Real Chanel No. 5 in EDT form has a note that seems sour and urinous to some people, but the InStyle version doesn't have that "off" note at all. It's smooth and well rounded and smells so much better on me than the real thing. I imagine it could be compared to Chanel No. 5 in EDP or parfum forms, which I haven't had the opportunity to try, but which I hear is smoother and less sour than the EDT. The InStyle version of Obsession is quite nice too. It smells authentic to me, and it's a lot more wearable because it isn't as strong.
I came very, very close to liking this fragrance, which has two of my favorite notes in the world: rose and vanilla. However, there's some other note at work that I can't quite put my finger on, but it makes the overall composition feel very wrong. The image that comes to mind is the vinyl odor of a Barbie doll's hair and skin right after you take it out of the packaging. Maybe some people don't pick up on the plastic smell, or maybe their skin doesn't amplify it, but on me, this didn't quite work. Still, there are aspects of the scent which I do like and which I am determined to find in another rose-vanilla scent. The search continues.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Parlux - Jessica Simpson Fancy
prettykitty1 2/24/2010 9:46:00 PM
This is warm, sweet, and redolent of creamy, edible notes, but there are also some tangy notes at the top that smell like red currants to me. As the fragrance wears on, the red currant smell fades away and the vanillic qualities come to the forefront. This is the part I like best of all, the part that I look forward to with each spray. I'm not enamored with the name Fancy, but the elegant swirly design on the bottle and the box makes up for that in spades. It's beautiful on my dresser.
This is a sweet Creamsicle type of scent: mostly vanilla with some subtle citrus notes mixed in, and supposedly some floral notes too, though I can't identify them myself. It sits very close to the skin and doesn't seem to have much of a presence unless it is applied with great abandon and with hourly frequency. Either that, or I spray some on my bra. Ordinarily, i don't mind scents with a weak sillage-- in fact I usually prefer them-- but this one is so nondescript that it scarcely seems worth the effort of frequent and generous application.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - chocolate amber edt [DISCONTINUED]
prettykitty1 2/23/2010 10:09:00 PM
If you want to know what the discontinued BBW Chocolate Amber smells like, spray on some Betsey Johnson and then wait ten minutes for your skin to dry. Once the red-berry scent dies down, you'll have a strong gourmand musk that smells nearly identical to Chocolate Amber. Both of these fragrances are a little too musky or patchouli-ish for my taste, but I do like the gourmand aspects well enough.
When wet, the top notes of the fragrance have a red berry and vanilla scent very similar to Fancy by Jessica Simpson. Once the fragrance dries on my skin, it morphs into something that smells virtually identical to the discontinued Chocolate Amber by Bath and Body Works, a fragrance that smells neither like chocolate nor like amber. It's funny how the reviews for Chocolate Amber aren't so hot, but the reviews for Betsey Johnson are so much better. They're virtually indistinguishable scents, so I guess people's opinions may be influenced by a product's name and its packaging.
It's interesting to see how some people think Anais Anais smells "young," while others see this is a scent for "mature" women. Personally, I think this scent defies easy categorization. It lacks the powdery notes that are associated with "mature" fragrances, but it also lacks the fruity gourmand notes associated with "young" fragrances. This is just a pure, clean floral, through and through. It would smell fine on a teenager and fine on her great-grandmother and every generation in between. There are no musks, indoles, or patchoulis here, so it's a good choice for anyone who doesn't like animalic notes. There are no gourmand notes either, so it's also good for people who don't like edible scents. Maybe the soapy, asexual blandness of the scent would be the only reason not to wear it. But when you want to wear a perfume that smells appropriate for any occasion, you can't go wrong with this one.
