Fragrance Review: Mugler – Alien

Rating: 1 out of 5.

I’m no fragrance expert. I have zero training in perfumery, and have been interested in exploring the fragrance world as a hobby for no more than 4-5 years, so… I have no more than my amateur nose and taste to guide me when it comes to trying and reviewing perfumes. I do it for fun, and to share my enthusiasm with other perfume fans! 🙂

So, I’m sure I must be missing something here. This fragrance is considered a reference for jasmine-centric compositions, and is quite well-regarded among perfumistas. Yet, as always, I’ll keep my review honest to my own personal perceptions – or else what would be the point of reviewing, right?

Yeah… I’ve tried it time and again, but I just can’t (under)stand Mugler Alien.

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Fragrance Review: Hermès – Un Jardin Sur le Nil

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

While I do love citrus colognes and perfumes, it’s fun to find different approaches to fresh summer scents. That is the case of Hermès Un Jardin Sur le Nil, released in 2005 and composed by Jean-Claude Ellena. Instead of lemon groves, clean spas or sunny beaches, this fragrance evokes the also refreshing but less expected scenery of a vegetables garden by the river…

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Fragrance Review: Elizabeth Arden – White Tea

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I really like Elizabeth Arden’s fragrance line. For a fraction of other designers’ price range, they have complex, pleasant, truly charming compositions. I could easily praise the ambery floral classic Fith Avenue to the aptly named Green Tea (which smells just like a glass of sweet cold tea), but today I’ll review my very favourite offering from the brand: 2017’s White Tea.

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Fragrance Review: Jo Malone – Lavenderland Collection

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Limited edition fragrances frustrate me to no end, but I also love lavender, and there are just not enough lavender-centered perfumes¹. So… I’ll mention these while they’re still around!

Launched this year, Jo Malone’s Lavenderland collection highlights English lavender – which seems to have a spicier, more aromatic scent profile than its famous French counterpart². It comes as 3 Eaux de Colognes, each pairing the star note with a different accord…

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Top 10 Summer Perfumes

Summer is, without any contest, my least favourite season. I feel grumpy in the warm weather, dislike the view of bare cloud-less skies, and not even the beach can really save the season for me, as I care for sand almost as little as Anakin Skywalker does.

Plus, heat strokes are no joke.

If there’s a bright (cloudy?) side to this season, however, it is wearing lovely summer fragrances! And, without further ranting about my dislike for the sunnyest time of the year, here are 10 of my (quite surprisingly, many) favourite summer perfumes! Titles have a link to a full review when avaliable. 🙂

Fragrance Review: Tiffany & Co. – Tiffany Sheer

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Many flankers read like poor remixes of their original pillar fragrances, while others stand proudly as unique, wellcome spin-offs on their predecessor’s olfactive DNA. More rarely, however, a flanker turns out even better than the original – and that, for me, is the case of Tiffany Sheer.

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Oakmoss Fragrances

A green, clean, often “inky” smell that evokes the damp air of a forest. Oakmoss was often used in vintage perfumes’ base, and is one of the defining, essential notes in both chypre and fougère types of fragrances. Oakmoss lends its intriguing flair to many classic compositions, as well as newer fragrances with a nod to the glamour of “old times”.

Here are some popular and relevant fragrances wich focus on oakmoss, or feature it as an important part of its composition. They’re listed in no particular order, but I’ll try to keep similar scents close – so if you like a fragrance on the list, you might also enjoy its “neighbours”.

The fragrance titles are linked to my full review, when avaliable!

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Fragrance Review: Narciso Rodriguez – For Her

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I know, I know – people might yell at me for this star rating, but… it’s a matter of personal taste, and while I do recognize the quality and artistic value of this fragrance, I just… don’t really like it.

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Fragrance Review: Guerlain – Eau de Fleurs de Cédrat

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Composed by Jacques Guerlain, Eau de Fleurs de Cédrat was launched in 1920, but it might as well have been released yesterday. Not because it has any solar-praline-sorbet notes, but because… could you even imagine anyone sniffing a bunch of lemons & bergamots and scornfully say they smell “dated”?

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