Iím a mimosa lover and whenever I smell some - well, cassie - in a fragrance, I run to my stash and smell this. If Iím lucky, a perfume will have a colour association for me, Une Fleur de Cassie paints whole pictures, scenes in front of my eyes, one after another. It starts with a darkish, full-bodied, almost fuming carnation and maybe some glue or rubber, a tigress looking at me in the eye. Iím almost dizzy and high, and transported to a mysterious Latin country surely. There is a party, a fire, dresses, high heels, music, drums, tempo and my tigress has turned into a woman enjoying the heat of her own body. There are many reviews here that say that it smells like dung, urine, baby diapers and I believe them. Still, I never get these from Une Fleur de Cassie myself. I canít even call it skank. Itís just intense and passionate, soon to move on to its sweeter and spicy mid-notes. Now I sense a laziness, a bit of powder, maybe the combination of peach and aldehydes with a bit of rose and violet showing their little faces from time to time. I donít think I could perceive these separately if I hadnít read about the notes, but here they are. The drydown is a woman taking an afternoon nap in a hot climate. My tigress is now breathing deeply in her sleep, muscles of her body move in apprehension but she is unexpectedly calm. This is surprising after what I have witnessed. Une Fleur de Cassie is now some warm skin that has eaten up a lot of heat. I also get some sweet, balmy sandalwood. This isnít some transcendental perfection of femininity deprived of all imperfections and humaneness. Itís a real human body that isnít trying to erase its wrinkles or get rid of its curves and whatnot. Itís one of the most complex perfumes Iíve tried in my life and very melancholy at times. Itís still very wearable. Thank you Ropion, for creating this.
Despite its glam bottle and my initial expectations, this isnít a fruity, Ďsunshine in a bottleí mimosa on me. Itís a muted, non-waxy, slightly green, naturalistic mimosa that makes me think of lemongrass, too. I like its serene simplicity, pastel green connotations and sheerness, but I think it could do with better sillage and lasting power. I can imagine wearing this during a holiday on my own, on a barren, pebbly, shrubby beach or when I'm in the garden barefoot - very early in the morning before the heat strikes. It would also be good for yoga days - a simple pleasantness that makes me think of body mists. This is what I imagine Demeter's Mimosa would smell like, but I don't have access to it, so I don't know:( Unfortunately, Yellow Diamond is pretty expensive for what it is in my country, but I can see myself owning a partial bottle one day - and I hope it comes without the horrendous lid:)
Clair Matin has three very distinct phases on me, unfortunately with a bit of incongruity between them, as if they were three different parts from three different rose fragrances. Episode I: I think the opening is to die for in its simple serenity. It immediately transports me to a cottage garden on a demure, dewy morning. I smell sparkling lemon and cassis, both very natural. Soon chamomile shows its fragile face. It takes me back to my childhood when I used to press my nose into their yellow, slightly salty heart. I'm transfixed and want this moment to be suspended in time. To me, this is eternal perfection. Episode II: Here is the rose. This is a deceptive rose. Sometimes, it's a close cousin of the ripe, yellow rose of Rose d'ete, and sometimes it's a pink fat rose that I tend to smell in Middle Eastern oils. I'm not particularly fond of the latter. Episode III: Very creamy, soft pink rose or a soft rose musk base. I find this pleasant but not particularly impressive here. If Clair Matin developed in a way to support the first phase better, it would be HG for me. I'm very happy to have come across this opening but I'm not very interested in the rest. 3.5
Mimosa is one of my favourite floral notes in perfume and I always feel happy when I smell it in fragrances. So I was excited to come across it in Ralph Lauren Big Pony 3 ( the yellow bottle) which opens with a succulent pear accord and sunny, sweet mimosas. However, it quickly turns into a musky, fruity fragrance without much mimosa on my skin. I think I'll keep on sampling it for the time being.
I had high hopes of this because it smells great on a colleague of mine. It is actually very pretty during its heart with a lovely greenness. However, it settles very quickly into a musky, pale rose that loses its liveliness. Pleasant but nothing unforgettable.
Spring is at the door in Turkey, and a fresh rose with some grapefruit is sounds like a great idea to me. Unfortunately, Eau de Pamplemousse Rose smells better on paper than on my person. On me, the fragrance starts with a radiant, attractive grapefruit. It turns bitter or a bit sweaty just for a few minutes but quickly settles into a nice grapefruit accord again. Unfortunately, it fades rather quickly leaving me with a fresh, lovely but barely there rose on a slightly radiant base - and that only when I bury my nose into my wrist. Very low sillage and poor lasting power, especially for this price range. Although notes are different, my favourite fresh rose is Rosine's Un Zeste de Rose, which I sometimes layer with Kiehl's Pink Grapefruit for fun:)
Very coconutty intense tuberose. Powerhouse sillage and lasting power. But it makes me think of powerdressing. So it's a definite no.
I've wanted to try this for such a long time and now I have a 5 ml. miniature in a tiny, lovely apple shaped bottle. It starts off strong, a bit bitter and perhaps slightly chemical on me. However, it quickly turns into a very vibrant, dry, bright green-golden apple smell. Relatively chic apple, if there can be such a thing:) The deep drydown smells soft and musky, a bit like Fancy Love. It's not the most complex fragrance but very nice nevertheless. I'm planning to get hooked on it for a while:)
briliantly radiant lemons on a green chypre base; very refreshing and confident, but not very deep on me. 3.5
Beautiful muted green, grassy fragrance, and I still smell a bit of leather. Both simple and complex, and beautifully blended. Makes me think of urban settings, perhaps a bit of rain and a chic trenchcoat. Unfortunately it's too pale on me with weak lasting power. Otherwise it's divine.
I often wished they came up with a sweeter version of this series and they have now. Only, it smells kind of flat, dull and tired on me. I'll have to pass. 2.5
I tried this mostly because GlamDiva below says that it has a very well done rounded fruity impression, plus occasional bubble gum. I also slightly feared a powdery, vintage violet impression because that what violets turn into on my skin most of the time. I certainly got the lovely, bright, fruity aspect and the bubblegum note- albeit for a passing moment. Happily, the violet note was not dusty or too powdery. Altogether it's a rather chic fragrance with good sillage and lasting power. It makes me think of long hair, skinny jeans and leather accessories. Very nice but not FB worthy for me because I find it almost too polished.
The first spray is very strong, peppery,slightly chemically but nevertheless impressive on me. (I inhale and inhale:) Then cedar and vanilla appear at the same time, with different moods but complimentary thickness. However, soon, the sweetness of vanilla disappears leaving mostly cedarwood. It's OK, but nothing too impressive on me. Good projection and very good lasting power (I can smell the cedarwood after a shower)
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Costume National - So Nude
zeynepd 4/7/2013 8:46:00 AM
On me, and under the heat and lights of a department store, this is too spicy and crowded to be nude. It's actually a spicy floral that's probably aiming for a hot, spicy skin impression. On me, it starts with a blast of cumin, cardamom and whatnot soon to give way to Dominique Ropion's famous tuberose, unfortunately this time way too coconutty for me to handle. It's kind of sad because what nude+coconut evokes in my mind is a sweaty beach with too many people wearing boring suntan lotion. Then it just becomes very forgettable. Still, I'll give it an extra point because perhaps this smells much better under different circumstances or on the right person.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Costume National Scent Gloss
zeynepd 4/7/2013 8:33:00 AM
On me, this is just a screechy, neon and sheer version of the original.