This strongly resembles L'Eau d'Issey: a fresh, light, slightly floral fragrance. Nice and easy to wear, but not unique.
This is a very green violet scent. It opens brightly, with the lemon and fruit taking point, then that peppery note sneaks up and bites your nose (in a good way). Finally it settles into a soft violet. It's pretty, but it fades away quickly -- too quickly given the price. I only gave it three lippies because after the pepper goes it smells like a number of much less expensive violet scents. According to basenotes this contains: essence of Italian lemon, blackcurrant bud absolute, raspberry, essence of Turkish rose, a violet-iris accord, coriander essence, pink pepper, black pepper and musk.
This smells very artificial to me. That dreaded plastic note climbed right up to the top and grinned at me, daring me to wash it off. And I did. So sad, because I really like Vanille abricot.
Cherry pipe tobacco sprinkled with sugar. I really love it, but someone at the office asked me when I started smoking, so I guess this is a non-work scent!;-)
Moisturizers -Olay - Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer
theodote 10/1/2006 5:27:00 PM
Ack! Wish I had read these reviews first! But Olay products usually work so well for me that I grabbed it when I saw it. Knew it was a bad idea when the whole top of the package came off along with the lid. And I, too, got acne on my cheeks where I usually never get any. Avoid at all costs!
Insolence is being marketed as a "spiral" fragrance. I'm not sure what that means, unless it is the reason that on me the violet is always there, while other notes dry down. At first it is violet and fruit, then it is violet and rose, then it is violet and tonka bean. And it's the last that made me go back to the store for a bottle. It morphs from a teenybopper into a woman right there in front of your nose! So if you didn't like it at first spritz (I didn't), give it a sniff after a wait.
I love the smell of baby powder. Thus, I quite enjoyed this scent. However, since a huge tin of baby powder cost considerably less than eighty bucks, it seems more reasonable to use powder. As long as you aren't wearing black . . . .
Fragrances -Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Perfumes - Eau des Iles
theodote 1/25/2006 3:00:00 PM
In my search for the perfect metaphor, all I can come up with right now is "Frapin on testosterone." By which I mean both scents try to catch the essense of the base liquor. Whereas Frapin is all cognac and cheese at the club, Eau des Iles is a Cuba Libre in a crowded bar on Saturday night. It opens with a heavy hit of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and slowly dries down until it smells like aged oak from the barrel behind the bar. In between you get a whiff of the cigar smoker on your right and a trace of the perfume on the hot young thing cruising the dance floor. There's much more wood than smoke left on me when the party's over. Yeah, this is definitely masculine, but the right kind of woman can probably handle it.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Regina Harris Amber Vanilla
theodote 10/30/2005 8:31:00 PM
The vanilla smells cheap in this, and has a slightly metallic tang to it on my skin. Too bad, because the powdery amber I detected underneath seems nice. At these prices, I expected much, much better.
It's not great, but it's not all bad. That sharp top note (whatever it is) is indeed like fingernails on a blackboard, but on the drydown it is a decent vanilla. I wasn't looking for vanilla in a scent called Ambre, however.
This is a great lemon fragrance. A strong initial burst followed by a slightly woody undertone, then it fades quickly. It isn't very complicated, but it is miles above the rest of the "citrus" scents out there. And it lasts way longer on me than Goutal's Hadrian. Perfect on a hot day when you want to cool off without annoying your coworkers. I pull it out when the forecast is over a hundred (which is pretty often where I live).
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Le Prince Jardinier - Ciel mon jardin
theodote 9/23/2005 12:10:00 AM
Rhubarb pie! I kid you not! It's rather a fun scent. The top notes are green and sharp, rather like the part of the plant you throw away. After the dry down it smells exactly like a finished pie. Unfortunately, I would rather eat a pie than wear one; hence the modest rating. Ladies who like mildly sweet foody scents may enjoy this.
Something must be wrong with my sniffer. All I get is a standard white floral. Pretty, but dull. At the opening there is a promising hit of bold citrus leading a leeetle shy rose by the hand. But no basil. No woods. No perky carnation tossing its peppery head at me. Not even the vetiver, which usually stands out, makes it through the pretty flowers. At the drydown, all that is left is a plain floral/musk that smells like a lot of what I already have. It's gotta be me -- look at those notes!
This is a very dry scent. I tried it because people mention sandalwood and I am a sandalwood freak.:-) Oddly, on me it pretty much goes right to frankincense and oud. But I'm not too sad, as I quite like the warm, incense-y drydown. Yeah, oud tends to be masculine, but this blend doesn't cross the line on me. It'll be a great scent for Fall.
Whenever someone dismisses a scent by stating, "It smells just like (insert cleaning product here)!" I take it as less of a slur of the fragrance and more as praise for the cleaning product. The P%G's of the world have adapted to the consumer's demand for scents that are fresher and more natural. Hence my chagrin at discovering that Cote Bastide's lemon verbena reminds me very much of Old English Lemon furniture polish. But this is a good thing! The smell of sharp lemon zest is the reason I stick with Old English over the Pledge-y wannabes. So if, like me, you'd rather chew the lemon rind than drink lemonade, you might want to give this a try. It gets only three lippies because it is very, very fleeting on my skin -- more like a body splash.