Thursday, 17 July 2014

Perfume Thursday: Juliette Has a Gun - Calamity J.


Calamity J. by Juliette Has a Gun is what we're wearing today and we love it!

For one, it's different. Composed without any 'traditional' top notes, rather than being hit with a fresh or fruity opener, earthy and soft Patchouli is what introduces the perfume, giving it a warm and inviting tone from the get-go.

Other notes include, Iris, Iso E Super, Vanilla, Tonka, Amber, Civet and Labdanum among many others. From those notes you can begin to gather a sense of the perfume's personality.

The more typically masculine notes are said to have been chosen to represent women and their strong role in society and although within the first few minutes of wearing Calamity J. that masculine punch is there, the Vanilla dry-down gives it a much more sophisticated and feminine ending.

The different sides to this perfume are interesting in that you could argue it represents the various sides of a woman. In the beginning it conjures up ideas of strong, independent and important women but by the end the sweet, vanilla/amber notes add a pretty, motherly and feminine finish.

It's not a mind-blowing, amazing perfume but it is different, and we like different. Plus we could tell the Iso E Super was working after Sally complimented Elaine on her more-revealing-than-usual-yet-all-the-while-beautiful dress...    ;-)

All in all a lovely perfume to be able to wear. Some of us have liked the smell, but wouldn't choose to wear it and some of us would class it as a signature scent; which just goes to show how diverse our noses are! The heavy, powdery notes give it a mature warmth that would possibly suit the winter months more, but nonetheless it's been a pleasure to wear.

Has anyone else tried this or any other perfumes from the Juliette Has a Gun collection?


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Perfume Thursday: Miller Harris - Rose en Noir



  


Bit of a sultry day in the office today.  

Why, I hear you ask?  

Well, obviously, because we’re all wearing Miller Harris's rather fabulous Rose en Noir!

Created by Lyn Harris, this is a classy, sensual treat - a very grown-up take on classic rose perfumes. It opens with a sweet, enticing floral rush but the Turkish rose and violet leaf are deep, dark and dusky from the start .  Petitgrain gives an initial citrus kick but the base notes of patchouli, vetiver, tabac noir and ambrettia (our smell of the week!) create a velvet base for the rich, sweet florals.  The spicy elements of cumin, coriander and black pepper give depth rather than adding spice, making this perfume intensely rich.

The fragrance held well and after a couple of hours was reminiscent of  "the air, heavy with scent, on a summer's evening immediately before a thunderstorm" (Elaine - you should write poetry!).  

As the perfume developed, we detected a powdery element that reminded us of mooching around a vintage clothes shop on a Sunday afternoon, the mix of rose, violet and cumin (often linked to the smell of human bodies - sweat, to be precise!) being evocative of pre-loved, pre-worn dresses still infused with the perfumes of days gone by. 

Delicious, bold and just a tiny bit suggestive. 

Would we wear it?  

Absolutely!

An all-round thumbs up for Rose en Noir!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Perfume Thursday: Rihanna - Reb'l Fleur

There is a some what of a stigma attached to celebrity perfumes in that you almost feel guilty for enjoying them or embarrassed to say which perfume you're wearing if the name that rolls off your tongue doesn't belong to the most successful of perfume houses. But what if a celebrity perfume is truly wonderful, has great silage and simply ticks all the right boxes, because that's what this week's perfume, Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna, does.

We're not ashamed to admit it, we love Reb'l Fleur (some of us love it more than others) and it's taken us by surprise as we had predetermined opinions of it as soon as it we heard it was by Rihanna (there's that stigma again).

Thursday, 26 June 2014



Our aroma of the week is gardenia, a beautiful floral so we were delighted when Sally selected Carolina Herrera's 212 VIP perfume as it has gardenia weaved gently into the perfume.

The advertising for this perfume teases you since it declares it is for special people, A-listers, VIPS, those on the party list, those given exclusive entrance to top night clubs.....so our expectations were set that this was going to be very very special indeed.

Now ok, so we may be a little spoilt in our choices of perfume but if this is the perfume designed for superstars, then we'll give it a miss thank you.  Don't get us wrong, we like it and we'd happily wear it.......you can feel that there is a *but* coming on can't you...

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Perfume Thursday: Galimard - Shantoung



A sample of Galimard's Shantoung was given to us by a friend of Plush Folly and we can't thank him enough for giving us the opportunity to discover and enjoy it. It's not one that is widely known despite being a Galimard perfume, but we think that's one of the reasons it feels so special to wear.

Designed by Sandra Dziad, Shantoung is composed of deliciously sweet red berries, tuberose, jasmine, violet, heliotrope, 'spicy note', 'marine note', patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla. When we read the description, we were almost certain that it was be a very sweet, floral perfume. When we actually dabbed the perfume on our skin, we were greeted with the most fantastic, unexpected scent.

While some of us were met with sweet berries and seaside air, the rest were met with the smell of cappucinos and vanilla. Its was fascinating to find that the same perfume gave us completely different experiences. One thing that was unified though; our instantaneous love for the Shantoung.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Perfume Thursday: Parfumerie Generale - Cuir Venenum


Today’s perfume is a true, rare delight; one that we've all been drawn to.

Cuir Venenum by Parfumerie Generale is full of opposites and spontaneity as it boldly balances traditionally juxtaposing notes against each to create a perfume unlike any other.

Lemon and Orange Blossom give the perfume a surprisingly fresh, floral opening that within just a matter of seconds is briskly overtaken with a soft leather scent. The leather isn't brash or trashy, as we've seen before, but subdued and slightly sweetened giving it a subtle sensuality.

As the perfume matures on the skin strange hints of stale cigarettes and seedy gentlemen’s clubs come to the surface in a wave of unpleasant connotations. Yet despite such description, it’s not actually unpleasant at all as the base notes, which include cedarwood, honey, musk and myrrh, keep the perfume grounded and in good company, working surprisingly harmoniously with the mixture of other scents all compiled into the brew.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Perfume Thursday: Escentric Molecules - Escentric 03


The sun continues to shine where we are today and our Perfume Thursday choice, Escentric 03, accurately reflects the summery vibes being felt by all of us in the office!

Formulated by Geza Schoen, Escentric 03 is for men and women and is all the right kinds of fresh, citrus and spicy. As it leaves the bottle and reaches your skin you're presented with a bright and uplifting scent immediately. The Ginger and Lime push their way through and smell good enough to eat. The stunning blend of floral components, Jasmine and Orris, tone down the sharpness delivered by the top notes. The nature of the florals included only add a subtle hint of sweetness rather than completely overriding the freshness the Lime and Ginger proudly create.

As it matures its sharp, sour opening calms, but is still detectable as Escentric 03 is transformed into a more masculine version of itself thanks to the inclusion of its heavier base notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedar, Leather and Musk.

Being an Escentric Molecules perfume, Iso E Super is also a key component, one which we can still detect under the punch of zingy Lime and Ginger. We've all loved wearing Escentic 03 and can't deny the spring it's put in our step.

Every component works beautifully together to create a stunning Chypre that lingers on the skin effortlessly.

Has anyone else tried this perfume or any from the Escentric Molecules range?