Rather average smelling for the price. At first, the fruit blew me away. When that calmed down, I thought I smelled coffee, and it was very good. However, now it's onto the sweetness. Coffee with fruit syrup? Unless this really plays up the animalic notes in the drydown, this will stay a solid "3".
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Jacques Fath - Fath de Fath
debrsl 1/23/2013 7:19:00 PM
I have a bottle a vintage Fath de Fath; however, it is not a green fragrance, more of a fruity oriental, so I don't know how old it is. The juice itself is very dark and thickened. I like it, but am not into the fruity notes enough to repurchase. It does have a fizzy quality to it like someone else mentioned.
Given all the warnings of the strength of this, I only put on a dot of the perfume. It is gorgeous. Perhaps I didn't put on enough to pick up all the notes listed, because what I get is tuberose plus more tuberose, every bit as high quality as that from L'Artisan. However, the listed notes are: topnotes: peach, plum, orange, mandarin, with the sweetness of rose wood and neroli; heart of mimosa, neroli, tuberose, gardenia and acacia with a gourmand hint of black currant; base of musk, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, Tonka bean and cedar. I've had it on for 15 hours and only now can smell the basenote of cedar. Perhaps the other notes came and left as I slept.
If you like Chanel No. 5 and all those other sharp, white florals, you'll like this. Ugh.
Lily. Lily and nothing but lily to my nose, which is amazing considering the list of notes from Luckyscent: Pepper, rhubarb, coriander, jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, lily of the valley, carnation, vetiver, frankincense, amber, opoponax, leather. I don't smell a single molecule of anything but lily. For the price, this is ridiculous.
I've been able to try two versions of Bellodgia; there was quite a difference between the two. The first was a vintage cologne. The topnotes were unpleasant, but then the carnation itself unfolded. I'm not sure exactly what was off, as the only topnote listed is carnation, and the carnation itself was beautiful. Also incredibly beautiful was the drydown; just stunning. Rich. The next sample was the modern EDT. It was pathetic. I had to use the whole 2 ml sample to obtain any scent. It went straight to carnation; however, it was not nearly as full-bodied as the carnation in the vintage cologne. And there is none of the gorgeous drydown in the modern version at all. In short, unless you want a weak, simplistic carnation fragrance, don't bother with the current EDT. If you can find a vintage that doesn't have a poor beginning--or if you can just wait through that--the vintage is a great carnation fragrance.
A flurry of notes, with powder and carnation standing out the most so far in the development of this urn parfum (nonvintage). Trademark Caron beauty and sensibility. Notes: Orange blossom, Neroli, Clove, Carnation, Rose, Jasmine, Opoponax, Woods, Oakmoss.
Rich vintage parfum; strongly animalic from the coriander at the beginning, but then goes into being a rich floral, a little spice and honey; then a rich, warm rose; and finally, a warm, sweet base. Really excellent. Top Notes: Aldehydes, Bergamot, orange, peach, coriander Heart Notes: Clove, rose , honey, Jasmine, orris, ylang ylang Base notes: Vetiver, benzoin, Patchouli, cinnamon, vanilla, tolu, Tibetan musk, & amber.
Creamy, elegant, sweet floral; lighter version of the Caron base. At a certain point, it smells like slightly carmelized, honeyed pineapple. Different and good; not at all foody, barely gourmand. Definitely a floral.
Soapy rose and violet. The drydown, however, is very relaxing, comforting and beautiful. I was impressed with how calming it was while shopping; I'd start to stress, catch a whiff and everything would be okay.
I loved the topnotes and the beautiful almond fragrance this becomes. It doesn't seem remotedly dated or powdery to me. This review is for the current (2012) urn parfum.
This review is for the urn parfum. It started out with marigold, which is okay if you only put on a tab, but bad if you put it only liberally. It then progresses into a soapy rose. It's followed by a heavenly, rich drydown. I agree with the other reviews: the drydown is incredible.
This presents many different scents at different points. It started with a burst of something I didn't like, then morphed into almond, violets, and then powder. Tons of powder. And I'm not getting any of the dark Caron base that I've discovered in so many of them. ETA: The second time I wore it, I didn't have nearly the powder overload, but a focus on almonds. This is a really strange fragrance. It's interesting.
Absolutely lovely. I can detect sweet pea; however, it is full of the rich, signature, Caron accord. I am sampling the urn perfume; it has a much depth as vintage Tabac Blond. Stunning! As Surrender to Chance writes, "Rich, honeyed, dark and powdery, this is a scent unlike any other." 100 percent true.
Fragrances -Montale - Confidential Collection Highness Rose Musk
debrsl 12/29/2012 5:23:00 PM
Incredibly velvety, red rose...you can practically feel the petals. However, I think I've been spoiled by Montale's combination of aoud and rose. I think the combination makes for a much more interesting fragrance. Notes: