Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Parfum d'Empire - Yuzu Fou
adeline_chan_sy 12/15/2008 9:16:00 AM
Reading the notes I had thought this would be most agreeable with me as I'm still searching for that elusive niche high-end bamboo fragrance. I'd wanted it to be a bright and effervescent citrus infused with bamboo .. But on my skin, oh man, the citrus topnotes were too fleeting and coupled with the herbs (tarragon? sage?) or rather the cedar wood, it soon morphed into one dirty, skanky almost animalic green smoky musk. Well, the brief does attribute the scent to Japanese culture so I guess its not surprising that this citrus has a dark feel of incense to it.Surprisingly tenacious for a citrus scent. Definitely not of the same genre as my favourite citrus - The Different Company's Divine Bergamot.
Oh I like them green but not THAT green! Like the previous reviewer, Boisdejasmin's eloquent review seduced me into buying this till the galbanum reared its ferny head. Too intensely green for my liking. I have effectively ruled out all greens created before the late 90s. From EL's Private Collection to FM's Therese, there just is something too dated in these scents that I can't handle.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Parfums Delrae- Amoureuse
adeline_chan_sy 12/5/2008 1:09:00 AM
Reading the notes of all the Delrae's, I'd never thought I'd find this the most appealing. While I usually go for greens and citruses, Eau Illuminee was disappointingly sharp and generic, had a spirit but no soul. On the other hand, Amoureuse had that depth that I was seeking. A heady mix of tangerines and ginger and warm spices with a touch of honey. A potent floral green with a warmth I needed to get me through winter. Cozy and delectable and what a wonderful sillage!
The loveliest of all the OJs. Opens with a delicate green that morphs into a floral that is never cloying. The rice note that subsequently develops has such a comforting quality. Reminds me of steaming jasmine rice and pandanus leave (native to Asia, like the Champaca). Linda P's scents captivate me with their gentle beauty, but I suspect I'd have to part with some serious cash for the Parfum version as this delicate scent is a tad too fleeting for me. An evocative memory nonetheless.
Have to love the mint note. Perfect for summer and for keeping me awake especially on warm balmy nights when I'm sleep-deprived, rushing out some research paper. While I normally prefer some complexity in my perfumes, the linear citrus and mint is a pleasant surprise as I never knew Guerlain to be "fresh", "inspired by nature" and basically not old-lady like and oriental heady. Thanks to this little number, will be exploring more Aqua Allegoria's in the near future.
For a cologne splash, this has a rather good longevity and complexity. A fresh cucumber, not crisp, that has a comforting quality to it. Think it's the powdery (a hint of iris? perhaps?) drydown that makes it an uplifting yet snuggly scent. The 300 ml bottle is HUGE and HEFTY; have used it quite liberally all spring yet it's still 99% full. Won't repurchase not because the scent is not appealing, rather I don't foresee ever using it up, not in the next 2 decades at least.
Like the previous reviewer, fell for MOR's vintage old-school atomizer packaging more than the jiuce itself. A pale apple green in colour, it smells of a citrus infused jasmine tea with a hint of white pepper in the drydown. Nothing really spectacular, scent-wise, but MOR's chinoiserie collection Jasmine Tea and Cheey Blossom) is gorgeous. Now if MOR did a fragrance range for its Emporium collection, that will be something to behold!! The antique damask packaging of the Italian Blood Orange and it's wonderfully aromatic sicilian orangey scent in a bottle will be sublime!
This is a review of the follow-up to the Lovely Prism - Absolutely Givenchy - that comes in the same glass cube but with green juice and a pink cap. Suckered into this because it is a limited edition that is a travel exclusive. And it's true, on many forums hardly anyone has seen or smelt it. (BTW, if you are into any of these LEs and exclusive launches, Singapore's Changi Airport is brilliant! Not only is the airport a lush tropical orchid haven, kid you not, the duty free shopping is second to Dubai. Every other airport in the developed world pales in comparison). But I digress. A perky fruity fragrance with notes of apple and citrus that escapes being sickly-sweetly generic because of the tart passionfruit. But a little too young for me overall. Well, I comfort myself by saying at least it's very hard to find.
