Boucheron Jaipur Bracelet

Boucheron Jaipur Bracelet

Jaipur Bracelet EdP (released 2012) is a flanker to Boucheron‘s Jaipur (released 1994). I’ve never smelled the pillar so I can’t tell you how close those two really are. Bracelet is still being sold, but I’m not sure if Jaipur is still being produced. The nose for bracelet is Carlos Benaim.

I dedicate this review to the south half of our planet, since this perfume is sort of a spring perfume and we’re heading into fall up here. XD Bracelet is a bright, happy flowers thing and turns into a cream perfume later on. It hits right home with me because I love those orange blossom/sun cream combinations (like Yves Rocher Neroli).

Now, the notes list contains neither orange blossom nor creamy notes, which is weird because the start is a dead ringer for Pure Poison, a jasmine-neroli-gardenia-bomb. Bracelet is fresher and less jasmine but the connection is there.

The notes for bracelet include neither neroli, nor orange blossom, nor gardenia or jasmine. It says Hyacinth, Lily of the valley, iris and cypress. This makes it sound fresher and greener than it is, in my opinion. Before I looked up the notes I was so sure I’d find orange blossom/neroli. Although I guess when I look for it I do get some Lily of the Valley…

The flower phase doesn’t last very long, sadly. Maybe half an hour. The cream note gets stronger and stronger until the whole thing ends up smeling like very good and expensive skin care. For comparison, Pure Poison lasts much longer in the sweet flower phase.

The cream phase does last several hours but very close to the skin. This is my experience with it. A friend says that she finds Bracelet to be very heavy and strong. So it’s pretty subjective (however I am not entirely sure she meant Bracelet instead of Jaipur which sounds like a heavy oriental compared to this light flower).

verdict: lovely if you find Pure Poison too strong.

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Guerlain Black Perfecto by La Petite Robe Noire

Guerlain Black Perfecto by La Petite Robe Noire

As promised on monday, here’s a review of Guerlain‘s latest mainstream release: Black Perfecto by La Petite Robe Noire EdP Florale. As usual with LPRN flankers it’s quite a mouthful. It comes in the typical Guerlain spade bottle (again, that shape up there is not an “upside down heart” it’s clearly a spade!) but all black this time.

So Black Perfecto is this year’s flanker for LPRN (pillar). Allow me to link to my previous reviews: LPRN EdT (2012), LPRN Couture (2014), Ma Robe Petales (2015, green), Ma Robe Sous Le Vent (2016, blue). I think I got most of the flankers covered. However, the pillar is more complicated than that.

The first version of LPRN was released in 2009. The bottle wasn’t pink, more greyish and the dress was long. This scent was discontinued. In 2011 they released the first flanker, named Modele 2. This perfume was also discontinued and later renamed Mademoiselle Guerlain, which is now sold in the bee bottle. And finally in 2012 they released the LPRN which is still available today in EdP, EdT, Extrait, Hair Mist etc.

Why the history lesson? Some people still mourn the loss of the first LRPN, the 2009 one. And as Black Perfecto was released some say that this is pretty close to the old LPRN. So just in case you are looking for such a scent, go check Black Perfecto out. Me, I only know the 2012 version so I cannot say if it’s true.

Anyways, the perfumer for this version is Thierry Wasser. Perfumer for the 2009 LPRN was Delphine Jelk. Also the officially listed notes are completely different.

Black Perfecto is supposedly a rose perfume with leather notes. Honestly I’m not getting much leather, not like what you get from proper leather perfumes. What I smell is a very, very dark and not so sweet cherry. And then a candied rose. Something light that could be almond – there’s certainly something in it that makes it a sweet floral. But it’s nowhere near as sweet as what is currently sold in mainstream perfume. If the original LPRN smelled like this I can see why they discontinued it – for a mainstream hit you need more. That of course doesn’t make Black Perfecto a bad perfume. One might even argue it makes it a better perfume. But I doubt it’s going to be a major hit. Apart from not being so sweet (imo good, ymmv) it also doesn’t last long at all. I kept reapplying almost every hour. I went through my samples at lightning speed. It becomes a skin scent very fast. It does linger veeery light throughout the day. It does a lot better on fabric.

