Product Reviews by highrise

Fragrances - Balenciaga - L'essence

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Jul/01/2017

I love this, just wish it had more glomming power on me.. It's a chic androgyne fragrance with powder violet over clean ambroxan woods, and a delightfully minerally undertone that smells almost inky - it's that vetiver that ties it all together and reminds me of a tamer Balmain Encre Noire. The fadeout requires frequent reapplication though.

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Fragrances - Narciso Rodriguez - NARCISO Eau de Parfum

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Apr/01/2016

I love what Narciso Rodriguez does with musk. He combines it with accords that put it in new lights, and creates a totally new creature. All his scents are unique and memorable, and I think this one really supersedes the others. It didn't take immediately, but it was one of those that you feel compelled to come back to repeatedly. On my skin, there is a slight camphorous scratchiness …Read more

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Fragrances - Dior - Miss Dior

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Jun/30/2015

I love vintage perfumes, especially chypres and leathers. I have far too large a collection, but there was a Miss Dior-shaped hole in it. I'm a little surprised at myself that it took so long to get it, as much as I love Cabochard, Y, Azuree, Givenchy III...you get the picture.
This absence dates back to around 2000, when I first seriously started collecting and wearing vintages. I …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Al Rehab Perfume oils

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Mar/02/2015

The cute 6ml rollon oil bottles seem to suit mini-reviews. These perfume oils are cheap, gorgeous fun for scent-lovers, most lasting incredibly long and seeming much higher worth than the price!
Sultan al oud: a very warm, ambery oudy wood, beautiful for layering, lasts terrifically.
Nebras: a dayglo sweet floral. Nuclear intensity.
White Full (or just 'Full'): pure …
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Fragrances - Diane Von Furstenberg - DIANE

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Feb/11/2015

Diane is very artificially 'pretty', and in a good way. A rose-woody, slightly soapy and very feminine construct, it's also got tentacles and wickedly long lasting power. I'm reminded of Chloe L'Eau and Love, with its echoes of rose-patch and clean powder. Being a big fan of soapy scents, I'm really happy with this. It's going to be a definite daytime go-to!

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Fragrances - The Body Shop - White Musk Libertine edp

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Jul/09/2014

While the regular White Musk is too acrid, this has some musky heft while topping it with softness and fluff. My initial impressions were of a masculine with a few lace frills - a plus in my book! A real garconne of a scent.
I got it half-price at TBS so I believe it's on its way out.
ETA - I always get a compliment when I wear this!

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Fragrances - Yves Rocher - Monoi L'Eau des Vahines

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Jun/18/2014

The tropical/beachy category of scent was conspicuously missing from my collection...never one that I actively sought out. The recent flurry around Guerlain's Terracotta parfum started me on a trip down that rabbithole, and while I missed out on the Guerlain, I just had to have something along those lines.
Yves Rocher is a wonderful French brand of fragrance, skincare and makeup that is …
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Fragrances - CHANEL - No.5 Parfum

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May/15/2014

Bona fide, textbook Classic. I loved that it was (arguably) the first abstract perfume, smelling like nothing but itself. My mother wore Shalimar and Rive Gauche, so I don't have a family history or association with No. 5. The first bottle I bought was a splash bottle of EDT; Coco had just come out but I felt I should start with the benchmark. I didn't get it: too clean, too …Read more

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Fragrances - Calvin Klein - Truth fragrance

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May/13/2014

I bought this unsniffed based on comment and reviews and am very pleased. It's been grouped together in my cabinet with JLo Still, Blass Nude, Kanon Norwegian Wood and Contradiction...calming, elegant, beige, zen. There's a lot of woods and green in Truth, but it's also got a warmth which melts very pleasantly on skin. It quietly surrounds you all day.

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Fragrances - Nino Cerruti - Cerruti Image

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Apr/22/2014

This is great. I have Moondeva and Cullyflight to thank for it, the former for her spot-on passionate descriptions on the fragrance boards, and the latter in these reviews for comparing CIW to a 'modern building'.
I draw a line connecting this with CK Contradiction, as they share a cool, detached and officelike demeanour - as in the fragrance of overhead fluorescents, empty …
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