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    Fruit / Citrus or Gourmand day - Part #1

    Loukhoum
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    A fragrance inspired by the Turkish delight candy called rahat loukhoum. A creamy sweet and musky scent composed of honeyed almonds, rose absolute, pistachio, hazelnut and cream.
    If you are seeking a Loukhoum scent that smells like the commercial Turkish Delight jellied sweet (roses, lemon, almond and caterers sugar), this is not the scent for you.

    Loukhoum started out rich and nutty, dominated by a delicious unsalted pistachio accord. A wonderfully warm, comforting original gourmand scent which, surprisingly, was not overly 'foody' given the notes and the fragrance premise. Soon the hazelnuts and almonds assert themselves but any extreme 'nuttiness' is tempered by the soft rose and cream. In fact this is very creamy, like an expensive praline.

    Sadly, Loukhoum then morphs into Johnson's baby lotion on me. Still very creamy and comforting but not what this mature, out of diapers, woman wants to smell like. Occasionally, the smooth creamy hazelnut resurfaces but the baby lotion accord sticks around to the end. Lasting power and presence is great, as with most Ava Luxe blends.

    An original blend that I enjoyed for the most part. I would wear this on those cold, grey miserable days when you just need something juvenile, low key and a little edible to make you feel cosy and cossetted. I love the rare nuttiness of this scent along with the luxe creaminess but sadly the Johnson's Baby Lotion note that emerges on my skin, ruins it for me.


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    Milk
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    A gentle milk perfume, slightly sweet, with a soft and airy musk base. Soothing and cozy.

    Notes: Milk, Vanilla, Musk.
    Another wonderful, low key, comfort scent from the Ava Luxe line. Milk is exactly what it says 'on the tin' - a gentle milk scent, but in this case it it the warm, gentle scent of sweetened condensed milk.

    On my skin this scent is very much a linear, one note perfume but that's what also makes it perfect. It may get a little warmer / sweeter as it dries down but essentially what you smell at the beginning is what you get right through to the end. The whole scent just gets lighter and softer until it finally, gracefully disappears...

    When I bought a sample of this my one fear was that it would end up turning buttery and cloying but thankfully this is not the case. In fact the vanilla and musk are so airy that it wears as a 'skin-but-better' scent that is very soft and snuggly, like a baby's neck.


    Even this snarly old lady cannot resist, and though I will not rush out and buy a full bottle, I feel I will definitely comeback to this scent in the future. This would make a perfect bedtime scent, especially in body products (shower gel, body lotion) and I also think this would also be great layered over other, more assertive 'gourmand' scents to tone down and smooth rough edges.



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    Last edited by moondeva; 22nd April 2007 at 05:52 PM.
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    Ack, Elf! Well at least your bed will smell terrific!

    Today's scent has been

    Cafe Noir

    This kicks off with an amazing blast of coffee - it reminds me of liquer coffee or Tia Maria. A hint of lavendar appears soon after but emphasises rather than detracts from the gourmand quality. As it develops, the coffee becomes less pronounced and a chocolatey wood arrives on the scene. There's a hint of something musty, but it's smoky and earthy rather than skanky.
    Of all the coffee-based scents I've sniffed, this is by far and away the most satisfying. Full bottle worthy? I can't say that I'm not tempted! Cafe Noir is on my short list for sure.

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    Update on pm scent: I don’t know if my Sheer Pomegranate and the Pomegranate on Serena’s site are one and the same scent, but here goes: the opening is tart, green and slightly floral. I smell not only the ruby-like, sweet little seeds, but first and foremost the whole fruit with its dry and almost bitter-green smelling rind. The result is very fresh and summery, and totally unsweet, with the floral notes taking over at some point into the drydown.
    Now I'm going to rummage through my samples for a bedtime gourmand...maybe Abricot de Vanille? Amande Sucrée?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiscreet View Post
    Of all the coffee-based scents I've sniffed, this is by far and away the most satisfying. Full bottle worthy? I can't say that I'm not tempted! Cafe Noir is on my short list for sure.
    You're the second person that I've heard say that Cafe Noir was their very favorite coffee fragrance - I almost bought the sample to try it...now I will for sure. I love the smell of coffee and CN sounds quite perfect.

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    A big hello back to fellow Aussie, Beachie17!

