Friday, December 25, 2009

Roses Musk by Montale

Luckyscent notes: Rose essence, rose absolute, jasmine, musk, amber .

Perhaps my first time writing about a perfume should not be about one that made me wonder if I smell the same thing as other reviewers. But here it goes anyway.

Roses Musk obviously smells of rose, a velvety, freshly-cut, small, red rose. But to my nose, it starts with an almost equally strong note of tobacco. However according to the notes there isn’t any in it. There is an animalic note in the background-obviously the musk, that makes it deeper and more interesting than a simple rose. Very little sweetness. On my skin, after a few hours if fades considerably and I can clearly smell salt plus a faint note of nail polish remover. It is a nice one but I think I prefer the aoud roses from Montale. Dabbed, it lasts for quite a long time but without much sillage.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

SL Rose de nuit

Beautiful dark rose. Very close to the searched One but only in the initial stages. The amber ( as usually on my skin) starts warming up and dominates the drydown. It turns into a sensual comfort scent on my skin.
The conclusion is that the One needs strong notes of patchouli and probably vetiver in the drydown.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Parfumerie generale Ether de lilas

Very sweet, downright yucky on my skin. The drydown sucks also but luckily very faint. Sadly enough, it's stronger than Guerlain's Vetiver pour elle.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Amouage Ubar

Notes :bergamot, lemon, lily of the valley, Damascena rose, Bulgarian rose, jasmine, sandalwood, synthetic civet and vanilla.
It's elegant and beautiful. Floral, comforting. It reminds one of vintage perfumes. And the attars.
8/10. Too pricey.

Bois 1920 Real Patchouli

Hot woodsy comforting. The drydown is not as spectacular as the beginning. A tad bit on the sweet boring side.
PST: "Real Patchouly, despite the name, is not just about patchouli. It is heavy on woods and on vanilla, the supporting notes which make the star note simultaneously even darker, more forceful, and softer."

Histoires de parfums - Noir Patchouli

Noir Patchouli has notes of patchouli, coriander, cardamom, floral bouquet, juniper berry, black pepper, musk, vetiver, moss, leather and vanilla.

There is something terribly wrong with some of HDP perfumes. My nose detects in this one a very sharp astringent note. It's more like a sensation than a scent and it totally ruins this otherwise splendid perfume. The awful note seems to start fading in the drydown but not entirely so. It's a beautiful leather but what a shame about that bloody note or whatever it is! 5/10

Serge Lutens- Musk Koublai Khan

Haaaaaate it. Dirty ugly smell. One can just hop in a Bucharest bus and get this. Some men smell like this and I doan like em.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Les nez The Unicorn spell

NST's review seems to fit.
Starts off with a very chilly violet, slightly green. My nose hates it but I can see why other people like it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Strange invisible perfumes Prima Ballerina


Fairly simple but very nice rose. I got a burst of citrusy sage to begin with, warmed up by the rose. After that it's the rose that takes center stage, an elegant but clean one. I'm starting to love niche fragrances for their quality (whatever that means) . This is such a simple rose yet there's not one note inadequate. It's like classical music.
For some reason there's some sort of tea note developing later on. Warm tea no less. Neat.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Profumum D'ambrosia

Dambrosia Notes pear, almond, fig, sandalwood

Didn't paste the description because I smell none of that. I smell just a very green fig, maybe rounded a tad bit by the sweetness of the almond and the pear. when I first applied there's a very sharp, astringent note that I hated. The drydown is not bad at all but there's little of it and there's still that greenery note I don't like that seems to be dominating it.

Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu

The ScoopSacrebleu! It is stunning! A multi-faceted potion that artfully blends the creaminess of tuberose, the succulence of peach, the elusive deep cinnamon/clove spiciness of tonka, the lusciousness of vanilla and the dark, dry mystery of incense into one drop-dead gorgeous fragrance. Like dining on the food of faery, this will make you forever long to experience it again. It is both cozy and opulent. Smoky and sweet. Sophisticated and comforting. Rapturously beautiful.
Very pretty on skin. I can actually recognize the notes though they seem to be blending in and out very nicely and I couldn't have pointed out any one note otherwise. I do feel the tuberose initially and then it dries down in a pretty sweet fashion. It's fairly sweet and cuddly, all notes nicely rounded. Nothing mindblowing but very nice and fairly elegant. Maybe too sweet for my taste but if there's any nice sweet perfume to wear this might be it.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Notes on notes Les coulisses du parfums Cedar

No1 of the Woods and resins " woody and dry, newsprint, smell of pencils" smells like sunflower stem to me. The Atlas Cedar essential oil smells different. Wood that's more rounded, sweet and soft and delicate. Texas Cedar is quite another business. That sunflower stem, dry, herbaceous, sharp smell.
The Atlas vs texas . The Atlas belongs to the "true cedars" with " acidic, smoky and leathery facets. The Texas : red wood junipers.
Perfumes: Light Blue by DG

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Guerlain Apres L'ondee

Lovely, delicate, I smell some violet and Iris... but it disappeared in less than an hour. Boisdejamin's favourite Guerlain, a bit of a flop for me. Decidedly , the violet is not my favorite note either. I'm not sure why because I love the scent of the actual flowers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Delicious closet queen.
Delicious Closet Queen Notes
Violet leaf, citrus, geranium, iris butter, cedar, patchouli, vetiver, strawberry, rose absolute, sandalwood, leather, tonka bean, benzoin, opoponax

It's heating up on my skin and smells really sensual. Might be just in my head because it reminds me of Bubu.


Rossy de palma.
A gothic, bleeding rose, this is a fierce, passionate fragrance that blends rose with jasmine for an extra floral impact, then spikes the opulent mix with ginger and black pepper. The seductive concoction rests on a pitch-black base of patchouli, incense and cacao, a captivating abyss into which one is eager to fall. A promise and a threat.
Rossy de Palma Notes
Ginger, black pepper, bergamot, Bulgarian rose, jasmine, benzoin, incense, cacao and patchouli."

Too much cacao. I see nothing dark in it. add spices and it's a full meal.

Monday, November 9, 2009

geisha Noire . A smoky amber

Notes on perfumes.

Ambre Narguile. NST : "Ambre Narguile is meant to evoke cashmere, and features notes of benzoin, labdanum, musk, vanilla, caramel, honey, sugared tonka bean, grilled sesame seeds, cinnamon, rum, coumarine and white orchids. "
It can only smell amber on the skin initially (maybe some of the top notes get lost by decanting...) After 2 hours there's not much left on my skin. Some shade of light floral dipped in honey on an amber backgound. I'd find the drydown interesting because of it's comfort notes and delicacy but my skin drowned too much of it. Secret Obsession might not be as elegantly composed but can't beat the price.

September 1st


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Oh. Happy New Year!
I'm in a foul mood. But then again, nothing new about that and there's no reason to have it posted online. Some cognitive restructuring: the blog is not to have any whinning, only productive thoughts. So...
I've been reading Saramago's The siege of Lisbon and it's much of a dissapointment. Not much of an interesting story and there's only some traces of Saramago's brilliance, phrases that I should write down somewhere. Maybe here. Altogether it's not catchy enough and I don't know if some of its efervescence is lost in English or it's simply an empty (for me) story.