Orchidée Impériale La Créme Guerlain

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There’s no denying this is a good cream! It feels great. The texture and consistency is perfect! It absorbs quickly into the skin. And it even smells really good too! But does it really work? Like really work?? And is it worth it?

I’ve been buying Guerlain perfumes and cosmetics for several years now and on several occasions I’ve received travel size samples of the Orchidée Imperiale creams and toners. I tried to be as frugal as possible with them so as to make them last but became so bummed when I finished the samples that I ended up taking the plunge and ordered a full size jar.

I will be honest, I’ve spent well over $350 for perfumes before without even batting an eye but I always know in the back of my mind that I won’t be using it every single day so I know it will last many years.  This is not the case with creams. Skin care products are used everyday and $350 is a bit steep in my opinion but regardless, I bit the bullet and bought it. This is my skin after all, and who can put a price on looking young anyways, right?

I was in Vegas and purchased my 50 ml jar from the boutique in the Palazzo shops and not online so I had my jar to take with me that day and could immediately start using it. 

The jar itself is beautiful and heavy as it is thick glass. It could probably double as a weapon lol. The cap is gold metal, looking, probably gilded plastic, and it comes with a little spoon that fits into the inner plastic insert that keeps the cream from drying out. The spoon is a very nice ‘extra’ and keeps the cream from being contaminated by fingers.

I only apply creams after I’ve showered and have very clean skin. And I apply twice a day; in the morning when getting dressed and then at night before bed. I knew I was going to use this up pretty fast but was still as frugal in applying it as possible  without under applying it. I mean, it does take a certain amount to really moisturize the skin and neck after all the skin oils have been washed away with soap.

I managed to get about 3 and a half months out of the jar, which equates to about $130 a month.

So how did it perform?  Well first off it really is a good moisturizer. One application in the morning kept my face moisturized all day. And after a couple of weeks of use I really could tell a difference in my skin. It feels very luxurious too.

After 3 months of use I was actually getting compliments on how good my skin was looking. So I’d say it really does work! But there are a few MAJOR drawbacks to this cream.

First, it’s VERY spendy. Most people are just not willing to drop that much money on a cream. Personally I don’t think you can put a price on health and beauty, but this is the real world we’re living in.

Second, while I love the jar, it seems to be a great part of why it costs so much and the thought of these things piling up kind of makes me cringe. I suppose if you lived in Paris you could take your jar in for a refill but that isn’t an option here in Texas.

And third, I am just not a fan of my creams being packaged in jars. Spoon or no spoon, I don’t like exposing it to the air and dust particles or even mold spores found naturally in the air, besides the temptation to stick my fingers in for quicker application. In my mind all I can think about is that jar sitting there for 3 months festering.

As nice as this cream is, I’m on the fence as to whether I’d buy it again or not. If I had a money tree in the backyard I’d buy this by the gallon and use it on my entire body and pray I stay young looking forever! lol But I wish the packaging was less extravagant and a bit more practical. I’d really like to see it in a pump container at a lower cost. While it’s definitely a good cream, I’m not sold on it being completely amazing. I think I’ll stick to my samples and try to find an amazing cream and hopefully at a better value. ♡

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Rose d’Arabie Armani Privé

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It took me almost a year having this perfume to write a review of it. I tried to review several times but my attempts felt forced and unnatural. So I let the perfume tell me when I’m ready; when I am adequately acquainted with and experienced enough to critique it. 

I bought Rd’A last summer along with Myrrhe Imperiale while in Vegas, though it is truly not a summer fragrance! This is best reserved for cold weather as is ME, but for some strange reason I crave it more in warm weather.

First let me express how incredibly strong and potent this perfume is. It’s heavy, oily, and wears like a pure parfum! In fact, I don’t believe it should even be sprayed. It wears much better when dabbed.

It’s much too easy to overdo it with this perfume when it is sprayed. But when dabbed, it is much easier to control the amount applied. Dabbing also usually keeps the application to pulse points and that, in my opinion, is the best way to experience Rd’A.

This perfume is so strong that when sprayed, the notes are overwhelming and they all get lost in the mix. The result is a very bitter, patchouli dominate, sharp fragrance that is also very dry, dusty, and cold. 

But this is actually a very warm fragrance. The true beauty of this fragrance is the play on vanilla with the roses, both supported by oud. It’s almost gourmand; it’s so round, creamy, and the rose boozy and somewhat jammy.  The oud is present but is not dominate and the patchouli is mostly gone after drydown.

This leaves the most beautiful sillage and 1 spray can easily last 2 days.  It is a very unisex fragrance, though it does lean a bit masculine.

I highly recommend that if you do spray it on, that you only spray 1 spritz on your neck and immediately use your wrists to remove the excess sprayed and transfer it to your arms inside of your elbows so you cover your pulse points. This way you can really get to the heart of the perfume to enjoy it rather than being overwhelmed and mired in an overabundance of fragrance. But if you are willing, I recommend most, to use a non-atomized decant vial and dab it to the pulse points instead. 

The phrases “less is more” and “too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing” has never held truer than with Rd’A.  This gorgeous perfume can very easily become cloying and offensive to others if overapplied.  But if worn with reserve, you will definitely get your moneys worth. One bottle can last several years.  I suspect mine will last many years as I don’t wear it very frequently.

I have tested most of the Prive line and while all of them are high quality and beautiful fragrances, not all of them (black bottles) offer the longevity this one does. I believe Rd’A is really the best one in that it delivers the most “bang for your buck” with its potency and longetivity, and overall, it’s just a beautiful fragrance.

Season: Winter/Fall

Notes: Patchouli, Rose, Oud, Vanilla

Love in Black Creed

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The first time I tried Love in Black I was on a trip in Playa del Carmen and my first thought was “Meteorites”, only sharper.  I loved the powdery volet and iris accord and ended up buying a bottle.  I couldn’t wait to test them side by side when I got home.

Although they are very different fragrances when comparing side by side, they are also very similar in that they share the powdery violet/iris, makeup vibe.  It smells like a very high-end fragranced compact.

It takes a while to get to that soft stage though. Love in Black is extremely shrill and metallic on opening and takes a bit to really settle. On my skin, this takes about 30 minutes.  The black currant battles the violets for center stage during the heart but once it dries and settles, it becomes a very soft, fluffy, powder.

I think it’s a very delicate, sweet perfume after dry down, although the black currant never really settles quite as much as I’d like it to.  It’s not overpoweringly sweet though.

It never grows cloying on me either but sometimes it is a bit much in the opening.  Thankfully this one only gets softer and better over time. The final base notes are incredibly beautiful and somewhat reminiscent of Lipstick Rose with the violet and rose.

LiB has incredible longetivity for such a dainty perfume and leaves a gorgeous sillage. The projection starts out rather robust but gradually tapers off into an amazing skinscent that was still very present long after the Metrorites faded away completely.

To me, this perfume is all about make up and powder but it’s powerful enough to be a great evening prrfume, though I find it wears well during the day and year round at that, which is an acomplishment in itself.  

My first impressions of Creed was that the juice was understated and the house overhyped. But this frag is what really brought me around. This is my second purchase from the house after VIW and, though I wasn’t fully convinced of houses quality the first few times I tested their fragrances, LiB completely changed my mind. It’s a beautiful fragrance; strong but delicate and very long lasting. 

Season: All

Top notes: Italian Violet, Virginia Cedar, Wildflowers

Heart notes: Iris, Cloves, Musk

Base notes: Black Currant, Bulgarian Rose