Monday, 5 October 2015

Cool Water by Davidoff

Today I am wearing Cool Water by Davidoff.

Ahhhh a million handsome men, one million crinkly sexy smiles and many many gorgeous manly muscles…… well that is what it conjures up for me!

Salty and light with a touch of tequila, this men’s EdT is fresh, snappy, spicy and green with soft woody notes to round it off.    It bursts forth with an opening of herbal juices (rosemary, mint, lavender and coriander) before colliding into crisp geranium and warmer notes of jasmine and neroli.  As the tidal wave of freshness flows away, the scent leaves a wash of sandalwood, cedarwood, musk, amber and tobacco in its wake.

Truly delicious.  Introduced in 1988 this was another outdoorsy, fresh, herbaceous men’s cologne.  It gives the impression of energy, sportiness and could be the scent of champions.  It quite deservedly has stood the tests of time and is still a BIG seller today.

Now all I have to do is to persuade my husband to wear it….

Friday, 2 October 2015

Eau de Madeleine by Au Pays de la Fleur D'Oranger

Today I am wearing Eau de Madeleine by Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger.

It is initially a tad disconcerting since the perfume becomes a milky juice when the spray hits the skin.  But a slight dab and it disappears leaving behind a fabulous trail of leathery floral cream.

I instantly like this one.  It’s like bumping into an old friend whom you haven’t seen for ages and instantly finding yourself happy, laughing and hugging.

It pretty much goes straight in at middle to base notes with the opening offering me rose with a slightly spicy edge.  The perfume unravels itself to reveal creamy sandalwood with subtle vanilla undertones and a wonderful leathery element bathing my skin in something truly delicious.

If you’re unsure of full-on leather perfumes this may be a good one to try.  It isn’t wicked like Serge Noire, Roja Dove’s Scandal or Jovoy’s Les Liturgies des Heures, since the vanilla and sandalwood tame it to soft suede shoe/handbag/belt tones rather than kinky boots/whips. 

It’s good though, I hope it has staying power to match the creamy, smoky calmness it exudes.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

J'Adore by Christian Dior

Before we have even opened this perfume to smell its golden contents the bottle alone has such a beautiful shape it is something that must be admired.  It was designed to reflect the shape of Greek amphora, and with its golden neck very much oozes Greek goddess......

At first this perfume opens with a great big burst of fruitiness, quickly followed by a floral bouquet - as if fruits and flowers had been thrown into the air confetti-style and were happily mingling and dancing as they released their gorgeous aroma. The words that spring to mind to describe this fragrance are elegant, pretty, beautiful, gentle - it's presence can be detected without being overpowering.
The opening notes are bergamot, melon, pear, mandarin, peach (our chosen aroma this week) and magnolia, with heart notes of rose,lily of the valley, jasmine, freesia, orchid, violet, plum and tuberose (and breathe!) so no wonder it leaps off your skin and fills the air.  It's light, sweet, delicate, floral and fruity all at once.

We imagine the lady who wears this would be immaculately turned out in that classy but very understated way.  Her hair would be tousled and make-up 'just there' (no lipstick on the teeth here!) without looking like she had tried at all..... and so very sure of her strength and femininity.

As the perfume develops we expected the dry down to pack quite a punch....... and we wait....... but very little comes.  Despite the base notes of blackberry, vanilla, cedar and musk it stays as a pretty, elegant perfume and perhaps if we note a number of Dior's other fragrances they don't have a dry down that has 'oomph' either.  So maybe we shouldn't be looking or sniffing for something that is not there - it's a light, sweet perfume and should be celebrated as such.



Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wild Fruits by Mancera

Today I am wearing Wild Fruits by Mancera.

Apart from the initial burst of polish aroma I think I like this one.  It is fruity and contains citrus, but it isn’t a citrus perfume at all.  More juicy, crispy, crunchy Granny Smith apple on a fruit salad of peaches, red currants and blackberries.

Apparently there are also notes of kumquat, lemon, grapefruit, cedar and musk giving this perfume a fresh, fruity, liveliness  that seems to last a good few hours before petering out.

OK, it isn’t an exciting perfume and I doubt it will appear on too many wish lists, but it is easy wearing, won’t offend those next to you on the over-packed train and could be a good one for keeping in the smallest room in the house should visitors need freshening up!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Passion Boisee by Frapin

Today I am wearing Passion Boisee by Frapin

The last perfume by Frapin (1270) that we tried was rich in alcohol like a good rum-soaked raisin and since Frapin is an old established family run distillery in the Cognac region of France then it is of no surprise that Passion Boisee has alcoholic undertones (or even overtones) too.

Passion Boisee is a rich, fruit-cake type fragrance.  Jam-packed with spices and dried fruits I can detect nutmeg, clove, a nutty layer with some fruity elements (apparently mandarin and pineapple) and a dark layer of what I’d suggest is chocolate and coffee…with something sweet perhaps honey…it’s not vanilla though, just a subtle honied sweetness.

It’s good.  It’s languid and graceful, relaxed and unctuous, rich and deep and sensuous.   I can imagine this slowly trickling down my neck like resin out of a tree.  It’s unhurried, going nowhere fast and I’m happy with that.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Cadjmere by Parfumerie Generale

Today I am wearing Cadjmere by Parfumerie Generale.

First impressions are that it is a very pleasant aroma.  It has warm woody notes of sandalwood, rosewood and fresh cypress wrapped up with ambrette seeds, coconut, amber and vanilla.  It claims to have tangerine as a top note I must have blinked as that has passed me by.

It is comforting and cosy and perfect for cooler autumnal weather.  It has a creamy, soft, nutty, woody element to it that is acceptable whatever the time of day.  It dries down to a soft powdery smell.  My nose is whispering to me complaining that it is a little too tame and gentle…

It doesn’t get those heart strings tugging and it doesn’t stir up any passion.  It is safe, unremarkable but comforting like a cup of hot chocolate.

I do like the name – it is a play on words and is a mix of cashmere and mere (French for Mother).   If that doesn’t invoke thoughts of softness, comfort and warmth then I don’t know what will.

Friday, 25 September 2015

The Cobra and The Canary by Imaginary Authors

Today I am wearing The Cobra and The Canary by Imaginary Authors.

Who thought of that name?!  What does it conjure up – will the cobra eat the canary?  Poor canary. The deadly venum of the cobra is sufficient to kill something as big as an elephant so why a poor tiny fluffy yellow chirping canary?  OK, perhaps it won’t kill it – perhaps they’ll become friends.

Let’s see what the perfume tells us.

Leather, hay, orris and lemon make this a simple construction.  Whilst the lemon passed by fleetingly, it is the other notes that give the perfume an interesting twist.

Orris often smells earthy and damp to me and I can detect a slight mouldy mushroom element to this perfume.  The hay gives it a sweet earthiness to offset the dampness, but overall it is the leather that takes control here and this perfume has a touch of tarmac and newly laid road.

So if you like the smell of tar, or haystacks, or mushrooms then I imagine this is absolutely the perfume for you since it contains all three.

I’m still not sure what happened to the canary (or the cobra) but I think they became good friends and lived happily ever after.