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). 😄 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. 😄

 

*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. 😄

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. 😄 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…

Gucci Bamboo

Gucci Bamboo

So today I’ll be talking about Gucci Bamboo EdP. I’d lke to say it’s brand new because to me it feels like it came out yesterday but apparently yesterday was 2015. Oh.

Bamboo comes in a really cute bottle with Gucci’s bamboo design. To clear things up, this perfume was named after an accessoire line by Gucci and matches the design. It does not include a bamboo note! Although, this is clearly dropping the ball here, why do you create a perfume named like this and then not bother to put in a bamboo note?

Anyways, this is also shows how close smell is connected with expectations – have someone smell it and tell them what it’s called and wait how they’ll describe the smell. Many will claim to smell bamboo and honestly it’s not that far off. This perfume is a watery citrus with light flower notes. For all you know it could be a rendering of Panda food.

At first I was prepared to hate it. Watery perfumes, brr. It smells synthetic and a bit like cleansing products. However for the sake of reviewing it I put it on again and again. And it grew on me. It’s not a screechy terrible as other fresh scents and it has a soft note of orange blossom, which totally redeems it to me. To smell it I had to drench myself in Bamboo, though. If you use too little all you get is a airy room cleaner smell. I get a feeling this is the sort of perfume you sell to people who don’t want to smell of perfume.

Lasting power is mediocre at best. I get maybe three hours. To really smell it you need to start out with seven spritzes and then keep reapplying.

So while my personal opinion changed from “terrible” to “actually quite nice” I can’t really recommend it either. It’s not a perfume for a perfumista, nor does it want to be. I think it’s mostly for people who like the design – I’m sure more money went into the design than into the juice. I’m usually the sort of person who keeps perfume dark and cool, stored away with their packaging still on. But this one here you can display on your dresser. If you use it, you’ll use it up before it goes bad anyway.

Rituals Haul

Rituals Haul

Rituals is brand from the Netherlands. Lately they’ve been expanding quite a bit, so my hometown is now blessed with a store. Naturally, I had to shop.

Two of those are freebies, though. 😄

I always like checking out the perfume sections of these mall shops (like The Body Shop, Lush, L’Occitane). You could find a gem for a good price. The skin care portions of those shops are often overpriced, though.

I picked up the SPF 50 sun protection cream, which includes Titanium Dioxide (mineral filter) as well as a chemical filter. There’s also antioxidants, sadly also a whole lot of perfume components. I know that everything by Rituals is heavily scented but I don’t understand why you have to do it with sun cream. I’ll give this a proper review when I used it up.

Then I got the hand cream in Dao, because I am a hand cream fiend and Dao was the scent I liked best. I got the matching room scent as well (freebie).

The little white tube was the other freebie, the Sensitive Skin Lotion. Again, review will follow when I used it up, but I noticed this one includes a whole lot less perfume compared to the sun cream, so it actually is possible!

The two small glass bottles are the perfumes Eau d’Orient and Nuit a Marrakesh, both EdP. I so love that they offer small 10 ml versions of all perfumes and they come with sprayers! Yes! Nuit d’Orient is a heavy vanilla amber thing, Nuit a Marrakesh smells more like towels in a spa. Many Rituals scents smell very spa like, it’s their thing.

Honestly the best thing about the store is that they always offer* you a free cup of tea when you enter. I do hope they keep that up but I am afraid it was only a store opening thing.

*actually, they’d follow you around with a cup of tea until you finally took it.

This post is not sponsored. I actually bought all of that, except the freebies.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria

You know it’s spring when Guerlain releases its annual Aqua Allegoria. 🙂

This year’s offer is Bergamote Calabria and the writing on the bottle is light green. Be careful when testing it, many stores have put the tester for Herba Fresca in front of it. To make space in the lineup, Limon Verde was discontinued although as of now you can still find it in stores.

After last year’s Pera Granita, which was a flowery fuity offering, Bergamote Calabria goes the citrus spicy way. As promised you get bergamote, both peel and juice. I find it really mouth watering, as in I really get thirsty smelling it. There’s also ginger, which I am not the biggest fan of, but this isn’t the really sharp kind. It’s more like a really good drink of water with lemon juice and a bit of ginger thrown in. Ginger Candy, maybe. This lovely yum stage lasts about two to three hours, after that there’s not much left. I mean, there’s is some light musk, so the scent itself isn’t quite gone yet, but I still wish to reapply to get the citrus goodness. Without reapplication the scent survives maybe five hours, but the last three are very quiet and skin tight.

