewer on this list. She has a beautiful mix of reviews, blind sniffs, faves, lists as well as a lot of content and resources with advice and tips. Having been apart of this community for over 2 years I am excited to see what she has in store for us next!
  • Waha Sawas– A MUA and Fragrance reviewer she has one of the most beloved channels out of all the female fragrance reviewers. Witty, enthusiastic, and fun her videos had something for everyone. She talked about everything from cheapies, to niche houses, men’s, woman’s, niche, designer and more. Her channel had a beautiful blend of everything and her content was always on point. Never afraid to be honest you could always trust her integrity as well as her nose! She hasn’t posted anything for a few months now , but having been apart of this community for over 2 years the lack of current content hasn’t kept her channel from growing. And that is to be thanked for the quality of her videos!
  • Ami Loves Perfume– Another person with a cult like following is Ami. Her passion for fragrances is INFECTIOUS! She is most known for her extravagant hauls and huge collection. She doesn’t buy for the sake of buying. Rather you can really appreciate her love and passion for fragrance with every video. Currently I believe her collection is over 1000 bottles, and its always a treat to go rewatch some of her videos for some much needed “eyecandy”. But her reviews are very informative and she is a very active member of the community! Having been part of the TY fragcomm for over 3 years you could find her comments in most of the comment sections in various peoples videos. She hasn’t posted since Early 2017, and I keep hoping she will come back to the platform!
  • Tiff Benson-  Tiff is a lifestyle/Beauty and Fragrance guru. Her channel is one to watch. Having the second largest amount of subscribers to any female fragrance reviewer (second to Katie), its easy to tell why she is such a sensation. Eloquent, passionate, driven and ambitious. She channels all her talents in creating fantastic content that is also insanely well produced. She has maneuvered herself into being one of the top fragrance influencers in general (between men and women) in such a short period of time, 2 years of creating fragrance videos, and I don’t see her star slowing down! A perfect blend of tips, reviews, advice and lifestyle. Her channel is definitely worth checking out!
  • Beauty Meow Beauty Meow is a fragrance reviewer, as well as a beauty/skincare lifestyle channel. Primarily focusing her channel on fragrance, she is known for her Fragrance First Impression videos, as well as various reviews and content she publishes regularly (5 times a week). Talking about Niche, Unisex, Designer and more you can find a little of everything from her channel. She also doesn’t monthly fragrance hauls, and shares tips and advice for starting a fragrance collection! She’s been creating content for over a year, and doesn’t plan on stopping soon.
  • Just Gil- Artist and fragrance aficionado, Just Gil’s channel is a breathe of fresh air. Beautiful blend of reviews, hauls, advice, and just a general look into her life. Her channel only has just over 800 subscribers (I don’t mean that in a bad way, I am so surprised she doesn’t have a lot more due to the quality of her content). Having an active channel for over 2 years she has a beautiful blend of everything. Also check out her instagram, with almost 10k followers its easy to see why she is so loved there, her GORGEOUS artwork and photography is easy to swoon over!
  • Vava Couture- Fun, spunky, witty and energetic Vava is definitely a fan favorite amongst the other reviewers. Not only are her videos RIDICULOUSLY well edited, but her content is amazing. She has the perfect blend of videos, reviews, lists, and first impressions- there is something for everyone. She doesn’t just showcase feminine fragrances, she also features unisex and masculine, Recommending sexy scents, and harping on others that are all hype! Her integrity is 100% as well as her charm and sense of humor. You can’t go wrong with Vava! A budding actress who started her channel a little over a year ago, her talents, passion and drive will take her far (as well as her movie star good looks)!
  • MinnieMollyReviews-  Fun and infectious the energy MinnieMollyReviews has is incredible. A lot of people in the fragcomm sometimes shy away from celebrity fragrances but she embraces it. Sharing her passion, and knowledge of celebrity fragrances with her audience. Celebrity fragrances sometimes get a bad rapport, but she gives them the respect they are due! If you love celebrity fragrances, and want a reliable reviewer with a strong love of them then she is the channel for you! She started her channel over 5 years ago and although she hasn’t uploaded anything in over a year. Her content is still relevant and informative! Check her out!
