Product Reviews by threecats

Fragrances - Nemat International - Attar Makhallat

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Feb/25/2014

Similar to Nemat's Al Kausar, this is ever so slightly an even stronger saffron-dominated mix. Except here, there's more woods than florals (Al Kausar has saffron + florals). In the Arab nations, the males wear the florals and the women wear the more dark incense-like fragrance. One drop of Attar Makhallat on your wrist will last well into the next day, as it's even stronger than …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jovoy L'Arbre de la Connaissance

3.0
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Feb/25/2014

L'Arbre de la Connaissance just did not work with my chemistry. While the beautiful Profumum Ischnusa is a fig that features the green, sappy side of the fig, other fragrances highlight the fig's earthier side, while still more emphasize the pulpier part of the fig. L'Arbre de la Connasissance (which means The Tree of Knowledge) is a citrusy, woody scent that brings to my mind …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Slumberhouse - Jeke

3.0
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Feb/24/2014

Usually described as either a leather or a tobacco scent, I'd say this is more of a liquor fragrance (scotch, not rum) anchored by wood. Notes (from Fragrantica) are cade, tobacco, patchouli, benzoin, and labdanum. Slumberhouse is known to reformulate and Jeke has been offered in both EDP and extrait. Jeke is more masculine than unisex. If you want to evoke James Bond by the wooden roulette …Read more

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Fragrances - Nemat International - Jasmine B

5.0
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Feb/24/2014

Jasmine B is from jasmine grandflorum rather than jasmine sambac. This product found on Nemat's website is fuller and more low pitched than the Nemat Jasmine found in Whole Foods. Not only is Jasmine B denser, it's fruitier, has more sillage and lasts forever. Nemat has several jasmine based fragrances and Jasmine B is in my top two (the other is Katchi Kali). While KK is more …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Slumberhouse - Ore

3.0
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Feb/24/2014

From the name, I expected something golden. Instead, I got a balsamic Oreo cookie. This is a well done chocolate scent but evokes dry--not creamy--chocolate. That's why It’s like a store bought chocolate cookie and not a chocolate cake or bar, as there's a dryness there. This is also a dark (not milk) chocolate; we’re talking the 70% cocoa healthy chocolate bars here. Notes (from …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jovoy- Psychedelique

5.0
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Feb/24/2014

A rich, dark, slightly raw patchouli dominates this bold offering that evokes a scent of the late Sixties. Plus cistus is in the mix. But is it as beautiful a patch as my two favorite patchouli frags--L'Artisan Patchouli Patch and Montale Patchouli Leaves? Well...no, it's well done, yet not as refined as those other two. Still the sillage and lasting are superb--better than the …Read more

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Fragrances - Nemat International - Ruh Al Ward

5.0
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Feb/11/2014

This is Nemat's strongest rose and (at $61.50 for 4 oz.) their most expensive. While "Ward" means rose, "Ruh" means spirit. Calling this the spirit of the rose kind of says it all. It is the most intense, clear rose (anchored by wood) and is simply a rose lover's dream realized. It reminded me of the pure rose oil I got when vacationing in Bulgaria. You won't …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jovoy La Liturgie des Heures

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Feb/11/2014

Church incense with a forrest green edge, La Liturgie des Heures is not as strong as Montale Full Incense (the original) or CDG Avignon, but with about the same strength as Heeley Cardinal. Notes are incense, olibanum, cypress, myrrh, labdanum, greens and musks. The cypress in LLDH reminds me of another green incense, Wazumba by Parfum d'Empire. If you’d like to purchase your church incense …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jovoy Gardez-Moi

5.0
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Feb/11/2014

Though the original Gardez-Moi was launched in 1926, this 2013 version by perfumer Bernard Duchaufour is not reminiscent of a vintage scent. G-M features a very vivid gardenia front and center. Supporting players are lily, ylang-ylang, tomato leaf, and jasmine. Aldehydes plus cedar in the base give it rewarding silage and longevity. G-M is a complicated (but still very natural) gardenia, and one …Read more

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Fragrances - Nemat International - Majmua Special No. 1

4.0
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Feb/10/2014

This is a more herbal version of the fragrance Majmua, the top selling scent in India. Majmua Special No. 1 is a bit more toned down (though it still boasts ample strength and waft). There is the Majmua sold retail in venues like Whole Foods and Majmua 96, sold on-line (which I believe is the original super-strong formulation). Of the three woody spice bombs, I prefer Majmua 96. All are really …Read more

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