Fragrances -Dolce & Gabbana - Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme 2012 Release
fleeting_fancy 3/2/2013 2:38:00 AM
i wouldn't buy it unless it was from a private s*ller on evilbay or something; that's where i got my bottle. i'd swap for it, too. i'm trying hard not to give money to companies that test on animals. *hard for a perfume addict i love it. that said, if i were mourning the red cap original beauty, this would upset me and make me mad, this new one. but i only liked the red cap, and i was late to the party. starts off with strong orange, but only for about 5 minutes. there's some marshmallow, but it's nice ~ and i don't like the sickly sweet ones. usually. it's everything i wanted hanae mori butterfly to be. it's soft. it really just melts into my skin. there's a twinge of incense, but only every few moments. this lasts the whole time, but again, it's only every so often i smell something just a little incensy. the berry is sweet, but it's tempered, and not sickly, at least on my skin. i love butterfly (pink, mostly), but there was always something a little screechy and a little sharp about the woods/currant. this has those on me, but they're super soft. it's just like velvet... after the orange fades. so, if you think of this as just another new scent and ignore what its amazing mother was (they're polar opposites, to me), this is a beauty. it might be too generic for a lot of people, but i just love it.
talk about stages! whiff of strong men's cologne ~ pleasant, but def masculine. flowerbomb meets coco mademoiselle. angel peeks in, with a grapefruit top. grapefruit top softens and sweetens a hair. soft leather (like bottega veneta) comes in. drydown is coco light (Coco light, not coco mlle). put it on before bed, and woke up to strong vetiver, nothing more. i wouldn't buy it, and i wouldn't wear it often if i had it, but i do like it. these stages were very distinct, and the first whiff to drydown was around 30 minutes on me. also, i never care if something is "generic" or not; i like many of those. but *this* ~ to me ~ did not warrant the price tag. at all. i'd buy coco, coco mlle, flowerbomb, bottega, angel, a men's cologne, or velvet rope before i'd buy this. it's weird, though, because i still say i like it. :)
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Maison Martin Margiela - Untitled EDP
fleeting_fancy 4/27/2012 1:50:00 AM
Bong water. Even when I don't like something, I can see how someone might. Or I can see how it might work with another girl's chemistry. Everything is subjective. I have an excellent nose. I can tell a stranger what notes are in her perfume, what deo she's wearing, and where she is in her cycle. I can tell SAs what's in something before they read off the card. It's creepy good... This smelled like wet mop and bong water. To me. On me. To my boyfriend. On my boyfriend. On the paper. On the SA. I want to smell this on someone who can wear it, more out of curiosity than anything else. I'm never this harsh, but I honestly felt like I was on a reality show or something. I'd read the reviews here and was so excited to try it... I do get the slight bit of incense and wanted more; it's one of my favorite notes. But the bong water was just so intense. Money saved. Beautiful bottle, though. Absolutely love it. Gave it 5 lippies.
This is just beautiful. I also love # 4, which ~ on me ~ is a sheer but true gardenia with light vanilla ~ tonka ~ smoke in the base. This is very different. It opens with a blast of gardenia, neroli, and tuberose on me, but within minutes is just a super sweet and clean and *lightly* creamy gardenia that lasts for a very long time ~ but has very little sillage. I can smell it on my arm hours later, but others around you won't unless they're hovering over you or hugging you, IME. I will try this again today and edit if needed. I just love love love this.
