Product Reviews by sucrose77

Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Maison Francis Kurkdjian A la Rose

5.0
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Mar/31/2015

This seems like it would be a summer fragrance, but I discovered it in the middle of a very snowy winter, and it really brightened up my winter and became my most-worn perfume lately. It's a rose soliflore, with citrus and violet accents, along with MFK's usual fluffy musks. It is incredibly balanced -- the rose is sparkling and effervescent but it has a classic "true rose" …Read more

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Fragrances - TOM FORD - Plum Japonais

4.0
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Mar/12/2014

I've read blog posts that compare Plum Japonais to Serge Lutens fragrances, and it definitely feels familiar, with echoes of the Bois series and other Lutens scents. But on wearing it more, Plum Japonais doesn't seem like a redo of another fragrance, though it borrows familiar elements. The plum note is strongest in the opening, and it smells sweet, sticky, and medicinal to me (not like …Read more

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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Coeur De Vetiver Sacre

4.0
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Jan/12/2014

Typical vetiver fragrances join vetiver with citrus and woods, but Coeur de Vetiver Sacre in contrast uses fruit and black tea notes to create a very different, delicate take on vetiver. The opening is bright and a bit spicy, but then it softens, with notes of dried apricot and osmanthus giving it a fruity sweetness. As it dries down it becomes increasingly smoky, but it reminds me of smoked tea …Read more

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Fragrances - TOM FORD - Santal Blush

5.0
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Dec/30/2012

One of my favorite sandalwood fragrances. The sandalwood is creamy and soft, but made a bit bold with spices. It has a fenugreek note that threatens to bring it into curry territory, but not as much as Serge Lutens Santal Blanc. It is also less sweet and generally more subtle than Santal Blanc. Instead, the emphasis is on the gorgeous milky sandalwood, powdery musks, and the smell of skin. It …Read more

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Fragrances - Lancôme - Sikkim

4.0
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Dec/05/2012

People who love classic old-school chypres should check out this reissue, which does justice to the chypres of the past. Everything you want is here: aldehydes, florals, moss, leather, soap. It reminds me a bit of Norell but smoother. It is very well blended and probably less aggressive than the older fragrances, but anyone who finds vintage chypres to be too musty, soapy, and old-fashioned …Read more

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Fragrances - CREED - Royal Oud

4.0
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Jun/17/2012

This is a great summerweight version of oud -- in fact, I wouldn't necessarily pick out the oud if it wasn't in the title. It's a dark but sheer fragrance with citrus, smoky woods, and cardamom. There's a touch of sweetness in the base from a creamy sandalwood note, and I can see how the previous reviewer smells coconut. It's surprisingly light and easy to wear, given the …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Heeley Menthe Fraiche

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Jun/10/2012

A great alternative to a typical summer cologne. The mint leaf note is very pronounced at the opening, and becomes more subtle as it dries down. The mint is blended with a mixture of unusual green notes, including mate tea, cedar, and lotus leaves (it reminds me a little of the shiso leaf note in TDC De Bachmakov). The scent is sweet but not too foody. It's subtle and wears like a cologne …Read more

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Fragrances - TOM FORD - Lavender Palm

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May/30/2012

When I first tried this, it didn't make a strong impression, but subsequent wears have turned it into one of my most reached-for scents. It is very definitely a lavender fragrance, but the lavender is surrounded by a swirl of supporting notes -- citrus, herbs, florals, and a bit of powdery amber. The result is a well-blended fragrance that smells soft and rounded. It's also more …Read more

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Fragrances - Cartier - L'Heure Promise (I)

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May/30/2012

L'Heure Promise is a simple scent, but it grew on me. It opens with a really lovely, natural-smelling iris, then unfolds into a soft, clean sandalwood with iris and musk. It makes your skin smell as if you just scrubbed it in sandalwood soap. I completely understand why anyone would object to paying a lot for this, but I find it a pleasure to wear when I'm in the mood for something …Read more

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Fragrances - Issey Miyake - a scent by issey miyake

4.0
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Apr/24/2011

I think of this perfume as an update of vintage green florals and chypres that used to be more popular. The opening has a burst of galbanum that reminds me of Vent Vert, and I can see how others are reminded of Cristalle -- especially the EDP -- in the hyacinth and jasmine. As it dries down, it fades into a soft green jasmine scent. Compared to its older counterparts, this is smoother and …Read more

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