This was marketed as a male fragrance but could possibly be considered unisex and was the Fifi Arabia winner in 2011.
Notes are rose, bergamot, davana, hyacinth, balsa, sandalwood, oliban and oud.
First taste of A*Men Pure Havane via decant. †I've avoided any reviews/descriptions and my first instincts are: †this just seems like a toned down A*Men. †I haven't tried any of the other A*men variations, and from this one, I might not.....well, I already bought a decant of Pure Leather, so I'll likely try that one. †Oh well. †I'm sure someone can tell me why I'm wrong.
The opening was very much like a burst of fresh oranges. †After an hour or so, the citrus fades to for me a neither pleasant nor unpleasant vanilla base. †Projection, I'd say was pretty average, longevity is strong, it's still there some 8 hours later. †If I were as seasonal a wearer as most members here, I'd probably get a bottle for the warmer months, but I don't factor in season whatsoever in what I wear. †Overall, for me, I give it a thumbs up for being so natural smelling, but I wasn't exactly impressed with the base.
Chypre Fatal by Guerlain
Notes of white peach ,rose, patchouli ,vanilla ( Thanks www.perfumeshrine.com )
This is part of Guerlain's Carnal Elixir collection which came out about 4 years ago or so , I believe.†
I've never paid too much attention to the trio of scents in the collection so this is my first whiff of anything from it.
Chypre Fatal opens bright and fairly big and sour .It reminds me so much of Idylle which in itself is a nouveau type chypre . Except Idylle is probably better and cheaper too. So anyway , instead of white peach I get a sourness of fruit - it's not unpleasant - a kind of chewy patchouli peach sourness I guess.So this calms down and then it's fairly linear on my skin with a that faintly plush 'Idylle nouveau chypre' sourness and a light vanilla bolstering it from beneath .
It's interesting but honestly - Idylle is better and if you love rose- you won't get much rose here - in fact for rose Idylle in EDT is excellent.†
In conclusion, instead of speaking so much about Chypre Fatal , I have been promoting Idylle..oh dear.†
Chypre Fatal - not something I will be buying any time soon.†
Iris Poudre by Frederic Malle
Notes of orange, carnation,rose, violet, magnolia, vanilla amber ( thanks www.aedes.com )
This is a scent i nearly bought and of course didn't...stupid me. Instead I got Musc Ravageur ( say nothing... )
I received a sample of it and decided to re test.
First off- this is so much like Chanel No .5 in Eau de Parfum but better. Bright aldehydes to send me to heaven , creamy abstract florals and a strong ylang ylang note - not mentioned but it must be there in spades . Smooth ,classy ,classic ,gorgeous and extremely feminine. SO much like Chanel No 5 †a la Jacques Polge version EDP but still ,it is beautiful and worthy of a full bottle.†
What I have gained from writing this is ...I feel even more stupid for buying Musc Ravageur instead of Iris Poudre.†
Nahema extrait by Guerlain
Notes : bergamot, hesperides, aldehydes, green notes ,rose, jasmine, lilac, hyacinth , lily of the valley,ylang ylang , passion fruit, peru balsam, vetiver, vanilla and sandalwood. †( taken from www. perfumeshrine.com )†
I once had the black and gold vintage Nahema in EDP . I disliked it so much I sold it off. It was angular metallic rose with an edge that put me off.
I was sent a lovely sample of Nahema in extrait from Guerlain recently which I tried without much expectation from my previous Nahema encounter.†
Well, the extrait opens gloriously - and I mean superbly turkish rose †- oily, deep ,rich , a little fruity , organic - like turkish rose otto . In color, Nahema at this stage is a shiny deep Burmese ruby red.†
†Nahema rivals Malle's brilliant rose scent Une Rose ...for the moment .†
Gee whizz.... for the first half an hour, I planned in my head how I was going to afford this beauty . Nahema extrait for the first 30 -45 minutes is pure unadulterated turkish rose oil on my skin. Heaven !!!! Then the greenery started to peak through with touches of the muguet . No ylang on me at all. Sadly, after an hour, Nahema has spread thin and angular once again . It became similar to the Nahema I knew in vintage EDP.†
I do wonder if the passion fruit is lending that sour metallic * ting* to Nahema as it dries down. It's not very comfortable after the brilliant start. I stopped thinking of how to afford it ! *LOL*†
Nahema pure perfume lasts for a very very long time, it unfolds slowly with a few twists and turns. The color is that lovely golden perfume color.
The extrait has persistence and a subtle but definite sillage. In all it is still an excellent Guerlain but not for me. Shame... as I adore that rich rose beginning.†
7/2/13 at 1:01am