I've found that this really morphs on my skin based on the weather. In cooler weather I get just a hint of almond, lots of amber with a hint of spice. In warm weather it absolutely blooms into a delicious sweet almond/amaretto scent, a bit of cherry tobacco. I was looking for a great sweet almond scent and took a chance on a blind buy. I really love it.
I blind bought this on a recommendation for a dark vanilla and it is just that. It's easily unisex, leaning masculine, but I have no problems wearing it. It's a rich, dark, vanilla, a bit on the boozy side, ambery, incense base. It's a gem if you are looking for a sophisticated dark vanilla.
This was a blind buy for me and turned out to be a great cheap thrill scent. There is a hint of citrus in the top, but it is really all about spice, wood, and vanilla, well rounded and has a soft, cozy feeling to it. It's spicy oriental/gourmand. I was hesitant about a celebrity scent, but this is extremely well done.
This is a really lovely scent where the citrus, tea, and amber notes all blend perfectly. It's very wearable, uncomplicated, nice for when you want a scent, but nothing particularly perfumey. My only issue with the one is poor longevity. This would have been even better as an EDP where all the delicious notes are even more present.
The initial blast is citrus and spice, the woody vanilla is more apparent in the dry down, yet the citrus notes manage to stick around. At first it is reminiscent of Fendi Theorema minus the creamy base, but takes on a very subtle masculine vibe. It is still easily a unisex fragrance. If you go for citrus and spice blends, this one is definitely worth trying out, like most Dame Perfumery scents it is very well rounded and easy to wear.
This one is an exceptionally well done classic cologne. A smooth, seamless blend that's clean, fresh citrus, woody, soft skin musk all at the same time. I wish I could describe it better. It's perfectly blended. I can't imagine anyone not liking this. As a woman, I am not sure I'd wear it myself because it strikes me as a classic masculine scent, but I would love smelling it on a man. It's one that I can imagine being worn for any occasion.
This one goes on citrusy and soapy clean and quickly settles into a soft, slightly sweet skin musk. It's really a nice scent. Don't let the "Man" part of the name fool you, this can just as easily be worn by a woman. It's just a really well done skin musk scent, perfect for those days you want something with a quiet, comforting presence.
Top notes:mandarin orange and ylang-ylang; middle notes: nutmeg, pepper and cardamom; base notes are leather, myrtle, amber and musk.
To my nose I get a soft suede, lots of amber and spice. No fruit or floral notes are apparent on my skin or to my nose. If you love spicy, amber or leather fragrances, this one is well worth sniffing. It's cozy, warm, lush, rich. I can smell the relationship to Theorema, which is my all time favorite scent. This can easily be worn by a woman or a man. If you are a fan of Yatagan, this is a softer take on leather, resin and spice.
A light, pretty, true to life cherry blossom scent. I wish it was a bigger scent only because cherry blossoms smell so wonderful. I haven't tried layering over the YR lotion, but have layered it over BBW's Japanese Cherry Blossom lotion since I already had some on hand and it helps with longevity.
A masculine scent that can be worn by a woman, particularly if you love iris, incense or unisex fragrances. On my skin I get primarily iris, incense, labdanum and guaiac wood. On my skin, it reminds me of church incense in cold weather, while a fruity iris comes out in warm weather.
Top notes: bergamot, ginger,nutmeg,pink bay leaf, sechuan pepper. Heart notes: iris, incense, cinnamon and Egyptian jasmine. Base: labdanum, cedar, Guaiac wood and sandalwood.
I am a fan of Mauboussin in general, so this was a successful blind buy for me.
This is a pleasant floral fruity blend of creamy osmanthus, rose, vanilla and ripe fruits. I'd say it's in the same family as Rochas Tocade for comparison, with a fruity note added though I could not say what type of fruit it is, not too sweet, not too tart.
With Miss Rocaille the first blast is very herbal, similar to way the Clinique Happy starts out. Honestly, I don't like either very much for those first few minutes until that aspect fades. It dries down to a primarily light lily of the valley scent with a hint of watery floral and a faint sweet citrus. It's my least favorite Caron that I own and I own and love many of them. It is a pretty light floral, but missing the sort of complexity and unique quality that Caron is known for.
I've seen this described as a floral fruity fragrance on another site, but I do not get that at all. I find it a soft, comforting, elegant scent - milky vanilla, musk and incense are the notes that are most apparent to my nose. If you were ever a fan of Tan Giudicelli's Annam, Silk Way has a very similar personality, enough so that I'd recommend this if you are mourning the loss of Annam.
Official notes according to Lalique:
Top Note: Bulgarian Rose, Orris
Heart Note: Bourbon Pepper, Patchouli
Dry Down Note: Cashmere Woods
My experience with this scent tends to be like Way Off Scenter's. I get a very transparent scent, most of the time. The initial blast smells like cedar and rose. It is apparently heavy on Iso E Super. It then settles into a slightly powdery but sweet, fruity rose. I have noticed that weather affects this scent more than any others I have. On a rare occasion when something drastically different is going on with the weather I will smell more wood or a spicier rose which is more my normal taste, but I like this scent overall.
A blend of rose, frankincense, amber and benjamin. To my nose a it is pretty straight forward rose and incense on the darker side and lovely in cooler weather. I would put it in the same family as Fendi Asja for anyone looking for a replacement.
This is by far my favorite iris scent. While most iris scents are really focused on the powdery orris root, this one really focuses on the scent of the bloom with it's fruity undercurrent. It has a gourmand twist with a hint of berry and licorice or anise perhaps.
I cannot speak to how close to the original this is but on my skin it is lovely. It has a powdery almond feel, lots of smooth, creamy sandalwood, just a hint of sweet tart fruity floral and balsam. According to LLP the notes are include "top notes of black currants, plum and sandalwood. Middle notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang and sandalwood. Dry down notes of musk, balsam tolu and sandalwood. The sandalwood is the main note on my skin, supported by hints of all the others to make it interesting. If you like scents like Habanita and KM Loukhoum, this would be up your alley.
Citrusy floral with a woody patchouli and a hint of Tonka to smooth it out. The first time I smelled Shalimar Parfum Initial it reminded me of something and it took me a while to figure out that it was So Elixir which predates the Shalimar. They are very close and share many of the same notes. Enough so that I did not need to get the Parfum Initial as well.