My verdict: nice, but I don’t feel the need to own a bottle or even a decant. But I’m not really in the market for a cherry perfume anway. I own a full bottle of Lolita Lempicka Sweet, which is all the cherry goodness I need. If I had to get a full bottle of any LPRN it would probably be the 2012 version. My second favorite is last year’s flanker, the blue ‘intense’ one.

Test Black Perfecto if: you miss the 2009 one or you want a cherry/rose scent that is not so overwhelming and sweet.

Summer Sale Haul

Summer Sale Haul

So, this is what I picked up in the summer sales that were going on in August. Most of that is actually freebies, though.

Starting from the top, that’s a sample of a YSL foundation. Sadly it came in the color 04 and so I can’t test it, sorry, guys. Then there’s a MAC lipstick. It’s Silver Spoon, which I already reviewed here. Underneath the Zoeva palette Rodeo Belle. Atop of the palette is the Chanel lipstick in Ultraberry, review coming up on wednesday. Then the MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Soft Frost, which I’ve been wanting ever since it came out and it was always sold out. Finally mine. Then another Chanel lipstick, Beige Doré.

The lower row is mostly smaples/freebies. The new Armani scent Because It’s You, which I’m not sure I’ll review – I hate it from the first sniff. Then the MAC CC Cream in Illuminate, a staple of mine. The new Elie Saab scent Girl Of Now, just as terrible as the Armani one. Then Kenzo Flower Lumiere, which I haven’t tested yet. I have quite a few untested Kenzos, maybe I should make a series… Then Guerlain Black Perfecto, review coming up on Friday. Last is some shower gel by Baldessarini. Not sure yet if I’ll keep it or pass it on.

So that’s my end of summer haul and a look at some things that will come up in future reviews robably. Any requests for perfume reviews?

L’Atelier des Bois de Grasse: Fleur d’Oranger Baie Rose

L’Atelier des Bois de Grasse: Fleur d’Oranger Baie Rose

Ah well, that was a handful of a title, eh?

Are you sitting here thinking ‘what the heck is L’Atelier des Bois de Grasse’? That’s okay. The brand is, well, pretty new. They have existed since 2016 and I think they didn’t start producing until the second half of the year. But it’s totally a brand you should watch out for. In Austria some of their perfumes (sadly not all) can be found at Marionnaud’s. I’m not sure where else you can get them.

This is a 100 ml bottle of L’Atelier des Bois de Grasse Fleur d’Oranger Baie Rose Cologne de Luxe.

I super, super love the no-nonsense bottle design. I also like that they clearly print the production date onto the bottom the packaging. No need to learn the cryptic language of batch codes! It simply says 09/16, end of story. I also like the price, it’s less than 20 € for 100 ml.

What I don’t like so much is the ridiculously long name? Couldn’t come up with something shorter, snappier?

Okay so much for the surrounding stuff, on to the perfume. It’s clearly an orange blossom/neroli cologne. I love those, and FOBR is among my favorites. It’s a cologne, but the lasting time is better than most colognes. Aka instead of lasting for half an hour, you get about three to four hours on skin.

The official list of notes printed on the packaging is: mandarin, bergamot, ginger, fig, orange blossom, elemi, petitgrain, musc, incense, ambergris, cedar.

I simplified that, the notes have some marketing speech terms attached, often ‘natural’. Now while that’s their prerogative, it also says ‘natural musks’. I sure as heck hope it’s not natural musk, there’s a good reason musks are being synthesized! It could of course mean that it’s made from a flower instead of deer, but sheesh. Be careful what you put on your natural perfume claims.

Okay, apart from that it smells really good, but I can’t really pick those notes out. It smells like a well rounded orange blossom cologne, no more, no less.

Great recommendation for the orange blossom/neroli lover.

4711 Remix Cologne

4711 Remix Cologne

4711 are celebrating 225 years of Echt Kölnisch Wasser. This inspired them to do an Anniversary Edition for their famous cologne. It’s called Remix Cologne EdC and was released this spring/summer as a limited edition. As the name implies this is not just the old juice in a pretty bottle, it’s a remixed version. Perfumers are Alexandra Kalle and Vincent Schaller.

Remix Cologne is fresher and less herbal than the original cologne. It’s a wonderful neroli cologne with lots of citrus fruit in the opening. Very fresh, very yummy.

