To me, Karma smells like orange-y patchouli. If it were not labeled LUSH, I would have guessed it to be a Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab concoction. The notes of lavender and lemongrass are supposed to be in this scent but I don't detect them - was sort of disappointed because I love the smell of lavender. Overall, Karma smells like a headshop fragrance to me. I'm glad I got to try it but I do not plan to buy it.
Fans of L'Artisan's Dzongkha might want to check out Sycomore. To my nose, they are very similar. To me, Sycomore smells like woods, smoke, and maybe a little vetiver. It lasts well on me and smells pleasant. I would not call it original.
Fragrances -Caron - Violette Precieuse - 2006 Reissue
Thisbe 7/26/2007 8:24:00 AM
This review is for the reissue of Violette Precieuse EDP that became available in the French Sephora in 2006, not the scent that was released in 1913. I thought starting a new list of reviews would help prevent confusion. The two scents smell very different!
This version of Violette Precieuse reminded me at first of The Unicorn Spell. The both have a green, vegetable-y smell on me. After about ten minutes that dries away to reveal a sweet violet (sweet like petals, not candied violet) that becomes more powdery and musky on me with time. There’s some raspberry that pops in and out during the dry down that reminds me a wee bit of Rosine’s Roseberry. It’s airy and soft on me but lasts for about six hours. It’s nice. Not interesting and unique like the discontinued version was (imo). Just nice.
I’m tempted to take points off because I’m so annoyed that the old version is no longer available. But I suppose that’s not this scent’s fault. So…hmm…a three.
Notes from escentual: violet flowers, violet leaves, iris and orange blossom, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, musk, sandalwood, raspberry and vetiver.
To me, Chant d’Aromes EDT smells like a light, old fashioned, flowery perfume. I can’t pick out any single note. It’s not powdery to me or strong. It just smells like a dusty, flowery perfume to me. I do love it. It’s a scent I reach for when I want something pretty and classic, yet mild and easy to wear. I also think of it as my summertime replacement for Parure. One has to be Supernose to be able to detect any sillage from it (on me) so I feel comfortable wearing it places where stronger perfumes are generally considered inappropriate. My biggest problem with the scent, the only reason I did not rate it a five, is that the lasting power is so poor on me. It doesn’t even last a whole hour. Someday I hope to try the parfum and be so wowie-zowied with its loveliness and better lasting power that I feel compelled to up my rating to a five. *fingers crossed* We’ll see.
I love this fragrance…and I didn’t at first. It smelled familiar to me the first time I smelled it – not identical to, but similar to lots of other scents out there – and because of that it struck me as indistinctive. Then I hung around here for a while and learned that if it smells like lots of other scents out there, it’s likely because this is the fragrance (or style of fragrance) that so many others are trying to copy.
I’m sure lots of others have already mentioned this but contrary to what the name implies, this does not smell a whole lot like gardenias. Chanel Gardenia does not even have a gardenia note. They used other floral notes in attempt to create the impression of a gardenia. It smells like soft jasmine, orange blossom, and tuberose. The tuberose is not buttery or rich, rather soft, and the jasmine is airy. Beautiful fragrance! I look forward to wearing it often this summer.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Andrée Putman Préparation Parfumée
Thisbe 2/2/2005 6:33:00 PM
By looking at the previous reviews I see that this fragrance evokes images of several different settings for us. Preparation Parfumee reminds me of misty mountain air. In particular, I think of a waterfall I used to visit in the mountains. It smells natural to me, as though the wearer has obtained his/her scent by spending time in a place where the air just naturally smells this way - of wood, moss and mist. Breezy and almost mystical. Water lily adds a gentle floral tone to the scent and there’s also a peppery quality (gray pepper) that keeps the fragrance from being too watery (a.k.a. “dull”) to be interesting. I only wish it lasted longer.
Update: I wore this often over the summer and wanted to come back and say that I was mistaken about the lasting power on me. It lasts about seven hours on me. And I still love the scent. It's become one of my HGs.
For a simple violet fragrance I think this is fantastic. The violet here smells fresh and green to me. Not too sweetened or powdery. It's the closest thing I've found so far to the smell of the real violets that grow in my yard in springtime - petals, leafs, and all. As a result, I hardly ever wear this fragrance in the springtime. I reach for it in the colder months when I miss my violets. In a way, it brings them back to me. :-)
Ormonde impresses me that it could be the scent inside of a good witch’s cottage in the woods. Through her open window drifts the smell of trees, grass, and boxed flowers at her sill. There’s a bit of dust on her spell books, and various spices and ingredients lined up adorning wooden shelves on her walls, many of them having just been used in the magic potion brewing in her black cauldron on the fire. She’s certainly put some coriander in her pot for that scent is very apparent in the beginning. Then a grassy note emerges and I think it gives the fragrance an outdoorsy feel. The fragrance contains violet and jasmine absolute but of the two I can only smell the violet. The woods in the base (cedar and sandalwood) and the amber just blend together so that I can't distinguish them from each other. It just smells warm and woodsy.
