I don't like Juicy Couture as a rule. I think designer sweatpants are beyond tacky. My thought is you might as well get a bedazzler and Uggs to completely cheapen yourself. But I really, really like the Dirty English. Love the leather accord.. totally digging the sexy bottle and the inspired-by Sex Pistols ad campaign. And I'm happy to see a new scent that brings the edge back - I'm so tired of fresh, fruity, sweet men's fragrances. Dirty English could be even edgier, would love to see a rubber accord added as well, but nothing is perfect. This comes pretty close to my top 5 for me this spring. I got a bottle for my husband, can't wait to smell it on him!
Nothing like the original. Very dry. Disappointing.
I used this as a bathroom spray.
Citrus opening, dries to green tea. Good green tea.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - L de Lolita Lempicka
mumsays242 3/31/2008 8:20:00 PM
Smells like an oatmeal cookie dipped in a lipstick. And the bottle is cheap looking. Reminds me of of tchotchky seaside souvenirs sold at roadside stands. I love oatmeal cookies, but I don't like to wear them.
I love it. This is a refined oriental - the heliotrope and osmatnhus is very, very well done, and it hovers between warm and cool from the sandalwood and vanilla and the cool purple orchid. Perfectly balanced. It makes Hanae Mori's Magical Moon look like a cheap dress in comparison, and I love Magical Moon. Full bottle worthy. I also have the lotion and the lotion is as refined as the perfume. **Edited... because it's not nice to say Magical Moon is like a cheap dress. But wearing Herve Leger and then wearing Magical Moon makes me realize Magical Moon truly is suited for night. Herve Leger is refined enough for the office or day wear. Beautiful on the skin, perfectly composed.
I really like Aeternita's review below. I found myself nodding in agreement as I was reading. I am able to pick out the osmanthus; it is a creamy, heady white flower that dies immediately upon picking. I know this because I grow it in my garden and tried to bring the blooms in one night to scent my home. They were dead in minutes. Fabulous perfume. I wear it without caution; mornings, evenings, hot days, snowy days, sad days, magical nights. I even wear it to bed. But I don't wear it *every* day; I have to have a reason to wear it.
Fragrances -Issey Miyake - L'Eau d'Issey Summer 2008
mumsays242 3/30/2008 8:15:00 AM
I love the original Issey, but not the top notes. The sweetness is too strong for me, so I just spray and wait for the dry down. The 2008 Summer Edition's top notes are a little more subdued, just a tad less sweet. And the heart and base notes are decidedly more ozonic. I think the formulation is different as well; the spray is fuller on application and is lightly moisturizing. I almost like it better than the original Issey, but the dry down is a little soft on me. I'll wear it again today and decide if it's FBW.
Fragrances -The Body Shop - Tobacco Flower Home Fragrance Oil
mumsays242 3/28/2008 8:44:00 AM
TBS caps are always problematic for me. They have a safety mechanism to prevent spills, and sometimes the caps get stuck. I have 3 or 4 that are permanently stuck closed, so I deducted lippies because of it. That said, I love tobacco flower. It's one of my favorite scents and is not oten found in fragrance or home products. TBS is the best repro I've found so far. Uplifting, warm, clear, floral without being particularly feminine. I use it in every room but the kitchen (lemongrass or lavendar in there). Love it. I hope they don't discontinue it.
I checked Yes on Would Buy Again because my 9 year old son likes it. For a young chap, he's got a good nose and is eager to try it all. Hell, he uses Kenzo Amour Shower Honey as a shampoo and that is damn good stuff. Back to L'Homme. I don't think it's ground breaking or even particularly fascinating, but it's better than most of the other mainstream 'fresh and light' men's fragrances. And I really like the bottle.
Hmmm.... I'm on the fence between Elle and The Beat. Both are floral woodies that have launched this year, and both are quite similar. The Beat (Burberry) is a sharper, brighter, warmer woodsy floral. Elle is subdued. There's not a lot of pink pepper, but not enough warmth to really anchor it. It's a fleeting scent. I've had customers tell me it doesn't last on their skin. That's not a good thing. Cute bottle, though.
This is purchase-worthy. I thought the LE Flower Princess was good, this is much, much better. Unexpectedly good. The bottle itself is lovely in its simplicity. It's a facated, simple shaped bottle with appropriate green juice, which hints at the green accords. The notes are well balanced and decidedly green. This is not a crisp green, but the green stays true throughout. Verrrrry nice and floral and green. This is obviously another bridal perfume (the name gives it away- duh!) so I take some points away for that. It bothers me that Vera Wang thinks she has cornered the bridal market and can now dictate the perfume as well as her gowns (and let's face it, her gowns reached their heyday in the late 90's). What's next - bridal pots and pans? Anyway, back to the unexpected and lovely Bouquet. This is really nice for a mainstream fragrance. I hope it does well - everyone should have a good green floral in their collection. Nice packaging, too. Tasteful. The Princess bottles look ridiculous next to the simple, elegant Bouquet bottle.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - John Varvatos for Women
mumsays242 3/26/2008 9:08:00 PM
The top note is loaded with grappa. It is unmistakable, and intriguing. And just when you think you've had enough of the grappa, it dies back and the other notes come into play. It's practically cerebral. Ultimately, it's too dry for me. But it is very, very well done and not sweet, cloying or artificial. Edited to add... I tried it again today and the Grappa note is very, very potent. It almost made me sick, as in "I drank too much and my nose hurts from smelling stale booze in a dirty bar". I washed my hands before I got to the drydown. Edited again... I decided to give Varvatos one last try. I sprayed it on, only sniffed once at the grappa, and then waited. I am so,so glad I did! The grappa dried to the barest hint, and then the florals began to open up. This turned out to be wonderful on me - understated, different, floral in a modern sense. Very, very nice. I'm going to get this. And I want the Exfoliating Body Oil, too. Definitely full bottle worthy.
I don't know how to say this appropriately, but the musk and o.b. are very dirty smelling to me. Dirty as in Henry & June trapped in an alley in Port Au Prince for 4 days. And I'm not knocking Haiti, okay?
I love anything with green, and this is a perfect blend of orange and green on my skin, and buzzes happily on my skin. A little goes a long way for me. I need to find this again... will have to hunt down a bottle at Marshalls.