If anyone's interested, the name means a source of great wealth (after Golconda, a ruined city in southern India, once known for its diamond mines in the nearby hills). I do like this yet it doesn't wow me, at least not on my skin. I get mostly a carnation soliflore. JAR's Diamond Water smells very similar on me at the start but dries down quite differently & more interestingly, so I'm going to spend some more time w/that one. *Can get samples from theperfumedcourt.com. UPDATE: Bumping this up a lippie & noting that Diamond Water is quite a different scent altogether. This is a beautiful carnation perfume, definitely the best carnation scent I've smelled w/thankfully no powder.
I have always wanted to like this scent but never did. It is my name after all. I was at Nordies today and wandered over to the perfume counter & smelling this on paper was again not impressed...actually less impressed than usual as it smelled different. I figured P&G screwed w/the formula but this was the EDT and I think I usually sample the EDP (has been some time though). Anyway, I'm so glad I decided to spritz some on because I'm really liking this! Even the SA loved it on me & she said it's not a fav of hers. I get much more jasmine than rose from this. Apparently the only synthetic ingred. in this is the musk but that may only apply to the pure perfume, which I will be ordering a sample of pronto! NOTE: The Patou website lists different notes than basenotes. I must say that, at least w/the EDT, I get no peach & def. no aldehydes (thankfully!!!) Don't judge this one too quickly...it takes a few minutes to really meld w/your skin & chemistry and if it works for you it is gorgeous!
I HATED this when it came out & could not understand the popularity. I dubbed it issey miyukki, pissy miyake...you get the idea. Florientals have always been my fav fragrance family but now I like to have/wear scents from all the different categories of scent. I bought this a few summers ago when I was living in a hot, dry place and had a stressful job. The combo of watery florals mixed w/the cedar make this fragrance incredibly relaxing to me. I stopped wearing it after awhile because I felt that it was too strong/sharp. I have since realized that this is really great w/my chemistry if I make sure to spritz very lightly...from a greater distance than usual on my wrists or even spritz & walk through it. The main reason I decided to give this another chance was my newfound appreciation of FM's En Passant which I just bought. There's a bit of a similarity betwen the two, at least to me.
This is really horrible w/my chemistry. A scrubber! The musk gets amplified and w/the sickly sweet notes it's just bad. I do love their sampling policy though-what a refreshing change. For what I'm used to spending for 1 sample ($5) I received 7 vials...AF in all 3 forms, this, Tiempe Passate & Floret in both EDT & EDP. And free shipping! If I really start to think about what I've been willing to dish out on samples I want to slap myself!
Reminds me so much of Jessica McClintock's fragrance (the one w/the white cap). I have not smelled that in awhile but that's immediately what I thought & thus it reminds me of the 80's. I'm not a real fan of Maybe Baby by Benefit & while I can also see that comparison, I think the Benefit is better. Definitely a fresh & uplifting feel though. Too sweet & too strong for me.
Okay, I went to Lush today just to try & probably buy this lotion & walked out w/tons of stuff! Typical of me w/Lush. Anyway, I love this in the lotion. Don't get any of coffee notes as someone described & it's just yummy. It actually reminds me of Hanae Mori which I used to love & just coincidentally tried at Sephora the other day (still nice but way too perfumey for my tastes now). UPDATE: Not reminding me as much of HM on my 2nd try...getting mostly vanilla & tonka and it's still yummy! I think the lotion I sampled may have had a bit more jasmine in the mix & the one I bought doesn't...not as sweet and I detect that kind of burnt sugar smell w/the vanilla. It's a bit addicting! The Vanillary solid perfume is okay but on me, when i smelled it up close, it smelled a bit like pee. Sorry, but it did. I'll have to give that one another go the next time I'm at LUSH and see if it happens again. UPDATE: Yep, the solid still smells a bit like pee on me. The SA agreed. However, she also had it on & it was wonderful on her. The EDP is just super strong, overpowering & feels like it would give you & everyone around you a massive headache. Try before you buy! ANOTHER UPDATE Oct. 2010: TRY THE NEW SOLID! SO MUCH NICER SMELLING THAN THE OLD ONE IN A TIN.
