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Laura Mercier Vanille Gourmande Eau de Toilette
Laura Mercier 'Vanille Gourmande' Eau Gourmande
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on 2/12/2017 6:52:00 AM
More reviews by Pearl999
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Just a LOVELY perfume! One of my favorites during the last 6 months. Very wearable, discrete but still with lots of character and warmth. I will definitely buy again!
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on 3/24/2012 2:24:00 AM
More reviews by junerose000
Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
This is more of a cautionary tip than a review. If you are going to buy this from an online store, please buy it directly from Laura Mercier or one of the bigger department stores. After smelling a sample of this while browsing at a Nordstrom's counter and loving its soft feminine scent, I ended up not buying a bottle since it is quite pricey for a pretty basic fragrance. When I saw it on sale at Strawberrynet.com for $24, I jumped on it right away. Big mistake. The bottle that I received contained a clear juice. It was old and had gone off. The fragrance was awful and smelled nothing like what I had smelled at Nordstrom's. A fresh bottle should contain pink juice. If you receive a bottle that looks like the one in the posted picture above, you DO NOT want it. Luckily, Strawberrynet.com gave me a refund. This is one bottle of fragrance that you do not want to buy from any of the discount fragrance sites.
9 of 9 people found this helpful.
on 2/3/2012 8:06:00 AM
More reviews by ellizam
Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Laura Mercier's fragrances are lovely, and each has some slight, odd touch. Eau de Lune is no exception.On the face of it, this could pass for your standard fruity floral. However there are several odd twists. The floral is a lovely rose/lily combination, with a hit of white musk that would lift both into a really clean, almost soapy vibe if the rose heart didn't pull EdL back into rich floral loveliness. There is a top citric note -- the fruit here, along with what I think is just a touch of peach -- and in the base, a subtle vanillic/woody touch that grounds everything.Several reviews have mentioned that EdL can go rancid quickly. I think the wood/vanillic base is at fault here - when vanilla of this sort goes bad, it goes very bad. However before throwing the bottle away, do 3-7 vigorous sprays to clear out the atomizer. I've found that only the fragrance in the sprayer attachment went bad and once it was cleared out, the rest of the bottle was fine.There's another consistent complaint about EdL - that it fades quickly and is faint. This is one of those problems to do with musks - many of us are slightly anosmic to them. EdL has very delicate sillage, but it doesn't disappear, and it is definately present, just... intimate. All day little hits of this continued to rise up and surprise me. I also inadvertantly sprayed a little on my clothing, which may have helped. As it dried down, the citric/peachy vibe receeded but never completely disappeared, and the rosey heart slowly gained over the aromatic, top notes of LOTV. The vanilla never became overwhelming, nor did the wood; instead they kept the florals from becoming stabby, as rose and lily sometimes can.Eau de Lune is very nicely composed. Personally, I think the bottles are gorgeous, but I haven't dropped the heavy metal cap on one of my toes yet. When I do, I will no doubt have a very different opinion!I went to Fragrantica and checked -- per them, the notes are: mandarin orange, white flowers, violet and ylang-ylang; middle notes: orange blossom, white peach, lily-of-the-valley, rose and frangipani; base notes: amber, musk, orris root and woodsy notes. I think the vanilla (from the amber) and orris combo are what's going putrid in the sprayer. I didn't get ylang-ylang, but some of the heart and clean quality of the rose might be from violet. My nose often dulls the classic rose/violet/lily/orange flower/white floral accord into a peony-ish rose and lily combo. But I will say that this didn't smell to me like one of those million-note florals where you can't pick any single one out. It smelled like roses, lilies, and maybe violets, with orange-y bergamot pulling out the aromatic top notes.
on 1/16/2011 12:28:00 PM
More reviews by garstrieper
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
This is a totally unique and almost haunting scent. It seems very violetty, with hints of white tea. I don't remember what the actual notes are, but this is really soft, and has a gorgeous die down on me. I love this. However, it is overpriced, and the packaging, while pretty, is dangerous! The lid to the bottle is a very heavy stone, that could easily do some damage if dropped, say on a glass perfume stand or your foot! If this were much less expensive, and came in a more user-friendly bottle, I would consider purchasing.
