Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Esteban Secrete Afrique
tricksi 2/9/2010 11:58:00 AM
Yep, smells like the notes as listed. The lemon and cedar give this a bit of a different twist. Not at all sweet but at the same time not overly tart.I think the patchouli really softens the citrus edge so it's not like someone squirted lemon juice in your face. Seems like a good unisex fragrance. Has a bit of a laundry detergent smell to it. I like it in a weird sort of way and it's not normally something I'd consider purchasing but this is appealing. Being an EDT, not overly heavy or strong either.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Mistral - South Seas Eau de Parfum
tricksi 2/9/2010 11:56:00 AM
On first application, this fragrance reminded me of EL Pleasures. That faded but a bit of resemblence hung around quietly in the background. And it's true - the notes say "ocean breeze" and the feel of this perfume does give that impression. Woody notes are more obvious in the drydown. Also get a bit of coconut flashing by. This is a clean enjoyable fragrance. Not enough to tilt it into the must buy category for me but certainly wear worthy if gifted.
What a pretty fragrance. I smell the orange and the green notes giving this a bit of freshness. I can't say I pick up the clove notes. Seems like a good fragrance for a hot day since it's not overly heavy. Not overly expensive at $38 so might be a good choice for someone wanting a more niche brand without the excessive price.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - AbdesSalaam Attar - Aalacho
tricksi 2/1/2010 11:52:00 AM
I mostly get citrus and a whiff of marijuana at the beginning. The cedar and vetiver stays constant. Certainly a resinous scent. I don't get the pouchouli, etc, that this fragrance is supposed to have. Not a pretty fragrance so more suited for a man. I'm so so on it. I thought it'd be deeper and richer and more smokey. Tobacco does come out in the dry down which makes the fragrance more appealing but it still maintains a tart quality I don't find overly attractive. Drydown still better than the opening.
I do appreciate this isn't a real sweet vanilla - sometimes a person doesn't want to smell like a cupcake shop. I also really like the powder element in this fragrance. The vanilla here on my skin reminds me of the extract used for baking. I don't know if it's the rum clouding it, making it smell cheaper than it really is, but it doesn't work on me. I find the tobacco really comes forward after 90 minutes which is very nice but not enough to move this to a love category. Well worth trying though.
Can smell the licorice right off the top. I think the lemon and almonds are very subtle. The smoked tea & musk emerged more with the dry down but the lemon was always present which I found quite pleasant. I can't say I smell too much vanilla but sometimes the fragrance gives off a "cherry" vibe which fits with the gourmand profile. Nice fragrance but I'm not wowed as much as I thought I'd be. I'd wear it if gifted, but not purchase worthy.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Zorica of Malibu Gratitude
tricksi 1/18/2010 12:00:00 PM
Smells exactly like the notes. Nothing fake here and no alcohol or chemicals. After the scent wears a few minutes or so, it smells like a orange creamsicle. Nice, soft. Kinda spendy at $50 for a third of an ounce especially since lasting time on the skin is shorter than that for most fragrances. For that reason, I probably would not buy a bottle just because I could see going through this quickly if reapplying often. But I would put it on my wish or gift list for others to give me! Worth trying for those who can't wear normal perfumes.
Kinda boring - or at least I expected more after reviewing the notes. I thought it'd be big and powerful and aggressive but it's more medium in intensity. I also agree that maybe it's the suede that's keeping it from going to the love category for me since I tend to really like the notes in this fragrance. As is, it's certainly good for day wear which sometimes ambers aren't really suited. I think it can be worn by either men or women - this fragrance doesn't read as strictly feminine to me even though it's marketed as such. I think if someone likes leather, they really need to try this one.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Jatamansi Body Oil
tricksi 1/15/2010 12:07:00 PM
At first application, smelt like I applied a little basil infused olive oil to my skin. After a few minutes, the grapefruit appeared thank goodness. It evolved to be more spicy (the sage not I think) but not overpowering. I think being an oil application, it's tempered the fragrance enough to slightly scent the skin. I like it, but don't love it especially at the price. Fragrance is gone within 45 minutes so great if you don't want something too heavy. I haven't tried the perfume so unsure how the scented oil compares to that.
Fragrances -Yosh - The Heart Is deceitful Above All Things (JT Leroy)
tricksi 1/15/2010 12:04:00 PM
I really liked this fragrance. Looking over reviews and considering I got it in trade, I wonder if I got the old version which is now issued under the name "Trompeur". It just smells like coconut to me. Not suntan oil coconut, but coconut cake or pie coconut. Sweet and soft. Must be the fig. I don't smell much of anything else such as dirt or celery or other negatives other reviewers have noticed. The new reissue is horribly expensive at $300 so I won't be purchasing. This isn't a fragrance to wear when out wanting to conquer the business world since it comes off too soft and young but for the times when a little self cuddle is needed. I would love to know if there is a reasonably priced similar fragrance or oil and if so, I'd probably purchase.
Sweet & powdery at first application. Initial powder note faded to the background (but never completely goes away) after a few minutes pushing the musk and rose forward close to the skin. And almond came out too. I find that the air is perfumed more with the scent of powder than my skin which seems to cling to the rose and almond notes more. I really think if you like powder you should at least give this one a try. It's quite elegant and lovely and priced equal to department store brands.
What a pretty fragrance. Soft, not a punch you in the face at first application type fragrance. Graceful is a great way of describing it. I could smell the rose and peony. Faded quickly though. It's a scent I'd readily wear if gifted, but not necessarily something I'd rush out to buy due to the cost and lack of longevity.
Too tart at first application. Pomengrante & cranberry fragrances are just not really my thing. Took about 10 minutes and dried down to a potchouli which I liked more than I thought I would. I can't say I ever did smell the other fruit notes of raspberry and plum. After about an hour though, the fragrance on me smelt like Comet cleanser. Well I don't mind that smell, I prefer my bathroom smell of it, rather than my body. I guess it just doesn't agree with my body chemistry.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Infusion Organique - Sands of Morocco EDP
tricksi 1/13/2010 12:14:00 PM
Well kinda so so on this. I applied and could barely smell the fragrance. It's rare to have a fragrance that has no presence upon application. I thought the sands of Morroco had dried up and blown away. After a minute or so, I noticed the sweeness of vanilla first. Dried down nicely with the sandalwood but that only lasted 25 or so minutes. Then the lemongrass came forward. While I tend to like a little zip of freshness in fragrances, when I think of Moracco, I think of warm, inviting, cozy, mysterious. Spicy. If this was a citrus or aromatic note fragrance then I'd be less disapointed because I'd go in expecting the assertive lemongrass note. Or possibly if it didn't evolve and was more of a hint in the background I'd like the fragrance more. Funny, sometimes you want some zip to cut through a cloying sandalwood fragrance, then other times it's too much zip! Price is good though so if you want a less heavy sandalwood fragrance with a little ending twist, this might be for you though don't be expecting long staying power.
I like this one quite a bit which is understandable since I tend to really like amber fragrances. It has sweetness to it that agrees with me tinged with a bit of floral. This is not a smokey amber scent, not really any aggressive masculinity to it which if was present could make this fragrance even sexier. Even so, I can still see a man being able to wear this scent. Alas, I don't think it's really original and for the price ($110) not really worth purchasing. I own B&BW Sensual Amber which smells enough like this (not as sweet though but that can be achieved by fragrance layering) that costs 1/4th the price.