Product Reviews by ayala

Fragrances - Miller Harris - Cuir D'Oranger

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Jul/01/2015

All in all, Cuir d'Oranger is the more sophisticated younger sister of English Leather: less soapy, less coumarin-y, and with more accent on the orange zest rather than its leaves. The orange in question is a sweet orange at its most waxy, oily, aldehydic self, paired with a super dry tobacco and woods base, and a subtle floral softness in the heart. The orange blossom is only a suggestion …Read more

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Fragrances - Narciso Rodriguez - NARCISO Eau de Parfum

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fromayala

Sep/15/2014

First impressions: From the get go, it appears the Narciso Rodriguez brand has attempted to create a similar cult following to their original, only with a variation: the black rectangular bottle has been replaced by a white cube. The musk was replaced by amber, a sheer, crystalline amber to be more specific. The synthetic orange blossom floral theme was replaced by a nondescript gardenia-rose …Read more

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Fragrances - CLINIQUE - Aromatics Elixir Perfumer's Reserve

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fromayala

Feb/13/2014

Aromatics Elixir Perfumer's Reserve was created as a limited edition for this cult fragrance's 40th anniversary. With the wonderful rendition of the scent in the Velvet Sheer formulation, I was certain this would capture my heart. It almost did, with the first incensey swirl of resinous myrrh and fruity plum-like roundedness and a mysterious floral backnote. Unfortuantley, this only …Read more

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Fragrance - CHANEL - Egoiste pour Homme

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fromayala

Jan/21/2014

I would hardly consider anyone wearing Égoïste selfish - anyone around you is going to enjoy it too!

Égoïste is the younger and louder brother of the demure, soft-spoken and old-fashioned Bois des ÃŽles. It opens with a burst of dry yet sweet melange of woods, citrus and spice. It actually reminds me of another favourite 80's fragrance, which is also drenched in sandalwood: …
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Fragrances - Gres - Cabochard

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fromayala

Jan/21/2014

Cabochard is so many things - green, leathery, woody, floral, indolic... It begins with a definitive juicy-green character, like frsehly squeezed wheatgrass; yet there is something ashy and dry underneath. The health-concious wheatgrass juicer is also a chain smoker. The nicotine in her veins brings the best of her - creativity, energy, laughter. It's balanced again with some medicinal sage …Read more

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Fragrances - Dior - Diorella

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fromayala

Jan/21/2014

Diorella is a very Mediterranean perfume, and truly reminds me of Grasse and the surrounding area, including the perfumer’s home and garden (which I visited in 2009). It also reminds me of a perfume that his son, Michel Roudnitska created way into the future - Eau Emotionelle - also playing on the cantaloupe-jasmine-ionone theme, but in oil-pain strokes rather than the sheer aquarelle of his …Read more

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Fragrances - CLINIQUE - Aromatics Elixir Velvet Sheer

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fromayala

Jan/16/2014

It has a consistency of a shower jel that melts into your skin. It is not alcohol free, but has only very little alcohol in it. And unlike Aromatics Elixir in the pure perfume spray - it has none of the aggressiveness and instead has a powerful but not forceful silage.

Aromatics Elixir is indeed aromatic: herbaceously dry and at first even pungent. I will not attempt to compare it to …
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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - La fille de berlin

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fromayala

Oct/15/2013

What will lure you in immediately are the distinctive tea rose with only the slightest soapiness - the iconic and familiar sharpness of the Perfumers' Workshop Tea Rose immediately comes to mind. Once it touches your skin, La Fille de Berlin quickly turns into an uber-sweet tea rose and violet-candy affair, reminiscent of the sweet-spoken Bvlgari pour Femme, only with a higher price point …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Arquiste - Anima Dulcis

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fromayala

Oct/15/2013

Anima Dulcis (Sweet Soul in Latin) was one of those rare things in the perfume world: love at first sniff. And that first sniff began intriguingly with cumin, a note so rarely used in perfume, and when it does is considered a daring choice. It's not-always favourable association with sweat is precisely what makes cumin compelling to me. It makes it more human and accessible on a personal …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Courage by One Seed Company

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fromayala

Oct/15/2013

Courage by One Seed Company opens with a very rounded, citrusy-floral-amber presence with the soprano melismas of magnolia embelishments and raspy myrrh undertones. Otherwise, this perfume is a not-all-that-courageous all-natural ambery jasmine, paired with all its long-time allies: sweet orange, ylang ylang and vanilla. While I can't say I've never smelled anything like it before, it …Read more

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