Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Voleur de Roses
Kate123 12/22/2003 9:44:00 AM
Another L'artisan I am loving more and more as I wear it. I am a fan of both roses and patchouli, so of course I do like this. (Yes, I am a hippie at heart!) But don't worry, this isn't a heady patchouli oil/headshop smell, although I wouldn't mind that! :-) To me Voleur de Roses is a very subtle, dry, sophisticated patchouli scent with a slight anise note. I also smell some bergamont, and sandalwood? I can't smell the roses...but then again I think from using Thayer's rose scented witch hazel for so long my nose is now immune to roses... :-( Anyway, I like this one, I could wear it a lot.
This smelled like some very familiar men's cologne to me, but I can't put my finger on which one. Sharp... abrasive... synthetic... masculine. Like when some 20-something guy is all dressed up in a suit and tie and wearing way too much cologne or aftershave, and you want to ask him what it is so you can remember that you don't like it and never to buy it for anyone? But you don't b/c you don't want to encourage the poor boy to wear _more_ next time! That's what this smells like to me! :-)
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Mimosa pour Moi
Kate123 12/18/2003 10:17:00 AM
Cucumber. It smells like a sweetish cucumber. It's ok. Not really bad, but a little "limp"? Doesn't seem very exciting. I don't know what mimosas are supposed to smell like, perhaps this is it, I don't know. It's _very_ light, I put on quite a bit but I can hardly smell it. Lasting power is ok but sillage is zero. If I don't sniff my wrist I forget it's there. I guess I'd have to use it more like a body spray or body splash to actually be able to smell it without sniffing my wrist! lol. It's kind of expensive for that. Prob. good for spring or summer, if you want something that isn't too strong and just smells fresh and cool. I could see it being appealing on a hot sticky day, but -- as it is snowing right now where I am, this isn't what I'm looking for. I may revisit.
As others have said, it's stinky, it stings a little, packaging could be better, but it works! And many many things sold as blemish fighters do nothing. This really works. It clears up those nasty spots in no time flat. I will keep using this. The smell is strongly herbal, licorice and alcohol. I don't hate it, it is very strong, but it fades in a few minutes. Better than having a zit on your face! :-)
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Tilleuls au Vent
Kate123 12/17/2003 9:16:00 AM
I love the comment below... "sighs and smiles all at once" I can't add to that, it's a great description. This lovely light linden blossom fragrance is refreshing and seems like a good spring or summer scent. On me it doesn't last long, but otherwise it's great.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - OEillet Sauvage
Kate123 12/17/2003 9:13:00 AM
Normally I like L'artisan, but this one doesn't thrill me. As others have said, it's a powdery/baby lotion kind of smell. I LOVE the clovey scent of carnations but I can't really smell them in this at all. To me it's just bland and powdery. Also, I am picking up vanilla, which I don't like at all. When I think "sauvage" I think spicy, like anise, clove, basil maybe, or lime, or something rich and decadent like gardenia? OR: I'd be very happy with a strong, real carnation scent and no frills. NOT a teeny bit of carnation mixed with some sort of powdery vanilla. Ech. I'll keep looking.
The tuberose can be found elsewhere, without the menthol. Why, why, why mix menthol with tuberose? It may be exclusive, it may be expensive, but does that mean it's good? In this case: no.
