Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - The Different Company - Jasmin de Nuit
PerfumeEnjoyer 5/10/2005 4:04:00 PM
Jasmine and... honey. Jasmine and... the accord of the house of Aftelier. Just like Aftelier's Green Tea solid perfume. Nice. And, per BeautyHabit, created by Celine Ellena with Egyptian jasmin, star anise, Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, sandalwood and amber.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - The Different Company - Rose Poivree
PerfumeEnjoyer 5/10/2005 3:57:00 PM
Initially a thin, insipid rose plus black pepper scent and a bit of coriander. Then it fades. So what.
Who said this isn't floral? It has the sweet rush smell of dried daisy heads -- and it is really nice. It's sweetish and comforting. Do you think I am being sarcastic? I'm not. This is a really nice perfume. Change your expectations and you'll see -- you'll agree with me.
Fragrances -I Profumi di Firenze - Iris di Firenze
PerfumeEnjoyer 4/30/2005 7:10:00 PM
Well, I differ in my perception of this scent from the others. To me, this begins as a transparent and authentic green scent, cool leaves and stems with droplets of water clinging to them, and fresh crisp flowers still exhaling early morning chill. It captures that moment of stillness before the sun sweetens and wilts it. And then it morphs. Yes, it smells like real stems when you throw away an old bouquet, but not in a bad way. It smells like you lift the bouquet out of the water and are wowed by the flower scent you didn't expect to find there. Carthusia has made a name based on this image, so why should it be thought disparaging here? Then this fleeting quality passes and the sweet scent of honeysuckle, and real honey too, hovers over the fresh crisp stems and grows, a honeyed cloud over moist grassy hills, two voices harmonizing. Truly lovely, this scent has an unusual hand blended quality that is rare in perfume. There is a sophisticated naturalness to it, and those wanting a more usual scent of flowers or ferns or honey, etc., may be disappointed. But the discerning nose will find a fineness here that is rare. Sit with it as it evolves. It has a freshness and subtlety and naturalness that says quality and it is truly glorious.
Topnote of intense juicy fresh pear! Then the pomegranate and waterlily emerge. A watery fragrance, fruity, floral and fresh, however there is also...... musk. Very strong musk. Musk which deadens the nose to everything else. Clean, soapy nose-numbing musk. For about six dollars I could have gotten any of a number of lovely Auric Blends or Yakshi oils with a floral or fruit scent paired with musk. Auric Blends even has a fresh pear scent. And it's a shame because this watery, fresh delicate scent is otherwise quite pretty. A teeny weeny itty bitty musky dab might have added a nice twinge to the lightness of the other elements, but this big astringent dollop overwhelms everything. It's too bad. I might have liked it if it were more gently balanced. Post Script: The musk has turned out to be surprisingly fleeting, just a temporary wave, which leaves behind a fruitiness which endures. Nice, but not so special as I would have expected for this exclusive line.
Fragrances -I Profumi di Firenze - Acqua Mirabile Odorosa di Firenze
PerfumeEnjoyer 3/29/2005 2:42:00 AM
How amazing! This perfume smells like water, like crystal clear water perhaps reflecting a blue or blue-green sky with total clarity. The flowers are there, but they are not strong. Iris and honeysuckle says the manufacturer, and I don't doubt it. But I do doubt that this is an authentic fragrance from the era of the Medicis. The alchemists of that time worked on many things, but they did not have modern synthetic molecular elements to duplicate nature as this perfume clearly contains. And I don't think they had the ability to make a perfume smell like water. So enjoy this perfume for its sophisticated craft, but not for any historic authenticity. Surprisingly long lasting floral notes smell like iris and honeysuckle the following day.
Created in 1870 for Empress Eugenie, this fragrance has a blend of citrus top notes, a heart of Italian Jasmine and Bulgarian rose, and a base of sandalwood and vanilla absolute. It is a warm scent, and although it is not my favorite, it always gets compliments when I wear it. And it does resemble all the perfumes cited in reviews below, and to me also has the overall feel of an amber scent in warmth and weight but without the animal sweatiness that I always get from amber, even though amber is a tree resin. Recently I have preferred lighter scents, but on the right day and in the right mood, this one is lovely.
