Got a small bottle of this today for a pretty decent price. I usually do not go for Escada fragrances because I know that the lasting power is poor, and usually fruity fragrances and I don't get along. This smells like Cherry Fanta on me, and for some reason I want to smell like that at the moment.
Fragrances -Philosophy - Field of Flowers Violet Blossom
JaneWayne 5/13/2013 10:33:00 PM
I have to agree with the reviewer below me. I love violet based fragrances, but I had a hard time finding an "everyday" one. This is so fresh and pretty. I purchased the lotion and the perfume, which both come in lovely bottles. A perfume loving friend waved her hand at the bottle and said it was not classy when I asked for her opinion. Pffft. All I know is this is the first time in a long time my husband has sniffed me like a freshly spritzed carpet in a Febreeze commercial. If you are a violet fan and want an alternative to vintage inspired violet scents or va va voom, check it out. Pretty bottle, affordable price, nice juice.
So I was taken aback by how bad this smelled on me, I immediately had to post on the fragrance board. And now I have to here. Bandit, oh Bandit. I had such high hopes for you. The images of models wearing bandit masks and carrying revolvers down the runway, your name alone-the rebel with a cause it evokes. Your legacy. I sniffed your sample card and an array of exotic spices wafted into my nose and made me swoon. Little did I know that it was from the cigar box I kept you in. No, when I put you on, I smelled like someone who burned some leaves and trash in their yard and then went to run errands. I dashed by the Macy's counter and quickly ran by the deserted Estee Lauder counter and spritzed on Private Collection, not knowing that tester had been sitting there for five years exposed to light. I headed home, on the MARTA bus (If you have been on MARTA in the ATL you know what I am talking about). For those of you not familiar with Eau De MARTA, I went home and ran to throw some bandaids into my trash fire and wallowed in it. It's been fun, Bandit, but I think I like your sister Fracas better. Dueces.
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Curious by Britney Spears
JaneWayne 4/24/2013 3:10:00 PM
Sshhhh...I am going to be one of those ladies that suddenly "forgets" what she's wearing if someone asks what perfume I am wearing. I doubt anyone will, but I can't see this offending anyone, I have a body spray, which is a lighter version of the EDT, obviously. It's a non soapy, "shower fresh"kind of scent, nothing too sharp or spicy. I think there is a VS Pink scent that is similar..."Fresh and Clean"? It was cheap so I threw in my cart, I figure it will be a nice alternative when the South's monstrous humidity grabs us all by the throat. Meh. If not, I'll just keep it by the toilet for "poopourri".
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Hilde Soliani - Il Vs Iris
JaneWayne 3/12/2013 9:12:00 PM
You guys. I am so bad at describing notes,but I gotta give this one some love. First I am mad that the price, but it really does last a long time, and gosh darn it, I like it. To me there is definitely a gourmand vibe going on, but not in the way you think. No Cookie/sugar/cupcakes going on here.It's not too floral and not too gourmand. On me it's like an Iris and some French Toast with honey had a baby? It stays close to you but does create a delicate aura about you, and will waft around occasionally. Drained the sample, pined, practiced self control, pined some more, failed self control and bought a bottle. It's worth a sniff if you like unusual scents.
Fragrances -Comme des Garcons - Leaves Series Lily
JaneWayne 3/12/2013 8:58:00 PM
I have always loved Lily of the Valley, the actual flower. I have never been one to find that 1) worked with my chemistry, 2) Actually smelled like Lily of the Valley (henceforth LoV, I am lazy). This doesn't smell like cat box on me and it is pretty darn close to the flower. One thing I like is that it is not loud. A few LoL fragrances gave me a dragon tail of L'eau de Motel 6 soap.I have been using this sample for a couple of weeks,am wondering if it is this light and lovely in the spray version.
Fragrances -Comme des Garcons - Incense Series Avignon
JaneWayne 3/5/2013 7:29:00 PM
Hoooo, boy. I can't decide what I should say. I am not great at picking apart notes, but I guess I am ok at conjuring up visuals. Years ago I went to Paris, and stepped into the Notre Dame Cathedral, hoping I wouldn't burst into flames. I was immediately humbled by the serene atmosphere...not too bright, perfectly candlelit. Beautiful scenery...dark benches, and a comfortable silence that I will never forget. And of course, incense. Oh, the incense. This scent takes me to that moment. It smells like the goth boy I never met at the goth club years ago. The ones I met always smelled like pizza. Also, let's talk about Morrissey. I crushed on him for YEARS, and it excites me even more that he smelled like this. Just sayin' I have not been to catholic mass, I am not familiar with a lot of incense fragrances, I just know that I like them. Less is more with this as it comes in like a lion. I guess I can pick up Frankincense? Am I right? I am kinda mad that cooler weather is wrapping up because I want to wear it longer than I have!
