Product Reviews by ellizam

Fragrances - Woods of Windsor - True Rose Parfum de Toilette

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Feb/26/2017

A gorgeous, sweet, almost-but-not-quite-jammy, aromatic, beautiful rose. There's a touch of leaves, but overall this is all floral, all the time. WoW True Rose (I have the Parfum de Toilette version) has the scent of essential rose oil (Turkish, yard rose), and a touch of warm, soapy musk. It does layer beautifully (as most of the other reviewers have noticed!) but it is beautiful on its …Read more

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Fragrances - Dawn Spencer Hurwitz - Dawn Spencer Hurwitz fragrances

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Feb/02/2017

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz is a genius. The only reason she isn't a worshipped Niche Parfumiste in the line of By Kilian, etc. is that she's a woman, she doesn't charge a ton, and for years she worked only in oils. I have ordered fragrance oils - the soap/candle type - for years. Occasionally, only very very very occasionally, I will find a hint of an especially nice on in her work. …Read more

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Fragrances - Elizabeth Taylor - Diamonds & Rubies Eau de Toilette

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Jan/22/2017

This reminds me a lot of MCDI's Rose de Siwa. It is a lovely rose-peach, touch of violet, soft. If you were given this in a blind test, you'd think it was niche, especially now rose is making a comeback. There's a lot of layers - a touch of spice, vanilla, amber. Warm, soft, delicious. I enjoy the goofy bottles, and the price is ridiculously low. There's a touch of …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Zoologist Perfumes Hummingbird

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Jan/11/2017

Utterly gorgeous, honeyed white floral and lilac combined with old school, vintage, elegant French floral. Reminds me a little of William Owen's Isis, but Hummingbird has a whole centerpiece of classic French-influenced floral perfumery like Joy, Arpege, Prelude, Amouage. There's a joyous white floral float that embodies spring - the opening of honeysuckle and citrus. There's …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Zoologist Perfumes Bat

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Jan/11/2017

I'm not actually sure I would buy this one again, only because I am not a fig person. But if anything could bring me over to the fig side, this would. And if I were in a vacuum where there were no smoky perfumes available, I'd be grateful to have this.

Because what Bat is, on my skin anyway, is a rich, green, slightly sweet smokebomb. I love that about it. It isn't …
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Fragrances - GIVENCHY - Very Irresistible

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Jan/09/2017

I have become obsessed with Very Irresistible and its flankers. This is a glorious rose, kind of loud sillage and very perfumey, so not safe for work. Maybe that's part of the allure. When I wear this, I'm on MY time, wearing what pleases ME. It is, in a way, a scent of freedom.

There is a maddeningly complex, seemingly simple trio at work: rose essences/extracts/oils …
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Fragrances - Yves Rocher - Rose Absolue

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Dec/02/2016

When Rose Absolue first came out, I was underwhelmed. I smelled mostly Voile d'Ambre, a sort of powdery base that was way too much like Comme Evidence. Years later, I went on a rose kick, smelled this again, and... WOW. Just... WOW!!! Close in nature to Lush's Rose Jam, but this is sweeter, more tonka-y. There is a touch of unlit tobacco, which I don't like, but very light and …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Zoologist Perfumes Nightingale

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Oct/23/2016

The opening is a weird green vegetal that made me almost didn't try it. But as soon as Nightingale had a minute of drydown, it began rolling out spice, wood, smoke, floral. I'm now on a rich classic amber/wood base (think Arpege, or maybe more the late stage drydown Parfum Sacre - clean, slightly wood, resin, but not sweet, just not bitter, that ambergris/rose/violet/clean musk …Read more

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Fragrances - Aramis - Calligraphy Rose

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Sep/30/2016

Stunningly gorgeous fragrance. The rose is a rich turkish-type rose with bulgarian rose notes as well. Original, gorgeously blended, complex, multiple layers, many variations of drydown. Most common development is to start as slightly smoky rose top with smoke and a barely sweet amber base, plus something a little green, herbal adding complexity. As it dries down, the sweet base aspect …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Twin by Azzaro

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Sep/27/2016

Sometimes I wonder if a fragrance gremlin is switching out my purchases.

The reviewers below describe something divine, exactly the scent I sought during a significant chunk of my life, and most probably will seek again. The reality, or anyway the fragrance that got left in my mailbox?

OK, first, the elephant in the room: I am a fairly frank and sometimes bawdy person by …
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