Product Reviews by Perfmavin

Fragrances - CREED - Love in Black

4.0
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Aug/28/2009

The reviews for this fragrance are highly mixed, indicating to me that it reacts quite differently on different people. That being said, try before you buy. This is expensive. On me, Love in Black is a terrific fragrance. No one note overpowers, the violet being tempered by the iris. There is wet-woody undertone, yet no detectable cedar as some have mentioned. I have also found it to be …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Fleur de Liane

4.0
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Oct/17/2008

A long-awaited scent that probably should have been released for the spring/summer season. Fresh sweetish green notes at the top with a bit of a melon-y, marine quality to them. Beneath is a rooty dryness. I detect there may some orris down there. I find this a refreshing fragrance to wear, although it is a bit ephemeral.

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Bois de Violette

5.0
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Sep/09/2008

I think we are back to Feminite du Bois - which I had been sorely lacking for years. A very woody, edgey fragrance with violet overtones. Truly unique.

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Fragrances - The Different Company - Bois d' Iris

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Sep/09/2008

One of the top irises. It does not have the steely edge of Lutens' Iris Silver Mist, but more of a woody base. Nor does it have the sweeter edge of Hermes' Hiris. An excellent all-round iris for those who are captivated by that particular note.

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Fragrances - Andy Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain by Andy Tauer

4.0
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Sep/09/2008

This is really the only amber-y fragrance I have been able to tolerate on my skin. Most amber-y fragrances end up being cloying and sickeningly sweet. Here, the amber is much more balanced with the other notes. Another thing I really like about this fragrance is that, even though the notes are well blended and balanced, I sometimes get a passing whiff of one note or another. Perhaps likes being …Read more

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Fragrances - CHANEL - 31 Rue Cambon

4.0
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May/06/2008

I was skeptical about this one, especially after the all the hype over the "Les Exclusifs" collection. I am also a woman who cannot wear most Chanel fragrances as most smell too artificial on me. 31, Rue Cambon has turned out to be a welcome surprise. Very well-crafted, sophisticated. I cannot decern any particular notes with the exception of the iris - but nothing jarringly sticks out …Read more

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Fragrances - Hermès - Un Jardin Apres La Mousson

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May/06/2008

I was hopefully awaiting the release of this fragrance as I am very fond of its 2 predecessors. Unfortunately, it was a true disappointment for me. The top is fruity and some of that remained in the dry-down. However, what really stuck out was a harsh, edgy base that was all together unpleasant on me. I can usually wear pepper-based fragrances - e.g. l'Artisan's Piment Brulant - but …Read more

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Fragrances - CREED - Original Vetiver

4.0
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Jul/31/2007

The soapiness of this fragrance evens out what often is a very edge-y scent. It isn't quite as earthy as, say, Villoresi, but it makes for a very clean fragrance for both men and women. The effect somewhat reminds me of Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta.

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Fragrances - CHANEL - 28 La Pausa

4.0
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Jun/26/2007

When I first tried 28, La Pausa several months ago, I was generally turned off. I did not find the scent lasting and, therefore, did not see the sense of spending $200 on a bottle of it. However, I have since tried it again and have changed my mind. I am an avid lover of iris scents and have a number of them in my collection: SL Iris Silver Mist, DC Bois d'Iris, Hermes Hiris and the like …Read more

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Fragrances - Acqua di Parma - Colonia Assoluta

4.0
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Jun/07/2007

I was looking for a summer fragrance that would be sophicated and subtle. I didn't think this would do the trick, but it does. True, it has the notes mentioned in the other reviews, but they are so well blended that none of them sticks out distinctly on me - only a very powdery dry-fown. I can wear this any day when I'm not in the mood for one of my singularly distinctive fragrances. It …Read more

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