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Amber, Apricot, Autumn, bergamot and cotton candy, blackberry, Caramel, cassia, Coconut, dark chocolate, Designer, Gourmand, honey, Jasmine, lily of the valley, Mainstream, mandarin orange, melon, Musk, Noses, Orchid, Patchouli, peach, plum, Red Berries, Rose, Scent of the Day, Season, Series, Thierry Mugler, tonka bean, Vanilla, Winter
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Bar Soap, Bath & Body, Bath & Body Review, Brooke Martin, Casual, Etsy, Gifting, Indie, Men's Bath & Body, Men's Bath Soap, Men's Fragrance Friday, Men's Fragrances, Men's Gifts, Noses, Occasion, Perfume Oil, Perfume Review, Season, Sharra, Unisex, Winter
Right now Winter and Spring are at war with each other. Just when Spring is here to stay, a somber darkness moves in turning the sky a sullen gray. While others can’t wait to see the back of Winter, I’m holding on as long as I can. My favorite perfumes are winter fragrances and it saddens me that they will be hibernating in my drawer soon to make room for light florals and fresh greens for Spring. I know what you’re going to say, “Who cares about the season? Just wear what you want!”. I wish I could but it doesn’t feel right wearing a heavy winter fragrance in the spring or summer. For me, it feels like wearing a long, heavy wool coat in the 80 degree weather. I feel inappropriately dressed as far as I’m concerned.
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Autumn, bellydance, Casual, Etsy, Evening, Fall, floriental, Indie, La Bohème, Near East, Noses, Ocassion, Patchouli, Perfume Oils, Rachel Brice, Rose, Scentimental Value, Season, Series, Sharra, Tribal Fusion Bellydance, Winter
Dance has been an integral part of my life. Thanks to my aunt who was a bellydancer, she took me under her wing as a youngin’. Dance came natural to me as walking. Alone in the corner of her dance studio, I emulated her movements when she rehearsed or taught class. Her students were amazed at how a 5-year-old girl caught on so quickly. She brought me on stage performing dance duets and solos. I wowed the audience with challenging choreography for my age. Many people remarked that I danced beyond my years. My ability to interpret the music through movement was visceral, a skill only conveyed by a dancer with years of experience. I continued to train in several dance forms: Brazilian samba at 9 years old with my mom, Afro-Haitian dance during my teens, and flamenco in my early 20’s to present day. I’ve spent subsequent years on and off learning different genres but my journey forward always took me back to my roots — bellydancing!
bitter orange, Black Musk, Black Pepper, Corrinne Cachen, Gaiacwood, Men's Fragrance Friday, Niche, Northern California, Noses, Nutmeg, Oriental Fougere, Pacific Ocean, Patchouli, Redwood, Redwoods, Season, Series, Smoky Icense, Spice Ginger, Unisex, Winter
The landscape of Northern California is diverse as its people which serves as a constant reminder of how lucky I am to be born and raised here. Every time I drive along the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), the scenery never ceases to take my breath away. As you go further up north, you see the gleaming blue Pacific Ocean on your right and the majestic redwood forest to your left. Continue reading
Amanda Nolan, Burrens, Campfire, Demeter, Etsy, Galway, Galway Bay, Indie, Ireland, Layering, Long Winter Farm, Maine, Maple, Noses, Olfactory Landscapes, Peat, Reality Scents, Scentimental Value, Season, Series, Vetiver, White Musk, Winter, woodsmoke
We have a fireplace in our house but we’re not allowed to use it due to health issues. As the winter gets colder, I stare at the empty fireplace wishing I could light a fire. What I would give for a blazing fire in that fireplace, a warm blanket and reading a good book. I would be a happy bunny.
Autumn, Chinese osmanthus, Christmas, Cinnamon, Clark Gable, Foodie Fumes, Gingerbread, Gingerbread man, Gingerbread Whorehouse, Holiday, mate, Men's Fragrance Friday, Men's Fragrances, Niche, Occasion, osmanthus, Pierre Guillaume, Possets, San Francisco, Sandalwood, Season, Series, star anise, Sugar, tea, Un Crime Exotique, Vanilla, Winter
“Gingerbread man, me love you
Gingerbread man, ’cause you got
Cookie hands and cookie feet
You brown and friendly and delicious to eat…”
Balsam, Christmas, Christmas tree, Designer, Discontinued, Fir trees, Graveyard, Guerlain, Guerlain Allegoria Aqua Winter Delice, Men's Fragrances, O Tannenbaum, Occasion, Scotch Pine, Season, Somalian Incense, Sugar, Vanilla, Winter, woody oriental
“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
How are thy leaves so verdant!
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
How are thy leaves so verdant!…”
Cat Marx, Christianity, Christmas, Christmas Carol, Deep Midnight Perfumes, earthy greens, Etsy, Full Bottle Wishlist, Goth, Hollyberries, Home Fragrance, Home Fragrance Oil, Indie, Limited Edition, Men's Fragrances, Occasion, Pagan, Season, Steam Punk, The Holly and The Ivy, Vespers, Victorian, Winter, winter forest, Wishlist
Autumn, Bath & Body, Chestnut, Christmas, Christmas Gift, Cinnamon, Clove, Creams & Lotions, Full Bottle Wishlist, Gifting, Hand Cream, Nat King Cole, Occasion, Season, Spiced Chestnut Essential Oils Collection, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Gift, Williams Sonoma, Winter, Wishlist Bath & Body
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping on your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
And folks dressed up like eskimos…”