I don't get it - I don't get violet at all ... I mean ... maybe vaguely ... this is just a soft slightly spicey woody-vanilla to me. Maybe a hint? of violet? If you are looking for violet look elsewhere.
This isn't terrible or fantastic - extremely generic in my opinion. Not particularly sexy as some have noted (I think sometimes people get caught up in advertising) ... Anyway it begins with a really nice somewhat bright grapefruit note and dries down to a generic fruity/vanilly/woody scent. Meh.
I'm giving this a neutral rating not because it is not nice - just because I am not a big fan of gardenia - that is primarily what this is a gardenia/tuberosey scent. It goes on a somewhat sweet gardenia scent and goes a little metallicy in the middle and dries down to a bit of a woody scent. It is nice if you like gardenia - for gardenia lovers I'd give it a try. Flowery but not so over the top it would ever be really offensive to most - a fairly polite, elegant fragrance (very feminine though) ... give it a try for gardenia lovers ...
This is A-TROC-IOUS. Bleck. This is supposed? to smell like violets? I don't get it - maybe a git a bit of violet - but MOSTLY I get really synthetic, caustic, chemical cleanser smell. Seriously - that's what it smells like - some kind of gross heavy duty scented bathroom cleanser - disgusting.
I'm giving this a 3 because I don't love or hate it. Burberry's site says: "A fruity, vibrant fragrance of California orange, blackcurrant, dewberry and subtle rose oil Fresh top notes of seductive jasmine, Madonna lily and tuberose with a delicate hint of peach and raspberry Cedar wood, oak moss and vanilla complement the fruity notes, adding a soothing warmth" Well, I don't get orange, dewberry, rose, tuberose, peach or raspberry. (it is not very fruity). I do get a bit of fresh floral at the beginning. But mostly it is an, almost aquatic/fresh but spicey fragrance. Perhaps the Madonna lily or blackcurrant could account for the spiceyness but it smells like neither really. There is also a spicey warmth to it and a touch of clean musk (but it is not very musky). The only thing about the Burberry description that seems right is that it does have a sort of "soothing warmth" to it. I don't get much of the wood (cedarwood etc.) either. It is a good lightly spicey winter fragrance. However, the bit of fresh aquatic mixed w/ the more dominant spice makes it feel fairly masculine to me. It is not completely unfeminine but is definitnely more of a masculine/ unisex frag. to me. I wouldn't wear it because it is too masculine for me. It is not offensive though.
I give this a 3 not because it is bad just because I don't know if I personally would bother buying a bottle. I never find Michael Kors fragrances offensive in anyway. They all tend to be reasonably nice and pleasant floral fragrances. Island Bali is more of what I would call a summer fragrance but not so ridiculously so that you couldn't wear it in other seasons. It is a light scent of somewhat sweet tropical flowers like pikake on a clean somewhat aqueous base. It is definitely a feminine floral fragrance. It is a island/tropical flower fragrance but not at all in a cloying or overly sweet. (There are also no hints of other notes associated w/ some tropical scents such as coconut, or suntan lotion etc.) It is reminiscent of a soft, fresh breeze w/ hints of pikake wafting through. The pikake is soft and light and airy and breezy and set as I said on a soft, airy, clean, almost "blue" base. It is not a heavy, creamy floral like his original Michael Kors - or a super sweet soliflore pikake like Child. It is like a fresh tropical flower fragrance. The floral fades on the drydown and it drysdown to a very soft, clean scent. Not at all unique , but pretty, feminine and completely unoffensive.
Fragrances -Donna Karan - DKNY Pure - Pure Verbena
greenclover 11/7/2011 12:48:00 AM
This isn't the worst fragrance I've smelled but I wouldn't say I like it - or would wear it. As far as the "verbena" monicker goes, upon first spritz there is a touch of citrusey - and faguely lemony/verbenay freshness. But it is in more of a fresh shammpoey scent type of citrus/verbena rather than in a natural fresh verbena leaf or citrus essential oil type of way. That fades very quickly and oddly enough you are left w/ a fairly spicey skin sort of scent - not musky at all - but spicey. Not cinnamon spice per say but that sort of vague cologney type of spice. Not my fave.
