Amour

Amour (Kenzo 2006) is a sweet, watery floral with notes that are elegant, almost spicy and  certainly romantic.  It’s a warm modern scent. Top notes: white tea, and rice.  Middle notes: frangipani, heliotrope and cherry blossom.  Base notes: tanaka wood, incense, musk and vanilla. — Phyto, Exceptinal Mask is effective although not necessarily the extremely intensive mask it’s described…

Jazz Club

Perfectly sweet, masculine, and urbane, Jazz Club (Maison Martin Margiela 2013) is a very modern but infinitely charming fragrance.  Meant to be an olfactory replication of a Brooklyn jazz club in 2013 the fragrance description is listed as, “Heady cocktails and cigars.”   I can indeed smell a smoky, cigar note and a note of…

Misia

Misia is violet (Chanel 2015).  I smell a bit of iris too, but mostly just violet…  At the opening, rich, semi-sweet aldehydes and violets are warm and delicious on the skin.  And with the note of Grasse rose and benzoin (among other notes) it reminds me a lot of my vintage fragrances.  In fact, if…

Fascinator

Fascinator by Hové Parfumeur of New Orleans, Louisiana (Hové Parfumeur) is a largely green, strong, oak moss fragrance but I would guess there’s some jasmine and ylang-ylang,  bergamot and lemon as well.  It’s a bit indolic, earthy and a little sweet with what I believe to be orange blossom and what is certainly musk.  …

Bright Crystal

Versace, Bright Crystal (Versace 2006) is a burst of fruity floral crispness and then a sweet progression to the finish.  It’s strong and sharp.  There’s a faint musky sensuality to this scent too, although it lurks in the background instead of being  front and center.  It’s watery and somewhat pleasant…  Very 2000’s. Top notes: pomegranate,…

Déclaration L’Eau

Fresh, clean and piney, Déclaration L’Eau (Cartier 2014) is a sanitizing scent.   With a strong burst of aromatic citrus it’s unabrasive but firm and modern.  In the drydown is bcomes almost transcendent and cooling.  For warm Summer days Déclaration L’Eau is a delightful fragrance, for men, that is all at once both wonderfully relaxed and…

Dolce

Dolce is a smooth, creamy floral (Dolce & Gabbana 2014).  With a combination of amaryllis, papaya flower and water lily it’s also a slightly sweet aquatic scent with a modern sensibility.  During the drydown it becomes powdery and a bit soft. As a noteworthy aside, when my husband first smelled Dolce on me he liked…

Live

Lacoste Live (Lacoste 2014) is sexy, sharp and very masculine.  With woody and herbal notes it has some depth too… Longevity and sillage are moderate.  Notes are listed as: watery notes, green notes, lime, licorice and Guaiac Wood.  Skin Medica Vitamin C & E Complex is much better than I thought it would be…  It’s one…

Mantrap

Mantrap (Hové Parfumeur 1930’s) is a very flowery, musky, intensely vintage fragrance.  According to Hové, Mantrap is a, “…heavy oriental..” with, “heavy resinous notes…”  but I think it’s a bit more crisp and almost green than that description allows.  I also experience it as  more of a floral chypre than an oriental, but they, of…

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta, Bottega Veneta (Bottega Veneta 2011) is a sweet, watery floral bouquet. It’s a bit spicy too.  Actually, it’s quite spicy…  Pink Pepper is very especially detectable at first, and patchouli emerges as a strong note in the drydown. Longevity is weak to moderate and sillage is also weak to moderate (at least on me)….