Thursday, 5 May 2016

Floriental by Comme des Garcons

Our first impressions of Floriental are that it is rich and intense, warm and deep - I think we're fans of this at first sniff! This fragrance is described as unisex of which many are often ozonic, light, fresh aromas - but this is not that at all!

Pink pepper gives a rounded spicy note and alongside incense, labdanum, plum (our aroma of the week), vetiver and sandalwood this perfume is velvety smooth.  The plum is evident but not in a traditional fruity sense - it's more plum chutney with added spices, darker and more subtle than its fresh juicy counterpart.

Despite being laden with base notes this is much lighter than the individual components might suggest, it has a beautiful sweetness and yet is not a sweet perfume.  Vetiver is just evident but as a woody vetiver rather than a smoky vetiver.

This definitely gets our vote and we would be happy to wear it and share it with a special someone with whom we could get up close and personal with.....


Thursday, 28 April 2016

Dzhari by Phaedon

Dzhari is named after a famous wind that blows through the Lybian desert, so in my mind we're expecting warmth, dry sand, perhaps the fires of the local population as they cook and a feeling of exposure to the elements...

So imagine our surprise when the first thing that pops into our head is Christmas pudding!  Now we do love Christmas pudding and all that goes with it - the brandy or rum used for flaming, the sweet fruit contained within, the deliciously dark sponge with lots of spices ... just utter scrumtiousness.... Oh yes, the fragrance.....

Hugely base note heavy with notes of cedar, cashmeran, sandalwood, tonka bean and dates (our aroma of the week) it definitely hits the mark of being warming and woody.  It would seem the dates are giving that dried fruit sweetness which is so apparent at the beginning, but after a while we're left with sweetness and woody notes, so yes it fulfils the expectation of fires in the desert but only after a while.

If we had judged this perfume on it initial aroma I think we'd all have be less keen, but as it changes opinion is divided. There is a tiny hint of a brandy like note somewhere in the background - but that could just be us getting carried away thinking of pudding again!

A bit more impact in the latter stages would be welcome - even with all those beautiful big base notes it doesn't seem to hang around too long, which is a little disappointing but perhaps like the desert wind we are only meant to experience it briefly.....

Monday, 25 April 2016

Gin & Lime by Pell Wall perfumes

Today I am wearing Gin & Lime by Pell Wall perfumes.

This is an uplifting perfume perfectly suitable for wearing on a hazy sunny day.  I can already hear the martinis being served on the terrace darling.  Clink clink cheers!

A dirty, slightly bitter lime aroma with ice cold juniper gin cutting through and a rather bizarrely but reinforcing the sunny day, I detect a smell of swimming pool. All in all this adds up to a wonderful unisex scent.

I shudder slightly (in a good way) as I smell it – rather like biting into a lime and having those taste buds shoot into overdrive as they taste the sour sharpness.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Full Incense by Montale

The description of this perfume suggests a fragrance of warm woody notes and as the name suggests incense (obviously!).

Initial thoughts are that it is heavy on the frankincense with a very slight zing at the very beginning quickly moving into warm woody and resinous notes - if you are familiar with Serge Noire by Serge Lutens or La Liturgie des Heures by Jovoy it is very much in this vein.  Deep and warm, balsamic and delicious.  The perfume includes notes of patchouli, cedarwood, elemi resin and oakmoss (our aroma of the week) and not having any traditional top notes this fragrance comes straight at you with those big base notes - fabulous!

Certainly not a light and fresh fragrance.  It lingers on the skin but doesn't change hugely after the first few minutes, however this is absolutely fine with us.  We love it just the way it is.

Many of us in the PF office are fans of deep, dark, smoky fragrances so now having just found another to add to our list of favourites we are happy sniffers indeed.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

English Cherry Blossom by Shay & Blue

Today I am wearing English Cherry Blossom by Shay & Blue.

I braced myself for so many perfumes that claim to smell like cherry just smell like Calpol medicine to me.

But I’m pleased to tell you that not so English Cherry Blossom, this one smells of the skin of black cherries with some pretty flowers thrown into the mix.

It’s pretty and light.

The opening is bergamot and mandarin so it is light and uplifting for starters.  Black cherry notes are threaded throughout the perfume with cherry blossom and the fruit itself, culminating in black cherry wood to give this perfume a pink cherry cherry cherry aroma right into the dry down.

To keep it pretty, we find honeysuckle and iris at its heart for a floral boost with a little fig and cassis for a fruit one.

It works.  I conjure up images of cherry trees in blossom, warmth on my skin from the first flush of spring sunshine, hope and anticipation that Spring truly has sprung…

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Precious One by Angela Flanders

Precious One is a Fragrance Foundation award winning perfume by Angela Flanders and promises exotic floral top notes over a green base.... sounds very inviting.

Although it's a powerful chypre when it first goes on we imagined it would be more hefty, the top notes of jasmine and tuberose lend a very delicate touch and in no way overpower.  The floral element soon moves over to allow the green heart and base notes through. Vetiver can dominate so easily with it's smokiness winding its way to our olfactory senses over and above everything else, but alongside oakmoss (our aroma of the week) the overall aroma is clean and fresh.   The only down side in our opinion is that having been powerful in the beginning, 2-3 hours later the aroma is very subtle, but we do recognise that there are occasions when subtlety is good.

A good unisex smell - definitely forest like and mossy but....... I keep getting a minty note.  Not toothpaste-minty or sweet-minty but just a slightly cold/fresh smell.   I've decided this is a good thing as we move from the darkness of winter and into the spring sunshine - all around mother nature is emerging from her winter slumber and clean and fresh is exactly what we need.  

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Incredible Things by Taylor Swift

Today I am wearing Incredible Things by Taylor Swift.

If I shut my eyes I’m torn between whether I am in a sweetshop or a fruit counter – or maybe I’m trapped in a roll of fruit pastilles.

It is incredibly creamy, sweet and juicy and loaded with vanilla.

If I can get past it being a celebrity scent and that it is one by the incredibly good-girl Taylor Swift then maybe it isn’t too bad given that it is probably aimed at teenage girls.

It is soppy and sweet, juicy and jolly, it could be a mocktail or a syrup to include in a hot chocolate.  It won’t offend and if you have a teenage child who wears this you won’t mind it initially since it is safe, innocent but oh the sweetness gets to you after a while.