This is a very clean, realistic-smelling white tea scent that reminds me of all the times I purchased expensive tea leaves from one of those fancy stores where they sell a hundred different teas by the ounce. The fragrance isn't over-the-top gourmand, as it lacks the sugar and cream you expect with Western tea. It's a true Asian-style tea scent, faintly sweet, faintly bitter, with nothing added but hot water. The sillage is very light, but if applied to pulse points, you get just enough scent to catch a whiff of yourself an hour later. As far as the unisex quality goes, it works pretty well for me, perhaps better than most other unisex scents. It's like the matching soap, shampoo, and lotion I always find in a hotel room, i.e.,, a scent that is just versatile enough to appeal to female guests and male guests alike, but without any stereotypically gender-specific fragrance notes. This is not the sort of scent that I frequently crave, and I certainly wouldn't consider it a signature scent, but it is quite grounding and soothing for occasional use. Therefore, while I probably won't buy a huge bottle of this, I may try to find another small decant or mini when my current decant from Sephora is empty. It just seems like a good scent to have around for whenever the mood strikes. I can also see it as a good scent for a guest bathroom because it's so gender-neutral and clean.
Fragrances -Guerlain - Aqua Allegoria Tiare Mimosa
prettykitty1 2/22/2010 12:31:00 AM
This lovely floral perfume melds nicely with my skin. It smells quite luxurious and expensive, but subtle. I also love how all the fragrance notes smell so natural and real. Lately, I've sampled lots of fragrances that I didn't care for at all, due to their strange synthetic notes. The bottle design is stunning too. A real winner in my book.
Fragrances -Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Vanille Banane
prettykitty1 2/22/2010 12:27:00 AM
This smells exactly like a homemade banana smoothie. Itís so mouthwatering and realistic that it makes me want to lick my own skin. Once the banana fades (and it does fade in about 15 minutes, give or take), you'll be left with a powdery vanilla like Victoria's Secret Vanilla Lace. The steel can is the sort of container you'd expect of a hairstyling mousse, not a perfume, but if you can get past that, this fragrance would be worth having, if only because it's so yummy and lighthearted.
This a beautiful, well-crafted fragrance. The only reason why Iím giving it four lippies and not five is that there are about other tuberose scents that I love even more: American Beauty Beloved Red Rose, Parfumerie Generale Tuberose Couture, and BBW Velvet Tuberose, just to name a few. Having said that, I can never have too many tuberose fragrances, so maybe I'll buy this one when I start to tire of the others. : )
Fragrances -Giorgio Armani - Armani Code for women
prettykitty1 2/22/2010 12:10:00 AM
This is a crisp, cheerful scent that seems appropriate for a business setting, as it isnít too strong, too sweet, or too sexy, just fresh and clean. The predominant note, to my untrained nose, is orange blossom or something like it. Itís a relief to discover this fragrance, as Iím a big fan of Lace, one of the Parfums Intimes fragrances by Victoriaís Secret. Now that Parfums Intimes is being discontinued, I might start wearing Code instead. They are like two sides of the same orange blossom coin, figuratively speaking. Code has a touch more sunshine and optimism in it, while Lace seems like a duskier, more introverted, powdery scent.
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - britney spears CIRCUS FANTASY
prettykitty1 2/22/2010 12:08:00 AM
I sprayed some on at Target today, and I couldn't believe how wonderful it was! It started out as a fruity floral fragrance, and then it started transforming into a scent very similar to the sophisticated Bulgari Black! Three hours later, I'm still sniffing my wrist, and if I didn't know better, I would think I'm wearing Black and not Circus Fantasy. Even my husband can't tell the difference. I don't know if this fragrance is a deliberate dupe of the other, but I sure do love it. I think I'll have to go back to Target now and buy a full bottle.
Fragrances -Parfumerie Generale - Tubereuse Couture
prettykitty1 2/20/2010 12:31:00 PM
I agree with the previous reviewer that this fragrance somehow evokes Hawaii, even though I've never been to Hawaii and wouldn't know what it smells like. I do, however, have some scents I associate with South Florida, and this is it. The sugar cane note in this tuberose fragrance sets it apart from the average tuberose and imparts a disctinctly succulent, green feeling that I love. It's like a summer vacation in a bottle.
I bought some Velvet Tuberose shower gel a year ago and fell in love with it. Now I'm sampling it in fragrance form, thanks to a generous swapper on MUA, and I'm reminded once again of how beautiful it is. I love all things tuberose, and this is one of the nicer, less expensive ways to enjoy it. If only all Bath and Body Works fragrances smelled this sophisticated! Full bottle, here I come!