Oh dear - this is a heady warm and blantantly sexual floral. Definitely perfect for summer when you are wearing a black dress, with pardon me, but no knickers. This is quite sexy and my DH who really could care less anymore about my fragrance - other than - "please just pick one or ten" - was wowed. There is the initial blast of tuberose that is buttery and salty. This reminds me of the beach somehow. Those wonderful tropical nights when the air is filled with florals, the scent of the ocean and then skin - hot skin. Defintitely sexy and yet sophisticated. This is a fragrance that screams at first so use lightly. The drydown is when the true magic of the fragrance comes into play - the gardenia ripens as do some of the other florals. It is definitely worth the wait. I will use all my samples first - trust me I have many and then - I imagine this is full bottle worthy. This is a review of the EdP but I would love to try the Parfum.
I always have difficulty admitting I am a 'rose'person - maybe because I don't view it as sophisticated - in the sense of a Chanel or Guerlain. But maybe it is time I realize I LOVE Rose - why?? you may ask - because of fragrances like Rosine - more specifically - Rose D'Ete. This is fresh fruit -juicy melons, crisp apples and yellow roses in sunshine. I just love the warm sillage of this perfume. Not girly and not sophisticated - just lovely. The opening accords are my favorite with the burst of fruity loveliness. The middle accord of rose and the final drydown of - well by this time I am spraying again - not because of poor lasting power but because - this is my latest discovery and I am still in love with stage one and two. This is a wonderful rose with several stages that make you want to try more...in fact - La Rose de Rosine is on its way! I can't wait! For those that are on the fence with 'rose' for whatever reason - before you make up your mind - try Rose D'Ete. I am so happy I did. God bless Neela for insisting I try.
I received this as part of a swap and thought - hmmm. I had heard of Parfums de Nicolai but not heard of Petit Ange - and the reason is because it was formulated for children. Children? Well that discussion is for another forum - let's talk fragrance and the experience. Petit Ange opens with a lovely fresh tangerine - so light and airy. The citrus is followed by light lilac - not En Passant's version or even Sha - but a very soft floral - as if someone just brushed by a lilac bush and released just a little bit of the headiness into the air. The final drydown is soft and slightly powdery and sweet. I don't get the black licorice notes that many get but I do have a 'novice' nose. It remains on the skin a long time but is never overpowering. This will be perfect for those hot humid days of August when less is always more. I don't know where this is available in the US but it definitely worth considering if you want a light citrus/floral that has good lasting power but is not overwhelming. Soft and feminine.
Lush, warm blend of gardenia, magnolia, jasmine and honeysuckle. The quality of the blend is superb with the piquancy of pomegranate there just to add some zing. Slightly powdery at the drydown I find this a very sexy scent. Just luscious!
Fragrances -I Profumi di Firenze - Acqua Mirabile Odorosa di Firenze
fcappy 4/14/2004 10:22:00 PM
I wore Annick Goutal's Eau de Camille as a signature for 5 yrs (this obviously was before MUA). The wonderful airy quality and delicate nature of the fragrance was unsurpassable for me until now. Acqua di Firenze makes me smile in that same wistful way. As if you are waiting for something to happen...perhaps it is like those long days at the end of winter when you are waiting for spring. The iris notes are rather cool and true - very earthy as only iris can be. They perfectly blend with the sweet smell of honeysuckle. Cool and then warm - like spring. The Italians are really surprising me lately with their ability to evoke emotion with their unique blend of notes. Acqua di Firenze's final stages warms with a faint vanilla note. This lasts long on the skin and is Very feminine and perfect for spring.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Carthusia I Profumi - Fiori di Capri
fcappy 4/14/2004 10:15:00 PM
Lily of the Valley and Carnation? One has to think that the 'nose' lost his or her mind but Fiori di Capri works. It is as if the carnation bolsters the dainty lily of the valley without ever smothering the ethereal nature of tender flower. This is an elegant and refined scent with woody basenotes of oak and sandlewood. My dh rarely comments on fragrances but insisted that I buy immediately after smelling a decant the lovely WendyC enabled me to have. He found it very sexy. This is the perfect evening scent for Spring and Summer slthough I will wear this all year long. The bottle alone is worth having with it's old-fashioned mister. A treasure. The EDP is stronger and lasts longer than the EDT but both are worthy of consideration for those wanting an unusual marriage of notes.
Sometimes the most simple is the hardest to achieve. En Passant is a gorgeous soliflore of Lilac. Not at all synthetic this rendition evokes memories of childhood when I would run to the lilac bushes and just inhale. Pure unadulerated joy. Those heady clusters of flowers after a spring rain is full realized in En Passant. This is a light airy fragrance that may be overlooked as 'too simple'. I find it a wonderful feminine spring scent and one of the easiest in the FM collection to wear.
