vile, gross, blech
Fragrances -Frederic Malle - Geranium pour Monsieur
supermarky 7/3/2009 10:02:00 AM
It actually smells like something I've hated all my life: Colgate toothpaste! Why did I give it 3 lippizans? I changed it to 2 but it really should be 1.
it smells like an industrial cleaner at first, then you fall in love. . . an odd fragrance but I'd love to find more of it as I have only 3 ml! update: after trying zafran of I forget which line, a saffron attar, I realize that saffron is a major player in this fragrance but it's not the saffron of safran troublant (which is after all mainly cardamom). it's very dry.
interesting fragrance it reminds me of daim blond only with incense. yum. my first bottle of this was a partial bottle with the picture of the Geisha or what have you on the label. I was bound to run out, only had about an ounce. well, I replaced my bottle and the new one has no label, has the SMN logo printed on the glass. and I could swear that now I get topnotes of lavender, really strong lavender. fortunately it eventually goes bye bye cause it certainly isn't in harmony with ... my ... intention when wearing this fragrance! the "lavender" however, may be the "incense" component I originally wrote about. I was really upset at first cause they've already destroyed Marescialla (unless they switch back!) but, thank heaven, Citta di Kyoto is just fine after settling a couple of minutes. phew
I took a bit of time warming up to this fragrance but yknow I feel I understand it better than anybody whose posted here! Why? Cause the thing is it's really a citrus fragrance first, then an incense. I found the combination of orange rind and frankincense distinctly unalluring to begin with. But over time I succumbed to the glory of this canny little duet!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Nasomatto China White
supermarky 4/17/2009 6:19:00 AM
I'd just comment that the dominant accord in this perfume can be found in lots of men's fragrances, anteus for one, the "bitter woods" whatever it actually is that's the phrase I use to designate it. I can't stand it. Rive Gauche for men also has it, but Rive Gauche Light is without it.
what she said. I didn't think I was into neroli and this one got me there. now I want czech and speake's too, which is really nice but this is much more sumptuous. I wear it with SMN Caprifoglio and that works really well and the sillage of the two together is catastrophic. I don't like the profumum neroli blech this concludes the chichi neroli report
I was told that I shouldn't pay attention to the marketing blurb on this stuff, that men in the middle-east wear heavily floral perfumes, after all: "Sarah (Concentrate) (Concentrated Perfume Oil) Carrying with it the grace of royalty, Sarah has been created for women who dream of a princess's life. The fragrance elevates the wearer into an enchanting world of regal grandeur and timeless charm. A floral symphony played in perfect unison with Musk, Saffron, Orris and Sandalwood, Sarah is a creation ... for the princess in you. Sarah is presented in an elegant dome shaped bottle with a hexagonal base, its golden cap and straight sides respectively portraying the dome and walls of a royal palace. The bottle slides into a golden base which has the intricate design of a royal throne. The green tassel on the cap further enhances the majestic appearance of the product." I've completely fallen for this beautiful golden stuff, it's just delicious, and really, look at the notes: orris, sandalwood, saffron... it sounds luscious does it not? I can't pick out any of these particularly but the concoction is addictive. It's also great fun to just dab on a few smears of this potent product resulting in sillage supreme. It's said to be one of the most popular fragrances in the region. How divine that region must smell! My 3 ml bottle is a thick crystal paperweight of a vessel that is also a joy to wield, although personally I could do without the tassel since it can occasionally get mixed up with the wand when I apply. This came to me in a set of 4 oils from Ajmal, this one is my favorite and I sometimes wear it with the much more masculine classic oud-wood (leather?) smelling Danat Al Duniya (at least I think that's the one I wear it with). It really is incredible that as much as I have enjoyed this perfume that to date I actually worn less than 1.5 ml! Funny though that the very day I write a rave of this here it's not projecting much! I guess my skin has off days or it could be the weather or atmospheric pressure or somethin.
this review is for "XXV" which is the men's "25" is the ladies' XXV is the ultimate luscious wood fragrance, bringing to fruition what other fragrances have hinted at tantalizingly. So forget about Gucci Rush, Angeliques sous la Pluie, Tumulte, even Kyoto, TF Oud Wood, and all the rest of em... Kill em all and put in their place this apogee of delectable wood... I've had so many compliments wearing it in the short time I've had it. I've been writing the name down for people standing at the next ATM, in line at the post office. Whoever had the idea of selling 1 oz bottle cheaply must took a page from those heroin dealers from whom the first taste is notoriously free. The ladies wasn't for me, I tried but we couldn't agree. It's interesting, sort of plastic-y, I felt, in the way that Lutens Vetyver Oriental strikes me also as plastic like.
this perfume is one of the most seductive ever when you just smell it in the bottle. on skin it gets a little weird, some bitterness appears and I have found that to enjoy it it's best not to stick your nose right up against your skin, keep some distance between you and the surface you've put it on to get an effect similar to the pure nectar/pure attraction that is Cuba in the bottle! I am looking forward to a replacement bottle I am getting as I intend not to use the atomizer and to splash it on from now on! its sillage wafting up at you of its own accord is something very special! and it does layer with other SMNs nicely. last xmas I wore it with potpourri :)
I always liked this fragrance but recently have really fallen for it. otherwise I have not turned out to be a wearer of creed, though I love GIT and SMW in themselves not interested in wearing them. Erolfa has a very special place in my wardrobe though!
I wouldn't compare this to FM MR pas de tout. it smells exactly like something I've smelled in my childhood and I know exactly the context but can't say at all what essences were involved. it smells like an empty tin of pipe tobacco! but the thing is I"m not sure pipe tobacco was the last thing inside this tin. anyway, I don't like it at all really. to me it's an unpleasant odeur...
I've just discovered this thanx to an "extra" decant from "Thrax". One of the nicest extras ever! I think it may be the model for Amouage Silver Crystal which is a favorite of mine. Tiffany is less sweet than the Amouage. Very austere in a way, ascetic, somehow, but I guess it's classified as an oriental. Looks like there's nowhere to get it cheap unless used/partial bottle, but it's not that expensive and one can go right into to Tiffany's an get it which I think will be fun to do one day. Great stuff and it will set your man apart and it's from Jacque Polge, you know.
I love the bottle of the cologne and the cologne is nice. Is does remind me of baby oil but very light it also reminds me of. .. .a cookie. the edp is funky, too heavy for me, too musky/fatty aldehyde laden. The cologne is so subtle though. Was sad when I wore it out and sat next to someone I would have liked to waft something more exciting over to, like cdg palisander. this stuff is very private. I also get some of what I call "high notes" through a lot of it, something very slightly minty. the cologne reminds me of a very diluted lutens la myrrhe I like it but not really enough to wear it, except maybe when I don't want to have much sillage, which isn't that often. I think it might be very nice for the gym though. It's as though your natural smell is just sweetened a tiny bit.
I just gave it a try today. I really am not an ellena fan. Earth and black pepper made into a french style perfume is how this hits me... strange, to start with such anti perfumey exotic notes with the goal of ending up with something typical of what you might smell on people... this seems to be the strateg. But that kind of traditional 'encasing' is just the last thing I want to happen to ....any notes. mother earth strangled into a corset.