Fragrances -Thierry Mugler - Angel Garden of Stars Violet Eau de Parfum
tessture 7/25/2007 3:36:00 PM
The opening notes of this are gorgeous: Violet, bergamot, red berries, sweet without cloying, gentle and soft, floral without clinging, a little wet, fresh...then the dry down. Just like Angel original, Violet goes very bad on me. The top stays lovely and lyrical and underneath it all is a terrible, inescapable body odor scent. It smells like unwashed human, and it's terrible. If I could have the top notes only, this would be my new favorite. As it is, I'll stay away from the Angels all together.
rosbergs3 has it! It IS Willie Wonka! I love this one in teeny tiny doses, on me. On my man I like cleaner, clearer scents with less patchouli (actually, no patchouli is a favorite). But a tiny pinpoint on the inside of my elbow and I'm sniffing it all day, compulsively (and looking like an idiot, I know.) It is all the things people say: Heavy, sweet, foody. But it is also a story and unfolds like one. Willie Wonka, his factory and all the little oompa loompas dance around in this fragrance, and while that may not be terribly masculine, it is very comforting at bedtime.
I was very surprised to like this one after the way Angel original smells on me. (don't get me wrong: I love the notes in Angel, I just can't wear the real thing. I can wear the cheap knock-offs fine, just not the real thing.) Angel Innocent is sweet and light without the sack-of-Patchouli-in-the-face that the original can sometimes bring up. (It smells like that on one of my dear friends) While this is a pleasant and summery scent, it is also however too young for me to wear when the sun goes down. It doesn't have the presence to be a true evening/formal scent.
I generally cannot wear orientals, which I learned to my dismay with Samsara. They tend to get filthy and sharp on me and I end up at the sink, breathing through my mouth. This one, however, I can wear. It smells very like Samsara in the drydown without the unfortunate body odor scent many orientals develop on me ( I think it's the Amber). Not terribly remarkable, but a solid, pleasing scent that would work in small doses with a suit or semi-formal occasion.
I personally like Anise as a note and that's all it is in this one on me. What I get over all is a light, fresh, layered scent that is happy without smelling like chemistry in any way (though chemistry has its own place, too). My only caveat is that the ultimate three hour dry down ends up a tiny bit too sweet on me, with sticky vanilla. Otherwise, well balanced and very pleasing.
"Exotic woods, spice, raisin, vine flowers, pepper, candied orange, nut, hazelnut, prune, cocoa, coffee, leather, woods, white honey, vanilla." With all those fabulous notes, I was hoping for a richer experience. What I got was a strong, boozy beginning with fruity prunes and orange that dries down to a faint, woody soft base. I get no leather, mores’ the pity. Ambre Russe hit all the notes I was looking for with this and lasted much longer as well. Still a thumbs up, but needs more lasting power and I'd love to get more leather and a few more layers out of this.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe
tessture 7/25/2007 3:10:00 PM
I don't get the nasty edge on this one. It starts with loud boozy alcohol and fades past tea and leather into a gentle, slightly spicy beeswax. I've never been able to wear amber without the body odor taint, but this one works 100% on me. It's definitely for evening wear or winter weather, because it could easily get too heavy in hot sun or an enclosed office. Layered and interesting, but at this price, sample first. Nobody wants to find out that a precious liquid treasure ends up smelling like unwashed royalty after a debauch on their skin. Lucky me to get the rich amber decadence without the debauch. EDIT: Upping to five lippies, coz I really really like this one in winter
I guess sweet stuff works on me. I love this one and don't get chemicals or too much powder. It's a lovely, creamy chai scent with a touch of skin musk that smells like clean skin and not much else. I really like this for casual wear and for the price you can't complain.
Orange and a little leather and powdery powdery powdery. If you like powdery scents, this is lovely and rich. If you don't (and I'm not a big fan of them) it smells dated. My husband's nose wrinkled and he said it smelled like little old ladies to him. Because of the wonderful name and history of this scent, I wanted to like it a lot more. It's in no way offensive, but I'm personally getting to the age where I don't want to be confused with little old ladies. A young woman with the right attitude can pull this off. I'm not her.
Sample this first, everyone. It really is a soft, lovely, melancholic fragrance, just as reported, but sometimes what one person smells is not what another does. I really like this fragrance, but it reminds me powerfully of L'Aimant and Emeraude, both of which have a powdery softness that simultaneously reminds me of my childhood and of little old ladies, the first because I used to wear L'Aimant and the second because, with its noble history, L'Heure Bleue has been worn by many many old ladies. On the right woman, this will smell innocent and pensive. To some of us, however, it will remain old fashioned, for better or worse. UPDATE: Okay, after trying this again and again and again, I've found that wearing it on my body rather than my wrists changes it utterly. Now I get a sweet, candyish floral that smells a bit like the facepowder of an elegant, classic woman. (So I'm guessing violets and rose are in there somewhere.) I like it enough that I ibought a bottle. There are clearly days when it is just right and others when it isn't. Must be seasonal or chemical. But add a lippie or two just for changing beauty. Also, the EdP lasts much longer than the EdT. PARFUM: Just tried this and while it's denser, the EdP is the same on my skin. I have made this five lippies as I realize I love this one. Odd how I started at not-sure and evolved to love. I have a full bottle on my shelf now.
Must be my skin chemistry, but this one smells just like bug spray on me. After a long and involved search to sample, I excitedly applied this to my wrist and waited out the opening horror, hoping it would develop into this lovely, classic floral I've been reading about. No luck. It stayed terrible until two hours later I was fruitlessly scrubbing it off. Scented deodorant finally did the trick, but my hopes were ruined.
This gets 3 points for history and no points for wearablility on my skin. It turns very nasty and old fashioned on me. Very much a greenish, dusty chypre that can knock birds out of the air at ten paces, even though it stays close to the skin. I'm glad some people can wear this, but I'm unfortunately not one of them. Sample this first, ladies, before buying.
Starts out very masculine and dries down to a powdery soft finish with just a touch of that men's cologne edge. Most people are saying it's a winter scent but I wear this in the summer, too. It's lovely and light.