Once again, a SL perfume that I dislike... Smelled a bit like medicinal cherry cough syrup on me, for about 5 minutes. I actually like that smell, (lol), so I didn't mind. However, the cherry scent vanished, leaving behind a sickly sweet vanilla scent that I don't like. (But then again, I never like vanilla, so YMMV! :-)
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Mure et Musc Extreme
Kate123 12/16/2003 10:14:00 AM
I think I need to get a whole bottle of this... Nice ebayer sent me a free sample. Starts out like a silver teaspoon of blackberry jam, turns to a weird vinegar smell for a very few minutes, then changes again to a blackberry-flavored tea scent, finally a slightly spicy-fruity musk... then it is gone. All in the span of 2 hours. Stays close to the skin. Sexy and warm. I really like it! I could see myself reaching for this all the time, but I'd have to keep putting it on throughout the day. Still, I think I will splurge after Christmas and get some! :-)
I can't decide how I feel about this. As GP dries down, it does smell sort of "gardenia - ish". BUT, it is somehow lacking some quality of real gardenias. Maybe adding clove would make it more rich and gardenia like? A thought. It's not rich or full enough somehow. It smells more like tuberose to me. I like tuberose too, so that's ok, but I wanted gardenia. I like it, I would wear it, but would I buy it again? If I hadn't smelled Fracas first, I would love GP, but I think I like Fracas a little bit better for tuberose and it is so similar. UPDATE: Bitchyboss sent me a sample of the shower gel in this scent, Holy Moly, it was beautiful! Tuberose with a minty opening, very sweet and uplifting. Put me in a good mood for the whole day! :-)
I love this! It's so fun to find a scent that I really love to smell again and again. Very light, spicy rosey clove scent, also, I am picking up a sort of licorice/anise note, no vanilla, (which is great b/c I don't like vanilla at all, and most spicy scents do have it.) It smells clean, dry and peaceful. Perfect for winter. Like a day spent reading in bed, or studying in a library, or having tea with a friend. I feel so comfortable in this scent. I could easily wear this everyday -- I only wish it were stronger and longer lasting. I want to be enveloped by this lovely spicy scent, but it stays so close to the skin, very subtle, just a whisper. Is there a lotion or body wash? I will investigate... UPDATE: got a different sample and it was a very dif. frag. More cinnamon and cloves, less rose and sandalwood, more harsh and medicinal, less cozy. I don't know if it's me, or this samples are different, but I am not as happy with it now. :-( Oh well...
Hmmmm... I picture a very secure, confident, competent business woman with great style wearing this. It's sophisticated, aldehydic and a bit citrusy/woodsy? I don't smell the musk or leather. I like it. UPDATE: At first, I was put off by it's popularity on the frag. board but as I wear it more, it grows on me, and now I am really loving it. It deserves it's reputation. It is a great scent. Makes me feel very confident.
Oooh La la... What's not to like about this girly, feminine, flowery breeze of a French fragrance? It's uncomplicated, uplifting, simple sweet flowers. Puts me in a cheerful, playful mood each time I catch a little whiff. I don't think it's heavy or exotic at all. On me it sort of drifts in and out of my awareness in a flirty way, all during the day it makes me happy. My husband says it smells like some kind of candy. I don't think it's cloying, but it is sweet. Normally, I don't like sweet frangrances, but this one I like. Why fight it? We all need a little sweetness at times. :-) UPDATE: I reach for this one a lot. On some days this is just the perfect thing... esp. when I'm feeling a little sad and want to cheer up. I think this has a slight strawberry component to it. Anyone else smell berries under all those flowers? Maybe it's the "peach" part? Anyway, I am surprised how much I enjoy this sweet, girly fragrance! :-)
OK, I hate this! Sorry! I know you guys love it, but first off, it smelled way too sweet and artificial, second, after I applied it I noticed angry red WELTS appearing on my neck like hickeys, and third, when I asked my husband what it smelled like he said "It smells like that stuff they use in elementary schools to clean up vomit". NO THANK YOU! On me this smells like sickly sweet, synthetic, powdery, industrial cleaner, and I'm allergic to it, so I've saved big bucks. On to the next scent! UPDATE: I gave this another try and guess what, I really do kind of like it. The thing is, it must be applied lightly. Maybe my chemistry is different at differnt times? It does have that sweet/amber/vanilla/powdery thing going on, but it's also spicy and woodsy, which I like. I didn't put it on my neck this time, just my wrists, and I haven't had any allergic reaction so far today. I'm upping it to 3 lippies.
I love Fendi. I know many don't, but I really do. I like it much better than Theorema. It brings back memories of fun times for me. I think people are bothered by it b/c it is so strong, you have to apply with a light touch. Fendi is rich and sexy and spicy and great for a night out. But not for daytime. Would you wear a red/crimson velvet dress, ruby earrings, black silk stockings and killer heels to work in an office? This scent is fab for a Christmas party or New Years Eve. It's festive, makes me feel like it's time for a party! In the right situation, and applied with a light hand, this scent is warm and lovely and inviting, but out of context and overapplied it might be overdramatic and annoying. Will def. bring you lots of attention and many compliments in the right situation and if you don't over apply it! Has great sillage. Take heed!