The Fragrance That Launched 1000 Flankers :: Review of Elizabeth Arden Green Tea

If you are at all familiar with me or my YouTube channel, you are probably familiar with my voracious appetite for tea fragrances. The fragrance that ignited this passion (and my love for beloved nose Francis Kurdjian) it Elizabeth Arden’s classic… Green Tea.

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Bright, and refreshing- tea fragrances are some of the most popular types of fragrances, especially green tea. You have Bvlgari au the Vert, by Kilian’s Imperial Tea and the one that started it all for me- Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, and it’s numerous (and I mean NUMEROUS) flankers!
When I think of green tea fragrances I instantly think of Green Tea from Elizabeth Arden. The nose behind this fragrance is the legendary Francis Kurkdjian. Created in  1999 this bright and aromatic perfume became a classic and created a fine and distinguished lineage of beloved flankers as well.

 

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Green Tea is so beloved because it is an easy, and gorgeously aromatic and bright fragrance.

Top notes of Peppermint, Orange, Rhubarb, Bergamort, and Lemon- Middle Notes of Green Tea, Jasmine, Celery Seed, Carnation- and Base notes of Musk, Fennel, Oakmoss, Caraway and White Amber. There is a lot going on in this fragrance. So many different layers and conflicting notes, but it all blends together effortlessly and beautifully.

This is a perfume that dances on your skin. Being slightly sweet, green, and refreshing it works beautifully in the spring and summertime. Its easy to wear but also has a simple elegance to it’s body as well. If you’re looking for something more fitted to cooler weather or better for the evenings look to its many flankers. (I am particularly fond of Green Tea Exotic and Green Tea Spiced for cooler weather).

It performs beautifully in any climate and is fitting for most daytime and evening casual occasions. The other beautiful thing about this fragrance is its price point, its incredibly affordable for such a gorgeous fragrance! So at the end of the day you get a gorgeous perfume that has excellent performance, without breaking the bank!

Bright and Fantastic :: Moschino Cheap & Chic I Love Love Fragrance Review

Moschino Cheap and Chic  is a bright, fun, and perfect perfume for the summer months! Released by the designer house in 1995, it has long been considered an iconic fragrance from this brand. Moschino is not known to shy away from outrageous branding, unique but wearable compositions and fun scents, and Cheap and Chic I Love Love definitely encompasses the brands unique and fearless style. One only has to look at the iconic Olive Oyl inspired bottle to see its playful nature. And one whiff will win you over.

With its unique melange of notes its easy to see why some people are baffled by this scent, and others are so inspired. Among a long list of notes, the most pronounced ones are bergamot, petitgrain, yuzu, rose, jasmine, water lily, violet, orris, vanilla, musk, orchid, tonka bean, and ambergris. It opens strong, and startling with an unapologetic blast of citrus, which then melts into an aromatic woodsy notes with a feminine floral heart. The musk really cements it all together and adds a little bit of a dazzling finish.

The performance for this fragrance is exceptional as well. It has fantastic longevity even in the most humid of environments, so you don’t have to worry about this perfume fading away in the middle of the day. Its projection and sillage is fantastic as well, has a lovely aura to it that people near you will definitely be able to enjoy!

This scent is a wearable blend of a variety of conflicting notes, that come together to create something special. Cheap and Chic I Love Love is as unique as its designer house while still being wearable and enjoyable- especially in super duper hot weather. And I think that is pretty terrific!

Fragrance Index :: Male Fragrance Youtube Reviewers | Part 1, Founding Fathers

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.

Since there are a lot more male fragrance reviewers then female I decided to start off this list with the guys who have been doing this for 3 years or longer! The next one will be on the new guys! Now these guys don’t just review masculine fragrances, they have a terrific range of just about everything!

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!