  • Natalee Patel– An amazing fragrance/beauty/lifestyle reviewer that is somewhat under the radar. She has been around for over 3 years and has a wide range of videos from reviews, hauls and unboxings. You can find a little of everything on her channel!
  • The Critical Virgo- Tina from The Critical Virgo channel has only been around for about a year and already she has garnered a lot of respect in the community. Not only is her passion for Mancera fragrances definitely apparent in her videos. Her Fragrance Friday videos are also always a treat! She also has empties videos, subscription box unboxings and more. So something for everyone!
  • SmurfyGurly- Claire from Smurfygurly has been creating videos for about 5 years now, with really focusing on fragrances for the past 3 years. Funny, vivacious and sassy her fragrance reviews, first impressions, recommendations, and SOTD make her a favorite of mine! She has partnered up with Mr Smelly to have a collab channel focusing on gossip, drama  and new releases withing the Fragrance Community as well! Very well rounded channel for an amazing reviewer!
  • Fragrancy Blog– Fragrancyblog is another extremely well rounded channel. Reviews, collection videos, hauls and most importantly some fantastic fragrance DIYs, this channel has it all. Having been around for over a year, she is another very respected channel. Currently creating her own fragrance, you really get an understanding of her passion for fragrance with each video.
  • Delicious Delights– Ask just about anyone who their favorite fragrance reviewer is and a lot of them with mention Delicious Delights. Her love of gourmands is the stuff of legends, and she is well known for her smelly jar videos. Honest and blunt, her integrity, passion and love for fragrances is very well respected and admired within the community and with her subs. She has been around for a little over 2 years now, and is still going strong!
  • Shana J– Fun passionate and knowledgeable, Shana J has been creating videos for almost a year now. Her channel is growing strong because of her extensive collection of designer fragrances, and her love of sharing her life, tips, reviews, and hauls. She puts out videos fairly frequently and this girls star is on the rise! Great overall content, especially if you love watching people with a true passion for fragrance.
  • LolaScents Having only been creating videos for a short time LolaScents has gained a lot of respect within the community. Amazing reviews, recommendations and fantastic content. Its really no reason why she is definitely one of the up and comers. She reviews a lot of higher end niche and designer, and isn’t afraid to be honest if its something she doesn’t like. That integrity has gained her a lot of respect and I truly believe she will be one of the bigger reviewers soon.
  • Naz’s Fragrance Reviews– Naz having created videos for about 2 years has a wonderful library of reviews of cult favorites from designer and luxury brands.
  • East West Haven– East West Haven has an exceptionally beautiful channel. Showcasing reviews, unboxings and favorites. Her videos are luxe and divine, as well as her soothing voice and approach to creating videos. Having created videos and reviews for over 2 years her specialty is definitely on the higher end. With reviews of Roja Parfums, Tom Ford’s Private Blend, Amouage and more. If you want good reviews on luxury fragrances her channel is definitely one of the better ones to check out.
  • Cleo Clam- Another reviewer that has exceptional taste in fragrances, she has a fantastic blend of top lists, reviews and recommendations. Starting her channel over 3 years ago she always had fantastic content and showed a lot of integrity in her reviews. Although she hasn’t posted videos in about a year her content is still relevant and worth checking out.
  • Beauty Notes- Has a dual channel with reviews in both Russian and English. Her channel features fragrance hauls and reviews as well as a nice blend of fashion and beauty. Her fragrance reviews are very thoughtful and short so if you don’t want to sit through long videos but still get a great review from a reliable and honest reviewer she is amazing! Having created content for almost a year now, its exciting to see which direction her channel will go.
  • MoodyBoo Reviews– MoodyBoo has been creating fragrance reviews for 5 years! She has a wealth of knowledge and passion when it comes to fragrances, and shares that with her viewers and subscribers. A fantastic library of reviews on niche and under the radar fragrances, as well as cult favorites will have something for everyone. As well as thoughtful list and expertly picked out recommendations. For being a veteran to the YT fragcomm her channel is definitely under the radar and well worth checking out!
  • The Perfume Geek– The Perfume Geek has a fun and entertaining channel, while still having some killer content. Her love and passion for fragrance makes her videos endlessly entertaining to watch, as well as being informative! She has only been around for about 6 months, but she is still going strong and definitely a channel to check out!
