Product Reviews by pblpbl

Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Huitieme Art - Aube Pashmina

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frompblpbl

Jul/22/2011

This was less herbal, and more citrussy, than I had expected. It reminded me ever so slightly of 'Eau du Sud,' but overall this is too light to make a real impression. And there's a harsh edge to it which reminds me of hairspray.

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Fragrances - CHANEL - Cristalle Eau Verte

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frompblpbl

May/10/2009

This is quite lovely. It's also quite weak, and so I was surprised to see it sold as 'Eau de Toilette Concentree.' In my experience it doesn't have great staying power and lasts around two hours. I don't see any similarity between this and the original 'Cristalle,' which, overall, I prefer. I see 'Eau Verte' as more of a refreshing pick me up, a …Read more

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Fragrances - Issey Miyake - Eau Bleue

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frompblpbl

Nov/29/2006

Was this the work of some wicked fairy out for revenge, I wonder? It's so utterly different to the sublime 'L'eau d'Issey,' really at the opposite end of the spectrum, that I can't quite believe it comes from the same company. After the elegant floral that is 'L'eau,' we now have a fierce, herbal brew, not 'blue' water, more …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Occitane - Orange Leaves

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frompblpbl

Nov/28/2006

'Orange Leaves' (or 'Feuilles d'Orange' as it is also known) is an exquisite citrus cologne that has long been a favourite of mine. It far outshines similar, but more well-known colognes in this category (many of which, by the way, are far more expensive). It's soft, sweet, sophisticated and is very 'Cote d'Azur' in style. It's a sunny blend of …Read more

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Fragrances - Orlane - Fleurs D'Orlane

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frompblpbl

Nov/27/2006

'Fleurs d'Orlane' is a lovely fresh floral bouquet that is well worth investigating. It's quite strong, and a little on the sharp side to begin with, but it quickly develops into a clean, well-blended scent, very feminine and suitable for most occasions. The drydown reveals greener notes, with honey, musk and sandalwood. It reminds me of 'Miss Dior.'

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Fragrances - Robert Piguet Parfums - Baghari

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frompblpbl

Nov/26/2006

'Baghari' to my nose suggests 1950s New York rather than a town on the Indian subcontinent. It's a time of elegant parties, fizzing cocktails and charming debutantes dressed immaculately in haute couture (by Robert Piguet, naturally). 'Baghari,' did in fact first appear in 1950 (in Paris, though, not New York) and has recently been re-orchestrated and re-released giving …Read more

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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Insolence Eau de Parfum

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frompblpbl

Nov/26/2006

Demure and well-mannered are words that better describe this pretty little number from Guerlain. Insolent it is not. It's unlikely to raise the heckles of anyone who comes into contact with it (unless you absolutely hate violets, in which case give it a miss). Violet remains the dominant note with the addition of red berries and iris. It's sharp followed by sweet followed by touches of …Read more

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Fragrance - Bulgari - aqva

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frompblpbl

Nov/24/2006

'Aqva' neither delights nor disappoints. It is not dissimilar to a host of mens' fragrances available today, all of which are pleasant, unmistakably masculine, versatile, and unlikely to cause offence. It is undeniably well-crafted and smells reassuringly familiar. There's a marine note with some woods, and touches of citrus, spice and amber. And as its name implies it is …Read more

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Fragrances - Caron Paris - Fleur de Rocaille

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Nov/21/2006

Despite the fact that this was updated in 1993, 'Fleur de Rocaille' still seems rather old-fashioned, and not in an especially good way. It's a little too brisk and crisp, and puts me in mind of someone trying too hard to make a good first impression. It's a well-blended floral-aldehyde combination, plenty of jasmine, lilac and violet, lush, feminine, no doubt about that, but …Read more

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