Y'all may recall me mentioning on this site one or two times how much I like supporting independent perfumers? Yeah, I know, I do tend to repeat myself. It's strength of convictions, you see…and a short term memory problem.
Anyway. One of my absolute favorite independent perfumers is Laurie at Sonoma Scent Studio. Her scents are original, thoughtful, beautiful, and marvelously affordable.
Here is her site: http://www.sonomascentstudio.com/index.shtml
One of my "holy grail" fragrances for work is her Opal. Opal is a deliciously light, powdery musk that is clean but interesting, with a slight tinge of sweetness. I dare someone to be offended by it. I dare someone not to like it immediately. It is the Reese Witherspoon of perfume. Official notes are: sandalwood, vanilla, musk, bergamot, ambrette. You can buy an ounce of it for $30. No, you didn't read that wrongly, I said $30.
Go buy it.
My most recent fragrance purchase is Sonoma Scent Studio's Femme Jolie. Femme Jolie has that sparkly cedar that I adore in Genie des Bois. It's a very feminine take on woods and spice. I smell cedar and cinnamon right off the bat, and then a little ginger too. Laurie does the most wonderful plum-violet combination that you'll also find in this fragrance through the middle notes. The drydown is a lingering soft sandalwood and cinnamon. The official notes are ginger, cinnamon, clove, plum, peach, orange blossom, violet, cedar, sandalwood, vanilla, musk. My 17 ml bottle was an astonishingly affordable $20. I will be wearing the heck out of this fragrance through fall and winter.