Gosh, I'm not sure I have anything to add after Mac789's review, because her/his reaction was also my own - I was stunned. I get the incense immediately on the tail of the aldehydic opening, with the orange blossom soapiness, and the whole mélange sweetens into a fluffy meringue-like fragrance that has nothing to do with today's confectionery fragrances. It's like someone wearing a floral cologne lit a stick of incense. It intensifies and overtakes, but it burns down rather quickly until just an echo of it is left in the room, and then the vanilla comes out and combined with the ylang ylang (I think) gives an impression of the most heavenly angelic lasting sweetness. I love this stuff! I wonder whether it might have been the inspiration for Encens et Bubblegum, but that may just be coincidence or my sole impression.
Fragrances -Yves Saint Laurent - Opium Poesie de Chine EDT LE
sherrie09 5/12/2010 3:15:00 PM
I get the jasmine in this, too. It actually reminded me of TDC's Jasmin de Nuit right off the top. I was very curious to try this one, and I'm so glad a fellow MUAer sent me a sample to try. It's gorgeous, imo. I often have a hard time with big "orientals". I enjoy them on others but find them suffocating and tedious on me. This one is sheerer and much more wearable. It's creamy and sweet and spicy and floral altogether. Just luscious stuff! I'll be looking for more of this one.
Fragrances -Jessica McClintock - Jessica McClintock
sherrie09 5/6/2010 3:25:00 PM
I wore Jessica McClintock a million years ago, enjoyed it, then was bored by it and gave it away. Today, I bought a small bottle at Marshall's because I just felt like it again. Here are the fragrance notes I found online - *Top notes are cassia, basil, ylang-ylang, bergamot, black currant and lemon; middle notes are jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes are musk and woodsy notes*. I get the lily of the valley and the brightness of the lemon and bergamot up top, which all have an uplifting effect on me. I also get a distinct impression of gardenia, and it is a LOUD frag (screechy as some say). Although gardenia is not listed in the notes, whatever it is fragrance companies use to represent gardenia is in here. It must be a combination of jasmine & something. One spray is plenty. I took two and now I'm regretting it. If you like white florals this one is really pretty. Its not sheer like today's floral fragrances, though, so be advised. For me, this is a perfect summer scent.
Wow, not so bad at all! I really like the aldehydes, powderiness and sweetness of this scent. I'm definitely getting the soapiness that others have noted. I'd wear it. Maybe I'll pick up a small bottle at Walmart. ADDING LATER: Ok, I maaaay have spoken a little too soon. I really love that sparkling top phase, but the base is a let down...and that part goes on forever, naturally. One can't expect fine champagne on a beer pocket book, though. :-/
I received this as a Christmas gift and I don't know why I haven't worn it more. Sometimes it just takes me time to get acquainted with a new fragrance. I think this is a lovely scent, and a perfect amber for someone who doesn't like very sweet & powdery or macho ambers. I get more of an impression of ambergris tincture with its faint sea brininess. This morning I got a whiff of frankincense, which is not listed in the fragrance ingredients, so it was just my impression. It does have a slightly incensy feel to me, and the vanilla is just a touch, not overpowering. An ethereal skin fragrance that smells to me like an eau légère version of the original Prada scent for women. It's very, very nice!
Eau des 4 Reines is a pleasant fragrance, a soapy and slightly fruity rose that also gives me a salty impression. I bought a small bottle when I was unexpectedly in south Florida during an extremely (to me) hot and humid summer, and I found it refreshing and cooling. I love the idea behind the fragrance, the four medieval queens, the four different roses that represent them all blended into this fragrance - that's appealing to my romantic imagination. I can just envision the troubadours and the cooling courtyard fountains and the roses that grow there. :-) The juice is pretty and pink. This is a sweet little fragrance.
I love all the Pleasures (tho' I haven't tried summer editions or splashes), and especially ♥ this one for its mango note. I find it fairly long lasting, too. Not as long lasting as Pleasures. If you like regular Pleasures and you like mango you can't go wrong with this one.
The only reason I would never buy this again is because the bottle is so huge. By the time I ever got through it I would be well and thoroughly sick of it. Anyway, that said, I really like this splash. It reminds me very much of a softened up CKOne which I enjoyed in the 90s. Can be worn by either sex, imo. It's not strictly lemony, and it has a cottony-musk dry down that I find very pleasant. Mine came from Marshall's for $19.99 last year, and I'm glad I picked it up. I'll enjoy it again this year as a summer refresher. People say these MJ splashes aren't long lasting, but I don't think they're meant to be. They're meant to be splashed on with abandon as summer skin quenchers, no?
