My in-progress suggestion list of basil-centred fragrances!
2021 brings two new fragrances to Guerlain’s lovely Aqua Allegoria line. Today, let’s have a look at the sunniest one: honey-floral Nettare di Sole!Continue reading “Fragrance Review: Guerlain – Aqua Allegoria Nettare di Sole”
When YSL Libre was released, in 2019, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. So many people seemed to love this fragrance, but all I could smell was a vague impression of a fizzy drink. I did like the bottle, and the idea of it featuring lavender, but found the actual scent underwhelming¹.
Then, a few weeks ago, I got a sample of Libre with another purchase. I was expecting it to smell boring (as I remembered), but, to my surprise… I liked it? A lot?!
Maybe my taste has changed a bit, maybe I finally got to pay attention to this fragrance’s softer nuances… One way or another: Libre, darling, I owe you an apology. 😉
I like Coco Mademoiselle and its Intense flanker. However, neither have quite made it to my wishlist. I admire their composition, and enjoy their passing whiff… but, every time I’ve worn them myself, I’ve found them somewhat tiring, overwhelming – especially on the patchouli-musk front.
So, when Chanel released a lighter flanker to the line, I felt optimistic. A watercolour Coco Mademoiselle sounded like a terrific idea – at least for my personal stand on the original. I even love the new twist on the (always gorgeous) pink bottle, too. Yay!
Well, Coco Mademoiselle L’Eau Privée didn’t turn out to be exactly what I was hoping for; but it’s exactly what it proposes itself to be.Continue reading “Fragrance Review: Chanel – Coco Mademoiselle L’Eau Privée”
I love classic fragrances. And floral aldehydes. And mossy chypres. So, how could Hermès Calèche escape my radar for so long?!
I don’t know. The ombré Jardins and sparkly Merveilles series’ bottles always stole away my attention at Hermès counters, so I ended up neglecting neutral-looking Calèche, sitting quietly at the far top shelf. Silly mistake.
I’ve finally tried this fragrance a few days ago (in two versions, which I’ll review here 🙂 ), and… wow! I’m still swooning. Calèche is gorgeous! Full 5-stars gorgeous!
One of few enduring classics in Guerlain’s ever-changing Aqua Allegoria line, Herba Fresca is a particularly subtle scent; one of the closest things to pure fresh air I’ve ever smelt from a fragrance bottle. In fact, if someone told me “I don’t really like perfume.” (I know, *gasp!*). “What’d you recommend I wear?”, I’d probably answer: Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca.
So, from a perfumista’s point of view, does this mean this fragrance is boring? Unremarkable? And here’s the interesting answer: not at all!Continue reading “Fragrance Review: Guerlain – Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca”
Eau so Fresh isn’t my favourite iteration of Marc Jacobs Daisy, and I usually avoid yearly limited edition flankers… So, why did I even decide to test (and now, review) the ephemerous 2020 launch Daisy Eau so Fresh Spring?
In one word: matcha. As a fan of tea, a fragrance that might smell like a fresh, yummy matcha latte sounded too irresistible not to check out… So, I did.
“And?…”, you now ask me. Well…Continue reading “Fragrance Review: Marc Jacobs – Daisy Eau so Fresh Spring”
Being licensed under L’Óreal (in 2019) didn’t do well for Valentino fragrances. Most of the line was discontinued, the few that stayed have lost their magic¹, and the brand’s first new release (fruity-musky Donna Born in Roma) was a huge letdown for me, from actual scent to bottle design.
Then, in 2020, the brand released a new pillar: Voce Viva. I liked the name and bottle, and hoped this would be a comeback to Valentino’s good old (scent) shape. At the same time, though, the over-the-top note descriptions made me raise an eyebrow. “Couture orange blossom”? “Golden gardenia”? “Crystal moss accord”? I mean, it’s easy to ignore a flourish here or there, but that amount of silly fluff is usually a bad sign…
Well, I’ve finally got to test Voce Viva. Good news: it is an improvement over Donna Born in Roma. Bad news: that’s still very faint praise – and, speaking of faint…Continue reading “Fragrance Review: Valentino – Voce Viva”
I love to discover new fragrance launches and classics alike – with an extra dose of fascination for the second group. After all, if a perfume has been around for years (or decades!) it usually has a certain je ne sais quoi, a charm that makes it hold a place in people’s hearts, despite ever-changing trends…
A staple from the (overall excellent) Elizabeth Arden fragrance line, Red Door was originally released in 1989, so it understandably feels nostalgic to many people. I’d already heard a lot about it (powerful, dense, captivating, obnoxious?); however, I didn’t have a chance to sniff it myself… until this very week! 🙂
With neither good nor bad memories attached to it, here’s my first-impressions review of this classic…Continue reading “Fragrance Review: Elizabeth Arden – Red Door”
Hi, folks! Hope you’re all well. 🙂
It’s time for another of our seasonal Perfume Suggestion Lists! It’s time to enjoy the full burst of spring with fruity-florals, full fresh florals, softly sweet, powdery and green fragrances.
Here are my 10 perfume suggestions for this Spring!
Warm & timeless, or boring & bland? Let’s talk about Beige…Continue reading “Fragrance Review: Chanel – Beige”