EDIT 2013: this lasts a long, long time ~ and it is sweet and just adorable. This is one of the only Chanels (other than maybe Allure EDT) that doesn't have that Chanel note/feel. I absolutely love this, and it would be HG material if it didn't dry down to straight up musk on me. All I have is a light musk/"night queen" oil on my pulse points afterward, and this is a pet peeve of mine. That said, others might be able to smell the quince still... And it's amazing on your clothes. Doesn't really do it for me in the hair, this one. As tons of others have pointed out, this is super similar to Daisy, but it's much lighter and has an oilier feel. It's also not as sweet. I smell quince and sweet grapefruit the most, and then a soft floral. (It says jasmine, but that's not at all what I get.) It lasts okay. It's beautiful, comforting, cheerful, and happy while it does. And so am I. :) The bottle is to die for. I am not a fan of most Chanels (allure, mlle, this, and fraiche are only exceptions), but Chanel bottles are in my top 2... Maybe my favorite. Simple. Strong. Clean. Feminine. And very sleek. If you like Daisy, Light Blue, I Love Love, or Bond Scent of Peace, give this a shot. It has the lightness of Scent of Peace, with a tad more sweetness added.
This is one of the prettiest perfumes I have ever smelled. If I were giving lippies for the scent alone, it would be a 5+++. If I were giving them out for its staying power, it would get a 2 or a 3. Maybe a 1. However, that's on my wrist. This lasts forever on your clothes and leaves the softest, pretties trail if you spray your shirt or your hair. It is like the Best of Tresor (original) plus the Best of Maybe Baby by benefit ~ with none of the annoyances of either. (Tresor can be too much on some, and Maybe Baby can turn weird, although I love it.) It starts out with a blast of peach/nectarine, maybe a little juicy pear, and a beautiful rose. There is a tiny bit of oomph amidst all of the "pretty" ~ am guessing it's the cedar. I don't get any jasmine at all. It doesn't really change; it just fades into a beautiful fruity rose, but not in the "generic fruity floral" way. It doesn't last on my skin, but try it; it might just be me. Love love love. Would be HG material if it were stronger. I would say this has the staying power (on my skin) of an EDT ~ at best. It's swoon-worthy, though, for sure.
This is gorgeous, and is prettier the longer it's on your skin. At first, it's a strong version of Carthusia Mediterraneo with some lavender and other herbs. After a few minutes, it *almost* turns into lemon cleaner, but be patient ~ that only lasts a few minutes. It soon softens into a beautiful lemon scent with some rose undertones. Half an hour later, I smell a definite tea note. It's just beautiful, to me ~ soft, clean, uplifting. Lasting power and sillage could be much better, but it's longer and stronger than Carthusia. The poor lasting power gives it a 2. The scent itself gets a 4.
This is amazing. Started out smelling like a richer Max Mara, or a lighter YSL Cinema. A bit later, it was like a lighter version of Dior Addict (*not* one of the Addict versions out there). After it had totally mellowed on me (and basically merged with my skin, in a good way!), it smelled like a woman's perfume version of vintage Old Spice. I'm serious, and it's perfect! Dries down to musky (but not much at all), soft, spicy, amber thing that really does manage to somehow float around you (barely) and melt perfectly with your skin. Love love love!
Beautiful. Not your typica fruity floral to me. Lasts absolutely all day on me, and most things disappear fast. Does have some rose on me, but only a little. I get fruit and comfort and rose and not sure what else...just some gorgeous blend that not only makes me really feel comforted but also makes me feel happy. I love it. Watch out, though, and make sure you get a bottle with pink juice. This one doesn't turn as fast as Petite Cherie, but it will turn n.a.s.t.y. This is one you might want to just go ahead and buy from Saks or Bloomie's or wherever.
I love this. I don't think it's generic, although that isn't necessarily always a bad thing to me anyway. I don't think it's boring. I this it's beautiful and sexy yet also comforting and versatile. Right at first, you get the same peach apricot you find in Maybe Baby, although it's much, much softer. I don't mean lighter, mind you; I mean softer. Then, it smells just a little like vintage Coty lipstick and Cover Girl powder. Granted, it doesn't have the VaVaVoom factor (or notes) that Lipstick Rose has, but it does have some makeup goodness. Its makeup smell is better and richer than Meteorites. (I love Meteorites, but I think it's very very linear. The One isn't.) When it starts to dry down, the bergamot comes through. When it's been on for hours, there's something about it that really reminds me of that amber in YSL Cinema ~ almost vanillic (although no vanilla in Cinema?) and mildy citrus. I think it's beautiful, and I really don't understand why so many have found it boring.