The Reviewers

 

  • CoachRob619- It’s hard to imagine that he has been creating videos for over 5 years, but Coach Rob is one of the most well rounded and respected fragrance reviewers on the platform. With almost 13k subs his star has no chance of slowing and looking at his content its easy to see why. He has an amazing variation of content paired that covers just about anything you would want to know about!
  • Ouch110 Fragrance Reviews- Here is another person that has content I could easily binge watch for days! Beautiful variety of reviews, hauls, and recommendations. All in a nice variety of Niche, luxury, designer, indie, affordable and more! His fantastic reviews, fun and quirky personality and nice variation of men’s, unisex and feminine fragrance videos have cemented him as one of the most beloved reviewers on the platform.
  • Jeremy Fragrance- If Katie Puckrick is the forever reigning Queen of the YT fragcomm, Jeremy is most definitely the King! Having started his channel over 3 years ago he has a staggering 179,000 subscribers. He is easily the most popular fragrance reviewer, and at this point almost a household name within the Fragcomm. He has an exuberant and enthusiastic style, and a wealth of knowledge and experience. Partnered with a great nose, and good looks. Its easy to see why so many people flock to his channel and value his input and opinions! Love him or hate him, he isn’t going anywhere!
  • MrZayas81- Rene has been creating videos for just over 4 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. With over 6k subs he is one of the most popular fragrance reviewers on YT as well. A great mix of reviews (especially on luxury, high end and niche), unboxings and recommendations you can find just about anything you would want on his channel!
  • Redolessence– Steven aka Redolessence on YT is definitely one of the most successful, respected, and well known of the fragrance reviewers. Having created content for over 5 years he has amassed over 42,000 subscribers and he gets more and more each day. He has a fantastic approach that is a mixture of entertainment and informative, as well as content that spans across many interests- Designer, niche men’s, women’s, and more. You can find just about anything on his channel, as well as constantly having collabs (especially with BFL), and very consistent uploads as well.
  • Brooklyn Fragrance Lover- Carlos/BFL has such a passion for fragrance, and great content you can’t help but binge watch all of his videos. His knowledge, experience and love for all things frag definitely makes him a standout in the YT fragcomm. His first fragrance videos came out over 3 years ago and its easy to see why he is so popular. There is a tremendous variation with is content, as well as having a rotating amount of  smart/witty guests on his channel that add to the videos they are apart of. Reviews, interviews, collabs and more there is something for everyone! With over 14k subscribers he is definitely one of the most popular, and it isn’t just because of his catchy jingle!
  • Fragrance Bros- One of the channels that has been around the longest, the Fragrance Bros have been creating content for over 6 years! Originally Dave and Jer they started out with fun, entertaining and original content. Now it is just Dave but that doesn’t mean the channel is slowing down. With the basic series, unboxings, reviews and more it’s easy to see why Fragrance Bros has been around for such a long time and still has fantastic and relative content. With over 20,000 subscribers and counting, its going to be fun to see where Dave takes the channel in the next 6 years!
  • Dracdoc- Another channel that has been around for over 6 years Dracdoc is another one of those household names in the YT fragcomm. He has  plethora of content that ranges from thoughtful and informative reviews, to awesome recommendation videos and more! his channel has an impressive 33,000 subs and counting. Mostly thanks to his valuable content, reliable uploads and genuine passion and knowledge for fragrances.
  • Scentrifugal Force- Eric is arguably the reigning king of Montale and Mancera fragrance reviews. His collection is legendary, not to mention his content is entertaining and educating. He has a great range of reviews of niche fragrances (Montale, Mancera, Boadicea the Victorious, Amouage and more) But also reviews on luxury and designers as well. If you want a good, fun review of some holy grail frags definitely check him out. He has been creating for over 6 years and I always look forward to new videos!
  • RajuR reaL deeP kooL- RRDK is not only a talented musician but an aficionado of fragrance. His channel has been around for over 7 years and he started talking about fragrance just over 3 years ago, He has a great entertaining and boisterous personality tied with his great reviews on holy grail frags!
