Product Reviews by mightypog

Fragrances - Jean Patou - 1000

5.0
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Dec/12/2014

When my Mother in Law wanted to get me a fragrance for my birthday, this was my request, after months of trying samples from Surrender to Chance. Now this is my signature. It's a big rich white floral, but without the problematic indoles of jasmine (think Jicky) and since it uses few synthetics, it doesn't have that toilet cake vibe of other white florals (Narcisso Rodriguez for Her) …Read more

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Fragrances - Narciso Rodriguez - Narciso Rodriguez for her EDP

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Dec/12/2014

Tried it on in a rollerball form at Sephora today because it actually kind of smelled cool in the store. Just the tiniest smidgeon on the back of my hand. Now it's following me around like a stray dog I regret having fed. I had Black Orchid on inside my wrists, too. The dab of NR completely overwhelmed it. So many people love this fragrance but it is wretched on me. It smells loud and cheap …Read more

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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Mitsouko Eau de Parfum

5.0
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Jun/12/2014

Edit: It has become far and away my favorite fragrance. I only have 10 ml so I hoard it. It was recognizing that it smells like a homemade, rich spicy peach pie that helped me understand it, and now it's the most decadent thing I have and I'm crazy about it. This is probably my HG.

Four wearings now.
Today was the first day I could even detect any peach.
The …
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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - L'Heure Bleue

4.0
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Jun/06/2014

For the longest time I wondered what I was wearing that smelled so different than what people were describing. For instance, to me this is a chypre, not unlike the foundation of Mitsouko, and when I finally read someone else make the comparison, I was relieved that my nose wasn't alone. Also, I was delighted when someone else mentioned the root beer drydown. Haven't noticed it as much …Read more

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Fragrances - Hermès - Ambre Narguile (Hermesessence series)

4.0
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Jun/04/2014

I like it well enough to wear, but it's not an HG for me. I've worn it a couple times and both times the overwhelming impression was honey. Yesterday I actually pulled down a big jar of honey that I have in the kitchen and sniffed that to see how accurate my impression was, and sure enough, it's honey, with some fresh tobacco like an unsmoked cigarette, which I actually have always …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Profumum Fiori d'Ambra

4.0
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Jun/02/2014

The first time I tried it, I wasn't crazy about it. It was huge and heavy and I felt a bit smothered. I got it in a sample set of five ambers from Surrender to Chance, (which is the best website on the internet and gets all my money) and it was the second I tried, and nearly caused me to draw the conclusion that I didn't like ambers as much as I thought I had.
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Fragrances - Amouage - Memoir Woman Eau de Parfum

4.0
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May/13/2014

I was fortunate enough to visit the Middle East once, and I got to actually go down a street where spices are sold in a bunch of hot little glassed-in shops in which curries are presented in great layered pyramids and sold by the artful slice, which is then tumbled in a melange into a baggie. Everyone there sprays their robes with rosewater; I brought some home just to be able to summon the …Read more

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Fragrances - CHANEL - Cuir de Russie

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May/12/2014

After my disappointing experience with Tabac Blond, I was afraid this one would evoke the same impressions (that carnation is altogether overwhelming and unpleasant for me), but quite the reverse.
It opens sharp and pungent, and if there's ever a time when it smells distinctly of leather, that's the time, on me. Within 15 minutes it becomes a warm, spicy and somehow fresh smell …
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Fragrances - Caron Paris - Parfum Sacre

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May/12/2014

I loved the top notes. But for the next six hours I smelled rose soap. Eau de Laundromat. I gave it a second try, hoping for a great dry down, but I couldn't ever get past the overwhelming soapiness of it. In Nicaragua, where I spend a couple weeks each year, everyone hand washes their clothes with a floral bar soap. This reminded me of that. Decent longevity, though, I must say. I smelled …Read more

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Fragrances - CHANEL - Bois des Iles

3.0
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May/08/2014

I wore an entire half milliliter today, which would have made me unbearable in almost anything else, and could barely smell it. What I could smell was awesome! Sweet slightly powdery old wood. But when I put on hairspray after work to go out, all I could smell after that was green apple candy from Fructis, and nothing of the entire tester bottle of very expensive perfume.

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