I just bought this super cheap on eBay - $20.99 including shipping. Unfortunately, mine didn’t come with the silver tone cap but with a transparent pink plastic one. This does not smell like Pink Sugar to me, because it doesn’t have the burnt note that I picked up in Pink Sugar. GH Delicious Cotton Candy has a bit of citrus brightness in the top, and then it smells pretty much like freshly spun warm cotton candy on the carnival midway. The dry down is soft and sweet and vanillic. Here are the notes: orange, bergamot, clementine, cotton candy, lily of the valley, fig leaves, brown sugar, strawberry, plum, licorice, vanilla, caramel, cedarwood and musk. I don’t get the cedarwood or licorice, and I can’t actually pick out the individual notes except the citrus in the top. I’m *really* enjoying this. It doesn’t smell too cheap and sleazy, but it’s not trying hard to be artsy either. It just smells like it says. If you like sugary scents you can’t go wrong here. This one hits the nail on the head. I'm glad I bought it even though it was a blind purchase. In response to Rocki (and I don’t think you’re being mean), I don’t think it’s that grown women want so much to smell *like* Cotton Candy as they just like smelling it. For some of us it represents nostalgia and happy memories. Some of us just have a sweet tooth. I think it’s great that we have the category of confectionery/gourmand fragrances to enjoy now – rather than eating it we can enjoy it calorie-free, lol! I suppose some people find gourmands sexy. I don’t particularly, but I do enjoy them, more as comfort scents I suppose.
Primer/ Corrector -MAC - Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
sherrie09 4/12/2010 10:55:00 AM
I've been using Prep & Prime spf 50 for a couple of years now. It's my favorite primer. I do agree that the plastic tube is too hard to be able to squeeze all of the product out toward the end. And it's rather pricey, but I only use a tiny amount so a tube lasts a fairly long time (I don't use foundation every day anyway). It makes my foundation go on smoothly and flawlessly, and I use much less foundation over this primer than I would without it. It *is* slightly irritating to my sensitive'ish skin. It doesn't cause break outs, but it does irritate a bit, and I certainly try not to get any near my eyes (I use a separate primer for eyelids - Lancome's, which I think is terrific stuff). I keep repurchasing MAC's Prep & Prime because I haven't found one yet that I like better.
Skincare - Body -Yves Rocher - Jardins des iles Shower Oil
sherrie09 2/8/2010 2:23:00 PM
I bought this and the body spray in an Yves Rocher sale for next to nothing. The body oil is very nice. I've been using it after a shower while skin is still a bit damp, and leaving it on. I don't shower it off, am I supposed to? I buff my skin dry with a towel with the oil slathered on. My skin feels wonderfully pampered, and the fragrance is an intoxicating tropical floral. I paid peanuts for it, and it's so nice. I would purchase this again. I'm not as in love with the body spray. It's nice, but the oil is wonderful. I also like that it comes in a glass, not plastic, bottle.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Coconut Lime Verbena Body Splash
sherrie09 1/26/2010 5:24:00 PM
I bought the body spray & the shower gel in a BBW sale, and I'm glad I did. It's refreshing, juicy, and uplifting, and it just smells good, much better even than I expected. I get a hint of caramel in it, but I suppose that's supposed to be the coconut. Did I read somewhere that this is a dupe of Creed's Virgin Island Water? I never tried that, so I can't confirm it, but I think that's what I read somewhere.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Lilly Pulitzer -- Squeeze
sherrie09 1/20/2010 9:40:00 AM
I'm giving it 5 lippies for the most adorable packaging ever. I like the fragrance, too, though. It's sweet juicy grapefruit and rosy florals. It's not long lasting, true, but it's pretty and refreshing and I enjoy it. It puts a smile on my face, and that's the main thing. I have also tried Beachy (the blue one), and it's nice, but this one is my favorite, as I love juicy citrussy-floral scents. I have not tried Wink (the pink one) yet.
This is great! A creamy & vanillic coconut edt that doesn't smell too artificial and tooth achingly sweet. I will buy again. This was exactly the sort of coconut scent I was looking for. Very pleased!
I just bought a 1/2 oz. mini of this for peanuts on the Yves Rocher site (R.I.P. M. Rocher). I don't think I like this. There is something sour and annoying that overlies the soft and tender jasmine. I need to live with it for a while before I make up my mind - I'm always apt to change - but this one doesn't seem to be for me.