    Firstly, I thought I'd write a small paragraph on how "Shisha" develops on my skin as nobody else seemed to get smoke & tobacco notes. Sweet honeyed fruit tobacco then within a minute or two - smoke is added to the mix. I was surprised at just how smokey this scent was on my skin & if I breathed in deep I could detect a hint of sandalwood.

    O.K., now on to "Creme Brulee"! What can I say - I was curious how this one would smell. It's not just the scent of the Creme Brulee dessert as your about to eat it, instead you getting the cooking process too. Meaning the first aroma I get is the burnt sugar, it's strong, just like you get as you're standing over the stove. Then comes the caramel, vanilla & creamy milk notes. The drydown is the finished dessert - yum! Only a small amount of fragrance is needed, this one would be overwhelmingly sweet & sickly if over applied. I don't know how much I'd wear a scent like this, if I'm completely honest, not very often as I'm not big on gourmands. But, it's a wonderful & surprisingly complex dessert fragrance.

    Great reviews everyone, I'll be purchasing some more Ava Luxe samples in the not too distant future!!!
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    Today I tried:

    Cafe Noir, which is a wonderful coffee scent...it's got the coffee note, but it's tempered with berries and spice that make it lovely to wear...I am considering a bottle!

    Creme Brulee: YUMMY!!! Sugar and caramel, very sweet...a rainy day comfort scent for sure..

    Little Love: Wonderful yummy chocolate opening and then gets very nutty...lasts a long time

    Loukhoum....warm and nutty and just like a dessert...then goes all rose on me

    Looking forward to trying more of these wonderful scents....

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    Wild Blackberry Musk--

    Wild blackberries, Madagascar vanilla, white rose, skin musk, animalic notes.

    This is a wonderful fragrance. I own it in perfume oil. I adore blackberries to smell and to eat. This smells just like ripe blackberries that you would pick in the hot sun. The other notes are in the background, thus allowing blackberries center stage. The vanilla and the musk are detectable to me, but they are very well blended in. I cannot really pick out the rose or the animalic notes individually. I love this fragrance and give it 5 stars for a simple but enchanting musk scent.

    Reminiscent of Eau de Charlotte without the cocoa.

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    Midnight Violet is one of my favourites & I'll be buying a full bottle when my sample's empty.

    This fragrance transports me to a forest - a moonlight walk in the forest, to be more precise. The smell of the earth beneath my feet & the aroma of mossy woods in the air, a glade appears before me & the smell of wild violets suddenly surrounds me. I can see the silhouettes of the violets in the moonlight & settle down against a tree trunk so I can close my eyes & let my senses take over. Visualizing the Wood fairies & elves from my childhood dreams, dancing in the glade amongst the violets??? No, I must be mistaken... but this is one very enchanting fragrance!!!

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    I also wore Milk today, moondeva. I thought it was very good--the vanilla is a bit richer and the whole a bit sweeter than my CSP Matin Calan. I'll have to another wrist to wrist to really decide, but so far I believe Milk would win, if for no other reason it's availability in a parfum oil.
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    Cafe Noir:

    Other people above me described it well, but I think this is truly incredible. This is the best coffee fragrance I've ever tried, and I'm definitely buying a full bottle. It turns anywhere you go into a private cafe... very nice for a rainy day reading at home, but it's suitable for anywhere. It's definitely gourmand, but interestingly tempered with non-gourmand notes which kept it from ever seeming cloying on my skin. It's almost odd that I would like this so much since I don't drink coffee, but I do love the smell.

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    Happy Monday everyone - today I'm sampling Film Noir.

    Is that leather I smell? Another strange note, similar to the inside of a automotive repair shop (industrial lubricant?) Did I grab the wrong sample bottle and apply a Comme de Garcons Synthetic cologne?? No, it's Film Noir.

    I luv strange scents - this is strange but also sultry. A little something else too (mint?) to give it some sharpness and not make it too, too dark. I'm liking this.

    I feel like this is the first Ava Luxe I've sampled that is very appropriately named - It's dramatic and dark.

    Off to work...will update my post later.

    Update:

    OK, this scent LASTS! I smelled it all afternoon. Very nice longvity and the industrial / rubber and/or latex notes faded in the drydown. Yes, I think the mint smell I got earlier WAS the spruce (surprised me, since I guess I thought I knew what spruce smelled like...?) Interesting mix. Of all of the Ava Luxe's I've tried, this one stands out. Really nice and cutting edge smell.

