Product Reviews by MelissaM

Fragrances - Etat Libre D'Orange - Like This

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Aug/13/2012

I received a sample of Like This this past winter and recently purchased a FB because I loved the sample so much. I'll reserve final judgment, because could be that wearing this heavy, heady scent in August is an ill-fated notion, but currently, I can only give it 3.5 stars out of 5. I do give Like This props for being the most unique fragrance in my entire collection. When I first spritzed …Read more

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Fragrances - Etat Libre D'Orange - Malaise of the 1970s

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Jul/13/2012

Terrible.

Just terrible.

To first quote from the Etat Libre D'Orange website: "Blast off the last wafts of patchouli trailing after the Summer of Love ... Malaise gives off the metallic smell of the Iron Lady tearing down British society – 'There’s no such thing as society' – to sell off the rabble and rubble to the City." Great ad copy, folks. Only …
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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Cuir Mauresque

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Dec/27/2010

Wow. So I'm reading the reviews of Cuir Mauresque, and none of them resonate with the scent that I perceive when I first used my Lucky Scent sample. I'm not one of those people for whom leather works very well (Daim Blond + My Skin = FAIL), but Cuir Mauresque is one of those fragrances that I wouldn't know was "leather" unless you pointed it out to me. With my skin …Read more

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Fragrances - Lea St. Barth - Lily

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Dec/30/2009

I've not been overly impressed with St. Barth in the past. Lea and Lea Extreme failed to wow me, and Jala, falls in the "nice but nothing special" category. Lily, on the other hand, has a uniqueness that I didn't expect. I ordered it blind from Luckyscent after noting that some reviewers likened it to the scent of a mojito (which I adore). And yes, on first blast, it has that …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Lostmarch Lann-Ael Eau de Toilette

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Apr/10/2009

When it comes to reviewing fragrances, I tend to use a gentle touch. That said, the only thing that I found complimentable about Laan-Ael is its uniqueness. But for me, that was simply not enough. This stuff smells like it fell right off the CSP Amour de Cacao truck ... but what, that's not a chocolate note, it's ... buckwheat? Yes, buckwheat. Which, on it's own is kind of a …Read more

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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Insolence Eau Glacee [DISCONTINUED]

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Apr/03/2009

I really wish that I weren't the first person reviewing Insolence Eau Glacee, because so many people here do a much better job -- but I'll try my best! If you're on the fence about the original Insolence because you find it too "pink" or "girly," take a sniff of this, and it will change your mind. The Eau Glacee has been described as having an "icy …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Sarah Jessica Parker The Lovely Collection - Twilight Eau de Parfum Spray

3.0
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Mar/30/2009

Hmm ... I want to give this a 2.5, but rounded it up to a 3 because it does have potential. How well you can wear Twilight depends on how well you can wear amber notes. Thus far, the only amber I've found that works perfectly for me is BBW Sensual Amber, because it has a "tanginess" to it. SJB Twilight is very light and powdery, and agree with the first reviewer in that it has a …Read more

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Fragrances - Elizabeth Arden - Britney Spears - Curious

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Mar/18/2009

I got this as a sample with a produce that I ordered online and decided to give it a try -- Fantasy isn't that terrible, eve though I wouldn't buy it. Curious goes on nice, but the drydown was sooo familiar. I sniffed my skin repeatedly to try and figure out where on earth I'd smelled this before. And it came to me: Anais Anais. Not a dead ringer, but very similar, at least on …Read more

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Fragrances - Lancaster - Lovely Liquid Satin by Sarah Jessica Parker

5.0
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Mar/18/2009

Excellent! I really love the original Lovely, and because I'm almost out of my second bottle of it, I decided to try the Liquid Satin instead. This retains the "heart" of the EDP, but without any sort of "alcohol" smell. I didn't realize how sharp the perfume was compared to the Satin. While I still like both, I prefer the Satin. Note: This scent does really …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Bois et Fruits

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Mar/14/2009

This is a scent that I'll have to revisit again. My first impression upon application was that it was eerily similar to DelRae's Bois et Paradis. But the nice woodsiness soon dissipated to leave only the fruit notes behind. While they are nice fruits indeed -- smooth, dried fruits that are not too, too sweet -- I'm not sure if they alone can carry this fragrance. If I sniff …Read more

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