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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
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Douceur de Vanille by Les Néréides

I find this scent to be both comforting and alluring.
It makes the wearer seem approachable.
07th June, 2011
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Douce Amère by Serge Lutens

I only have a small sample of Douce Amere, but that is enough for me to say that this is a scent I would swim oceans to procure.

It is highly addictive and totally delicious - if only it weren't so expensive!

I love the combination of the anise and wormwood, softened by the flowers and chocolate notes - right up my street. Bittter-sweet is where it's at.

This and Le Parfum De Therese are the nearest I have come to my Holy Grail and I have sniffed thousands of scents in that quest, believe me.
11th March, 2011
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Visa by Robert Piguet

You've all seen a cat rolling around in ecstasy in a patch of catmint (nepeta) with
a glazed expression on it's face and body all a twitching - well that's me when I spray on
the 2007 Visa! I won't even begin to describe this scent except to say "SWOON!"
Definitely does it for me....
20th February, 2011
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Premier Figuier by L'Artisan Parfumeur

This scent actually lasts quite a long time on my skin! I find it strangely appealing and especially appreciate the drydown.

I love the smell of figs and detect an almond note in here somewhere (or maybe its the coconut.)

Anyway, I would wear this in the summer months with pleasure and feel it is a beautifully constructed scent with quality ingredients.
23rd June, 2010
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Ferré by Gianfranco Ferré

This is a totally gorgeous scent!
I adore this way it uses iris as the main player -
utilising the roots, leaves and flowers to make sure
it is not overlooked! I feel so pampered and confident
when I wear this gem by Pierre Boudon.
13th June, 2010
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L'Art et la Matière : Cuir Beluga by Guerlain

Pure class and olfactory heaven!
This is a masterclass in perfumery and so expensive I
only have a small sample, which I shall attempt to make
last for as long as I can.
Cashmery,snuggly, sensuous and so much more.
When I win the lottery, this will be top of my wishlist.
10th June, 2010
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Noir de Noir by Tom Ford

I tried this in Neiman Markus whilst on holiday in San Francisco
I was immediately taken in by Noir de Noir's mesmerising notes.
This is a very slick, up-market scent that smells as expensive as it
is! I can't afford a full bottle yet, but wouldn't mind another testing!!
I love my scents on the dry side and this one definitely is.
28th May, 2010
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Dream Angels Heavenly by Victoria's Secret

I bought a bottle of this whilst on a visit to California,
simply because we don't have a VS shop over here and this is
the scent I liked most in the shop. It''s not a great work of art
but it is easy on the nose and reminds me of my holiday in San
24th May, 2010
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Armani Attitude by Giorgio Armani

I love to smell this on my husband. It is a warm, spicy, gourmandy scent that
is great to snuggle up to. Very well-blended and all the notes seem to mesh.
I actually rather like the bottle!
01st May, 2010
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Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estée Lauder

I ordered a 30ml EDP of this Tom Ford version of the original Youth Dew.
It kind of reminds me of Cinnabar and is a warm, ambery retro scent. The first
10 minutes are almost too powerful and slighty musty, then the heart notes
kick in an d it becomes more luminous.However,I like the drydown best of all:
very sensuous and inviting. I find this smells best if applyed lightly to the crooks
of my arms - not sure why!
13th April, 2010
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Un Jour Se Lève by Yves Rocher

Beautiful top notes of Rhubarb (yes you read that correctly!) and Lily of the Valley.
This scent is a hymn to joy and cannot fail to make the wearer feel uplifted.
07th February, 2010
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Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior

I only discovered this recently and it is the elixir version that I am referring to.
Very addictive, heady, gourmand/woodsy scent that suits winter evening time
wear. Almonds and vanilla dominate but not in a cloying way. Excellent sillage and
lasting power. There is something magical about this beautiful creation.
The perfumer Annick Menardo, who seems to have struck gold with this addition to the Dior Poison stable.
17th December, 2009 (last edited: 16th October, 2016)