64% would repurchase
on 11/3/2018 7:25:00 PM
More reviews by SetoM
Ugh, not for me. I tested a squirt of this and it is headache inducing unpleasantness to me. I couldn't seem to get rid of the scent even after washing my arm with dish soap, it just lingered and lingered. Too bad I found this so mauseating, the lasting power was impressive. It just goes to show that perfume is a very personal thing. Definitely test before buying.
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on 10/12/2018 5:22:00 AM
More reviews by katties
I like this better than the Lady Vengeance - this one is fresher (because of the rose) and more complex. Overall, this is a sexy evening scent with lots of sweet, but fresh rose, wood and patchouli. It's a pretty linear scent on me - it kinda stays the same throughout the whole wear time (which I actually like), and it's very long-lasting. The wood is more delicate than in the Lady Vengeance - it doesn't have the metallic note Lady Vengeance has, which makes me think that it would be more appropriate to switch the two names. I like this, and would purchase a smaller bottle or sample again, as I don't wear it very often, but I DO like it!
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on 9/5/2018 10:25:00 PM
More reviews by sprite26
The scent is lovely and also has good staying power, but I was disappointed because it wasn't as unique as I'd hoped it would be. This fragrance reminds me a lot of YSL's Mon Paris and also their Black Opium. Dark, warm, sexy, sweet, fruity-floral with a tiny whiff of patchouli. JHAG did a good job with this one, it actually is very nice. But it smells like so many other fragrances that are out there. I didn't feel like it was special enough to justify the price tag, and I wouldn't buy it again.
on 3/27/2018 9:47:00 AM
More reviews by isavella
Sometimes—and I'm not a perfumer, obviously—it seems more difficult to create something fairly linear, since it will usually be a reinvention of the wheel. I think there's something to be said for Lady Vengeance's inclusion in the JHAG line. Every fragrance house (rose) has its rose scent (thorn). I also have the sampler pack, and this is the only scent I can wear (out of those included). That's not to say I don't like the others, I do like some—but either they turn weird on my skin eventually, or they're just not *me.* Smelling like something for hours is a very personal and complicated business. For example, I love woody scents and Another Oud just does not work on me. And I usually greatly dislike rose-based perfumes, but Lady Vengeance DOES work on me. The Great and Terrible Thing about fragrance is that it's so subjective, and there are so many variables at play. Anyway, back to Lady Vengeance. The listed notes are Bulgarian rose, patchouli, lavender, and vanilla. I have simple feelings about this fragrance—I think it smells delicious. So good. That's not to say I don't have a complicated thought process about it though. This is a cool, clean, fresh rose. The patchouli grounds it a bit, though it's not a main player at all (unlike a lot of other rose + patch scents I have tried, the patchouli doesn't bloom, if you will). It's definitely there, though. The vanilla is barely detectable to my nose, but there is a creamy skin-like element that it adds to the mix. I think the lavender is the key component in this fragrance. Lavender is such a ubiquitous scent. It's in soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, air fresheners, the outdoors if you're lucky. It's everywhere, and usually in a low-quality incarnation, so it's easy to forget how nice it can smell, and how homey and comforting it can be. It's possible this note is what makes a lot of people feel this scent is too "generic" or boring. But I think it's kind of genius. Rose, patchouli, and vanilla is a trio that can be found in a ton of fragrances for a reason—each is the epitome of what they traditionally olfactorily represent (flowers, earthiness, sweetness) and in tandem, usually create a round, well-balanced and scent that is now open for hundreds of variations on a theme. And I'm pretty sure this theme can safely be described as feminine and seductive. Also, disclaimer: I'm not that well versed in the history of perfume (and am often awed by some of you reviewers who can list and describe hundreds of fragrances throughout the annals of time), so forgive me if this is straight copycat-ism, but I have never smelled a rose scent with the inclusion of lavender before Lady Vengeance (that I remember, and if I don't remember, then it wasn't worth it anyways, right?). So, as I see it, taking the rose/patchouli/vanilla age-old combo of seduction, and adding lavender, a scent associated with innocence, cleanliness, purity (images of fields of French lavender grown in convents, for god's sake), is almost subversive. It creates a sort of cognitive dissonance that you can't quite place right away. And the things that historically have drawn me to them usually have that quality, be it fragrance or art, food, design—whatever. It's not even that it adds an innocent side to the sexiness, or that it challenges one's perception of what defines sex appeal. It's not really that straightforward. It's almost as if the lavender takes the form of a mischievous little imp traveling into the psyche through your nostrils, just messing around with your scent memory wiring. It's what it does BEFORE you have a chance to think about it and figure it out. It's like you're walking down the street on a sunny day and you keep catching a play of the light, keep turning your head to see it, but it's never there. So you keep walking, but now an avenue has been created where one didn't exist before. And that's not even mentioning how manipulating the impression of familiarity (lavender) against perceived exoticism (rose, patchouli, vanilla) creates another kind of psychic contrast.And it still smells good! Lol.When I wear it, I feel like I smell good, like really great, and it gives me a certain confidence without getting into that really dirty, sexy fragrance territory. Since the Stalwart Trio are all in their more reserved incarnations yet still projecting their respective vibes, it stays just one step back, like the three seconds before a kiss (...a good kiss). It warms up on the skin nicely but never "turns" on me. It has medium throw and decent longevity. It's fairly expensive. I kind of hate the bottle. And the lavender keeps me sniffing, trying to catch that imp.
on 2/2/2017 9:17:00 AM
More reviews by cocorocha
expensive you say?...hell yeah....but it is worth that amount,believe me...lovers of CdG 8 88 rejoice, cause here you have a close brother with nuclear longievity and masculine but also non ambery-amber...folowed by ylang,saffron and papyrus...so if you like(or even adore) Cd2 and CdG 8 88...you will looove this one...cold oriental, very dense,but also extremely aromatic and dark...nothing ordinary in here...rooms filled with expensive liqueurs,tobacco,amber,labdanum,patchouly,and yet still spicy and undertoned with a fleeting dry papyrus accord...opulent,sexy and surprisingly calm...it reminds me also on Gucci edp, the first version...cold,mysterious and unisex...recommended if you're a dirty splurger:))and totally unique!
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