Product Reviews by elfriede

Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Aqua Allegoria Mentafollia [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Jun/15/2013

Not bad, but I prefer Herba Fresca to Mentafollia. What keeps this from being perfect? It's some sharp, fresh-synthetic note I can't put my finger on. Could be whatever they use to render the green tea note--could be hedione--could be a synthetic wood note. Doesn't keep me from wearing the scent now and then, for variety, but I won't repurchase.

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Hair Treatments - L'Oreal Paris - EverStrong Deep Replenishing Masque

3.0
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May/30/2013

Found this at Big Lots--perhaps it's being discontinued? It has a tropical/oriental sort of scent, sort of vaguely amber/coconut/vanilla/tropical flowers/sunscreen. Not unpleasant, but too strong--the scent lingers in a big way, enough to clash with my perfume, depending what I'm wearing. I like that it doesn't contain any silicones. My hair is noticeably softer and smoother …Read more

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Fragrances - GIVENCHY - L' Interdit - *(Audrey Hepburn)*

5.0
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May/25/2013

This is about the vintage--I haven't tried either of the newer versions. I inherited this bottle from my mother. Apparently she was gifted with it and didn't like it--I'm not surprised; she didn't care for powdery scents. As others have noted, the aldehydes are similar to those in Chanel No. 5, only toned down a bit. It's old-school, but doesn't seem dated. …Read more

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Moisturizers - Pond's - Dry Skin Cream

2.0
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May/20/2013

Price is right, scent is pleasant, silky feel, good all-round product--if you don't have sensitive skin, that is, otherwise don't risk it. I bought this inexpensive cream because of budgetary constraints and was very happy with it for a few months. No clogged pores (though at 45 it's less of an issue now), sinks in nicely with no greasy after feel and a nice matte finish, spreads …Read more

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Moisturizers - Simple - Replenishing Rich Moisturizer

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May/16/2013

"Sensitive skin experts", my butt! I see no red flags in the ingredient list (though my list of red flags is a work-in-progress), but it's a good thing I did a spot test before putting this on my entire face. Very irritating (it burns!), does not spread easily, does not absorb well. Also has a plasticky smell, as others have noted. Should have read the reviews first!

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Fragrances - Rochas - Tocadilly

3.0
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May/09/2013

Because it's lilac season, I remembered my sample vial of Tocadilly. Not my kind of thing as it turns out, but I can see the appeal. Rounded and soft--nearly seamless--no edges, no shifting facets, though it did warm up a bit after the first hour, when slight hints of sandalwood, coconut, and amber emerged. The overall composition is mostly devoted to sweet spring florals (especially …Read more

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Shampoo - Palmer's - Olive Oil Formula Smoothing Shampoo

5.0
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Apr/20/2013

I was looking for a shampoo that was gentle, had some good oil in it (my discontinued favorite had avocado oil), and was free of sulfates and silicones. I have Caucasian hair that is wavy and very frizzy. Sulfates = poofy-fried-witchy-poo hair. Silicones = greasy hair and scalp zits. This is working out well. The first day I noticed some improvement, and my hair is softer, shinier, and …Read more

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Fragrances - Floris London - Floris China Rose

3.0
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Dec/03/2012

Similar to Caswell-Massey's Damask Rose, only without all the powder and with a lot of sweet fruit, mainly peach. A big, sweet, girly, hot pink rosey rose. Smells mostly synthetic but not "drugstore synthetic." Fairly linear, excellent sillage, little dab'll do ya, lasts all day. Mostly peachy-rose with a hint of vanilla and spice. I don't like my florals this vivid …Read more

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Fragrances - Kuumba Made - Frankincense/Myrrh

4.0
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Apr/20/2011

It's lighter and cleaner than I expected. Sometimes myrrh oils have a heavy, almost narcotic, syrupy quality and I'm not getting that here; this has a drier, more peppery myrrh. Altogether it's lemony-peppery-woody-sweet, with a bit of a hippie vibe but not too much. (I doubt it has lemon, but frankincense can have a lemony aspect.) Grounding/centering. Dries down light & …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Poivre Piquant

2.0
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Apr/11/2011

I enjoy the zippy pepper opening, but then the scent never quite hits its stride. It is as if only half the notes are here--the melody is missing and all that's here is the accompaniment. Some scents are supposed to be simple, but this seems unfinished. Late drydown also includes one of those headachy synthetic wood notes that smell like pencil shavings (at this price point is real cedar …Read more

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