I own a few citrus scents, and none smell exactly like Bergamot Calabria. If you want a zingy citrus that isn’t too harsh, this one is worth a sniff.

Etro Patchouly

Etro Patchouly

 

Today I’m talking about Etro‘s Patchouly EdP. This was released in 2016 and is not to be confused with the EdT from 1989 which smells completely different.

The EdP starts off with a top note of patch (well, obviously). No citrus, no flowers, no playing around. Just cold, earthy, mouldy patch. Very earthy. At first I was like, well, in case I ever want to cosplay some old school vampire… But then it gets sweet in a very yummy way. Like cocoa beans – you know, lots of dark chocolate but no sugar. I’m sure there’s some amber and vanilla in it, that sort of thing. Very lovely in a cool way. This is no baked goods, it’s always earthy. Like a real spring day, after the rain when you’re walking through a concrete cellar or parking lot. And there’s the wrapper of a candy bar. The chocolate is gone but there are traces left.

The more often I wear it the better I like it. The big downside and reason this will not end in a full bottle is that it doesn’t last very long. Despite being made up of mostly base notes it survives maybe four hours. It took me forever writing this review because I want to be wearing the perfume while typing and the perfume kept on wearing off before I got to it. (I don’t kow about you, but it’s so easy to get distracted on the net. The biggest portion of my blogging time is the time until I finally get to it.)

So, this is really worth checking out, but keep in mind I don’t have much experience with real patch perfumes yet. Maybe to an expert, this is totally dull. But I love it, except for the wear time. It’s too easy to go through a bottle fast with reapplication and the bottle ain’t exactly cheap.

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme EdP is a sweet fruity floral that was released in 2012. I’m a bit confused why after The One they felt the need to produce yet another sweet fruity floral, but here we are. I low key love the red velvet and keep on touching it, but look at the size difference between packaging and bottle! The packaging holds four times more air than perfume.

Sadly it doesn’t get much better with the content. This is of course all a matter of personal opinion, but there are sweet, lovely baked goods perfumes and then there’s the screechy, too sweet perfumes. If you start sugary and then add more and more and more sugar at some point you’re not ending up with sweet, you’ll get biting. Pour Femme isn’t as bad as LVEB but it’s also not good. There’s a scratchy raspberry and some scratchy sandalwood in it and those two fight the lovely floral notes (orange blossom, jasmine) in a gladiator-like death match. Ususally no side wins, both die from exhaustion after about four hours.

I think it could have been greatly improved by adding musk but that’s just my opinion. People who dislike musk will probably like it the way it is much better.

In a nutshell: please dose this one lightly.

I think from now I will distinguish as such: gourmand perfumes (like Givenchy L’Ange Noir, Guerlain LPRN) and high fructose corn syrup perfumes (Lancome LVEB, …). 😄

Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT

Narciso Rodriguez for her EdT

Narciso Rodriguez has many great perfumes (well, if you like musk, that is) but this one here is still my favorite: for her EdT, released 2003. Perfumers are Christine Nagel and Francis Kurkdjian.

The biggest problem with Narciso Rodriguez is their perfume naming. It’s like a kid naming cats ‘Kitty 1, Kitty 2 and Kitty-Kat’. Which one’s which? Well the one I’m talking about here is the EdT of ‘for her’, pink outer packaging, black bottle.

For me the musk is the strongest note. Ther are flower notes too, but those come out sometimes more, sometimes less. Maybe it has to do with how warm it is. ‘for her’ is just a cozy wrap dress to me. It consists mostly of base notes like musk, amber, a tiny bit of vanilla, patchouli, you know just the regular base stuff with musk amped up to the max and everyone else only a soft whisper. Sometimes the flowers (orange blossom, osmanthus) are allowed to dance, but often they disappear quickly. The perfume as a whole doesn’t change much (since it’s already so base-heavy). On me it lasts an average of five hours.

‘for her’ is a best seller for good reasons. Many try to copy it but none come that close to perfection. You’ve probably smelled it before but if you haven’t I suggest trying it. If you don’t smell it much you could be partially anosmic to musk btw. For those who can smell it the perfume is quite intense.

Kenzo Jungle

Kenzo Jungle

Today’s the day; today we’re talking about Kenzo Jungle EdP. This is one of my absolute favorites, which makes writing about it quite hard. I mostly just want to scream at your faces to try it.

