Crystal Schwanke

Crystal enjoys investing in expensive perfumes and colgones, so she's usually wearing fragrances in social settings to make a statement. While other people are impressed with fancy jewelry, she can always tell a cheap perfume from an expensive one!

Kenneth Cole Black Cologne Review

Kenneth Cole Black Cologne Review: Fresh, Clean, and Almost Unisex (but a Little Boring)

I usually shy away from anything labeled cologne because they smell out of place on me. Still, I tried Kenneth Cole Black cologne on myself and even wore it out in public. Usually, I’d scrub a “manly” scent right off of my arm if I happened to try it. (Sometimes, my husband’s fragrances tempt me …

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best ulta cologne guide

Best Ulta Cologne Guide: The 16 Best Ulta Colognes to Add to Your To-Sniff List

My husband and I have very different approaches to fragrance, which is how I know all about the best Ulta colognes. He’ll go in, sniff a few, and spray some of his favorites on paper strips. Then he’ll decide based on what he and I like (he always includes me since my sensitive nose will …

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ellen tracy perfume review

Ellen Tracy Perfume Review: Like Jekyll and Hyde, but Not That Serious

When I set out to write this Ellen Tracy perfume review, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d always dismissed this fragrance as something bland but pleasant enough. I worked from home, so I didn’t need to worry about anyone else’s opinion or choose “inoffensive, office-safe” scents, so I didn’t. I still don’t, but I’m …

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anais anais perfume review

Anais Anais Perfume Review Here’s Why I Can’t Stop Wearing It Even Though It’s “Meh”

I was thrilled to take the opportunity to write an Anais Anais perfume review, not because I love it but because I love the idea of it. It’s made its way through a little over 40 years of history and people still enjoy it today. Indeed, it must be some kind of hidden gem no one talks …

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evening in paris perfume review

Evening in Paris Perfume Review: Let Evening in Paris Perfume Take You to Another Time and Place

This is a new perfume to me, and I am over-the-moon happy that I found Evening in Paris. Reviewing it will only be challenging because I’m fighting the urge to shove my arm through the computer to everyone reading this and say, “just smell it!” (If only that worked.) I think it’s so good, I …

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best lily of the valley perfumes

Best Lily of the Valley Perfumes That’ll Carry You Through Spring and Summer

I’m usually into heavier (but not too overwhelming) floral-oriental scents, but my tastes have been changing lately. I’ve found lighter, cleaner florals–like the best lily of the valley perfumes–intoxicating over the last few months. I can’t get enough.  Before diving right into the best ones I’ve found, I have one thing to mention. If you’re …

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