Fragrances -Comme des Garcons - Series 5- Cinnamon Sherbet
sarakat 5/7/2008 7:28:00 AM
This stuff is awesome. It has the exact same "hot/cold" quality that I love about some lavender scents. It is a touch sweet in the top notes, but dries down less so. Not so spicy that it singes your nose hairs, but definitely packing some heat. There is vetiver in it, along with white musk, and I'm pretty sure that's where it gets its "cool" character, which couples so well with the cinnamon.
This has become my HG hair spray. I have naturally curly hair and it does an excellent job of taming frizz and holding my style without any sticky residue, lacquer effect, or stiffness. The smell is not great, but it's gone within 10 seconds, so who cares?
Fragrances -Comme des Garcons - Series 5 Peppermint
sarakat 4/29/2008 5:30:00 PM
This is the perfect summer fragrance--crisp, herbal, minty goodness. This is not a synthetic, sweet mint. It smells like you crushed some mint from the garden onto your skin--there is also a definite fresh cut grass accord goin' on. The drydown loses much of the mint and becomes quite herbal and grassy in nature. I really like this scent in hot weather, and at $40 for a 30 ml bottle, it is astonishingly affordable.
OOh YES, there's that delightfully perplexing play-doh heliotrope note! The heliotrope is present throughout this fragrance, but especially apparent after the citrus top notes dry down. If you like Etro Heliotrope and citrus, you will probably like this one.
Well, that is odd. Everyone else either loves or hates this fragrance, it seems, and gets either lovely creamy honey or some sort of dirty headshop nightmare. I get neither. The very, very top notes smell of gorgeous natural honey to me, but that disappears within 10 seconds and the fragrance becomes pure, unadulterated powder on me. It's not dirty--powder smells quite clean to me--but it's not honey or wood, either. I'd rather get my powder fix from other fragrances, though, so the rating I give this is low both for that, and for the fact that I find the name rather misleading.
Pretty! Sad that this one is LE--I smell peonies, honeysuckle, and light musk. Lovely for spring. The bottle is kind of garish, but that doesn't at all reflect the character of the scent.
This scent says carnation and vanilla to my nose. I suppose that's not surprising, because even though I don't think carnation is listed as a note, rose amber and ginger are, and people often describe carnation as a spicy, warm rose. I could see how this would work on some people, but on my skin it takes on a plasticky tinge and the rose is too sickly sweet.
This smells like honeydew to me, though no fruit is listed in the notes. It's a sweet aquatic scent. Not my cup of tea, but not objectionable either.
If I am ever in the market for a grapefruity scent, I will buy this one. It is a ruby red grapefruit opening--juicy and sweet/sour. The jasmine comes through in the drydown and mixes surprisingly well with the citrus.
Fragonard's fragrances are really very wearable and pleasantly affordable--I've been impressed sampling their line. This one was additionally a surprise, because they managed to make something with a noticeable rose note that I can wear without gagging! I get earl grey tea in the top notes of this, followed by an interesting jasmine-tempered rose. In the drydown it morphs into something reminiscent of a clean dryer sheet--but in a good way. I don't think I'll buy it, as it doesn't "grab" me, but it is certainly nice.
This is a beautiful soft floral, redolent of fresh cut peonies and carnations. It lasts all day on me if I spray my hair, and the bottle is beautiful--all gold. Remarkably affordable for the quality.
I'm envious of the other reviewers who had "warm" and "spicy" comments--on me, Reve Indien is pure eau d'Band Aid. Really. Gack!
Oh dear lord, the plastic. I spritzed my sample eagerly, as my experience with the Guccis thus far has been positive (Gucci II is nice, I think). It started out nice and fresh--not amazing, but not horrid, either. Then the drydown turned it all to plastic and gave me a walloping headache. I will definitely not "rush 2" expose myself to this again (yuck, yuck).
This is my favorite fragrance in the powdery almond/heliotrope genre. It doesn't at any point become harsh or medicinal or worse, CHERRY, on me. The drydown is the most beautiful almond vanilla powder. It's also not too sweet, which was my main problem with Acqua di Parma's mandorlo di sicilia. Oh yes, and let's not forget that the opening smells like playdoh! Love the price--$46.50 on Amazon.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Andrée Putman Préparation Parfumée
sarakat 2/3/2008 11:35:00 AM
I can appreciate the beauty and originality of this fragrance, but it falls into the category of "things I like to smell, but not smell like." If they made a candle with this, I'd be all over it. As it is, I smell quite a bit of pepper, dry sunbleached driftwood, and water. How it manages to be both dry and wet at once is a wonder to me (hence the high rating). But, it will not be touching my skin again, because I really don't want to smell like pepper, driftwood, and water.