  • Mzurilove Beauty & Fragrances-    Has a beautiful channel and loves to share her passion for fragrance with her subs. Having a channel over 7 years old, she started focusing on beauty and fragrance over 2 years ago. Great mix of reviews, collections and recommendations, Her style and approach is entertaining and her charm is contagious!
  • ChocolateBunnie- Another reviewer that has been around forever and is under the radar. She has been around for over 6 years and her content is impressive. Sharing reviews beauty and lifestyle, she is another channel that has something for everyone. If you want to learn more about Roja Parfums, ArmourOud and other niche, designer, and luxury brands check out her channel!
  • Natky2– Another reviewer that is under the radar and deserves more recognition is Natky2. Having been apart of this community for over 5 years she has continuously released content that showcases her amazing nose, and extreme passion for fragrance. Mens, Womens, Unisex, niche, high end, designer,reviews, lists and recommendations she really has a lot to offer on her channel. Her concise approach makes her videos easy to watch and enjoyable as well.
  • Indoleholic- Another reviewer that has been around forever (and sadly hasn’t posted any new content in awhile). Her reviews were always so cheerful and great. She had a lovely mix of luxury, affordable, designer and niche. And always had such an effervescent quality to her personality that made her reviews so enjoyable to watch. She started her channel 5 years ago and hasn’t posted anything in about 3, and I do wish she would come back.
  • Szekely Emoke- Better known for her hauls and reviews she has had her channel for 3 years and took a break. She has recently come back to the platform and started creating content again (and I cant wait to see what she does!)
  • RissCand- Beauty and fragrance youtuber with great taste. Shared her collection and recommendations and was always a pleasure to watch. She started her channel about 2 years ago and hasn’t put up any new content within the past year. Which is a shame, she has a wonderful channel and beautiful approach!
  • Maria Carretini Vlogs Y Perfumes- a Primarily Spanish channel Maria has over 8000 subs making her channel one of the largest fragrance channels among female reviewers. (as well as some of the men too). She has been making videos for over 2 years and shares a wealth of knowledge and passion with her subscribers. Reviews on niche designer and mainstream fragrances, she has something for everyone. As well as being a very active member of the Fragcomm!
  • Tommelise– Her channel is the perfect mix of beauty, fragrance and information. Her personality is so charming and energetic and she has a passion for niche fragrances. She shares a lot of fragrances that aren’t talked about in the community and that alone makes her stand out. Having been creating videos for over a year her channel is fast growing and it is not hard to see why!
  • Eva in The city- Eva in the City is one of the more well know and current channels that gets a lot of attention and there is no question why. She tends to focus on luxury and lifestyle and her vlogs are my particular favorite, but she has such an amazing way about discussing and reviewing perfume. Love of niche, Chanel and not to mainstream fragrances gives her some pretty impeccable taste in fragrances. Having started her channel over a year ago she has made a name for herself in the luxury community as well as many fans in the Fragcomm!
  • SprayEnjoy- SprayEnjoy has been apart of the YT frag scene for over 5 years. Having videos in both Finnish and English definitely sets her apart from other fragrance reviewers. On top of that she has pretty much consistently created content that included reviews of niche, luxury and affordable houses. Definitely an OG of the fragcomm on YT and well worth checking out!
  • Hayley Comments- Hayley has been creating videos on YouTube for about 4 years. More recently she has done beauty and fragrance reviews, as well as fun lists,recommendations, and first impressions.
  • Perfume Mummy- Perfume Mummy has a lot of really unique content. She shares reviews, collections and also showcases perfume book reviews and fragrance magazines. She has only been on the YT platform for about 5 months now but she is a fantastic channel with some fun an unique content!
  • Agnes Eva- Agnes is a new kid on the block who has some great reviews. With a passion for fragrances and an extensive collection her reviews are a delight for sure! Definitely check her channel out.
  • Marcia Serante– Is a fragrance reviewer who has been reviewing fragrance for over 2 years. She does Portuguese reviews and has a whooping 7,600 subs! She is very popular and always has new content up on her channel. If you have been looking for perfume videos in Portuguese she is definitely a fantastic channel.

