Shades of a boyfriend past, and not one I was keen on. I don't mind unisex scents, but on me this is decidedly masculine, wash-it-off-quick, I-didn't-know-there-was-a-man-nearby quick. I'd try it on DH, but it doesn't appeal enough to me. I will try to find someone on whom this *does* smell good, so I can experience it in its proper light.
While I can understand the references to potpourri, the strongest association I make with this scent is horse liniment. I rather like the scent, but not as a perfume for me. It might make a splendid candle. Geranium, clove, cinnamon, rose, pepper,sandalwood?
I'm not a major rose lover, but I think this scent got a bad rap. It's quite a refreshing tearose. I don't smell cut grass, but I do get a strong sense of the freshness of a healthy garden. Not the dark, earthy soil of FM Une Rose (which I also like), Zita gives the impression of just simple fresh, clean tearoses. Puts me in mind of piano recitals at Miss Lucia's in her back garden. Minimally sweet, and only moderately strong. Very feminine and demure.
Starts off nicely enough, giving a slight sense of Butchart's Gardens blooming in the summer. My skin turns it sharp, paradoxically both powdery and raw. That tantalizing initial note keeps teasing, but gets ever more overwhelmed by the sharpness.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Creative Universe Vita
Sleeky 8/11/2004 8:07:00 PM
Starts off orange, rapidly loses that scent, becoming unnameably fruity-sweet and generic. Ends up smelling like a really cheap drugstore scent, thankfully disappearing quickly.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Creative Universe 'Element of Surprise'
Sleeky 8/11/2004 5:48:00 PM
I love Creative Universe "Te", and gave it 5 lippies: to me it is a singularly stellar summer scent. "Element of Surprise" is similar, so similar that I should love it too. The problem is: EofS is the equivalent of a "pot boiler". It is the same scent with only a tiny variation: a bit of citrus added. I can't say it is any less lovely than Te, so I give it full marks, but to my nose, it is, within 5 minutes of application, the same scent. I hope Beth Terry's creativity gets inspired again.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Creative Universe - Te
Sleeky 8/7/2004 6:42:00 PM
beautiful! a clean, simple, happy scent, subtle, alluring, smooth, unsweet except in a mild matcha/bamboo sort of way. I find the apparent simplicity highly attractive. One could wish for it to last a bit longer, but maybe like green tea, that is it's nature. You calmly sip a tiny cup of green tea, and then it is gone, but, as Asian tea-drinking cultures do, in another hour or so, you will have another cup. Notes are said to be green tea, celery, grapefruit, ylang ylang. I don't find any bitterness to this, or floral, grapefruit or celery, but I guess that is the magic of the perfumer's art.
I reiterate what monkeyfur says, except I won't try any more of the Geisha line. This opened almost non-existently, starting off heavily aldehylic and not much else. Then it evolved into a riotous floral scent, sharp with maybe a little citrus? - still lots of aldehyde. Odd because at first I could hardly smell a thing, almost as though there was nothing there, except I could see the sheen on my hand. Then it quickly blossomed. Wild! Maybe this isn't uncommon, I am new to this. It's way more pleasant of a scent than I would have thought, but it got sweeter and more vibrantly floral until I couldn't stand it anymore. I tried to soften it down with a little sandalwood, but it didn't last. It didn't want to wash off, which is a big red flag for me. To: I may be mistaken, but it seemed to cause a bit of skin irritation. Keep in mind that I am not a fan of ubersweet scents, so maybe on someone else... I see another reviewer describes it as calming, but the opposite was my experience, seems more 'frenetic' on my skin, and without any base whatsoever.
Fragrances -I Profumi di Firenze - Ambra del Nepal
Sleeky 7/26/2004 9:16:00 PM
Major winner. What tressab said. Scrumptious. Warm, spicy and mellow. Gotta have it!
Very, very warming and spicy, brighter than the sun; Almost so forceful as to be considered aromatically a stimulent, yet softened too, with the sandalwood base. This one takes you off to the fabled Spice Road, and a lovely trip it is. Drydown is mainline cinnamon on me, with a woody base. Layering with a tiny bit of sandlewood may soften it even further.
Clean, not-too-strong honeysuckle, quite yummy and refreshing for a white flower scent. Uncomplicated. Honeysuckle was the one and only plant at my gradeschool, but it was *everywhere* and upwind, so this fragrance has happy/kickball memories for me.
Even after half an hour this floral cacaphony of notes is too overwhelming for me to even piece out. Too sweet for my taste. I am not sure if the scent itself is so unpleasant or just the blastfurnace effect. NfMC=not for my chemistry
I think if I liked the scent of baby powder, this might be okay for me, but I really don't, and it isn't.
too sharp, no finesse, perversion of the lovely tuberose scent
Love this!!! tobacco-y, not sweet or foody, a wonderful scent and quite long-lasting too. It also has a tiny taste of my grandmother's "wild turkey" that adds earthiness and intrigue. A re-buy for sure.