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5

    Overall review: Film Noir is everything the Comme de Garcons Synthetic Series WANTED to be: unique, strange and modern. The sweet notes in this scent play backstage to the odd notes - and I like that. Really nice longevity too. Think I would wear this to an art gallery opening or even on the dancefloor, I'd like to see how heat/sweating might transform this into a beast of a scent. I see Film Noir in my Wardrobe very soon.
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    I think it's the spruce. It smells a little medicinal. I'll post my review of it a bit later once I'm home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Happy Monday everyone - today I'm sampling Film Noir.

    Is that leather I smell? Another strange note, similar to the inside of a automotive repair shop (industrial lubricant?) Did I grab the wrong sample bottle and apply a Comme de Garcons Synthetic cologne?? No, it's Film Noir.

    I luv strange scents - this is strange but also sultry. A little something else too (mint?) to give it some sharpness and not make it too, too dark. I'm liking this.

    I feel like this is the first Ava Luxe I've sampled that is very appropriately named - It's dramatic and dark.

    Off to work...will update my post later.
    I thought I was picking up cigarette smoke until you put a new pic in my head, Perez. Now I smell a woman standing in a repair garage looking furtively up at her car's undercarriage while the overalls-wearing mechanic points at her problem. She's a classy women and the scent is pleasant. Is there a little rubber, too, like Bulgari Black? At any rate, this is a fun trial.
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    Midnight Violet for me. Powdery violet at first, evolving now into something a bit woodier and sexier. Very nice. I don't have anything like this in the wardrobe at the mo, may need some!

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    Fruit / Citrus or Gourmand day - Part #2

    Royal Vanilla
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    A decadent dark vanilla bean fragrance with a touch of smoldering spice. This vanilla is fit for a queen!

    Notes: vanilla bean, French vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, amber, hazelnut.
    If you are seeking a vanilla scent that smells like the generic, powdery sweet candied stuff peddled in every second feminine scent these days, then you are going to be sorely disappointed - this is not the scent for you.

    Royal Vanilla is all about the french vanilla and embodies that wonderful dark, almost bitter, smokey delicious aroma of good, strong European flavoured coffees that you get in the wonderfully atmosperic little cafes, off the beaten track. Please understand, there is no trace of coffee in this blend but that aura is there. Maybe it is the smokey nuttiness of the hazelnut in the base that creates this association.

    SO says this smells of old style luxury butterscotch to him - the kind made with real butter, cream, vanilla pods and scotch, not the artificial 'just add milk' scent regularly found on the supermarket shelf under 'packet desserts'. I can see how he gets this impression. Royal Vanilla is a very dark, smokey, almost balsamic 'true' vanilla scent - which happens to be light years away from the lighter sugar laden vanilla we know and love. There is a delicious 'burnt sugar' element to it which is wonderful. Lasting power and presence is great, as with most Ava Luxe blends.

    An original blend that I enjoyed for the most part. I would wear this on those cold, grey miserable days when you just need something elegant, sophisticated and but still a little edible. I love the aromatic, elegant smokiness of this scent. This is my kind of gourmand! I think that it will be delicious anytime but especially in autumn and winter during the grey, cold rainy days. I think it will be wonderful layered with other less complex creamier vanillas, and soft woods or musks (Ava Luxe Milk, Yves Rocher Vanille Bourbon, TBS Vanilla, Dunhill Desire For a Woman, Diesel Plus Plus Feminine). This is also dark, complex and smoky enough to be worn very comfortably by a man - like Cafe Noir.

    Another one to add to the Full Bottle Wish List...


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    Vintage or Chypre day - Part #1

    Biba
    Quote Originally Posted by ava-luxe.com
    Inspired by an era of style, glamour and decadence ... where wit and style reigned supreme.
    A sleek blend of spices and sensual woods. A woody oriental fragrance.

    Notes: Bergamot, Elemi, Pepper, Incense, Hiba wood, Himalayan Cedar, Cedar of Lebanon, Patchouli, Night queen, Sandalwood, Tunisian Amber, Musk
    Another exquisite scent from the Ava Luxe line. Biba is listed as a chypre on the Ava Luxe website but personally, judging from the notes and how this develops on my skin, this is actually a Wood / Resin scent.