  • Anisia Beauty- A Russian Fragrance and Beauty Youtuber she has a quite the following (over 20k subscribers)  over 2 years of creating content. Although her videos are in Russian, she does have a few with English subtitles. Her videos span luxury, designer and niche, and are always thoughtful and experienced. Definitely one of the most popular female fragrance reviewers, her videos and content are worth checking out.

 

This list is the current list to my best knowledge of fragrance reviewers on YouTube. Again if I am missing anyone let me know in the comments section and I will review their channel and add it to the list if it fits! They don’t need to have a lot of subs, or have been doing this for a long period of time! Just a few months with a focus on fragrance!

I’d love to know what you guys think of these reviewers, and what you’d like to see them create! I will definitely add to this list so check back often and feel free to share! Lets give these ladies some LOVE! ❤

 

**also if you would like to be removed from this list (or dont want your picture associated with it) email me and I will be happy to do that for you asap.

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Frozen in a Bottle | The Fragrance of Norway :: My Interview with Geir Ness

I was asked to review a new fragrance, Frozen in a Bottle, which was a collaboration between Disney, and Norwegian Perfumer- Geir Ness. Overall it was a very positive experience. The fragrance itself was beautiful, transportive, and a genuine pleasure to wear. Starting off sweet and somewhat icy, it enveloped you in luscious floral and herbal notes. I am a fan. So when I also had to opportunity to interview Geir Ness, I jumped on the chance. I have been familiar with him for quite some time, having worn, and enjoyed his first fragrance, Laila, for a good long while. However I didn’t want to do a standard interview. Rather I wanted to talk to him, pick his brain, and find out what made Frozen in a Bottle so special.

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Our conversation wasn’t to long, as we both are busy (him much more then myself). But if I could say one thing about the entire conversation was the pride he took in creating this fragrance, as well as how meticulously he crafted it. He told me he wanted to invoke, not just the movie, but Norway in and of itself. The beauty and splendor if it’s environment. After being approached to craft FiaB, he spent several weeks in Norway gathering herbs, flowers, and somewhat communing with everything, figuring out the best way to tackle his chosen task. Laila, and his masculine fragrance – Geir, are both sold in Disney’s Epcot Norway Pavilion. So when Disney approached him,  they knew what to expect when reaching out to Geir to craft their first real, signature fragrance. Having taken about 2 years to create and tireless effort, Frozen in a Bottle went live in March.

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If you have experienced Laila, you can definitely feel that same heart in Frozen in a bottle. Lighter, and a bit less sweet then Laila, it’s easy to see why it had such a positive response when it was launched. Not only drawing on Frozen’s already, cult like following. You had a lot of people also genuinely excited to experience something transportive, unique, yet very wearable. Geir said some people picked this out to wear on their wedding day, and it is easy to see why. Sweet, light, and refreshing, Frozen in a Bottle hits all the marks. Fragrances like this need to have mass appeal, and in a lot of ways compromises have to be met. Either in the formula, packaging, marketing and quality. Even if a lot of concessions had to be made, you couldn’t tell that in the final product. From the beautiful icy blue bottle and packaging, to the lovely wildflower and herbal notes to the juice, Everything was carefully picked out. Lavender was added to represent the end of the movie. And the together of two sisters, calming, pretty, clean and beautiful. The packaging’s beautiful blue hue was chosen to invoke light (it is also his favorite color) . Everything was very deliberate, yet when it all came together it was an effortless final product. You can almost feel the crisp breeze when you wear this, and smell the herbs and wild flowers, and most importantly, you can really identity Norway in this fragrance.

This fragrance isn’t the only thing in this lineup either. A shimmering hand and body cream, as well as a giftset are other things you can get your hands on if you enjoy this fragrance. On top of Laila, FiaB, and Geir he also has his own skincare line, The Skin of Norway. With moisturizers, Mist and serums, you have a plethora of amazing products to try as well.

Overall I greatly enjoyed speaking with him, and was very honored he took time out of his very busy schedule to talk with me. I learned a lot about the creative process in creating fragrances. And most importantly I got to experience his passion and expertise first hand! He told me he was most excited to really represent Norway and all its beauty with this fragrance, and I think he did it marvelously!

Here is some fun little tidbits

  • Geir’s Top 3 Favorite Disney Movies- Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, Zootopia
  • Describe FiaB in 7 words or less- Fresh, Clean, Light, Happy, All Ages

My Frozen in a Bottle YouTube Review-

You can purchase any of the fragrances right off of Geir’s Site, Laila.com

Demeter Fragrance Library Black Pepper Review

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Demeter Fragrance Library ::

Black Pepper Fragrance Review

Ok, I love Demeter Fragrances, there is something very fun and cheeky about them. I have several and am always looking to try more.

Since they newly launched Kitten Fur as a new scent (of course I HAD to pick up a bottle to review on my YouTube channel), I decided to pick up a few other things I wanted. Some fun fragrances for a n April Fools video, and a large bottle of Mulled Cider (one of my favorite scents). They are usualy very generous with GWP, and they were offering a bottle of Violet with purchases over $30. Now if they run out of the gift, they will substitute it, which for me was a 1 ounce bottle of Black Pepper

Here is what is lifted off of Demeter’site about this fragrance.

Luxurious, subtle and mysterious, like the peppercorns themselves.
Black pepper’s pungent bite comes from the alkaloids – piperine and piperidine, combined with resins found mostly in the seeds. Its aromatic, slightly musty odor comes from the volatile oils found largely in the flesh and skin. These are the oils that go into creating this elegant Black Pepper scent.

by Olivia Wilde
At what point did waiters stop trusting us with the pepper grinder?

