I used to wear this before I got pregnant. Once I got pregnant, the scent actually made me so nauseous I couldn't wear it again. That was nearly 9 years ago, so methinks it's time to give it another try! LOL Before my pregnancy, however, I actually liked Sung. It's one of the few ylang-ylang fragrances I can wear, and on me I get a lot of gardenia (again, one of the few gardenia scents I can wear too!). It's a bold floral and I found it rather strong, which is perhaps why I couldn't wear it once I was expecting. Notes used in Sung are lemon, ylang-ylang and iris, vanilla, sandalwood and vetiver. The first time I ever smelled it was on a friend of mine (a male!) and it smelled awesome on him. It's strange, but it's not a unisex scent, and yet with his chemistry it didn't smell womanly. It was just gorgeous. I bought me a bottle, and enjoyed it until my pregnancy. It made me so sick I had to give it away, but I'm willing to try it again now I'm done with childbearing.:) All in all? If you love strong, bright florals, give it a try.
This is another fragrance that surprised me in how much I liked it. I am normally a very fresh baked/sweet/foody kind of scent lover, but this fresh floral works very well on my chemistry. And that's pretty much what it is: a very soft, quiet floral. Nothing sharp or green, nothing powdery, just soft soft soft. Notes used in Belong are Bergamot, Pineapple, Red Berries, Cotton Flower, White Peony, Hinoki Cypress. The only notes that appear on me are the cotton flower, a dash of peony, and hinoki wood. Just soft. And I love the bottle. It's elegant and, in the small size, portable. All in all? Love it. Will purchase again.
This is a lovely fragrance that I used to wear many years ago. It's one I still purchase from time to time, and it's very unique. I do not wear it that much anymore as my tastes have changed, but it's lovely and brings back a lot of fond memories. The notes used in Il Bacio ('the kiss') are: Top Notes: Freesia, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lily-of-the Valley and Rose. Middle Notes: Melon, Peach, Plum and Passion Fruit. Bottom Notes: Musk, Amber, Sandalwood and Cedarwood. The headiness and staying power I compare to Paloma Picasso (although the scents are totally different). All in all? It's defintely worth a try.
Meh. I bought this fragrance with high hopes, for I was looking for a vanilla with more sophistication than what I wear from Bath and Body Works. Alas, this product does not satisfy. It is vanilla and musky to be sure, and very pleasant at that, but it's an extremely weak scent. No punch, and zero staying power. However, it makes a nice perfume for my daughter, who 5. The packaging is kind of cute, but it's kind of bulky to spray. All in all? I'll pass.
Fragrances -Parfums de Coeur - Body Fantasies Cotton Candy
BindiBengal 6/23/2008 7:55:00 PM
This is absolutely delicous! It's definitely cotton candy, but not bubble-gum cotton candy...it's more of a strawberry/vanillic cotton candy, and it's wonderful! I use it as a bottom layer to my cotton candy perfumes, for I have yet to find a true cotton candy fragrance that has long lasting staying power. This helps the more expensive fragrances last, and does not interfere with their true scents. It acts as a nice base and I can wear it with others or alone. The one thing that I would change would be the packaging. The body spray bottle is top heavy and wierd, despite the cute fairy cap (I collect fairy figurines, so this was a definite plus). I wish they would streamline their bottles like the Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body Works bottles. It would certainly make for a less bulky product. That said, I love the scent so much that I will definitely purchase again. Now if I can only find the body lotion and shower gel! Woot!
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Fantasy Britney spears
BindiBengal 6/23/2008 7:50:00 PM
I was actually surprised how much I like this fragrance. At first, it seemed too fruity and not as much foody for me, but as it dries down I get more of the sweeties. I also smell the raspberries (which oddly enough are not present in the fragrance) and cupcakes. I tend to layer this with Body Fantasies Cotton Candy body spray for more staying power. So far, I have yet to find a true cotton candy/cupcake scent that has great staying power on its own, but I'm still looking. Notes used in Fantasy are Lychee, Quince, Kiwi, Cupcake Accord, Jasmine Petals, White Chocolate Orchid, Musk, Orris Root and Woods. I personally wish the cupcake accord and white chocolate were the strongest notes, but it's still a very pretty scent. I also can detect orchid, which I rather like. It's a heavy scent without being cloying, and just enough foody to go with my other foody scents. As for the bottle, it's cute in a memorabilia kind of way. It's hot pink (which I love) and has iridescent diamonds studded all over the bottle (which I love even more). In some ways, it reminds me of a genie's bottle that's been shrunk in size. All in all? I'll probably buy it again. :)
Fragrances -Estee Lauder - Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent
BindiBengal 6/20/2008 9:03:00 PM
I don't know what it is, but I cannot wear this anymore. I wore it for a week and seemed to enjoy it, but now whenever I smell it on me it turns my stomach sour.:( Several of the notes used in Bronze Goddess are Bergamot, Mandarin, Tahitian Gardenia Petals and Coconut, Amber, Sandalwood and Vetiver. Although the scent is rather complex, the name of the skinscent and the bottle are cheap and tacky. The best thing about this scent is the staying power. It's *fabulous* for a skinscent, and well worth the money if it works with your body chemistry. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on me. I guess I have another one going up for swap...
This scent is extremely sharp on me. It's a super-sharp floral with no softness or sheerness at all. The notes used in Pleasures are: Top Notes: White Lily, Violet Leaves Middle Notes: Black Lilac, White Peony, Karo-Karounde, Baie Rose Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli. I have absolutely no idea what karo-karounde is, and I can't smell the sandalwood or patchouli at all. All the comes out is the white lily and something sharp and green. The bottle is lovely, as are all the bottles in the Pleasures line. I will not, however, be purchasing.