    When I was seeking recommendations for Ava Luxe samples for myself a while back, someone recommended this scent to me, saying that it seemed like 'your kind of scent'. I'm not sure if they were referring to my unabashed love of all things chypre or if they instinctively were aware of my reawakened love and compatibility with smooth incensy amber wood scents. Either way, they were spot on.

    Luckily for me Serena had included a free sample of Biba in my last order so I decided to try it today. Because it is listed under chypre I was expecting something classic and mossy along the lines of her great Chypre Noir / Dark Chypre or Ingenue. And Biba did smell like it would be like that when sniffed straight from the vial.

    So you can imagine my surprise and confusion when what emerged on my skin was a smooth, soft bergamot and spicy elemi / pepper accord. Then the scent seemed to disappear! Now, I know that Ava Luxe EDPs can be fleeting on me, but this was ridiculous! I was all ready to apply my newly discovered (tested) love, Ava Luxe Chaotic / Chaos type parfum when something made me stop and give the scent a chance to develop further...

    I am so glad I did. On my chemistry, smooth creamy white woods like cedar and sandalwood tend to 'disappear' at first and become 'skin-but-better' background notes to more assertive notes in the blend. They do come forward once the whole scent settles and then their smooth, clean creaminess lasts for hours.

    In Biba, it is the woods (cedar, hiba, sandal) that rule, adorned and supported by the other notes of amber, musk, patchouli and incense. I cannot pick out the night queen floral note but I appreciate the softening complexity it adds to this otherwise sleek uncompromising blend. The whole has dried down to a wonderfully classic understated 'skin-but-better' soft woody musk scent, very reminiscent of her Chaos type blend but much less spicy, smoother and softer...and I am in love. I hope to try this in parfum form before committing to a full bottle but I know that this purchase is unlikely to be a mistake.

    For those of you who love scents like L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer, 10 Corso Como, Donna Karan Black Cashmere or Chaos but can find them too smoky, spicey, heavy and incensey, then Biba may be just the scent for you. Perfectly balanced with no one element overwhelming the others this is smooth sophistication from beginning to end. A perfect anytime, anywhere scent.

    Another Ava Luxe winner.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shycat View Post
    I also wore Milk today, moondeva. I thought it was very good--the vanilla is a bit richer and the whole a bit sweeter than my CSP Matin Calan. I'll have to another wrist to wrist to really decide, but so far I believe Milk would win, if for no other reason it's availability in a parfum oil.
    Funny! Many on MUA who mention loving both find the Ava Luxe Milk the less sweet, more sophisticated, better lasting prefered one of the two. I am not appreciative of overly sweet, synthetic gourmand scents at the best of times , so few scents of that kind will receive high marks from me. I find that Comptoir Sur Pacifique perfumes tend to be particularly guilty of these crimes - my teeth ache just thinking about them. Maybe it is because my chemistry can make some scents much sweeter than they are originally, but I do believe that the perfume is to blame as well.

    Although I dislike these types of scents in general I do find Ava Luxe Love's Truish Blue Light and Milk very wearable, good examples of this baby soft gourmand musk genre, with Milk being perfect for wearing all year round.

    I am definitely considering purchasing a wee bottle of the parfum myself...
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    On Chypre/Vintage day, Serena’s magnificent Anne Klein II type. I am wearing the EdP this time and I do prefer it over the perfume oils – I want lasting power and sillage, and this one has them both.
    Opulent, rich, packed with glorious notes – I go crazy over that peach spiced up with ylang-ylang and carnation, dipped in amber and sweetened by vanilla and benzoin! A superb rendition of an elegant power Oriental. It calls for pearls, velvets, high heels, silk stockings.
    Another must have….
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    My choice for Chypre/Vintage day is from one of my first full bottle Ava Luxes - the glorious, glamourous Film Noir!! :bounce:

    Here are the notes from Serena's site....

    Black Leather
    Suede
    Hemlock Spruce
    Ambergris
    Mousse de Chine
    Morrocan Rose
    Black Amber
    Green Grass
    Civet
    Olibanum
    Bergamot
    Coumarin
    Tobacco
    Tonka Bean

    and the effect for me is total different from those previously described!! :bounce: And the definition!! :bounce::bounce:

    The opening is brightly hesperidic with roseate tobacco undertones. I get the crisp bergamot right away with a hint of mossy green - and only after a while do the leather notes and tonka put in an appearance. I get none of the service station effect mentioned by others.

