Thursday, 21 July 2016

Mr Burberry by Burberry

The presentation of this fragrance brings images to our mind of a gentleman wearing a top hat and sporting the most splendid moustache!  The fabric making the 'moustache' is that from which Burberry make their trench coats - a nice touch. Launched in April 2016 and described as the masculine version of My Burberry (2014).

Top notes of grapefruit, taragon and cardamon (our aroma of the week) give a very fresh, herbaceous, shower clean opening and our initial thoughts were that it was bright, fresh, aquatic although quite similar in style to many other aquatic/outdoorsy gents fragrances, however we continue to sniff and await developments....

The zesty element quickly moves on, heart and base notes of beautiful woods such as cedarwood, guiaic wood and green notes of birch leaf give a soft and subtle dry down - very, very subtle.... in fact I only know those aromas are in there because I read it - not because the individual notes stand out, and after less than an hour the aroma has faded so much I can barely detect it.  This isn't in any way unpleasant, but I'm having to get very close to my left wrist in order to smell it - perhaps that's the whole idea, you have to get up close and personal with the person wearing it?  It's pleasant and unlikely to offend anyone, a follower rather than a leader, but definitely not very memorable.

As perhaps the first fragrance you buy for your teenage male relative this may well fit the bill.... as a signature scent for a more mature and confident man, questionable.....

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Neon Graffiti by Jazmin Sarai

A fragrance with a name such as Neon Graffiti doesn't give us much of an insight into what to expect by way of aromas, having read the description the idea behind it is the unification of two invisible mediums - music and smell - and their effect on our subconscious, so we were rather intrigued as to what would waft towards our expectant noses.....

The first impressions were rather confusing - minty powdery floral notes bombarded our senses with a bit of zest and spice for good measure.  The fragrance has top notes of grapefruit, bergamot and cardamom so our first sniff was quite perceptive, however the minty powdery element gives the feeling of using-mouth-wash-having-just-stepped-out-the-shower kind of clean feeling rather than igniting the thought of a musical tune in our heads.  Whilst not an unpleasant aroma at all the jury is our on whether mint in perfumes is a good idea.  For some it is too much like a foot spray or toothpaste!

As the fragrance settles to heart notes of jasmine, mimosa, ivy (our aroma of the week) and sunflower accord it becomes a more floral green fragrance anchored by subtle woods changing for the better we feel ....but the mint is still there and a little overpowering for our liking.

So for a fresh, bright, clean and uplifting aroma it absolutely hits the spot and perhaps, as the name suggest, certain elements of the aroma stand out bright and bold...... but not one of our favourites this time.


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Fracas by Robert Piquet

Today I am wearing Fracas by Robert Piquet.

I smell tuberose, with notes of tuberose and a layer of tuberose.  As the tuberose settles on my skin, more tuberose comes through. I’m swamped with tuberose, drowning in tuberose and am getting a tuberose headache.  It’s an overwhelming tuberose fest!

Heavy, thick, soporific, creamy and undeniably in-your-face but in a strange way I find it wonderfully sensuous.  I remember wearing it to a party once and I received three comments about how sexy it smelt.  Sadly those offering the ‘sexy’ comment up to me made me feel dirty and wanting rather than stylish and carefree so beware the perfume won’t necessarily give you the reactions you might want.

It is an intoxicating Femme Fatale so wear it with caution.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Rossy De Palma Eau De Protection by Etat Libre D'Orange

As Etat Libre D'Orange's first fragrance dedicated to a celebrity this fragrance was designed for Rossy De Palma, a Spanish actress, taking inspiration from her garden in Madrid.  Rossy de Palma is a lady who has been described as 'a Picasso come to life' - someone who doesn't fit the stereotypical idea of Hollywood beauty, but all the more appealing for it.  

The description of the fragrance leads us to believe there are two sides to this perfume, concealing yet revealing, softness of petals and daggered thorns...... but whilst the predominant note is rose (our aroma of the week) we are struggling to identify any of the other notes.  The perfume has top notes of bergamot, black pepper and ginger, base notes of patchouli, cacao and benzoin but these fail to materialise in their own's rose, rose, rose all the way.

The rose aroma is so soft and gentle, velvety smooth so whilst the other aromas may not shine through, they are working hard to thrust the rose aroma into the spotlight to be the star of the show.

We like this - as a rose perfume it is pretty, feminine, soft, not heavy or old fashioned and more than suitable for any time of year, any time of day.  

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Island Escape by Marks and Spencer

Today I am wearing Island Escape by Marks and Spencer.

It’s surprisingly good.  We smelt it ‘blind’ in the office and it received an immediate and unanimous thumbs up.

Fresh, fruity and juicy and reminiscent of Issey Miyake’s L’Eau D’Issey, the perfume opens with bergamot and pear giving it an aquatic juicy element.  As the perfume starts to settle notes of rose petal and sea salt emerge to transport me to a holiday beach resort.  I can hear laughter and music and feel the anticipation of a cooling cocktail.

With musk to keep lasting longer, the perfume has a slightly sweet finish, but the juiciness from the first droplet still lingers making this an absolutely stunning summer scent.

At only £8.50 / 25ml it’s a complete bargain and I implore you  to set aside any ‘cheap perfume’ prejudices and try this one.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Boy by Chanel Les Exclusifs

Today I am wearing Boy the new perfume from the Chanel Les Exclusifs range.

It’s another perfume, another jigsaw piece, in the aromatic story of the life of Coco Chanel portrayed by each of the individual scents in the Les Exclusifs range.

It is inspired by Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel, English polo player and supposed lover of Coco Chanel who played an important part in her life.  Although said to be a man’s fragrance that can be worn by a woman, the perfume is for anyone and the gender is defined by the person wearing it.  It is likened to a woman putting on a man’s shirt- too big, but instantly effortlessly sexy and comfortable.

Overall it is light and cologne-y and the predominant initial notes are lavender and citrus.  The citrus soon fades into florals of rose, rose geranium and orange blossom but it is the wonderful heliotrope vein running through the perfume that gives it a soft vanilla thread that never disappears.  As the perfume dries down I’m left with vanilla, sandalwood and musk lingering on my skin.

I’m very happy to be wearing Boy.  If it is a fusion of genders then it works.  Even my husband chose to wear it on Saturday night and it usually takes an awful lot of persuasion to move him on from Blue de Chanel – and even that he only wears on ‘special’ occasions.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Musc by Molinard

Today I am wearing Musc by Molinard.

My mind is racing – I’m getting Christmas cake, I’m getting honey straight from the beehive, I’m getting plasters from the first aid box and I’m getting germolene from there too.

If I could stick with the honey from the beehive aroma I might like the perfume more than I do, but the germolene is playing games with me and once I’ve got the smell of germolene in my mind, I can’t seem to get rid of it.

If I shut my eyes I imagine a pot of fat and some burning incense sticks.

Oh dear.  I don’t think this perfume is doing it for me.

Actually it’s a little too potent and I now have a headache.  Back to the first aid box but for paracetamol this time.