Vega (2006)

So, I bought a sample of the 2006 version of Guerlain Vega for comparison. I was curious to see how much it had changed and I was curious to see how “off” my very vintage bottle of Guerlain Vega is. They’re definitely the same fragrance and it seems the parfum of the original version stayed…

After The Rain

Although it wasn’t classified as such on sites like Fragrantica, After The Rain (Aran Aromatics 2005) seems ozonic to my nose. It’s also soapy and mellow. The florals blend together to the point that it’s hard to pick one out from the other, although the supposed citrus is somewhat more distinct. At any rate, it’s…

Modern Muse

(Estee Lauder 2003) Top note: mandarin orange.  Middle notes: jasmine sambac, honeysuckle, lily, flower petals, Chinese jasmine and tuberose.  Base notes: musk, Madagascar vanilla, woody notes, amber, patchouli leaf and patchouli.  Nose: Harry Fremont

Sycomore

Sycomore by Chanel (Chanel 2008) is like taking a breath of clean mountain air in late spring, early summer. The florals (violet in particular) are sweet and noteworthy but they don’t take center stage. Rather, it’s the cypress and sandalwood with their sincere, crisp beauty that shine. Also, of course, (almost cigarette tinged) vetiver. But…

Dior Addict

This Thierry Wasser gem must have been a staple in the fragrance wardrobes of many of my peers in the 2000’s because I remember smelling it whenever I went out for the night with friends. And like Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue or Viktor and Rolf Flower Bomb it evoked a sense of joy, youth…

Bel Respiro

Easily one of my top three favorites from the Les Exclusifs de Chanel line, Bel Respiro (Chanel 2007) is a bright, glorious beauty. The note of grass perfectly flanks what seem to be a mix of watery flowers and a lily tinged, buttery soft rose. It’s as if Bois Des Îles is playing in sunshine…

Infusion D’Iris

Of course the iris in Infusion d’Iris (Prada 2007) is almost profound, but an honorable mention must go to the various notes of orange. The citrus in this scent is so welcome and pretty. And then you can’t describe Infusion d’Iris without appreciating the warm-incense, balsamic, and vanillic-smoky base notes. But, it’s necessary to say…

Oha

Tea meets rose. (Teo Cabanel 2005) Spicy, woody tea in a cup and delicately honeyed rose petals on a saucer are Oha. Good grief this is an eerie and utterly beautiful fragrance though… I half expect a ghost to pop out of the closet of a Victorian country house. It’s shockingly antique in its vibe……

Pure Poison

This flacon is perfectly matched to this fragrance. Pure Poison (Dior 2004), to my nose, truly is like a clear, effervescent version of the original Dior Poison. It’s as if all the mysterious, fruity warmth and subtle spice of the first has been washed out and what’s left is a shimmery substance with a remarkable…

Extraordinaire Camelia 209

At the start, bourbon vanilla adds saucy sugar to a very supple camelia (Krigler 2009). Matter of fact this pair is so vibrant, engaging and certain in their intentions that you can’t help but be carried away momentarily to a sunlit solarium or a perfect spring day outdoors. The noble flower is flanked by delicate…