Reviews by rbaker


Play for Her by Givenchy

A bergamot-peach opening merges into a nonspecific white floral drydown that does not develop very impressively on my skin. The base is a woodsy tone mixed with a generic white musk impression.
Sillage is moderate, projection adequate and I get five hours of longevity. 2.5/5
12th May, 2015

FlowerbyKenzo by Kenzo

The floral opening is pleasantly floral, rose-centred, with a frankly disappointing hawthorn - compared to the benchmark Aubepine Acacia. In the drydown I get a good opopanax impression, and the base might be nicely fresh, but it is quite generic on my skin.
I get moderate sillage, good projection and four hours if longevity.
The flower in the bottle is kind of cute.
11th May, 2015

Miss Dior (previously Miss Dior Chérie) by Christian Dior

The core impression is that of a citrus fruity - flowery combination, with orange, strawberry, pinapple and jasmine combining from the opening well into the heart notes. Later a caramel note is added, and in the base a fairly light patchouli provides a bit of gentle harshness.

Compared with the 2005 original this has less depth, is more generic overall and from the middle phase on has and overlying synthetic sweetness that is not very attractive to me. I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and five hours of longevity on my skin. 2.5/5
10th May, 2015

Miss Dior Chérie (original) by Christian Dior

The leitmotif triad of mandarin, strawberry and jasmine - citrus-fruity-floral - makes for a winning combination that is hard to find elsewhere in such a fashion. The base adds a nice sweetish caramel touch that is counterbalanced by the restrained tartness of patchouli.

Overall nice and well executed. I get moderate sillage with good projection and five hours of longevity. 3/5
09th May, 2015

Dior Addict Eau Fraîche by Christian Dior

The current formulation:

A somewhat pleasant bergamot dominates the opening minutes, but its freshness is attenuated by a somewhat nondescript tonka impression that is added on. The drydown encompasses a pleasant flower potpourri, mainly with rose and jasmine on my skin, with rather generic woodsy tones notable in the base notes.

I get limited sillage, adequate projection and four of longevity. Apart from the heart notes a bit mediocre. 2/5
09th May, 2015

Les Notes de Lanvin : Orange Ambre by Lanvin

A clean, fresh and elegant orange with hints of lemon in the opening is followed by woodsy notes of stems of bushes in summer meadows. There is also a light herbal-tea undertone that at time has vibes of GPH II. Later a pleasant light amber notes leads to the final stages if this scent.

This is an elegant composition with moderate sillage, adequate projection and four hours of longevity on my skin.

Light but not lightweight, convincing by being well-blended whilst maintaining good structure, and the good quality of its ingredients. 3/5
07th May, 2015

L'Acquarossa by Fendi

Orange and bergamot with a spicy undertone - a traditional but lovely and convincing opening. It is less intense and brighter than Creed's Orange Spice, the classic protagonist as far as this combination in the opening blast is concerned.

Soon the floral drydown introduces a nice violet with on my skin predominantly white florals - muguet with peony, leading to a cedar-based base note. Towards the end again the spiciness emerges together with a light white musk impression.

Now the ingredients are quite traditional but are blended well, and overall this is a pleasantly summery-elegant composition. I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and a longevity of five hours. 3/5
06th May, 2015

Untold Eau Légère by Elizabeth Arden

The fruity citrus opening with its apple dominance is pleasant. And it leads into the core phase, a white floral mix of the sort this house does well: I get mainly gardenia and peony. Then jasmine merges into a woodsy base, which is given added depth with a white musk and a touch of light patchouli with tonka.

Quite typical of this house, fairly synthetic and nicely blended with pleasant sweetishness. Moderate sillage with good projection and six hours of longevity. 3/5
05th May, 2015

Vaara by Penhaligon's

In the opening blast a trio if coriander, quince and rose meet, then the rose continues on in the drydown, a lighter rose. The rose theme is developed later into the base, where a woodsy cedar impression is based upon a backdrop of vanilla with honey.

This is a lovely fragrance with original twists and of some originality. I get moderate sillage with good projection and seven hours of longevity. A nice Penhaligon
04th May, 2015

Juniper Sling by Penhaligon's

In the opening I get quite a bit of juniper, with orange and hints of cardamom and cinnamon added. A touch of gentle spiciness in the drydown leads to a rather generic ambery base, the weakest phase in the development of this scent.