    The dry down is musky, tinged with coumarin and heavy roses. To me this is all sables and diamonds and the corner banquette at El Morocco!

    That's why I invested in a full bottle!!

    Meanwhile, all your reviews of Biba, Cafe Noir, and Creme Brulee and Milk (never mind Loukhoum and Little Love) are making my "to try list" ominous in length!!
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    My samples arrived today! YAY.

    I missed the first two days but I am wearing the beautiful Moss! A simple name for a true mossy chypre...oakmoss, labdanum and spanish moss with a little bit of lavender and a nice ambery base.

    Well worth the wait. This is my first Ava Luxe sample and I feel this is as sophisticated as any chypre I've tried.

    Thanks Moondeva for running this thread! I am so happy with this.

    I bought 6 simples and received 2 bonus samples of Shisha and Venus Sands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zibeline View Post
    My samples arrived today! YAY.

    I missed the first two days but I am wearing the beautiful Moss! A simple name for a true mossy chypre...oakmoss, labdanum and spanish moss with a little bit of lavender and a nice ambery base.

    Well worth the wait. This is my first Ava Luxe sample and I feel this is as sophisticated as any chypre I've tried.

    Thanks Moondeva for running this thread! I am so happy with this.

    I bought 6 simples and received 2 bonus samples of Shisha and Venus Sands.

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    Film Noir

    Chypres have always intrigued me. After all, my first adult perfume, Mitsouko, is a chypre. I had high hopes for Film Noir - the name itself is so evocative. A rainy city at 2am; a lone musician practising his saxophone in a seedy motel room lit only by the flickering neon sign across the way.
    What I got instead was...hospitals? The initial blast was distinctily medicinal; not so much film noir as ER. Perhaps it was the spruce, but that medicinal smell dominated on my skin. After several hours it softened slightly and became a little more mellow, with a hint of something dirty (but in a good way). However, it never really developed the ambery glow I get with chypres like Mitsouko or Aromatics Elixir, and whilst I found it interesting, I found it difficult to like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    Welcome to Ava Luxe Anonymous!! :bounce: (Too bad about your etailer experience - hope it works out. Meantime - you've made a brand new friend here in AL!!)
    Well I just got my refund after nearly 2 months, many calls and finally a promise to go to Biz-Rate and the BBB. So the nightmare is over. And it is an experience I will never repeat.

    Besides I've found (or you've shown me) Ava Luxe and I think there a re a few bottles in the not too distant future. I also tried Amber Essence and Kretek and I am thrilled with the Amber Essence. It is a very clean amber that is not laden down with distracting woods. It's feeling very bottle worthy.

    Kretek is a very clove laden scent and a lot like its namesake, isn't it? Waiting for this to develop more fully. If I start smelling less clove more tobacco it's a winner.

    I am also wondering how AL Scandal compares with the original Lanvin. I have some vintage Scandal parfum and "eau de" and can easily compare the two. The notes sound like a great match.

    Back to the Chypres...the vintage Coty type chypre notes do not sound as close to my current old bottle as the Moss does. Coty may have a bit more floral in the initial topnote, but I am missing the carnation in the vintage scent. Moss shares the green feeling more fully, imo, although the original Coty has a very aldehydic sparkle at the top.

    Moss is a very green chypre, summery, cool and sheer. I may need it!
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    Samples arrived!

    For Chypre day I'm testing Silk.

    Silk has Atlas cedarwood, fruits, and spices. It smells vintage, and gives off an air of elegance and sophistication. It's a very beautiful, cool, yet rich fragrance that gets spicier as it drys down. Very enjoyable!

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    Vintage or Chypre day - Part #2

    Midnight Violet
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    The enchanting scent of black violets in a twilight forest.

    A deep, earthy violet fragrance. The violets are accented with wood, incense, moss, and earth notes for mysterious depth. A touch of balsam and musk lend a warm sensuality to the fragrance.