  • The Fragoholic– The Fragoholic has been apart of the TY scene for over 7 years! with over 11,000 subscribers he is one of the best channels to check out if you have a love for celebrity and designer fragrances. Having dedicated his entire channel to reviews on popular and amazing celeb frags!
  • Among the Stars– AtheS is another channel primarily dedicated to celebrity fragrances. This channel has been around for over 4 years and it another fantastic resource if you love and want more information and reviews on celebrity fragrances.
  • Max Fiorti– Max’s channel has been up for about 4 years and has over 11,000 subs! He has fantastic content that spans reviews on niche and designer fragrances, new releases and plenty of seasonal recommendations! Another very respected reviewer in the community and definitely worth checking out if you havent already!
  • Robes08- What more can be said about Robes08 that hasnt already been said. Widely considered the original/first reviewer of fragrance on YT Robes 08 has been creating videos for over 8 years! With over 27k subs he is another household name within the community. Reviews, first impressions, recommendation videos and more. You can literally find just about anything you would be looking for on his channel!
  • Maximilian Must Know- Maximilian’s channel has been around for over 4 years and has some great content. Fantastic variety (niche, designer and more) as well as scent safaris and reviews. There is something for everyone. I also love that he covers some under the radar fragrances too. Great nose, great videos, great channel!
  • FragranceFanatic1- Another fragrance reviewer that has been around from the beginning, over 6 years Fragrancefanatic1 has been creating content! Best known for Street Scents, and his Creed videos he has amassed over 19k loyal subscribers. One of the best channels out there! Informative, enthusiastic and entertaining!
  • A Gentleman’s Journey- Another well rounded and fantastic channel that has been around for over 4 years! His content has a great mixture of hypebeasts, niche, designer and crowdpleasers- with  honest and informative reviews. Always a pleasure to watch with something for everyone.
  • Fragboy Stewie- Fragboy Stewie is a beast in the community. Having created reviews and content on YT for just over 3 years he has a staggering 17,000 subscribers. His videos are entertaining, upbeat and informative. And he is well respected for his experience and integrity,
  • Bottom Note- Although Bottom Note hasn’t posted videos in over 8 months he is stil lmissed. Very popular reviews and entertaining to watch. He had started his channel over 4 years ago and a lot of people wish he would come back to the platform.
  • MyMickers- Another channel that has been around from near the beginning, MyMickers has been doing fragrance reviews for over 7 years and has over 13,000 subs! Super fun and entertaining to watch, great experience and integrity, as well as a great blend of content that he covers- its easy to see why he is so popular.
  • Lanier Smith- If you want a reviewer with class, integrity that focuses on not just the fragrances, but the passion and artistry behind them then look no further then Lanier Smith. I can’t imagine a classier, more gentlemanly person within the fragrance community, with more impeccable taste. If you love luxury, niche and all things Chanel he is a great resource and has been for over 3 years.
  • Super Dacob- Super Dacob isnt just a fragrance channel, but more a luxury lifestyle channel that manifests itself into high artistry, glamour and history. Dacob is like an encylopedia when it comes to all things Chanel, and his love and passion for that house and its fragrances have made him iconic among the scene. His channel has been around for over 3 years and he has a loyal following of over 16k subs and its steadily growing. If you love fashion, art, history and fragrance Dacob has the best channel for you!
  • Smelling Great Fragrance Reviews- His original channel was Man Loves Cologne. Sebastian has been an active member of the fragrance community for a very long time. His videos are informative, education and always a pleasure to watch. With over 8k subs his subscribers tend to agree with me. He puts out content very regularly so there is always something new to watch! Check him out he tends to review everything so I guarantee of you want a review or information on it, he has it!
  • TheBatman777- This channel has been around for a very long time, focusing on popculte movies and more but really started to focus on fragrances and reviews around 3 years ago, They haven’t posted anything in 10 months, but we are always hoping they come back. great energy and great reviews, a very missed channel.
  • lilAngry- Although he bowed out from the Fragcomm about 4 years ago to further his education, I still hear people wishing and praying he would come back. Great reviewer with great charisma on camera. His reviews were always on point, he had amazing integrity and he is immensely missed.
