I didn’t think there was such a thing as a perfume that was too powdery for me. I was wrong - Teint de Neige assaulted me with an atom bomb’s worth of baby powder. I found it oppressive, sweet and headache-inducing, and eventually had to wash it off.
I have an unusual relationship with Futur - its one of the only fragrances I own that didnt earn a place in my collection based on its own merit. I didnt buy Futur because I loved it, but because I recently went through a green phase and there just arent a lot of other options out there when it comes to mean green. I also wanted an alternative to Tom Ford Vert de Fleur, which I truly love, but as its discontinued I feel I need to ration my bottle.
I honestly dont know if I like Futur, but something keeps drawing me back to it, so that in itself has justified my purchase, at least so far. I find the opening quite sharp and pungent, but after a few seconds it settles into a very green, very soapy perfume. Theres nothing particularly pretty or feminine about Futur - compared with other green florals like Bel Respiro or Vert de Fleur, its downright bitter and vegetal smelling. So whats the appeal? Im still figuring that out, but I know its definitely not a perfume Im likely to smell on many other women.
I sprung for the 100ml bottle as I wouldnt be surprised if Futur were discontinued. I dont think theres a large market out there right now for scents like Futur, and its widely available at discounters for cheaper than any other Piguet, so that could be a sign it wont be around much longer. In any case, Im looking forward to seeing how my relationship with it evolves and if it ends up becoming a love.
Iris Nobile is not really an iris fragrance, but its beautiful. It is a gentle floral, delicately powdery, with a prominent star anise note that lends the fragrance an abstract sweetness, achieving the sweetness via a different method than most other fragrances. It has a comforting feel and Im looking forward to wearing it in cooler weather.
I blind bought a bottle when I saw FragranceNet had a few bottles in stock, as I knew it had been discontinued, and had gotten a positive review in the 2008 guide. Im happy with my bottle and glad I took the plunge.
A classic, and one of my favorite florals. I get mostly a violet-mimosa scent, with a good deal of powder. It's a very grown-up perfume, without at all being mature or dated. In fact, it's hard to believe this was released 27 years ago. Bulgari Pour Femme could easily be repackaged and sold today as a new scent and no one would be the wiser, though it is miles better than the majority of florals currently sold at brick and mortar stores like Sephora. As the saying goes, they don't make 'em like they used to.
A fresh and uplifting fig scent with salty and woody facets, a touch of fruit, and a citrus opening. It absolutely channels the Mediterranean in the best way, and leans more feminine than other fig scents like Philosykos. Lovely for summer, and longevity is good given this is not a heavy scent.
I sought this one out because of the 5-star review it got in the 2018 guide. Breathtaking fragrance - a smoky tea/oud that is almost hauntingly beautiful, with an air of mystery. It leans too masculine for my tastes, so I gave my decant to my husband.
People have talked about how difficult it is to get a good oud fragrance without spending a ton of money, but this one has a lovely realistic oud note, and can currently be found at discounters for well under $100.
A beautiful rich orange blossom, with a deep amber-y warmth. Orange blossom doesnt get any better than this. This perfume is like drinking in a deep, fiery-orange sunset - Seville at Dusk would have been a more appropriate name than Seville at Dawn.
One of lArtisans best scents. A shame its no longer available.
I agree with the previous reviewer that Bel Respiro is a laid-back scent. It's not the deepest or most complex green floral out there, but it has a valued place in my wardrobe as an easy-going fresh green floral and it's a favorite for the summer months.
I also think Bel Respiro is a great 'gateway' green fragrance for people who don't know how they feel about green florals or galbanum; though unfortunately it doesn't come with a 'gateway' price tag.
Tom Ford is not a house I've explored very much, particularly his private blends. I think they're a bit overpriced, and they tend to be more popular with the gents then with the ladies.
However, I wholeheartedly agree with all the positive reviews here on BN for Vert de Fleur, as well as Luca Turin's 4-star-review - these are what led me to seek out and try this fragrance. It's an absolute beauty, and a must-try for green floral lovers.
I don't get a lot of retro references in Vert de Fleur. It smells to me like a contemporary green floral, however it has much more depth, richness and complexity than other contemporary green florals like Bel Respiro or No. 19 Poudre, and is less mass appealing. I have nothing against these latter two fragrances - I own and love Bel Respiro as an easy-going fresh green floral, and it's a favorite of mine during the summer. But Vert de Fleur is on another level. If I had to deconstruct this fragrance, I would say it's a very rich, deep, green galbanum combined with a very smoothly blended floral accord. It's hard to pick out any florals individually, and it stays very green very deep into the drydown. It's not overly feminine though despite the florals - it's probably as unisex as No. 19 and other great vintage greens like Givenchy III.
