The tagline from Ayala's site sums it up: "Espionage is an innovative, daring yet subtle perfume. " It is an remarkably seductive scent without being blatant, you have to get up close to experience it. Leather and tobacco are some of my favourite notes but are they are often too strong for work but Espionage is perfect. Extraordinary skin scent. Notes: Ambrette (Musk) Seed , Bergamot , Jasmine Grandiflorum Leather Notes, Orris Root, Rose Otto (Turkey) Tabac Blond, Vanilla Absolute, Virginia Cedarwood
Hmmm, I see some similarities to Obsession but Must de Cartier is a more elegant and refined fragrance. MdC is not intrusive. They are both sexual but Must is sophisticated crimson silk while Obsession leans toward divaesque crimson sequins (especially when worn by its more liberal sprayers). Nothing wrong with crimson sequins but they are not appropriate for every occasion.
I wore this when it was first launched but stopped when my nose tired of it. I tried to go back to it off and on over the past decade because I still had a large bottle in my closet but my nose crinkled in protest. Then, last month I tried again - perfection. A mysterious and sensuous suede scent. I love it and it loves me. It is a fragrance I didn't want to review. Selfish? Yes. I didn't want anyone else to have it but it is too gorgeous to have discontinued because no one has heard of it or cannot find a bottle like some other Donna Karan fragrances with cult followings (e.g. Chaos and Black Cashmere). FYI: Available in Canada at Holts as of June 2008, I emailed them. It is NOT discontinued but only available in a 50ml EDP, no more 100ml :-( And I believe at Nordstorm's and the Donna Karan Beauty website in the USA.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles
kallymarshall 6/18/2008 8:13:00 PM
The golden rule, "never buy unsniffed" is meant to keep you from buying something as delectable a Bal à Versailles based on MUA and thinking everything else will live up to the reviews you read here. Yes, there is a bubblegum/cola note at first but fades quickly and leaves a sensuous, resinous, oriental fragrance that does not overreach but stays close to you. Wearing Bal à Versailles is like being clothed in sumptuous silks, you feel luxurious and sexy. EDT is inexpensive, even in Canada. Absolutely full bottle worthy. I am enchanted.
Perhaps I read too many reviews and expected too much? I tried a decant of the extrait and can put my wallet away. It is pleasant but not outstanding or interesting (to my humble nose). Well crafted and harmonious but not inspiring enough to purchase.
Caron Pour un Homme (ou une Femme :-) de Caron. I am surprised this is not marketed as unisex, it works very well on women. I love the refreshing lavender opening and the comforting (not too sweet) vanilla drydown. I wear it all year round when I want something inoffensive and casual. An olfactory hug.
Light, summery, violets and powder fragrance. I like the covered in pink bubbles reference made by darkhoney, most apt. I like it but am not sure I would buy another bottle, a bit too much powder in the end. Must try it in the bath.
Wrong fragrance in the decant? I didn't smell orange blossom or any other the other poetic things noted by previous reviewers. This was a scrubber. Too heavy and vintage for even my Tabac Blond loving nose.
Oh my, this is an exotic, seductive, smoky, leather scent. Other reviewers have listed the notes so I will not repeat them. I have the extrait and it is divine. I have not tried any other concentrations. Fragrances with similar elements you may wish to try if this is not quite what you were looking for: Le Labo Patchouli 24 - skin musk, Parfums d'Empire Cuir Ottoman - more leather, Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque - spicy, Donna Karan New York - soft suede. It is seduction in a bottle for women who are unique or wish to be, definitely not something for the masses. Probably needs a light hand when applying, it could be too much in close quarters.
Truly the scent of an old woman. It smells like something died. It is, without a doubt, the most vile fragrance I have ever had the misfortune to smell. White Diamonds is a shining example of why fragrances are being banned. The sillage grabs you by the throat and squeezes like a rabid dog. White Diamonds is too strong to be worn without consideration for others. Yes, I know people ask you what you are wearing but they are asking because they NEVER want to make the mistake of buying it, not because they love it :-0 Trust me, I worked in the cosmetic department, it doesn't smell good on anyone.
Cloying, decaying, evil scent. I used to work for Clinique and cringed every time someone reached for the tester. Once at a Clinique "school" they were circulating the tester, I thought I would die from the stench. There was no way they were making me wear it. If you must wear this, please limit yourself to one squirt because fragrances like this are the reason for the increasing number of scent bans. It is too strong/concentrated to be worn without consideration for others.