This carton is usually standing around somehwat pushed aside by Kenzo best sellers like Flower and it’s flankers, but it can usually be found everywhere Kenzo is sold. It was first released in 1996 and was originally called Jungle L’Elephant. There was also a Jungle Le Tigre, but that one was sadly discontinued. So nowadays when you see ‘Jungle’ it means the one with the Elephant. Perfumer is Dominique Ropion.

Here’s the elephant, chilling on top of the bottle. 🙂

Now, the smell. Ah, the smell of Jungle. It’s quite distinctive and also quite loud. Even people who usually don’t notice perfume on people will probably notice this. Jungle is also quite distinctive. I don’t (yet) know of anything else that smells quite like it. It’s a spice bomb, basically. If you like the smell of curry, of masala chai and things like it, this is in the same family. Jungle has enough vanilla and amber in it to come across as a sweet perfume, but there’s also the somewhat spicy liquorice and a huge amount of cardamom. Also cumin. Basically it smells a lot like you had a huge accident in the pantry. Also Jungle is very long lasting, so good luck scrubbing it off. I once got it onto a coat sleeve and my home smelled of Jungle for weeks afterwards.

I think that the currently most common trend in mainstream perfumery is still berries with sugar while a trend in niche perfumery is smelling like masala chicken (the other niche trend is oud). This mainstream perfume here does the spices trend loud and proud and makes me wonder if mainstream perfume in the nineties was braver than today? I hope Jungle keeps selling because I am not willing to live without it.

Now, ths is more of a fall/winter perfume for me. Even if I don’t normally divide by seasons but Jungle can get exhausting in warm weather. So reviewing it in spring is maybe sort of weird but we are having a very rainy stormy weekend right now and I felt like I had to get Jungle out. If you want to try it but are unsure about such an intense pefume I suggest doing it in cold weather.

I just really love Jungle. For me it is the gold standard of ‘this is awesome!’ 😄 It’s the blue lipstick of perfumery, the exact opposite of subtle.

Guerlain Mon Guerlain

Guerlain Mon Guerlain

You have probably seen ads for the newest Guerlain release already: Mon Guerlain EdP. It comes in the classic Quadrilobe bottle and should be available everywhere Guerlain is sold at. And it’s not a flanker! I had to try it.

People are saying it smells similar to the now discontinued Mon Exclusif. I haven’t smelled that one so I can’t say for sure, but mentioning it just so you know.

Mon Guerlain starts off with fresh bregamot; then it quickly morphs into a sweet scent. I sense a tiny relation to the blue LPRN, but less intense. Basically I feel like this is the sweetened Guerlinade with nothing much added. That probably means it’d make a good layering scent. It’s mostly vanilla and tonka bean and clean sweet jasmin. For a short while it smells simlar to Shalimar Souffle, but that one is airier, lighter and sweeter on the vanilla side. Mon Guerlain is more like caramel.

I’m going back and forth with this scent. It’s sweet and I’m not usually this big on sweet scents, but it’s just so cozy and yummy. Then again I realize I can have something similar with the dry down of Shalimar. In a way Mon Guerlain feels unfinished to me. Like they made the base and forgot to do the rest, then just added a quick head note of light bergamot. But it feels unfinished in such a cozy, yummy, lovely way. I might need a full bottle anyway…

It seems to stay closer to the body; I don’t think it’s a sillage bomb. I appreciate that – I still get flash backs from the one work colleague who blasted the whole floor with La Nuit Tresor and LVEB.

On me Mon Guerlain lasts exactly six hours. I have timed it and every time at exactly six hours it fades. 😄 However, opinions vary here. I have just received a text from a fellow parfumista friend who complains it smells good but is done after only five minutes. 😄

In short: try this if you want sweet, but not too fruity. Avoid if you want complicated stuff.

Dita von Teese Erotique

Dita von Teese Erotique

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So, did you know Dita von Teese used to have a perfume line? To be honest I didn’t notice until they were on sale and already mostly gone. And suddenly, as it was really hard to get I really, really wanted one. 😄 The ugly yellow thing up there is Erotique EdP. There were two different packagings for this, a prettier glass bottle and this thing here. But it houses the same fragrance and it cost me only 7,50 €, so whatever. I apologize for reviewing a fragrance that seems to be discontinued but maybe you’ll get lucky in some remote drugstore.

