Product Reviews by therese108

Fragrances - The Different Company - the Different company Osmanthus

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Oct/26/2009

In Perfumes: The Guide, Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez rarely give Jean-Claude Ellena's scents more than 4 stars, and, based on Osmanthus, I heartily agree with them. Ellena founded The Different Company so he could use the most prized ingredients in perfumery without some profit-conscious CEO setting limits on his art, but I ask, what's the point of using such precious ingredients if you …Read more

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Fragrances - Frederic Malle - Dans Tes Bras

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Sep/28/2008

I had heard this was a heliotrope scent so I couldn't wait to try it. On a Saturday morning, the Frederic Malle boutique on Paris's rue Grenelle was empty and the female SA was lackluster, to say the least. She first sprayed Dans Tes Bras for me on a card; I was sufficiently intrigued to try it on skin. DTB starts off fresh and citrusy, with the bergamot top note very clear, touched by …Read more

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - El Attarine

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Sep/28/2008

Sampled this brand-new addition to the Exclusive bell-jar line in the Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido. The young, femme SA was very helpful. There's a row of pre-dipped blotters for all the scents that you can sniff, and if you do decide to test one on skin, she spreads it on your wrist with a blotter and advises you to take a walk in the park outside for 20 minutes while the fragrance …Read more

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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - Miroir des Envies - Mirror of Desires

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Jun/24/2008

Another futuristic gourmandise from Mugler, but this time I'm not exactly licking my lips. Since jasmine is at the heart of Envies, it is ostensibly a floral, but resolutely doesn't smell like one. Combined with notes of toast and (probably a head-space note) of sun-warmed skin, Mugler was going for a "toasted brioche" accord, but ended up with hazelnut instead. Luckily …Read more

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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - Miroir des Vanités - Mirror of Vanities

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Jun/24/2008

I hesitate to review this after Luca Turin's seminal critique in Perfumes: The Guide, but since I've been reviewing the rest of the Mirror collection, here goes. Mirror of Vanities is described as an effervescent woody fragrance, and that's pretty accurate, no question. But it has another facet, a "mirror image," if you want to get cheeky about it -- that of a …Read more

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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - Dis-Moi, Miroir - Mirror Image

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Jun/24/2008

Created by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin of Mane, Dis-moi is a creamy floral that seems to pay tribute to a woman at the three most important stages of her life: the first note to announce itself is lily, a flower most often worn by young women. Next, orange blossom rears its head, a bloom common in bridal bouquets. Last are milky notes, which Mugler has linked to mothers. Though the scent …Read more

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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - Miroir des Secrets - Mirror of Secrets

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Jun/22/2008

This, to me, is the least successful of the five Mirror fragrances. According to the marketing literature for Mirror of Secrets, "for the very first time in perfumery, a natural aldehyde combines its radiant, vibrant accents with a bittersweet accord of patchouli and musk." The opening accord this fusion produces is neither radiant or vibrant--more like an overripe, rotting fruit …Read more

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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - A Travers Le Miroir - Through the Looking Glass

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Jun/22/2008

Through the Looking Glass, one of the five fragrances in Mugler's "Miroir, Miroir!" (Mirror, Mirror) collection, blends very feminine ingredients with very masculine ones, i.e., a very femme, lovely heart of tuberose is given a bright, exhilarating freshness by a top note of wintergreen, which you traditionally find in toothpaste or gum. Absinthe and a woody accord provide an …Read more

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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - Angel La Part des Anges

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Jun/17/2008

To celebrate 15 years of the world smelling Angelic, Thierry Mugler Parfums had another lightning bolt of inspiration. Since Angel is a fragrance that millions of women know and love, why not let them rediscover it in a different way? Why not age it as you would a fine wine or — more interestingly — a cognac, which by happy chance is also known as “the liquor of the angels”?
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Les Bains du Marais - Musc Blanc Eau de Soin

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Feb/08/2008

One of the most beautiful musks I've ever smelled. This is less a fragrance than a body spray, or "beauty tonic," as the French call it. It's a white musk lightly touched with rose and orchid extract, and blows all other rose musks away, like Philosophy's Amazing Grace. My only complaint is that since it's meant to be sprayed all over the body, the scent is very …Read more

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