Jil Sander Simply Elixir

Jil Sander Simply Elixir

I loved Jil Sander’s Simply EdP and after going through several samples and still loving it years later I went to the store expecting to buy a full bottle of Simply EdP (the black bottle). Behold:

Yeah, that’s the flanker. This is Simply Jil Sander Elixir EdP. I mean I didn’t accidentally buy the flanker it just kinda happened, as they’re both quite good and this one was on sale and the other wasn’t…

Elixir was released in 2017, perfumer is Christophe Raynaud.

Compared to the original this one has more vanilla and less violet. There’s more wood and powdery iris which I don’t think I detected in the other one. As leather perfumes go this is a very gentle one. I mean I have some niche stuff and their leathers smell quite different (much harsher).The Bottega Veneta leather perfumes are also stronger on the note. Honestly this more a woodsy powdery vanilla than a leather perfume.

Overall I love it and find it very cozy. Wearing it makes me feel so good like everythings going to be alright. (My mum used to wear Jil Sander when I was smaller, so maybe that’s why…)

I like that Jil Sander keeps releasing mainstream perfume that does not smell like cotton candy. Go, Jil Sander! Going back to the original I feel like Elixir is softer and sweeter and maybe more mainstream than Simply. Simply is cooler due to the violets and some green stuff in it that Elixir does not have. They do smell similar though which is why I went home with Elixir in the end. It’s entirely possible that I pick up the other one later on as well, we’ll see.

I’d say this is a great workplace perfume if you are mindful the doseage, except in my workplace we wear all kinds of heavy stuff so I may be off base here.

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Jil Sander Eve

Jil Sander Eve

Jil Sander Eve

Lately I was testing another Jil Sander: Eve EdT. This perfume was released in 2011 and created by Olivier Polge (by now Chanel’s in-house parfumeur).

Eve opens with a beautiful grapefruity accord – sweet and tart at the same time. The official note list calls it grapefruit blossom. I guess this one isn’t as heady as orange blossom, lending the whole thing a lighter feel. I like the opening. Then ten minutes later – nothing! What? It can’t be over so soon? An hour later the base sets in and I smell the perfume again. I get flowers, jasmine and rose, both gentle and something earthy. Also a bit of fruit, but the whole thing is incredibly inoffensive. It’s never too flowery or too sweet. I don’t know what happened with the hour of me not smelling it. I have tested this perfume for two weeks and it happened every time. It’s not like what happened with Elie Saab, where my brain started tuning it out. It was never there in the first place. Must be a case of anosmia. But afterwards the perfume is there again, so whatever. A bit later I get a cozy sweet note. I guess it’s the “cashmere wood” mentioned in the notes list. (Cashmere wood is one of these totally made up things of course. There is no cashmere tree.)

The inoffensive fruity floralness reminds me of something else, but I can’t put my finger on it. I turn to google and it turns out many people smell similarities between Eve and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. So I did the direct comparison, one left one right. And well, nope these are in no way dupes. Coco Mademoiselle is somewhat stronger and also earthier (more patchouli?). Eve is fruitier. But yes, these are certainly in the same family of light fruity florals. Coco Mademoiselle was released in 2001 and created by Jacques Polge, so it’s not exactly unreasonable to say there is kinship among these perfumes.

I don’t feel the need to own a full bottle of Eve, but those who want a lighter alternative to Coco Mademoiselle might.

All Used Up August 2016

All Used Up August 2016

September is almost over, but I don’t wanna lump all my empties together – the post would get too long, so here is what I used up last month:

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Firstly, the Jil Sander Simply body lotion. I love the perfume; the body lotion lacks the opening and pretty much goes straight to the base – musk, patchouli, something woody, leather. It’s delicious! When I started using this, for days I’d walk past my bathroom and go, what is this amazing smell? And finally I’d sniff at my bathrobe and realize the body body lotion had rubbed off. XD Apart from smelling great on its own, it also supports the perfume and makes it more intense. It doesn’t do much else though, don’t expect much moisture or anything.

Secondly I used up Clarins Mission Perfection Serum. This is supposed to help with age spots and such. The liquid comes out orange, but applies colorless, so it doesn’t do any color correction. There’s also small shimmer particles in it. I don’t have the list of ingredients for it, but I don’t think this did much for my skin. Would not buy a full size.

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Ingredients for body lotion. Click picture to make it bigger.

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Sisley Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care. Well, that’s a mouthful. This was a pretty generous sample of a self tanner that lasted almost for a full month. I used this after my serum; there was no need for additional moisturizer. Years ago I tried out some self tanning products, found them all terrible and finally came to terms with my natural skin color. I gotta say, this Sisley product if really much better than what I had before. It did not get patchy (except on those days where I went sloppy and applied too much) and the tanner smell is much less annoying than I thought it would be.

