Desire The One is the intenser and slightly changed version of The One with additional notes and a very sensual overall impression. Headnotes: Bergamot, Litchi, Lily of the Valley, Mandarine Heartnotes: Tuberose Basenote: Amber, Caramel, Sandalwood, Vanilla
Imagine a bowl of ice-cold water, floating in it: lime slices, lemon blossoms, orange blossoms, blossoms freshly picked from a very green kind of jasmine, ice-cubes and sweet scented magnolia blossoms... The effect is fresh and clear as water but never cold, just cooling and effervescent with a sweet top (the magnolia) that takes all the dreaded old-fashioned negative chypre-associations away. (It is not: herbal or mossy, which I like per se, but this is NOT what you're going to find here - contrary to the original Cristalle EdT...) Official notes are: Magnolia, lemon, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, and abstract white flowers. This is absolutely becoming one of my top three scents and my first choice for the upcoming spring and summer. If you like Light Blue or Ô de Lancôme, go for it!
Valentina Assoluto EdP Intense is a, as the name indicates, more intensive version of the Valentina EdP. The woody notes, white truffles and white florals (orange blossom and tuberose, maybe also jasmine) come out more prominent and after all the scents lingers much longer on my skin, developing some slightly darker, deeper notes as the EdP. In fact it smells like I expected the EdP to smell while the EdP smells like I would have expected an EdT of the same scent would smell. I like it a lot and think I will wear it often in the upcoming spring.
Fragrances -Givenchy - Very Irresistible Tropical Paradise
lillie_munster 5/16/2012 6:40:00 AM
"Very Irresistible Tropical Paradise" is the 2012-summer flanker for Very Irresistible, the famous rose-anise combo. Being familiar with the original scent only so far and liking it a lot but not having worn it for a long time, I was curious about the summer version. The opening is a fresh minty and cooling blast of what I would expect to be perfect after-shower body spray after a long day at a warm beach. Afterwards the typical anise-rose accord enfolds but it is not as sweet, the mint keeps it cool an breezy. The passion fruit accord, while passion fruit is my favorite tropical fruit after mango and pomelo, is never too sweet yet not sour at all but greenish, vegetal, fruity, junglesome... The soft base of the scent is almost a skin-scent and slowly develops and warms up like you would expect it to be. Perfect for lounging with your favorite sun-downer at your perfect beach-bar. My go-to scent this summer! Longevity is surprisingly good and its sillage is fresh and joyous. Lifts my mood. The official notes say: mint leaf and icy anise in the top, passion fruit and rose petals and a solar accord in the middle and sandalwood and musk in the base.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Roberto Cavalli - Roberto Cavalli EdP (2012)
lillie_munster 3/27/2012 5:16:00 PM
This is a sweet, almost classic, in the 1980ies sense of the word- white floral. OPULENCE is its motto! The Cavalli woman doesn't walk, she strides with pride and still oozes some friskyness, next to all her elegance and sensuality. Imagine a Tigress. For lovers of Spellbound, Fracas, Poeme or Amarige this one is a must-try. But unlike the forementioned fragrances this is not a weapon of mass destruction. Roberto Cavalli is a sensual, tropical, amber-based white floral scent which quickly melts into your skin and develops a golden creamy and sensual trail. (No killer sillage, just a nice trail...) Main notes (per the Cavalli website) are pink pepper, Orange blossom and tonka. I do detect tuberose, tiare or frangipani and vanilla, maybe sandalwood and amber here as well. I do also detect some fruity notes but they're just right enough to prevent the spices to become too strong or severe - and weak enough to be not per se identifiable as a certain kind of fruit for me. Sillage is medium to good, lasting power is medium to good. Italians just love and also do va-va-voom best, so the tiger-striped box, the feminine-rounded bottle and golden monogram-cap (by some considered as quite tacky) shall not prevent you from testing this nice new launch. Ideal for hot summer nights or a nice little cruise off your favourite shore. Come fall and winter it will prove to be a spicy summer-memory-anchor.
Elie Saab Le Parfum is the first fragrance of the eponymous Libanese designer. It was created by "nose" Francis Kurkdjian (Gaultier Le Male, NR for her). Official notes are: orange blossom, jasmine, cedar, patchouli and rose honey. I find the slightly bitter orange blossom (which becomes sweeter later on) to be VERY prominent (which is almost always a good thing for me), cedar follows as the second prominent note. After a long wear it reminds me slightly of the beloved Féminité du Bois. Other notes are rose-honey, a clean patchouli as well as jasmine. The briefing for the perfumer was about capturing "LIGHT", i read somewhere... and that is also exactly how i personally receive it. It is glowing from the inside and really bright! Suitable for any season. The scent is rather elegant but absolutely suitable for daytime wear. The EdP comes in 30, 50, 100 ml bottles and a bodylotion as well as a body cream.
