Nina Ricci


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61 products

673 reviews

65% would repurchase

Recent Nina Ricci Reviews

Fragrances -Nina Ricci -Les Belles de Ricci - Amour D'Amandier / Almond Amour

on 2/18/2019 5:27:00 PM

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In looking for marzipan fragrances, I gave this one a try, but it's a super super sweet fruity scent with too little almond of any kind in it. The almond is there at the beginning, but it is subsumed by the sweet sticky fruit. I'd love to have the almond without the fruit notes. Not what I was looking for at all. Eh as an overall scent, not bad, but too sweetly fruity for my style.

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Fragrances -Nina Ricci -Farouche

on 1/11/2019 6:53:00 AM

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I have the tiny remnants of this fragrance, purchased decades ago, in a tightly sealed bottle in a dark corner of my closet. Every now and then, I will open it and take a sniff of what is a truly lovely and calming fragrance from back in the days when not almost every fragrance smelled like EVERY OTHER fragrance on the market. I would dearly love to find a bottle of this but I fear it was discontinued a long time ago. It is/was such a gorgeous perfume.

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Fragrances -Nina Ricci -L'Extase Eau de Parfum

on 1/11/2019 6:10:00 AM

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The best way to describe this is as an oriental gourmand/chypre.

This was a Christmas gift. I don't really like gourmands and if I had looked at the notes on paper I would never have purchased it. According to Fragrantica, the notes are:

Caramel, rose, raspberry, vanilla, white flowers, benzoin, amber, pink pepper, cedar, musk, patchouli, peach, pear, jasmine

The first 10 minutes are a super sweet rush of caramel, rose, raspberry, vanilla and pepper. At this stage it smells like a meringue made with rosewater, topped with raspberries, caramel sauce and a dusting of pepper. At this stage I was thinking, oh no, I just can't wear something this sweet.

After 10 minutes the sweetness is overtaken by a lovely oriental base of patchouli, amber, benzoin and cedar. Eventually I am left with a sweet peppery rose over a base of amber and patchouli. It works brilliantly with my body chemistry and I've had several compliments.

I can smell most of the notes, but can't really detect the vanilla, pear or peach in this. As neither vanilla or pear work very well on me, this is a good thing.

Longevity is moderate, but I tend to catch whiffs for most of the day, sillage is low to moderate.

It has quickly become one of my favourite fragrances. Although it was a gift, I found it at Chemist Warehouse and bought a backup bottle this week for $30AU.

A definite LOVE!

Edit:

Every time I have worn this fragrance I have kept wondering what the drydown reminded me of - something I have smelt but not a fragrance I have owned, and therefore I could never quite put my finger on it. Today I was out shopping. My local chemist has Agent Provocateur on special so I tested it on my skin.

Voila - there it was. The drydown for Agent Provocateur and L'Extase are quite similar. If you like Agent Provocateur but find it is a bit too dry for you, try L'Extase. It's like Agent Provocateur topped off with a layer of caramelised raspberries and chantilly cream. LOVE!!!


Fragrances -Nina Ricci -Les Gourmandises de Luna

on 1/7/2018 7:21:00 PM

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Wow, this is my new favorite fragrance!!! This is limited edition too; I am so glad I came across this and ordered a full bottle. It is a pretty and feminine scent without smelling overly gourmand (despite the name!) or sweet. However, it is a sweet perfume- just not sweet like cotton candy I guess....I can't think of anything else it smells like, and I cant stop smelling my wrists when I wear this! I think what I smell most in the listed notes for this one would be pear, coconut, and sandalwood. Highly recommend giving this one a try before it can't be found. And the bottle...so unique and beautiful!


Fragrances -Nina Ricci -L'Air du Temps

on 12/15/2017 11:57:00 AM

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Where did the scent go?!
I am something of a lazy classic perfume lover: I'm far from a connoisseur who seeks out vintage bottles, and I'm more than happy to use modern reformulations. They may have lost their former glory (I don't even want to find out and be disappointed), but the style, whether it's a "pure perfume" aldehyde or a bold oriental floral, is close to my heart.

On paper, it sounded like everything I like in a scent - soft flowers with a kick of spiciness, musky and woody base. In reality, L'air turned out to be a perfumed soap that's been left in a drawer for decades - a faint spicy clove or carnation appears and disappears, then a more powdery/soapy note, like after using an old-fashioned bar soap and talcum, and then...absolutely nothing. No fluffy red carnations or roses, no post-war fireworks, no smoky and spicy base notes characteristic of older scents. At least when I try a perfume for the first time, before I get too used to it, I can smell it on me the entire day - not with this. No reaction from others either, not even "What's that smell? Maybe you should see a skin doctor." (I'm pretty sure Hannibal Lecter won't be able to tell that I "sometimes wear L'air du temps" with the current formulation!)
I see this perfume often on the drugstore shelves between L'eau de Playboy and L'eau de Justin Bieber and, sadly, this feels like an appropriate place - looks like this sometime-legendary perfume is following the dying path of Evyan's White Shoulders rather than Shalimar. Mind you, I'm not talking about the price point - there are some excellent drugstore-grade scents - it just feels like Nina Ricci gave up on this one.

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