  • JR Reviews- Another fantastic reviewer who isn’t apart of the FragComm anymore. JR Reviews started his channel over 7 years ago and hasn’t been active in about 5. He had great reviews, hauls and more and is very missed.
  • TheLupeXperience– Lupe has been around for over 5 years and had a great channel deciated to popular fragrance with reviews, discussions and more. Although he hasnt updated his channel in over a year his content is still relative and always worth checking out.
  • Betawiblood– Betawibloods channel is another incredibly well rounded and respected channel. Having been around for over 5 years he has a fanatstic library of videos that feature great reviews, unboxing videos, spotlights, recommendations/lists and more. He covers niche, designer and luxury fragrances so there will definitely be something for any taste.
  • ToonZ91– Probably on eof the reviewers that is COMPLETELY under the radar and under appreciated is the amazing ToonZ91! His channel has been around for over 5 years and his videos are always on point, informative and entertaining. He has loads of integrity, passion and his videos reflect that tenfold! Do yourself a favor and check out his channel, you wont regret it.
  • Greggieboy76- A reviewer from the UK who has been apart of the YT fragcomm for over 4 years. Fanatstic mix of reviews (niche and under the radar frags and more) and hauls and more its easy to see after you have watched a few of his videos why he has over 8,000 subs!
  • The Scentient Man– Raj is another under the radar reviewer that has stellar content. He has been creating videos for over 5 years and has a great library of niche, luxury, designer and other fragrance videos under his belt. He hasn’t put out new content in about 4 months but I hope he comes back soon!
  • RyzFragz34- Another well respected and well rounded fragrance channel that has been around for over 4 years. He has a stellar collection as well as very informed reviews that get to the point quickly without dragging on to long. That concise manner in which he delivers his reviews is one of the reasons he is so popular and loved. Reviewing popular fragrances, niche, designer luxury and more. His library is extensive and great if you want a good resource for popular and niche frags.
  • FreddieFragz- One thing can be said, Freddiefragz subscribers are always wishing, hoping and begging for more. In fact thats the only real drawback to his channel. He has been creating content for over 3 years and his subs always wish he uploaded more frequently. That says a lot for the quality of his content. Which is great btw!
  • Dmaster21- Another original reviewer who hasn’t uploaded new content in over 2 years. Although he is missed the content he has up is still relevant and worth checking out. Especially if you like reviews and collection videos.
  • 860Cologne– Great reviewer with a great presence 860 cologne has been apart of the YT fragComm for over 3 years. Wonderful blend of reviews on new releases and old favorites, match with that previously mentioned charisma he has on camera makes for really entertaining and fantastic videos. Also can we talk about how EPIC his voice is!?
  • Notes Punch- It’s safe to say if a reviewer has made me laugh more then any other (and way to much I might add) it would definitely be Notes Punch! His sense of humor is hilarious and his content is amazing. Creating videos for over 3 years I am always so happy and excited to see new videos from him. If you want good reviews and a good time, check him out!
  • Elegante Aroma- Having reviews on Spanich and English Elegante aroma has a great channel and has been doing YT fragrance reviews for over 4 years.
  • Lex Ellis– Lex has a channel that is half hilarity, half fragrance reviews, and half video games (I know I know that doesnt equal 100%) BUT OMFG do I love his content! Another reviewer whose videos are entertaining and on point! Also did I mention video games! Yes please! He’s definitely a personality alright. So if you like some funny, in your fragrance reviews hes the one to check out!
  • TheFragranceGuy If you like Xerjoff fragrances and more this is definitely the channel for you!
  • Dollars and Scents– Another great channel. D&S has been creating content for over 3 years. A very well rounded library featuring a lot of popular scents including first impressions of Creed Viking!
  • Fragrance Talk– One of the Originals this channel was started over 9 years ago! Although it has been at least 4 years since new content has been up, if you want to see one of the originals (and the content is some I always love watching) check out the channel!
  • John David- John David has been reviewing fragrances for 3 years. His content has a great mix of designer fragrances, as well as a lot of niche houses that don’t get a lot of attention. He has a great mix of content, and honest reviews and is well worth checking out.
  • Persolaise- Perfumes- Well respected reviewer who has a great amount of content. does very short and concise reviews and has been creating content on youtube for over 5 years.

