Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Heeley Bubblegum Chic
msm4slm 10/22/2012 7:28:00 PM
This is primarily a tuberose fragrance, with the "bubblegum" (in this caae more of a Juicy Fruit gum) aspect of tuberose amplified. It's very sweet, in a floral way as opposed to a gourmand. You really must like tuberose to enjoy this one. It's similar to Nasomatto Narcotic Venus and, to a lesser degree Parfumerie Generale Tubereuse Couture (the sugar tuberose one), to give you some idea.
This is a cheerful, bright, yet delicate Spring floral. It positively sings from the moment I spray it on until it fades which is all too quickly. It is like a sweet little Spring bird--very charming! It does have the gentle, creamy sweet note in many Byredos. I feel it does not detract from the freshness of the fragrance, but rather kept it from veering into cologne-y territory, and keeps La Tulipe a gentle, delicate beauty. La Tulipe is a charmer. I find myself reaching for it often, and will probably purchase a bottle in spite of the cost and poor longevity.
Upon application this is a harsh jasmine. After it melds with your skiin about half an hour it becomes something akin to the Philosophy line of fragrances--very nice and clean smelling. It strangely bears a closer resemblance to resemblance to a mimosa scent (such as St. Barth) than a jasmine soliflore. Overall, it is very nice but, given the price, there are lots of better options.
Not as iris-y as I was expecting. Opens with what seemed to me more of a lily note which made me wonder if I received the right sample. I suppose this is the carrot-y note everyone is talking about. This predominates over the iris. Not a bad fragrance: very cool and refined and nice for summer, but not particularly grand either. The bottle is very attractive with the gorgeous cobalt blue.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - The Different Company - Sublime Balkiss
msm4slm 3/26/2012 10:16:00 AM
A different take on classic cologne, this being the berry/cassia note. The fruit notes are not sweet, and this is very unisex. Not horrible, not great, and definitely not worth $200.
It is indeed a Chanel--the cool elegance, aldehydes, etc. The drydown does feel like Eau Premiere. My teens call this one the "lemon baby powder" Chanel. It's very soft, though not sweet and cuddly. It still keeps that Chanel aloofness. I kinda miss the green "bite" of original 19; it gave it a nice olfactory "focal point". This is more a wallpaper scent. I don't mean that in a bad way, because that is what lots of people are looking for in a fragrance. Worth trying.
I think the ad copy Marie Antoinette stuff is a bunch of hype, but this is a beautiful fragrance nonetheless. It's your basic spicy, dark rose chypre composition. It was a little overwhelming at first spray--in fact I was concerned it would give me a migraine. However it dries to something I think is somewhere between the "sexy" of Jubilation 25 and "pretty". It definitely is the kind of perfume with appeal to the opposite sex. It's like Portrait of a Lady with a spicy undercurrent of a Lutens composition. Black Jade is very feminine. Lasted a very long time on me with great sillage; I think I would be careful to spray lightly,
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561 - Fiore di Riso
msm4slm 7/23/2011 2:47:00 PM
I fell in love with the Lucky Scent sample vial. I prefer to have a spray sample before a large purchase (I believe this one was $160) but since none was available from TPC for this fragrance, I ordered and held my breath...and... Well, this goes on much differently sprayed than dabbed. The Lucky Scent vial was gentle white flowers (like Kai) on a soft rice powder and vanilla base. From the spray bottle, Fiore di Riso is somewhat harsher. It has a medicinal smell the first half hour or so. Perhaps this is the "ginger" note not perceptible to me from the sample vial.. After that time Fiore di Riso does soften up and smells alot like Kai on a slight rice powder and vanilla base. It's still pretty, but I'd like it better if the base notes were more front and center. Three sprays last about four hours, with quiet sillage. I think, given the price point, this could be better, but overall still pleased with the fragrance, though I would not repurchase.
I believe this is one of the best diva type tuberose fragrances on the market. Not for the timid or haters of big white florals, this is sultry and exotic, with perfect sillage and good lasting power. Closest to Fracas. Very expensive, beautiful presentation. If tuberose is "you", you must at least try this one.
I have rosacea hyper-sensitive skin and eyes. I didn't think I'd like the Chanel creams. They are a line which, to me focuses on more on elegance over gentleness. However, the Sublimage is one of the creamiest and gentlest eye creams I have found. It does not sting, and keeps the eye area nicely hydrated. Worth $200? I could actually justify that because it would easily last a year. However, I do not like the fact it comes in a jar,not a tube (bacteria issues), so I have been content to purchase sample tubes off Ebay. Much easier to work with, and within the realm of affordability, too.
In the small Lucky Scent vial I first received, I picked up all the candy-corn and leather notes; however in this larger spray sample from TPC I am getting a huge amount of vanilla. Nothing wrong with that; however, this could pass for Lea St. Barth easily (vanilla musky pleasant thing). My main gripe is Dzing's, and most L'Artisan fragrances' , lack of staying power, especially given the price point.
I gave Angel three stars because it is at once despicable and a masterpiece. It is a love it or hate it thing. STRONG and long lasting, cloyingly sweet with a masculine aftershave note interwoven. Very strange but compelling nonetheless. Sexy in a blatant kind of way. Sprayed lightly, I enjoy some of the middle stages. The drydown, however, smells very cheap. Definitely not for the office or closed quarters,
This is a more sophisticated and better-done version of some the Victoria's Secret fragrances. Despite its list of hardhitting spice notes (coriander, etc.), the overall effect is a very girly-girl--a soft yet still bright, cosmetic scent rather than an oriental spice bomb. I agree with the "sexy in a wholesome kind of way" comment. I've been through several decants of this fragrance. I love it! One: it is surprisingly gentle and would be a good line to try if you get allergies, migraines, etc. Two: I've found if I over apply I get the "mothball" notes, so less is more. Good lasting power, too, but no powerful silage. Great for daytime.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561 - Cara
msm4slm 6/17/2011 7:25:00 AM
Well-executed, gentle anilla-almond scent. Not o er whelming or headache-inducing or adolescent-sweet. Soft and comforting. Impressed with all three fragrances--Cara, Chia and the new Fiore di Riso from this line that I tried so far. All are soft snuggly sensual things that pass the "husband test" too!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - The Different Company - De Bachmakov
msm4slm 5/30/2011 9:29:00 AM
DeBachmakov is a gorgeous icy citrus for summer. I am in total agreement with the previous poster as it does not evoke Russia in any form for me, either--more the Caribbean indeed. Testing from a 1.5 ml spray sample, this does last all day for me, with a light sillage. Very refreshing and elegant; the high price is its only downside.