love this. was sitting on the couch with my bf last night while he laughed at my description of perfume as a journey and an experience. he then said he didn't want to wear fragrance, as though i were suggesting that he should. i look forward to the day when he reveals "hidden depths." he was a cook for years, so the palette is there...
Thankyou so much Twolf!
l am truly humbled by all the lovely comments here, & if l have managed to inspire anyone, that is an unexpected bonus!
Beautiful honest post with so much texture and intricacies. EL PCTG is not my favorite, but I would be willing to give it another shot after reading you. Thank you.
Do you mean Velvet Gardenia by Tom Ford? l have a 4ml sample of that one, but find it difficult to wear; it has a dark, melancholy feel to me.
PCTG is very different to the usual Lauder perfumes, l think. Like the others in the Private Collection series, it feels much more high-quality to me.
l tried the Chanel Gardenia; to me it is not really gardenia, but jasmine, & it didn't last long on me. lt did get a compliment from a (female) colleague, though!
I've tried the Marc Jacobs Velvet Gardenia. I wasn't overly keen - perhaps because I'm in dull, miserable and grey Scotland it didn't "radiate" as you mention. I love tuberose though so yours might be worth seeking out - although hate most of Estee Lauders' stuff - especially Beautiful.
The Marc Jacobs one I will try too - as I loved his Blush interpretation of Jasmine.
Doesn't Chanel Les Exclusifs do a Gardenia as well?
Thanks for the lovely memories in your post! :-)
Thanks for your lovely comments Red, melodyjane & odi!
melodyjane; l tried the Marc Jacobs one & found it a pleasantly clean, fruity impression of gardenia. Another one l recommend trying is Van Cleef & Arpels Gardenia Petale (not in the directory); it's much more creamy than PCTG but still a very lovely, true gardenia. Rather expensive, but it's on my wishlist nonetheless! Luckyscent carry samples.
I'm just an ignoramus when it comes to ladies' fragrances but you got my attention with that post!
The only women's perfume that I can definitely make out on a busy fri./sat. night out and about is Coco Mad.
Will put this on my to sniff list, I adore Gardenia..I have Marc Jacobs, but to me its really heavy with linalool?...i bought this blind..haven't tried many gardenias as yet!
Beautiful story! *sniffle, sniffle*
That's what it's all about, isn't it? A wonderful first post - thank you!
You are so right Mimi, & thankyou for your lovely comment. As a fellow gardenia fiend, l know you love PCTG too!
Oh teardrop- a lovely piece of writing. You know I LOVE PC Tuberose Gardenia too ! It is a very true to life gardenia - very special. Thank you for your thoughts . It's funny how life can take us places we didn't think it would.
Thanks Kiliwia! lt's something l've been building up to for a long time, l'm so pleased you enjoyed it!
Tuberose Gardenia is a wonderful fragrance and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog about it!
Thanks for your comments, Suga!
Jardenia has been firmly on my must-try list since reading your review on your blog. lt sounds incredible, & l'm almost afraid to try it in case l fall in love with it, it's soooooo expensive!
l've just blown a load of money on a Luckyscent sample order, but next time l'm feeling flush l'll be ordering some from TPC, & that one's on my shopping list for sure.
PCTG is really excellent fragrance. I agree that it suits tropical weather far more than the cool. I first tried it in Miami, in August, and it was a perfect match of scent and place.
One peculiar thing I've noticed about it is that it tends to smell better on others than when I wear it, something others have noticed too. ( My mother gets no end of compliments on this one. )
JAR's Jardenia is another fragrance I'd recommend to any gardenia lover. Totally different from TPC but still beautiful, fall-like, northern gardenia. Worth sampling even if you don't buy.
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