Apart from the rather pleasant opening blast there is on my skin a feeling of a certain thinness and mediocrity; it does not convince very much overall. The sillage is moderate and the projection acceptable, with six hours of longevity on me. 2.5/5.
03rd May, 2015

Neroli & Orchidee by L'Occitane

An orange-citrus opening with a good neroli tone gives way to a white floral drydown that has peachy - fruity notes superimposed. The later phases see a flowery development with iris dominating; on my skin the orchid remains on the weak side.

Not bad overall but a bit generic; moderate sillage and projection with four hours of longevity. 2.5/5
02nd May, 2015

Tweed by Fine Fragrances & Cosmetics

A delightful opening where cinnamon blends beautifully with bergamot and geranium - simple beauty! The traditional drydown - jasmine, lavender and ylang-ylang is also very well done. Vanilla and patchouli provide a good finale of this symphony of a scent.

It is all quite classic in the choice of constituent notes but it is well blended, convincing in its structure, with good sillage and projection. The longevity on my skin stands at
an extraordinary twelve hours. 3.5/5
01st May, 2015

Harajuku Lovers - Lil' Angel by Gwen Stefani

Lovely fruitiness and berries in the opening blast, a pleasant pineapple with a violet drydown, quite sweet though. A rather generic wood dominates the base on my skin.

Overall fairly generic with only the opening having character . I get soft sillage, moderate projection and five hours of longevity. 2/5
30th April, 2015

La Panthère by Cartier

The fruity berry-apple note at the start is "enhanced" by a aldehydic note on my skin but is quite agreeable. Then a gardenia takes centre stage, and towards the end a very synthetic musk is evident.

Apart from the start I find it rather generic. Sillage is moderate, projection good and the longevity five hours. 2.5/5
29th April, 2015

Mercedes Benz by Mercedes-Benz

The peachy bergamot makes for a pleasant opening - not very sweet - and the floral drydown with mimosa and a hint of carnation is too. A tonka base with a nice white musk make an ending that, like the scent overall, is pleasant, well-blended and balanced. I get moderate sillage, good projection and seven hours of longevity. Not super-special but nice. 3/5
28th April, 2015

1 Million Intense by Paco Rabanne

The orange and spice in the opening lead to a drydown of cinnamon and a rather dull rose. A patchouli - not really sharp - with woodsy undertones dominate the base.

All fairly generic although the cinnamon develops well on my skin. Moderate sillage, good projection and five hours of longevity. 2/5
27th April, 2015

Lady Million by Paco Rabanne

The orange-raspberry opening is nice on my skin, as is the jasmine drydown. The sweet honey base is sharpened with some patchouli. Synthetic but especially the first half is convincing enough. Moderate sillage with good projection and seven hours of longevity.

Overall just positive but probably different on other skins. 3/5
26th April, 2015

Lady Million Eau My Gold! by Paco Rabanne

The very standard citrus grapefruit in thebooening is moved with a somewhat underwhelming bergamot and neroli, with a mango note giving it a bit of an unexpected twist. A violet-centers drydown leads to a musky woodsy base that on my skin is straight from the chem lab into the bottle, with an underlying plasticky theme present throughout.

The sillage is moderate, the projection good and the longevity around six hours on my skin. Whilst this is not without its charms, it is very synthetic and at times quite generic on me. 2/5
25th April, 2015

Bonbon by Viktor & Rolf

On my skin this has a sweet citrus-orange opening with a very fruity peach added, with a jasmine-caramel dyad prominent in the drydown. A somewhat generically woodsy base is underlined by a group hire musk that sees an ambery tone added towards the end.

A very synthetic and at times oberly syrupy fragrance, with moderate sillage, good orojection and five hours of longevity. 2.5/5
25th April, 2015

Eau de Balenciaga Lavande by Balenciaga

The classic opening of petitgrain, lemon citrus and a nice bergamot is not dissimilar from the original, but a lovely lavender is added from the beginning - nice! A nice sandal notes hails the begin of the drydown, which is a woodsy-floral mix; cedar, carnation and geranium - very well done.

There is a great oak moss vibe in the drydown, together with sweetish musl and vanilla components, but on my skin the hallmark of the second half is a archetypical barbershop powdery soapiness that could not be more convincing.

All in all this composition oozes tradition and classic characteristics everywhere. Maybe the original with its fresher vines in the top notes is the one I personally prefer, but for the lavender-phile this will be a great version too. I get moderate sillage, very good projection and a great longevity of seven hours.

A fine traditional scent. 3.5/5
25th April, 2015

Amber Musc by Narciso Rodriguez

The opening has a pleasant white-floral orange blossom character mixed with a nice white musk. The drydown takes an interestingly darker turn, with a earthy patchouli that expresses a hint of oud and tones of incense too. The base adds a sweeter vanilla-based character, with an ambery warmth that makes for a convincing finale.