This is a typical cologne – as in, it doesn’t last all that long. An hour, maybe two. It’s a quick refreshment that doesn’t bother you all day long. If you’re looking for a long lasting version of this, check out Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino.

A note on the (very pretty) packaging: the cap may look like a screw cap, but it’s not. Just pull it upwards after breaking the sticker seal by screwing sideways. I like that the sticker that connects the bottle with the cap broke so neatly you can barely see the tear.

I greatly recommend this for every neroli cologne lover and those that want to tap their toes into the genre.

Penhaligon’s Portraits Clandestine Clara

Penhaligon’s Portraits Clandestine Clara

How to make Penhaligon’s Portraits – Clandestine Clara: take Guerlain’s Shalimar, but remove all the flowers and citrus and add in a good dose of cinammon and patchouli instead. Done. Clandestine Clara basically skips all the opening nonsense and goes right to the heavy base instead. It’s boozy, ambery vanilla. Very yummy. Nothing screechy to distract from the base.

Clandestine Clara was released this year, 2017. The nose is Sophie Labbé.

Now, because the Portraits perfume line is brand new and kinda funny here’s the story stuff they made up for it: every portrait perfume presents a fictional person. Our patriarch is Lord George, his wife is Lady Blanche (Harry Potter fans think Narcissa Malfoy). Their marriage is not the best, in fact, she wants to poison him. Their daughter is the Duchess Rose, who married the Duke to get out of the house and live a better life. Somehow she missed a spot check and didn’t realize before the marriage the Duke is GAY, GAY, GAY. So she’s got to get her fun elsewhere. She probably inherited that from her father. Clara is Lord Gerge’s lover, his dirty little secret. Or not so secret, I mean the Lady does want to kill him, there’s gotta be a reason for that. George and Clara have a son, Radcliffe. He’s a total womanizer, too.

There are more perfumes by now, but that’ the basic set up. It’s a little wink-wink-nudge-nudge story of a patriachal aristocratic family that’s all about keeping up appearances (and failing).

The bottles are unusual for Penhaligon’s as they don’t have the ribbon, they have huge golden animal heads instead. I like Lord George’s the best, it’s a stag. So it’s all cute and pretty and good smelling, but the price point is € 225, which is a bit more than I’d be willing to spend on a cute perfume currently. I mean Clandestine Clara smells really good, but for that price I could get myself several bottles of Shalimar…

Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP

Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP

Well here goes nothing: This is my bottle of Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP. You probably heard of this perfume before. It was released in 2006, more than ten years ago. Omg, what! Time flies. In 2015 they released the matching EdT (same bottle but all black). At this point I’d like to thank the SA, who, when I said I wanted to buy the EdT told me: “You’ll want the EdP, trust me.” She was right. The EdT only lasted half the amount of time that the EdP did.

Black Orchid EdP is a room-filing sillage monster and lasts ten hours on me. Luckily most of coworkers seem to be anosmic to any and all perfumes.

I think Black Orchid is the kind of perfume you can only hate or love. It’s a cacophony of notes. I can barely tell any specific note apart from the rest. It is too much at once. And that was also what led me to love it. You can find lots of easy sweet perfumes that don’t overwhelm you. But one that is “ride or die” yet still smells amazing? Yes, please.

I won’t even bother putting down any notes for it. It’s in the broad strokes of an “oriental flower” in the same way that a puddle and the ocean are both bodies of water. There’s some fruit in it, some flower, a lot of base notes. When the massive opening mellows down, you get some lovely pralines with sandalwood and patch.

Very much worth testing, even if you may end up hating it. At least let the opening run its course until you reach the base before you make up your mind.

Perfumer is David Apel.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh

L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh

Boah, people say. What is that stink?

Firstly, that’s L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh, and secondly it smells awesome, I say.

No, okay Oud is an acquired taste, maybe, and Al Oudh doesn’t pull it’s punches. Those in the niche perfume fandom, on the other hand, are already all over the oud hype. Yawn, how boring, they say. As usual, it’s a thing of perspective.

Al Oudh was released in 2009, eight years ago, sorta at the start of the oud trend in niche perfumery. Perfumer is Bertrand Douchafour.

This time the notes list on the packaging is in french only so I don’t understand much. Oudh, boise, epice, cuire, it says.