A few months ago I reviewed Cynthia's Stout shampoo, and in that review I mentioned I thought I was noticing brassy tones peaking their way through my blonde hair. I returned that product and continued to use Marilyn, because it left my hair silky and such. When I went to have my hair colored, my stylist asked "WTH" had I been using in my hair. There were streaks of chicken fat yellow that took a time consuming, heavy head of foils to correct. After discussing ingredients and such, we narrowed it down to this product. I still to this day don't understand why companies that make products for blondies that are YELLOW. That's the last thing we want in our hair. I am not certain whether or not these products actually impart yellow tones, it might just be a psychological aversion. But if you think about it, bleached/heavily highlighted hair is porous and has been known to soak up color, even if it is from a pool. But I digress. Something in this did not agree with me. ANYWHO, if you are a light blonde, be careful with this! Ask for a sample first. This was a $100+ mistake for me. :(
Well, I guess I smell like a granny! There is something about this fragrance that intrigues me, while most people are put off by the opening notes, they remind me of French milled floral soap. The kind that sit in a guest bathroom that are too pretty to use. It just smells clean, but not in a Pure Grace kind of way. Very green, Lately I have found myself revisiting old favorites as I am sick to death of the hoards of copy cat fruity jolly rancher screech fests that keep coming out. I am going to embrace my inner old lady and wear a different grandma scent every day of the week...Shalimar one day, CoCo the next, you get the idea. I am going to flit about the cosmetic department leaving a geriatric trail of scent past the tables of Justin Beiber and Nicki Minaj displays and wonder where these scents will be in five years, maybe round up a cane and shake it at the card board cut outs, and tell anyone that looks at me to keep off of my grass.
Vanillary is like no other Vanilla scent I have ever tried. I bought this in the tin a few years ago, and I only used it a few times. I think because this is so different than vanilla products, it throws vanilla fans off. This is blended with Jasmine and the Jasmine is quite prominent when you first spray it. I have a love/hate relationship with Jasmine, a lot of the time it can go uriney on me. Lush's Jasmine oil seems to work, I THINK. When I first got this, I spritzed it on in the bedroom and my husband said, "Did the cat pee in here?' I think this is kind of like their perfume Lust, in that you need to put it on before you go out, like when you are getting ready. It settles down to a nice, smoky vanilla. It almost smells like French Toast on me I think. I have discovered this with all of their scents...when you first put them on, the top notes are all, "HEEEY GIRL!". Then they settle down and are quiet. In conclusion, I really like Vanillary, and hope I don't smell like a tom cat sprayed me. I have gotten a few compliments, so unless those girls were in heat, I must be good.
Wooo! This smells like a pint of Guinness. I bought it because of the qualities I was told it would give my hair, definitely not for scent. I figured that if I could not use it, my husband could as he is a big fan of beer. Well, after using it a couple times, my scalp became incredibly itchy, I already have scalp issues so many one or more of the ingredients doesn't agree with me. If you have scalp issues, try a sample first. I also noticed more gold in my blond hair? Maybe it was just me? Grrr. On a positive note, it does leave my hair shiny and manageable, even though I swear it looks like I got chicken fat yellow lowlights. My husband cannot get past the smell, he said he would be "worried about having to take a field sobriety test" at work, so back it goes.
If you like rose scents, you HAVE to check this out. I read the reviews before using it a second time, which meant I covered myself with it and jumped in the shower, executing various poses to wash one body part while letting the others marinate in this moussy, slightly thick heavenly scented body wash. I can't decide if that's worse than holding it out of the shower stream to keep water from getting in the product with one hand while scrubbing away with the other. The scent does linger, and it does moisturize but it sure is wonky. Maybe if you have a tub/shower combo, it would be easier for you. I am going to also try the perfume method. UPDATE: Smash a bit into a shower poof, this way no contortionist acts are needed to use.
I purchased this scent based on my love for the scent of the Godiva shampoo bar. I should have remembered the reviews cautioning the potency of this scent. I read many that suggested putting it on while you are getting ready as the initial blast is quite strong. LISTEN to them. I was THAT girl. The girl with the dragon tail. I made the mistake of putting two squirts on. Maybe three. I went to pick up lunch and the girl ringing me up started gagging, coughing and had to step away from the register. I can tell you guys this because I care. You only need ONE light squirt, held a foot away to get the honey flowered sex bomb effect. After a brief moment of pee, this turns to sugared jasmine and then my chemistry pulls out the patchouli. After a bath using Lust soap, a light dusting of Silky Underwear and a mist of this, my husband tells me I smell like a rose bush. I will take that, it is better than "smelling like the litter box" (Lancome's Miracle) or a "hamster cage", (MAC's Turquatic).
The more I experiment with perfumes, the more I am realizing that my chemistry will amp up any sweet, fruity note until it screeches itself into a temper tantrum and then it wets its pants. I guess that's why I do better with deep,earthy fragrances. This starts off as a mellow creamsicle on me, then the patch makes an appearance and it's soft and earthy...but not in a "I have not bathed in three days, but Patchouli will eat though anything" way. If you are a patchouli fan, check it out, it's a unique spin on the note, but I don't feel it dominates the blend. A light application works in warm weather, and I can see this being nice for fall and winter as well.
Good gracious, all mighty! This smells fantastic! I see that this was painful for quite a few of you. I am dry as a bone from the neck down so I am all about some sandpaper scrubs, as long as it doesn't have salt. I am so glad the SA warned me not to take the whole thing in the shower because if I had the same experience as some of you, I would have been hot. I do wish it came in a tub, though. I break pieces off and then put it in a LUSH soap dish lid and set it outside the shower until I am ready to use it.That is a pain, especially since I have curious cats that like to hang out in the bathroom while I am in the shower. At any rate, it's a nice little treat now and then but more trouble than it's worth.