Coco Chanel Eau De Parfum: A Balmy Type Of Thing

Coco Chanel Perfume Description

Coco Chanel Eau De Parfum is from the good old times (that would be the eighties) and it’s still kicking ass after almost 30 years. It’s a dense and strong floral, curbed by balsamic and sour notes all around, which act like a sort of cloak.   There’s no contrast though, indeed there’s a lot of harmony, and a really quiet strength. It tends to get warmer in the heart notes, with also a vague peach in the distance. It’s […] Read more »

Givenchy Parfums

After Amarige,  with Ysatis it’s ylang-ylang again, with the chemical smell you wouldn’t expect from a flower. However, whereas in Amarige it was more a in-your-face kind of thing, here it takes a sour twist. So now you have the sour and the chemical, with an intense attitude: so – as for Amarige – it’s OK if you don’t like it, really.   After a couple of hours on the blotter, the change: the sour ylang ylang is less despotic […] Read more »

Van Cleef And Arpels First Eau De Toilette

First by Cleef & Arpels starts as a delicate floral, and it soon gets painted with the bright electric neon light of aldehydes. It then adds an incense side with a quality that is almost balsamic, and reminds of frankincense, like a bunch of flowers growing on a bark with resin.The result is a sophisticated and mature floral (suitable for 45+), dark without knowing it. Aldehydes play a big role here. I found them before in Baghari by Robert Piguet, […] Read more »

Dior J'adore Perfume Review

Talking about something so popular like J’Adore Dior perfume is a strenuous task. The moment flowers are squeezed into a perfume, whether from a natural extraction process or from the lab, whether in a natural or an extraterrestrial rendition, they show their tricky nature. If you think floral notes are always nice, innocuous things, you might be sorely disappointed. Sure, they can be gentle to the core, or sexy, or simply smell great; but they can also be chemical, they […] Read more »

Perfume Jennifer Aniston

This is the debut Jennifer Aniston fragrance with her own name, and it starts not too bad. It’s quite floral with jasmine, with a sharp intensity, and a sour and chemical aroma, which is somewhat muffled. All in all, an interesting balance between delicate and dense. “Gentle with attitude” was what I had thought as a tag line for the title, and then…   … and then it just fell apart. From smelling like many others, but at least not […] Read more »

Carnal Flower By Dominique Ropion Review

Tuberose has a bad reputation in perfumes (and for a reason) as one of the most potentially evil of white flowers. But this Carnal Flower Malle is different. On the skin this  starts immediately with a balsamic minty greenness, which tames the power of the florals density. This balsamic side is a peculiar, quite unexpected counterpart to the floralcy of tuberose, and it’s almost harsh on the throat.   The blotter is way richer. Whereas on the skin there are […] Read more »

Echo For Women By Davidoff Review

If you decided to wear Davidoff Echo for women in the office, don’t be surprised if your manager calls you in a room to remind you that you’re not supposed to drink while at work. Be ready to explain that it’s your perfume that smells boozy, like of vodka, but also that floral and musk notes will soon join in.  At that point you may smell of body odour, but at least you won’t be infringing any company policy.   […] Read more »

L'Artisan Fleur d'Oranger Perfume Review

Fleur d’Oranger by L’Artisan Parfumeur was my first encounter with orange blossom, the main flower it’s based on. It turned out to be a warm and interesting conversation. You know, like it happens with those people who have a strong mind and a lot of interesting things to say. And what this L’Artisan Parfumeur fragrance has to say, what it has to give to you, is tough love.   In the opening, you’ll get the citrusy zest of the orange […] Read more »