    This scent is suitable for a woman or a man.
    Notes: Violet, Blue iris, Orris, Earth, Black hemlock, Galbanum, Pink pepper, Cinnamon, Cedar, Sandalwood, Incense, Wood balsam, Moss, Civet, Cashmere musk
    I am sorry, this review is going to be rather short but for once I am in the presence of such beauty that I simple cannot adequately describe.
    On a practical (descriptive) level - if you love the dark, loamy earthy beauty of L'Artisan Voleur de Roses, and love the unique homage that it has paid to the magnificant rose, then you will also probably adore Ava Luxe Midnight Violet except this time the star(s) are violet and iris. A truly sublime blend that I would recommend to any and all. Don't think that this will be dominated by patchouli - it isn't, but it must be experienced fully in a day long wearing (minimum) before forming a judgement about it. An exquisite modern classic for those who love violets and or iris.

    In fact, even though it is truly perfect alone, I am already drooling at the prospect of layering it with other kindred beauties (like Dior Homme, Hermes Hiris, Guerlain Vol de Nuit, Balmain Jolie Madame, Guerlain Les Meteorites, Guerlain Apres l'Ondees and many more...). There is definitely a full bottle of this in my near future. This is also dark, complex and earthy enough to be worn very comfortably by a man - like Film Noir, Cafe Noir, and Rasa Xtreme.

    Another one to add to the Full Bottle Wish List...



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    Scandal type
    Quote Originally Posted by ava-luxe.com
    A dramatic leather/animalic fragrance with citrus top notes , a powdery floral heart of orris, iris, and rose, potent animalic and resinous base notes.
    Notes:bergamot, citron, neroli, Mandarin orange, leather, iris, rose, orris, Siam benzoin, civet, vetiver, moss, frankincense, vanilla.
    Sadly this was a great disappointment to me, especially after smelling the real thing. I think this may be due to a modern synthetics malfunction rather than the blend. The notes sound wonderful but they do not work together here. I am a great fan of Lanvin Arpege and My Sin and had a pretty good idea what to expect of Scandal - should I ever get to try it. Recently my prayers were answered and an amazing fragrance fairy out of the blue graced me with a wee sample of the extrait... Beautiful! Truly amazing, and smelling roughly as I expected. I am grateful that I was lucky enough to be able to experience this long gone beauty - but that's another review entirely.

    Ava Luxe Scandal type is definitely a smooth leather in the classic style but it is somehow soulless and very very bitter on the skin. I don't know what caused it but it never entirely disappeared and ruined the scent for me. I tried to enjoy it in it's own right but no, the blend is just wrong - at least to my nose.

    My first Ava Luxe no-no!

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    Vintage or Chypre day - Almost Ran#2

    Film Noir
    Quote Originally Posted by ava-luxe.com
    Dangerous Beauty.

    Film Noir ~ A gorgeous leather fragrance with sueded notes that is sure to kindle your darkest desires.

    Notes: Black Leather, Suede, Hemlock Spruce, Ambergris, Mousse de Chine, Morrocan Rose, Black Amber, Green Grass, Civet, Olibanum, Bergamot, Coumarin, Tobacco, Tonka Bean
    This was the first full bottle purchase that I ever bought from Ava Luxe and it is still one of my absolute favourites, of the many I have tried.

    I will not try and give a big descriptive review here. But, for those of you trying to get to grips with all the differing descriptions of Film Noir, here is my short-hand classification / description of the scent:

    Imagine Serge Lutens Daim Blond or Donna Karan New York (the original black and gold swan bottle), but less fruity sweet or floral - now imagine it darker, smokier, more leathery and slightly sinister. That is Film Noir.

    I posted somewhere else on Basenotes that I consider Film Noir to be the (wicked) spiritual lovechild of Gres Cabochard and Serge Lutens Daim Blond. I still believe that the description is pretty accurate. Ava Luxe Film Noir lasts a darn sight longer as well! I like to layer it with both of the above scents to add dramatic depth and longevity.

    Yes there is a metholated spirits edge to the opening but the heart and base are all suede / leather, smokey chypre and a lot of bad attitude - it could teach Piguet Bandit a thing or two...

    My first Ava Luxe love, that I would do all over again!

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    I am totally enjoying this experience and these fragrances:-))) Not being familiar with the Chypre family I chose:

    Chypre Type (Vintage), Biba, Dark Chypre, and Film Noir

    I think these are all very lovely scents with Biba standing out as my favorite...Film Noir has a edge to it that is almost clove-ish, on the right woman it would be devastingly gorgeous, it's dark and mysterious...Biba is warm, woody and a bit smokey/sweet with a gorgeous drydown and the one most suited to me (and also wonderfully described by Moondeva!!!) ....Dark Chypre is very mossy, very green, very sophisticated ....a bit overpowering, as there's somewhat of a powdery/skin lotion note on me and finally Chypre is a pretty scent that seemed most floral/spicy of the group but faded quickly to an warm herbal drydown...it vaguely reminds me of CHAOS....