I started out as NC15 and went up to NC20 with this. But I had to apply it two nights in a row, then skip a night, rinse and repeat. If I used it every night I’d get too orange. So in theory you could get even darker. After a while I stopped using it all over and applied it like I would a liquid bronzer – top of the cheek bones, bridge of the nose etc. This way I could blend the edges nicely and look great even when I was completely makeup-free.

The product needs to be applied every other day to keep the color. After three nights without, the color was gone.

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Ingredients.

pro: really good | contra: full product is very expensive

Might buy a full size one day should I ever decide I need a self tan.

And that closes my empties for the month of August. I’ve already used up quite a few products in September so I can tell you there’s going to be a couple of Biotherm items next. 🙂

All Used Up July 2016

All Used Up July 2016

While I didn’t blog a lot in July, I did manage to use up quite a few products:

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Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Caplet Serum: As you can see, there are still capsules left in the bottom, but they were impossible to get out. The serum is colorless with white balls floating in it. When you pump them out, they combine into a shimmery white substance. There is a lot of mica in it and it is very visible in the face. Sadly, the mica has exactly the right size to settle in pores and enhance them.

From what I can tell, this serum is very moisturizing and enhances the effect of other products layered on top. So I used this and then put my BHA serum on top. I didn’t use this serum on its own. It didn’t have any adverse effects in my face, but I can’t say if it had any positive effects either. Due to the glitter I wouldn’t buy a full size. I prefer my shimmer to come in form of highlighters, where I can control where they go.

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List of ingredients. Click pic to enlarge.

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Next up: Douglas Beauty System Sea Thalasso Shower Gel. I used to have a matching body lotion, but ran out much sooner. Despite the hints of Sea Thalasso in the name, this does not smell salty or anything. It smells heavenly of neroli. I love it, real good scent. I don’t even know if this is still being sold though. It often takes me so long to use things up because I switch around.

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List of ingredients.

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Biotherm Aquasource Cream: I’m pretty sure I had this before. It’s just a rich cream wth the nice fresh smell that Biotherm often uses. I don’t have the packaging with the ingredients anymore, sorry. The cream is nice, but nothing special.

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La Roche Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30: a mattifying sun protection for the face. Alcohol is fairly high in the list, so I would not buy a full size for myself. When I use alcohol on my skin and then go into the sun I get big angry red spots. The cream proteced well from sun rays, though. At least I didn’t get sunburn. The cream left a visible white cast on me.

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Douglas Naturals face cream day with argan oil: You can tell it’s a “natural” cream by the smell: typical essential oils smell. Nasty if you ask me. The cream was bad, it simply didn’t want to sink in or distribute evenly. I think I also broke out from it (it’s hard to say exactly, but I had been acne free for a long time until that point). Avoid, avoid!

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The Body Shop Honeymania lip balm: This is a huge pot of lip balm and I gotta admit, it went bad before I could use it up, so it had to go. Back when it was still good, it had a lovely smell of fake honey and a waxy texture that protected lips nicely.

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Lush Helping Hands: a hand cream with light texture that sunk it quickly – no waiting time until you can use your smart phone again. 🙂 For my dry hands it works in summer, but in winter I need something richer. I didn’t love the smell, but it wasn’t bad either.

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Two perfume samples: Simply Jil Sander – a favorite of mine, review here.

And Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum: Sadly there are many Lempickas with similar names. I think this is the usual one, with the light purple bottle. I like it quite a bit. It smelled of cherry candy and liquorice. It smelled a bit dusty and light at the same time, like a young girl wearing an old dress. Quirky. Sadly, as far as I can tell, Lempicka aren’t sold in stores in Austria anymore and online retailers only have a few leftovers of this particular perfume.

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Lee Stafford Poker Straight for Oily Roots Dry Shampoo: This is the white variant (I had to give away my brown colored one after I went blond, haha). I like this, it works well. The smell could be a bit less intense for me (since I prefer smelling of my chosen perfume and not of my hair products) but the scent itself is okay. I have already repurchased this.

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Louis Widmer 50+ Extra Sun Fluid: This is one of my favorite sun products. The protection factor is high, there is no alcohol in the formula and no perfume. It leaves a slight white cast on the skin, but not very bad. The texture is not mattifying, it left me with a glow. But personally, I like that. Mattifying products often make  my skin too dry. The texture is very runny. Biggest downside: only 100 ml of product and not very cheap. Haven’t repurchased so far, but I might because it’s really good. I also tried the SPF 30, but that one had alcohol in it and my skin reacted badly.

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List of ingredients.

And, that’s it. Quite a list for one month. 🙂

Müller Advent Calendar

Müller Advent Calendar

Hello, my dears!

I don’t know where the time is going, tomorrow it’ll be December!!!

This year I bought my Advent Calendar at Müller’s and it looks like this:

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It contains samples of the brands Davidoff, Lancaster, Joop and Jil Sander. I won’t show every door on this blog as I think this is sort of boring for the reader, but you may see reviews of the items over the year.  🙂

Jil Sander Strictly

Jil Sander Strictly

Welcome to Fragrance Friday! 😀

Jil Sander Strictly

Today I’m talking about the newest release from Jil Sander, Strictly EdT. This is the men’s perfume to go with Simply, which I already reviewed (click) and liked very much. So I was looking forward to testing Strictly and I was not disappointed.

