Product Reviews by jemimagold

Fragrances - Estée Lauder - Tom Ford Purple Patchouli

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Nov/02/2009

Tom Ford's Purple Patchouli was nauseatingly sweet on me and an instant scrubber. In fact, I am starting to get a headache just thinking about it. Rumor has it that as of now (Nov. 2009), it is scheduled to be discontinued.


If you are interested in trying a woody Tom Ford perfume that is elegant and beautiful, check out his Noir de Noir. For a fun wood-based Tom Ford …
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Fragrances - Annick Goutal - Un Matin d'Orage

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Sep/18/2009

I was surprised at how much I liked Un Matin d'Orage. Prior to trying it, I had heard that was a "sweet" perfume and anyone that knows me knows that I don't like sweet.


Well, I don't think it is sweet at all. Its main note is Chamapaca which always smells like a peppery gardenia and that concept is evident here. I also get a nice whiff of warm, woody …
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Fragrances - CB I Hate Perfume - Wild Hunt

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Sep/18/2009

When I bought a sample of Wild Hunt, I expected to detect earthy forest notes, perhaps a bit a sweat from an energetic hunt and possibly the astringent scent of decaying leaves. However, what I got from Wild Hunt was the pure smell of dirt. It is extremely realistic and the creator is certainly talented to achieve the exact smell.... But, as far as smelling like this, I don't want my skin …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Ortigia - Coral Shell

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Sep/11/2009

Ortigia’s Coral Shell has the scent you get when you walk through the “maquis” (dense coastal shrubs on the Mediterranean coast) in Provence and brush against all sorts of aromatic plants. It is a lush, clean-smelling mixture of the notes below and has a decidedly herbaceous vibe although no single note stands out except maybe the balsam. Stylistically, it is a unisex perfume and reminded me a …Read more

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Fragrances - Giorgio Armani - Armani Onde - Mystère

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Sep/09/2009

Dear Reader- Imagine the faintest, wispiest, most "is it there?" incense fragrance and you will have a good idea of Onde Mystere. It is aggravatingly light, to the point where I made my husband smell my wrist to see if he could detect any perfume on my skin. (He could but barely.) From what I could tell, Mystere is predominantly incense with a hint of smoke and rose …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Byredo Gypsy Water

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Sep/09/2009

Ah... Gypsy Water. What can I say- I love everything about this perfume! My initial introduction to the Byredo line was Pulp which emitted a searingly long-lasting grapefruit/cassis smell but I saw Gypsy Water on the counter at Les Parfumeurs on Ebury St. in London and was intrigued by the name so I spritzed. Gypsy Water descended upon my skin like a soft cashmere-like blanket of spice and …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Honore des Pres Sexy Angelic

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Sep/01/2009

I have two beefs with Honore des Pres' "Sexy Angelic" which are as follows:

a) The ridiculous, pseudo-Victoria's Secret type name made me suspicious even prior to sniffing. But, I love a good deal of Olivia Giacobetti's work (IUNX, L'Artisan Parfumeurs) so I was willing to overlook that and try a sample.....

However.

b) Um - Miss …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Mazzolari Marina

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Sep/01/2009

Mazzolari Marina is marketed as a marine fragrance but it is more of a floral on me with gardenia being the most prominant top note with an overly sweet honey middle and base (which gets rather head-ache inducing as I don't like sweet perfumes). To be fair, if asked, I think most people would say that Marina smells like a medium-priced (say Redken) shampoo and would appeal to someone that …Read more

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Fragrances - Fragonard - Vetyver

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Sep/01/2009

Yowza! The opening note of Fragonard Vetyver smells like a blast of cheap aerosol hairspray and it doesn't improve much from there. I don't get much vetiver from this (at least the vetiver I know and love) or any other discernible note for that matter. Rather, Fragonard Vetyver smells like a random drugstore cologne that an elderly man would wear.


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Fragrances - Prada - Infusion d'Iris EDP

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Aug/29/2009

I think my search for a wearable (on me) iris perfume has come to an end. Prada's Infusion d'Iris is an elegantly feminine fragrance which thankfully doesn't have that overtly "rooty" iris note (which always ends up smelling like an ashtray on me). Instead, Infusion d'Iris is well blended and soft, with predominant notes of powder and orange blossom. I keep sniffing …Read more

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