Product Reviews by Olfactoria

Fragrances - Lucky Brand - Lucky You

5.0
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5 hours ago

I never paid much attention to this scent in the early ‘00s. But I visited someone recently and she had a small tube of Lucky You lotion in her bathroom. I sniffed it and was amazed by how “pink,” fresh, and pretty it smelled! She told me it came from a $10 fragrance set at CVS. I found the set and bought one for myself (body spray, lotion, shower gel & bath fizzy).

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Fragrances - Carolina Herrera - Carolina Herrera Eau de Parfum

5.0
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4 days ago

Ahh... this is tuberose heaven! Ironically, when this first came out in the ‘80s... I HATED it. Reminded me of my grandma, who would get trigger-happy with perfumes like Fracas, Joy, & Jungle Gardenia until my sinuses screamed for mercy. That woman just about ruined white floral perfumes for me!!

Giving this another try in 2019 at a duty-free shop, I fell in love (and ordered it …
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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - Angel Eau de Parfum

5.0
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12 days ago

Are you ready for the QUEEN MOTHER of fruitchouli fragrances? The trailblazer that started it all, back in ‘92? Well fasten your seatbelts, because Angel ain’t for the meek.

When this perfume launched; it was considered so incredibly weird and unusual that many in the beauty biz predicted its imminent failure. Fermented fruit, chocolate, pralines, cotton candy, and an obscene overload …
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Fragrances - CHANEL - Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense

5.0
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27 days ago

Popular for excellent reasons, Coco Mad is as structurally perfect as fragrance gets. It just smells undeniably GREAT— in fact, I tend to compare new fragrance releases to Coco Mad and always find them deficient in some way when compared to the Pink Queen. .

This is a signature fragrances for so many women because it’s just so many good things in one: a sparkling citrus, a tender …
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Lip Gloss - Maybelline New York - Color Elixir (All Shades)

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1 month ago

I’m guessing these were recently d/c’d, as I got mine from Tuesday Morning for $3. Too bad; this is a really nice full-color lip gloss!

I got the shade Caramel Infused and I’m very happy with it. It’s a warm, face-brightening tawny pink that seems like one of those “universally flattering” shades. The packaging is cute— the receptacle that holds the gloss is shaped like a lipstick …
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Lotions/ Creams - Estée Lauder - Youth Dew Perfumed Body Creme

5.0
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2 months ago

Youth-Dew is a lifelong affair for me... she and I have had a complicated relationship but in the end, I love her. (Which is exactly what a witchy, spicy, complicated beast of a vintage fragrance demands.)

The Body Creme is my favorite way to wear Youth-Dew (the bath oil is a close second). The creme format simply brings out the best in this glorious brew of …
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Blush - Bobbi Brown - Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - Powder Pink

3.0
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2 months ago

I would not recommend this product for oily skin. It’s basically cream lipstick smooshed into a little pot.

Powder Pink creates a lovely, very natural-looking, peachy-pink flush on my light yellow-toned skin. It lasts for several hours when applied over foundation and powder.

However, I bought this product specifically for “minimalist” days when I just want to wear blush and a …
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Fragrances - Victoria's Secret - Very Sexy

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2 months ago

I am way beyond the target age for this product, and I tend to go for classic fragrances, but I got a small bottle of Very Sexy from a friend (along with some nail polishes she was giving away).

I really, really don’t like it. The black-pepper top note is about as interesting as this gets; the rest is all saccharine artificial berries and a murky chemical “floral” melange that’s …
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Fragrances - Juicy Couture - Fragrance

5.0
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2 months ago

With its Beverly Hills pedigree; its cheerful, forward white floral melange; and its over-the-top bottle decor complete with “royal crest,”—this is Giorgio Beverly Hills for the 21st century! And I love it!

(Don’t let that comparison scare you— this is a totally clean, slightly gourmand, non-funky tuberose scent and it doesn’t take over the entire planet with one spray.)

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Fragrances - Coty - Jovan Island Gardenia

3.0
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2 months ago

I’m saving up for a vintage of this, because it smelled so much better in the ‘80s when the juice was a rich yellow color, and the creamy, fleshy GARDENIA BOMB really let loose on skin! Current reformulated version is just “okay.” The first spray smells so promising— just like I remember— but it gets very thin and faint in a hurry’ and dries down to a tiny hint of artificial coconut. (I would …Read more

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