6 of 6 people found this helpful.
on 6/2/2010 3:59:00 AM
More reviews by spearmintstars
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
At first I thought this was fresh, but...now, Roses, all I smell are roses! Not liking it at all.
on 5/1/2010 9:36:00 AM
More reviews by bassetmomma
I was disappointed by the fact that this scent didn't last on me at all. For this kind of money, I was expecting something with more endurance. It is a fresh scent that could certainly can be worn daytime and in the work place. Just wish it didn't wear off so fast. Sorry I spent so much money on this one.
on 4/18/2010 10:56:00 AM
More reviews by pinksalt
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I never used to wear perfume because everything I sampled at the counters was too flowery, or too medicinal, or just trying too hard. I found Eau de Lune a few years ago and will wear it forever.
on 7/9/2009 8:55:00 PM
More reviews by drvogue
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
It may be sleek but it doesn't come across as boring or generic to me. It's soft, well-rounded, floral with a touch of musk. It also has a slightly salty edge to it, which reminds me of summer afternoons on the beach. This is very much a skin scent: non challenging but not trivial.
on 8/11/2008 10:18:00 PM
More reviews by proximitythe53rd
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
This was my signature fragrance in high school, and I loved it. It's hard for me to enjoy it now for two reasons 1.) over-exposure, and 2.) having had a bottle that went off (years and years after I purchased it, having left it in the bathroom in bright sunlight from the skylight - in other words, it was my own fault that it went off) the smell of "Eau de Lune" slightly off is permanently infused into my memory of the fragrance, tainting the non-spoiled version in my mind. Having come quite far, and sniffed many things, I still think that Eau de Lune is a nice fragrance, but it is a bit unremarkable. The lasting power is actually great on me - around 6-8 hours, drying down to a subtle but really nice skin scent.
on 4/23/2008 1:46:00 PM
More reviews by jiicky
Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure
RECOMMENDED FOR: Women who like *soft*, subtle and unobtrusive floral perfumes that don't have sharp notes, are overpowering or cause headaches. The saleslady described this perfume to me as being a blend of roses and peaches which is fairly accurate-- I would describe it more as tea roses with some subtle hints of ripe peaches. It is a good everyday perfume because the people around you will find it a pleasant smelling enough and it is probably tolerable to >90% of the people out there. It is scent that few people will hate mostly because it is not too sweet, too aldehydic, too cloying, too young, too old, too anything.... (It is a safe bet for guys looking to buy a perfume for their girlfriend). It is a wholesome and pretty scent for those who don't want to be perceived as slut in the work place.NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: Women who want a distinctive signature scent or more of punch out of their perfume-- the initial scent is quite floral & fruity but the dry down is far less interesting-- slightly powdery.The scent, though pleasant, is slightly generic and after about 2 hours is barely perceptible. If you want to project a vampy persona, are into rave parties, sport half a dozen tattoos, or if are the type that wants a more "executive" or "aristocratic" fragrance-- or if you just want some zing from a fragrance, this is definitely not the scent for you. Also, women on a religious quest for the perfect blooming red rose perfume need to look elsewhere-- it will not be heady enough or pure enough for your taste.FINAL ANALYSIS: Though not terribly distinctive, this floral/fruity perfume doesn't smell cheap or sickeningly sweet like most adolescent perfumes that are flooding the market in places like the Body Shop or even Walgreens-- but certainly it lacks the mystique & sophistication of Guerlain et al. If I had to buy a perfume as a gift for someone I didn't know very well-- this would the first that I would reach for because it is a pretty safe bet-- you might not love it but you probably won't detest it. I plan on picking up a bottle for Mother's Day and possibly as a birthday present for friend. A nice, palatable scent. I give it a 3.8 out of 5.
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