So my nose gets oud and leather and also a healthy dose of dates. Spices, maybe and I’m really not sure of the rest. I think it’s a mixture of a lot of things but I can’t pick them out.

Overall Al Oudh is pretty strong and just weird for the non-oud initiated. But I’ve worn it to work and nobody complained, so (they might not have realized it was perfume). The strong phase goes on for about four to five hours. The dry down is much gentler, more sandalwood, maybe or some other woods.

Personally I really like it for when I feel like oud. I have not felt the need to own any other oud (because lets face it, they’re not different enough). Also had I smelled this one before I smelled Guerlain Santal Royal I would have been a lot less forgiving for Santal Royal. Al Oudh is coherent. Santal Royal is a mess compared to it.

As usual I have the old bottle but I think the juices are unchanged.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Nuit de Tubereuse

L’Artisan Parfumeur Nuit de Tubereuse

So my perfume review process works something like this: I’ll wear a new perfume on and off when I feel like it and when I think I’m ready to review it I’ll be wearing it everyday until the review is done.

I was ready to review Nuit de Tubereuse EdP (L’Artisan Parfumeur) weeks ago. I’ve been wearing it everyday for three weeks. XD Mostly because of my heatwave induced blogging pause but also because I like it so much.

As always, I have the old bottle design. The liquid is light grey, the sticker and outer packaging are pink.

Weren’t you a Tuberose phobic, you might ask. Yes, I was. And still many a famous tuberose is too heavy for me. I didn’t even dare test Nuit de Tubereuse until I read a review which critisized it for not being a tuberose perfume. Oh, I thought? Why is it called Nuit de Tubereuse, then? Looks like this was created under a different working title, but then they had to change the name in a hurry for legal reasons (I assume the working title was used by a diff brand). So, hey, worth a sniff for the tuberose phobic.

First impression is very green but in a flowery way, not a herbal or foresty way. Then flowers, lovely flowers. And yes, here comes the dreaded tuberose; why were people complaining for a lack of tuberose? There’s plenty, at least enough to be smelling it through the whole time it lasts (about six hours). But – it’s not cloying or oppressing. I like this tuberose, which pairs an intense flower with light greenery.

The official note list printed on the packaging reads: pink pepper, tuberose, green mango, woods.

Now, that’s a pretty short list and I bet my collection there’s more flowers in it. Surely some orange blossom + rose, not sure about jasmin or ylang ylang. I have no real clue what green mango smells like, only that it’s also a note in Timbuktu, which smells nothing like Nuit de Tubereuse. XD There are probably some types of amber and musk (what perfume doesn’t contain musk?) in the dry down. I don’t think it smells particularly woody at all.

But it smells good, so good. It smells like the first rain after a heat wave – or is that just because we are having rain right now, haha. But I bought this bottle almost a year ago (time flies) and it works all year round. I am now officially no tuberosophobic anymore. 😉

Nuit de Tubereuse was released in 2010, perfumer is Bertrand Douchafour.

Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! This Is Him!

Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! This Is Him!

Zadig & Voltaire isn’t a new brand but you haven’t heard too much of them until 2016 when they released two new mainstream perfumes with lots of fanfare: This is her! and This is him!

This is her! smells like fabric softener, lots of jasmine and cheap sandalwood. Typical “female” mainstream offer, you can find these a dime a dozen, but if you like that sort of smell it’s totally okay and not offensive on the nose.

This is him! on the other hand is much better! Now, the reason for that is not that it’s technically or objectively better than This is her!; it’s because the average mainstream “male” fragrance is so cheap and nasty. And This is him! is not cheap and nasty and therefore already a winner (in a very weak category). This is him! smells of pepper and incense – very lovely incense and not too much (this is after all not a niche offering). Only a touch of sandalwood ties it to This is her! and a bit of vanilla, too. The drydown is powdery and soft in a not too sweet way.

So I very much recommend the male fragrance, the female is take it or leave it.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou d’Absinthe

L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou d’Absinthe

We are currently going through an unusual heatwave over here. My ususal go-to scent when it’s hot is a citrus cologne. But there’s only so much citrus cologne you can wear until you get bored. So I pulled out my little bottle of L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou d’Absinthe EdP. Funny thing about their bottles (at least the old bottles – I still don’t own one of their new design) is that the golden cap is always the same size, no matter if the bottle is 100ml, 50ml or 30ml.

