I had the chance to test Strip today. It is exactly the type of scents I usually fall for: ambery and long-lasting. It actually very much reminds me of Ambre Russe de Parfums d'Empire (which is an all-time favourite) but in its less "loud", much softer, version. It has excellent staying power too. 1 lippie off (4 out of 5) because, although I like the scent a lot, I find that it lacks a little originality, it is déjà vu stuff.
Huge disappointment! After all the raves, I was hoping to smell something unique and different but Kisu smelled so generic and cheap. I give 2 lippies because as such it is an ok scent but definately not for a niche perfume. I really don't get the raves, sorry.
I have been following the annual Escada editions for years. I have to say that they had ended up boring me as they were lacking more and more originality. I did not have high expectations for this new Escada edition (Sunset Heat). So I was very surprised to find that I quite liked it. It is in the same vein as the Escadas of the previous years (fruity!) but Sunset Heat has a candy quality combined with the smell of fresh riped mangos that I loved. I'm not sure that I will be getting a full bottle but it was worth testing it.
So ordinary, it is quite sad, actually. It smells like a zillion other fragrances currently on the market, I was expecting a little more from Escada. Sad, sad, sad.
Fragrances -Comme des Garcons - Synthetic Series Garage
martika 11/28/2006 7:59:00 AM
Wow, I can't believe all these negative reviews on Garage! Like the rest of the synthetic series, Garage is a very unusual scent. However, it is far from being disgusting or even close to the smell of a real garage. I think this might actually be my favorite of the Synthetic Series!!! Definately a must-try!
Liquid -Biotherm - Sense Hydra-radiance foundation SPF15
martika 11/11/2006 4:02:00 PM
This is one of the best foundations I have ever used and I have tried LOTS. It provides medium to full coverage, is easy to spread, absorbs quickly and has a very good lasting power. My shade is 230 (euro).
Cleansers -La Prairie - De-sensitizing Cleansing Emlusion [DISCONTINUED]
martika 11/4/2006 4:02:00 PM
This is one of the best cleansers I have ever used. My skin is not particularly sensitive although I am certain it will work as great on more sensitive skins. I wish it was cheaper, I just cannot justify spending this much for a cleanser.
The new masculine fragrance from Lalique is named Encre Noire ("black ink"). It is a very beautiful woodsy vetyver scent created by Nathalie Lorson (to whom we owe scents like Chopard Wish, Jil Sander Sensations, and Shiseido Zen). I was very nicely surprised by this one and I am sure it will appeal to all veryver fans. I found it very close to Terre d'Hermès. The Encre Noir bottle is a piece-of-art (black square bottle with a wooden cap). One of the best releases this season!!!
This is my absolutely N°1 Amber scent along with Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe. If you are an amber fan, Blue Amber is a must to your collection!!! This is pure perfection.
This was a HUGE disappointement. L'Artisan has been coming up with some unsual and unique fragrances in the recent years but Dzongkha! is a "déjà vu". Upon sniffing Dzongkha, my first reaction was "I know this scent already!". The scent was created by Bertrand Duchaufour who also created Timbuktu for l'Artisan. It is therefore not surprising to find similarities between the 2 scents. What I was not expecting was to also find it similar to Passage d'Enfer and Fleur de Carotte. Fleur de Carotte was a L'Artisan LE dating from a few years back. Dzongkha "opens" very much like Fleur de Carotte and then develops into a mix of Timbuktu/Passage d'Enfer. My one lippie is for the lack of originality (and lasting power, like most L'Artisan scents). I am sure others will enjoy the scent, especially those who already like Fleur de Carotte, Timbuktu and Passage d'Enfer but, for me, it is a "no".
I bought l'eau de reglisse unsniffed based on the reviews. It is rare that I order unsniffed and even rarer that I like the perfume but here, wow, I love it! It is a very unusual scent (very much young spirited) that does not really fit with the traditional Caron scents. It is definately a scent which appeals to a more broader public, not only Caron affectionados. I will not really be surprised if this does not end up integrating the regular line.
Sorry but I don't get the raves on this. I find it too common and ordinary, there are plenty of similar scents already in the market. All I get are the top notes of tiare and gardenia along with some coconut. Someone mentioned previously that it seems like a suntan lotion, I can't but totally agree. It could have been from Yves Rocher or The Body Shop, I would not have seen the difference really.
I LOVE MUSC MAORI!!!! I personally find this to be the best of all the PG scents. I do realise it is a very "strange" scent and will certainly only appeal to serious gourmand fans. For me, it is one of the best and more complex gourmand scents I've ever come across.
Fragrances -Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Perfumes - Jardin du Neroli
martika 7/19/2006 6:04:00 PM
I am surprised with the very bad reviews on Jardin du Neroli. I initially expected a light orange blossom, like Lutens, but this is so much deeper and sensual. The first perfume that comes to mind is Andy Tauer's Le Maroc pour Elle, they actually both achieve to represent quite accurately the orange blossom associated with Morocco and maroccan pastries. If you like Le Maroc pour Elle, then you should definately give a try to Jardin du Neroli!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Le Prince Jardinier - Bouton de Rose
martika 6/2/2006 4:17:00 AM
The name of this fragrance is very misleading, it barely smells like roses. It is a fresh scent, perfect for the warmer months. Somehow, it just isn't for me.