Hi everybody! Didn't want to flood the thread, so I've been waiting until I was complete with the samples to post my impressions all at once. I finished up this week, patched up the box, and shipped it off to N_Tesla, recipient #3 today.
As a disclaimer to the following reviews, please note that I've got a fairly young nose. I'm still figuring out what I like and learning how to pick notes out of compositions. Also, until this box arrived, I'd never really tried out many floral, feminine fragrances. So, I had an interesting
time figuring out exactly what I thought of some of these. So, here we go!Elixer -
I really liked the opening on this one, it really pops in the opening (the eucalyptus steam?). And I liked the rose in the heart, but there's something in the drydown - the soft woods mingling with the incense I think - that didn't really agree with me. It was certainly tenacious though, lasting well past my 8-hour workday.Violetta -
I put this on in the evening, and my room-mate told me "you smell like Green Tea" when I strolled into the living room. So, obviously great sillage. I definitely get a little bit of a green tea vibe in the opening. I also liked the rich violet heart; very true, slightly watery, pure violet. I find it gets a little "dusty" towards the end. Overall I thought it was a nice scent, but a little flowery for me.Blenheim Boquet -
Opens up really fresh and kind of minty, a very different take on herbal freshness than I'm used to. A lavender note creeps in that I actually like; frequently lavender on me smells like a sweet licorice(yuck), but this was a more subdued, more true lavender. The pine scent is nice, not wet, sappy pine, but more of a drier pine log scent, and is refreshing throughout the day. It has very good longevity on me (8+ hrs). I liked this one enough to try it twice, it was probably my favorite out of the bunch.Eau de Verveine -
Opened nice, but disappeared on me within about 15 minutes! I've never been asnomic to anything, but perhaps I am to this... Smelled vague hints of cinnamon throughout the day, that's it.LP#9 -
Sweet and flowery. Smells like a mainstream marketed towards younger women.Victorian Posey -
This was a very dense floral, definitely too dense for me to pick apart. Like a floral garden. Nice, not old lady, but definitely very feminine.Amaranthine -
Ummm, I think I really like this one. Opens strong, green and spicy; delightful. Dries down to a very lovely tonka-musc, which smells pretty great on me. Just powdery enough to be quite feminine; I could almost wear this one. I could see myself getting this for a SO, just to use a little every now and then...English Fern -
Very ferny and green, maybe too much for me. And it was rather linear on my skin. The sillage faded fast, but a ghost clung on for a long time. Just OK, IMO.Douro -
Very spicy to start off, tons of cinnamon & nutmeg (I think). A mellow neroli comes in nicely in the heart, but it fades out fast. The drydown is persistent cinnamon, and like most of these frags, sticks around tenaciously. Felt kind of Christmas-y, like a cup of spiced cider. This one earned itself a second wearing, but I don't think the southern California climate necessitates owning a fragrance like this.Lavandula -
Fresh, true, occasionally transparent, Lavender. Doesn't smell like licorice at all on me, very dry, realistic lavender. Throw in some spice, and there you go. Liked it, wore it twice, but I didn't totally love it.Elizabethan Rose -
Really nice, realistic rose smell. Reminds me of Mom's roses & garden. Conjured up images of playing football in the front yard at the end of summer, the last roses coming to a fragrant end... and getting tackled into the thorns! Great memories. Good projection. Wore it to bed, and I still smelled it in the morning; not a hint, really there. I've never wanted to smell just like a rose, but if you do, I would recommend this one.Bluebell -
Soft floral, opens strong. Simmers down later. Not too complex, but very feminine. Drydown is actually quite nice, close to skin, but spices start to come in and balance out the florals.Lilly of the Valley -
I don't know what Lilly of the Valley really smells like. I'll seek some out in the flower district at some point. I do know that this was a really nice, crisp, fresh floral. Quite linear, decent longevity. Quite floral, but fresh and not overbearing in my opinion. Too feminine for me, but I did like it.Ellenisia -
Like floral overload on me. Pretty strong projection.Artemisia -
Opens fruity and floral, rather sweet but delicious smelling; almost cotton candy, almost bubble gum, not quite either. Drydown goes sweet/powdery, but neither to an extreme; maintains some fruitiness throughout. I think I'd love this on a young lady.Castile -
I had high hopes for Castile, but I wasn't a fan. It started off nice, with a great citrus note, but then... In industrial arts, we had this granulated soap, and I think it must have had orange blossom in it. I've had this experience with John Varvatos' Artisan as well, where the orange blossom just turns to soap on me. Not like light soap, but like I forgot to rinse my hands after building a sheet metal toolbox, and it actually makes me feel a little MORE dirty. This soap note completely dominates most of Castile's duration, and kind of ruins the nice opening for me. I think it's a body chemistry thing.
My overall impression is one of quality, natural-smelling ingredients, and true British tenacity in terms of longevity. It was a really interesting experience for me to "have" to try all these scents, and I was exposed to new ideas and notes, and expanded my knowledge of my own tastes quite a bit.
I think that wraps it up. Something else for you to chew on this Thanksgiving.
Thanks a ton to 30 Roses for putting this all together. And thanks to PerfumedLady for corresponding with me throughout the process (both her sampling and my own); I appreciate your encouragement.