This scent is clearly very synthetically based, but the notes are well developed and make a convincing olfactory experience. I get strong sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity - excellent! Whilst this avoids the overly artificial chahracter this house often displays in its products, it is a good and well-executed fragrance. Endorsed. 3.5/5
22nd April, 2015

Narciso Rodriguez for Her by Narciso Rodriguez

This starts with a fresh and fruity rose note, which is given a slight sharpness by a musky undertone that at times has hint of patchouli attached to it - with a nigh-chypre-ish touch at times. The drydown includes a refreshing neroli, developing into a base of a sweeter vanilla core.

The opening, not without originality, is my favourite part, but the rest is a tad boring on my skin and to me overly synthetically-biochemically designed. I get moderate sillage, good projection and six hours of longevity. 2.5/5

22nd April, 2015

Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez

The opening is the best part, with its rose, tuberose and gardenia, not special but a well-made fresh-floral combination. The drydown introduces an white musk that has a soft, melting note, leading to a base has somewhat generic woodsy notes in its core.

The opening is nice, the rest is nothing special on my skin. The opening has a proudly-playfully syntheci character, but in its latter phases this scent is more unexciting on my skin. The performance is very respectab, with moderate sillage, good projection and a good longevity of six hours. Overall it just misses the positive mark. 2.5/5
22nd April, 2015

L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Sport Polar Expedition by Issey Miyake

There is another fresh and bright LEdI opening, a good citrus mix, quite good but not as convincing that others of the same house. The muguet and white flowery drydown is am ice and not very sweet, but the base is making a generic anonymous old generic impression on my skin. It lacks a certain convincing intensity that I get in some other IM's. That said the performance is very good with moderate sillage and projection, and a very good seven hours of longevity.

Overall 2.5/5
17th April, 2015

Floralista by Kenzo

Essentially I am getting two phases in this scent: a sweetish pear too, with a bit of apple blossom in he background, and a muguet-peony based white flowery drydown. On my skin is is quite synthetic and generic, and lacks inspiration. Sillage is moderate, projection good and the longevity is about four hours on me. 2/5
17th April, 2015

L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Oceanic Expedition by Issey Miyake

This is a scent where the yuzu impression is applied nicely with the bergamot and a good petitgrain - sheer freshness. The gingery drydown is pleasant and the base, whilst not denying a certain syntheticness, has an acceptable sandal note with a not-too-intrusive ambroxan thrown in. The top notes are simple but the best part.

The performance is good with moderate sillage, good projection and seven hours of longevity. Now whilst there is now denying that this is not a particularly exciting scent, it is nonetheless well made, balanced and has some staying power. Lovely freshness. 3/5
17th April, 2015

Nuit d'Issey Austral Expedition by Issey Miyake

That lime and coriander duo is superb is its fresh, rich simplicity. The gentian drydown is brief on my skin and merging into a woody vetiver base, where I get a distinctly ozonic-vetiver impression, towards the end adding a fruity hint.

Simple, well made, not too generic and with a good performance: moderate sillage, very good projection and eight hours of longevity. I like this product of the Issey Miyake stable. 3.3/5
17th April, 2015

Mer & Mistral by L'Occitane

The fresh opening is citrus-based, lemon and orange, simple but nice. The drydown reminds me of Italian forests with pine and cypress notes, and later takes a mildly ozonic turn, with whiffs of salty sharpness too. A white musk base provides a pleasant final.

However cliché this might be, it is nicely executed, has decent sillage and projection with five hours of longevity. 3/5
14th April, 2015

1876 by Histoires de Parfums

The freshness of bergamot adds to a fruity opening of of lychee with a fennel note in the background - very interesting and unusual. In the drydown herbal impressions mix with a darker rose, cumin and cinnamon to a delectable mix. The base des some woodsy sweetness with a reasonable sandalwood mixed with vanilla, with white musk and guaiac added in the last hour.

Quite convincing, well executed with moderate sillage, good orojection and six hours of longevity on my skin. A prettycreative HdP product especially initially. 3/5
13th April, 2015

1873 by Histoires de Parfums

A nicely refreshing bergamot opening with a lime twinge leads to a light flowery muguet drydown with a pleasant lavender note as sidekick. The base is richer and sweeter with its caramel-vanilla core making a pleasant finish.

Overall quite nice on my skin, with moderate sillage and projection and four hours of longevity. 3/5 I
12th April, 2015