Product Reviews by Gingerbreadgirl
The sweeter side of imperialism. This is fresh, fresh pineapple still oozing with sap and the sharp green of spiky leaves, tropical nectar, and just a little marine salt - I can taste it on my tongue when I sniff the arm bearing the scent. This is delicious - a vacation in a bottle.
There is something, as previous reviewers have noted, distinctly unsettling and other-y about this perfume. On my skin, this smells like nothing so much as a car full of Mary Kay saleswomen wearing a cacophany of floral scents right after they drove through the KFC drive through. I swear I'm getting actual fried chicken in here - this is a freshly decanted sample RIS on clean skin, and I …Read more
I like this considerably better than the original Agent Provocateur, which I found very powdery and linear. Maitresse is the only white floral scent I've tried so far that doesn't turn into an overblown mess on my skin - a very light spritz on the back of the hand yields a drydown that has a nice sparkling amber base with a little bit of leather and pepper (not the cracked pepper of …Read more
My car dealership service repair office smells like this: fresh, brand new tires; cigarette smoke; generic men's aftershave. There's also a really zippy fresh-ground pepper and the saffron is VERY strong (usually such a laid-back note!). Fascinating scent, not actively repulsive even though it's pretty strange - will keep on hand just as a demonstration scent to share with friends.
I get the medicinal note pointed out by people who didn't care for this fragrance (I didn't either), which I found intensely redolent of cumin (a spice I don't care for at all). This is the strongest cumin scent I've ever whiffed outside of an actual dish of Indian curry, including the much curry-accused Les Fleurs d'Oranger. Not for me.
Very, very sweet on my skin, and extremely uncomplicated. It would be easy to duplicate this with inexpensive oils from the new age emporium or health food store (amber and vanilla), and those would be likely to have better lasting power.
I was very surprised to experience this scent as a musky wood polish (Pledge?) with a powdery finish. Somehow it's really not behaving on my skin the way it seems to behave for others - and I'm a big fan of ambery woods fragrances in general, my favorite being Sweet Amber Woods by Ava Luxe.