Product Reviews by Lenotchka

Fragrances - CHANEL - Bel Respiro

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Dec/06/2007

I have a vat of Bel Respiro that I purchased unsniffed based on the description of the notes. It was almost spring, I received the bottle on Valentine's day as a much-hinted after present from my husband. I was craving something green- a scent more substantial than Nanadebary Green, less creamy than Miller et Bertaux and Chanel's description of an EDT that was inspired by stems and …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Hors La Monde, Shiloh

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Dec/06/2007

Shiloh starts out with a fresh burst of bergamot dominated citrus and melds gently into a heart of rose damascena and a drydown of cedar, patchouli, sandalwood and herbs and a bot of creamy vanilla. Initially, I thought Shiloh was reminiscent of Mona di Orio's Lux with the blast of bergamot and the base notes of wood, oakmoss and vanilla. While the two scents do share many characteristics …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Mandarine Mandarin

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Sep/16/2007

I am shocked at the poor reviews for MM. This is such a perfect scent for fall and winter weather- it starts out with the distinct, perfectly rendered notes of tangerine peel, blossoms beautifully into a floral redolant of orange flower blossoms and settles luxuriously into a base of carmelised marmalade spiked with clove and honey with slight, wispy hints of smoke. MM lacks the sharpness of the …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - L-eau de Navigateur

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Oct/13/2006

Leather, woods, coffee, incense, a little salt, a pinch of myrrhe- L'Eau de Navigateur is dark yet crisp, dangerous, but elegant at the same time. Even though this is a man's scent, I actually feel very comfortable wearing it as the fragrance is so original and well-composed that it does not smell typically male. The first time I sampled this, I did not know what to expect- as the …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Bois Oriental

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Sep/28/2006

I recieved a sample of Bois Orientale last year and it has really stayed with me. I would take the sample out to sniff, then I had to get a decant. Now with the help of a fantastic woman in Europe I own a bell jar and it is my one fragrance for fall. As for the scent- dry cedar, chocolate, spices, a warm vanilla, yet to me this is not a foody-type smell. It is deep and rich without being sweet or …Read more

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Fragrances - LANVIN - My Sin Extrait

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Aug/25/2006

I have had a vintage bottle of the Extrait for a number of years and have been afraid to open it thinking the smell would be overly musky, powdery, animalic and generally overbearing. Finally, curiosity got the best of me, and i decided to open my bottle- ironically, batch 69. I am not sure if this is the year the scent was made, or perhaps a random number. My Extrait was in good shape, kept well …Read more

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Skincare - Body - Estée Lauder - The Body Oil Spray by Tom Ford for Estee Lauder Azuree Collection

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Aug/11/2006

What a fabulous beachy scent. Everything is in balance, the coconut, tiare, sandalwood- it just smells like a marvelous, expensive suntan oil- I happen to love this. The oil itself is nicely moisturizing right out of the shower and the scent lasts all day on me. It really is very relaxing in a glamorous way. In the evening, I layer it with L'Artisan Ananas Fizz and I have gotten many …Read more

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Fragrances - CB I Hate Perfume - At the Beach 1966

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Jul/22/2006

I got a sample of the Beach a while ago and it lay around as I am not a fan of beachy scents. On the day, I tried it, though I had a revelation- I went back in time. This is the scent of my childhood summers in New Jersey. This is Coppertone and the salt, seaweed and boardwalk that permeate the Jersey Shore. This is the smell of sun, lotion, humidity and a plastic recliner in my back yard. This …Read more

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Lipstick - CHANEL - Hydrabase Morning Rose

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Jul/21/2006

I purchased Morning Rose on a whim, then regretted it as it seemed like a dull pink color. Oddly, I have been reaching for this tube morning, noon and night. In the morning, I aimlessly put some on before heading to the gym. In the day, I pair it with the Natural lipliner and in the evening, I add a bit of gloss. It is perfect for the summer.

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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Jicky

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Jul/15/2006

Civet, mothballs, sickly vanilla and a poor lavender note squeaking in the background- thus ends my fascination with Jicky. Perhaps it is my chemistry, maybe I don't care for the civet note, could the weather have been wrong? Who knows? My DH identified this as an older scent, one that smells 'significant'. I guess he is right, but I don't really want to walk around smelling …Read more

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