Product Reviews by FrenchToast

Fragrances - Van Cleef & Arpels - Gardenia Petale Eau de Parfum

3.0
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3 months ago

I do not have too much to say about this fragrance other than that it is stunningly beautiful in the top notes. It is still nice in the dry down, but the main beauty lay in the too quickly faded top notes. It smells so fresh, realistic, and delicious, and it is actually quite sheer for this type of white floral, but the performance is poor.

Longevity, projection, and sillage leave …
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Fragrances - Elizabeth Taylor - Passion

1.0
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5 months ago

Passion is the second Elizabeth Taylor fragrance I have purchased. The first was Diamonds and Rubies in either an EdT or an EdP formulation. I do not recall exactly. It was a new bottle, and given the notes, I expected it to be a love or at least a strong like, but sadly, I must tell you dear readers that it smelt like hairspray to me and not good hairspray either.

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Fragrances - Ralph Lauren - Romance Eau de Parfum

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10 months ago

Romance was a fragrance that I looked forward to testing because I love Ralph Lauren Safari and had reasonably high expectations for Romance, but Romance is definitely not another Safari. Where to begin?

I really do not enjoy giving any fragrance a negative review, but Romance is a very synthetic mishmash of notes that smell more like a very inexpensive floral-type air freshener than …
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Fragrances - Houbigant - Chantilly

4.0
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Jul/03/2018

Top Notes: Fruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli.

Heart Notes: Spices, Carnation, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom, Rose.

Base Notes: Leather, Tonka Bean, Musk, Benzoin, Oak Moss, Vanilla, Sandalwood..

I recalled this fragrance from many, many years ago, but I could not recall how it smelt. I read a few reviews wherein the reviewers stated that is smelt like …
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Fragrances - CHANEL - Chance Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette

3.0
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Jun/30/2018

Any time I order from Chanel, they always send me a couple of samples with my order. This was one of the samples I received. It has been sitting in my parfum cupboard with a ton of other samples for at least two years now. I want to try to use up a lot of my samples, so today after my bath, I chose Chance eau Fraiche as it seemed a good choice for this extremely hot weather.

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Iris Silver Mist

2.0
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Jun/29/2018

Some time ago I was gifted a bottle of Iris Silver Mist by a dear friend. I have had it in my parfum cupboard for months untouched. Tonight I was rummaging around trying to decide what to wear whence I accidentally tipped over the bottle, and it fell onto some clean towels I store in the cupboard. I thought, thank heavens it did not break! Then I thought, perhaps now is the time to finally …Read more

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Fragrances - Frederic Malle - Noir Epices

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May/25/2018

Fresh, Tart Orange Peel and Little Else

I have fallen in love with a couple of Malle Fragrances, much to my wallet's chagrin, but Noir Epices is not one of them. I mainly detect nothing but very fresh, tart orange peel or rind just as if I had begun to peel a fresh orange. This citrus note dominates the entire composition for me from top to bottom. I like orange, but I prefer it a …
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Fragrances - CHANEL - Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense

3.0
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Mar/27/2018

Well, I finally stopped by Macy's on Sunday and tested CMI. As many reviewers have said, it is very close to CM EdP. The biggest difference is that the citrus has been toned down in the Intense formulation, and that makes it a bit smoother (and thus much more acceptable to my nose). At least that is the main difference as far as I am concerned. I cannot tease out notes of amber, tonka …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan

4.0
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Feb/09/2018

I initially tested MKK two or three years ago maybe more. At that time I was new to Lutens fragrances and to niche fragrances in general, and I found it to be extremely animalic and rather masculine. It did not seem to be a good fit for me at all.

However, I have tested it a couple of times again recently and this time I found it to be much more unisex. I finally was able to …
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Fragrances - Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower

3.0
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Jan/26/2018

Notes: Tuberose, Eucalyptus, Coconut, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Melon, Ylang-Ylang, White Musk, Bergamot.

I was gifted a sample of Carnal Flower recently, and I liked it so much that I purchased a full bottle from a very reputable retailer. I do not know how old was the sample gifted me, but I now suspect that it must have been a few years old because the perfume in the full bottle …
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