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Terre de Lumière by L'Occitane

Nothing ground-breaking here, that's for sure.
I have to douse myself in this to get any projection and the lasting power is very average. On my skin, the almond note is the most prominent and although very "nice" this is not a scent I would buy for myself (got it as a gift in the circular box.)
13th June, 2018
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La Ronde des Fleurs : Musc Ambre by Jeanne Arthes

This is very inexpensive and, for the price, is a nice skin scent. I get mainly musk - very similar to The Body Shop White Musk - with a few floral notes and vanilla. Not ground-breaking but worth a punt nonetheless.
01st May, 2018
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Bois d'Orange by Roger & Gallet

This is a staple of every French pharmacy and is such good value for money. It starts off a bit "full-on" but give it five minutes and it begins to bloom into an appealing citrus/woody/herbal concoction.It has amazing longevity on my skin and I keep getting pleasing wafts of it throughout the day. Very versatile,classy scent not a million miles away from Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte or L'Occitane's Ruban Orange but at a fraction of the price.
27th January, 2018
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Ambre et Vanille by E.Coudray

Oh I love this scent. It is luscious, comforting and sultry. I wear this on nights out in the winter months and sit back and wait for the compliments to roll in.
Vanilla - yes for sure,but supported by lashings of amber and goodness knows what else.
This is the perfume of a pampered goddess.Put it on and you will purr all night. I can smell it the next day too, almost 14 hours later. Now that's value for money!
05th December, 2017 (last edited: 12th January, 2018)
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Fendi (original) / Fendi Donna by Fendi

Not for the faint-hearted, this Italian, discontinued edp packs quite a punch. I love to wear it in the depths of winter, when it blooms on the skin and especially on fur (fake of course!)To me it smells like a liquid fur coat in fact; multi-layered red flowers, vanilla, woods, leather and spices. It goes on a bit harsh but warms up and mellows given time.

Do go very easy on the sprayer with this one or it becomes a weapon of mass destruction. Less is definitely more - one spray to a wrist in the evening and I can still smell it the next morning.

I think I am just about old enough to wear this with aplomb, now I am in my sixties. It would be wasted on a young ingenue. You have to have lived a bit to wear this gem.
I treasure my bottle and save it for the right occasion.
01st December, 2017
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Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka

Beautiful - just beautiful. This is the kind of rare and wonderful creation that has the power to make the wearer a better person and takes them to a fairy-tale place. It lifts me to another level and makes me want to dance with joy.
I love the wistful ivy and violet notes, that reign in the sweeter, more gourmand ones.This is a fabulously balanced scent and contains my favourite amarena, licorice and tonka notes.
I could wax lyrical about this scent for hours but will just advise you to try it at least once to see why perfume can be considered an art form.
02nd October, 2017
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Joop! Le Bain Soft Moments by Joop!

Well this is a very relaxing scent and looking at one of the top notes I can see why.
It is soothing and induces a feeling of well-being. I am not usually a fan of aquatic notes but here they are done with a delicate touch. This is Joop le Bain's timid little sister but she has a few tricks of her own up her sleeve - it's the quiet ones you have to watch!
07th September, 2017
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Lightning by Louis Cardin

Lightening is in the fruity/floral genre with top notes of green apple,
mandarin, peony, orchid,freesia and iris. I perceive the apple and mandarin
most strongly at the start then get floral hints and a powdery feel from the
iris. In the latter stages there is a dark chocolate note, which is quite pronounced
along with cinnamon, white musk and vanilla. If you like fruity florals with a powdery
feel, then this might just be your bag. I find the fruit-scented chocolate a bit weird, personally.
Again, as with all these Cardin edp's, the lasting power is good and sillage fairly strong.
07th August, 2017
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Eau de Rochas Escapade en Méditerranée by Rochas

This is a beautiful, citrus/floral summer scent. The bottle is a lovely reflection of the colour of the Mediterranean sea and the juice is a more approachable version of the rather sour, strident Eau de Rochas.I find it very easy to wear and it always garners compliments.
13th July, 2017
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Rose Pompon by Annick Goutal

Rose Pompom is a very sweet,romantic,realistic rose scent that would be suitable for a young and chaste (not chased)lady. It lacks personality as far as my taste is concerned and has no edginess or surprise. Whoever wore this wouldn't want you to muss up her hair or get her clothes dirty. She wouldn't contemplate going for a spin in a fast car, with the top down, without a headscarf firmly in place. In other words it is a very buttoned-up perfume.
To my mind this is just another uber-clean,fruity rose perfume that, in this case, costs a fortune!David Austin Evelyn is a better bet and easier on the purse.
08th July, 2017
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Relaxed Repose... by Pell Wall Perfumes

Relaxed Repose is an all natural perfume made in Shropshire by Chris Bartlett.

