Gross. Smells like old-lady/cheap dime store perfume - harsh and not very pretty. I DO NOT get the comparison to Balenciaga Paris - which has at least a lovely opening (but a harsh, heavy drydown). This is just awful from first sprtiz throughout. lasting power is good unfortunately. Pass.
I dunno - I'm giving this a sort of neutral rating because I didn't even bother to test it on my skin (and things sometimes? develop differently on the skin) - I didn't even bother to test it on my skin because on the test strip my initial overall impression was jasmine - like the essential oil / headshop type of jasmine that I hate - not like fresh jasmine flowers - I couldn't get past that, so I didn't want it on my skin - My advice is not to bother if you're not a jasmine OIL (what I call sort of the "brown" jasmine, as opposed to the fresh, "white" jasmine) fan ...
I do not detect a bit of floral or a bit of citrus with this - the amber is the predominant note. It is a spicey kind of amber frag. that starts out a bit sharp but that quickly fades. I reminds of Narciso Rodriguez for her (as a reviewer below stated) but with less musk - BUT it reminds me even more of Prada (it's spicier than the Narciso Rodriguez the way that Prada is). Definitely a winter frag.
Fragrances -Dolce & Gabbana - L'Imperatrice Eau de Toilette
greenclover 8/2/2011 2:18:00 AM
Meh rotten fruits all throughout. Strange smelling. Has a nice drydown about 5 hours after wearing it but it's not worth that!
I don't know ... I wanted to like this because I like original Narciso Rodriquez ... I was hoping this would be the clean, cuddly, soft!, laundry-type musk I've been looking for. But alas as others have said it is a very strident, strong, astrigent soapy scent. The musk is not a big player. There isn't anything very soft about it. It is almost masculine. It's not really a "laundry" musk so much as strong, harsh triple milled white men's soap type of scent. Oh well.
It really does have a pretty, sophisticated violetty opening. However this lasted about 5? 10? minutes on me and then it was just this heavy, dank stinky orientalish chypre that would not let up hour after hour after hour. It never softened - there wasn't even any redemption in the final drydown.
This is nice. It's a pretty thin fragrance - you have to spritz a fair amount on to get good sillage. It doesn't smell anything like strawberries or flowers. It isn't bad though if you love a good chypre. It's a nice chypre to me - reminds me of Italian chypres like acqua di parma. What it really smells a lot like is Hermes Jardin Mediterranae. Somewhat more masculine or unisex smelling. Defininitely not a "girly" scent. Also reminds me of Victoria's Secret bombshell. Not as interesting as the name, really just a simple chypre.
This is a certain kind of rose - it is not a delicate, powdery rose, it is not a citrusy rose. It is not a green or watery rose. This is pretty much the scent of natural rose oil - w/ a bit of something woody in the background. (mostly rose though) It reminds me of the scent of rose-scented notebooks or rose scented rosary beads you can get from the vatican. The drydown is SLIGHTLY incensey (really just slightly) and reminds me a bit of the scent of rose incense sticks.
Very pretty. One of my favorite Pacifica scents. Very wearable. It is a sort of grapefruit-floral. The floral in this scent is a soft, clean sort of "white" floral that comes out after the initial blast of grapefruit. Decent lasting power but not as good as the Pacifica lilac.
Really nice, single-note type orange scent. Very simple orange scent with the slightest touch of spiciness. Has the spicey/heady slightly bitter orangey-ness you associate with a blood orange. Decent lasting power for a natural perfume but not as good as some of the other Pacificas.
Nice. Very authentic. One of the most authentic lilac scents I've smelt. Not chemically, not powdery, just floral and a bit spicey (like a real lilac). Lasting power is good for a natural perfume - original scents lasts a couple of hours and then you are left with a really nice, clean soft floral dry-down. If you want to smell like a bouquet of lilacs this is a good bet.
Fragrances -Acqua di Parma - Blu Mediterraneo Arancia
greenclover 4/21/2011 5:16:00 PM
Gorgeous. Perfect orange scent. Must be a citrus lover to love this. It smells very plain and simply like the peel of an orange when you're peeling it to eat one - yum. It is not very masculine but not feminine in a floral way because it is pretty much just what the name says - orange! (arancia) ... One of the truest longest lasting citrus fragrances I've found. Lovely for summer.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
greenclover 4/7/2011 2:44:00 AM
Extra virgin olive oil is definitely a "heavier" moisturizing oil. - However, after experimenting with other oils I came back to olive oil for my winter moisturizing oil. While sesame oil is a nice, light, fast absorbing oil for other seasons (highly recommended also) - it just does NOT do the trick in the winter. I noticed that no matter how much I applied my skin still felt parched and dry and rough. I starting using the extra virgin olive oil and presto - my dry winter skin was gone and my skin felt moisturized and soft. A great oil for dry/ and/or winter skin and for around the eyes.
Treatments -Stridex - Naturally Clear Acne Medication Pads
greenclover 4/7/2011 2:40:00 AM
This really kinda sucks. It definitely leaves a sticky feeling/ and looking film - you could never wear it anywhere but to bed. Worse though is that it leaves the skin feeling really stripped. I swear my skin is MORE clogged after I use this! Does not make my skin feel or look clear at all. Every other salicylic acid astringent I've used is pretty much better than this. I tried it because it said "natural" and alcohol free but it does contain decyl glucoside which is a cleanser - it is a mild cleanser - but cleanser/ "soap" just the same (why would you want that sitting on your skin?) I dunno. I didn't like it at all.
Fragrances -BeneFit Cosmetics - In the Garden of Good and Eva
greenclover 4/3/2011 8:02:00 PM
This is really nice. Fresh, but feminine. I'd categorize it as a green fragrance but not a dry, harsh type. It's fresh and green and a bit floral and a bit fruity. It also has a nice bit of woodiness and musk in the drydown. Not amazing but it is just really nice - It would be hard to find offense with this one. I tend to gravitate toward fresh green fragrances like this one in spring so I like it. It has a green/gardeny feel. Not bad.