A very soft but lingering powdery, almondy and slightly musky vanilla. Perfect for summer as it has no big sillage but good staying power near your skin. I also detect some tropical floral notes (Frangipani?). I smelled a combination of those or similar notes during my holidays as a child at the Mediterranean a lot. Don't know if it it was the talcum powder Italian ladies used or if baby oil was used for tanning during the eighties...(!?) I just have a lot of good associations with this combo of notes :-) It is a non-foody vanilla, no baking vanilla or fudge-note but a vanilla note like you might find it in body care products which is good as i have quite an experience with foody vanillas and wanted something different now. Recommended for lovers of: Lorenzo Villoresi MUSK, L de Lolita Lempicka, L Coral Flower/Fleur de Corail, La Maison de la Vanille scents, Lea by Calypso St Barth and Loulou.
I, too, had no idea how controversial Magot's reputation is/was...!! I tested this one many years ago in a small niche perfumery in Berlin and i fell in love with it, instantly. It smelled expensive and of abundancy for me and it still does. Sensual woods, sweet powder some overripe fruits and flowers and a splash of citrus. Eh, what's not to like in that? I love my Magot.
A ripe and really 'intense' version of the EdP (2008) version of Chloé. While the EdT (2009, too) is pure fabric softener, the EdP a naturalistic, fresh and musky-sweetish rose (no, it smells much better in reality than this description makes you expect), the EdP Intense (2009) is delicately strong, stubborn, mature and wintery. Dry spices enhance a rose in full bloom (a dry one, not sweet, mind you) and a musky base makes it last forever. During drydown a whiff of complaisant sandalwood and hints of vanilla (i.e. Tonka here) come through. Still, the pink pepper is always piercing. If you like Chloé and want some more mystery and oomph for winter/party season or just for seductive reasons, this is the one. The juice is more yellowish here though using the same silver plated bottle but with a grey ribbon. A limited "Collect'Or Edition" comes on time for X-mas with a golden ribbon (same juice). Official notes are: rose, pink pepper, tonka, sandalwood. Also i smell: powder, honey.
Hey, why are you so harsh? Is the heritage of this perfume's name really that deeply laden? Apart from being a distant relative of Opium only and therefore having to be judged as a whole different thing, this is a nice new perfume launch! Many people were disappointed because thye expected something in the vein of Opium, the super-maga-va-va-voom mistress of perfumes... well... this is a different kind of woman. She smells of amber, fruity shisha tobacco and soft/sweet woods. Her sillage is not huge but she has a disitinct "come-hither" appeal which makes you suck in her neck's smell. A perfect autumn/winter scent and a nice and completely new idea on an old but beloved theme: orientalism in perfumery. I like it a lot. Wish it would last a little bit longer, though.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - La Perla J'aime la Nuit
lillie_munster 8/22/2010 1:36:00 PM
A woody-oriental, slightly fruity in the beginning but honeyed, smokey and ambery in the base. A seductive and grown up scent that still has a smile on her face, although the bottle is so dark and straighforward sexy. Think mahogany wood and black velvet gloves. Perfect for summer nights or autumn/winter days and nights.
I really feel funny because of the brand's image, it's not my kind of clothing or accessories style at all but... the smell of their first eponymous perfume "Juicy Couture" is really really nice! I am a sucker for tuberose and this is the first "gourmand tuberose" so far i know! It reminded me a bit of an "Amarige-light"-version mixed with vanilla pudding and with dripped on caramel sauce.... Great for spring and cool summer days. I just got myself a nice big tester bottle off the bay... yummy! :-) An uncomplicated good mood scent for me.
Shampoo -TiGi - Love, Peace & the Planet Eco Awesome Shampoo
lillie_munster 4/15/2010 4:59:00 AM
Second favourite shampoo after Lush's Seanik (which is s bit stressful for my colour, of course). The scent is great and i've had no allergic reaction so far (like i have from other "good brands" shampoo's often). The foam lathers well and its washed out finely. My hair feels finally good without being too flat or too puffed up. No fuss, just a great shampoo. The product is not tested on animals, has 71 % organic ingredients, great althogether!
Love, love, love! THE perfect "beachy"-scent, everything you've been looking for for ages when you sampled all the body sprays, suntan lotions (only for their smell) and newly launched versions of "beachy" scents, summer editions and and and... It is salty and sweet/powdery, even soapy in the headnotes. Later on florals and incense along with vanilla and amber follow. I loved the review below which pictured a freshly bathed and powdered, biscuit-eating-baby being slightly dipped into ocean water (pre-warmed water, of course...) It's exactly like you smell sitting on the sundowner-deck and sipping on your drink after a long day at the beach when the scents of several layers of suntan lotion, of your refreshing bodyspray (orange blossom note, maybe?), of sand and algae, the smells of the minerals from the sea - all those still linger in your hair and on your lightly tanned skin. Maurice Roucel, imho, is one of the most gifted contemporary perfumers and many of my personal favourites are created by him. It's so good to know there's someone somewhere who exactly knows what i want to smell like!!! *hugs* to Monsieur Roucel!
No.1 mood lifter for me! The patchouli anchors the citruses and it's not as fleeting as many other citrus-based scents. Absolute stock-worthy and a staple for all year round because in spring and summer it's refreshing and in winter it lifts your mood making you think of summer days. The grapefruit is an aromatherapeutical and the herbal blackcurrant and smooth vanilla make it a true Guerlain blend. You cannot stop sniffing your wrist or sleeve and your face mirrors sunlight with its smile. Versatile travel scent, too.