Video Collaboration: Blind Sniff Testing Fun!

During the Thanksgiving break, my Daughter agreed to make a blind sniff test review video with me. We had so much fun and it was refreshing to hear a young adult’s unbiased perspective on fragrance. The video was super long, so I split it into two parts. We whittled it down to her three favorites…

SOTD: Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin

Photo from Google images It’s cold and sunny outside today, which reminds me of what I believe a Berlin day would be like in the Fall. Today, I chose Serge Lutens La fille de Berlin. La fille de Berlin is in my top 5 favorite rose-centric fragrances. La Fille starts out as a jammy, slightly…

The Smells Downright Gorgeous shop is now open!

Big Announcement! We are excited to announce our Facebook shop has opened for business. We have slightly used niche, designer and celebrity scents available at surprisingly good prices. Our stock is  small, but we will grow. Every bottle you purchase will be tenderly packaged and each order will receive one mystery sample sized perfume. How…

Twirling with Vert Boheme

I wanted to hate you Vert Bohème, I really did. In the past, I’ve been vocal about my resistance to Tom Ford fragrances because of his ad campaigns. I considered including an ad example below, but I simply could not. The abject female objectification appalls me to my core. With that said, I have avoided…

The Hidden Shalimar

Hello, Shalimar Cologne. You make the beginning of my day tolerable.  Mornings are hard, yes, and when I make it a Shalimar Cologne morning, my day goes much more smoothly. I enjoy it to the point that I want to share my adoration with you! In 2015, Guerlain launched Shalimar Cologne EdT.  I don’t believe…

Bergdorf’s Bonanza!

I’ve heard many good things about the perfume gallery at Bergdorf Goodmans in New York City, so whilst on a quick trip to the city over the holiday weekend, I carved out some time to visit. I jumped in a taxi around 9:45am on Saturday thinking the store opened at 9:00am and arrived to a…

Perfume Sample Giveaway – 1 Day Left

Who wants to try a new perfume from Singapore?  Diamond is the name of the fragrance and it is very NICE! The perfumer is named Freda’D. We have included Freda’D’s Singapore Diamond fragrance in our Top 10 “After the Beach” summer fragrance list! According to her website, Freda’s father had a perfume shop and she watched…

Top 10 List: After a “Beach Day” Fragrances + Sample Giveaway

Top 10 List: After a “Beach Day” Fragrances + Sample Giveaway Imagine this. It’s Summertime. You are on vacation at the beach. You could be anywhere; the Seychelles, the Bahamas, the Canaries, Bora Bora, the Algarve, Fire Island, the Whitsundays or my favorite beach, Topsail Island. You’ve gathered your family or friends, piled all your…

Perfume Review: Jo Malone Tuberose Angelica Cologne Intense

Jo Malone Tuberose Angelica Cologne Intense Launched in 2014 For my readers who follow on a regular basis, you know that white florals are my weakness. I fall for them every time and if there is musk in there somewhere then I fall real hard. Well, Tuberose Angelica (on my skin) is a small, musky…

Sights and Scents at Airlie Gardens

A couple of weeks ago on a Saturday morning, the East Coast Fragrance Society took a fragrance walk through Wilmington’s famed Airlie Gardens. Airlie Gardens is home to the oldest live oak on the East Coast. In 1545, an acorn fell to the ground and grew into what is now lovingly called, “The Airlie Oak”….

Hello, New York! It’s Sniffapalooza Time!

Hi All, Holy perfume bottles! This weekend is the Sniffapalooza Spring Fling 2016 in NYC and Smells Downright Gorgeous will be there taking pictures, making little videos and meeting fellow perfumistas and perfumers. There is a slight chance I may buy a new bottle of perfume. Maybe…lol. Who am I kidding! I’ve been saving for…

First Impressions Video: Tabac Grande by Sultan Pasha Attars

Tabac Grande by Sultan Pasha Attars I finally had the opportunity to experience Tabac Grande this morning. So gentlemanly and distinguished!  My apologies for the weird camera angle, but I needed both hands to open the teeny, tiny vial. These are my impressions of the first few minutes of the perfume. It blew me away…