I'm not a fan of Cacherel perfumes anyway, but Amour Amour is the worst I've tried so far: on my skin it smells exactly like cherryade I remember from my childhood (not an altogether unpleasant smell, but I'd prefer not to smell like a sweet and very artificial fizzy drink!). Certainly not an expensive smelling perfume. All the more ironic when it shares its name (albeit with a slightly different spelling) with the distinguished Jean Patou perfume.
We of the never never, are Cacharel followers, I have friends who love and wear Anais Anais, my husband has been through several bottles of Amor Amor pour homme/ Tentation and I enjoy Noa for its gentle appeal when others seem 'too much' A personage no less than Christopher Sheldrake commented favourably on Amor Amor in a Basenotes piece with Grant Osbourne. Well that got my heart beating. CS could recommend arsenic and I'd be Madame Bovary. Amor Amor Absolu was my choice in favour of the original 'classic' (which by the way is Bois de Jasmin's favourite fruity floral) because I'm old, jaded and cynical, but I love pineapple with the enthusiasm of a child. When my husband wears 'Quasar' it appears like a cartoon thought balloon, above the head or to the side, entirely independent of the rest of the composition. Genius. People, you have two choices (disregard the flankers) Classic or Absolue. My choice was with Absolue because I am older but when Victoria Frolova and Chris Sheldrake are on the same page with the Classic, if I was young, I'd be buying it, Lady Cacharel has a nice ring to it.
This one I find charming on other people, though I find there's a little aquatic something something that I can't wear myself. That said, it may be this aquatic facet that gives it the very tenderness and lilting quality I appreciate when it works on others. It's lighthearted, though not necessarily just for the young.
Well done for what it is.
24th April, 2014 (last edited: 28th April, 2015)
A warm round grapefruit-orange creamy opens this top note , with jamine and an delightful white musk mixing with a pleasant lily-of-the-valley accord in the dry down. The base arrives gradually, dominated by wood, tonka and a hint of a synthetic ambergris note. Overall this is a bit unexciting, but quite smoothly blended with a bit of roundness and quite attractive. Good projection and silage with an excellent longevity of nine hours - the latter just is pushing it across the line into a positive score - by the skin of its teeth though.
After purchasing this, and spraying it on before getting into the car, my brother and I both agreed on one thing: Creamsicle. It's loudly sweet, or sweetly loud, in the same shrill and obnoxious way as Gucci's Rush, and just as linear but minus the skankiness. I have to be having one of those days where I feel like behaving like a sulky adolescent and don't care that I'm not being at all elegant or sophisticated.