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Baiser Volé by Cartier

Such a beautiful lily scent. I have the Extrait de Parfum and it lasts about 6 hours. Lily is a tricky note as rogalal stated, and it can often turn cloying or funereal, but this one presents the best aspects of the lily: polleny, lush and green.
Mar 5, 2014


Charisma by Ayala Moriel

Many of the fragrances from this line end up smelling the same in the dry down and this one is no exception.
Feb 27, 2014


Gigi by Ayala Moriel

Many of the fragrances from this line end up smelling the same in the dry down and this one is no exception. I didn't get the gardenia from this. Not the gardenia that I know and love.
Feb 27, 2014


Hanami by Ayala Moriel

Many of the fragrances from this line end up smelling the same in the dry down and this one is no exception.
Feb 27, 2014


Treazon by Ayala Moriel

Many of the fragrances from this line end up smelling the same in the dry down and this one is no exception.
Feb 27, 2014


Zohar by Ayala Moriel

Many of the fragrances from this line end up smelling the same in the dry down and this one is no exception.
Feb 27, 2014


Jitterbug by Opus Oils

Many of the fragrances from this line end up smelling the same in the dry down and this one is no exception. It smells like a mixture of aromatherapy oils.
Feb 27, 2014


Une Voix Noire by Serge Lutens

It may not smell much like gardenia but I don't think it's meant to be a soliflore. It is much more complex than that and the gardenia is just a part of its beautiful unfolding. It is an exquisite representation of Lady Day's story... her life's song.

The fragrance opens with a gardenia note cocooned in rum and dark fruits and there is a distinctive metallic edge to it. The metallic note fades after an hour or so, leaving a warm, smooth and syrupy floral scent that stays close to the skin. It's not an attention seeker, but rather a quiet, brooding torch singer. Much like Billie, it is languid and luscious.

If you're looking for a gardenia soliflore, this is not for you. Personally, I adore it.
Nov 16, 2012


Infanta En Flor by Arquiste

The opening is a fresh floral on a subdued leather base. The dry down is baby powder. It is a nice fresh scent, if you like clean, soapy scents.
Oct 23, 2012


Grand Bal by Christian Dior

I agree with alfarom. It is pleasant but indistinctive. It opens with prominent orange blossom and jasmine notes, a combination I usually love, but in this one, it rattles my nerves. In the dry down, it smells similar to OJ Frangipani with a sandlewood note. For me, it fails to evoke the grand ball gowns Dior is known for. Pretty, but I can think of many other floral fragrances that I prefer over this one.
Jun 21, 2012


Gardénia Pétale by Van Cleef & Arpels

This is a very well crafted fragrance; complex, captivating and just plain gorgeous. I would say it's one of the best gardenia fragrances out there. The gardenia note is not cloying or overpowering, but is soft, creamy and sensuous.
May 27, 2012


Osmanthus Oolong by Providence Perfume Co.

A very light tea scent. Poor longevity.
May 17, 2012


Lei Flower by Providence Perfume Co.

From the name, I had expected a heady tropical floral, but was surprised to find a spicy floral. The notes of caramelised sugar and toasted coconut are so prominent that they overtake frangipani. It almost smells like curry. Perhaps there's corriander in the mix? The name is misleading!
May 17, 2012


Gardenia by Jo Loves...

This is a decent gardenia scent. I would say it's a solifore, since it smells pretty close to the actual flower and not much else. I detect a tiny bit of ylang and perhaps muguet? Creamy from beginning to end. Shame it only lasts about two hours on my skin.
May 16, 2012


Gardenia by Micallef

This is such a gorgeous gardenia scent. It's warm, creamy and very long-lasting. A little can last all day and all night. I find it to be very similar to Isabey Gardenia, but without the orange blossom note.
May 16, 2012


Pink by Lili Bermuda

Magnolia with a dash of watermelon. Sweet, fresh and a little green and not too fruity. The fruity note recedes rather quickly but stays in the background. A nice floral scent. I can smell more of the magnolia note as it dries down and it's pretty close to the real flower. It's very light and doesn't have staying power.
May 10, 2012


Les Nombres d'Or : Tubéreuse by Mona di Orio

Such a sophisticated and complex fragrance. It is very different from other tuberose fragrances out there. Earthy, green and interesting. I can't get enough of it. I love the way the peppery note is overtaken by a delicate tuberose when it dries down.
May 10, 2012


Not a Perfume by Juliette Has a Gun

I went to Romano's talk and he said it's good for layering. I just don't see the point in creating something so derivative.
May 10, 2012


Maitresse by Agent Provocateur

Pretty scent, but nothing outstanding. I love white florals and powdery scents, but this one just doens't offer anything special. Rather generic. I expected more from the image it was projecting.
May 9, 2012


Le Chèvrefeuille by Annick Goutal

What a beautiful rendition of honeysuckle! I love its light, summery scent. It reminds me of tea with lemon on a balmy summer afternoon.
May 9, 2012


Petals by Lili Bermuda

It is a decent honeysuckle scent and I was pleased with it initially. However, after dry down, it became just one of the very many pretty floral perfumes. It's slightly powdery too. Nothing outstanding or unique about it. I much perfer Passion Flower from this line.
May 9, 2012


Jardenia by JAR

The blue cheese note when initially applied stays prominent on my skin. I'd like it to be a bit more "gardenia" than cheese; meaning I don't want to smell like a gardenia past its prime. It does provide beautiful moments, but frankly, I just don't see what the fuss is all about.
May 5, 2012


Nectars des Îles by En Voyage Perfumes

I get Hawaiian Punch Kool Aid on first application. The last time I drank that was yonkers ago, but that's what comes to my mind when I smell this. A warm tropical fruity floral. On dry down, it reminds me of my mother's old scented candles. There's something in the notes that grates on my nerves. The gardenia note is so faint and I find it neither interesting nor realistic.
May 5, 2012


Private Collection - Gardenia Grand Soir by Parfumerie Generale

I beg to differ. I love this fragrance. It opens with a green gardenia note and develops into a creamy white floral and then to a fruity floral (berry, peach?). There's nothing grand about it but I love it for its light and airy quality.
Mar 19, 2012

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