Now, I LOVE Pepper, in fragrances. I love the spicy notes it brings, so when I saw I got this instead of Violet I was really happy!! Ive worn it and decided I would review it for you!

What do I think?

With Demeter fragrances either you love them or hate them. They tend to be pretty polarizing (minus the general run-of-the-mill florals). This one is no exception.

I decidedly could not wear this for more then 2 minutes. Ive tried a few times. It is UNWEARABLE to me.

I have tried a few times, but this, this is a whole other level. I have tested out the infamous Secrections Magnifiques from Etat Libre d’Orange and I could wear that longer then this!

UGH!!!

I am sad, because I truly love black pepper in fragrances, but this is just a synthetic mess that burns. Its like poison to my nose!!!

I rarely think any fragrances are scrubbers, but this one most definitely is!

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My ENTIRE Fragrance Collection

Salutations!

I wanted to share with you all my ENTIRE full sized little fragrance/perfume Collection!

I have been collection for years now, and I love my little collection! I will list them below but I also will link my youtube video where I share them all and get into each one (which I like, which I love, notes and longevity!)

 

My Fragrances

1- YSL Black Opium
2- YSL Mon Paris
3- Library of Flowers Moonchild
4- Library of Flowers- Wildflower and Fern
5- Lollia Believe
6- Lollia Wish
7- Lollia Inspire
8- Lollia Wander
9- Bvlgari Au de Vert**
10- Bvlgari Jasmin Noir
11- Bvlgari Rose Essentielle**
12- Serge Lutens Arabie
13- Serge Luten Serge Noire**
14- Dior Addict
15- Dior Hypnotic Poison
16- Dolce Floral Drops
17- Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue**
18- Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme Intense
19- Roja Parfums Enslaved**
20- Elizabeth Arden Green Tea**
21- Elizabeth Arden Yuzu Green Tea
22- Elizabeth Arden Cherry Blossom Green Tea
23- Elizabeth Arden Spiced Green Tea
24- Pacifica California Jasmine
25- Etude House Pink Cherry Blossom
26- Royal Apothic English Rose
27- Fictions She Found Comfort In His Wild
28- Burberry Brit
29- Thierry Mugler Angel Muse
30- Lalique Le Parfume
31- L’Artisian Parfumeur Nuit De Tuberose
32- L’Artisian Parfumeur Tea for Two
33- L’Artisian Parfumeur Drole Rose
34- Viva La Juicy Rose
38- Besame Cosmetics 1910
39- Marc Jacobs Dot
40- Marc Jacobs Oh Lola
41- Marc Jacobs Lola
42- Jessica McClintock
43- Gucci Bamboo
44- by Kilian Imperial Tea**
45- by Kilian Bamboo Harmony
46- by Kilian Forbidden Games
47- by Kilian Liaisons Dangeruese
48- Creed Acqua Fiorentina**
49- Creed Fleurissimo
50- Derek Lam 10 Crosby SIlent St**
51- Commodity Gold
52- Guerlain Shalimar**
53- Guerlain Terracotta le Parfume
54- Aerin Tangier Vanille
55- Aerin Evening Rose
56- Aerin Rose de Grasse
57- Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge
58- Tom Ford Sahara Noir
59- Tom Ford Arabian Wood
60- Byredo Black Saffron
61- Amouage Ciel Woman
62- Amouage Memoir Woman**
63- Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
64- Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Rose Explosion**
65- Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose
66- Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon
67- Elizabeth and James Nirvana White
69- Salvador Ferragamo Signorina
70- Louis Vuitton Rose de Vents
71- Givenchy A’Telier Immortelle Tribe
72- Givenchy A’Telier Iris Harmonique
73- Givenchy A’Telier Ambre Tigre
74- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
75- Maison Francis Kurkdjian A La Rose
76- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Cashmere Mood**
77- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Acqua Universalis Forte
78- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Féminin Pluriel
79- Le Labo Baie Rose 26
80- Prada Candy
81- Gorilla Perfume Lust
82- L’Occitane Miel & Citron / Honey & Lemon
83- Lolita Lempicka
84- Demeter Iced Berries
85- Demeter Sugar Cookies
86- Tocca Florence
87- Lady Gaga Fame
88- Chanel No. 5
89- Chanel Coco**
90- Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
91- Armani Prive Rose Arabie**
92- Armani Prive Au de Jade
93- Armani Prive Rose Alexanderie
94- Armani Prive- Vetiver Babylone
95- Aquolina Pink Sugar
96- Jean Patou Joy
98- Perufmers Workshop Tea Rose
99- Sonia Kashul Pink Innocencia
100- Aqua di Parma Rosa Nobile

the ones with the little ** By them are my personal favorites!

