Saturday, July 30, 2011
Tania Sanchez had reviewed A La Nuit in Perfumes: The A-Z Guide in one line. She had said it was "Death by jasmine". I do have to agree with her. But this one reminds me of Bath and Body Work's now discontinued Midnight Blooming Jasmine. But it is slightly different because I detect a certain waxiness. I do not detect any kind of indole element like I do with Sarrasins. I find that the honey note gives A La Nuit an anchor. I find it to be very pleasant and decant worthy but I'm not in love with it to buy a full bottle.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I didn't like the huge screechy element of the current version of Chanel's no. 22 and now have tried a vintage version of no. 22. I still don't like no. 22 at all. The vintage version is not as loud and not as screechy. But the vintage version of no. 22 has a very noticeable green note that I am not really fond of. The green note is deeper and more complex but still headache inducing. It looks like Chanel no. 22 is not a Chanel for me.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I was poking around the Perfumed Court looking to see what the price for a decant of Amouage's Gold for women. I didn't come across it but did come across what was Amouage Cristal for women in EDT. I do have a small sample of Amouage Gold for women from Luckyscent and had to bring it out to compare with the decant of Gold Cristal. I find that there is no difference between the two. Gold is similar to Amouage's Dia, but Gold is heavier. I get the same astringent like note from Gold like I do Dia. I actually find it to be pleasant in both. But I find that Gold seems to be a marriage between Dia and Ubar. It's not quite the big floral monster like Ubar but Gold is not a skin scent either. I love Amouage's Gold and find it to be very bottle worthy and would be a welcome addition to my collection.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I do have an unhealthy obsession with Amouage perfumes. While I'm never going to be happy with the price of a full bottle of Amouage, I find them to be worth trying. I do find this to be in the same vein as most of the Amouages. But I find this to be leaning more towards being a heavier version of Reflection for women. Salalah is a green perfume that does not turn out to be screechy after a half an hour of wear. Out of all the Amouages that I have tried Reflection and Salalah have no staying power. After about two hours, I can't smell Salalah on me even though I have I really do like it but there is no staying power and that does disappoint me.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I think I have found my scrubber. Thinking Miller Harris L'Air de Rien would me like Serge Lutens MKK, I decided to try this. Turns out, I do not like this at all. It has an element of old, stale deoderant that gives a hint of sweetness. What really brought out the ugliness of this was the unwashed, damp, dirty underwear. Within 15 minutes, I must wash this off.
Monday, July 4, 2011
After falling in love with L'Artisian Havana Vanille, I decided to try out Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. Both perfumes are similar to each other but there are differences. In Tobacco Vanille, the vanilla is sweet, almost too sweet, which I do abhor in vanilla dominant perfumes. Sweet and very sweet vanillas do tend to wear me instead of the other way around. The tobacco wears nicely on my skin and the tobacco tries to offset the sweetness of the tobacco but doesn't quite succeed. Havana Vanille was a vegetal vanilla with a rum soaked tobacco. Tobacco Vanille is a loud perfume and gets even louder in warm weather. I find Tobacco Vanille to be likeable but not something I would have on a regular basis even in decant form.
Friday, July 1, 2011
After testing out Guerlain's Shalimar out a few times, I am finally doing a review on it. Well, I have been wearing this off and during winter an when I tried Jicky, I needed to refresh my memory of Shalimar. Starting out, I get a mild blast of citrus, not the huge blast that I got with Jicky. I like how the citrus was muted because citrus and I don't always get along. I get a dry down of an oriental vanilla. The vanilla is not the sickly sweet type that seems to permeate many perfumes now, but the vanilla is sweet. It's a sensual vanilla complimented with spices. I am not in love with Shalimar, but I do like it. I am not a big fan of sweet vanillas, I like my vanillas to be more earthy. Sillage and staying power are good. I find this to be decant worthy but not full bottle worthy for me.