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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Stash by SJP

4.0
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Sep/16/2016

Really like the sweet, warm campfire incense that makes up 80% of Stash, but am distracted by the strong cool/menthol note. It's interesting to experience that hot/cold dynamic, but I don't really want to smell interesting. I want to smell good. And coherent.

Micallef Gaïac and Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black do a better job in this space. Oh, and the bottle looks like a …
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Fragrances - Pacifica - Tunisian Jasmine Lime

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Aug/05/2015

Let me preface by saying I am a huge, huge fan of this brand. I own twelve of their fragrances, many of those in several formulations. I got the email about this launch and immediately dropped what I was doing to run over to Ulta and try it.

...um, no thanks. Goes on smelling like margarita glasses left out overnight -- sharp alcoholic lime; stale, not fresh. Fades down to a plasticky …
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Fragrances - Estée Lauder - Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent

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Aug/01/2013

I have really tried to like this one for two summers now, but I am done. In addition to the beachy/coppertone scent get a hard, plasticky celluloid note, so it's less "bronze goddess" and more "creepy antique doll smeared in sunblock."

I also always felt vaguely ridiculous wearing this as a pale redheaded Irish person. I look like I should smell like moss or …
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Polishes - Mineral Fusion - Nail Lacquer

5.0
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Jun/17/2013

Nice natural polish. Bought at Whole Foods for $8, in Nickel & Dime, a lovely pewter. I am a swimmer, and this has survived about 3 pool miles without degrading, even though I don't use base/top coats.

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Costes by Hotel Costes

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Aug/22/2012

This was suggested to me because I love Tam Dao. I don't get the similarity at all, other than they are both linear and not sweet. Tam Dao is a freight train of cedar and sandalwood, and Costes smells like those cinnamon-scented pinecones that turn up in craft stores in September. Sorta/barely woody with a lot of cinnamon. Not a surprise that this was originally an environmental scent, and …Read more

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Gels/ Soaps - Unlisted Brand - Plantlife Aromatherapy Herbal Soap Sandalwood

5.0
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Aug/19/2012

Oh my goodness, this is HG material for sandalwood lovers! I found this soap in the local hippie grocery and it is sublime -- warm, woodsy, and oh so very aromatic. it contains not just sandalwood oil, but also sandalwood dust and the effect is super-duper woody wood. Just having the bar in a dish on my bathroom sink scents the room and the adjoining hallway! It is the first sandalwood product …Read more

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Fragrances - Comme des Garcons - Hinoki

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Aug/19/2012

I was expecting a lot of wood here, and am disappointed to find this frag so minimalist. Yes, the dominant note is wood, but I blasted myself with this and after twenty minutes of airy green sauna I had just the barest whisper of scent. At this price point, unacceptable. It is very unisex, however -- I did not get any harsh/aftershave to tip it into a men's frag.

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Fragrances - Jo Malone - Lime Basil Mandarin

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Aug/16/2012

No good on me. It doesn't seem to blend with my body chemistry in any way, so the effect is just me, holding a lime and standing next to a basil plant. Would be a very nice room scent or kitchen soap, but strange and alien as a body scent.

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Fragrances - TOM FORD - Neroli Portofino

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Aug/15/2012

This is the first perfume I sought because of the color of the bottle -- that dark aquamarine is mesmerizing! That said, the juice is a bit of a disappointment. It blasts on hard -- I found it almost overwhelmingly masculine, and I am a gal who wears a lot of unisex and men's fragrances. It settles down to a marine orange blossom, with a waxy heaviness keeping it from feeling airy or …Read more

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Fragrances - Tommy Hilfiger - Tommy Girl

3.0
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Aug/15/2012

This smells just like an Arnold Palmer: half tea, half lemonade. LT had me hoping for more. It's not bad, but I'm afraid its popularity spawned a million smell-alike household products, and now, almost 20 years after its release, it is hard to distinguish Tommy Girl from a dish soap or hand sanitizer. Nice bottle.

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