Product Reviews by HelenVanPattersonPatton

Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Vitriol d'oeillet

3.0
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Sep/21/2011

Writing the first review of a scent makes me nervous, and this one particularly so because it is a Serge that was highly anticipated prior to its release. Like a few others, I was a little disappointed. We expected Scarlett O'Hara and we got Melanie Hamilton.
The opening is spicy enough, with something slightly cool and almost bewitching. Almost. But that's the sassiest part of the …
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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Patchouli Patch

5.0
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Sep/01/2011

Yum. Delicious. Two words that ran through my head after the first half hour of wearing this scent. Before that I was less than impressed. This is a smooth, sweet, warm patchouli and sandalwood fragrance that is not going out on a limb, but is totally wearable and very pleasing. It makes me think of Juliette Has a Gun scents, only Patchouli Patch focuses completely on...patchouli (JHAG has …Read more

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Fragrances - I Profumi di Firenze - Talco Delicato

5.0
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Aug/25/2011

This one didn't immediately cause a stir. The first few times I tried Talco Delicato I liked it but wasn't in love. As time passed and I went from a sample to a decant to another decant I somehow came to really appreciate it.
I can see the comparisons to baby oil, but it reminds me a bit of Laura Tonatto Plaisir. There's just the underlying something that makes it a snuggly …
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Fragrances - I Profumi di Firenze - Tabacco

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Aug/25/2011

I agree with dreamstorm's review from 2005. Tabacco begins with smoky tobacco and dries down within moments to a warm tobacco leaf and slightly smoky sandalwood. It stays pretty close to the skin and would be a great daytime choice for a smoky tobacco scent lover who is afraid to wear Fumerie Turque before 5pm. It might not blow me away like a few other smoky fragrances, but it holds its …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Voleur de Roses

4.0
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Aug/21/2011

Wet, earthy, sexy, dirtyish rose. Marketed as unisex, but one of the few florals I would find extremely sexy on the right man while not wanting to also wear it myself. It's very deep because of the rose-plum-patchouli combination, and to be honest, that combination isn't me. I love all three notes, and I am a huge fan of rose-patch scents (Juliette Has a Gun...) but the plummy note in …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - L Ete en Douce

5.0
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Aug/21/2011

I remember receiving a sample of this when it was first released under "Extrait de Songes" and I was immediately smitten. I knew I'd go through bottles, plural. I adore L'ete en Douce (Soft/Sweet Summer Day? Anyone?) and keep a bottle handy, as it it refined and genteel; perfect for any given relaxing day filled with sunshine, clean cotton dresses hanging on the line, cool …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Fou d Absinthe

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Aug/21/2011

I like this but have to admit it is one of my least favorites from L'Artisan. I enjoy the beginning due to the anise, but I prefer MCMC Maui for my anise scent. After the initial top notes dry down, I find Fou d'Absinthe to be too masculine for my liking. That said, I really can't say I would love and adore this on a man. It's a bit boring in its dry down, which is quite rare …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Drole de Rose

5.0
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Aug/21/2011

Though there have been many, many wonderful rose releases over the past few years--most of which have gained love from this once non-rose gal (Lyric, Mille et Une, Ta'if, Coup de Foudre, the JHAG line, and so on and so forth)--if I were pressed I would claim this as my favorite rose. Yes, it is comparable to Lipstick Rose but each has its own unique quality, and they are quite different when …Read more

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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Apres l'Ondee

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Aug/21/2011

Oh how I wish I could own this in its parfum form, as it is absolutely divine yet not a scent I wish to spritz over and over with abandon; unless perhaps I'm home alone for the day and/or night. The combination of notes in Apres l'Ondee (some of my favorite notes) make it pensive, melancholic. Because of this, it needs--I need--the pure perfume. I want wafts of aniseed, hawthorn …Read more

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Fragrances - CHANEL - 31 Rue Cambon

5.0
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Aug/17/2011

This is lovely and I find it a little similar to #5 Sensual Elixir. There are women for whom this is or will be a holy grail. I've had one decant since it was released and have thought of how lovely it is every time I wear it. The thing is, it isn't a scent that has automatically entered my mind to wear for any specific occasion. It's more like I've been looking through my …Read more

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