Product Reviews by amykelley

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Feb/12/2010

I like pine and incense, really I do, but I was expecting something a little more complex from a Serge Lutens creation. Fille en Aiguilles starts out as camphoric pine and smoky incense on my skin, and that's exactly how it smells at the end of the day. My home is surrounded by pine trees, so I can get a similar effect just by opening my front door. Where's my chutney? I had my …Read more

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Jan/13/2010

I sampled Gypsy Water recently and was just WILD about it. This might not sound like a ringing endorsement to anyone else, but upon first application it reminded me of the smell of My Little Pony toys from the 1980s, or more specifically, the powdery/sweet scratch-n-sniff stickers that came with them. A decant was necessary. A full bottle was considered, even at $195. And then, after wearing …Read more

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Dec/29/2009

I get excited every time I see rice listed as a fragrance note, so Champaca was a must-try for me. Unfortunately, while I can smell the tiniest hint of basmati, it's almost completely overwhelmed by the crisp sharpness of the tea and bamboo notes. It seems solidly unisex along the lines of CK One. I would probably like it a lot more if it had some sweetness or creaminess in its base to …Read more

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Dec/17/2009

I have two words for you: flea powder. Specifically, I think it was the scent of Hartz flea collars in the early 1980s. Either way, Or des Indes smells like doggie products from my childhood. I have the exact same reaction to L'Artisan Jour de Fete, but that fragrance eventually turns into almondy goodness. Or des Indes starts out flea powdery and stays flea powdery. Even if I …Read more

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Aug/10/2009

Like the other reviewers noted, this product doesn't exfoliate enough. I purchased it because it sounded less harsh than most scrubs and the exfoliants aren't made from plastic (which is very bad to put into our water supply). It works just fine as a moisturizing cleanser, but there are barely any scrubbers in it. I would happily repurchase this item if they added about 10 times the …Read more

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Jun/21/2009

Chypres are my fragrance Kryptonite. They're almost always too heavy on me, too stuffy, too matronly...just too much. I've tried making friends with Mitsouko and other beloved chypre classics. In fact, I've tried, re-tried and tried again. We don't click. I wish we did, and I'm sure our rift is due to the lowbrow nature of my nose, but whatever. When a sample of …Read more

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Apr/17/2009

Elle is all berries and patchouli on me. The berries I can live with, but that strong patchouli note is just too much.

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Jan/17/2009

I'm extremely pale with cool coloring and very pigmented lips. The first time I tried Medieval, I was a little disappointed because I could barely see it against my natural lip color. I finally realized its texture is so creamy and moisturizing that I don't need to wear any lip balm underneath it (which is how I had worn it the first time). Once the lip balm was out of the equation …Read more

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Nov/26/2008

Safran Troublant is like following up a delicious Indian meal with an equally delicious Indian dessert. This fragrance is mostly all about the dessert course, but it does open with what smells like a bit of cumin (even though it's not listed as a note) reminding you of the curry you just finished. The cumin dissipates and is replaced by gentle saffron, rose, not-too-sweet vanilla and …Read more

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Oct/16/2008

If I passed someone wearing Rain in a hallway, I'd probably think to myself, "She's using some nice soap. I should ask what it is." It's a very light combination of lily of the valley, musk and something green. It isn't a groundbreaking fragrance by any means, and I'd normally give it three lippies and dismiss it as bland, but it's been so inoffensive to …Read more

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