I do like many of the classics, but L'Origan is not for me. Someone sent me a sample of the vintage juice, and I just didn't "get it". It was strange, medicinal, clovey. I couldn't imagine wanting to wear a perfume that smelled like this. But it did evoke in my imagination the era in which it was created - Erte'esque visions dancing in my head - and in that sense it is a very interesting fragrance. Then, later, I discovered Mitsouko and saw a definite connection between the two. Mitsouko is also a very evocative scent that I can't quite wear. :-) Anyway, I can appreciate L'Origan, but it will never be "me".
Gaaaccckkkk!!! :-O I rarely meet a fragrance that I can't appreicate at least something about, but EL Honeysuckle Splash was absolutely horrible on me. Synthetic smelling, sickly sweet - I'm not sure what it reminded me of but something aerosol and maybe an old fashioned men's barbershop hair tonic. It was a real scrubber. Obviously, this one is not meant for my chemistry. Many EL scents are a bit iffy on me, though some work well. Not this one. :-/
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Curious by Britney Spears
Sherrie11 3/12/2007 1:08:00 PM
I tested it in a CVS drug store, and it did nothing for me. Smelled rather synthetic and cheap that day. But I should, to be fair, give it another try, as my chemistry changes throughout the month. I'm sorry, but I really hate the tacky bottle. Doubt I'll ever purchase a Brittney Spears frag.
I've only tested Red Door, never owned a bottle, but I quite like it, and I have smelled it on others and liked it, too. It has a lovely, sweet, sensual drydown. I will probably buy some at some point - so many people hate it, that that leaves the way clear for me to enjoy it. ;-) Obviously, you can't drown yourself in a fragrance and expect to smell nice.
I had a mini of 5th Avenue and enjoyed using it up. Not enough to re-purchase a full bottle because there are so many florals to choose from, and this one is not distinctive enough to fall in love with. But it's very pleasant and appealing.
I don't think Sunflowers was so bad. I wore it around 1992, and I remember getting more than a few compliments on it. Maybe I didn't over spray - I'm a bit self conscious about smelling like I drowned myself in perfume. Anyway, I suppose the style of fragrance is dated now, but I don't understand the HUGE aversion so many people have to this, it's such an innocuous type of frag. What could be so horrible? :-/
White Diamonds is a great smelling chypre, I just realized, smelling this the other day on my sister-in-law. I used to wear it a million years ago, then I moved on when my bottle was finished. On me, it was very heady and flora (I love heady intoxicating florals). But I didn't recognize it on my sister-in-law - her skin must have brought out the basenotes and done something fabulous with it. It strikes me as a rather formal type of scent. Maybe that's why it has an old lady association, that and over application. I may buy another bottle for when I'm in a "chypre" mood, as it's getting harder to find classic chypres, and now I think this one qualifies.
I've bought several of the Instyle knock-offs at Walgreens. I prefer the small sample sizes to the full 4 oz. bottles, which I'd never use up. They don't smell bad at all, and are definitely very close to the originals. But the drydown is where you can tell the difference. They all smell similar in the drydown. Update: I tried Instyle's versions of Light Blue and Lovely recently, and both are quite nice.
I had a bottle of Casual about ten years ago. Also the body lotion and powder, they all came in a gift set. I remember it as a lovely, fresh, soft floral - lily of the valley dominant, I believe. It smells similar to china rain, and to JLo Glow and Jessica McClintock, as someone already mentioned. I'm going to purchase another bottle because not many people wear this, it's very reasonably priced, and it's a lovely fragrance, esp. nice for summer. I don't know where it is sold anymore. Probably easily found online for a song.
I love Tommy Girl. It's a sunny day fragrance, like a big bouquet of wildflowers (aka as weeds, lol!), green & floral & somewhat sharp. There's definitely rose in there, too, like a wild rose hiding somewhere in the meadow. It's long lasting on me. And, I agree, it's rather linear - so your nose could become inured to it, which is why you don't want to over-spray it. I love the way this smells on my clothing later, I think I like that part best of all.
I received a decant of Murmure in a swap. I have noticed that, depending on whatever factors, it smells beautiful on me at times, and at others it smells awful. Very schizo fragrance on my skin, and I'm told that's because of the jasmine, which is very sensitive to body chemistry - diet, etc. When it's being good, it's very, very good, the jasmine on me is sweet and intoxicating, the base is warm and velvety. When it's being bad, it's harsh, loud and unbearable. At the moment, it's being good. It does smell expensive and luxe, and it reminds me somewhat of 24 Faubourg - that type of fragrance. Very potent stuff, but nice if you go for this type of fragrance, what I think of as a grande dame golden floral.
Fragrances -Sonia Kashuk - No.4 Bergamot Waterlotus
Sherrie11 1/25/2007 8:05:00 AM
No. 4 Bergamot Water Lotus came in a set of four mini's that I bought at Target, and it is my least favorite of the four. It's not foul, it just smells like a Glade plug-in or bathroom spray, something that has its purpose, but not what I want as cologne. I rarely use the household cleaner analogy because I think it's too easy of a cheap shot, and it doesn't really inform, but that's exactly what this one smells like to me. The top note of organgey-bergamot is nice. Maybe it's the "water lotus" that's hitting me the wrong way.
No. 3 Freesia is a lovely fresh floal scent, somewhat green (which I like), but unfortunately it disappears on me instaneously. Very summery. Reminds me of little guest soaps for some reason, maybe I had some once that smelled like this.
No. 2 Tuberose by Sonia Kashuk came in a set of four mini's that I bought on clearance at Target. I notice that of the four (that have been sitting in a drawer for the past three years or so), the Tuberose was used the most. I guess that means I liked it the best of the four. The other three are No. 1 Gardenia, No. 3 Freesia, and No. 4 Bergamot Water Lotus. No. 2 Tuberose is a nice scent. It is short lived, and has no depth or complexity. It's just a pleasant, gentle, linear, summery floral. I don't see anything to complain about here. If you're looking for a rich, tuberosey bombshell you'll have to spend more than this. :-)
I bought No. 1 Gardenia in a little set of four fragrances by Sonia Kashuk at Target, four adorable little .5 oz. spray bottles in a gift package on sale for $5 (the others were No. 2 Tuberose, No. 3 Freesia, and No. 4 Bergamot-Water Lotus). This was around three years ago, and they're still sitting in the bottom of a drawer. I can't seem to part with them because they're so cute as a set. The packaging is great, like most things at Target. The Gardenia frgrance doesn't actually smell like true gardenia, imo. I'm not sure what it smells like - it's a little fruity, slightly spicy and tropical floral. It smells very similar to Michael, but this and Michael both make me feel queasy. Dunno why, because I'm really not that sensitive(!). This scent of the four is the longest lasting on me, though it's always the one you dislike that seems to last the longest. The cleaning product someone was trying to think of might be Softscrub by Chlorox. It's not overpowering, but that's what came to my mind. Anyway, if you like Michael, you might like this. It's not horrible, it's actually rather pretty, if you can wear it. Just not for me, though, due to the quease-factor. I have a hard time finding "gardenia" scents that I can actually wear.