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My mother gave me a gift certificate to The Perfumed Court for my birthday, and I've ordered and tested a whole bunch of little sample vials. My reviews, for posterity, with ratings on a scale of 5:

Caron Tabac Blond: 3 out of 5
I appreciate what Tabac Blond was trying to do, but on me it isn't working. It starts out fairly interesting, with a leathery herbal scent (I'm reminded of Guerlain Vetiver), but as it develops it just begins to smell...old. An old-style perfume, and also old like perfume that's been sitting around too long. Got that odd metallic tinge to it after a while, the type of scent that you *feel* high up in your nose rather than quite smelling it. All good signs that the chemistry doesn't mesh with mine.

Dolce & Gabbana The One: 3/5
Not offensive, and at one time I would have really liked it--namely, back in the day when I wore Exclamation or Navy, both of which resemble this scent, to my nose. Generically sweet, a little floral, no particular notes that jump out at me. *shrug* Nothing to write home about, at least not when mixed with my chemistry. I better go back to the greens and woods.

Le Labo Labdanum 18: 4/5
Warm and musky, sweet too. I get root beer in the early stages; and the drydown is particularly alluring, with pipe tobacco emerging. Quite pleasant and cozy, BUT where is the labdanum?? I adore the natural scent of rockrose, and that's what I was signing up for. I just don't find it here. Alas.

Fendi Asja: 4/5
It isn't quite for me, but if some coworker wore this regularly, I'd always be thinking, "She sure smells nice." I like the spice and the gentle musk; I think it'd be perfect for office or evening wear. I'm impressed with Fendi so far! Theorema was one of my favorites in past years...

Caron Yatagan: 3/5
This one walks the fine line between interestingly bold and off-puttingly strong. I get a lot of frankincense, pepper, and patchouli, all quite dry and spicy. Similar scents have worked well on me, but this one takes it a little too far. I don't want to wash it off my arm, but I also don't think I could carry it off. Would be interesting to sniff what a man's chemistry did to it.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue: 3/5
It's okay...just not terribly interesting. A little too much like the unisex citrusy scents in recent years. Lemon at first, a citrus crispness lingering after, mingling with a touch of marine air and a general sweet quality, kind of like that of The One, for me. Wonder if D&G just starts with a basic fragrance mix that doesn't tend to blend well on my skin.

Gucci Envy: 3/5
I love greens usually, so I had to try this one out. It isn't bad--it kind of resembles L'Eau d'Issey, with that oceanic touch to it, but it's not quite as overpowering. Still, it *is* strong, and the green in it became, after a while, a sort of bitter and sharp green, not a lush green. (I'm a Chanel No. 19 worshipper; that's the kind of lush green I like.) Tone down that bitterness, ol' Envy, and we could be better friends.

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Bois du Chocolat: 2/5
I adore chocolate, but chocolate scents keep failing to work for me. I like the early notes of this well enough, what with the sandalwood sweetness, but the drydown becomes fake and metallic on me. Note to self: eat chocolate, don't wear it.

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Cafe Noir: 2/5
Hm, first Bois du Chocolat fails to work for me, and now Cafe Noir does too, though I love the smells of both chocolate and coffee, in the real world. (Who doesn't?) But this scent, after a spicy and interesting, if overpowering, beginning, soon turned into the kind of coffee that's been left in the pot all day and is starting to scorch. I actually get undertones of burning trash. Not great, needless to say. DSH must just not mesh with my chemistry.

Dior Diorissimo: 5/5
We have a winner! From the first moment of opening the vial, I thought, "Spring bouquet!" Hyacinth in particular, it seemed, or those narcissus blossoms that people grow indoors in late winter, though that's only because I'm not as familiar with lily of the valley in the natural world. But either way, this perfume does smell natural; it captures the beautiful feel of a fresh, dewy flower in spring. It makes me think of the softest, lightest cotton frocks (the word "dresses" would be too heavy for this scent). It's old-fashioned but young. It reminds me a bit of Clinique Happy, but without those meddlesome fruit notes. I tend to like more complex scents, ones with greens and spices and resins and hints of smoke, but I'm in love with this little handful of blossoms.



Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Dior Diorissimo is awesome. Everyone I know who has tried it loves it.

The D&G ones are personal favorites of mine simply because they really react well with my chemistry. A friend of mine tried both of the ones you noted and she said to me, "D&G just doesn't smell the same on me as it does on you." So, she gave them to me (hint, hint) [<--Joke]

I have yet to find a Caron one that works on me.

Another friend recently gave me a bunch of perfume her mother had given to her. It included Dior Poison which I really like and Gio di Gio Armani by Giorgio Armani--it simply STINKS of CAT URINE on me but is nice enough on other people. The other ones were the standard Calvin Klein affair... but free perfume is grand whatever it is. :)

Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of annoyed at finding Diorissimo at the start of autumn, since it's such a perfect spring/summer scent. Tough; I'll wear it anyway. :)

Hehe, I actually meant to add that I was willing to swap or give away the ones that didn't work as well on me. You're welcome to any of those that sound good! It's just as well that they don't all work on me, fun as that would be. The pocketbook couldn't take it.

I seem to remember liking a dupe of Poison way back when. I ought to sample the real thing.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
I'll make up a list of some I'd be willing to swap for the D&G if you would like.

My sister always gives me samples.
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Sure! I also have Creed's Millesime Imperial, Caron's Tabac Blond, and Fresh's Sake as little vials I don't want to keep, if those sound at all interesting. :)