Smelling Erotique I can tell you why it didn’t do so well among the other celebrity scents: it is no sticky sweet berry slushy. Quite the contrary. In fact it has a cilantro note which quickly tells you this perfume is not here to be cute. Leather and Sandalwood follow the spicy opening note. In a way it smells like a niche perfume that was cheapened down a bit. It’s quirky and if you like the scent of leather with lots of woods, certainly sexy.

Since this perfume is base-heavy it lasts a good amount of time, eight to ten hours depending on how much I applied.

I am sad the Dita line was phased out of drugstores. I would have bought the others too, if I had gotten my fingers on them. They were too good to last.

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Dior J’Adore L’Or

Dior J’Adore L’Or

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Taking a break from the lesser known brands I am currently drenched in Dior parfum. More specifically, in J’Adore L’Or. This is a flanker to the best seller J’Adore. Unlike the Poisons, where you can keep the flankers easily apart by their colors, all versions of J’Adore have the same white/gold color scheme, only the bottles differ a little in length and curve. The best way to keep them apart is to read the name very carefully. I often see men stumble into stores and telling the SA they want the one with the golden thingy on top, at which point the SA leads them to the J’Adore section an d says: “Which one exactly?” and the men are like: o_O

I’m not sure about the perfume concentration of L’Or. It says “essence de parfum”. I don’t know if this is a fancy way of saying eau de parfum, or extrait de parfum, or something in the middle? Considering the price point of L’Or it could be extrait, but the bottle houses a regular 40 ml and I guess if that size were extrait it would be even more expensive.

Honestly I didn’t pay attention to the J’Adore line at all, until a fellow parfumista started raving about it. She was enthusiatic about L’Or – until she saw the price. At over 100 € a pop for 40 ml, you could almost get a full 100 ml bottle of L’Artisan Parfumeur instead for example. (Long story short she bought it anyway because it’s that good).

So, what does it smell like? L’Or is a creamy, flowery vanilla sweet perfume. The notes aren’t all that unusual, really, but they seem to be well balanced. No one note rules over the others, it’s just a harmonious whole. So you’ve got jasmine, fairly soft compared to some other perfumes. It’s unusal that jasmine is gentle in a perfume that is still so loud overall, because I find L’Or pretty intense. Then there’s vanilla and possibly tonka bean and some sort of amber. There must be some other flowers in it, they are very lush, almost fruity, although luckily there is no real fruit note in it. It does smell almost edible, like freshly baked cake. But then it is also creamy like body lotion. Some underlying musk, maybe.

As you can see, the notes are fairly normal, you can find this stuff in many perfumes. But the composition is nice and rounded. If it is worth the amount of money they ask for everyone has to decide for themselves.

J’Adore L’Or was released in 2010 and is still available in stores. Perfumer is François Demachy.

Langé Love Elixir

Langé Love Elixir

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To continue from last week’s perfume review, another Langé today, Love Elixir EdP. This is what the Ladies’ perfumes look like, they only differ in color. Love Elixir is purple. Again, the packaging is nothing to get excited about, and also please be very careful when opening the boxes because the lower part will just fall down with the perfume bottle if you only hold the upper part! Consider this a lesson learned the hard way. Luckily it only fell an inch or two onto my old ktichen table and nothing broke.

Like I mentioned in my other review, all the money they saved on the bottles must have gone into the juice itself because this smells like quality stuff!

I am sure Love Elixir would have many lovers if the brand was distributed more widely. It smells sweet and I am surprised there are no fruits in the official notes list. It reads: Mystic Rose, Peony Bud, Precious Woods, Frankincense. This is probably why they had no money left for the bottle: the mystic roses had to be plucked by wood spirits on the first new moon of the year. Or something. 😄 Seriously, mystic rose?

I am not the biggest lover of roses, but I can live with this one. In my opinion, it gets overpowered by the peony. Or maybe the rose is okay because it is so sweetened. I can smell something woody, but I can’t say what it is exactly. It grounds the smell and the overall experience is very powdery and ultra dry. The  comes the frankincense. It’s not super strong, it just lends to the overall dry finish I think. It wafts in and out. I think this is one to try even if you don’t usually like incense. It is not smoky at all, more transparent. But it also depends on how much you apply. The more sprays, the stronger the gothic feeling gets?

Love Elixir is right up my alley. It’s the one to reach for when you want sweet, but with a twist. It’s also the one to reach for when in a gothic mood.