 

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!

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 guys some LOVE! ❤

Bespoke Beauty :: My Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Atelier Renard SLG

Bespoke Beauty, Perfumed Leather Perfection

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Now normally I don’t talk to much about my luxury items on here except for beauty, skincare and of course fragrance. But I do also collect and have an appreciation for bags and small leather goods (SLGs). Recently my SA at Neiman Marcus let me know about a special trunk show they were having, and about some very incredible little SLGs from Atelier Renard and Francis Kurkdjian.

When my SA told me about these pieces I was instantly excited. I love the history behind fragrances. How is spans and intertwines with different times, cultures and religions. And I was always fascinated with the perfumed gloves of the 17th century. So when I found out one of my favorite houses (and noses) was partnering with a master leather workshop to create special perfumed leather items I knew this was something I had to check out.

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Francis Kurkdjian and Brigitte Montaut looking through leather samples and notes. Credit FrancisKurkdjian.com

 

I think what really fascinates me about this collaboration between these two masters of their craft is that at started with a bag: That Bag then created a spark of admiration, respect which then blossomed and breathed life into a beautifully perfect collaboration.

The pieces range from single card cases to twin sets: in either American Alligator or Calfskin. In an assortment of colors you can really find just about anything you would want looks wise. SMELL wise the fragrance is unreal!

It’s safe to say I LOVE leather fragrances, so the beautiful resinous and rich fragrance paired with the supple leather is something truly special. I wish Francis Kurkdjian would make a fragrance like that with the leather. It reminds me very much of Grand Soir and Cologne Pour le Soir. The fragrance is supposed to last at least 2 years so I am excited to be able to enjoy this for that long!

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Me comparing my choices to my current SLGs in Use (Bottega Veneta Cardcase, LV Key Holder and Prada Saffiano Leather Wallet). That Green Alligator was almost the winner, but I got the calfskin twinset instead. Photo Credit, Me

Overall I am completely enraptured with the quality of my piece and the fragrance. It’s a beautiful union of 2 perfect worlds colliding to create something amazing. I am looking forward to what they have in store for us in the future!

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Alligator and Calfskin Twinsets in a beautiful assortment of colors. Credit Atelierrenard.com

Purchase

I was lucky to be able to experience these firsthand. They are not available online, only in select Bergdorf Goodman Stores and Certain Maison Francis Kurkdjian boutiques. I would contact them directly to see what is available.

Articles and Additional Information

Review of my piece is up on my Youtube Channel.

This is NOT a sponsored post. 

Beautiful Fragrance Dupes Perfect for Mother’s Day!

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I was really honored to have had MaxAroma.com contact me and ask me to review dupe/clone fragrance house La Rive. Now I had heard of La Rive before, and I have heard a lot of good things. The fragrance itself is manufactured in France, and everything is put together and sent out from Poland.

I am very skeptical of dupes/clones myself. Usually they smell very synthetic, and don’t do a good job of really capturing the fragrance they are supposed to be emulating, but I was very surprised with these. I found the juice to be very close to what they were duplicating, and in some cases they were twins! The other thing I loved about them was the price point. At Max Aroma, they were all $20 or less.

Overall I enjoyed them, and have been happily wearing them and enjoying them. If you want to see my full review of each I will linkmy Youtube video below! I think these would make amazing gifts for anyone who loves fragrances! And its a great way to save a few bucks too!

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Fragrances

  • Chatte– Dupe for Chanel No 5
  • Cute- Dupe for Chloe EDT (newer version)
  • Cash– Dupe for Paco Rabanne Lady Million
  • Fleur de Femme– Dupe for Dior Hypnotic Poison, Poison Girl
  • Madame in Love– Dupe for Gucci Flora by Gucci
  • Tender– Dupe for Calvin Klein’s Euphoria?
  • Beauty- Dupe for Giorgio Armani Si, Givenchy Dahlia Divin
  • Pearl– Dupe for Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme ?
  • Lady Diamond– Dupe for Lady Million too (Cash is better/closer IMHO)

You can get them from Max Aromas Website, and to save a few more bucks use my code “Kristin” at checkout. You can save 10% on all La Rive Purchases!

 

Again I really enjoyed all of these fragrances, and think they would make perfect gifts, especially if you are on a budget!

