Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mair - Remember When (perfume review)

There are days when you want to be strong or bold or sexy.  But there are also days when you just want to feel pretty and carefree. Those are the days that are perfect for Mair's first fragrance "Remember When."

Like a carefree summer day in rolling fields, the opening of Remember When is fresh and bright, with the bergamot shining brightly through the gentle jasmine.  After a few moments, the bergamot softens and adds only a slightly sharp citrus accent to the white floral. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

House of Matriarch Orca Giveaway WINNER!

Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment on my review of Orca.

As promised, here are the results of the random draw for the sample: 

CONGRATS Makaveli!  

Winner(s) - Please email me (ascentlifeblog @ with your mailing address by next Friday, March 25.  If no contact is made by March 25, I reserve the right to re-draw for the prize.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Seattle Series: Olympic Orchids - Blackbird (perfume review)

Blackbird wasn't a scent I sought out, but at some point I happened across a generous sample through some friendly swapping. I briefly sniffed the sprayer, threw it in my pile of samples and promptly forgot about it.

Fortunately I was inspired to dig out my sample after a SOTD exchange on NST when a fellow perfume lover mentioned how they would love a scent that smelled of pine trees and crushed blackberries. It reminded me of my summers in Washington. Instantly I suggested Blackbird and knew I should give my sample some skin time. The juice itself is a gorgeous dark purple color and I wore the fragrance several days in a row. It's the first perfume I've actually physically craved.

Needless to say, it has quickly turned from infatuation to love.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Seattle Series: House of Matriarch - Orca (perfume review) + giveaway!

Hello everyone!

It's been a while and so much has happened in the meantime. We sold our house, lived with in-laws, moved to a new house, etc etc. It's been a tough slog but I'm excited to be back! Now that Walden is a little older and slightly more independent, I hope to have more time to dedicate to my perfume trials. 

Right now I happen to be visiting my parents in the beautiful, albeit rainy, Seattle area. I love Washington and miss it dearly. It will always feel like home to me. Coincidentally, I recently received several samples from two Seattle-based perfumers, House of Matriarch and Olympic Orchids. I'll interpret this as a sign and I'll be reviewing several of the fragrances in what I'll lovingly call the 'Seattle Series.'  :) 

First up: Orca, from House of Matriarch High Perfumery