This one is unusual as far as vanilla fragrances go, like other reviewers noted before it is not of a food-y type. You can sense vanilla present in the fragrance at all times, but it is more of a hint, a ghost of vanilla, it is hidden in this strange cold, sharp mist (maybe that is benzoin?). I thought the initial scent was so sharp, chilly, almost acid-y, it took my breath away. But the vanilla smell here is just so gorgeous when you get to it that it is worth it to endure.
This is lovely, though I wish there was somewhat less orange in this scent. Otherwise this is a cosy warm 'fluffy' chocolate scent, smells very similar to orange truffles really.
I had a sample of this and loved it, unfortunately the day I worn it turned out to be a pretty unlucky tiresome day so I am afraid now the smell would always remind me of it. However this is neither here nor there. The perfume itself is lovely, comlpex green-ish fragrance. I however don't see why it was called Grand Amour, it is not such a grand scent, nothing overly lush about it, it could be an everyday kind of smell. Somehow I expected it to have more of a rose note in it, but I guess for Goutal her grand amour had a fresher green scent.
When I first tried it on I recoiled in a bit of a shock at how sweet and strong it was. It felt a bit sickly. However, the scent calmed down and became just wonderful, sugar-vanilla-candy delicious. Word of advice though, do apply sparingly, it is quite strong, way stronger than any Dessert Beauty product. I thought the staying power was great as well.
This is one of my favourite perfumes of all time. It is a sequel to Estee Lauder's White Linen, but thankfully is nothing like that headachy sharp concoction. This is fresh yet slightly sweet, wonderful everyday casual perfume.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Ibiza by Cathy Guetta
lachaseauxpapillons 2/9/2005 5:11:00 PM
Cathy Guetta is the French singer and a socialite extraordinaire, the wife of David Guetta. So the packaging is actually a disco ball, not a Christmas tree ball. :-) Nice gourmand fragrance, not overly foody, just delicious enough. Reminded me of Nanette Lepore a bit.
Over the years I think I tried practically every Escada fragrance. Unfortunately I didn't really like any. Better put it this way , and this especially concerns Escada's Limited Editions (Ibiza Hippie, Island Kiss, Tropical Punch), when I first try them on I LOVE them, it is like - wow, this is delicious. But in a short while wow becomes 'so what' or 'been there done that'. For me, Escada's scents are one-dimensional, they don't develop like real quality scents do. There is no real middle or base note here, there is just one generic fruitiness.
There is a proliferation of fruity smells at the moment and one does get tired of them and they do eventually seem like the same fragrance. Having said that, I really liked Nanette Lepore in a sample and would get a full-size for when I am in a mood for a quality fruity fragrance. I thought compared to the rest of them (think Juicy Dessert Beauty), this is was not as one-dimensional.
I tried a sample of this, fell in love, got full-size. This was all I used for a month. I guess I overdosed on it, but now I cringe when I smell it somewhere. It is a very unusual perfume, usualy one can come up with a similar fragarnce (oh, this smells just like...), but Ultraviolet smells like none other. It is quite strong, rather sweet, a very interesting perfume. Would recommend it absolutely and totally, just don't overspray yourself like I did, pace yourself when using it. :-)
I had a sample of Chic and one night before going out just recklessly sprayed it all over without trying it out first. Served me right because I really disliked the smell, it smelled sour and generally 'off' as if it was a very old perfume kept in a warm place, which it wasn't. HOWEVER, by the end of the day the smell became much lighter and turned into something really pleasant, as if a different perfume altogether, ever so slightly fruity and pleasant. Would not buy this again of course, but in the end it wasn't all that bad.
For me this fragrance is one of the classics like Shalimar or Chanel 5. None of the mentioned perfumes I can actually wear, they are just not me so to say, but I completely understand what great complex quality scents they are. They just don't make them like that anymore, do they...
After smelling Versace's Blonde I swore never to come near Versace fragrances again, but was seduced by Crystal Noir's packaging and actually like the EDP a lot. It is very elegant, understadedly floral, really nice. Finally a Versace perfume I can wear.
It was my mistake to even smell this. On my list of most-hated perfumes this is probably No 1. I apologise to people who like and wear this, this must be my skin chemistry or something, but I found the smell headachy and pretty much disgusting. And that was Versace's idea of a blonde?
Fragrances -Dessert Beauty - Taste Kissable Fragrance
lachaseauxpapillons 2/9/2005 8:51:00 AM
I think it is quite unfair to complain that Dessert Beauty fragrances are not strong and don't have the staying power. Well, they aren't and they don't but the whole premise of the line is that it is 'kissable' and non-alcohol, so of coure it would wear off fast. I really like Taste, it is one of the scents I find myself using on a regular basis these days. Funny thing is, my husband claims to be a fan of strong classic perfumes like Shalimar and Samsara, but whenever I use Taste (and Pink Sugar) he is always sniffing around me saying how much he loves it. :-)
My mother used to have this perfume when I was little, I can still remember the box and the beautiful slimline bottle with the golden cup standing among her other perfumes and things. Even the mention of this perfume makes me so very nostalgic, this was my first introduction to the world of perfumes and to the general idea of femininity and elegance. This is a classic, up there with Chanel 5 and such.