Product Reviews by MadamPomfrey

Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Spiritueuse Double Vanille

5.0
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May/09/2011

The opening is very strong, even overwhelming booze and sharpness. Very perfumey. I can see how impatient people could be disappointed.

However, given 20 minutes this morphs into a gourmand vanilla lover's heaven. Warm, edible and sweet, with a nice shot of rum and a hint of expensive tobacco, this is at once sophisticated and I-want-to-eat-my-arm delicious.

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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum

5.0
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May/06/2011

The descriptions of LPRN sounded like it would be right up my alley, a sweet gourmand. And it is, except right away I will say that to this is a less sophisticated execution of sweet licorice, cherry and vanilla than Lolita Lempicka, the 1st perfume. In fact, I am convinced that LL and its staggering success is the inspiration for LPRN.

It opens a bit differently, with a pleasant …
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Fragrances - Hermès - Hermessence Vanille Galante

4.0
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Apr/29/2011

This is a poem in a bottle. No, a haiku. Of all perfume I've ever smelled this is the one masterpiece that like all brilliant creations is simple and genius.

And yet the simplicity is deceptive. The subtle non-edible vanilla, the salty sea water and the gentlest of white flowers that reigns in a thoughtful and delicate way is the height of sophistication. There is something …
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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Gourmand Coquin

3.0
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Apr/29/2011

When I told the sales lady at the Guerlain counter that I love Spiritueuse Double Vanille and am considering a purchase, she immediately suggested Gourmand Coquin.

At first spray the luscious top notes floored me.. I was ready to hand over the $250, seduced by the mouthwatering dark chocolate, rum and vanilla. I love gourmands and this was delicious.

However, the rational …
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Fragrances - Kate Walsh - Boyfriend

3.0
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Mar/23/2011

I followed my nose to the tester bottle of this in Sephora. This is to me, in short, sex in a bottle.

I do get the initial strong whiff of woods but not patchouli as many other reviewers have stated. It's softer, sweeter and less abrasive than classical patchouli. Another wood, whatever they mean by Vanilla Wood.

Then the sweetness and warmth of vanilla and the …
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Fragrances - Fragonard - Miranda

3.0
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Jul/12/2010

The opening of this is just awful. To me at first blush this is a cheap drugstore perfume and for this I blame coconut. But then in about 10 minutes, the jarring sickeningly sweet (and I love sweet perfume) fade allowing the vanilla, amber and rose to appear. The light bitter note of sandalwood is lovely but too weak to make an impact. Overall I agree this smells like vanilla extract and lacks …Read more

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Fragrances - Aquolina - Pink Sugar Sensual

3.0
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Jun/23/2010

I could barely wait for the State-side release of PSS. I am in the cult of Pink Sugar the original, although one wouldn't guess it considering my age. To me, the original has the irresistible cotton candy and luscious vanilla quality but also a dark side. So I felt justified, or at the very least excused for wearing it. Delicious.

So when I heard of the more mature version …
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Fragrances - L'Occitane - Honey & Lemon (Miel et Citron) [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Mar/13/2010

Love at first sniff! I've been circling around this fragrance like a hungry bee and finally got the bottle.

At first you find gentle green and citrus opening notes that are refreshing and fleeting. The scent quickly morphs into a very true deep golden honey scent with very subtle and gentle lemon undercurrent. The tiniest hint of vanilla. How delightful for this gourmand …
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Fragrances - Coty - Halle by Halle Berry

4.0
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Jan/27/2010

I found this while picking up some Burts Bees products at the local Walgreens. The top and middle notes, fruit and florals respectively are truly lovely as well as the forshadowing of the bitter base notes. Is it sandalwood lending its bitterness (which I love) to the base notes? The first impression is edible sweetness with a touch of spice. For the first 15-20 minutes, this is a delightful …Read more

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Fragrances - Lolita Lempicka - Forbidden Flower/Fleur Defendue

5.0
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Jan/18/2010

Of course this is similar to the original LL but only in the way two sisters are alike but not quite the same. This one has a lot more green and a lot less pronounced vanilla/licorice accord. While I wear the original on really cold days, this calls for a bit more warmth and sunshine.

Notes per Sephora:

Absinth Flower, Strawberry Leaf, Mimosa Stem, Peony, Violet, Aniseed …
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