Fragrances -Comme des Garcons - Leaves Series Lily
foe 4/25/2010 12:22:00 AM
Would I buy this again: yes...if only CdG hadn't discontinued it (at least from what I hear)! And I initially had a love-hate relationship with Lily. The very first time I tried it, all I got was this overpowering acetone note...literally nailpolish remover. When she saw my gagging reaction, the SA was all, "Um, I don't think it's supposed to smell like that." Hahaha. But I kept at it and that ultra green acetone note (that some people apparently love) turned into a beautiful lily fragrance, maybe one of the best up there with DK Gold, FM Lys Mediterranee and SL Un Lys. Along those lines, I'd compare CdG Lily with the SL -- and I actually think it's better for, like, half the price (then again, the SL is actually in production, so...). I love to douse my clothes in this fragrance and I can't stop sniffing my shirt when I do. Dabbing it (instead of spraying) is a horse of another color: I get much more lily of the valley. I actually like both applications but prefer spraying. In short, if you're a fan of lily and can get your hands on some of this stuff, go for it. If not, still get it and then contact me and I'll take it off your hands...:) EDIT: Okay, so CdG apparently brought this fragrance back. Yeah! But in the meantime, I finally tried on this sample I received months ago: Exceptional Because You Are (by, I'm assuming, Exceptional). And it it SO reminiscent of Lily...sweeter and without the sharp green topnotes, it's actually kinda nice! I have no idea about the price but I imagine it's cheaper than Lily, too. So if you were looking for a great LOTV but were disappointed by Lily, do check this one out! I might be looking more into it myself...
One thing about Keiko Mecheri's fragrances in general: man, do they smell expensive. In a good way. If you want to smell like class...this is definitely the line for you. About Jasmine: I fell in love with the topnotes. Such a true to life burst of jasmine and not particularly indolic, if that sort of thing bothers you. Oh, but then the drydown: meh. It's candy, basically -- still classy, still quality but...candy. That said, I love to spray this on my clothes and keep the topnotes for as long as possible. And though I said I'd buy this perfume again, that might be a lie...I have a feeling one bottle may suffice me a lifetime as I actually don't reach for it all that often. Still, I prefer this to SL A la nuit (sacrilege, I know). But for a jasmine that lasts, I might be tempted to buy Bruno Acampora's Jasmine perfume oil.
Wow, what a powerhouse! I love these old time fragrances -- they were definitely built to last. I wore this dancing one night -- just a spray or two, is all you need with this one -- and when I woke up the next morning one of my girlfriends complimented me on my perfume. It definitely has a rubber note that I can totally see scaring some people away but it's definitely a feminine, totally sexy fragrance. I'm sure many would disagree, but it kind of makes me think of SL Fleur D'Oranger in that regard. But I would NOT order this unsniffed...especially since it's totally unnecessary, Fracas is everywhere -- go and smell it!