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,…

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…

L’Homme Sport

Sweet, leather-like citrus notes comprise Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme (Yves Saint Laurent 2014).  This is a powerful, manly, sexy and clean scent.  It’s instensely fresh and more than a bit dapper.  L’Homme is meant for a man who isn’t afraid of making an impression – there’s a great deal of sillage and it lasts for…

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)….

Midnight Fleur

Midnight Fleur (Nest 2012) is a sugar sweet floral.  However, at first Midnight Fleur is more than just a “sugar bomb,” with the pretty and vivacious notes of vanilla orchid, exotic woods and black amber.  It’s like tropical fruit at its peak – ripe, fragrant, and colorful. Sadly though, by the late drydown the sweetness…

L’Origan

In 1905, Francois Coty debuted L’Origan.  It was considered very advanced at that time (this is before the sinking of the Titanic and World War I of course) due to it’s use of synthetic materials. I’m blessed to have found a very old vintage bottle of L’Origan (Coty 1905).  Using it is a treat… It’s…