 

 

Etsy Indie Brand Spotlight :: Cinis Labs, Fragrances, Beard Oils and more!

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I was really excited to be able to review this Etsy Indie brand, Cinis Labs.

Cinis Labs, operated and owned by Donnie Bovi specializes in Beard Oils, Unisex Fragrances, and Fragrance Supplies. They also sell pomades and other items as well. I  was interested in reviewing his fragrances and when I contacted Donnie about what products he would recommend I purchase to review he recommended a lot of amazing things. He also gave me pretty much most of his line to review. Fragrances, beard oils, and his new hair pomade. Since I don’t have a beard I gave some of it to some bearded buddies to try out, as well as some of the pomade, and some fragrances. I am going to have a youtube video on the fragrances, but I wanted to give his amazing products the review they deserve!

About Donnie and Cinis Labs

 

Story Behind Cinis Labs

I was never a big fan of perfumes, to me it was always like: Oh you smell nice, what is it? -It’s that brand.And I hated when I would smell a fragrance that I knew or owned on someone and I would recognize it. To me it just made it a bit less personal, it was more who you are wearing rather than what you smell like.
I was at a party one day about 6 years ago, and someone there smelled so good, that I kept getting closer, I couldnt help myself, I just wanted to smell more and more. So I asked him what he was wearing and he said: Molecule01.
I did my research and I discovered the ingredient (iso-e-super) and how it amplifies someones natural scent, I go my hands on it and I kept getting compliments. Then I thought maybe I should mix it up with something like cedarwood and see what happends.
Long story short, I got my hands on a few oils and I started mixing them up to try new scents. The more people would compliment the way I smelled the more oils I would get and experiment. After that I started doing more research on how to make a perfume last longer, stronger etc. A few thoussand dollars later, I realised that maybe I should try to make some money out of it, so I can keep going. So whenever someone would compliment the way I smelled I would explain that I make it myself and see if they wanted to buy some. thats how it started I guess. Its really more of a hobby still, I have never done any marketing or advertising and never tried to promote my products in any way. Whenever I come up with something I think is good i just list it and people just find my products and buy them.

When did you start Cinis Lab?

I started it in April.

What was the inspiration for your store and products?

I was mainly interested in making perfumes. I had ideas that I thought were weird, unusual, and wanted top make fragrances that I would wear. I have never tried to think what would be popular, everything I’ve tried mixing is because it made sense to me.
When I am mixing my oils I usually take old school fragrances and give them a twist. I also mix scents based on memories, from places or times in my life.My fragrance unholy water for example, has notes that i remember from my childhood, flowers, trees church. I added the twist, and holy water (from the church memories) became unholy.
Now the beard oils and the rest of the products are products that I wanted to make for myself once again. Made them, tried them, I thought they worked, I gave some to friends, I got great feedback, so I thought I’d start selling some of that too.

Where would you like to see this shop/brand go… in the next year, 5 years, beyond?

I want to make more products, like lotions, hair products, with cool scents. I do not have a business plan, it’s just something I do in my free time, a hobby. Having said that, sales keep rising in these first four months and that makes me think maybe I should see it more seriously.

Any new products, fragrances you plan on coming out with?

I want to launch a hair/beard putty, I am already working on it. I want to make it in all the scents the beard oils come in. Hopefully I will build some stock and launch it this month.
This week I am launching a new fragrance that I am very proud of. It is very niche and I am addicted to it and wearing it every day, I get comments everywhere I go. It smells like gasoline, motor oil, steel and spices. yes, gasoline. Its sharp, icy, musky
I call it “Fueled up

Beard Oil and Pomade Review

Firstly before I get into what my friends thought, I used the oils and pomade in my hair. I loved the way they made my hair smell, added a nice fragrance, and also I really loved how the pomade worked, how long it lasted, and how easy it was to use. Generally all of Cinis Labs products are unisex, so you can really use them however you want, I just wanted to add my initial thoughts on these items!

