I really did not like La Lune, it did not smell good on me at all. It was an icky fruity floral on me, a 'scented-product' kind of scent. Unlike Le Bateleur from this series, this fragrance did not give me the impression that it was made with quality ingredients. It might have been a bad reaction to my chemistry - looking back, it seems that I have yet to find a D&G scent that works well on me. No sale for La Lune, I will try the others anyway to see if I eventually find one that I love.
I am a fan of Jovan white musk and hoped that Alyssa Ashley's version might be as good or better. This is far from the greatest white musk I have ever tried, it is definitely not as good as Jovan but on me it is not completely repulsive. Freshly spritzed, it is a simple violet-musk that evolves steadily into a very pale, simple tobacco scent. After a little while it settles into a clean, bright soapy smell, but then it fades away rather quickly. If it lasted longer I would rate this a 3. I actually did buy a bottle of this unsniffed because of my fondness for musks and also because it did not cost much - I will find a good, practical use for it (so, so sad to have to say that about a new perfume, even a cheapie like this) but I would neither recommend it nor repurchase.
Fragrances -Coty - Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani - Love
CecileCecile 9/26/2009 6:26:00 PM
Love was a sweet light floral that soured in record time. I wouldn't recommend anyone buy any of the scents in this line without actually trying them on their skin first. No sale for me, I won't be buying any of the Harajuku Lovers line.
Fragrances -Coty - Harajuku Lovers Fragrance - Music
CecileCecile 9/26/2009 6:08:00 PM
In the 90s here in Ontario, there was an awful brand of cheap alcoholic cooler beverage called Barberrian - a carbonated, artificial mixed-berry, super sweet cooler with a harsh bitter edge. It was dark purple and sold in 2-liter plastic bottles like pop - and is responsible for one of the more epic hangovers I have survived in my lifetime. Music, to me, smells like that cooler, so much so that I became quite nauseated as the fragrance bloomed. I never want to smell this stuff again. No sale.
I didn't know that Johnson's had changed the smell of their baby shampoo until I read these reviews. That is a downer. I really liked that smell. About Baby: This was the one scent in the line that actually did not turn on me. Yes, it generally smells like baby shampoo (fresh, floral and powdery) but on my skin it actually smells like Donna Karan Cashmere Mist - which makes me think of scented maxipads from the 80s. Pass me by this one. No sale.
Lil' Angel turned to sugar-frosted sour fruit on me, almost fermented. No burnt popcorn though. And no sale.
Fragrances -Coty - Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani - G
CecileCecile 9/26/2009 4:47:00 PM
G is an OK lime-coconut scent. It actually has more sillage than I am comfortable with for this type of tropical-drink fragrance. One squirt on the back of my hand and I can smell it everywhere I have been. Sometimes I like to associate scents with particular articles of clothing and to me, coconut-lime scents are the Hawaiian shirts of the fragrance world. I was pleased to find that G is soft but not overly sweet. The bottle is cute but it always comes down to the juice, and I can go out and get an equally-good body spray for a lot less. No sale. EDIT: This turned weird in the late drydown.
Mainly from Cuir Beluga I got a very powdery vanilla blended with herbaceous blossoms over a very gentle sueded leather. It wasn't very sweet to my nose but it was as creamy and smooth as others have described. It smelled much like I had imagined it would. My only complaint (well, besides the harsh alcohol blast at the start) is that the fragrance wears much, much too closely. I suppose there could be notes that I can't detect, or perhaps my chemistry neutralizes some of them, but I can just barely detect this fragrance - even when freshly applied. I was glad to be able to try it, but unfortunately for me this one is a No sale.
Fragrances -CB I Hate Perfume - Pipe Tobacco Accord
CecileCecile 9/21/2009 5:55:00 PM
Despite the name, I don't actually get pipe tobacco from this - at least not any pipe tobacco that I have ever encountered. Or any tobacco for that matter. Freshly dabbed on, it was an intensely sweet and syrupy maple for the first half hour or so. It then broadened into a soft, sweet, deep and dark cherry. It did not hint at tobacco in the least. It stayed deep cherry for a few hours and then, oddly, turned into aftershave musk but only for a brief time. It's an interesting scent for sure, especially that cherry middle. I would like to re-try this by misting it on instead of dabbing because I think it might be better that way. I can't say that I rule this one out completely. Looking forward to reading what others have to say about this one.
(WaterPerfume) Now this stuff is wooonderfulllll! Pumpkin pie and apples fading into an outdoor-fallen leaves fragrance. I can imagine the rustle of dry leaves and can sense the chill in the air. Once again, words fail to describe how good this is. Bravo, Mister Brosius, you have done it again. Notes are: pumpkin pie, fallen apples, bonfire, wood smoke, dried grass, fallen leaves, wet branches, damp moss, chanterelle mushrooms and pine forest. I would love to have some of the absolute - well worth a try! EDIT: When my DH tried this, it gave him a mental picture of grounders with wasps crawling on them, and that was without first knowing the notes - the fallen apple note is evidently quite true, to his nose at least.
When I first applied O - Oui, it seemed as though it might develop into something very nice and light but the sugar monster appeared and took right over. On me this is sweetness and not much else. Might still recommend to others but no sale for me.
I think that O de Lancome smells well made and ladylike, and it's not hard to see how some others really enjoy wearing this. It's lemony and green, nicely blended and not terribly sweet, however it's just not for me. No sale.
Lulu Guinness seems a bit concentrated so I would first advise applying with a very light hand and fine mist. It is a fresh, somewhat realistic-smelling floral, as many others have said. I got a 'rose' impression from it, though I am not certain if that is one of the notes. I have seen it on clearance tables many times and think it is a pretty good value especially if you are a lover of florals. I don't wear such florals all that often so no sale for me.
Fragrances -Jessica McClintock - Jessica McClintock
CecileCecile 9/21/2009 1:00:00 PM
Oh, I would have *loved* this if I had discovered it in the late '80s. I loved screeching white florals such as this back in those days. Currently I prefer my scents to be warmer overall, and softer. I would recommend Jessica McClintock to those on a budget looking for a big bright white floral, but no sale for me.
Fragrances -Lulu beauty - LuLu Guinness Cast a Spell
CecileCecile 9/21/2009 12:51:00 PM
Now I see why this is called Cast a Spell - it reminds me slightly of hallowe'en, or at least those taffy candy kisses in the black and orange wrapper. It smells like molasses or treacle or brown taffy, very dark and sweet. Why is this fragrance in a clear and frosted bottle with a fairytale castle housed in a lavender box? This should be in an orange bottle with a black cat or the like. It's not quite right for me though. No sale.