Those members of the general public used to modern synthetics may find the opening of this scent quite "oily," but it reminds me of the best kind of massage oil with calming lavender and basil notes.

The floral heart including rose and orange flower leads to a opoponax/sandalwood drydown. I am afraid for me it has longevity issues and I can barely smell it after two hours. It would make a nice, relaxing perfume to wear to bed after a relaxing bath.Great for lazy days at home but by no means a date or party scent.

08th May, 2017
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L L'Aime by Lolita Lempicka

I got this perfume in error, when I actually ordered LL Elle l'Aime. I was initially disappointed to have the wrong juice but decided to keep it and use it up as an everyday scent.
It is quite girly in a fizzy, ditzy kind of way and a bit young for me really. Nevertheless, it makes me smile and I enjoy wearing it on days when I am relaxing at home.
The notes begin with redcurrant berries and citrus then warm to a rosy/jasmine heart, finally ending with a musky, woody base. It's just not original enough for me.
06th May, 2017
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Badgley Mischka by Badgley Mischka

If, like me, you like rich, fruity, boozy scents of the Mauboussin variety, then this little number will certainly ring your bell.

Swirling layers of peach,amber,creme de cassis and caramel radiate off my skin and into the realm of compliments. This little diva is all about joyous abandonment and devil-may-care attitude.

Don't be shy with the application or others will fail to notice all of its full-on charms!

Why do they always discontinue little gems like this. Are people blind to their merits or is my taste so far removed from normality that I am on a different plane to the vast majority of the perfume buying public?
19th April, 2017
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Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal

No, just NO!
I tried a sample of this in bed last night and regretted it straight away. It is a joyless, piney/incense thing that made me feel instantly nauseous. I am afraid I can't imagine a scenario where I would be glad to wear it and it is as far removed from sensuous as it is possible to be.


I tried this again in the open air (as opposed to under the bed cover!) and it smells much more acceptable. It has a festive, pine forest vibe and lasts well. Give it lots of cold air and it blooms.
18th December, 2016 (last edited: 19th December, 2016)
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Mediterranean Fig by Pacifica

I enjoy wearing this scent : fresh, green fig, with cyclamen and palm over a base of creamy sandalwood There is something very appealing about the smell - providing you like the smell of figs, of course.I like that Pacifica are a cruelty-free, vegan brand also. I have the roller-ball version, which is handy to keep in your bag for refreshing the scent as it doesn't have huge staying power.
25th November, 2016
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Omnia Green Jade by Bulgari

Well this one has grown on me slowly. It's rather like a colleague, whose true worth only becomes apparent gradually, because they don't seek the limelight and their assets reveal themselves slowly but surely.

I love the subtle freshness of OGJ - it's like a glass of iced, cucumber-infused water on a hot summer's day!
I would gladly wear this every day, without ever feeling it would upset the apple cart. That's not to say I find it boring. It has got longevity issues,however, hence four rather than five stars.
07th September, 2016
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Vanille Fruitée by Molinard


Vanilla with a twist! I purchased a small bottle of this scent from the Molinard outlet in Nice, Cote d'Azur. I was actually after their straight up Vanille but they had run out, so I let myself be persuaded into buying the Fruitee version instead.
I applied some straight away and it seemed quite nice with a peachy/caramel/floral vibe.I then forgot about it. Three hours later I went to buy some bread and the guy serving me commented on my scent saying it smelled"formidable" - result!!Bear in mind I am a "femme d'un certain age" and very rarely get complimented on my perfume.
I suspect this scent has the power to make women smell younger than they are...
05th July, 2016
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Comme une Evidence A New Day Dawns by Yves Rocher

Beautiful! This scent makes me feel pretty and flirty and glad to be alive. It is so versatile and won't go unnoticed.
They discontinued this beautiful gem by Annick Menardo.I am so sad.
01st July, 2016 (last edited: 07th January, 2017)
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Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphéa by Guerlain

I love wearing this pretty, green, floral scent in the Springtime. It does seem to attract the bees (sadly) but I will continue to wear it because the drydown is so appealing. On my skin the honey note is prominent (hence the bees!)
28th May, 2016
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Perfume Calligraphy Rose by Aramis

Calligraphy Rose is a very appealing, slightly sultry scent. Rose takes centre stage but is nicely supported by the saffron and myrrh which give it a mysterious,desert-like feel of the Orient.(I do mean desert, not dessert!)