Alright so usually Fou d’Absinthe is a cool smelling green; a scent more typical ‘manly’ than ‘womanly’. Right now in the heat it is suddenly a lot more powdery, but still in a cooling way. I feel like now it is more spice than pine and it’s the other way round when the temperatures are cool. I found it okay to good before, now I like it much better.

In a nutshell: worth a revisit as seasons change.

The official notes as listed on the cardboard packaging are: wormwood, spices, patchouli, pine needles.

A note on the patch: I don’t find it to be a strong patch note, although right now it does give off a cool earthy vibe so I guess it’s got more noticable patch than your average mainstream perfume. (Funfact: I have a coworker who really dislikes patch and can sniff it out in even the fruitiest perfumes where I don’t notice a thing. He’d hate Fou d’Absinthe.)

Does it smell of absinth aka the drink? Only if you sniff straight from the bottle. 😉

Fou d’Absinthe was released in 2006 and is still available. Nose is Olivia Giacobetti.

Narciso Rodriguez for her Fleur Musc

Narciso Rodriguez for her Fleur Musc

A perfume post on a monday instead of friday??? Well, after an unplanned week of silence I guess it’s time to shake things up.

This year Narciso Rodriguez released a new flanker for the pillar fragrance “for her”. It’s called “for her Fleur Musc” EdP and comes in a strong rosy pink instead of the light pink/black combo of “for her”. Perfumers are Calice Becker and Sonia Constant.

Now, you should know that I am a HUGE fan of “for her” I love the strong musc and the abstract woods and the soft creaminess and it’s just really good, okay. Fleur Musc is basically “for her”, but tuned WAY down with rose slapped in front. If that sounds like something you’d like, then here’s your chance. For me personally, because I like “for her so” much and I am also not a rose lover, this is a miss.

 

L’Artisan Parfumeur Méchant Loup

L’Artisan Parfumeur Méchant Loup

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood by The Dandygal

Little Red Riding Hood lived with her mother in a smallish town near the woods. One day her mother said: “My girl, I have packed this basket with goodies for your grandmother who lives all alone in the woods. Bring it to her, but be careful. Do not get off the main way.”

So Little Red Hiding Hood went into the woods. Her basket was filled with honey cakes, the kind made with very dark honey and not too sweet, just like grandmother liked them. There was also a small bottle of bitters, because lets face it, that was way more useful than a bottle of red wine if you’re an old lady living alone in the woods. There were some more sweets such as liquorice plus hazels and chestnuts, for grandma liked her sweets not too sweet. There was also a small bottle of black pepper in the basket since a woman cannot life off sweets alone.

The woods were dark, but Little Red Riding Hood kept walking. She passed some lumberjacks who were busy cutting logs of wood. They waved to her and kept on working. Farther into the woods Litle Red Riding Hood was distracted by a pretty tree and the very dark green smells surrounding it when a voice called to her.

“My, my, who is this pretty girl walking all alone in the woods and smelling just so nice?”

Little Red Riding Hood turned around and saw a wolf standing on the other side of the trail. She was afraid but her mother had taught her good manners so she answered: “I am Little Red Riding Hood, Mister Wolf. And thank you for the compliment – that is a perfume from the big city. It’s Méchant Loup by L’Artisan Parfumeur.”

And thusly, the wolf learned that he liked niche perfume much better than little girls and he wandered off to get himself a full bottle. Nobody was eaten and everyone lived their perfumista life happily ever after.

The end.

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure

L’Eau d’Issey Pure EdT is one of the many flankers of the Issey Miyake bestseller L’Eau d’Issey. The EdT, which is what I have here, was released this year, the EdP last year. It’s called a musky, aquatic, floral which means it has everything to make me dislike it. But let’s see.

It starts off fresh for only a few seconds, then the flowery stage sets in already. The flowers are mostly Lily of the Valley, but those are quite gentle as well. The real headliner here is the base which has got very scrubbed clean soft musk with maybe some ambroxan. It’s one of those fabric softener scents and as such I think it would be quite nice. As a perfume it is much too boring for my personal taste. However at least it is not one of these annyoing screechy shower gel aquatics.

It lasts for only two hours, as the scent already starts out weak. You surely will not offend anybody’s nose with this.