I agree it has a meaty smell to it - that must be the good witch's dinner! :-) For real life purposes, that aspect makes me think of Ormonde Woman as a casual scent. It’s the type of scent I would wear to a laid-back dinner with friends. And did I mention that the lasting power is outstanding?! I think its a wonderful fragrance. Thank you so much Linda! I’m thrilled.
When sampling Philosykos for the first time, I walked past my eleven year old brother. "Hey," he said with this kind of kooky little smile on his face, "you smell good." My mother sniffed the air and said, "Yeah, you do smell good." Considering these are two people definitely not prone to giving fragrance compliments, I took that as a goooood sign. :-)
Fig leaf and cedar. Crisp. Green. Woodsy. Something that seems like a hint of coconut adds a creamy, almost edible quality to the scent. It's nice to encounter a scent that smells a little coconut-y without reminding me of tanning products. I love to wear this during warm weather. One spray of Philosykos is so reminiscent of summertime breezes that if it weren’t for the naked trees I see out my window I’d swear it was July. Even though it's frigid outside just the idea of this scent warms me...like feeling my shoulders being warmed in the sun.
Guerlain describes this scent as the embodiment of delicacy. The EDT starts out with a rush of aniseed and violet. I can smell a little carnation in the dry down and iris. According to Guerlain there are vanillic notes in the base but I can’t smell them. It actually smells more like a little heliotrope to me. Apres l'Ondee is fleeting on my skin but I enjoy the smell so much that I can forgive that. It is so pretty. It’s not sexy or glamorous, or even that dressy. It smells pretty, delicate, subtle, graceful, and charming. I was sad to learn they’d discontinued the parfum. I never even got to smell it! I hope they don't discontinue the eau de toilette as well. I would be very, very sad.
I have only tried the Parfum and it is so smooth and rich, sweet with peach, floral with jasmine, I’m definitely smelling something in there like cinnamon, and oakmoss in the background. Classic and memorable. Honestly, it smells a bit too va-va-vavoom for my style so I do not wear it, but on the right woman it could be a stunner.
The only concentration I’ve tried is the Parfum and on me the dominant note is most definitely lavender. Then what develops on me is a warm, powdery scent (the opopanax?) on a base of woody notes. This is supposed to contain vanilla but I honestly don’t get it. It’s mostly just lavender, rosemary, opopanax, and woods to me. This is not one of my favorites but I can certainly see the appeal. And I admit that the romantic story of Aime and the great love of his youth does give this an extra appeal for me. Because of that I am glad to have this around. It’s rare I actually apply it though. It's just not “me.” Still, I find this a fine and memorable perfume.
Update: Years later, it's me. Oh, it's me. Ladies and gentlemen, I have discovered the eau de toilette. It's cooler than the parfum on me. It makes me think of lavender, vanilla and lemon sorbet. I adore it! I am decidedly not wild about the gold metal cases and the refills thing. I'd much prefer Jicky to be available in a regular bottle like Mitsouko or Apres l'Ondee.
Tam Dao is my simple, tranquil and "smooth" woodsy scent. 10 Corso Como is my moody, mysterious one. The opening is almost like petrol. During the dry down I can smell woods, incense and geranium - too much geranium for me to enjoy this scent every day but I do enjoy it occasionally when it's cold out. For comparison's sake, it smells similar to Black Cashmere to me too. I like that I don't smell geranium in Black Cashmere, however, BC smells strongly of clove on me...a note I like even less than geranium. So of the two, 10 Corso Como is my pick.
This is absolutely the most natural looking lipstick I own. I have fair skin with pink undertones and this lipstick matches my natural flush to perfection. There is no bad taste, packaging is sturdy and hip, and the color stays on a good long time. Will repurchase over and over.
Mascara -Shu Uemura - Mascara Basic [DISCONTINUED]
Thisbe 2/1/2005 7:12:00 PM
This is one of my favorite mascaras. It doesn’t clump or flake off. Those wanting a dramatic look from their mascara might be disappointed because, in my experience, it only makes lashes look subtly enhanced – just a little longer, just a little thicker. But it’s perfect for the look I’m going for. I love it.