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Strictly starts very peppery and that pepper opening lasts almost an hour. After the first shock wears off (about five minutes in) the other notes start coming through. There is nutmeg and vetiver, but both are gentle. They don’t dominate the scent. And then there’s also a note of rum. Rum is sort of sweet, but in a warm and cozy way. In the base we also get tonka bean, but again this is never overly sweet, only a little cozy. At the same time, the scent is always spicy and a bit woodsy.

Longevity is great. We’re down to the base in about four hours and then it lasts all day and the night, too. Spray it on your scarf; it might just last the whole winter.

I think this is a great scent for men (and of course everyone else who wants to wear it) and such a nice reprieve from all the aquatic shower gel scents that get sold in the men’s section. I’m not sure if I will ever ‘get’ the shower gel scents.

Recommendation for everyone who likes spice!

All Used Up MAy 2015

All Used Up MAy 2015

Another month over, and time for another round of empties:

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I used up my sample of Jil Sander Simply. I already reviewed it here.  I liked it, but I don’t feel the need for a big bottle atm.

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The Body Shop Honeymania Shower Gel: Lovely smell, a bit like honey and a lot like wild flowers. A little bit of clover, maybe. I am on a total shower gel buying ban, because I have way too many bottles standing around, but generally I would repurchase this. I’m not sure if the scent is stll around, though.

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Douglas nails hands feet everyday’s darling moisturizing hand balm: a good hand cream, but ultimately nothing special. Flowery scent that isn’t too overpowering.

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MAC Mineralize Foundation Compact: by now there are several Mineralize Foundations available. I fell for the compact version (it’s creamy, not dry) and used it so much that it’s already empty. 😦

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The sad rest. The compact comes with a sponge. That sponge is still untouched, because I only applied this with a brush. The coverage can be adjusted depending on which brush is used. For a natural, medium coverage I used MAC 130, for a stronger coverage the Shiseido foundation brush or my newest brush, the Zoeva Silk Finish.

On the one hand I am sad it lasted only about a year, on the other hand it’s a good idea to use it up fast, because such a cream is more exposed than a bottle and could get bad faster. The cream contains a bit of alcohol, enbough that I could smell it at first. It seemed to evaporate over time. It’s not that I got used to it, because the same week I used this one up, I opened the next one and that one had the alcohol smell again. So if you’re sensitive to alcohol, this is not the foundation for you, but like I said, it evaporates, so I’m not too concerned about it.

Already repuchased, this is the foundation that works best for me. Long lasting, good coverage, does not emphasize dry parts. It’s not mattifying; f you’re looking for something for oily skin, check out the liquid versions.

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Ebelin nail polish remover pads acetone free: these were merely okay. I liked the older ones better, but they changed the formula.

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Lis of ingredients. For now no repurchase.

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Marionnaud Cleansing Micellar Water: I bought this travel size back when I was looking for a cheaper version of the Lancome Micellar Cleanser. I have since found it in the Garnier one. It took me forever to use up this Marionnaud one, because I found it awful. It has a nasty alcoholic smell, it feels nasty and drying on skin and it removed makeup only so-so. I kept it for emergencies and as you can see, there were enough of them to make it finally empty. Would not buy again.

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Last one for this month: Biotherm Lait de Douche. It’s the shower milk with that lovely soft citrus smell of theirs. That smell must be popular not only with me, since they have released a matching perfume spray this year. Apart from the smell, the milk also feels lovely on the skin.

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Back view with list of ingredients. Click the pic to enlarge. It contains salicylic acid, which explains the smooth feeling afterwards? Maybe? Or maybe the dose is too small and it’s only anti-inflammatory, which is also great.

Like I said I’m on a shower gel no buy, but I wouldn’t say no to getting this one as a gift. 😉

These were my empties of the last month, quite good, eh? Empties always make me feel so accomplished! 😀

 

Jil Sander Simply

Jil Sander Simply

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Simply Jil Sander EdP is my current handbag sample. I carry it everywhere with me; chances are you’ll see it in an ‘all used up’ entry sometime this year.

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The sample lists the notes as ‘mandarin, musky violet, and leather. From the first second on, there is something green to it, a cool dark green, almost woodsy. I can’t really tell the opening from the heart. I don’t detect any mandarin. Don’t let the mandarin note fool you into thinking there’s anything sweet in this perfume. To me it’s mostly violet leaf and cedar. Leather on the drydown.

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List of ingredients. I think it’s the coumarin I’m picking out, when I’m trying to describe it as ‘dark green’. XD

Simply reminds me of Pharrell Williams Girl, but Simply is a more rounded composition.

I recommend it for people who are looking for a violet scent, and those who are looking for a cool and elegant perfume that is neither fruity nor sweet.

Simply was released in 2014; perfumer is Christophe Raynaud.