This is a great cosy scent. It starts with a tard note that soon mellows down to a sweeter yet sharp oriental fragrance. I get licorice, anise, wood and absinthe. And a milky finishing touch I simply adore. Good staying power - about 4 hours on my skin.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Sinfonia di Note - Coeur de Noisette
Silaira 10/28/2008 2:15:00 PM
This fragrance smells like Panforte, a traditional Italian dessert made with fruit, nuts, cinnamon and honey. It is very, very sweet and rich, so stay away from it if you're not into gourmands. I love it. I wouldn't wear it every day, and I can see why some people would hate it, but I still believe this deserves 5 lippies because it's imaginative, unusual, and it's one of the very few true hazelnut scents I've found on the market so far.
I used to think I could not stand tuberose in fragrances, but this one made me change my mind. In fact, this is the only tuberose scent I can do because it is creamy, buttery, nutty, and has a nice powdery finish to it. If you detest Fracas try Noix de Tubéreuse, you'll be surprised.
A beautiful tropical and exotic scent, Datura Noir is my absolute favorite in the Serge Lutens line. I is sweet and has a deep, creamy, almost resinous quality to it, but it is not cloying in the least. Everyone I know seems to love it - and that's quite unusual for a Lutens.
This is my favorite mimosa fragrance so far. I used to love L'Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa Pour Moi and almost bought it a few months ago, but the lasting power was incredibly poor. Mimosaique has a nice green quality that keeps it from getting too sweet or heady. I would definitely buy this scent again.
This is one of the very few gardenias I can wear. Very green upon first spray, it soon warms up and settles into a subtle, sweet and elegant scent on my skin. I love it!
I had been looking for a nice cherry fragrance for the longest time, then my sister finally surprised me with this for my birthday a month ago. This is my favorite cherry scent so far - I swear, I've tried at least a dozen brands. It starts off with a fruity accord, and for the first five minutes that's about all I can smell - cherries, cherries and cherries. But then the scent gradually morphs into a well-balanced fruity floral. In the drydown I can smell cherries, soft cherry blossom and stems. In other words, it's the original version + cherries. It isn't nearly as sweet as I thought, and that's why I adore this fragrance. The lasting power is great for a fruity floral - about 5 hours on my skin - and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous!
This is my favorite violet scent. It is also one of the cheapest ones you can get here in Italy. Neither too powdery nor excessively sweet, this is a soft violet scent that stays close to the skin, yet lasts for hours. I am not sure about the notes in this fragrance, but I can smell a little musk and some hyacinth - which probably gives it that greenness other reviewers have mentioned before. A beautiful fragrance indeed that can be worn all year round.
I agree with the other reviewers, it does smell like real figs when first sprayed, and I loved the fragrance straight out of the bottle. Unfortunally, this scent does not agree with my body chemistry very well, as it turns too green, sour, grassy and masculine. I would have given Philosykos 5 lippies if it had remained the same as upon initial spray. The lasting power on my skin is rather poor too - about two hours.
The first time I sprayed this I thought it just wasn't going to be my cup of tea. But then, when the top notes started to fade away, I was left with a lovely fresh, yet warm and soft floriental fragrance. The amber was there but blended in with the magnolia and the citrus honey I disliked upon first spray. Some here have compared it to other popular scents, but I personally haven't found anything like it so far. I have worn L'Instant for three years now and I will definitely repurchase when I run out of it.
I didn't like this scent the first time I tried it (over a year ago). All I could smell were strawberries and something fizzy going on in the background. So I forgot all about it until a friend of mine mentioned how well it suited her, and how much it changed upon drydown. Therefore I decided to give it another try. Well, my friend was right - it does change dramatically. If you can get past the initial overbearing smell of strawberries, you will find that it actually develops into a nice strawberry, champagne and salt fragrance. It is girly, perhaps too girly for most, but I believe this perfume deserves five lippies because of the three distinct stages it goes through: strawberries, strawberries & champagne, and strawberries + champagne + iodized smell. Overall a girly, yet complex and enticing fragrance.
This is Eau des Merveilles' younger and sweeter sister. I haven't really decided if I like this or the Eau version better. What I love about Elixir is that it opens with notes of chocolate and orange, but then dries down to something very similar to the original fragrance. If you like chocolate, oranges and patchouly you should definitely try this. It is gorgeous!
I remember hating this when I first smelled it a couple of years ago. I completely forgot about it, but then I was given a small sample last summer and therefore tested it again. That's when I fell in love with the fragrance. I agree with those who find it beachy, salty and orangy. To me Eau des Merveilles is all that, and falls into a category all its own - it's a citrusy-marine-oriental. This fragrance is truly unique, and so is the beautiful bottle it comes in.
I am not usually a rose fan, as I find most rose scents smell rather boring and similar to one another. However this fragrance is different. It is quite strong when I first spray it on, but then the rose element fades a little and blends in with the other notes - violets, sandalwood and cedarwood, I believe -. I tend to use it more in spring and early fall, although I find it beautiful and extremely wearable all year round. What I really love about this scent is how well the the flowers combine with the woody base. Floral yet soft, this is certainly my favorite Bulgari.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Premier Figuier Extrême
Silaira 3/18/2008 10:31:00 AM
I adore this scent, and I am going to buy a full bottle as soon as I use up some of the too many fragrances I own. I love it because it is figgy, milky, coconutty, sweet, not too dry and just a tad green. I don't really get any of the hayish notes I can detect in Philosykos, and that is a good thing because hay usually turns sour on my skin. The staying power is great - excellent for a L'Artisan Parfumeur fragrance. This is the best fig-based scent I have sniffed so far.