Product Reviews by sands1974

Fragrances - Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Perfumes - Jardin du Nil

5.0
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Jan/22/2007

I think this is a beautiful scent and a wonderful way for a man to smell. There is something indeed tangy, sour, almost cloying about it (which does indeed not sound appealing and may indeed seem "off") but it keeps me coming back for more. The strange and wondrous thing about perfume for me is the way it can transport me, and after realizing that the disagreed with the previous …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Mona di Orio--Oiro edp

5.0
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Dec/18/2006

This to me is a gorgeous, ethereal, delicate but yet robust perfume in the tradition of Napa Valley Boheme...Mona di Orio's perfumes have been tricky for me because of what I see as slick and almost pretentious marketing--the packaging however is an exercise in almost pure luxury and I do love it, the boxes and the bottles. I would call myself a big fan of Mona di Orio and though admittedly …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Aftelier cacao

5.0
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Jun/17/2006

Simply, and apologies for a review lacking in content, but this is a holy grail for me...cacao and jasmine (neroli?)...BEAUTIFUL and complex, fbw for sure, price not withstanding. I really like Mandy Aftel's style, somehow "US American", very particular, refined, evocative...this for me is a sort of tropical chocolate mmmmm Amazing.....wearable and doesn't make me …Read more

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Fragrances - Parfums M.Micallef - Night Aoud edp

5.0
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Jun/09/2006

Ah, my first aoud perfume (in my collection full bottle wise), this is a hard review to write because I am in love. How can one write about such a gorgeous perfume where the mustiness of aoud is so beautifully done? If I didn't know better I would claim this was a soli-bois ;)(instead of a soliflore). Some have called aoud medicinal, and in the line of Montale parfums it has that tendency …Read more

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Fragrances - Montale - Blue Amber

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Jun/09/2006

I am falling hard for Montale, their whole line, the incredibly stylish EDP line for women and men and the unisex scents, and the incomparable Aoud line...their newest fragrance, Blue Amber edp, has my bowled off my feet again.
On the Fourseasonsproducts website I finally see the notes described:
hesperides as topnotes which give an orangey swash or zing through the whole composition …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Andrée Putman Préparation Parfumée

4.0
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Jun/09/2006

The nose behind this very pretty edc is Olivia Giacobetti, and like all of her creations that I am familiar with it has a beautiful, impressionistic aqueous feel to it. Notes of pepper, wood (wet wood, driftwood, wood after the rain), coriander and waterlily. Buzzwords from First-in-Fragrance: serenity, discretion, clear harmony, energy, modernity, curiousity. The rather aqueous feel to the …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Satellite Padparadscha

5.0
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Jun/08/2006

The first sandalwood I actually ADORE. Padparadscha is the sexiest perfume I have smelled in a long time, perhaps what Frederic Malle's Musc Ravageur had wanted to be (read orange-y sexy musk/skin scent). I would call it more than anything "biting", a fragrance you can really sink your teeth into, undoubtedbly suited equally for a woman or a man, sexy on anyone I can think of and …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Maria Amalia edp

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May/14/2006

At first I thought I was being sold a "snob product", being offered a primeur, the first person in The Netherlands to buy this new perfume...Maria Amalia made me think of the royal family's new baby Amalia, and the press release regaled a tale of the strident, courageous Maria Amalia...what was this new perfume from Italy?
Being offered a strange ornate bottle, sitting there …
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Fragrances - Rochas - Femme

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Feb/27/2006

I am in love with Femme and think that Edmund Roudnitska is now my favorite historical perfumer. Femme is rich, round, and plummy, only sorry that this is an edt that I have and that it has been reorchestrated--when I get a vintage bottle I will try to add to this review.
For now this is an HG scent, along with Bandit from Piguet, Carnation from Mona di Orio, Biche Dans L'Absinthe and …
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Fragrance - GUERLAIN - Mouchoir de Monsieur

5.0
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Dec/11/2005

The only Aromatic/Fougere as yet in my collection, I bought this one to learn from. Wrote that I would buy it again, but not sure, it depends on how my collection deepens with time...The opening citrus accord reminds me of both Diorella (and therefore Eau Sauvage) from Dior and Rose d'Homme from Les Parfums de Rosine. Definitely a refined, sophisticated fragrance, a pleasure to experience as …Read more

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