Product Reviews by inglaterra

Fragrances - Dior - Jasmin des Anges Eau de Parfum

4.0
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11 months ago

This is a very clean, clear jasmine that is a tad syrupy. Imagine Tresor got a little makeover from her more hip friend Diptique and grand dame auntie Nahema.

The first blast to me is a loukoum sort of fresh sheer floral that dips its feet in a pool of apricot nectar and then coats itself in powder. It is very clean, elegant, and even a tad too polished in the opening notes. The …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Violetas Francesas

2.0
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Jan/26/2013

There are many aguas de violeta, or violet colognes, out there. This version seems to actually smell like violet, and not violet and carnation like Royal Violets, and not slightly like a French pastry shop, like Corlys.

That being said, it smells the most industrial of the three. A very perverse triumvirate of chemicals, bold violets, and sweetness.

Simply a matter of …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Agustin Reyes - Royal Violets

5.0
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Jan/25/2013

Positively stellar and superior agua de violeta, or violet cologne. No bombastic opening or sillage, just sort of a sensual, sophisticated late in the day Shalimar easiness. Instead of a powder bomb violet that you would find yourself saying "not bad for $5.99", this holds its own. Its more in the background, while you are quietly comforted by some sort of warm skin note. Bottle is …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Corlys - Violetas

4.0
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Jan/24/2013

Drop dead cute glass bottle of inexpensive agua de violeta, or violet cologne. Dab it on, and it will probably be hardly detectable after an hour, but at under $10 for a huge bottle, its not a big deal.

Gives off a powdery, faintly sweet-but-with-personality violet scent that astounded me with its initial sillage. A cheap thrill meant for children but good for someone like me with a …
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Fragrances - Hermès - Un Jardin Sur Le Toit Eau de Toilette

2.0
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Jun/18/2012

Winter update: Temps below 50 F, this perfume calms considerably. Its sort of a green powdery water scent. Like a mist from melted snow that had come off of a garden. Retry it!

On fabric, it smells of L'Artisan Dzongkha meets Acqua di Gio. Both fumes have a green somewhat aquatic note and also a screechy drydown that reminds me only of the smell of floor cleaner. I have …
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Lotions/ Creams - Bath & Body Works - Aruba Coconut

4.0
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Apr/02/2012

I'm not normally a B&BW fan, but I had to exchange something that I got as a present, so I got this instead.

I was attracted by the lagoon-blue packaging, I admit. The smell of the body creme is a light coconut, tinged with just enough lychee so that its not too one dimensional, with just a slight hint of maybe, white musk to keep the whole thing from turning into a …
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Lotions/ Creams - Fragonard - Rose de Mai

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Jan/21/2012

I bought this product as a set with the spray at the factory tourist store in Grasse. The spray is a powdery rose silage ubergoddess, and the lotion is no different. I gave my mom the spray.

This lotion is so over the top strong, cloying, not for the faint of heart, and not with just rose notes. Notes are:
rose blossom, gardenia, violet, jasmine and wild lily of the valley …
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Gels/ Soaps - Unlisted Brand - Mysore Sandal Soap

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Jan/20/2012

Mysore Sandal. You had me at that, and for $1.19 at an Indian mini-mart, I thought I'd try you.

It smells like sandalwood. The kind we want but aren't going to be getting much of. That is, until you remove the plastic wrapping off the soap.

Out pours this petroleum smell. The texture of the soap film on your skin is oily, and it turns the water milky. Who …
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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - L'Heure Bleue

5.0
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Jan/11/2012

I really can't write a storyline about why I like this in modern edp form, because I am just in a happy trance with this on.

Its happiness in a bottle, or should I say, contentedness. Everything is right with the world.

I am not getting the almond pastry note, nor the play doh one. Just a sibling of Mitsouko. LHB is the pensive one, the type who would drag my …
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Lotions/ Creams - GUERLAIN - Samsara Ritual Body Lotion

4.0
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Jan/04/2012

Poison, Opium, Samsara, Mitsouko. Why do I like the divas? And why would I buy this lotion given that Samsara is such a screecher on me?

Because when you find "your" Samsara, its like a natural high. The lotion is everything you want from this powerhouse with much less of the sharpness. Oh. My. GAWD!

Its ridiculously expensive at about $60 (still cheaper than …
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