While in Paris my DH took little interest in whatever perfume I sampled. SO imagine my surprise that as I was discussing the merits of Une Fleur de Cassie my husband picked up a bottle of Musc Ravageur (a big no-no in Paris) and asked that I try it. MUSK on me - never! Even the saleswoman thought that the fragrance wouldn't suit me. But he insisted and I complied trying to be a good sport. From the initial blast of Lavender and Bergamot to the moment his credit card was flying from his wallet can be measured in nanoseconds and thus was Musc Ravageur procured. Raging at the unfairness of such a selection - afterall I like complex florals and orientals not musk which I always find heavy and masculine, I wondered when I would ever wear this willingly. While unpacking my bottles from our trip I looked sadly at the Musc thinking I would never use the bottle. So imagine my surprise when at last I sampled (as a favor to DH) and moments later wondered if that gorgeous scent of warm spice, vanilla, clove and yes,musk was indeed me. I was transformed from a pale redhead to a sultry woman within minutes. This is one sexy fragrance that is also very much a human/skin scent. It is warm, inviting and yes, gorgeous. The initial medicinal blast is the only reason I removed one lippie. If you don't mind the lavender and bergamot then this will be a perfect blend. I am so happy I was wrong and he was right. Thank God he isn't a member of MUA -because he will never be able to see this admission in writing. Please try before dismissing this one.
Fragrances -Stella McCartney - Stella- Eau de Parfum
fcappy 11/1/2003 5:43:00 PM
I know I am in the minority but I did not like Stella. Although composed of supposedly natural and organic ingredients, this rose composition screams 'manufactured' and synthetic. It screams -"hey I am wearing a rose perfume" From the first spray I couldn't wait to wash it off and I have to give credit where credit is due - it is a long-lasting fragrance because even after a shower I could still smell it. So why didn't I like it? Other than the synthetic comments - it was just too astringent (medicinal) and never warm even with the amber in the drydown. While I like amber perhaps it is the blend of amber and rose that was the turn off. For single flower notes - try the Creeds and Jo Malone's Red Roses and for blends, perhaps Lulu Guinness and Sa Majeste Rose.
Fresh, green earthy violet - and yes slightly sweet but not powdery. I find I like this violet second only to SLs. I know I am in the minority but Verte Violette is a wonderful scent for spring and summer. I think this much maligned L'Artisan must be worn several times to appreciate it's beauty and is a winner among the bunch.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - La Haie Fleurie
fcappy 11/1/2003 1:20:00 PM
While in Paris my husband and I visited the L'Artisan Boutique - whether it was the kindess of the salesman or the beauty of La Haie Fleurie once my husband took a whiff - he plopped down the credit card and said 'this one'. I reminded him he could buy it in the US but he said he would like me to wear it Tonight. And now I have a lovely composition that is a blend of tuberose, hyacinth, jasmine, narcissus and honeysuckle. The first thing that hits me is the jasmine with the other notes suffering for a moment but then the honeysuckle arrives to save the day as well as the other notes mentioned above with the creaminess of the tuberose to provide warmth. This is a lovely white floral that I can appreciate, wear and make my husband happy at the same time. Who could ask for more? I didn't give it 5 lippies only because of that initial jasmines blast but this is definitely a must-try for floral lovers.
Wonderful, warm and sensual. Floral but not green or musky. This is a skin scent that is heady and balmy - a perfect summer scent and destined to be my next acquisition. Incredibly soft but not too sweet or powdery another easy SL to wear. If only they all were this easy.
My favorite rose - period. Fresh -green and honeyed without the muskiness often present in other rose-based scents in the base. This one lasts well on the skin and doesn't scream - "hey I am wearing perfume" - just wonderful. Certainly not kick-you-in-the-face sexual like Rose Nuit, I think it is one of the easiest SLs to wear and one of my favorites.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Premier Figuier Extrême
fcappy 11/1/2003 1:04:00 PM
Absolutely gorgeous. After sampling the original Premier Figuier and finding it lacking and rather unisex and Philosykos - and judging that one too 'foody' I have found the right one for me. One of the longest lasting perfumes I own and just a perfect blend for me - it seems more mellow and rounded out than the original and definitely more feminine. The other ladies have described the notes and the changes - I just want to comment on the experience. Of all my recent acquisitions this one has received the most compliments. I also find myself reaching for it everyday. Now I just have to figure out how to make the bottle last until it is distributed in the US.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Strenesse Gabriele Strehle
fcappy 11/1/2003 12:58:00 PM
I believe that a scent should be the signature of the person chosen for her- her personality and her loves but I also want something my husband finds sexy. I have been sampling for a while and receiving lukewarm results until this one. A perfect fall scent it is a warm, heady almond and vanilla scent that is also a light floral. A definite skin scent that is sensual but not overtly sexual. It is longlasting and never harsh. Warm but not milky and slightly sweet. The floral is in the basenote and I am reminded of Gardenias but I confess I don't know the exact notes. As my husband said - 'sublime'. It's one we can agree on. **Updated 1/2005** While this is certainly still lovely it is just too sweet for me to wear often. I would still seek it out if you like warm sweet scents.