Oh lurve, lurve, lurve!!! It's been so long that I have fallen absolutely head over heels with a frag. Like its name, this is a lush vegetal spice fest. In Asia where I used to live, monsoons are torrential downpours lasting anytime from a few hours to a few days on end. JCE has done a wonderful job creating the scene that unfolds when the seasonal rain ceases, oh wonder ... the misty veil that overhangs the lush vegatation laden with raindrops, the damp soil, the cool air pregnant with possibilities and renewed life! So evocative! The melon note while pronounced, doesn't bother me at all; in fact it is a lovely fruity counterpoint to the warm and yet dry spices. IMO, this is Ellena's contemporary update on Roudnitska's fruity-chypre Le Parfum de Therese. While I hugely admire the latter, I must confess it's still a little too stuffy and dated for me to actually procure. Perhaps, I may graduate to that in time as I mature.
I'm sorry all UJ devotees out there. This is my least favourite in the Un Jardin trilogy. And I bought the 100 ml unsniffed! Sigh! It's probably due to my personal preference; not quibbling with Jean Claude Ellena's artistry here. Like Terre d Hermes, this is woodsy and figgy. Dry and earthy. Only with TdH, its a mineral flint note, not the leaves on soil note I get here. But my 3 UJ bottles are absolutely lovely beside one another so I guess I'd try to layer this with something else in my wardrobe. Any suggestions?
A calming blend of lotus, citrus and mangoes. I'd say it's a crispand dry fruity green, not lush. Probably due to the light incense base that quietly lingers. I layer it with Stila's Jade Blossom solid perfume - it makes the mango note more pronounced IMO. Am going to try layering it with Pacifica's Brazilian Mango solid perfume (think it's called that) next. Will update.
My absoulute favourite go-to scent. A transluscent veil of smoked green tea with muted citrus notes and a aromatic woody base. It uplifts the sprit, refreshes the soul and calms the mind. I love it because of its comforting quality. JCE's best in my opinion. I just wish there was yet another even more potent version of this frgrance - the green tea cologne was like a deoderant spray, this Extreme version seems to be like EDT, can Bvlgari issue an EDP or Parfum version of this? PLEASE?!
Love the advertising and marketing campaign and can see the charm of the art-deco (?) inspired knobbly gemstone cap. But the juice is a different matter. While I do prefer Covet (a bolder direction) to Lovely (blah, mainstream), and the geranium greens do sit well with me, its that awful chocolate note that rears its head in the top and middle notes that puts me off this scent. If you are like me and won't have anything to do with Angel and other gourmand fragrances (think vanilla), Covet's not up our alley. Having said that, I just may go buy a bottle for its lovely lingering green drydown (decent sillage) if the price drops further. Is it doing so badly that a few months after its launch, David Jones (Australian equivalent of Macy's) is already slashing 50% off ithe price? Head up, SJP, love what you do and what you stand for. Can't wait for something more inspiring (quirky yet charming) next but nothing too mainstream, please!
Ok I'm in a werid kinda mood of late and have been drawn inexplicably to all scents with green juice. MJ Basil is much dearer here in Australia (A$99 for 300 ml) than in the US and is a light (think cologne rather than EDT) splash scent that opens with a lively citrus then morphs into notes of citronella and lemon. Thankfully that bug-spray moment lasts for a few minutes before the gorgeous herbavious drydown emerges - basil, rosemary, tea and wood (Not the actual notes, these are my impressions). And what a shame that it only lightly lingers. Would have considered it immediately full-bottle worthy had it been more tenacious and complex. Still considering whether to splash out for a bottle (lovely hefty flacon) as it'll be a wonderful fragrance to layer with heavier scents.
Fragrances -Frederic Malle - Vetiver Extraordinaire
adeline_chan_sy 6/4/2008 11:46:00 AM
Beautiful and earthy vetiver with a quality I can best describe as wet roots steeped in monsoon mud. Defintely not one of those chilly bracing vetivers, in my opinion. Second only to The Diff Company's Sel de Vetiver that I kick for that saliva-inducing quality. Have just experimentally layered Vetiver Ex with Prescriptives' Calyx (wanted to tone the citrus down) and was stunned by the intimate skinscent and sensual quality I got. Looks like I'm on to something ...