Product Reviews by FrenchToast

Fragrances - TOM FORD - Noir de Noir

4.0
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1 month ago

Noir de Noir (translated Black of Black) is the first fragrance from this house that I have added to my collection. After reading many reviews and scrutinising the notes, I felt confident I would at least like it if not love it. I am happy to report that I love it!

I am not sure why I waited so long to add a Tom Ford fragrance to my collection. I suppose it was because I had only ever …
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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Gourmand Coquin

3.0
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2 months ago

Guerlain really stretched itself on some of its newer compositions in the last few years such as Gourmand Coquin. This fragrance has received so many enthusiastic reviews despite the fact that it is not easily recognisable as a Guerlain that I simply could not ignore it. I admit I had some trepidation in purchasing GC because it is undeniably a gourmand, and I am not a gourmand lover per se. I do …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Borneo 1834 Eau de Parfum

3.0
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2 months ago

A Tour de Force Olfactory Illusion That Transports the Wearer to Another Time and Place

Serge Lutens and Christopher Sheldrake chose not to gild the lily, or in this case the patchouli, in composing Borneo 1834. Instead of a heavy, sweet, gourmand fragrance, which the house certainly can do if so desired, this is more of an intellectual fragrance if I may put it that way. It takes the …
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Fragrances - Oscar de la Renta - Esprit de Oscar Eau de Parfum

3.0
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3 months ago

Top Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Cedrat
Heart Notes: Egyptian Jasmine, Orange Flower, Tuberose, Parma Violet, Iris
Base Notes: Heliotrope, Musk, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Amber

This review is for the eau de parfum which is a warm, amber colour unlike the eau de toilet which is more yellow in colour.

Armfuls of Purple Flowers Laid on a Warm, Ambery Base
Espirit de Oscar opens …
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Fragrances - Annick Goutal - Heure Exquise

5.0
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3 months ago

I cannot add much more to what other reviewers have said about this fragrance already. Heure Exquise is quite simply a drop dead gorgeous fragrance, and if I did not know better, I would be convinced that it is a legendary Guerlain creation. This is classic French perfumery at its finest as I have only known Guerlain to do it, and this is very high praise indeed coming from a Guerlain worshipper …Read more

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Fragrances - Lagerfeld - Chloe Narcisse Eau de Toilette

4.0
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4 months ago

(I would give this fragrance 4.5 stars if possible, and I definitely would repurchase it if I used up my bottle!)

Narcotic Narcisse

I have read many reviews of this fragrance, and the reviews seemed to suggest that it is either a love it or hate it fragrance. I am firmly in the LOVE IT! camp after blindly purchasing the EdT, which is as strong as many have suggested. Performance …
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Fragrances - Avon - Occur!

3.0
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6 months ago

Top Notes: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Cardamom, Coriander.

Heart Notes: Lily of the Valley, Carnation, Gardenia, Rose, Frankincense, Vetiver, Myrrh, Jasmine, Patchouli.

Base Notes: Amber, Leather, Honey, Coconut, Styrax, Moss, Musk, Castoreum, Vanilla, Civet.

I am not really sure how to categorise Occur! given the notes pyramid. It opens with a massive blast of aldehydes …
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Fragrances - Van Cleef & Arpels - Gardenia Petale Eau de Parfum

3.0
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9 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

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11 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

1.0
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Sep/02/2018

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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