Fragrances -Thierry Mugler - Angel Garden of Stars Peony Eau de Parfum
martika 10/26/2005 4:42:00 PM
I got the chance to sample all 3 Garden of Stars thanks to three miniatures I received. Having finished the 3 bottles, Peony is my favorite. Its strength being that it's the one most apart from the original Angel (which I love). Violette and Lys are much too similar to the original Angel and for that I'd rather stick to the original Angel.
I am not a fan of the Original Flower but I do love Flower Le Parfum. I was very eager to test Flower Oriental after reading it contained violette, rose, vanilla, musk, pepper and incense. It starts off rather floral and aquatic and then turns spicy/peppery/incensy on my skin. It is a pretty and original scent but I do find the peppery note a bit too strong (masculine) for my personal liking.
Gels/Soaps -Aquolina - Doccia Fraganza - Crème Caramel
martika 10/21/2005 9:14:00 AM
This is the first Aquolina bath item I come across and which I pretty like. I have been wanting to test it since ages but couldn't find it anywhere near me. A store nearby started carrying the whole Aquolina body care line and the SA was so nice that she gave me samples of almost all scents. Crème Caramel was the first Aquolina shower gel I tested (the 2 Bagno products I previously tried - Zucchero e Velo & White Chocolate were awful) and I have to admit it is pretty true to its name. Still, like the other Aquolina bath products I tried, I also find this a bit drying for my skin. I don't find it that similar to Laura Mercier's crème brulée, but hey! the price tag is not the same either. An ok product which I might consider purchasing in the future.
Gels/Soaps -Aquolina - Bagno Fraganza - Cioccolato Bianco (white chocolate)
martika 10/21/2005 9:10:00 AM
Another disappointment from Aquolina's bodycare line. I have been wanting to test it since ages but couldn't find it anywhere near me. A store nearby started carrying the whole Aquolina body care line and the SA was so nice that she gave me samples of almost all scents. Cioccolato Bianco was the second I tested and you couldn't imagine my disappointment. It smells nothing like white chocolate, it is rather a cheap, artificial, plastic scent, almost floral to my nose. Plus, I did find it a bit drying for my skin. I will be tasting all the other scents I received hoping to find one true to its name.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Les Bains du Marais Eau de Soin - Fleurs d' Oranger
martika 10/18/2005 8:06:00 AM
I love Fleurs d'Oranger! It was love at first sniff (I was originally going to buy Musc Blanc) and it still is. Thanks you Les Bains du Marais!
A nice violet mainstream scent but not what I was really expecting. I don't get anything else from it (no helitrope, white musk, vanilla, or almond). I am really disappointed with the lasting power. It's very weak on my skin and disappears after a few hours. A very ordinary fragnance - unlike McQueen's first perfume- which is not worth purchasing IMHO.
The first time I tested Hypnôse, I did not find it memorable. The second time round, I actually liked it so I am now perplexed. It is a sweet oriental fragnance. Not one ingredient comes out predominantly (except maybe the vanilla), all seem to be nicely blend together. Found similarities with Kenzo's Jungle, Boucheron's Trouble, Chopard's Casmir & YSL's Opium. Incredibly good staying power! Nice for a vanilla lover but not good enough for me to splurge on a bottle (yet). EDIT: I just bought it, I couldn't resist much longer!
Gels/Soaps -Aquolina - Bagno Fraganza - Zucchero a Velo (icing sugar)
martika 10/11/2005 7:46:00 AM
I am so disappointed by this Aquolina bath product. I have been wanting to test it since ages but couldn't find it anywhere near me. A store nearby started carrying the whole Aquolina body care line and the SA was so nice that she gave me samples of almost all scents. Zucchero a Velo Bagno was the first I tested and you couldn't imagine my disappointment. It smells ok at first (something vaguely sweet) but it quickly turns into a cheap, artificial, plastic scent. Plus, I did find it a bit drying for my skin. I will be tasting the other scents as I am now curious to see whether it was this particular sample or all Aquolina products that smell so artificial. Blah!
I don't like it. To me smells just like 4711. Both unfortunately smell very "cheap" to my nose (well, for 4711 that's the case -you get what you're paying for- but I don't see the interest in buying this overpriced perfume). Sorry, ladies.
Fragrances -Hermes - Rose Ikebana (Hermessence Series)
martika 10/10/2005 6:54:00 AM
I am not a rose fan. But this, along with Fm's Lipstick Rose, is the most beautiful rose scent I've ever smelled. Wow!
So disappointed with Borneo. I really had high expectations after reading it contained a chocolate/cocoa note and shared similarities with Angel (which I adore.) Unfortunately, all I get is patchouli, and a very masculine one. Not for me though my husband did like it.
I am not a rose fan. But this, along with Hermes Rose Ikebana, is the most beautiful rose scent I've ever smelled. Wow!
The new Grès fragnance was launched earlier in this year here in Europe. It is a lovely fruity floral scent but not a memorable one for me to justify purchasing it.
Top notes: mandarine, grapefruit
Middle Notes: jasmine, lotus flower, plum, praline,
Base Notes: tonka bean, vanilla and musk.
The perfume was created by Thierry Wasser of Firmenich. This fragnance was designed to appeal to a younger generation. It comes in a contemporary-styled spherical bottle with silver lettering, in pale lilac packaging. The packaging is indeed gorgeous!
I finally got to try this much talked new fragnance from Jean Paul Gaultier. It is supposed to be Unisex but I personally found it to be more feminine (I wouldn't like my guy to smell like this anyways). What I mostly knew about this fragnance was on the whole concept of the packaging (which seems to be JPG's main asset in all his fragnances). I really did not know what to expect as far as the scent was concerned kowing only that the main notes are vanilla, amber and musk (the 3 most fashionable "ingredients" nowadays in almost all new fragnances coming out in the market). Well, I am amazed to see how similar it smells to the JPG's Classic one (though fainter). 7 hours later, the scent is still very present on my skin (amazing lasting power). I did not notice any change since the initial spray which is a plus as far as I am concerned. A scent to re-test definately.
Here is a review I found online which seems to summarize perfectly this fragnance (although I personally don't agree with the Unisex aspect): "It is not about whether you are a man or a woman. It is about attraction. Breaking down gender identification, and blurring the lines between what is considered masculine and feminine has always been what has set Jean Paul Gaultier apart from his peers. Gaultier2 (pronounced Gaultier to the Power of Two) is a new breed of fragrance... a third sex. One that is neither male nor female. It is not unisex; it is of both sexes. There is not a top, heart, and base note as is the norm; after all: what is normal? Amber, Musk, and Vanilla all equally blend to create a fragrance that can be worn as a signature by a man or a woman Even the bottle is taken to the power of two. Purchased singly or by the pair, the bottles are attached magnetically. The pull of the fragrance and the force of nature. Gaultier2 is available in Eau de Parfum and there's also a Massage Oil".
I went shopping today and got to try 2 perfumes: this and JPG's new one (Gaultier2). Upon the first application, I was really in heaven: 212 Sexy was the scent I wished Pink Sugar smelled like: sweet but not sickenly sweet and without this "burnt" thing I get from Pink Sugar. The perfect cotton-candy/vanilla scent. I think I will be getting this one very soon. EDITED: I craved in and got a full bottle of this. I now know why I like it so much: it is VERY similar to my well-loved V&R's Flowerbomb, only much much cheaper.