The reviews for this fragrance are highly mixed, indicating to me that it reacts quite differently on different people. That being said, try before you buy. This is expensive. On me, Love in Black is a terrific fragrance. No one note overpowers, the violet being tempered by the iris. There is wet-woody undertone, yet no detectable cedar as some have mentioned. I have also found it to be long-lasting if I give myself a few good spritzes in the morning. I would say that if you are a fan of violet and/or orris root, try it. It could well be a nice addition to your collection.
A long-awaited scent that probably should have been released for the spring/summer season. Fresh sweetish green notes at the top with a bit of a melon-y, marine quality to them. Beneath is a rooty dryness. I detect there may some orris down there. I find this a refreshing fragrance to wear, although it is a bit ephemeral.
I think we are back to Feminite du Bois - which I had been sorely lacking for years. A very woody, edgey fragrance with violet overtones. Truly unique.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - The Different Company - Bois d' Iris
Perfmavin 9/9/2008 12:58:00 PM
One of the top irises. It does not have the steely edge of Lutens' Iris Silver Mist, but more of a woody base. Nor does it have the sweeter edge of Hermes' Hiris. An excellent all-round iris for those who are captivated by that particular note.
Fragrances -Andy Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain by Andy Tauer
Perfmavin 9/9/2008 12:52:00 PM
This is really the only amber-y fragrance I have been able to tolerate on my skin. Most amber-y fragrances end up being cloying and sickeningly sweet. Here, the amber is much more balanced with the other notes. Another thing I really like about this fragrance is that, even though the notes are well blended and balanced, I sometimes get a passing whiff of one note or another. Perhaps likes being at the souk and passing by all the stalls. This fragrance is very well crafted, but not for the faint of heat.
I was skeptical about this one, especially after the all the hype over the "Les Exclusifs" collection. I am also a woman who cannot wear most Chanel fragrances as most smell too artificial on me. 31, Rue Cambon has turned out to be a welcome surprise. Very well-crafted, sophisticated. I cannot decern any particular notes with the exception of the iris - but nothing jarringly sticks out. On me, I am not getting a heavy chypre note. It is more oriental. In ways, it is remininscent of Coco, but more subdued. Almost an evening fragrance that I can wear everyday to work. I only wish the company packaged it in smaller bottles. I guess I will be wearing it for the next 20 years!
I was hopefully awaiting the release of this fragrance as I am very fond of its 2 predecessors. Unfortunately, it was a true disappointment for me. The top is fruity and some of that remained in the dry-down. However, what really stuck out was a harsh, edgy base that was all together unpleasant on me. I can usually wear pepper-based fragrances - e.g. l'Artisan's Piment Brulant - but this one just did not work. Too bad.
The soapiness of this fragrance evens out what often is a very edge-y scent. It isn't quite as earthy as, say, Villoresi, but it makes for a very clean fragrance for both men and women. The effect somewhat reminds me of Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta.
When I first tried 28, La Pausa several months ago, I was generally turned off. I did not find the scent lasting and, therefore, did not see the sense of spending $200 on a bottle of it. However, I have since tried it again and have changed my mind. I am an avid lover of iris scents and have a number of them in my collection: SL Iris Silver Mist, DC Bois d'Iris, Hermes Hiris and the like. They are all different, albeit sometimes subtlely. 28, La Pausa is indeed much softer than other irises and certainly not as steely as Iris Silver Mist. There is a fresh, woodiness about it. After application in the morning and another at lunch, I am finding that it is lasting all day. I am going to try combining it with other fragrances to see what new dimensions it might add.
I was looking for a summer fragrance that would be sophicated and subtle. I didn't think this would do the trick, but it does. True, it has the notes mentioned in the other reviews, but they are so well blended that none of them sticks out distinctly on me - only a very powdery dry-fown. I can wear this any day when I'm not in the mood for one of my singularly distinctive fragrances. It makes me feel as if I just stepped out of the bath and into some new finely-tailored Italian clothes. The bath line is also wonderful.
Very heavy on the Oud, blended with other oils. Only a small dab is by far enough for an entire day as this can be overwhelming. Not for the wallflower.
Fragrances -Acqua di Parma - Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso Toscano
Perfmavin 5/24/2007 2:41:00 PM
Fabulous. Sweet and woody dry-down that is an interesting contrast to the initial sharpness of the cypress. Very nicely blended so that no one note sticks out above the others. Imagine the scent of a gorgeous Italian who has just stepped out of the bath.
I'm not Woww'd. I was looking for a fun scent for the spring and summer and thought this might be it after an initial test spray. Indeed, it has all the notes that the other reviewers have mentioned. But I don't find it remarkable in any way. And after an hour, it settled into a very chemically-smelling fragrance. An expensive version of some of the more fruity Escada fragrances. Sad, but true.
I was anxiously awaiting the appearance of this reissue at Bergdorf's based on reviews of the original fragrance. Violet, Iris, Neroli. Three of my favorite notes. Unfortunately, this has proven to be a disappointment. Firstly, the Eau de Parfum is not at all lasting on my skin. Second, there is really nothing remarkable about the fragrance. Not the sweetness of the violets or neroli; not the earthiness of iris. So what? For me at least, it is not worth the $85 for the bottle. Better luck on someone else.
Fragrances -I Profumi di Firenze - Agrumi di Sicilia
Perfmavin 4/12/2007 5:21:00 PM
Unlike the other reviews that have been posted to this point, I praise this fragrance. It does not smell either like lime or grapefruit on me, but intensely lemon-y. Like a good Limoncello - chilled - on a late summer day on the island of Capri. Thick, rich, warm and bursting with life.