A bottle of this will be mine before the end of summer - I think it's been discontinued but there are still some bottles around. Looks like I discovered this beauty in the nick of time.
I love both almond and orange blossom, but dont think the combination quite works here. Something in this also smells synthetic and plasticky - it doesnt smell nearly as natural as some other orange blossom fragrances.
This may be my favorite current tuberose. It is a creamy and beautiful tuberose, but manages to be light and airy enough that it doesn't overwhelm and can be worn during the day. Lovely for summer nights as well. Two big thumbs up for this one.
I found this jasmine fragrance quite sweet, and I normally have quite a bit of tolerance for sweet frags. To me this smells like jasmine with a big layer of caster sugar on top. It would have been lovely if the sweetness was toned down and the jasmine a bit fresher.
Coromandel is one of the few Exclusifs I never tried in EDT formulation, and it's just as well - this one is not for me and I likely would have passed on the EDT too. I'm not big on patchouli. Very unisex though - I can see the right man pulling this off quite nicely.
Hibiscus Palm is a big, gorgeous, creamy, tropical floral. I don't get frangipani, but I do get ylang ylang and what smells like tuberose, and just a hint of coconut in the base. The coconut isn't enough to make this a suntan lotion-type scent, if you're worried about that.
It smells like a lightly whipped, creamier version of Guerlain Terracotta - as if Terracotta and Amouage Love Tuberose had a child. The Guerlain is a fraction of the price, so I would sample it if you've never tried it and are considering buying Hibiscus Palm.
Parfum d'Ete is a fresh, crisp, piercing lily of the valley, with lots of green. It's almost too piercing for me. As a white floral, LOTV is a note that if not done with a little bit of softness, like (vintage) Diorissimo, it can tend to smell high-pitched and screechy. Parfum d'Ete just skirts that line for me. I can wear and enjoy it a few times in the Spring when its bracing crispness is welcome, but if I wear it too much, or at the wrong time of year, it smells shrill.
I prefer my LOTV's a little softer and more floral, but I still think this deserves a thumbs up.
Ah, finally - a lilac perfume that doesnt smell like air freshener!
This is an extremely pretty, high quality blended white floral, with lilac dominating in the notes. Even more impressive, the lilac note isnt fleeting and lingers well into the drydown.
This is what Luca Turin would call a bloodless white floral. Its almost too angelic - when I wear it I cant help but feel that I should be wearing a wedding veil. That might make it a pass for me - but a beautiful creation nonetheless.
l'Amandiere is a high quality blend of florals, greenery and a light almond note. The greenery is that of grass, not galbanum, and combined with the woodiness in the base it has a very fresh, slightly vegetal, almost mulchy smell, like forest crunching under your feet in early spring.
That's when this fragrance really shines, as it's quite tenacious, not delicate, and slightly angular. It truly sings when the snow is just melting and the crisp cool bite of winter is still lingering in the air.
I have tried both the extrait and the EDP. The extrait is a bit smoother but sits closer to the skin, as one might expect. Both versions have great longevity - several hours.
A very fresh, pretty lily opening: quite green like a florist's shop, a little salty/hammy. However powder soon joins and the lily becomes much more subtle; for me it doesn't carry through enough. The drydown is a soft powdery floral that lacks interest and further on it smells more like laundry musk. Longevity is short - a couple hours at most (maybe it's been reformulated?). I like the opening, but that's it unfortunately.
Calamus is one of the more unconventional green scents. Theres no galbanum present - this is more of a damp leaves and grass, bamboo-type scent where the green is enveloped in a noticeably milky, slightly sappy accord that is quite unique. It stays relatively linear, and its a light fragrance but the composition is different and interesting enough that is doesnt bore or disappoint. Easily unisex.
A green fragrance for people who dont normally like green scents. It was composed by Bertrand Duchaufour, who has done a few quirky green scents but probably isnt known for these as much as some of his other fragrances.
Easily one of the best bottle designs in recent history - why oh why couldn't the fragrance be a bit more interesting?
The opening is weird and off putting - a bitter green herbal accord, followed by a blend of rose and mint. Kind of feels like two different fragrances, and the rose isn't particularly rosy - its more synthetic, clean and washed-over. The florals sweeten up a bit, and later something slightly bitter or spicy lurks under them - maybe that's the carnation. I didn't enjoy smelling like this or wearing this - it just doesn't do anything for me. I also don't think I'm big fan of carnation. Such a shame - that bottle is fantastic.