This is something very different. The notes don't tell you the story at all. And, on me, it's different from the way it is on may others. This is one you have to try on skin, and let it evolve. This is, on me, very deep and smoky incensy. I don't get sharp green at all. It's very soft and elegant. The tomboy descriptions don't fit for me either. It's more what I would describe as primal, and maybe a bit dirty/decayed the way woods disintegrate into the earth. And it's potent. One drop spread across two wrists. My first of the urn fragrances. Most don't choose Alpona, but if it works for you, it will be stellar.
Rose Foam--this is a perfect rose for summer. Light, not too cloying and heady. A beautiful soft tea rose. Lasted on me about 4 hours--but I'd prefer to reapply than to get a headache.
I am normally a fan of rose scents, and an even bigger fan of Serge Lutens fragrances, but this one was just terrible on me. I sampled it with Rosine's Ecume de Rose, and the Rosine far excelled the Lutens. This one is powder, powder, powder on me. And musk--though I don't find it at all sexy and animalic the way some musks are. Not a fan of this one.
This was what I wanted the Comme des Garcons incense scents to be. It's beautiful on me, and I confess I'm in an amber period and the DH loves vanilla, so this is right on with my fragrance tastes. There's something otherworldly about it. It has great staying power and lasted all day in this humidity. Many remark on a mold note, and I don't get that. To me it's dry incensey, not wet at all. And the right amount of smoky, not burn your nostrils like the CdG line was. A winner!
Pleasant enough fragrance, but nothing here to excite at all. All I get is sandalwood. A nice, mellow sort of sandalwood that smells like my mala beads, but only sandalwood. No masala tea, no spicyness, no chocolate notes, either. Some have compared to Angel--I see NO COMPARISON--they're totally different to me. If you want a tea fragrance, I recommend the far superior and truly spicy Tea for two from L'Artisan.
I tried Vol de Nuit EDP for the first time this morning, and my truly picky husband (who seems to hate all my frangrances these days) said "Mmmm, you smell good." And, I got more attention tonite than I've had in months. I was a bit skeptical when I smelled it in the bottle--definitely old-ladyish, it seemed. But on me it morphed into something lovely. Very hard to find, but worth the hunt. And the tiny purse spray with the blue and white design is so pretty and feminine. Another classy perfume from Guerlain!
Gardenias always remind me of my Dad, who always grew them. As a fragrance, I often find it too heavy. That's why I was delighted to find Kai. This is a wonderfully light gardenia; not at all cloying. It has average staying power, but I selected the lotion because I wanted the lightest version of the fragrance. Others have mentioned multiple notes, but all I get is gardenia. This one makes me feel very feminine and beautiful. I highly recommend!
My signature scent. I've been wearing this for 20 years--ever since a boyfriend got it for me in high school. The DH loves this, and this is my favorite oriental. Very wearable; I tend to reach for it in the winter, and more for evening wear.
Got this from the DH for Christmas in the Gingerbread House. I like the smell and lather, but agree it doesn't smell like cinnamon buns--reminds me more of a hazelnut scent. Great lather and wonderful as a wash. Not a good 3-in-1 for me. Too drying for my color treated hair, and doesn't condition at all. I had to put on a leave-in conditioner just to get a wide-tooth comb through my hair. And I was hoping to cut down on what I needed to pack for trips--no luck there.