This one isn't as exciting as the notes lead me to believe. (absinthe, cognac, fig, jamine, orange blossom, carnation, incense, amber). Starts a bit boozy at application, softens nicely to a slightly sweet spicy middle. Definitely get the incense. Not enough oomph to make me want to buy it. Sadly, very little staying power so that lowers the overall rating.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Alpine Rose - Bergduft
tricksi 4/2/2010 12:17:00 PM
At first application, I wasn't so sure of this fragrance. It seemed "shrill" - must have been the green notes of the beginning. But after a few mintues, it settled nicely into a rose dominated fragrance. I don't get the vanilla - I think the green grass note from the opening lingers masking it. I find it a refreshing fragrance straddling the line of being a bit too heavy if not applied lightly. The Alpine rose has a spicyness to it also. Worth trying if anyone really likes rose fragrances.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Tristan Brando - Untitled no 2
tricksi 4/2/2010 12:14:00 PM
Yuck at first application. This smells like rotted fruit. Sickly sweet and just this side of making me gag. Smells like there might be paypaya as a note. Definately has vanilla. As it dries down it improves but never gets to "good". I get a bit of a "dirt" note and even something a bit spicy. Alas, a dispapointment since I has such high hopes based on the notes of coconut milk, heliotrope, musk, tangelo zest, various vanillas.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Histoires de Parfums - Blanc Violette
tricksi 4/2/2010 12:11:00 PM
This is not a sweet perfume as you might expect with violets being a primary note. It's more masculine in flavor. I don't care for the star anise, it adds un unpleasant undertone to the opening. Not real long lasting either. It does get better as it wears but never moves to a fragrance I really like. Ultimately, it's just not for me.
Yes, sweet at first application but that mellows. I personally do get a resemblence to the original Angel but less sweet and overpowering. I do enjoy violets and it takes a few minutes or so for the greeness of the violet leaves to come out which is welcome. I think this fragrance is great for a cold day. Of course, good sillage and longevity. I like but probably not enough to purchase (unless it was on clearance) but I'd wear if gifted.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Costamor - Sugarwood Eau de Parfum
tricksi 4/2/2010 12:05:00 PM
It's just like it's name implies. Sugar and wood. Has a hint of pleasing citrus at the opening thanks to the bergamot. Flower notes come forward within minutes and the fragrance has a honey like quality from the fig. Even so, I don't find the sweetness too cloying and appreciate the cedar note which holds this fragrance back from venturing into candy territory. I think the extreme drydown isn't as successful since I'd appreciate less cedar at that point. Even so I think this could make a good summer fragrance for the right person and worth trying.
Fragrances -Andy Tauer - Andy Tauer's Incense Extreme
tricksi 3/9/2010 4:44:00 PM
Wow, the cedar punches you in the nose at first application. It does soften a bit after a few minutes but the tart of the note remains for a good bit. Ambergris comes forward and a bit of musk. I don't think the spices are really too noticeable - this is not a spicy fragrance at all so if that's what you're after, you'd be better served choosing something else. It's on the low end of like for me since I don't find cedar overly appealing. Definately unisex.
The pomengranate sweetens it a bit but to me it is primarily about the flowers. At first application, it kinda smells like hair-spray but that is gone within a few minutes. The jasmine and tiare flowers are the main notes I smell, yet, close to the skin, the sandalwood appears. I find this fragrance more enjoyable as it wears and softens. Would wear if gifted but don't like enough to purchase a full bottle.
I don't know about the nutmeg. Don't smell it. Get the cedar and patchouli. I think the cedar & rum gives the fragrance a bit of a musky note. I like it. Not love so won't be buying it, but definitely like and I'm a woman!
Zesty, yet warm. The lemon myrtle is great for a burst of freshness. Even so, the fragrance maintains a bit of sweetness. A bit smokey and spicy at the drydown. Smells expensive. I would definately wear if gifted but don't love enough to purchase.
Certainly a happy fragrance. I like it well enough considering I seem to have a love hate relationship with jamine. Sometimes jasmine just does not react well with my body chemistry but here it's not too bad. The iris is front and center too. The other floral notes keep either from being too intense. I don't find it has very good staying power though.
Spicy, somewhat old fashioned smelling at first application. I find the florals overtake any citrus at the opening. Musk evident close to the skin as the fragrance wears. Then it kinda takes over and that's pretty much all I smell. The musk note is such it straddles that fine line between good musk and stinky, fake smelling musk. It does get better as it wears since the fragrance continues to soften. Ultimately I do like it but not enough to justify the cost of a full size bottle. Worth trying though.
Not that sublime on me. I like the slight powder elements to the fragrance at the opening but everything else just doesn't agree with my body chemistry. This on me reminds me of "OFF" mosquito spray into the drydown. And the jasmine is too much for me since it's one of my least favorite notes and seems to dominate the other floral notes. As it wears it gets better on my skin but not enough to ever be something I'd seek to wear.
What a pretty fragrance. It slighly reminds me of nut body butter put out by the Body shop. Slighly sweet and florally. I can't say I smell much coffee though. Certainly a fragrance great for a winter day when you want something comforting and filling.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Histoires de Parfums - 1969 Revolte
tricksi 2/16/2010 12:31:00 PM
The opening citrus perks it up and gives the fragrance a unisex appeal but I don't know if that lasts since the fragrance turns more feminine in the drydown. The cardamon is very retiring. The drydown does bring roses and sweetness but I don't find this a girly girly overly sweet fragrance - at least not on me. The Histoires website, it codes the fragrance as an Oriental Gourmand & lists coffee, chocolate and white flower as additional notes. Very expensive which is too sad so unless I find a deal on Ebay, doubtful I can purchase.