    All in all it was great to sample a group of scents completely new to me and Biba is definately getting another try!!!!

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    I tried my sample of Silk in perfume oil today. This is very long lasting and I was aware of smelling fantastic all day long from one application in the morning.

    Ava-Luxe website: "A sensual and exotic woody fragrance based around Atlas cedarwood, and balanced out with floral , fruity and spicy notes."

    I am wondering what is in this juice. Obviously cedar and oakmoss. I am thinking that there maybe a little bit of white rose, some violet and either plum or peach, some cinnamon and possibly some benzoin.

    This is a wonderful, long-lasting, and beautiful fragrance. It is not linear and begins with strong, dry woods, then oakmoss and flowers, then fruit and benzoin.

    I like it very much and will definitely be ordering a bottle of it (five stars).

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    Hi, I am a bit late, but I am still very happy to join this Ava-Luxe Bandwagon.
    I started my trip with Tuberose Diabolique. WOW! I am in love with this tuberose. It is much softer than Fracas or any other tuberose scent which I have tried in the past. It smells like a warm candy bathed in a pot of white flower. It reminds me of a sweet that I had in the past. It is sensual but no in your face femme fatal type of tuberose. I will definately go for a full bottle.
    Currently wearing: Virgilio by Diptyque

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    For "Fresh/Clean-Light Musk" day I'm in a sample of China Rain - from the website: "A clean fresh oriental fragrance with green aldehyic top notes and a heart of white lilies, musk, sandalwood and moss. Classic."

    Approached this somewhat apprehensively because "light" frags have a way of disappearing on me. Not this lady! Should have known because my body is receptive to aldehydes - they snuggle up on me and do their thing - morphing here and there but never turning ugly. This is a lovely lily - almost muguet but not as sweet and the green is light and lively. The musky dry down is delicate but pervasive. Reminds me of L' Eau d' Issey although the notes are not the same) and of AL's own Lily.

    Great choice for this spring day and for the young in heart! :bounce:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiscreet View Post
    not so much film noir as ER.
    Snicker--Sorry to AL, but I so enjoy a clever turn of phrase.

    I have my nose in my mailbox (wouldn't that make a funny avatar?) anticipating the floral and musk samples I'm most in the mood for.
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    It's 'The Beach' by Ava Luxe for me today.

    Fun, fun, fun! Instantly reminded me of New West for Her by Aramis (which I own and love better than New West for men).

    Watermelon and honeydew dominate the top note, but very soft melon NOT that sharp melon you get from some Bath & Body Work products or Calyx from Prescriptives (although I love Calyx).

    I was kind of expecting coconut in this, so I'm pleasantly surprised it isn't here. I hope that this doesn't evolve into too much of a fruity/floral...

    Off to work...

    UPDATE (pm):

    Lastest ALL DAY on me, I smelled all throughout the day, waves and waves of soft melon and something else tropical (green papaya?). It did not remind me of 'beach' scents, more tropical or picnic in my opinion.

    Rating: 4 out of 5

    Overall Review: If there was a Eau de Parfum available for New West for her (Aramis) then The Beach would be it. Loved the watermelon note - very warm (not aldehydic at all...) and great longevity/sillage. It smelled even better in the heat (I sat in my hot car and didn't turn the a/c on for a few seconds, just so I could smell my scent simmering in the hot air...silly huh?). I might buy a small bottle of this, since I can't imagine a lot of reasons to wear it (I wore it to my office, but it is SO NOT an office frag). Plus, I think AL kinda copied New West for Her with The Beach - thats why I took away a 1/2 star for originality.
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    Today I am wearing.....

    Love's True Bluish Light
    Wrap yourself in a silky veil of delicate white vanilla that will make you swoon. White amber adds a subtle milky quality. A scent that is certain to play with your heart strings.

    Notes : White Vanilla, White Amber, Milky notes, Musk.


    This is lovely, the vanilla is just right, not too sweet or heavy and the musk light....this is a gorgeous scent to wear anytime, anywhere and I am IN LOVE!!!!

    A bottle is a must for me.....

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