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 it's 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!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Perfume Thursday: J'Adore by Dior

A perfume that makes us feel feminine, happy and uplifted upon first spray is obviously a winner here at Plush Folly which is why we're really excited to share our thoughts about J'Adore, by Dior, with you.

It's a predominantly floral scent with the inclusion of some heavy-hitters in the world of florals. Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Tuberose and Freesia, for example, have been blended with various fruity notes such as Pear, Peach, Mandarin and Plum to give it a sweet and soft opening. 

It has quite a refreshing, sharp opening which lasts not even a couple of minutes before the florals bring the bright and zesty Mandarin top note down. 

To wear, as mentioned previously, is a delight. It feels light and airy unitedly making us feel uplifted and happy. We feel like we know we smell great while wearing it, so possibly we feel a bit smug and proud too?

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?