Thursday, 11 September 2014

Perfume Thursday: Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger

One of the greatest things about Perfume Thursday is that we get the chance to wear a variety of perfumes from throughout time (see our Royal Nosegay perfume review, for example).

While there are many perfumes released each year, it's always good to reflect and look back at some of history's most loved fragrances, and this week, with Garden Mint as our chosen aroma, we're wearing Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger.

The initial burst of citrus that explodes from the bottle is met with subtle florals and other gentle fruit notes, balancing its bright opening wonderfully. These opening notes (Blackcurrant, Mandarin, Apple Tree Blossom and Camelia) give the perfume a lively, zingy and bold opening which each of us have found irresistible and a true delight to wear.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Perfume Thursday: Truth or Dare by Madonna

If you like big powerful florals and in particular love tuberose then rush out and buy yourself a bottle of Truth or Dare by Madonna.  Retailing at approximately £14 for 50ml, this is a bargain!  It reminds me a little of another tuberose (Fracas by Robert Piguet) which at more than £50 for the same size definitely makes it worth taking a punt on Madonna's perfume.

Created very much with her mother in mind, Madge wanted to re-create her mother's scent but give it a fresh and new twist.  Now I have to be honest and say I'm not sure she has successfully achieved the fresh and new bit since one whiff of the bottle and I was transported back to 'old fashioned' perfumes which are definitely...well....old fashioned and not fresh and new.

It is a strong floral, so strong that you drown in flowers - although some of us got hints of bubble gum, apricot yoghurt and plastic too.  There are no top notes (hey Madge - that's where the fresh aroma should have come from!) but instead it wades in to floral middles and sweet sweet base notes making this perfume heavy heavy heavy (but I reiterate - great value for money!)

We chose this perfume as it contains neroli which is our aroma of the week, but for me the neroli has been drowned out by the tuberose, gardenia and jasmine (I told you it was a big floral - there is lily and lily of the valley nestling in there too!).

The perfume has lasting power courtesy of the big base notes (vanilla, amber, musk and benzoin) and some could detect it 6 hours after the initial spray (some were keen to wash it off 6 minutes after the initial spray...)  It is well structured and will certainly stay with you all evening if you spray it before leaving the house (reinforcing it as a true bargain !)

Personally it isn't a perfume I'd choose to wear as it is too heavily floral for me - I prefer I'm currently favouring a leather, animalic, dirty, incense aroma-theme which actually would have been the perfect aromas for the 1990s Madonna perfume.  But for those of you that enjoy florals and have £14 rattling around in your purse, it's well worth the spend.

Convince me I should try another floral - what is your favourite?

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Perfume Thursday: Armani Code Luna by Giorgio Armani

We were excited to try this perfume since the advertisement promised us something we'd not experienced yet...

"Inspired by the beautiful Moonflower; a rare and precious flower known to blossom and bloom from the light of the moon. The delicate petals close when touched by the sun at dawn. Known as Princess of the Night this is a pretty, distinctive floral with clean, fresh undertones which evokes peace and tranquillity as well as magic and mystery"

...but I have to report mixed feelings in the Plush Folly camp again!

The aroma is reminiscent of sweet florals such as Flowerbomb, Jimmy Choo and Bonbon with lashings of vanilla.  But instead of being sweetshop sweet it is more kinky sweetshop as there are definite hints of leather in there too giving it an unusual twist.

Bryony loves it and thinks it pretty, feminine, gentle and soft but wishes it lasted longer than the 2 hours on her skin.  Nickie finds it heavy and dull, doesn't want to smell of it and wishes it would last less than the three hours it lingered on her skin!

My feeling is that it isn't different enough from many other florientals available to make me reach out in eager anticipation.  We chose it because it contains this week's aroma (osmanthus, an apricot floral) but even though the perfume is laced with fruity bergamot, pear, bitter orange and orange blossom nobody commented that it had a fruity element.  Perhaps the vanilla, tonka, leather and cedar cancelled them out and made it an entirely different perfume, maybe that was Giorgio's plan.

Have you tried it?  Let us know what you think.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Perfume Thursday: Nina by Nina Ricci

This week we've been wearing Nina by Nina Ricci, as it features this week's chosen aroma, Green Apple. Nina by Nina Ricci is a perfume targeted and marketed at a younger audience, heavily focusing on ideas of innocence, femininity and everything pretty and pink, in their campaigns.

The perfume's composition is also typically youthful. With citrus fruits and florals galore, this perfume is almost as sweet as it gets. Included in perfume is Green Apple, Lemon, Lime, Peony, Datura, Praline, Cedarwood, Apple Tree and Musk.