This is my HG fragrance for spring and summer. It's sweet, it's strong, and it's blush pink! It's everything I can ask for in a scent, and it works perfectly with my chemistry. I have never been a fan of the Pleasures line, but this one is so different and lovely that I have become a die hard fan. I even have the lotion and body gel, and both match the fragrance of the parfum perfectly. Notes used in Pleasures Delight are: Top Notes: Juicy Pomegranate, fresh Greens, Freesia, whipped Strawberry Meringue. Middle Notes: White Peony and Lily, Muguet, Heliotrope. Base Notes: Sugared Rose Petals, Caramel, Marshmallow, Vanilla, Patchouli. Despite all the notes, the main ones that appear on me are strawberry, vanilla, marshmallow, and peach (!!). It has a slight tropical quality, which makes it perfect for warm weather. And even though it is strong, it is not cloying on me. The blush-pink bottle is adorable with it's brushed silver cap. All in all, I will purchase as long as they make it. I'm almost finished with my small bottle, and when I run out I will be purchasing the largest one they make.:)
Hmm...I don't really know what to make of this fragrance. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes it just hits me wrong, you know? It has a little too much violet in it for me, but it blends so nicely with the other notes that I can take it. It's sweet, which I love. And the bottle is *stunning*! The notes used in Lolita Lempicka are ivy, anise, violet, licorice, vetiver and vanilla. I'm willing to bet this will smell much better on me once the weather grows cold, for now it's just way too cloying for summer. I am interested in trying the Midnight version, perhaps that will work a little better with my chemistry. I probably won't have to by Lolita again for a while, for I have a full size bottle and a mini so I'm set.:)
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - L de Lolita Lempicka
BindiBengal 6/20/2008 8:43:00 PM
I fell in love with the bottle the first time I saw it. It's like a gorgeous chunk of aquamarine, one of my favorite gemstones. The gold netting and little starfish complete the aquatic theme. It's stunning. Unfortunately, the fragrance itself goes very musty on my skin. I can't quite describe it, but what starts out a lovely insence turns to musty leaves. It's wierd, and completely wrong for me. Notes used in L are bergamont, bitter orange, cinnamon bark, everlasting flower, musks, sandalwood, tonka bean and vanilla. Maybe it's the bitter orange that is turning on me, but I'm so disappointed I can't wear this. I even tried to force myself to love it, but I just can't. Oh, well. Guess I'll put this one up for swap.
This is a lovely, if not extremely original, floral. I fell in love with how clean this scent is, but unfortunately all of Vera Wang's scents tend to turn soapy on me. It's not so bad in her signature scent, and I'm able to wear it and smell like fresh flowers. The notes used in Vera Wang are Bulgarian rose, calla lilly, and mandarin flower, gardenia, lotus, iris, white stephanotis, sheer musks, white woods, and precious floral nectar. I do not get any of the musks with my body chemistry, nor woods. It's pretty much light florals and clean Ivory soap. I'm actually one of the few people that loves the bottle. It's chunkiness is a nice contrast to the lightness of the scent inside. I will probably purchase again, and I would love to try this in a body lotion and shower gel.
This is one of the few perfumes that I hated on me and then grew to love. I went to Belk's one day to get Red Delicious, but it smelled worse on me that the last time I sampled it. It was very nasty with my body chemistry. I also sampled Delicious Night, which worked a lot better than Red but was still "meh". I tried Cashmere Mist for like the fifth time, wondering if my body chemistry changed, and I still didn't like it. I wandered around for a while until they all settled. Surprisingly, the more I smelled Cashmere Mist on my wrist the more I grew to love it. The other two left no impression on me whatsoever (except nasty and 'meh') but Cashmere Mist seemed to envelop me like a hug. Every time I smelled it I was comforted. It's strange, but that's the best way I can describe it. I've seen it referred to as a comfort scent before, and it certainly works that way with my chemistry. I finally broke down and bought a bottle. I think this scent will work for me no matter what season. The only drawback is that it is very easy to get tired of this scent, so I have to put it away for a while and then bring it back out. Another little interesting fact about this scent is that when I wear this layered with Black Cashmere, it smells just like my beloved albiet discontinued Chaos. Notes used in Cashmere Mist are Moroccan jasmine, lily of valley, bergamot, sandalwood, amber and musk. All in all, a lovely, classic fragrance.
I like this perfume, but it is very strong on my body chemistry, to the point where it becomes cloying. I have to use it very sparingly, and I have to space out the days between each wearing or I get sick of it. . It's very fresh, and although I'm more of a spice girl I do like it. I will probably not purchase again, for I'm still on a miniature that will last me forever. Notes used in Be Delicious are American Apple, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Candid Magnolia, Tuberose, White Muguet, Rose, Violet, Sandalwood, Tender Skin Accord, Blonde Woods, and White Amber. Unfortunately, I do not get any apple on me, but loads of cucumber and florals. It's pretty, but it's not what I was looking for. For a true green apple scent, I found Gale Hayman's Golden Delicious. This perfume smells to me what Be Delicoius should smell like according to its scent descriptions.
On my skin this fragrance becomes the scent of burnt leaves. Not the sweet, smoky scent of burning leaves, but the musty charcoal-y smell. Surprisingly, Delicious Night worked so much better for me, but I was not real impressed with either of them. Notes used in Red Delicious are Champagne Accord, Lychee, Red Raspberry, Apple, Rose, Vanilla Bean, Patchouli, Amber, Sensual Skin Accord, and Raspberry. The initial blast was nice, but once it settled into my skin it became completely harsh. That said, I adore the concept, and the bottle. All in all, I was really hoping for a true red apple scent with some vanilla and cinnamon. Unfortunately, this one did not deliver.