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

Guerlains sellout to LVMH

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Though this whole ordeal happened long before I started collecting perfumes, it is a subject that is still brought up, with much contempt I might add, by the veteran perfumistas on a very regular basis.  I am a relative ‘newbie’ to the game, and that really plays a large part in my opinion, but I guess I don’t really care as much.  I realize that the more things change, the more things stay the same. Except ingredients and materials when regulated by the IFRA, but we’ll get to that soon enough.

Guerlain is one of the oldest perfume houses around. They were real trailblazers in the perfume industry and created many iconic fragrances, some of which are still around to this day, like Shalimar and Mitsouko.  They’ve been known as leaders in the industry for many years, but to many, LPRB,  Insolence, and all the flankers, plus several other “new” creations, represent Guerlain selling out their originality, quality, and innovation, to jump on the bandwagon of cheap, sweet, super synthetic sugar bombs for mass market appeal and profit.   And they blame LVMH and hate Guerlain for it.

I believe that, since we as consumers enjoy a very free market, the demand dictates the supply and if Guerlain wants to stay in business they must be competitive in the industry.  LVMH has proven itself again and again, that they know what they’re doing and have many successful luxury brands under their belt to show for it. 

I feel somewhat in the middle here though. While I do understand and empathize with what they are doing from a business standpoint, I love the old classics and cringe at the thought of their demise.  But if people aren’t buying enough of the classics, they’ll go under. And people obviously are not, so they MUST offer something affordable, with mass appeal in order to survive.  Add to that the ever growing restrictions the IFRA places on their table, and that complicates matters even further.

I know, I know: there are many niche companies out there that aren’t considered sell outs because they do not participate in mass marketing and they survive just fine.  But they are relatively new companies and small in comparison. Guerlain was a huge company before being bought out. And these new  niche brands do not have to follow IFRA guidelines if they aren’t producing in mass quantities, or so I was told first hand by a well known Italian nose in the Niche industry. 

If the niche companies grow to that size and take on that much overhead, but then, in 100 years people stop buying their ‘old classics’, they will go out of business too if they don’t produce the kind of fragrances that are in demand. Period. That’s how markets work. It’s business and ‘the invisible hand’.  Get over it.

Just because something is amazing art, that doesn’t mean it going to sell. And if it does sell, the price will be whatever people are willing to pay for it.  If it’s too expensive, it’s unattainable. If it’s too inexpensive, people won’t trust the quality, will think of it as ‘cheap’, or dislike it’s lack of exclusivity. It’s the whole concept of a price point. 

Personally, I think creating these new perfumes are a great way to introduce the  classics to the younger crowd. For example, I didn’t like Shalimar when I first tried it but loved the Soufflé. After a few years it actually primed my nose and now I love classic Shalimar!  If it had not been for that flanker I probably wouldn’t have persued the original.

There is also some disgust over the Les Parisiennes line as well, claiming that they are watered down versions of classic or vaulted fragrances. For example, L’ Huere de Nuit is watered down L’ Huere Bleue in a bee bottle with its color changed.  Ok maybe it’s true to a certain degree, but if people are willing to buy it, I guess there’s a sucker born every minute lol.  I know my Mon Precieux Nectar is parfum strength and well worth the price. But as of now, it’s the only bottle from the collection I own. But I do know that many perfumes were diluted in order to comply with the IFRA regulations.  If you are a veteran in the game, I can feel your eyes rolling from here 😛.

Romans used to add lead to their wine to sweeten it.  People during the 18th and 19th centuries dyed their curtains and dress fabrics with Paris Green, and even though it’s been banned in certain industries, cadmium, to this day, is still found in childrens toys and jewelry, especially products coming from China.  People in the past weren’t aware of how dangerous and poisonious these chemicals were because they don’t affect you immediately. But over time they can kill you. If the IFRA is making perfumes safer, then I am all for it.

I use perfumes all day everyday. I spray them directly on my skin as well as clothes. I do not want them to make me sick. Just because it’s “always been done that way” doesn’t make it the best way.  I’d much rather have a safe product that’s lighter than something that will eventually give me cancer or kidney failure.  And if Guerlain has to prostitute itself to survive,  then I’d still rather support the strumpet than to watch her shrivel up and die.

Bottom line: if people didn’t want what LVMH has to sell, they wouldn’t still be in business and the companies they’ve taken over would have all shriveled up and died away instead of massively growing like they have.  So if they have to reformulate to make their products safer and create new products to maintain a competitive edge, then more power to them I say. 

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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