Top notes are : gardenia petals, bergamot, aqua mist accords and tagete. Heart notes : gardenia flower, white pepper, jasmine, muguet, honeysuckle and wet green notes. Base notes : cedar, blonde woods, ginger and musk. I never wear florals with the exception of Michael Kors (tuberose with incense) and that is too heavy for office wear. I've made it a "night only" fragrance for me. So when I went looking for an office fragrance I sniffed them all and was amazed I loved Marc Jacobs. I usually hate all "watery" fragrances and this even has "aqua mist" as a note in it. But it's a wonderful, feminine, lush but light fragrance. It has depth and character, not one of those one note scents. There's a lot more than gardenia going on here. Now I wear it everyday to work and I love the fact that it's sold in a solid compact that I can place in my purse for touch-ups. I think this one is destined to be a classic.
Here are some of the notes : Tuberose, freesia, tamarind, osmanthus, blue orris, arumm lilies, incense, cashmere woods, musk and vetiver. Beautiful tuberose fragrance, but this is only for true tuberose lovers. If you're ambivalent at all about tuberose, I think this fragrance will be too overwhelming for you. And even if you're a die-hard tuberose fan, go very very very easy on the application. While beautiful in small quantities, this stuff would blow you away if applied with full squirts at both wrists and cleavage. I HATE the bottle. I have the 3.4 oz. size and it is very difficult to get my hand around it to spray.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Ultraviolet by Paco Rabbane
auntgooey 9/14/2002 7:03:00 PM
This is a spicy floriental. Top notes of fresh pimento and capsicum. Heart notes of Japanese osmanthus, violet and rose and base notes of grey amber, sandalwood and vanilla. Paco Rabbane said he wanted to create an oriental perfume that was not heavy. He did a good job. This is one of the few orientals I would wear to the office. It's very fresh and velvety, smooth and feminine. I generally don't like perfumes with a lot of violet in them (like Meteorites), but the gentle spice and amber notes give it depth and complexity. If you're looking for a feminine oriental without heady patchouli or overwhelming vanilla, then give this one a try. The bottle is cool too. It's shaped like a UFO and made of glass, plastic and rubber. It's dispensed by squeezing both the top and bottom spheres together. And the juice itself is a lovely shade of violet. This is getting a big push right now at Perfumania, so if you want to try it don't get stuck paying retail price for it.
Way too much citrus for me. Nothing distinctive here and no depth at all. Where are those promised leather base notes? I'd have been as happy with a citrus BBW splash. Very disappointing.
Top notes of anise oil, bergamot oil, coriander, mace, peach and plum. Heart notes of carnation, heliotrope, jasmin, orange blossom, orris, pimento, rose, tuberose, ylang-ylang and tarragon. Base notes of amber, civet, cedar, musk, sandal, moss, tonka and vanilla. Very classy and elegant floral-oriental and slightly powdery on the drydown. Just enough spice to cut down the sweetness on the florals so they combine beautifully.
There are no floral notes at all. It's woody-spicy. Top notes of fresh spices and cinnamon. Heart notes of jacaranda wood and patchouli. Base notes of vanilla, amber and musk. Initially I like it. However, on me it dries down to just plain old vanilla when I wanted complexity in my basenote. To me this is an autumnal fragrance. The beautiful bottle looks like a sculpture of a woman in robes. Very nice displayed on the dresser.
Nice spicy oriental. Deep but not overpowering. One of the few orientals I find suitable for the office. Top notes of blackcurrant, mandarin, lily of the valley and cardamom. Heart notes of rose, jasmine, cinnamon and patchouli. Base notes of bittersweet almond, honey, Bourbon vanilla and amber. Nice long mellow drydown. Hate the bottle though. It's rounded like a pearl and won't stand up. Liked it, but it wasn't outstanding enough to buy again.
Beautiful green chypre. Don't even bother with it if you're into light airy florals. This is deep and warm. Top notes of citrus, green accord, hyacinth and jasmine. Heart notes of pine needles, reseda, coriander, rose, narcissus and ylang ylang. Base notes of oakmoss, cedar, sandalwood, musk, amber and patchouli. On me the pine, cedar and oakmoss really stand out. Didn't like it when I first sprayed it on. But after 15 minutes, I loved it and had to go back into the store and buy it. It smells like you're deep in the forest. Green and fresh and deep. Don't know why they don't keep a tester bottle out. They keep it all in a drawer under the cash register as an "ask for" product. Supposedly this was the private signature scent of Estee Lauder and was reserved only for her personal use. Finally in 1973 she agreed to make it public. Even if you don't consider Estee Lauder fragrances to be top quality (as many people feel) give this one a try. Very nice for office wear.
Top notes of galbanum, bergamot and lemon. Heart notes of orris, orchid, hyacinth, jasmin, wormwood and geranium. Base notes of oakmoss, raspberry, sandal and amber. Very green floral and it goes on sharp but dries down powdery green. This is a very different fragrance. If you're into florals or sweetness, forget this one. If you're into green, foresty, grassy fragrances, check this one out. Particularly good in summer.
Fragrances -Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Perfumes - Iris Bleu Gris
auntgooey 8/3/2002 8:08:00 PM
Nice notes of leather, iris and woods. Good fall fragrance, but just a touch too masculine for me.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - L-eau de Navigateur
auntgooey 8/3/2002 8:05:00 PM
Not bad for autumn, but not really for me. This is a very smoky fragrance. It reminds me of the Yankee Candle called Fireplace. It reminds me of a bonfire on a cold autumn night.
Rich leather and citrus. These are the same notes in Chanel Cuir de Russie. The Creed smells nicer going on. The citrus really shines through nicely. But shortly thereafter, when the drydown begins, the Chanel moves ahead. The drydown on the Chanel is much more rich and lasting. So the Creed is nice, but the Chanel is nicer.
I love leather fragrances, but not this one. Maybe it's because I'm not a fan of ginger or balsam and both of those notes are heavy stand-outs here. I have to agree with the rubber smell others have mentioned.
Very rich scent of tabacco flower, ginger and citrus. Worn by Humphrey Bogart and Winston Churchill. Smells nice and I don't have a problem with wearing leathery/smoky fragrances (like Cabochard or Cuir de Russie) but this is a touch too masculine for even me. I'm giving it a 5 for a man and a 1 for me. It is impressive, just not one for me.
Classy, clean and smooooth! Here's the description : Freshly cut grass and oakmoss from the forest is reinforced by a rare leather-hay accord." It's mellow and fresh. Great office or casual fragrance.