I bought Essence because I was feeling minimalistic and wanted a clean, unpretentious scent. I was trying to decide between Essence and NR For Her EDT and my friends unanimously rooted for Essence. The first times I wore it I felt that shrill note I also detect in DKNY, but it has grown on me and I find myself wondering what is that beautiful clean smell. The evolution I get is metal, rose and musk. I find Essence to be a clean and discreet scent which is also sexy in a sort of white-cotton-panties way. I wear it to work and on days when I cannot decide what to wear. Beautiful bottle. Good price.
I really wanted to love this. Based on previous reviews and raves, I had anticipated a dark, thorny rose, almost gothic in character. On the cardboard strip I found it interesting enough to try it on my wrist. But on my skin, alas, I got a thorny rose dipped in burnt sugar and a distant whiff of patchouli.. I perceived a nod to the original Poison but it smelled generic enough for me to dismiss it. The staying power is excellent, though. edit: I am adding an extra lippie because the drydown on my sleeve is really enchanting. Not too special, but very pleasant.
When I spritz this on, the air around me smells strongly of roses and nothing else. On my skin, it is a whole different story: The first time I tried it, it smelled as if someone had mixed Eau du Soir with Diorissimo and added some nutmeg to the mix. It just smelled too busy, as if it had too many notes clashing at once. After the top notes (mainly the lily of the valley and some citrus) evaporate, I get roses in full bloom, nutmeg and honey on a beautiful chypre base. There is an animal quality to Soir de Lune, which renders it sexier. I cannot fail to appreciate the quality of its ingredients, its evolution and tenacity. I find it a very mature and elegant scent. Feminine and very sexy in an assertive way.
Fragrances -Les Parfums de Rosine - Poussiere de Rose
Sissi 6/14/2010 1:36:00 PM
I had been wanting to try Poussiere de Rose for a long time, my curiosity piqued by MissLiz's and Stanzi's reviews. I managed to do a quick sampling of many Rosines at a store recently and Poussiere was the one who got me enamoured. It is warm and masterfully blended and the quality of the ingredients can be immediately perceived. Comforting and feminine, classical but not all fashioned. At times the cedarwood emerges, at other times the cinnamon does, all while the rose keeps being present although in a subdued, discreet way and rendered more creamy thanks to apricot and ylang-ylang. I find it very easy to wear and definitely more suited for cold/cool weather I would definitely repurchase..and repurchase...and repurchase...
Fragrances -Moschino - Cheap and Chic Light Clouds
Sissi 4/17/2010 8:03:00 PM
I tried this by chance, due to a suggestion of the sales attendant when I told her I was looking for a skin scent that felt clean and musky although not too fresh. I am not a fan of the Olive Oyl Moschino bottles, but I don't wear the bottle. Second, the price was not as low as I'd expected for an EDT. Third, the opening is a bit harsh and chemical. Those "drawbacks" (if they can be called such) aside, the fragrance is soft and enveloping, like a t-shirt made from the finest Peruvian cotton. Clean, pechy, musky and unmistakable feminine.
This is my new everyday staple. I discovered it by chance, after a salesman told me it smelled lipstick-y to him. I tested it on a blotter and found it smooth, non-obtrusive and with a marzipan-ish iris note. I bought a big bottle without hesitation thinking DH can always inherit it if I ever tire of it, although I doubt that will ever happen. When I apply it on my skin the stages are: carrots, iris, lipstick, cocoa, lavender. It is clean, comforting and softly sensual. Staying power is good if applied quite liberally (bear in mind it is an EDT). I think I would appreciate smelling this on a man, although it doesn't smell particularly masculine to me. I am sure if it came in a lavender crystal bottle, with a rounded shape, it would be a best-seller in the ladies counter.
The body oil smells absolutely fabulous. IMHO all Weleda body oils smell all great, but this one is the star. It leaves my skin soft, nourished and smelling wonderful. Now I want to try the other products in the range.
Holy grail status. I bought this for myself but I also use it for work (I am a makeup artist). It goes well with different skin tones and has great staying power. My most favorite cream blush ever together with Chanel Rosee. It works a lot better if you apply and blend with a skunk brush.
I think Roger&Gallet products are of excellent quality and Bouquet Imperial is no exception. I started wearing this about ten years ago and never stopped. It is spicy, nutmeggy, leathery and fruity at the same time and has very good lasting power for an eau de toilette. I find this very sexy and intriguing in a casual and relaxed way. It refreshes and comforts at the same time. I think it is discontinued now, so I am trying to get all the bottles I can find.
Lotions/ Creams -Weleda - Sea Buckthorn hand cream
Sissi 11/5/2008 3:58:00 PM
I think Weleda has some truly excellent products (their Cellulite oil being an outstanding example). Sea Buckthorn hand cream is a very good product from the line: The smell is fresh and sweet and uplifting. It moisturizes but doesn't leave your hands greasy. Even if it didn't moisturize, I'd buy it for the scent alone. I have repurchased this several times and it only comes second to L'Occitane hand cream IMHO. I agree with the Weleda philosophy and enjoy buying and using their products.
Proof that an inexpensive all-natural product can be as effective and even more than luxury products. I use this every morning and I enjoy its invigorating smell. I have purchased and repurchased several times. A little gem.
I was looking for an uplifting and cheerful scent...sampling light and fruity florals. This is so simple and complex at the same time. Light but deep if that makes sense. I love just how "natural" Annick Goutals smell. Staying power is less than great but I enjoy leapplying EDTs, so that's not a big problem. I am sure this will becoma a staple in my fragrance wardrobe.
After having mixed feelings about this product for a while (it leaves a whitish cast, makes lashes look dry BUT it does seriously waterproof mascara) I decided to try a tip my Clarins salesgirl told me about: Apply Double Fix first and while it is still fresh, apply your regular mascara over it. It worked a lot better for me this way. Just make sure to apply the regular mascara while it is still wet. I also like to mix this product with MAC pigments in order to make fancy mascaras for photo shoots, etc.
My first impression was cheap aldehydes (although I truly don't know if there are cheap aldehydes and expensive aldehydes, to begin with). Then it transforms into a soft, feminine, powdery, retro fabulous violetty scent that makes it impossible for me to stop sniffing my wrist obsessively. It mingles with my skin instead of just staying on top. I agree that it shares a similar quality with Lipstick Rose, only Broadway Nite loves me better. As someone previously mentioned, it layers beautifully with Bryant Park.
After having had Ruby Woo for a long time as my HG take no prisoners red lipstick, I gave Russian Red a try. Wow! I fell in love with myself. so incredibly flattering on my NC20-NC25 skin. I am speechless and so were my friends and the MAC salespeople when I tried it on.