63% would repurchase
on 12/1/2018 12:12:00 PM
More reviews by doe_eyed_kitty
The first encounter I had with this fragrance was a few years ago (I was in college and broke) when a friend of mine smelt like "mangoes + something fresh". Lol, yes, it smelt soooo good that I had to ask her what fragrance it was. She went like "oh, it's from Hermes, the one in a green bottle?". The first thought that popped into my head was "Damn! Gurl... U fancy! I ain't gonna afford anything Hermes". It was only recently that I caved in and bought myself a bottle cuz it was on sale. I really love this and I've been wearing it every day. I'm surprised at how long it last on me, easily 6 hours with just a spritz on the neck and on the wrists. This fragrance just makes me happy, it's fresh, green (but not grassy), tropical cuz of the mango, just perfect. I'm in loveeeeeee!
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on 11/17/2018 2:32:00 PM
More reviews by zeynepd
One of my long-term love affairs and pure bliss in a bottle. Jean-Claude Ellena is commonly described as creating haikus with scents, conveying tremendous complexity despite the superficial lightness or the ephemereal quality of whatever he is playing with at the time. His creations are beautiful watercolor drawings in my mind, sometimes as big as murals and despite their light brush strokes. I like thinking that if he were a visual artist, he would be a master of light. Enter bananas and other guilty pleasures of Vanille Galante. Simply everything is so surprising here, so pulled out of regular contexts that I am used to and brought together in a playful world of constucts. Vanille Galante is a lesson in deconstruction and reconstruction. It opens with a strong cognac note on me. Then I get just a whiff of sweet tobacco, light and natural like blonde tobacco. Nothing dirty or animalic on my skin. I would expect this to turn into one of those thick, honeyed, boozy scents but no. It nicely cools down and becomes an airy, light vanilla. And then I get bananas! On some days, it is quite a ripe banana along the lines of the opening. On some others it is more fresh. I love how playful this is. (And I also love the banana of Patou so I'm not shocked). From here onward, the watercolor drawing of Ellena begins. Fresh (but not screechy), florals on a thin, non-gourmand vanilla background. Like a light lilac coloured brush stroke on a pastel yellow. So ephemereal but deep with the airy impression of stems and flowers - like lilac or hyacinth- all in watercolour. Airy floral vanillic sweetness without thick, yummy, edible vanilla. I don't get any spices but there is a very light, suede vibe. The drydown is this beauty going on. It becomes a light blend of all the impressions encountered on the way without ever becoming just a vanilla. To me, Vanille Galante is a smiling, approachable, confident and comfortable perfume that doesn't need the usual suspects of elegance, class, whatever you name it to be impressive. It does what it wants to do with an unexpected blend of notes and still smells delicious without any hint of childishness. I have gone through bottles of it and it is a keeper. OK sillage - wears close to skin but people definitely notice it. Lasting power is not long, but I'm OK with it here.
on 11/17/2018 1:03:00 PM
Beautiful cologne with next to zero lasting power on me - otherwise, I would have given it 4 stars. It is a creative, playful cologne that has nice surprise elements. And I actually find it more whimsical and playful than the brand image conveys. It opens with a green citrus that immediately makes me wonder what else is there. Sometimes, I get a clear mint but on other days it is a beautiful blend of grass, leaves and citrus. I almost imagine this is lightly kissed by a watery floral. And it becomes woody in a pleasant, airy way. If this lasted, it would be FBW for me. Unfortunately, the lasting power is so weak with a very lemons-lemons-lemons drydown, which makes it a deal breaker for me.
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on 11/4/2018 4:36:00 PM
EDIT: This review is for Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate. I don't know why it appears under a different title. If there is one fragrance that left me sad in recent years, this is it. I wanted it to work so much, it didn't - even the SA admitted it. It was a 5 and Holy Grail in my mind before I sampled it. It is a sad 2 on my skin. What's not to like about it? It is Christine Nagel's first cologne in the series, after Ellena's retirement from this house. It is a rhubarb that hints at scarlet and comes in an adorable bottle. Rhubarb, berries and musks in a velvety cologne. Unfortunately, it went totally downhill for me. There is a very bright opening - both pink and sour. The rhubarb kicks in immediately. Green, lovelu rhubarb. It is big, direct, in your face. For a moment, I feel I will get vegetal notes but it stops there. Changes its mind and turns into this gassy stem smell. Just that. Nothing else. Nada. Zilch. I wondered if I was anosmic but no. I made two other people smell my wrist. They gave me a stare in silence. Interesting in an experimental regard but not I want from this. My skin chemistry prefers Comme des Garcons Rhubarb though my mind doesn't want to accept this.
on 10/30/2018 2:19:00 PM
More reviews by lipglossjunkee
While I do enjoy this one year round, I find it is especially delightful in the Autumn. Boozy rum, tonka, caramel...in fact, the honey, rum, and cinnamon play together to give this a warm honey-spiced toddy feel and I'm completely ok with that. This is a cozy sweater on a blustery day, teetering on the edge of gourmand but still staying firmly in the unisex oriental category. The labdanum, musk, and tobacco give it a nice base, and it is definitely one that captivates me and keeps me sniffing my wrists for as long as I can. And that brings me to my only complaint here, sillage is decent but becomes a skin scent far too quickly, longevity is ok but not great. This is not a beast, but that's ok, I still adore it. Have a seat in your comfy chair with your spiced toddy and your gothic mystery novel and just let the wind blow outside.
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