I also have the body lotion. That one has a stronger flowery stage, so wearing them layered gets the Lily of the Valley to be stronger. Layering the perfume atop the lotion does not make the scent last longer though, as the body lotion also lasts only a short while and it’s also not very hydrating.

Verdict: nice if you like this sort of very gentle scent. Otherwise, you’re not missing anything.

L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme

L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme

Oh boy, I thought to myself. L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme, that’s going to be too much for me, right?

Then found out that adding on ‘Extreme’ is simply L’Artisan Parfumeur‘s way of denoting a flanker (see: La Chasse Aux Papillons Extreme, Mure et Musk Extreme). XD The perfumes themselves aren’t necessarily more extreme than the original. So, don’t expect this one to be like the original L’Eau d’Ambre (1978), because it’s not as far as I can tell. L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme was released in 2001, perfumer is Jean-Claude Ellena. I have the old packaging here, the newer bottles are all in that black packaging.

So, how does it smell like, other than yummy? Because I can tell you it is very yummy. It’s spicy and sweet and cozy and just very ambery. Lately I was lucky enough to be able to smell a mixture with only benzoin as a scent component in and I realized that’s the stuff I like so much. And LdAE has lots of that benzoin.* I think I also detect patchouli and vanilla, a light base of musk, possibly a touch of sandalwood. There’s more to the top note. The top is a bit harsh with it’s spices, but the perfume calms down quickly and then just wafts all those lovely base stuff. At times it also turns smoky, but not like incense. More like a really good cigar.

The official notes as listed on my packaging are: Spices, patchouli, damascena rose, benzoin, vanilla.

As a base heavy perfume this stuff lasts almost forever. I get ten or more hours on skin, longer on clothes of course. Sometimes you forget it’s here and then it starts wafting again. It smells so warm and sometimes intense, a work colleague started to look for the ‘scent lamp someone must have lighted’ until I admitted that was probably me. Luckily he didn’t complain or something.

All in all I find LdAE extremely wonderful. The only ‘downside’ is that it stopped me from buying any more amber perfumes. Everytime I sample one I ask myself ‘is this in any way better or very different to LdAE of which I own 100ml after all?’ And the answer is usually no. This shows that while I like amber I’m not crazy about it, because when it comes to orange blossom, already owning a 100ml bottle has never stopped me from acquiring more. XD

 

*I just realized I’ve been typing that as ‘benzoe’ in my other entries so far. Turns out that’s the German word, English is benzoin (resin). While I’m footnoting I’d like to point you to this entry in kafkaesqueblog, which is the be all end all explanation of amber notes as far as I am concerned: clicky.

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial

I know it’s the middle of May and this is more of a cold weather perfume, but we’ve had a very snowy spring so far so I broke out the vanilla perfumes again.

Pictured: Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial (EdP).

Shalimar Parfum Intital (from now on: PI) is a flanker to Guerlain’s famous Shalimar. PI was released in 2011, perfumer is Thierry Wasser. There were two more PI flankers: Shalimar Parfum Intital L’Eau (same bottle, pink tassle) and Shalimar Parfum Inital Si Sensuelle (pink feathers instead of tassle). Now, the whole thing is a bit complicated, because Si Sensuelle is supposedly a LE bottle for L’Eau and juice should be the same. However, from the bottles I personally have smelled I could swear Si Sensuelle smells a lot more gentle and sweet. Yet at the same time I am not sure if I could tell apart PI and L’Eau in a blind test…

The whole PI line got discontinued a while ago, but as of now you can still find all three versions in some stores. It is still in the “freshly discontinued and being sold off” phase and not the “longer discontinued and highly sought after” phase. If you’re thinking of blind buying because you see a good price I would recommend getting Si Sensuelle. Well, unless you already know what PI smells like in which case it’s not a blind buy.

Now, what does it smell like? It is clearly related to Shalimar. I heard it was intended to be a beginner’s Shalimar. In that case it failed because I’m not sure if you could get into it if you didn’t already love Shalimar? The start is very tart bergamot and dark green notes. It almost punches you into the nose, going WELL HELLO HERE I AM! When that wears off you get unsweet vanilla, iris and a very indolic jasmine. Honestly I think it is quite stinky. The indole, you know. Si Sensuelle has a lot less indole which is why I recommend it for blind buyers. You don’t want to blind buy this one here and get hit by all the indole if you didn’t expect it.