A bit too much orange in this for my taste. Nice though, especially if you enjoy sweet scents. UPDATE: Just bought a small bottle of this on impulse at a store by me that carries this Aftel (and only this one). If Tango had been available I would have snatched that up and/or if I had the extra money and Parfum Prive had been there I would have bought that. Anyway, it's really hard to find natural perfumes in retail & I didn't want to wait for something to be shipped so I bought Cacao. The 2.2 ml bottle is actually pretty adorable, albeit tiny. I'm enjoying this & am finding that it starts out strong on the orange chocolate notes but mellows nicely w/a small amt. of jasmine playing its part. Upping it a lippie. ***The more I wear this, the more I like it & it's great in cold weather!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Honore des Pres Sexy Angelic
reikigoddess 4/9/2009 9:28:00 PM
Sadly, this is so weak that you just cannot appreciate it. I'm a huge fan of natural, organic perfumes & was so excited to see a new French line (and with 4 of the 5 perfumes formulated by none other than Olivia Giacobetti). However, I was surprised to hear that these would be EDT concentrations-it just doesn't work with Sexy Angelic, Nu Green or Honore's Trip (the only one not by O.G.). They're all nice but so extremely weak that I could never imagine buying a bottle (and I'm someone who is familiar w/natural scents and used to their typical lack of longevity and sillage). However, that being said, there are 2 others that are the stars of the line imho-Bonte's Bloom & Chaman's Party. Both have much more presence & are definitely worth sampling. Would love to see Sexy Angelic in an EDP strength. BTW, it smells to me of almond and anise & a little ambrette. Luckyscent & Beautyhabit are carrying the line.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clarisonic - Pro Skincare Brush
reikigoddess 4/9/2009 1:59:00 PM
I know this works for many people & they love it. However, this is not for people w/sensitive skin, imo. I tried not only the sensitive brush but the one for delicate skin too & they were both horrible on my sensitive skin. My skin loves microdermabrasion but not this. Also, I just hated the overall feel of the sonic vibrations...it was unnerving.
The Nanadebary scents have been reformulated into EDP concentrations. I tried Bronze once years ago & kind of liked it. Just ordered a luckyscent sample and this is making me sick to my stomach! I don't smell much spice or any of the layers, just a strong "perfumey" smell. On the other hand I'm loving the Pink. I recommend sampling the new Nana's before buying.
Chemistry definitely plays a role, especially w/this one. On me I get a lot of rose from this-a sweet and jammy rose. I couldn't wait to get home and check the notes to make sure I wasn't losing it & there is indeed rose absolute in this. I also get some lavender but it's not a particularly nice lavender. Overall this is VERY sweet and cheap smelling on my skin. It dries down to lavender and vanilla & is still a bit sickeningly sweet. Another pass for me...next.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Sea Flora Laminaria Facial Moisturizer
reikigoddess 2/15/2009 2:31:00 PM
I am loving this whole line. It's doing wonders for my sensitive skin, including redness issues. The body products are great too. I just ordered the rich version of this cream. While I really like this product-the feel, the smell, no break-outs, etc.- I need something richer (especially in winter). I would definitely say that this is for oily and normal to oily skin types only.
The BEST sunscreen for my sensitive skin. No chemicals, no white cast, no greasy feeling at all & zero breakouts. I put this on after my moisturizer and it feels soothing and I swear it helps lock some moisture into my skin. I decided to order the larger 8 oz. size since I go though the 2.5 oz. tubes pretty fast. It's not cheap ($34 for the small tube & $80 for the 8 oz. tub) yet it works and to me it's completely worth it. They always say sunscreen is the most important thing for preserving your face. I can't use chemical sunscreens and I'd caution others who can & do to be wary...they're now coming out w/some findings that suggest that some chemical sunscreens can be potentially harmful. UPDATE 8/2011: THIS HAS BEEN REFORMULATED! Just bought another tube- same pkg., no mention on the tube of any reformulation but when I used it I knew immediately. It is richer and has more of a lotion feel vs. the whipped like texture before. There's beeswax as an ingredient that I'm pretty sure was not in there before (and no I didn't get their other sunscreen that has beeswax-that one also has chemicals). There's no mention of the zinc being micronized so I'm assuming they made the reformulation based on issues w/micronized zinc. I don't like this new formulation as much & I really think they should have some notation on the tube that the product has been reformulated. Dropping a lippie.
I see from Kayraven's review that there's apple in this so I'm not losing it...something in this reminded me a bit of FM's Outrageous (granted I've only tried each of these scents once). It's okay for a casual, sort of uplifting scent but it's not wowing me. Also, for something that starts out strong, the drydown is pretty weak and it doesn't last that long.
Been looking for a musk scent. I've tried Narcisso, Les Nereides, Musc Ravageur (that's a whole different animal) and some others and then this. This is my fav. I'm shocked at how much I really like this! As far as staying power...no problem for me...it lasts all day and into the night. The price is ridiculously low but the packaging sucks. I was never a big TBS shopper but I do recall better pkg. in the past. All the products in the line look really cheap. I'm planning on buying the EDT (I like it a lot better than the EDP) and putting it in a spray atomizer. UPDATE: check out profumo.it re: toxic perfumes. Greenpeace apparently did a big scientific study & this was on their list of 36 most toxic perfumes. There's a chance it's been reformulated since then though (2004 study).