As promised here are my first impressions
. Sorry about my noobish ways to describe these fragrances since I'm not quite experienced enough to really describe them and point out each different note. Keep in mind, I haven’t really spent that much time with these fragrances. Most of these are just my first impressions.L'Artisan Havanna Vanille
or now known as Vanille Absolument: This was the first fragrance I tried out and from my first wiff of it, I fell in love. It smelled delicious. I could smell that nice vanilla note and some other note that I couldn't quite pinpoint. I don't think i've ever smelled a fragrance that smells this delicious. I’ve smelled rochas man and one million which are considered sweet scents but I don’t think they were mouth watering like this. Overall I love how this smells. I find it a shame though that it didn't project much. Longevity was pretty decent. Another problem I found with this is although it got me compliments, when I would ask what did it smelled like, most would say like someone who just smoked. Now that is going to be a big issue with me especially since I am still in high school and I don't want people to be getting the wrong idea. I love this fragrance but I don’t think ill be purchasing a bottle especially with the projection issues and what it reminds people of. If it had a little better projection and none of that tobacco? (I guess that’s whats causing that smoker smell?) then this would be just perfect for me.L'artisan Tea for Two
: Now this fragrance although it has a LOT of love on this forum, I didn't quite like it. I guess its because of my inexperienced/not mature nose but I thought it smelled like tea and cigarettes. It just didn't smell good to me. I think ill give it another try but right now it isn't a contender for my prom scent.Serge Lutens Chergui
: Lets just say I love this and its definitely one of my contenders from prom. I didn't quite enjoy the opening but the longer it stayed on my skin, the more I liked it. It smelled very floral, sweet, and classy, quite different from all the other fragrances I have tried. The reason why I find this perfect for prom is because,well, I cant really see myself in any other situation where I can pull this off. It doesn't smell like a fragrance that you can just wear as a casual daily scent or to a date, etc. Its a fragrance that you can only wear to very special occasions, i.e. prom. Overall I really like this scent. To me it smells very pleasant and unique. The only problem I find with this is the versatility of it leading me to question whether a full bottle of this would be worth it or not but for that one night of prom, this is perfect. I still have to see what my date thinks of this. Hopefully she likes it aswell.Creed Virgin Island Water
: This fragrance is a love and hate thing for me. The smell, I absolutely love. It reminds me of a tropical beach. Its very unique and I like it. The biggest problem with this however is the projection and longevity. It didn’t even last for half of the day for me and other people could not smell this at all. If it had better longevity and projection, I would probably consider buying a bottle of this.Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil
: This fragrance is the same as the Creed for me. I love how it smells, but longevity is meh. It gives me a nice jamba juice type of vibe with the very pleasant mango note. Its a nice green fragrance that I could see myself wearing around springtime. Projection on this seems to be pretty good but it feels like the scent disappears within 4 hours. I like this fragrance but I don’t think I would invest in a bottle of this because of the longevity.Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
: I really like this fragrance actually. It has a very nice lemon pie scent. Its also very versatile. I can see myself buying this fragrance simply because it seems like a scent I can wear to ANY occasion. It can be classy, casual, date scent, anything. Projection and longevity is also pretty good on this. I'm quite surprised that I didn't get a single compliment on this one. It definitely one of my favorite scents out of all the ones I sampled. Its a shame they are discontinuing this. I haven’t tried any of the other Chanel fragrances but hopefully they are similar to this one because I really like this.Cartier Roadster
: This fragrance, I cant really describe. It smells nice, green, fresh, and pleasant but I have no idea what that smell is. All I know is, I like it. It projects pretty good and lasts throughout the day. I find it weird that this is what got the most compliments for me. The first day I wore it, bam, easy 6 compliments. I like Chanel Allure Edition Blanche more than this but this just got so much more compliments. I would consider buying this but there are others that I like much more.Sean Jean I Am King
: Meh, this fragrance is alright. It smells soapy like a body wash. Not really my type of fragrance.
Fragrances that I still have to try out: Tommy Bahama, Exceptional, Lalique Eau de Lelique, L'Artisan Piment Brulant, and Ferre Bergamotto Marino.
Well thank you soo much Cello for giving me a chance to try out all these fragrances! It was really nice to finally get my nose on some of the most highly regarded fragrances on this forum. This sampling leads me to three questions however:
1) Do Niche fragrances typically have longevity and projection issues? I noticed this when the Creed, L'Artisan and Hermes fragrances didn't last or project to well on my skin when I could easily get 10+ hours with a designer like one million or le male.
2) What note causes Tea for Two and Havana Vanille to make the wearer smell like they smoke? Is it the tobacco note? I have no idea how fresh tobacco smells so im not sure if that’s it or something else. I'm just curious because I really don’t want to be smelling like I smoke so knowing the note might help me avoid fragrances that incorporate it in the future.
3) From a female's perspective, what would be best for prom? Chergui, New Haarlem, or I love New York for All? I currently have samples of each and I was thinking maybe I could just wear the sample to prom since I cant quite afford these fragrances right now.