 

The links are all affiliate links, but this is not a sponsored post

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.

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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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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

 

 

 

Luxury Beauty Review :: Creme de La Mer

I recently did a youtube review on the Luxe product Creme de La Mer, I wanted to expand upon it a bit. The video is below.

 

Overall thoughts

  • I got this over 2 months ago (almost 3 at this point) and I have to say I have seen an amazing difference in my skin. Softer, looks healthier, feels smooth, texture is improved and I have noticed an overall diminish in my pores appearance.
  • Overall I’m incredibly happy with the product. I have tried dupes of this in the past, but for me this is what has worked the best. That doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, and from a lot of reviews I read people had better experiences with the dupes. So it all depends on your skin, and your expectations.
  • I want to also add, that using it everyday at night for almost 3 months I am barely if even 1/3 of the way through the jar. I suspect this will last me at least throughout the entire summer. So even though it is incredibly pricey you get a lot of bang for your buck.

If you were on the fence about this product, or want a very effective and luxurious moisturizer, from my experience and results I would highly recommend. But do see if you can get a sample first (I am a HUGE believer in sampling before buying!) as not all skincare works for everyone, and this is a very expensive product. Hope this helped anyone!

Thanks!

Review :: Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss

I love lip tints, and as apart of my recent Sephora haul (Haul post coming later today) I decided to try out a few of Chosungah 22s Dual lip tints. I have heard amazing things about these tint/gloss duos and I decided to see how they worked for me.

I got the colors Cashmere, and Velvet. But I will be just reviewing Cashmere today, and also give you my overall thoughts!

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First Impressions

First the product has 2 different ends (obviously) one with the lip tint, and the other with the accompanying lip gloss. The applicator for the lip tint is really nice, but the brush for the gloss is MEH. I kinda wish they had matching applicators.

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The tint is watery, and nicely pigmented, you can layer it on for a sweet light berry lip, or darken it with a few layers. It smells slightly of strawberries. The gloss is a very light nudy pink, and it applies ok, but good golly is it sticky.

I decided to wear just the tint first and see how that wore, and then later on add the gloss to it and see how I liked that.

The Tint

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This is what it looks like with one application. Its a very pretty blushing pink/red color.

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Here it is with another application. I tried to layer an additional one more in the inside center of the lips. I like to do that with tints. I dunno I really like the bitten lip look.

With the Gloss

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The gloss kind of smoothed out the color and gave the lips a very juicy look. It also softened the color up.

Overall Impressions

I have mixed feelings. First I ADORE the tint side. it’s a little watery but the applicator is really great so you can get a nice coat on with one or two passes. Its really easy to build on, and it lasts for hours. I only had to reapply after eating a very soupy lunch. However. I can’t stand the gloss. It is way to sticky, I hate the applicator, and it doesn’t do anything to bring out the beautiful shade of the tint. Yuck and nope.

Its $19 on Sephora, and the price isn’t too bad. I got another color (velvet) which I will try later, so honestly if you want a really nice long lasting tint get this definitely (its MUCH cheaper then the Benefit ones, which I also love) You may like the gloss, I dunno I wasn’t a fan. Overall though I did enjoy the tint a lot!

Overall Grade- B

**Tint is an A+ Gloss is a D

UNBOXING ::LES MERVEILLEUSES DE LADUREE Rose Petal Blush and Pot

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Most of us have seen this beauty before. I won;t get to into the details of LES MERVEILLEUSES DE LADUREE but I will say I finally got my hands on the coveted Rose Petal Blush!

I decided to do an unboxing entry for this, since the boxes where so pretty and its a unique item.

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Boxes are just gorgeous!

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The larger box housed the pot. Its a pretty little plastic container for the blush.

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Cameo of I believe, Marie Antoinette.

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Petals come in this beautiful lilac pouch.

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The petals are so pretty! And I just love the color!

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Look at that beautiful color!

Overall I love the concept. Its so pretty, and I have been coveting this forever! Also the pigment is nice and rich, and overall I to say I am loving this. I also love the whimsey of the characters.

 

I will post a proper review of it soon!

So yes, super love/loved it all.