In a nutshell, this perfume is just too "happy" smelling. There is nothing about it that I like in a perfume: green, richly floral, spicy, musky. It's just sweet and uncomplex. Furthermore, it's ubiquitous. If you want to have a signature scent, don't pick this one. Everyone and her sister wears it (and their brother probably wears the men's version)!
I have the Pure-Fume Essence, and though I'm usually a fan of sandalwood perfumes, this one has top and heart notes that are just too sweet to go well with the base. It just misses the mark.
I have the Pure-Fume Essence. It's stinky in the bottle, but incredibly erotic once you have it on and it melds with your body heat. Will make you feel like a sex goddess. Yum.
Fragrances -Aveda - Chakra III Pure-Fume- Equipoise
lolly5377 8/4/2003 5:43:00 PM
A beautiful, clean, inoffensive scent that I love to wear when I'm just out of the shower. Unfortunately, it has zero staying power.
Beautiful, subtle, lovely...but with no staying power. The ugly, garish bottle is a turn-off (yeah, I'm all about packaging).
I love Truth and Obsession, and wanted to like Eternity. I love clean scents, but unfortunately, all I smell is a sour basenote that makes me wonder if the perfume has "turned." It's not just when I wear it, either; I had a teacher once who always smelled kind of sour, and I found out later that Eternity was her signature fragrance because it just "lasted and lasted" on her. I'd agree that it did, but not in a good way. Yuck.
People say this scent is too strong and is very 80s. Smelling it just out of the bottle, I would agree. However, whenever I wear this, I get zillions of compliments. People ask me what it is and are surprised when I give the answer...often because they think of it as being "too strong," "too cloying," and "too 80s." (I must add that I don't particularly understand the complaints of "it's too 1980s." Obsession is very similar to Opium, and yet people don't complain that the other Big O is "too 1970s." If you don't like strong spicy orientals, fine. But they're not dated. You can find them in the perfume creations of every single decade.) I would urge women who have strong personalities and who like strong, spicy scents to give Obsession a try. It's definitely not for everyone, though.
I wore this constantly last spring, and few fragrances can inspire such unswerving allegiance from me, as I'm easily bored. A fresh green scent with a sweet touch of bamboo, and a greater staying power than most fresh scents. If you think Calvin Klein's fragrances are too heavy and cloying, think again--you may just find yourself liking Truth.
A gorgeous bright citrus unisex fragrance. The only negative I can think of is that it, like many Guerlains, has no staying power.
I find this fragrance really frustrating to wear. To me, it's so close to being a great fragrance, but something about it is off. My nose (admittedly untrained) wants to describe the missing piece as being a hollow place where the heart notes of the fragrance should be. Then again, maybe it just doesn't work on me. A very nice perfume nevertheless.
Another Guerlain I wanted to love; it's one of the easier ones to find outside of the Big Three (Shalimar, Samsara, and Champs Elysees). However, when it dried down on me, I was left with a perfume that smelled like L'Heure Bleue with the sour smell like the body odor of a very sick person. Maybe it just doesn't work with my body chemistry. I don't give it a one because it is Guerlain, it is an interesting fragrance, and it does have some notes that I liked.
As with most Guerlains, I hated it the first time I tried it. And the second time I tried it, I loved it. I now own a bottle and consider it my daytime version of Shalimar. The one thing I don't get: why is this considered unisex? It smells so much like Shalimar that I can't imagine a man wanting to wear it.
I'm not a big fan of florals, but something about summer makes me want to wear a really strong, vibrant, delicious floral. I'm the kind of woman that strong perfumes were designed for, and most florals are simply too "shrinking violet," too delicate for me to wear well. Jardins de Bagatelle delivers a rich, strong floral fragrance that speaks of my femininity while suiting my strong, assertive personality. The staying power of this product (EDP version) is also much, much better than my experiences with Shalimar and Jicky. This beats Beautiful hands-down for a strong floral with tons of floral notes. No air freshener here!
Enveloping, elegant, complex, romantic, and probably the most beautiful perfume I've ever encountered. It's both soft and sexy. Guerlain perfumes are definitely not for wallflowers or women who are afraid to make a strong statement. My only irritation with Shalimar is that both the EDT and the EDP do not have the staying power to justify the price. Next time, I will be buying the parfum. Edited to add: I bought the parfum today and it is more beautiful than I could have imagined. A drop lasts for hours and hours. Absolutely amazing and totally worth the price. I can't wait to wear this all winter long.