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Lollipop Bling Mine Again by Mariah Carey

It's a fun fragrance - chocolate and blood orange taking center stage. I'd love it if it had more sillage and longevity.
Jul 3, 2019


Joop! Le Bain by Joop!

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.
Jul 3, 2019


Mercedes-Benz Club Black by Mercedes-Benz

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.
Jul 3, 2019


Adam Levine for Women by Adam Levine

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.
Dec 7, 2018


Ambar by J del Pozo

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.
Dec 7, 2018


Eternity by Calvin Klein

I recall smelling this everywhere when I was a teen, people bathed it in. Back then as much as I loved it, I'd never have bought it because everyone else was wearing it.

I recently bought a bottle after rediscovering a sample and still love this scent. Fresh, green floral, a hint of citrus and spice, a bit aquatic and ethereal.

I can't comment on any of the flankers, but the original is beautiful.
Feb 16, 2017


Dark Horse by Dame Perfumery

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.
Aug 30, 2016


Mandarin, Neroli & Cedar by Dame Perfumery

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.
May 18, 2016


New Musk Man by Dame Perfumery

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.
May 13, 2016


Histoire d'Eau by Mauboussin

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.
Apr 26, 2016


Cerisier en Fleurs by Yves Rocher

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.
Apr 15, 2016


M Génération by Mauboussin

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.
Apr 1, 2016


Goddess by Marilyn Miglin

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.
Mar 4, 2016


Miss Rocaille by Caron

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.
Mar 1, 2016


Silk Way by Ted Lapidus

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.
Feb 2, 2016


Quelques Notes d'Amour by Yves Rocher

This starts out as a tart fruity rose with smoky guaiac wood in the background. It softens and sweetens a bit in the dry down. It has a similar feel to YR Rose Absolue if you are a fan.
Jan 20, 2016


Perles de Lalique by Lalique

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.
Jul 21, 2015


Pour Une Femme Eau de Parfum by Caron

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.
Apr 1, 2015


Iris Noir Secrets d'Essences by Yves Rocher

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.
Mar 16, 2015


Diesel Zero Plus Feminine by Diesel

a gourmand blend of coconut, strawberry, bourbon vanilla and a hint of spice. I think the strawberry note makes it a bit synthetic smelling, but it's a fun scent, particularly good in cooler weather.
Aug 4, 2014


Venezia (original) by Long Lost Perfume

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.
May 20, 2014


So Elixir by Yves Rocher

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.
May 7, 2014


Calypso by Dragonfly Blue

Spicy hawaiian white ginger and creamy tropical floral scent. if you want a tropical floral that's not all creamy sweet, try this, the ginger is hot, spicy.
Aug 16, 2012


Sandalwood by Dragonfly Blue

One of the best basic sandalwood fragrances, in my opinion. It's creamy, woody, with longevity in oil form, not fleeting like many sandalwood fragrances.
Aug 16, 2012

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