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The beard oils I got were

The Pomade was Rosewood/Oud/Amber (which isn’t available just yet)

Overall everyone really liked the oils. The feedback I got was that the oils really helped condition their facial hair, and the fragrances were unique and also not overpowering in a way that would make them not be worn. Distinguished manliness was mentioned, as well as “Where can I buy this for when I run out!?” The pomade was also liked as well. helped mainain the beard, their hairstyles (and mine) and was also very pleasantly fragranced (I LOVE the smell of it, OMFG). Friends and skeptics turned into believes (and future sales I am sure) and came with glowing recommendations.

The other thing they seemed to really get behind was the price. Cinis Labs products are extremely reasonable for the quality! ($9.50 for a 30 ml and $16.50 for 60 ml) so if you wanted to try a few things it won;t break the bank or hurt your wallet.

Also something else I’d like to add is the Customer Service and communication Donnie provided. Fast, courteous, and knowledgable about his products and brand!

 

Fragrances

I also picked up a few fragrances, but I will be doing a youtube video on them so I can get more into longevity of the perfume, how it smells, and things like that!

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Fragrances I got

Overall Impressions

Overall I really liked and enjoyed all the products I received. My friends loved them and really are psyched to use them more, and also become customers of Donnie’s. Cinis Labs is a no brainer. If you are looking for very unique fragrances that are deep, woody, and substantial, and want to support a small business and get an amazing product at an amazing price then Cinis Labs is definitely the place! Need a unique gift for a father, boyfriend and beard aficionado, definitely check them out!

Brand Grade and Product Grade- A+

Cinis Lab Store on Etsy

 

 

 

Some New Stuff :: Recent Haul Goodies!

I got a lot of new stuff recently! Here are some of my favorite new thingamajigs!

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Stuff!

  • Nordstrom’s Best’ Cheek Palette from Nars *Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
  • Sonia Kashuk Pink Innocence Perfume
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Blanc
  • Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush

About the stuff!

I Love love LOVE the concealer, I did a whole review video on it!

 

The Nars cheek palette is the only thing that peeked my interest from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale!

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Come with…

  • Orgasm Blush
  • Luster Blush
  • Deep Throat Blush
  • Desire Blush
  • Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
  • Laguna Bronzing Powder

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Also here is how pale the hourglass foundation is. I got the lightest one, I  haven’t tried it (or the brush yet) I am hoping it is as magical as I believe it will be!

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anyways! That is all the new favorite things I recently got!

OMG More Empties!

Even more empties! I wasn’t planning on doing another one of these so soon, but I have gone through so many products and my bathroom is already so cluttered! So here we go!

SeaTree Moisture Mist

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Love LOVE this moisture mist. Its the best one I have ever used! I have only been able to find it on Beauteque for $12.99, which offers an amazing korean beauty/skincare monthly subscription box. They also sell the products they feature which is where I bought a replacement of this. ITS SO GOOD!! Grade- A++++++++

SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

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This is one of my favorite toners, I use it every morning. Really works well with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and I love having that extra boost of skincare under my makeup! I usually get this from SK-II’s website but its also available at Sephora.com and Saks. Grade- A-

GlamGlow Youthmud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment

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I wanted to love this, but it really irritated my sensitive skin. I mean super irritated. It hurt so bad while it was one, and my skin was left super red, tender and super sore afterwards. I have noticed every Glamglow product I use does the same thing, which is depressing. Because overall my skin felt so smooth and after the redness and irritation died down it looked good too. I just can’t justify purchasing this, and if you have sensitive skin be warned! But you can find it at Sephora Grade- B *for results*

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

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I actually liked this product a lot. I noticed my blackheads would diminish when I used this consecutively, and it was easy to use and did not aggravate my sensitive skin. The problem is I would forget to use this, since I used it after my essence, and before my serums. I am super strict with my skincare routine and I just kept forgetting about this. So I have decided not to repurchase (for now). But if you have issues with blackheads I would recommend giving this a shot! I got mine at memebox.com Grade- B+

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

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Hate is such a strong word, but hate is what I can use to describe my feelings towards this mask. I didn’t use it all, I didn’t even use a 1/5 of it. But I am chucking it in the garbage. It would NEVER fully dry, and to top that off it wasn’t easy to wash off what remainder of the mask wouldn’t peel off. I had to scrape it off with my fingernails. I tried thin layers, thick layers, I let it sit on my face for over an hour. No thank you, PASS! Also my skin showed no improvement at all after each use, so it wasn’t like the extra effort was worth it for the results.But a lot of people do like it so if you want to play Russian Roulette with your face you can find it at most drugstores and Ulta.com Grade- FAIL