I had never smelled ambergris until I smelled this one, and I picked a fabulous one to start with. I had read that ambergris promotes healing in the body, and I was not feeling well when I got my little vial and tried this. It is not sweet. While some say it is similar to amber, to me it is not the same scent. And in terms of description, I don't think I can add anything to Dunanda Falls' review below, but do try this unsweet totally natural scent, completely lacking in the petrochemical toxins so common in fragrances today. Madini is a fabulous company, and they set the standard for natural, in my book. Well, they are good enough to set the standard for scents, period. Update: My review was for the original Madini fragrance, which came in a 1/5 dram vial and was very intense. A teeny dab lasted a whole day. I have not tried the new 3 ml roll-on that is for sale today, and cannot comment on how natural or lovely it might or might not be.
This is a 100% natural vegetable fragrance, no synthetics, no petrochemicals, and it smells wonderful. I don't think I can add much in the way of description to the wonderful review of Dunanda Falls below, but I do urge anyone who likes musk to consider this one, and even people like me who don't like musk, to give this a try. Update: My review was for the original Madini fragrance, which came in a 1/5 dram vial and was very intense. A teeny dab lasted a whole day. I have not tried the new 3 ml roll-on that is for sale today, and cannot comment on how natural or lovely it might or might not be.
Long before King George IV swept Princess Esterhazy off the dance floor and took her directly to his perfumer with the demand that he duplicate her wonderful perfume, generating 50 years of it being the most popular perfume in England, it belonged to another royal personage. First documented in 1370, it was either invented by Elisabeth, Queen of Hungary, or dedicated to her by a gypsy or by a hermit. A simple scent comprised of citrus, rose oil, orange blossom, mint and rosemary. Initially it smells of a lovely, clear lemon, which gives way to a gentle floral spiciness. This is one of my favorite fragrances. Lovely.
My bottle is a clear, true Linden scent, and remains true for over twelve hours, starting out a fresh gentle crisped honey and ending up faint but still there. It is easily comparable to the l'Artisan, and at this price, it's fabulous. Beautiful frosted bottle and natural-looking nice cardboard tube packaging.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Auric Blends Tea Rose
PerfumeEnjoyer 1/31/2005 4:06:00 PM
This review is for Auric Blends Himalayan Rose. A beautiful fresh rose scent, comparable, althought some may disagree, with far more expensive and exclusive rose scents, including Creed's Fleur de The Rose Bulgarie, Crown Perfumery's original Marechale, l'Artisan's Drole de Rose. Each is similar, a little bit different. If you didn't know the price differences, I don't think you could guess correctly. Update: upon closer inspection, it appears that this oil is by Yakshi, rather than Auric Blends. The roller bottle with black line drawing silk screened on it which is so hard to see,is obviously designed to appear to be the familiar Auric Blends. My review still holds.
An interesting spicy potpourri scent that shares qualities with Organza Indecence and Santa Maria Novella's world-famous Pot-pourri. A little darker than Indecence, I get more cardamon than cinnamon, and thus, perhaps, the touch of what the reviewer below called the head shop quality, although in this case I think it adds a touch of brightness. It's a scent that conveys an aura of mystery. Nice. Update: there's a sweetness in the drydown of this oil which is memorable and alluring. I don't know if it's cardamon, cinnamon, nutmeg/mace/allspice or something else or a combination of who-knows, but it is quite lovely.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Auric Blends Chinese Rain
PerfumeEnjoyer 1/31/2005 3:26:00 PM
My own preference is for Sweet Rain. To me, that one smells like a light Dior scent, far too fine to be a $6 health food store oil. Lily of the Valley, I would guess. Chinese Rain is nice, too, but not nearly as lovely as the delicate, feminine Sweet Rain.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess
PerfumeEnjoyer 1/31/2005 3:12:00 PM
Perhaps the formula has been changed. I've had my bottle of Egyptian Musk for quite a long time. To me it is a silky oil which is a blend of a light flower scent (wish I knew which -- I did when I bought it, don't know any more) and a clean, gentle musk. The combination is light and fresh, very pleasant. Similar are Cleopatra's Secret and Night Queen, each a musk with a different flower scent. Clarification: Cleopatra's Secret is actually by Yakshi, the me-too look-alike company that directly competes with Auric Blends in health food stores and is every bit as good.