The bold and brash opening of Lemon, Lime and Apple have given us mixed opinions. On one hand it's been described as lovely and on the other it's been described as sour toilet cleaner. On Bryony's skin she argues that it's far to sour and sharp to enjoy, yet Sally and Nickie both commented on its lovely juiciness and freshness.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Perfume Thursday: Viktor and Rolf - Spicebomb

With Saffron being this week's chosen aroma and a popular choice at that - see our facebook post here for some of our customer's comments -  we decided review a fragrance that matched that popularity: Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf. 

Spicebomb, which includes Saffron, has an air of elegance and sophistication about it, making it so much more than just a man's aftershave. Made in response to the amount of love given by women to Flowebomb, Spicebomb is the masculine alternative and includes Red Pepper, Cinnamon, Paprika, Leather, Tobacco, Vetiver, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Elemi and of course Saffron.

With one spray it explodes into a spicy/citrus fragrance bringing it to life energetically. The Bergamot and Grapefruit lend a refreshing tone while the Cinnamon and other spices offer a moreish, interesting and irresistible quality.

It has a powerful and bold opening, just how we'd expect a masculine fragrance to be. To wear as a woman, Spicebomb conjures up ideas of handsome and distinguished gentlemen, the kind you see in the Disney movies. 

As it matures, it warms and deepens creating a spicier, more sensual perfume. It's sexy and confident, easy and enjoyable to wear and even more enjoyable to smell on your partner in an embrace. 

After a couple of hours wear, the perfume takes on a smoky and mysterious personality - not ash tray smoky and seedy gentleman's club mystery - but a deep, dark leathery kind of smoky. It's alluring and seductive while being easy to wear making it ideal for both day and night.

We all enjoyed wearing it and although none of the male Plush Folly employees were around to review it, we think it's quite interesting to read about Spicebomb from a female's perspective. 

If our husbands/boyfriends/fancies wore this perfume we'd be mightily impressed. It's complex, diverse and interesting, changing and developing before our noses each step of the way. It lasts around three hours which is great; plenty of time for it to become familiar and comforting.

Does anyone else like or wear Spicebomb? Let us know! 

Any orders placed via the Plush Folly website on 15/08/14 will receive a free sample of Saffron in with their order! Get shopping here.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Perfume Thursday: Honey by Marc Jacobs

The success that pursued from Marc Jacobs' collection of perfumes was phenomenal, so much so, you could argue that he's now recognised and applauded for both his perfume and fashion designs equally.

Today's perfume, Honey by Marc Jacobs was released in 2013 after the success of Daisy, Lola and Dot. It's safe to say that Honey fits into the collection perfectly, both with in terms of style and bottle design (more on that later).

Honey opens with a juicy blast of mandarin teamed with pear to create an excitable, fresh start. Our first impressions were pretty unanimous' all of us feeling the perfume was lively, sweet and youthful. Despite some of us feeling the sweetness a was bit too much, making it slightly too girly and young, the rest of us felt that simply made it fun and frivolous. 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Perfume Thursday: 1270 by Frapin

1270 is the year the Frapin family founded their wine company in the Cognac region of France.

In 2010, with 740 years of experience in wine making under their belt, they decided to venture into the world of perfume with a fragrance named after their founding year.  

Heavily influenced by their wine-making background, this is a fascinating fragrance, filled with fruity, sweet and spicy notes.  Intriguingly, our initial impression wasn't of the top notes of Orange and Lime but more a sweet, rich, heavy smell reminiscent of deliciously sweet dessert wines, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Christmas puddings and raisins. We could detect Plum, Dried Fruits, Honey, Spices and deep, dark Vanilla with a hint of Guaic Wood, and felt it was evocative of winter evenings by the fire, it felt cosy and familiar.  Shame we were testing it on a sweltering summer's day!  

After half an hour, the overwhelming richness had subsided we felt 1270 had settled.  We were able to pick out Coffee and Tonka aromas more than the heavy initial smells.  Bryony felt the fragrance was more rounded and it reminded Elaine of Thierry Mugler's Angel - sweet but appealing.  It had moved from Christmas pudding to coffee and cake - more sophisticated, we decided.

1270's fragrance lasted around 4 hours and simply became a softer version of the half hour smell. 

As a concept it is fab and it certainly is a gorgeous, appealing smell but, for us, 1270 is too sweet, comforting and familiar ever to be sexy.  It would be a fabulous Christmas room fragrance though!