I tend to detest the Philosophy fragrances in general (Baby Grace made me think so much of a yucky baby diaper I had to wash it off!) - but this is by far the least offensive I have tried so far. It has a light shampooey clean scent w/ just a touch of something soft reminiscent of a skin-scent. Really not that bad at all. Might be nice if you want a clean, light "non-fragrance" type of fragrance.
I cannot stand Clean fragrances in general but this is one of the least offensive of the bunch so I give it a three. I do not get the soft, musky skin scent everyone else is talking about. I just get a very very thin "clean" dryer sheet type scent w/ maybe a touch of a skinscent. There is also something fairly sweet about this fragrance that I do not like. That is one of the things I like least about this fragrance, the odd sweet note.
I hate this stuff - I just don't get it ... it smells like seasonal spicey starbucks coffee w/ a dash of vanilla , mixed w/ men's cologne and a dash of aldehydes ... I am not at all a fan. The coffee/kona note is really pronounced and bitter. That's what I got mostly on my skin - coffee (w/ a bit of spice and men's cologne). Yuck.
I give this a 3 because it is not really unpleasant but is incredibly mediocre. It goes on strongly neroli/orange blossom (it is a soapy orange blossom not fresh blossom/ or sweet orange blossom) . Of course the orange blossom fades VERY fast and what is left is a shampooey "clean" type scent. Not unpleasant - but since most of the duration smells like shampoo - certainly not the money. The name Escale e Portofino is pretty lofty for such a generic perfume.
I don't get the rave reviews on this - I gave it a 2 because it's not the worst thing I've ever smelled but it is quite disagreeable to me! It is a musty, musky, somewhat powdery scent - and yes it is "old ladyish" I'm sure but it just smells like an old woman's perfume. It reminds me of Jean Nate. It has such a scent of a cheap, old fashioned dime-store perfume. Save your money on this and try some Jean Nate - a similarly cheap, musty, musky old-fashioned scent.
Fragrances -Le Labo - By the Creators of Le Labo - Chant de Bois
greenclover 10/9/2011 3:55:00 AM
I'll give this a 3 because it does smell nice but it is not for me (a bit too masculine). Definitely a winter fragrance in my opinion and as a I said a bit masculine. The notes are bergamot, grapefruit, pink pepper, patchouli and cedar. I get a hint of bergamot, and some more patchouli. I get no grapefruit or pepper. But what I do get LOTS of is cedar. From beginning to end I get a lot of cedar. This is predominantly a cedar frag. If you love cedar fragrances it is worth a try. I LOVE the smell of cedar but am not sure, as a gal, that I want to smell like it most of the time. Maybe just on the coldest winter days ... ?
Meh. This is kind of pretty. I am wholly unimpressed with l'artisan fragrances overall and this is no exception. I was expecting a powdery soft rose fragrance. Well the rose is barely discernable. I get more violet than rose - it'd be better off being called drole de violet - but violet doesn't dominate in any way either. Powder dominates. They should've called it drole de poudre. It is smells like a random floral talcum powder. The powder is a bit strident - not so soft. It is a little too old fashioned to me - yes it does smell like something that might belong on an elderly woman's dressing table. A previous reviewer said it reminded her of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette - yes I liked the movie too (for production value - not the dialogue! :p - but to me Paris by Yves Saint Laurent is a better frag. to represent the film - Paris is fluffier and more youthful.
What a pretty fragrance! Definitely a floral fragrance (no woodines, musk, citrus, vanilla etc.) If this is iris it is not a powdery iris at all - instead a very fresh, a bit sweet iris. Would be hard for many to find offense with.