i love the silver rain bottle ~ so sleek and cool. this bottle is super tacky, IMO. on to the scent, though... i really like it. it's odd. it has the cupcake accord of valentino V mixed with something like a cross between flowerbomb and a strong men's cologne. odd though this sounds, i really do like it. the next day, my clothes smell amazing. after it wears on you for a good bit, or after it sits on your clothes, it smells like a cross between addict and ghost deep night. it's nice. it's rich. it's kind of unusual. it's feminine/sexy, and it's masculine. however, for that crazy price tag, i would expect something that didn't smell like a cross between fumes that take way less from your bank account.
i tried this on and loved it. it was exactly like those violet candies. then, there was a ton of berry and maybe some rose. i loved it even more. then, it started morphing and gave me a headache. (perfumes never give me headaches or make me nauseated, with the exception of chanel #5.) then, at the end of the day, it was a super soft nag champa with a hint of berry rose. it was 99% nag champa, though. i loved it again. i thought i might give this a 3, but i have been craving this perfume so much since that day i tested it, i have to give it a 4. i'll try it once more and see if this goes to 3 lippies again or up to a 5. phenomenal staying power, by the way, and great sillage.
I'm in love. I have a bottle of this on its way, and I am literally counting the minutes. This smells like Trish McEvoy Blackberry and Vanilla musk, but there are some additional notes I can sniff out: Blueberry and Bergamot. I love blueberry just as much as blackberry, and it's hard to find that note in a perfume, especially done well. As for bergamot, it's a known anti-depressant and is THE reason I used to use Aveda Shampure even though it was hell on my hair. It smelled like bergamot. There's also something else that sets this apart from other berry scents: it somehow smells clean w.i.t.h.o.u.t. (thank goodness, because I *hate* this) marine, aquatic, ozonic. Oh, I love this one. I love it so much. I wanted to eat my arm off. If CSP Amour de Cacao is Cocoa Puffs, this is a berry breakfast cereal in the same vein. Ahhh.
Let me begin by saying I *love* Dolce & Gabanna's Light Blue. I love it. Love. This smells like Light Blue, but with an added note of *rotting* grapefruit. After 2 hours, the rotten stench was gone, and it was very nice. But THAT did smell like a lighter Light Blue, so why have both? And why wait through the horrors of the first 2 hours. Reason I gave 2 lippies instead of one? I have the world's weirdest chemistry, so the grapefruit note might not smell foul on someone else.
editing/adding: i smell melon, bergamot, musk, cedar, currant jam, and the ocean. this smells very strange. i know all the notes but can't easily pick any of them out unless i really try. the initial seems to have lots of ***bergamot***. the middle is soft and comforting but still "cool" smelling. the drydown seems to have a little ***vanilla*** and a little ***cedar***. it's almost floral, almost soapy, cool and warm, familiar-smelling. it *almost* doesn't smell like perfume. it's slightly ***musky***. i get a litte ***black currant*** and a little soft ***melon***. (i normally hate melon as a note, but this is done subtly and beautifully.) it's strong but soft. it's kind of green and kind of pink (smelling) -- lol! it seems like all the things i'm saying are opposites, i know! it mildly smells like the same comforting bergamot tea vanilla thing ***flowerbomb has***, but it's waaaaaaaaaaaaay softer than flowerbomb. i normally *hate* sea or ozonic scents or scents that have "breeze accord." however, this is wonderful and does manage to really smell sea-breezy without smelling aquatic or ozonic. patchouli is a note, but i don't smell any at all. (i can pick that out of a line-up with my nose clamped -- lol!) sandalwood is a note, but i only get mild cedar. muguet comes through a little, and maybe peony, maybe a hair of soft rose... this is so well-blended, IMO. if you like flowerbomb, dolce and gabanna feminine, stila creme bouqet... try this. those 3 are WAY different from one another, but still... i get a little of each in this baby.