Haiku

Haiku (Avon 2000) begins with an ethereal, light beauty very reminiscent of fragrances by Issey Miyake.  As it continues, a spiciness ensues.   This is a very well balanced scent.  It’s both clean  and elegant while also being warm and rich…  It is indeed a bit like a haiku. Notes: Japanese citruses, pomegranate, lily, lily-of-the-valley,…

Breathless

An ultra soft, powdery bouquet opens Breathless (Avon 1987).  Then bright, very 1980’s green notes and citrus add a kick to the bold, spicy tuberose, lily-of-the-valley and carnation that take center stage in this scent.  It is indeed a breathless sort of musky fragrance.

Unspoken

Unspoken (Avon 1975) is a floral fragrance.  At first I smell musk, rose, lily-of-the-valley and jasmine.  And orange blossom…  Oh my goodness the orange blossom is fierce and very indolic!  The jasmine is indolic too.  Honestly, I don’t like this fragrance much.  I think indolic can be done badly and this is a good example.  It…

Rare Gold

Sweet, cheerful, Rare Gold (Avon 1995) is a pleasing scent with strong opening notes of ylang ylang, jasmine and a succlent peach.  Orange blossom is also quite present, adding a gentle earthiness to this composition.  And, of course, warm base notes add further dimension and depth.  While I don’t often find myself drawn to Avon…

Splendour

Sweet, watery and floral, Splendour (Avon 1988) is a flower bomb with a big dose of tuberose and amber. It’s potent but light in the same way as Cabotine De Grès, or Chloe Narcisse.  Splendour is an apt name for this rich, elegant scent.   A little goes a long way in application.   And…

Cotillion

Cotillion (Avon 1934), named after a form of dancing and the ball (cotillion ball) used to present debutantes is a super sweet, nutty, buttery floral.  It’s balsamic and woody too with a probable note of leathery coumarin. While it starts almost like a gourmand, in the drydown it turns very spicy, almost suddenly.  In fact,…

Minuette

Minuette by Avon is terrible. Truly, it’s an awful scent.  It smells like poop.  It’s sharp, off smelling and just icky. I had high hopes for this scent.  It’s a lovely flacon.  It reminds me of a flower, but its contents certainly don’t smell like one.  Honestly, I’ve never smelled any perfume worse than this…

To A Wild Rose

To A Wild Rose by Avon (Avon 1950) is a chypre floral in the same vein as the original Miss Dior (released just three years before To A Wild Rose), with super clear green notes.  I believe I detect galbanum, labdanum, oakmoss, citrus, cedar, civet, patchouli and rose although I’m sure there are many other…