Langé Orient Treasure

Langé Orient Treasure

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Now, if you’ve never heard of Langé, they’re a french consmetics brand. They’re rather more high end, but funnily enough, they don’t give a fuck about packaging. With Langé, all the value is what’s in it. Don’t get distracted by the cheap seeming packaging. So, they have released a small line of perfume as well, not too long ago. It was in 2015 I think. If I remember right it’s three male and three female fragrances, although the packaging itself does not denote ‘male’ or ‘female’. The male ones are shaped like the bottle above, more square and house 100 ml, while the female ones have more of a round shape and come in 50 ml size.

So, Orient Treasure is a men’s perfume. I own a number of unisex and some men’s perfumes and usually I do not distinguish here. You wear what you like, right? Well, Orient Treasure… is almost too male for me. 😄

It’s not one of these men’s shower gel scents (which I abhor – boys if you wanna smell clean take a shower!) it’s just the right amount of dirty and woody and stingy. Like the name suggests it is an oriental, but not the warm ambery or vanilla kind. The official notes are ‘Royal Oud, Grapefruit Zest, Intense Leather, Birch Tar’. And that gives a fairly good impression of what it smells like. The oud is there from the beginning, and it is oud-y, but not the so harsh and medicinal edge oud can sometimes have. Together with the leather it ends up a dirty, earthy note, but the birch tar comes through and keeps it from getting too dark or too dirty. I can’t pick out the grapefruit on its own most times, but sometimes I get this metallic tang and that could be it.

I don’t know it it helps anyone but I experience perfumes as high or low and this one is high, but not screeching.

There is not a whole lot of change in the scent. I think there’s more oud in the beginning and more leather in the dry down, but it’s pretty base heavy anyway. Perfume lasts about eight hours and has moderate sillage.

It’s not the slightest bit sweet and yet so pleasant. Orient Treasure is amongst the best men’s perfumes I’ve ever smelled. Sadly I could not get my hands on the other ones by Langé. Rumour says they’re real nice. I did however, purchase two of the women’s perfumes and they are also amazing (review upcoming).

The packaging of Orient Treasure tells us that ‘Director of Creation’ is Eric Fustier and ‘Artstic Director’ is Julie Pauwels.

L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons

L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillons

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Since I had discovered the brand L’Artisan Parfumeur I was kind of prone to picking up whatever I got my hands on, haha. Many people list La Chasse Aux Papillons as their favorite from the brand so not only did I blind buy it – I didn’t even check for the notes beforehand! Usually when I blind buy I at least do my research first…

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But they had a small roll-on of the EdT, only 7,5 ml. That wasn’t too expensive so I thought whatever. So I rip the packaging open, pour on my wrists (as much as possible with the roll-on) and sniff.

… Is that tuberose?

Oh, no! You see, when people post their “my favorite this and that” lists I try to sample these perfumes to learn. And whenever people listed their favorite tuberoses I tried – and shrank backwards. Tuberose perfumes… they are really quite intense. That’s not the problem, though. I’s that they are suffocating. It’s like a huge cloud of tuberose was decending upon me, forcing me to lie down. So I decided tuberose was not for me, even though I felt that the smell itself was not bad at all.

Back to La Chasse: Warily, I hold my wrist away from my body and decide to just let it sit for a while. Although, from the start on, it is not suffocating at all. Also, this isn’t supposed to be a tuberose soliflore. It’s only one note among many. And it actually does smell quite beautiful. No wonder this perfume is beloved by many.

Half an hour in I am still not getting smothered by tuberose. I count this as a win. 🙂

Two hours later the smell is already faint, three hours later it is gone. Pity. This is one of my two complaints. No matter when I wear it, it never sticks past three hours. The other is the roll-on. I feel like I’m not actually getting anything out. Maybe this affects the longevity as well. I feel like in an attempt to make sure the roller ball doesn’t splash or the perfume doesn’t evaporate, they made it too tight. I really prefer spray mechanisms and I wish they made their small bottles with sprays instead. As it is, I will stick with the bigger bottles again.

So, what does La Chasse actually smell like, besides tuberose? It smells happy and airy and a tiny bit green. A spring garden with many flowers. Mandarin juice. Ylang-Ylang, and not too little of it. Something that could be linden blossom, if it isn’t an aspect of the tuberose. Orange blossom, probably. I think the orange blossom is dancing with jasmine, but if it does, it is the gentlest orange blossom/jasmine combination I ever smelled. La Chasse smells like sunlight after a long winter, which is kind of why I’m reviewing it right now.

La Chasse Aux Papillons was released in 1999 and is still available. Nose is Anne Flipo.