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Patchouly played fresh by Etro. Its clarity almost blows me away. It has earthy & milky, minty & balmy, cool & airy and even some citrus aspects. Patch. is one of my favourite notes and my old Molinard never runs out (for it is quite a bargain.) But this one is more detailed. Impressive for lovers of this note.
Biehl Parfumkunstwerke PC01.
Perfumer : Patricia Choux
Notes of tangerine, neroli, davana, mango leaves, peony, iris, mango ,Kashmiri wood ,vetiver ,musk .
Described as : "sun, finally, a breath of wind, the soul smiles. " A little haiku !
As much as the bottles and projected image of this company are a snoozefest ( industrial !!!!! ) ,to me PC01 is a good scent. A fruity floral it is - done well . This would be a good spring and summer option. Not too light and has some presence .
So the orange and citrus opens up really beautifully and there is a touch of incense too- it's fleeting but a lovely little addition - a surprise in the fruity floral.
There is a fair amount of mango in here as well . Very wearable. PC01 is airy , fresh, somewhat sweet and totally versatile. It is very feminine and clean . There is nothing wild going on here and the tenacity is decent. If you do not like aquatics - you may find the character of PC01 a little watery in the heart and the dry down .
The dry down is certainly aquatics ,musk and light woods . Mostly, aquatics and musk .
Give this a try if you love Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan , Annick Goutal Folavril , J'adore .
Blue Cedrat by Comme des Garcons
Notes: Italian lemon, bitter quinine accord (juniper berries, Angelica roots), metallic rose, Virginian cedarwood.
Perfumer: Nathalie Feisthauer, who also made Energy C Lemon for CdG. Is she the go-to perfumer when Rei Kawakubo wants something fresh?
Is this the one that is supposed to be a bit metallic? I don't get anything metallic but there is something grapefruity bitter in the opening. But after that it mellows and becomes a cheerful citrus scent. Nothing avant garde going on here! It's not unique enough for me to want a full bottle, but for anyone in the market for a good citrus this is not a bad choice at all.
GC03 eau de Cologne
Notes of neroli, orange flower absolute, mandarin, juniper,schinus molle, irsi absolue infusion, rose oil, vetiver ,castoreum, musk, benzoin, moss, tonka and cedar.
I am not adding a picture as all the bottles look the same.
I believe this is the newest release and not yet in the directory.
Out of the three scents I have tried from this line - GS03 is the best. It is a Eau de Cologne re- make . Geza Schon's version of the classic eau de cologne. Ladies and gentlemen , this is truly wonderful stuff.
It wears more like an Eau de Toilette . It is substantial for an EDC .
The fragrance rolls out like a classic symphony of citrus, rose ,iris and then to light incensey cedar and mossy finish . It's light but has body .
So very well done. I have to give it 5 stars.
This smells like a Chanel with that really good iris in it.
I am very impressed - this is great stuff.
If you like Ormonde Jayne scents ( Geza Schon is actually the perfumer for OJ ) , Chanel Eau de Cologne , Santa Maria Novella Eau de Cologne - you should try this , it's worth it.
Today l tried Tom Ford's Jasmin Rouge.
The opening has a bright, fresh & clean jasmine, joined within moments by the "magic marker" type of indole, & then a touch of spice & fruit. Ten minutes in, the jasmine becomes creamier, sweeter & woodier, & suddenly it reminds me very much of Givenchy's Organza, with its creamy, nutty, woody heart notes. From here it doesn't change much until the far drydown, when l detect whiffs of ylang, leather & ambergris in the base. lt's still going softly six hours in.
l would describe this as a "warm" jasmine, very suited to the golden days of late summer & early autumn. A nice fragrance, but nowhere near special enough to justify the price, IMO. lf you love this one but find it beyond your means, l highly recommend Organza as a much cheaper alternative.
Teardrop- I loved Jasmin Rouge. I nearly bought a bottle but I was banned by my husband who said I had bought enough for now.... *LOL*
However, I did find that the dry down was unspectacular for the price . It is all top heavy on me and drops out at the bottom.
Chanel's Coco Noir EDP
Notes of : grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot,rose, narcissus, rose geranium leaf and jasmine, tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli and white musk frankincense.
I have tried Coco Noir EDP a number of times without really stopping to smell it thoroughly I guess. I am wearing it this afternoon from a sample.
It is easy to dismiss this as a disappointment ,another Coco Mademoiselle, not as good as Coco the Original , another fruitchouli sensation, a cop out by Chanel.
In actuality , it is a beautifully composed scent . A thoughtful scent and though it shares some qualities of Coco Mademoiselle and Coco , it is a different creation, I feel .
As Coco Mademoiselle is the extrovert little sister who loves Pink and a sophisticated thing in its own right - Coco Noir feels elegant , subtle and probably rolls her eyes a bit at Coco Mademoiselle's endless antics and massive persona . Yes, Coco Mademoiselle is an extremely popular girl but Coco Noir is an beautiful ,polished laidback woman . She doesn't require Victoria's Secret and prefers La Perla .
There are wisps of Coco Mademoiselle in Noir ( they are related ,after all ! ) and shades of the original Coco as well ( they are related ,after all ! *LOL* ) but Noir is an easy medium betweeen the two scents Coco Mademoiselle and original Coco .The touch of frankincense is lovely. The patchouli is not blindingly clean like Mademoiselle.
If Coco Mademoiselle and the original Coco are too bombastic for you- then give Coco Noir a try. It feels like silk and smells exotically but much more subtly Chanel-esque.
I am getting tired of all the 'Coco' names ...they should have just called this something else.