The somewhat stinky flowers are the longest phase. After four hours you are left with softer notes, the typical Guerlain tonka bean, a hint of caramel and musk. All of those are fairly light. This is a cozy, cuddly phase. If you want only this phase better check out the new Mon Guerlain which smells like a Guerlain base without top or heart to me.

So, don’t get me wrong, I like PI. It’s just I have to be in the mood for the little stinker. But I’m also not super surprised the PI line wasn’t a mainstream hit, to be honest. For a softer, more easily likable Shalimar flanker, try Shalimar Cologne EdT.

Like I said above, I can’t tell much difference between this one and the L’Eau version. Si Sensuelle is lighter. And with that I have reviewed all of the Shalimar flankers I could get my hands on. I’m lacking the Ode a la Vanille ones. One day I’ll review the actual Shalimar as well. Maybe. XD

And now for some Guerlain news: a couple of their scents are going to be repackaged. They will lose their regular, unique bottle and will from now on be sold in bee bottles. I’ll certainly be on the lookout for sales of old bottles. 😉

Langé Opera in Paris

Langé Opera in Paris

Opera in Paris EdP is my second female fragrance by Langé and my third in total. The packaging is as usual nothing to get excited about, but the perfume is different and that’s what I like. The note list on the back of the packaging says:

Jasmine Heart, Black Rose, Warm Wood, Infused Vanilla

Reading this, you might be mistaken that this is a sweet perfume. It is not. It’s a rose perfume, that is the strongest note I get, and what a rose! It’s the driest rose I’ve ever smelled. It is absolutely not soapy (I dislike soap in rose perfumes) and unsweet. I barely get any jasmine. It’s all about the rose and the dry wood. There could be a touch incense in it. Much, much later I get vanilla, when all oher notes are gone but it is so quiet you might think it’s a whisper of a dream. Until then I don’t find it very sweet at all. Just the most intense dry rose. You could describe it as powdery but that’s a complicated word. Often powdery scents are sweeter than this, softer. Nothing about Opera in Paris is really soft. It’s more like… you know wearing it makes me feel like being in a spy movie or like Black Widow from the Avengers. XD This rose has hard edges.

The perfume lasts about five hours on my skin. The last stage is very close to the skin.

Overall I like it lots and that’s despite me still not being a fan of roses. Worth a try if you’re up for the ride.

Opera in Paris was released in 2015, the creative team are Eric Fustier and Julie Pauwels.

All Used Up March & April 2017

All Used Up March & April 2017

Alright, time for another trash post. I have many items almost used up, but only a few I managed to actually empty and throw away lately and those are:

Balea Handcreme Buttermilk & Lemon: My current fav hand cream. Already repurchased. Must be on my fourth bottle now (If I always repurchase the same thing I don’t always put it in those posts because boring).

Jean & Len Shampoo für seidiges Haar: I tried it on a whim and really liked it. It did actually make my hair silky and my scalp was not itchy and dry (something I often have a problem with). However when I went back to repurchase it I couldn’t find it anymore. The whole product line was repackaged and looked different. For now I have some other shampoos to use up but I do plan on going back and finding this one again.

List of ingredients for shampoo.

Rituals Sakura Body Lotion: I had more than one of these. I like the smell and the whipped cream texture is fun to touch. However it does not really do a whole lot for the skin. No moisture. Looking at the list of ingredients (too small to photograph, sorry) it is very back-heavy, meaning it’s mostly silicone and all the advertised stuff like rice etc is listed after Phenoxyethanol (meaning there’s less than one percent in it). So, nice sample, would not buy full size.

s.Oliver Outstanding. Review here. I have nothing to add. Used up as a room spray at work.

Last two items: The Body Shop Pink Grapefruit shower gel: one of my favorite Body Shop scents. Yum. Currently on a shower gel bying ban (which I broke to buy those cursed unicorn shower gels – see my instagram). Should I one day have used up all my backlog I might get this one again.

And a body lotion: Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs. The lotion was actually not half bad, considering it’s mostly there to enhance the perfume. The scent is okay, nothing I would buy for myself, but a nice fresh floral.

And that concludes my empties post for the last two months. I have quite a few things almost used up I wonder how many more weeks they’ll last…