Longevity is good and sillage average.I would wear this in the cooler months for more formal gatherings.
It doesn't strike me as a "fun" perfume but rather one that has a more serious,measured side.
24th November, 2015
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Séville à l'Aube by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Seville a l'Aube is a stunningly beautiful fragrance that is both uplifting and sensuous. It actually gives me goosebumps when I put it on!

I have worn this in the summer months but may well continue into autumn with it as well. The main notes my skin bring out are orange blossom, honey and lavender. I must smell like a bee magnet.

Duchaufour has created another little gem. It lasts well and sillage is good.
04th September, 2015
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Classic Sanctuary by The Sanctuary

I find this scent very suitable for a relaxing day at home. It feels therapeutic and relaxing but could be worn in the evening too, as it is subtly sensuous.
The overall feel is of a citrus, slightly spicy floral oriental and my only issue is the lasting power, which on me is minimal (2 hours tops!)
24th July, 2015
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Eau de Rochas by Rochas

There's something about this wonderful scent that makes me want to wear a floaty, diaphanous dress and sit by a pool sipping a cocktail. It perks me up and relaxes me at the same time with its beautiful blend of lime, grapefruit, lemon, carnation, coriander a smidgen of patchouli, oakmoss, musk and sandalwood.

I really can't imagine a more suitable concoction to spritz on when the heat is on and the days are long.
As it melds with my skin it becomes very sensuous and could easily be unisex in the way the Eau Sauvage became in the 70's.

French chic at its very best!
30th June, 2015
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Armani Privé Figuier Eden by Giorgio Armani

I am attracted to fig like a magnet so I had to test this one! I am wearing it on a cool wet day in June and it perfectly matches the mood of the weather - dry, unripe fig with citrus/peppery notes and a subtle underpinning of powdery iris.

This is an extremely elegant edt, which could be worn by a man or a woman. It has great longevity but not such strong sillage. I shall be wearing it for summer weddings and for work. It won't offend anyone and may just charm them!
02nd June, 2015
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Nohiba by E.Coudray

Oh dear, such luke-warm reviews so far!

This beauty is my "go to" fall/winter scent and I
love it to bits. It is strong, powdery, spicy oriental
which Opium must have drawn inspiration from.
This will keep you warm and interesting on a cold,
winter's night and entrance anyone who comes within
your proximity.
11th October, 2014
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Y by Yves Saint Laurent

I have a bottle of vintage "Y" and find it one of the most versatile scents
in my collection. It has my name written all over it - a shape-shifting beauty
with gorgeous top notes and a subtle, mossy, powdery dry down, that lingers for
hours. "Y" is a well-behaved, elegant perfume that everyone should sniff at least
once. If she doesn't suit you, send her to me!
13th December, 2013
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Armand Basi Lovely Blossom by Armand Basi

Light, summery, pretty fragrance.

Lovely Blossom is a pink juice, presented in a very pretty bottle, that looks

great on a dressing table. I find it very easy to wear, if a little "safe!" It doesn't

draw attention to itself but is nonetheless a nice fruity, jasmine scent that would

be hard to dislike. Fruits include plums and apricots. Other notes include jasmine and


Pros: Easy to wear and not expensive. Nose is Francis Kurkdjian.
Cons: A little "safe" with only average longevity.

29th May, 2013
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Donna Karan Gold by Donna Karan

Gold is a scent I only wear on those "big" occasions when I want to stand up and be counted! This is no "shrinking violet" scent, or a perfume for a stick-thin adolescent -
oh no!
Donna Karan's homage to her favourite precious metal is a voluptuous, creamy, salty full-blown masterpiece that requires a certain panache to carry it off.
It is about Casablanca lilies tempered with amber and pollen with a hint of spices and patchouli. I love it and am in awe of it at the same time.
31st March, 2013
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Thé des Vignes by Caudalíe

This is more of a therapeutic skin scent than a real perfume.
It seems pleasant enough - I get ginger and orange blossom then a light
musk - but it isn't very noticeable unless you are very near someone.
It does smell quite refined, clean and French, however.
A good scent for the office if you don't want to cause any offence.
22nd January, 2013
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Noa by Cacharel

Noa is a "transformer!" The start is rather generic and, dare I say it, a little
boring. But wait - it blossoms on the skin and morphs into a soft, nuzzly,
addictive little gem. I too have skin that turns it slightly coconutty and the combination
with the coffee not is truly scrumptious.

Olivier Cresp was the perfumer and he got it so right. Why this isn't flying off the shelves
I have no idea..... Maybe it's inoffensive charm doesn't cut the mustard in these go-getting times.

I see this as a lazy Sunday morning scent. THe roast is cooking in the oven, the papers have been collected and it's coffee time.
22nd June, 2011