I picked up a small bottle of Charlie White at the drug store, and I'm quite taken with it. I wish I could find a larger bottle of it now. Here are the notes I found online for it (sorry, I forget where!): Top notes - bergamot and orange flower middle notes - peach, watermelon, lily of the valley, rose, violet and jasmine. base notes - vetiver and sandalwood. It does last quite a while on me, but it is a subtle scent and stays close to my skin. It dries down quite creamy (that would be the orange flower on my skin) & floral/fruity/soft musky/woody. I guess that covers all bases! LOL! No one notes stands out. The vetiver and sandalwood are subdued, not overpowering. I've tested many fragrances lately from high end to low, and this is one of my newest favorites.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Mango Body Butter
Sherrie11 1/17/2007 11:45:00 PM
Body Shop's Mango body butter is great stuff. I've used it for years, mainly in the dead of winter when it's bitter and cold. I wouldn't use it in the humid summer time, as it's too thick and oily. But for dry winter skin it's great, and the mango aroma is intoxicating - luscious!
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Body Butter - Brazil Nut
Sherrie11 1/17/2007 11:39:00 PM
This stuff is great. It is thick and emollient, yet doesn't leave a greasy residue on my skin. And the smell is wonderful. It reminds me of a mocha-caramel-molasses something or other. Sweet and edible, but not too obnoxious. I love the body wash, too.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Cranberry Shimmer Lotion
Sherrie11 1/17/2007 11:35:00 PM
I did not like this at all: 1) because I don't care for cranberry - and it does smell like true cranberry; 2) those little bits of glitter annoy the hell out of me. I think I threw my bottle away. I still have the body scrub, though, which is nice except that I'm not crazy about cranberry.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Cherry Blossom Body Splash
Sherrie11 1/9/2007 9:46:00 AM
I have the body splash, shower gel and body lotion in Cherry Blossom. The scent is springlike and quite sweet. The pink color is pretty. The packaging and scent make me feel happy. I smell maraschino cherry, mimosa, cinnamon (ever so slightly) and maybe some sandalwood, so it's sweet/spicy. It's a fun scent but I doubt I will repurchase. I'm sure I'll move on to something else when it's finished.
Fragrances -Guerlain - Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
Sherrie11 1/3/2007 9:00:00 AM
The minty toothpaste note in Herba Fresca dissipates after a few minutes (not that I hate that fragrance) and, as mentioned below, it dries down into a nice summer meadow fragrance. I really like this one.
A scrubber. On me, it dried down to eau de sweaty, unwashed armpit. As it developed, that odor intensified. This one is definitely not for me.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Perfume of Life - Wanderlust
Sherrie11 12/17/2006 6:21:00 PM
I have a sample of Wanderlust that someone sent me. I used to love this type of scent (reminds me of the days when I wore White Shoulders by Evyan and L'air du Temps), and I agree with Maller that it is rose-dominant. When I tested it, it smelled like a good quality scent, but I'm just not into this type of fragrance anymore. HOWEVER...later, the drydown floored me. I'm not sure what particular note it was, or whether it was just the right combination of notes, but it evolved into a slightly spicy, musky, almost oriental (even though I don't do orientals like Opium and Cinnabar), subtle and sexy fragrance. I had no indication upon first application that it would smell like that later, and it was really worth the wait. It's composed in an old fashioned way, the kind of fragrance that has nice surprises in store vs. up front and linear as many are today. Think I'll go test it again right now. :-)
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Bourbon French " Marguerite"
Sherrie11 12/9/2006 9:49:00 AM
Not just my favorite Bourbon French fragrance (of the ones I have tried - haven't yet tried all of Bourbon French's perfumes), but also one of my all time favorite fragrances. This type of fragrance is "me" - very clean, green-floral, slightly spicy. It just blends right into my skin and smells like me all day (but better). If you like this type of clean, soapy, green floral fragrance then you will probably like Marguerite. Bourbon French's perfumes smell like vintage, quality fragrances. They don't smell of harsh chemicals like so many trendy, mass-marketed fragrances do. I can't wait to visit their shop again. I hope they will continue in success and good health for many years to come. :-)
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Bourbon French Parfums LA PLUIE
Sherrie11 12/9/2006 9:41:00 AM
I bought a sample set from Bourbon French Perfumes when I was in New Orleans. La Pluie is one of my favorites from the set of six scents. I am a big fan of lily of the valley. La Pluie is reminiscent of china rain (which I think J. Lo's first fragrance, Glow, featured as well, though I can't compare them because I have never worn Glow). La Pluie dries down soft, sweet, and very feminine. It's relatively inexpensive but smells like a "quality" fragrance. I agree with the previous poster about the quality of Bourbon French's perfumes - they have a vintage feel because the ingredients smell natural, not harsh and synthetic like so many fragrances sold today. My husband is very sensitive to chemicals/notes in perfumes, and he particularly complimented me on La Pluie. I think it's definitely full bottle worthy. You can order from them online, but I am looking forward to visiting New Orleans again to browse the shop. You can also order the full line of bath & body products, and strength formulations (edc, edt, edp, parfum) in any of their fragrances.
