1957

My long awaited bottle of Chanel 1957 (Chanel 2019) from Les Exclusifs de Chanel did not disappoint. No, indeed. It’s quickly becoming one of my top ten favorite Chanels. 1957 is slightly reminiscent a few other Chanels from Les Exclusifs de Chanel especially at the start. Jersey, the Eau de Cologne, Gardenia, No. 18 and…

BonBon

Derivative? Yes. Of course. But it’s so darn fun and pretty (Viktor & Rolf 2014). BonBon is the 2000’s romcom with Jennifer Aniston (or maybe Jessica Biel) of the fragrance world. It’s a sugary sugar gourmand (except for a hint of depth in the drydown possibly due to amber and cedar?). And for my purposes…

Peacock Throne

Do you want to smell like an upscale candle?   Do you want to walk around wafting the sort of fragrance that emerges from the bubbly waters of a luxuriously fragranced bath at a spa?  Well, my dears, perhaps Peacock Throne (Thameen 2013) would be right up your alley. Honestly, I’m pretty taken with it.  There’s…

Paradise Lost

The first time I saw Paradise Lost (Keiko Mecheri 2011) on Instagram a few years ago I was instantly curious to try it.  I knew I would find it fascintating.  I do. It’s a passionate but discrete fragrance.  The wild florals are kept under a well sealed veneer of citrus and elegant sandalwood.  You can…

Floriental

This is another lovely creation that reminds me of Papillon Artisan Salome and a recent one I tried by Houbignant named Demi Jour.  The notes are listed below and frankly, I can smell all of them.  It’s spicy, sweet, heady, and wonderfully warm.  I like it. But, where Salome is erotic and Demi Jour is…

1A-33

Oh J. F. Schwarlose. Is it fair to say that this reminds me of Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bianca Nerolia?  Because it does.  And I both love that and hate that. Where Nerolia Bianca is brighter, more cheerful, more definitive and perhaps a little prettier, 1A-33 (J.F. Schwarlose 2012) is more delicate, elegant and mysterious.   I…

Orangers en Fleur

Spicy orange blossom?  Romantic rose, jasmine, tuberose and jasmine?  Why, it’s Orangers en Fleur (Houbignant 2012)of course. I had been wanting try this one for ages and about a month ago, or so, I did.  I’ve had to be careful with it though because it reminds me of having both air sickness and morning sickness…

Baptême du Feu

This reminds me a little of Papillon Artisan Salome, and actually the other Papillon Artisan perfumes I’ve also tried. The gingerbread and castoreum notes work together to create a feeling of a sort of…well…erotic bakery in the winter?  Haha.  And, that’s not a bad smell at all.  The opposite. …And, no, I don’t know for…

Blackberry & Bay

This is such a beautifully unisex scent (Jo Malone 2012). It smells elegant in a rather traditionally feminine way (as all Jo Malone fragrances do), but it also smells fresh, almost cuttingly so and has a somewhat masculine drydown. The bay leaf and vetiver are especially noticeable in the drydown. It has decent longevity too….

English Pear & Freesia

I think I may have found my perfect pear fragrance with English Pear & Freesia (Jo Malone 2010). But then again, I might not have. I’m unsure. The melon starts off as a nice compliment to the pear. The freesia along with rose are very present. And the base notes are each pungent but also…