Generic Florals

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I can already go ahead and say that this will be an ever growing list lol. 

Most, if not all, of the perfumes listed here came as samples with purchases and I like to remember what I’ve tested and what I thought about what I’ve tested. But all of these I find pretty generic, abstract florals. Not mind blowing or really unique.

I’m not saying these are bad frags because they are not. Some of them are great. But in my opinion, they are still generic smelling, uninspired, completely forgettable, and I find that kinda boring. If you want more info on them though, I suggest Fragrantica😜.

Alphabetical by House/Designer/Brand:

~Avon “Femme”
~Balenciaga “Paris”
~Bottega Veneta “Knot”
~Caraven “Le Parfum”
~Creed “Spring Flowers”
~Donna Karen “Liquid Cashmere White”
~Guess “Guess Girl”
~John Varvatos “John Varvatos EdP”
~Marc Jacobs “Daisy”
~Stella McCartney “Stella”
~Tocca  “Cleopatra”

 

 

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Alien Thierry Mugler

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Despite the name, this fragrance is anything but Alien to my nose. It’s a white floriental, mainly jasmine and amber with some woodsy undertones.

On initial spray, Alien is sharp and screechy but it’s pretty clean and a little soapy. It settles quickly into a sweet, creamy jasmine with hints of vanilla. The woodsy notes grounds it and keep it from becoming cloying but this was from a small sample with only a few spritz so it was not liberally applied. This could very easily turn sickly sweet if over applied. 

There is something in the heart that smells reminscent of grapes, but artificially flavored grapes, like grape candy, so even though there are only 3 listed notes there’s a lot more going on in reality.

This juice has some monster projection so go easy lol. The silliage is just incredible and it’s very long lasting!  It smells amazing on your clothes the next day too.

Of the 3 main players in the line Angel, Alien, and Womanity (not including any flankers), I think Alien is the easiest to wear and the most beautiful!  Angel tends to have a very dirty patchouli note that smells like bo on me, and while I love Womanity for it’s daring composition and salty natural scent, I only enjoy wearing it during the summer.  Also, many people claim Womanity to smell fishy on them, though I don’t experience that, thank god!

 Alien is a sweeter more versatile fragrance.  This can be worn day or night, year round, and as long as you don’t overspray, can be office friendly too. It also comes in an awsome bottle, like TM frags do, at an affordable price. This one is a winner all around.

Season: All

Top note: Jasmine

Heart note: Woods

Base note: Amber

La Petite Robe Noir Guerlain

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Boy this is one polarizing perfume!  Perfumistas either love it with a passion or hate it so much it makes their blood boil, but usually not because of how it smells, but rather, because of what it represents to them.

To many perfume enthusiasts, especially to the ones that have been in the game a long time, LPRN represents Guerlains sell-out from true artistry to mass marketing corporate greed. But that’s a whole different story you can read about here. I want to remain objective on this review.

LPRN is a fruity gourmand sugarbomb of a fragrance with prominent cherry and anise notes over vanilla and tonka.  It is housed in a pink  Mitsouko/L’ Huere Bleue bottle with a picture of a little black dress showing through the juice. 

There are tons of different dresses printed on the bottles and all have various flanker names but they are all the same juice. There are only five variations on the juice, true flankers, despite the multitude of various labels on the flacons. This review is only about the original juice.

LPRN opens with a burst of  bergamot, tart cherries and licorice.  Once the top dries, the bergamot fades and the cherry/licorice dominates the heart as the almond  begins to develop. It ends with a musky patchouli vanilla base and a prominent anise note.

This frag has a massive projection on my skin and lasts all day. It’s a pretty strong ‘fume overall, although it’s a bit sweet and the cherry/licorice notes can become cloying.

This perfume was made to appeal to the masses with its sugary “pinkness”, and by god it’s worked.  LPBR is one of the companies most successful fragrances ever and brought Guerlain to the mainstream world.

I see this as Guerlains attempt to bring in a younger crowd and they were successful. But I pray that the younger crowed also becomes acquainted and falls in love with the houses classics as well, otherwise they will eventually be discontinued. 

If you love LPRN, then you should try L’Huere Bleue as well. Although they are very different, they share many of the same notes. L’ Bleue is not as sweet, but is a much more sophisticated fragrance, that will hopefully still be waiting on you when you’re ready to graduate to the next level 😊.