I'm not a lover of the newer Chanels, but I actually like Chance better than Coco Mademoiselle, and Coco for that matter. And I like it way better than Allure, which is harsh to my nose. I don't love it, just like it. On me, it dried down to soft whisper of patchouli. I was surprised that it was so pleasant-smelling on me because I wouldn't have expected it just by sniffing the bottle or a paper strip. It just proves once again that you ALWAYS have to try on your own skin. I can't wear Coco or Coco Mlle (or Allure) - because they tend to wear me. But this one is ok. If I were gifted with it I wouldn't be unhappy, but I wouldn't seek it out.
Fragrances -Giorgio Armani - Acqua di Gio (for women)
Sherrie11 11/21/2006 6:50:00 PM
I'm late to Acqua di Gio. I just received a sample in a swap, and I'm testing it right now on my wrists. It's very pleasant, floral and feminine, soft and pretty. Even though this type of fragrance isn't the trend anymore (marine/water - but not overly, obnoxiously so in this one, imo), it's such a nice fragrance. Lovely and summery. Sniffing this on my wrist, I want to put on a flowery summer frock and go for a walk on the beach. update: I like it even more. Yesterday I was smelling something powdery and wonderful, remiscent of some fragrance from my past but I don't know which one, it turned out to be Acqua di Gio on me. The dry down it is very nice, more complex than I would have imagined. I'm so glad I finally got to try it.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Antilope - Parfums Weil
Sherrie11 11/21/2006 12:38:00 PM
A nice MUA'er sent me a decant of Antilope in a swap, and I love it. My first thought was that it smells very much like Ma Griffe, which I wore when I was 17 (many, many years ago). It has the same soft powdery sweetness on me, and I get a distinct dry note of vetiver as well. I don't know whether vetiver is a component of Antilope, but I smell it. Could probably work well on a man, too. I think this is such a great, subtle fragrance. My husband likes it on me, too. This is exactly the type of fragrance I've been wanting lately: classic and subtle. Not long lasting, however, probably because it is edc or a light edt. But that doesn't bother me at all. Thumbs up. :-)
Fragrances -Balmain - Pierre Balmain- Miss Balmain
Sherrie11 11/19/2006 10:36:00 AM
There are such great reveiws on Miss Balmain below, I don't have much to add except my two cents worth. On me, it's a bit smoky in the beginning. I get the peppery coriander, and the beautiful rich florals in the middle. I do notice the lurching from one stage to the next, as someone noted below like learning to drive a stick shift (great analogy!). The fragrance does seem a bit dis-integrated initially, but it soon gains confidence and becomes smoother. On me, the fresh & soapy quality predominates, and the leather is not such a powerful presence (as opposed to Bandit, which I can't wear). I think Miss Balmain is just a lovely, classic chypre fragrance. This might not be for hot summer days, but it's perfect for cool autumn ones.
I'm still on the fence about this one. I tried it in the store and liked it - even more interestingly my husband liked it (he dislikes most perfumes), but after a while it seemed a bit masculine, though very light and fresh. I'm going to give it another chance. It may grow on me, as another reviewer said below. Really nice fragrance, though. Love the bottle, too. Edit: This has grown on me...I really like it. A class scent all the way.