You know what - I think I will get a bottle at some point to replace Coco Mademoiselle. I can't wear the original Coco - it gives me a headache . So Noir is the easy choice.
Well done. 4 stars !
Chanel - please hurry up and bring out the pure perfume version of Coco Noir- I am sure it will be a bestseller .
Today l tried Tom Ford's Santal Blush.
l haven't tried a great many sandalwood "soliflores", & so l can't make a lot of comparisons, but to me this does indeed smell of sandalwood; woody, buttery & creamy, with a generous pinch of spice. To begin with l detect something peppery, & perhaps some cardamom or cumin. Then l read that this has cumin & fenugreek listed as notes, which makes total sense; there is a slight curry vibe to it, but this accord is not at all overwhelming or sweat-like, it merely serves to give some warmth & interest to the woody notes. The heart is powdery, sweet & yet savoury. l don't get any of the listed floral notes. ln the first hour the projection is good; l get pleasant wafts of fragrance each time l move. After this it settles closer, but the drydown is a persistent, drier mix of incense smoke, wood & a subtle, suede-like leather. Unlike some other reviewers, l find that this fragrance does develop, & l would say it is definitely unisex.
This is the last of the batch of Tom Ford samples that l recently ordered, & it seems l saved the best 'til last. l would be sorely tempted to buy this, but oh, the price!
l have read that this one layered with Jasmin Rouge produces a very similar scent to Samsara, one of my all-time favourites, & so l will be experimenting with it further in the near future. Perhaps l will be happy just to stick with Samsara after all!?
Le Labo Lys 41
Notes of jasmine, tuberose, lily, warm wood notes, vanila and musks.
This is quite a simple but stunning white floral composition. It's character is light and very slightly shiny metallic ( which must be the lily and musk thing going on my skin ) . I would go so far as to say it's a creamy beachy type scent. It's beautiful . A clean white floral ,non indolic, beachy scent with an ozonic type element to it. I think minus the jasmine and tuberose - this would just be one of those clean ' linen' type fragrances .Lys 41 has that airy ,salty -sweetness ,solar thing about it- salicylates ?
If you love Malle's Carnal Flower- this is a good alternative. Also if you love Diorissimo - the new EDP version which has tuberose - this is a good alternative as well.
Love Lys 41 !
Cello - Fougueuse is a fantastic and unusual scent. Not too barnyeard-y , not too clean ..just kind of a very familiar smell to me. Love it - don't love the price ! *LOL*
C for Women by Clive Christian
Notes : Bergamot, coriander seed, lie de vin (cognac oil), narcisse, geranium, mandarin, petitgrain, tagete, Tuberose, jasmine, rose, violet, osmanthus, ylang ylang, orange flower, cistus, Amber, vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, musk
Seriously, am I the only one who likes Clive Christian scents here ? I truly do - I think they are great quality , lasting , tenacious and still subtle .
There is a bucketful of notes in C for Women . It's predominantly a creamy white floral that takes off immediately with a bit of spice and citrus - very smooth and then it settles into a creamy big heart of jasmine and tuberose- sweet , non indolic with a touch of spice and a small amount of shy violet. It's a very symphonic scent , well blended .
Vanilla ,amber and tonka are apparent in the dry down and the white florals become much more subdued ..becoming a bit more spicey again and woody .
It's very good stuff.
Chanel Jersey Les Exclusifs EDT
Notes : Lavender, vanilla , musk
Fantastic Chanel Jersey Dress- I want !!! But... I can make do with this picture .:D
* This post is dedicated to the lovely Whitefluffy who loves Chanel Jersey .
If there are such things as lavender sweets or lavender lozenges or lavender candy - then I feel Jersey smells how a lavender edible treat would taste .
Firstly, you must love lavender and I do . Secondly you must love vanilla- hmmm.. I do - who doesn't ?
Somewhere in the opening notes and middle there is a caramelly note that works so well with the lavender. There is not one whiff of old fashioned lavender nor any whiffs of lavender scented pot pourri . It is instead very modern and streamlined . I am guessing this is named after Chanel's jersey fabrics .Well this scent is as streamlined as the material .
This Les Exclusifs has not been very well received - I don't know why because I think it's an addictive smell .It's elegant lavender , modern and to the point. I believe the vanilla and musk are well suited to the lavender.
If you love Taste of Heaven by Kilian and Kiki by Vero Profumo - then this may be a * go* for you.
I love it.
Cello - no hints of barbershop in Jersey at all. It's very wearable. I know some have said it smells like fabric conditioner - the musk I guess but I don't get that - it's just very modern . I can't associate it with pot pourri , anything remotely like raw lavender or anything fougere, barbershop etc.
Costes No 1 - it's great stuff. I went through a Costes phase last year - I got a velvety rose + cinnamon .
I even bought and used up the shower cream ! It is quite a plush scent and I found it on the drier side which was nice - unisex for sure.
Guerlain Encens Mythique D'Orient
Notes : aldehydes, persian rose, frankincense, ambergris, saffron, orange blossom , neroli ,patchouli ,vetiver, moss ,musk
Gorgeous bottle !
Thank you danieq for your kindness and generosity . Hugs !
This is a beautifully done scent- it's very Guerlain -an unmistakenlable dollop of fine Guerlain powder dusting throughout this scent . However, I am not really that impressed. How do I say this ? Encens Mythique struck me as very unladen with incense . This philistine is calling it a fuzzy ambery rose patchouli with some frankincense emerging . I find it diffusive and lovely but I am a little done with rose- patchouli combos I am afraid .