Season: Spring/Fall

Top notes: Bergamot, Almonds, Cherries, Red Berries

Heart notes: Rose, Tea, Taif Rose, Licorice

Base notes: Vanilla, Tonka, Patchouli, Anise, Iris

Cuir Amethyste Armani Prive

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Cuir Amethyste is the perfect name for this fragrance! It most certainly is all about leather and violets!  And this juice wears beautifully.

While most Prives in the black bottles tend to feel very heavy and oily, CA feels much lighter even though the leather note is fairly strong. After drydown I start to get quite a bit of benzoin and vanilla that really sweetens up the birch, while the violet wafts in and out. The whole composition really rounds out in the heart and smells creamy and smooth.

This frag is very unisex and refined. It’s also a very sophisticated scent yet maintains a bit of a rugged edge. A bit of a paradox, I know. It lasts a very long time too. The Prive line does have a reputation for excellent longetivity though.

The projection is decent. Not quite as much as, say Rose d’Arabie, but I think this frag is much more modest in comparison. CA leaves a sillage that is both soft and strong at the same time, which I feel is the entire essence of this fragrance.

Season: Spring/Fall

Top notes: Bergamot, Coriander, Rose

Heart notes: Patchouli, Violet, Birch

Base notes: Vanilla, Benzoin, Labdanum

Liquid Cashmere White Donna Karen

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This is a very generic, soapy smelling perfume. I swear I’ve smelled this before somewhere but I can’t pinpoint where. And while it IS a pretty fragrance, there is absolutely nothing special about it.  It smells like 100 other perfumes; completely uninspired and totally forgettable.

I suppose this would be a very safe office perfume. There’s nothing offensive about it. It’s a typical white floral over clean white musk, so the name is fitting at least.  Average projection, average longetivity, ok sillage. Just completely average and mediocre.

I can see younger ladies, early 20’s loving this frag, as it appears “grown up” and sophisticated. The minimalist white flacon with a luxurious name; “cashmere”.

It’s a graduation away from teeny bopper celebrity fumes and B&BW body sprays, but the juice could just as easily be in a pink Bieber bottle with a wearable gemstone ring cap 😑 lol.

Overall it’s not terrible but it’s not great either. It’s very ok and kind of boring to me. But I can see this as a young womans first step into “real”, grown up perfume.

Season: All

Top notes: Bergamot, Lemon

Heart notes: Osmanthus

Base notes: Vanilla, Musk

Liquid Cashmere Black Donna Karen

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I was expecting this to be a deeper version of LCW, as I received them as a sample duo, but alas, no.  These aren’t even remotely related. Where LCW is a white floral musk, LCB is a fruity floral gourmand.

It smells to me like Donna Karens perfumers were trying to rip off Le Petite Robe Noir as they smell enough alike with the cherry note that LPRN was the first thing that came to mind, but DK’s is watered down. It IS difficult to compete with and out-nose a Guerlain afterall lol.

Although fragrantica has praline listed as a note, I get none of it.  To me this just smells like merichino cherries in vanilla syrup and vanilla isn’t even listed as a note.

Overall, very unimpressive to say the least.  Another boring Donna Karen frag, and though it’s not uninspired, the inspiration is obviously trying to dupe another fragrance, so points off for unoriginality. Next…

Season: Winter/Fall

Top notes: Cherry

Heart notes: Jasmine, Rose

Base notes: Sandlewood, Patchouli, Praline

Top 10 of 2016

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This list is very subject to change lol. I’ve been collecting perfumes a few years now. But as we all have experienced, when something new and better comes along, it can really put things into perspective.

I’m always trying out new perfumes because, well, I love perfume plus I like to have exposure “outside of the box”.  In the process, I’ve noticed my tastes changing and my nose evolving.  

So far these are my top 10 favorite perfumes at this point in my perfumista “career”.  I really wish I had done this before to see how I change, but oh well, better late than never.

It would take something extremely special, a perfume with a serious “wow” factor to knock anyone of these out of their places.  So, without further ado and in no particular order:

1. Iris Poudre
2. Like This
3. Encens Mythique
4. Chanel No 22
5. L ‘Heure Bleue
6. Vol de Nuit Evasion/Attrape Coeur
7. Lipstick Rose
8. Carnal Flower
9. Gypsy Water
10. Mon Precieux Nectar

Top 10 of 2017