La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel

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I tried a deluxe sample of this and I was sold. I used this just in the  morning, and my underlies were brightened, and moisturized. They felt amazing, even under heaps of makeup! I am still using my SK-II eye cream, but when I am done with that I will probably be purchasing this, probably from La Mers website, or Neiman Marcus. Grade- A

Perricone MD Cold Plasma

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OK, ok… hold up. I don’t know where this product has been all my life but OMG it is amazing. I ended up getting a few deluxe samples of this little baby, and my skin ADORES IT. The smell is pretty off putting, but the results speak for themselves. This has been one of the best anti-aging products I have ever used. I will be purchasing a full-size of this when I am through with all my samples! If you are looking for a good anti-aging product I recommend checking this out! My skin looks so much younger, and healthier since I added this to my routine! You can find it at Sephora, Ulta and various other places. Grade- A+

 

Other Products in my Empties list *that were either not impressive or I have previously talked about

  • COTZ Face Natural Skintone SPF 40- to dark for me and to thick
  • Lindsay Charcoal Magic Mask- I did a review on this. I really like it but I have other masks I like a lot better. worth checking out though!
  • Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen booster
  • Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Polishing mask- this was alright, I have better sugar scrubs though
  • Tatcha Luminous Memory Serum Concentrate- I liked this, but not enough to justify the cost. I may buy it in the future
  • Ahava Dead Sea Crystal Osmotic Serum- this did nothing for my skin, so pass.
  • NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray- Love and already bought a replacement
  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Foaming Cleasner- Made it my favorite cleanser list. Love this, and already bought a replacement
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray- Love and have a full-size (this was a deluxe sample)
  • Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser- was an alright cleanser but I have better. So Pass
  • Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate- I actually really enjoyed this, so I may purchase it in the future.

also RIP my beloved discontinued L’Occitane Honey Gentle Water. My most beloved of fragrances!

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Unboxing :: 2 Fragrances from Anthropologie

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I went into Anthropologie this week and whenever I go there I always make a beeline to their little Fragrance area. I fell in love with a bunch of fragrances but I behaved and only bought 2.

I got English Rose from Royal Apothic, and She Found Quiet in His Wild from Fictions

I will probably do a review on these soon so I won’t go to much into them. But they are both very lovely floral fragrances with a touch of much. English rose is, well more rose fragranced, and The one from fictions is a little brighter, and fruitier.

The packaging for these both was really lovely. English rose came in a velvet lined wooden box, and the fictions fragrance came in a packaging that resembled a book!

the pics….

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I adore the bottle.

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What I found really clever was the information on the perfumer and graphic artist of the packaging was presented as a removable bookmark within the package

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I think these both will make great summer scents, and I can’t wait to wear them!

REVIEW :: Pink Cherry Blossom Perfume from ETUDE House

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So from my recent ETUDE House haul I got the Pink Cherry Blossom Set. Came with their Play 101 pencils in very pretty colors, hand cream, all over spray and this Eau De Toilette. I really love sweet feminine perfumes and I thought this would be a nice one to try out. The set was inexpensive, and it came with so much that if I didn’t end up liking this I wouldn’t feel bad.

It has notes of Violet, Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Musk and is very very sweet.

First Impressions

When first sprayed out of the bottle this is VERY sweet. Almost sickeningly sweet. And a little goes a long way. One spritz was enough for me to get on my wrists and dab on my neck. Immediately the sweetness mellows out and you get a hint of musk. This exchange of notes right away is really very nice. It is a very candy sweet scent, but the way the notes are playing together it doesn’t feel juvenile (we all know this super sweet perfumes we had when we were 7) I wouldn’t say this is mature, but it  is very playful. The notes go really well together, it is very fresh, sweet and pleasant. And the little hint of musk makes it come together very nicely.

Long Wear Impressions

After wearing this for about 3 hours you have to reapply. This may because I live in a very humid environment, but it is something to consider. It doesn’t immediately dissipate but it is something you would want to reapply if you wanted to smell like this all day. The notes the longer you wear it get lighter and sweeter. You lose a lot of the musk, and get more violet the longer you wear. But it is still very playful, pleasant and nice.

Overall Impression

If you LOVE sweet perfumes this is definitely one to try! Its not an overpowering sweetness, but a very bright and playful sweetness, and the floral and musk in it make it very nice. It does go on very heavy at first, and it doesn’t stay on the body to long. But overall I think it is something very sweet, and special and would work well for most ages, especially if you like very sweet and floral perfumes. Plus the bottle is cute to boot!

Grade- B + (would have been an A if it had lasted longer)