Product Reviews by freskagirl

Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Vetiver Oriental

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Jan/18/2007

I love vetiver, and (generally) the deeper and darker the better. I get no thrill from Guerlain's Vetiver, for example, which I find too clean, almost soapy-smelling. In the vetiver spectrum, Vetiver Oriental is definitely darker than Guerlain's, and darker than Lorenzo Villoresi's, a favorite vetiver which has a wonderful woodsy edge. Vetiver Oriental is not quite as dark as …Read more

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Candles - Claus Porto - Tabaco - Tobacco Candle

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Jan/17/2007

The Claus Porto candles are truly some of the most beautiful I've seen. They are 10.5 ounce soy candles poured in clear glass containers etched with Art Deco designs, and nestled in tissue paper in beautiful gift-worthy boxes (also with Art Deco designs) with magnetized lids. And at $30, they're quite inexpensive compared to many high end candles. Best of all, the scents are gorgeous …Read more

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Candles - Claus Porto - Alface - Almond Candle

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Jan/17/2007

The Claus Porto candles are truly some of the most beautiful I've seen. They are 10.5 ounce soy candles poured in clear glass containers etched with Art Deco designs, and nestled in tissue paper in beautiful gift-worthy boxes (also with Art Deco designs) with magnetized lids. And at $30, they're quite inexpensive compared to many high end candles. Best of all, the scents are …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - Santa Maria Novella - Crema Per Le Mani

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Jan/17/2007

I like this almost as much as the wonderful SMN Pasta di Mandorlo. The texture takes a little bit of getting used to--it's thick and pasty, almost waxy, and takes awhile to absorb. Only a very little bit is needed. The scent is a strong, slightly herbal/floral lemon, and it tends to stick around. I prefer the almond scent of Pasta di Mandorlo. But this cream really does work wonders! I …Read more

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Fragrances - SONIA RYKIEL - Rykiel Woman Not for Men Perfume For Women

4.0
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Jan/17/2007

I love this stuff despite the hideous bottle and silly name (Not for Men! As if there were droves of men desperately wanting to wear women's perfumes. It's actually the other way around, I think.) This review is for the EDP; I've heard the EDT is much more floral. I'm a pepper-lover, and I get quite a lot of pepper from this at first, then a soft, slightly vanillic leather …Read more

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Fragrances - Andy Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain by Andy Tauer

5.0
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Jan/10/2007

I wouldn't have guessed from the listing of notes that this would become a favorite, but this perfume has rocketed to the top of my list. Rather than smelling the individual notes, I get a sense of dryness and slight sweetness tinged with spice. It's beautifully-blended, long-lasting, and truly evocative. It delivers exactly what it promises, and there's not much more I could …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Profumum Fumidus

2.0
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Jan/10/2007

I didn't like this, but I don't think I hated it as much as the previous two reviewers. The notes made me think of Alan Cumming's eponymous fragrance (well, the scotch note anyway), but it smells nothing like that. It smells like Liquid Smoke added to Maitre Parfumeur et Garnier's Route du Vetiver. MPG's RdV is a great--if really intense--vetiver scent. Adding Liquid …Read more

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Fragrances - Parfumerie Generale - Cuir Venenum

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Jan/10/2007

It's 1985. I'm in my local album/head shop trying to pick out a Clash album. The hippie that runs it is burning some cheap-smelling fruity incense. I am wearing a brand new Wilson's leather motorcycle jacket and chewing some Grape Bubble Yum. I like everything about this memory...except the scent. Leather and fruit just don't go together (and that goes for Fruit Roll Ups …Read more

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Fragrances - Parfumerie Generale - Coze

5.0
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Jan/10/2007

Dark, peppery, dry and dirty. The sweetness in this is a dry and dusty undertone; it is not at all cloying. The pepper smells like a hot red pepper, almost like the pepper in CdG Harissa. I, too, can smell the ashtray accord that another reviewer mentioned (weirdly, I only smell it on the tops of my wrists), but it's somehow pleasant. Definitely a scent to check out if you like perfumes …Read more

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Fragrances - Lorenzo Villoresi - Vetiver

5.0
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Apr/14/2005

Another scent from Lorenzo Villoresi that I love! This is a dry, woodsy vetiver; it's not as citrusy as Guerlain's. I get a lot of the rosewood up front, with some lovely black pepper, and then a delicious, purely vetiver drydown. Gorgeous!

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