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Dolce & Gabbana D&G Anthology: L’Imperatrice 3

22 May

This fragrance smells like a cross between a Strawberry Kiwi Snapple beverage, and a watermelon Jolly Rancher hard candy. However, it does not possess the kind of sweetness that makes me want to drink it instead of wear it. I also find it to be less cloying than some of the summer Escada scents, so for anyone who enjoys those but feels they are a little “much”, this has a similar tropical fruit candy feel and is a great alternative. It also reminds me of a better executed of the new Ana Sui collection. You know, that one with the peacock cap, etc.

#3 has an ample dose of ozonic “freshness” and though the dry down is less than perfect on my clothes especially with a very slight bitterness, I do find it to be a very uplifting scent overall. It’s like an ideal summery body spray disguised by a classy, heavy glass bottle.

My boyfriend said I smelled great when I doused myself with this, (and you really can, because the longevity is only body spray length, though the sillage is considerable). If you have body spray you already love (I don’t), then this may be a waste of your time. Otherwise, a light, juicy candy scent for smelling shampoo girly-clean. MMMhmm.

The dry down smells like someone spilled a strawberry kiwi wine cooler all over my clothes. It is not attractive and it lingers for more than a day. I had to return my bottle. This calls to mind the wise words of natural perfumer and founder of Providence Perfume Co., Charna Ethier who strongly believes in building perfumes “from the base, up.”

Without a quality foundation, even light fragrances with alluring top notes can morph into an unsavory synthetic mess.

Sorry, L’Imperatrice 3.  So close, yet so far.

Anna Sui Forbidden Affair

9 Mar

When I was a little kid, I would take a roll of LifeSavers hard candies, and put one of each flavor into my mouth all at once (or as many as I could fit).

One of my favorite types of LifeSavers was the Wild Berries version, which included: blackberry, black raspberry, wild cherry, red raspberry, and strawberry flavors in each roll.

When I smelled Forbidden Affair by Anna Sui, immediately I was putting all the berry flavors into my mouth at once again! It was the exact same combination of translucent purples, sweet, sour, candy, and berry. Really quite wonderful in a carefree, whimsical way.

I suppose that type of behavior would be a Forbidden Affair of sorts… with candy.

Ineke Field Notes from Paris

7 Mar

Small empty antique bottles line the window sill in a large shower, enclosed by heavy transparent blocks. An impressive interior space in clear and frosted glass.

My sample of Field Notes From Paris from Ineke  opens with a burst of honeyed, un-smoked tobacco, earthy balsamic sweetness, and fizzy sour masculine face tonic. It is powdery, soapy, bittersweet, and very well blended.

Other tiny bottles filled with lotion, earthy warm and astringent colognes and French milled soaps are arranged on a long, clean bathroom counter.

Field Notes from Paris is a behind-the-scenes portrait of a graceful and refined older gentleman, from the perspective of a visitor.

He is out entertaining friends and as his house guest, you find yourself wandering around the intimate, tobacco-laced contours of his apartment. Particularly interesting to you, are his lavish bedroom and bathroom.

From his expensive collection of toiletries, to the colors and contents of his night stand, dresser, and the heavy purple and gold curtains blocking out the light in his bedroom, you see clearly, the side of him that he sees when he is alone.

He trusts you completely in his home, and as you wander around, You feel a little like crying, though you aren’t sure why. Maybe some day looking back it will make sense.

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme

2 Mar

L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent is a warm, light, slightly fruity and spicy fragrance. It has a uniform color and temperature, instead of showing off each of its individual notes. It is slightly reminiscent of Om from the Gap.

L’Homme plays nice. It’s spice without leather, tobacco, booze or smoke. It’s clean and contemporary. After the first fifteen minutes, I detect a powdery warmth, like a slightly fruity musk. Projection and longevity are low, which I actually don’t mind in this instance.

L’Homme is walking along a manicured tree-lined path on the campus of a prestigious University. It’s humid but it’s not going to rain. It’s old growth trees without being anywhere near a forest. It’s early Spring in the South. L’Homme is the embodiment of gentle, soft-spoken masculinity. It’s a corduroy jacket and arms full of books.

It is inviting in a casual way, which could turn more sensual at any moment, but doesn’t push the wearer in either direction. It isn’t pushy. It accepts you as you are. Maybe along with the books, L’Homme is also holding an apple.
I’d bite it.

Creed Bois de Cedrat

25 Feb

Bois de Cedrat opens with straight bright lemon. This is by far the most lemony cedar fragrance I have ever encountered. The lemon is delectable, much like a frozen lemon Popsicle. When the cedar emerges from behind the lemon after the first 15 minutes or so, it is dry, pleasant, and very natural-smelling.

Bois de Cedrat impresses me because it takes two notes that can easily move into cleaning solution territory, and it manages to keep them fresh, natural, and complimentary to one another, a testament to the quality of Creed’s ingredients.

Anyone who has criticized Jo Malone’s Sweet Lime and Cedar for it’s simplicity and consequently questionable wearability, should hold this fragrance to the same set of standards, and then consider that less is sometimes more. If you love the notes and they are done really well, simplicity should never be an issue.

Unlike Sweet Lime and Cedar, which has good sillage and longevity (especially for Jo Malone), Bois de Cedrat’s sillage and longevity are both pretty poor, with the lemon opening note traveling better than the cedar. If given the choice, I would pick Sweet Lime and Cedar over Bois de Cedrat any day. It evolves into something magical when it combines with my skin’s chemistry… too bad SL&C is one of JM’s many discontinued beauties.

L Artisan Parfumeur The Pour Un Ete

23 Feb

This is what I wish The Vert from L’Occitane smelled like. It has a very similar lemon green tea opening, but the green tea note in The Vert contains a bitter, over-steeped quality and the lemon only muddles The Vert’s bitter, slightly dirty combination of notes.

In The Pour Un Ete, the lemon is alone in the opening, natural, pure, and sour, though it quickly makes room for a smooth green tea with just the slightest hint of natural sweetness. This tea-lemon combination is perfectly balanced and soft.  As it opens on the skin, the composition becomes  light green and dry. Those who are fond of this combination of notes will be in heaven.

I do detect a light jasmine and the faintest cedar behind the tea and citrus, but they are soft and do little more than round out the other notes,  emerging slightly more in the dry down. The dry down continues to be a smooth and slightly sweet tea note, turning into more of a jasmine green tea than a lemon one.

The projection is average, and longevity is typical for L’Artisan, which means longer than 10 minutes, but way less than 10 hours.  Very refreshing for Spring and hot, humid weather.

The Pour Un Ete is having lunch with iced tea and fresh lemons in a campground with your family.There are conifer trees surrounding you and it is near the ocean so there are no mosquitoes. It is smooth, green, sweet, satisfying, and complete.

Hermes Eau D`Orange Verte

21 Feb

This fragrance smells uncannily similar to L’eau de L’Artisan by L’Artisan, only with the addition of orange and lime sour fruit and peel top notes. Under that initial blast of fresh citrus fruits, there is an almost musty, herbal base of something reminiscent of dried, though still very green basil and grass. I happened to have the bottle of L’Artisan close by, and when I applied D’Orange Vert, and allowed the top notes to settle on my skin so that the heart and base began to take on more dimension, I couldn’t help but notice L’Artisan’s green herbal body peering out. I applied it on my other wrist just to be sure and the similarities blew me away.

Personally, I would choose L’Artisan over the Hermes in this instance, because the longevity on D’Orange Verte is very poor, even more so than L’Artisan’s generally short-lasting fragrances. If you are in love with all things sour orange however, D’Orange Verte is certainly that even with the basil lurking in the background.

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