Well, I am probably on my own, but I love this. A great fall scent - smells more like spice and pipe tobacco smoke, really mild and comforting.
Probably my all time favorite scent. I've been fascinated with Coco since I first saw the black & white Ines de la Fressange ads in Seventeen magazine when I was young. It was the first grown up scent I asked for at 16 - and my parents, who didn't know the difference between EDT/EDP/Parfum bought me the parfum because I said I wanted 'Coco Perfume'! It was the most amazing thing I had ever smelled in my life - rich, spicy, chic...everything I imagined it would be, staring at those ads all that time ago. I still adore it, and DH adores it as well. Probably the one constant in my ever-changing collection!
Clean, simple, breezy - and inexpensive! Gorgeous soft spring/summer scent. Cheers to Cote Bastide for coming out with such simple, happy scents.
Fragrances -Nina Ricci - Les Belles du Ricci, yellow version "Delices d'Epices"
Tomoe2 8/17/2004 8:31:00 AM
Did you know that this is based on baked apples? Well, that's what I read, anyway. Bet it will make a few of you want to try it for fall, though ;) Personally, I really like it. It is a mild foody-spice scent, a bit heavy on cinnamon on top, but dries down to a hint of something baked...like brown sugar crumbly pastry. I also prefer the refillable 50 ml bottle style (matte metallic colour with contrast trim, cylindrical spray bottle) to the original swirly bottle with crown top. Getting harder to find at discount sites - so you may want to snap one up.
Review for the EDP - I tried this about a year or so ago, and couldn't stand it. I suspect that I wasn't able to appreciate it at all, same as a lot of other scents I have been able to rediscover recently. It still starts out rather powdery floral on the first few minutes, acquires a lovely sharp note - most likely the anise? while still managing to be soft. A cool yet soft scent, i'd say. Perhaps I should revisit Apres l'Ondee now!! Note - LOVE the classic bottle shape that this comes in!
Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
Tomoe2 8/14/2004 8:25:00 AM
Super product for those of you with short lashes, like me. Most mascara, including the lengthening ones, tend to work on the assumption you already have longish lashes. This lengthens short lashes without clumping on smudging, lasts about 8 hours without needing to touch up the skin below your eyes if you have oily skin (always a previous prob with most other mascaras for me). Just makes you look like you have full, lush lashes. Pricey for a mascara, but completely worth it in my opinion.
Great product. A perfect combination of a sheer blush/bronzer/highlighter. if most bronzers are too heavy for you, try this one. Looks rather murky in the case, so best to try it first. Can be applied sheerly or built up. A super 'combination' effect product.
Love it! My favorite sandalwood, after trying just about all the ones out there. Dry, with a touch of citrus - perfect for all seasons.
Fragrances -Frederic Malle - Angeliques sous la Pluie
Tomoe2 7/14/2004 4:32:00 AM
A really fresh/wet scent, but way too similiar to Eau de Cartier to warrant buying a big bottle, imo - are these both by Jean-Claude Ellena? That would certainly explain things. Angeliques has a slightly sharper, crisper edge to it which stands out to my nose, while the Cartier blends slightly better with my chemistry. A beautiful creation nevertheless.
Highly underrated scent, imo. Reminds me of the scent favorite gum, by Lotte of Japan - Umeboshi (sour plum). A soft, sweet, but slighty sour edged fruity floral, but different to the average type. Hard to find anything but testers in the UK (those can be found at fragrancedirect for about £9.99), but at most US online discount places, they have sealed boxes of this, for about $25. Absolutely delicious. I believe the 'Rose' in the name is in reference to 'pink' in French, not actual roses.
This is like drinking Brandy Alexanders in a warm study that is permeated with the rich, sweet smell of moist pipe tobacco. A luxurious, gourmand scent, without being foody. The tobacco aspect reminds me of being a little kid and secretely opening my father's tobacco jar to inhale the sweet, moist, sticky scent. Received this in a most generous swap and am blown away. I never dared hope for something this amazing...will stock up asap!! *Add. - I don't get any cola note in this, even though I know it is a note.
Fragrances -Yves Saint Laurent - Paris-Roses des Bois
Tomoe2 6/11/2004 6:24:00 AM
A wonderful scent for those looking for a good blackberry scent or a light/sheer rose scent. I received this from the lovely LaureAnne, and I couldn't be happier. A soft, gentle musky rose/blackberry scent that lasts all day, unlike Premiers Roses, which only lasted about 15 minutes on me. Beautiful, and I think I will stockpile this in case discount shops start running out!!
Another revisited scent for me, wonderful the 2nd time round. Too sweet, violet and powdery the first time, now LR seems a bright, playful, fruity-rose (must be that raspberry) with a cool tinge of powdery violet. A happy, flirty scent that is still all woman.
I suspect my nose has grown up a lot since I first joined MUA. Well over a year ago, my first impression of Therese wasn't great - I tried it at the same time as Chanel Cuir de Russie, and both smelled impossibly strong, Therese too leathery and heavy, Cuir too powdery. I think I'll need to visit Cuir, because my impression this time of Therese was delightful - a rich, strong (as in a scent for a powerful, confident woman) yes, leathery, slightly spicy scent with a beautiful floral - melony aspect running through it. Not heavy at all this time - it sunk into my skin and just smelled GOOD. Sexy good. Confident good. I'm quite a introspective, observant type, and Therese is the kind of scent that gives me the needed ego-boost for big parties, meetings, etc.
Oh, I love this scent. The original version was much too harsh on me - me, the confirmed citrus scent lover! This version blends in ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine, red pepper, cardamom, woods, amber and musk into the original notes, and it morphs from a crisp to a soft, spicy, musky citrus. I can imagine it will wear beautifully in the hottest of summer days.