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“Be Quiet and Speak Easy” was the motto of the 1920’s seedy underbelly. It was the decade of The Lost Generation.  Bright Young Things who played by their own rules and didn’t give a hoot what the flat-tires thought.  Passwords and Secret Passageways.  Gin Mills and Juice Joints.  Rumrunners and Bootleggers. Hooch and Giggle Water. Flappers with Flyboys. Sheiks with Shebas.  Molls and Dolls.  The Jazz Age was a hedonistic playground where they got their wiggle on and were just plain up to no good.

Ferncliffe Perfumes, a 100% natural indie perfume house, reflects this spirit of a bygone era.  The theme around her fragrances are inspired by the Art Deco period, a decade of debauchery, decadence, and a bit of raunch.  Misbehavin’, named after the 1929 popular song, is a bold spicy oriental that personifies a new breed of woman who rebelled against acceptable social behavior.  Otherwise known as Flappers, these hot tomatoes were helmet-haired beauties who wore brash makeup and short skirts, listened to jazz and danced the top off tables.  Young women who smoked like chimneys, guzzled  hooch, and made whoopie. These dames sure ain’t Mrs. Grundy!  Misbehavin’ is all about wild fun and mischief, the cat’s meow!

Description: Misbehavin’ Natural Perfume is inspired by the popular 1929 love song “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” written by Thomas “Fats” Waller, Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf. Although it was first recorded by Fats Waller, later recordings by Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald were equally popular. Despite the song’s pledge to not misbehave, the Roaring Twenties were a decadent time of plenty of misbehavin’. 

Lyrics (Excerpt): 
No one to talk with,

All by myself,

No one to walk with,
But I’m happy on the shelf

Ain’t misbehavin’,

I’m savin’ my love for you.

Misbehavin’ is warm and spicy. Ylang Ylang and spices blend into an intense, sensual experience. At the heart of this intriguing natural perfume is Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon Bark and Nutmeg absolute draped in Ginger, Cardamom, Clove Bud and warm woods.

Notes:  Frankincense, Sandalwood, Nutmeg absolute, Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon Bark, Pink Peppercorn, Clove Bud, Cardamom, Ginger

From the Vial: Opens with a heavy spiced Charleston kick in the face!  It’s not Middle Eastern spice market but more like a box of red hots candy. Lots of cinnamon, ginger and just the right amount of clove. I usually don’t like clove in perfumes because I end up smelling like a Christmas ham but I like the clove in this one, it’s not too much and melds well with the other notes.  I smell nutmeg and cardamom giving out a bit of sweetness.   There’s a nice buttery floral note coming from the ylang ylang.  First impression, I like it!

Wet on Skin: At first, applies greasy on the skin but quickly goes down to a sheen.  It feels nice, not a heavy oil.  The spice calms down as it soaks into the skin and ylang ylang makes its presence known.  Ylang ylang is not too strong or heady.  It smells like a warm and spicy Jasmine.

 Dry Down:  As it dries down ylang ylang takes a backseat, the spices crank themselves up again particularly the nutmeg and cardamom.  There’s a nice transition to a slightly sweet spice, slightly smokey Frankincense, slightly soapy sandalwood.  Nice balance.  The last dry down, the sandalwood remains and leaves a clean soapy smell, like I just took a shower and dried myself off.  Interesting.

 Sillage: Poor throw and stays fairly close to the skin. It’s 100% natural so I wouldn’t expect it to be a sillage monster. On the plus side, since it is 100% natural and vegan, people with allergies to synthetic perfumes would be able to wear this.

 Longevity: Not good. 2 hours.

Would I Buy a Full Bottle?  No.  Poor sillage and longevity.

 Pricepoint: $

 Season and Occasion:  Autumn.  The warmth and spice is perfect for Thanksgiving.  With low sillage, the scent would be unobtrusive.  It’s not a foody spice that you belong on the buffet table, and it’s not too floral that it would be offensive.

 Final Verdict:  It’s ok. It was pleasant but it didn’t rock my world or anything.  I can kind of tell where Janet Teas was going. The spice evokes the feeling of sexy sizzle but that’s about it.  I felt it smelled too crisp and modern for its namesake.  I was expecting more of a retro-vintage feel, a powdery musky smell or strong floral like the classic perfumes of that time (i.e. Guerlain Shalimar, Chanel No. 5).  I would have liked her to play up the sensuality a bit more with the Frankincense possibly giving it a smokey vampy vibe. If you’re gonna call it Misbehavin’ you might as well go all out.  I think Janet Teas played it too safe.  It needs more skank.  Misbehavin’ is like Mrs. Grundy in a Flapper costume.  She has a bit of sizzle in her wiggle but is too much of a wallflower. She’s a teetotaler who drinks lemonade instead of whiskey, goes to church on Sundays and turns the light out at 9pm.  Misbehavin’ is a Flapper wanna be.

For teetotalers, vegans, and lovers of light spicy orientals.

Ferncliffe Perfumes Misbehavin’Available at the Ferncliffe Etsy Shop

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