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Anna Sui Perfumes.

Posted in almalfi lemon, bamboo, black currant, floral fruity, mandarin orange, musk, peony, pink pepper, pomegranate, raspberry, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, violet, virginia cedar with tags , , , on March 4, 2015 by sorceressofthedark
Anna Sui Fairy Dance.

Anna Sui Fairy Dance.

A common complaint about Anna Sui perfumes is their longevity, it seems. Yes, there are other Anna Sui fragrances that disappear within a few hours on me, but Fairy Dance lasts longer.
The mandarin orange is crisp, bright and juicy, supported by the mango. The bamboo adds an interesting touch which I love, tempering it down with a scent of paper that holds your attention. If you’re not familiar with bamboo, it’s a clean-smelling note. Fairy Dance is also supported by the mustiness of vetiver nicely to create a fragrance that’s not all sickly sweet fruit. It moves on to a creamier scent as the vanilla kicks in, almost reminiscent of the old-fashioned Good Humor orange and vanilla ice cream bars, but not quite as sweet.
The bottle is chunky and the topper is a cute fairy sitting aloft and if you’re a collector, it’s a nice one to have. All in all, Fairy Dance surprised me as a tropical yet earthy fragrance with a fresh feel to it. I think it’s seasonless because of the bamboo/vetiver/vanilla notes. Daytime, sleeptime, it’s a comfortable floral fruity scent to wear. I truly enjoy this one.

Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Pink Pepper, Mango.

Middle Notes: Bamboo, Rose, Peony.

Base Notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Vanilla.

Anna Sui Forbidden Affair.

Anna Sui Forbidden Affair.

If Only Anna Sui’s Forbidden Affair lived up to its’ name. This floral fruity perfume could have such promises. Black currant dominates, in other words, the infamous cat pee note, along with red currant (another cat pee note tempered with fruit), and lemon. Think about this. Not exactly pleasant. Along comes cedar and violets to give it an earthy dirt smell and there you have it. A Forbidden Affair with zombies. Enough said. Luckily it doesn’t last long.

Top Notes: Amalfi Lemon, Black Currant, Red Currant.

Middle Notes: Rose, Raspberry, Pomegranate.

Base Notes: Musk, Virginia Cedar, Violets, Vanilla.



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Jean Arthes Perfumes.

Posted in amber, black currant, black tea, Boum For Women, Boum Green Tea Cherry Blossom, Boum Vanille Sa Pomme d'Amour, cedar, cherry blossom, floral fruity gourmand, freesia, Jean Arthes Perfumes, lemon, musk, orange, peach, pear, peony, praline, raspberry, red apple, rose, sandalwood, sugar cane, tea, vanilla, violet, wild strawberry with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Jeanne Arthes Perfumes.

Jeanne Arthes Perfumes.

Stumbling around my local Walgreens drugstore recently I discovered the line of Jeanne Arthes perfumes tucked away on a lower shelf in the cosmetics section of the store. There were only three of the line on display for testers and only three fragrances for sale. So disappointing, considering there are over a hundred listed in the databases.  Only three of the line for sale? What a selection.

The three available were Boum Vanille Sa Pomme d’Amour, Boum Green Tea Cherry Blossom and Boum for Women. I tested all three with relish. I was excited to have the opportunity to try out the Jeanne Arthes line of fragrances, even if it was only three fragrances.

Boum for women fell flat on its face for me. It’s supposed to be a floral-fruity, but frankly, it smelled quite synthetic without any distinguishable notes. I re-applied it heavily, but I could not distinguish the fruitiness from it and it still reminded me more of an aerosol room freshener than anything else.

I could imagine the Black Tea overtaking Cedar while the musk swirls around in a whirlwind masking the fruits. Hence, no distinguishable notes for me. More of an unequal blending that spits out as maybe this, maybe that with no prominence to it.

Boum’s Top Notes: Sugar Cane, Wild Strawberry, Black Tea.

Middle Notes: Peony, Violet, Freesia, Raspberry, Rose.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Cedar, Musk.

Boum’s Green Tea Cherry Blossom offered little more in the way of fragrance but hardly enough to make me want to continue sniffing my arm. Again, this fragrance seems too linear, too flat and I wonder where this floral-fruity is going. Nowhere again.  No matter how hard I try, I can not pull out any citrus, musk, fruit or tea from this one. It’s a room deodorizer blend for a fragrance to my nose.

It seemed antiseptic in nature, very cold and not appealing. An associate had walked up to me to talk about the fragrances at this point, not realizing I had already sprayed all three. She picked up Green Tea Cherry Blossom and sprayed it at a two foot distance away from us. Then asked me if I could smell it. I have no idea why she sprayed it that way, other than she said it wasn’t very popular. I guess she didn’t want to take a chance on offending me with the spray. Not a way to make a sale, either.

Top Notes: Lemon, Tea, Pear.

Middle Notes: Rose, Black Currant, Cherry Blossom.

Base Notes: Musk, Peach.

The pleasant surprise awaited me with Boum Vanille Sa Pomme d’Amour. Now this one has some substance to it. As I sit here writing this seven hours later, I still can smell this enjoyable fragrance on my arm. Boum Vanille is definitely not for the faint of heart, either. It is sweet. Not necessarily candy-like sweet, although that’s the first impression.

When I first sprayed it, I thought candy apples. And I wondered how could anyone want to smell like a candy apple? But then within minutes the drydown began and I was pleasantly surprised. This perfume began to mellow down into a very pleasant cherry pipe tobacco type fragrance that is wonderful for the colder weather. The vanilla seems to sit inside the tobacco while the musk lends credence to this perfume’s solidarity. I can see myself wearing it when the weather turns brisk again next year, when snow begins to fall, and when the fireplace is going during the holidays. It’s that kind of perfume.

It lasts for hours, which for the price point of 9.99, is incredible. The bottle size is 3.4 oz with a cheesy little plastic sprayer that if you’re not too careful can easily pop off and break, so beware. But the juice inside is well worth it.

As a matter of fact, it reminds me very much of Royal Apothic Edwardian Fireplace. If you’re looking for a unisex scent that talks to you of a pipe tobacco, this is it, albeit packaged in pink. It’s not cloying at all. It can be strong depending on how it’s sprayed, but again, for the season, it’s a delight. Or, consider this a rainy day tobacco perfume. This floral-fruity certainly has it’s uses.

Top Note: Orange.

Middle Notes: Red Apple, Praline.

Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla.

Jeanne Arthes perfumes are available for testing at Walgreens drugstores, online at Walgreens, also online at various suppliers and through various auction sites.  Give them a sniff next time you’re out and about and see them.



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Hanae Mori…Strawberry Milkshake and Salted Almonds In The Misty Woods

Posted in Almond tree, Bernard Ellena, black currant, blackberry, blueberry, Brazilian Rosewood, Hanae Mori, jasmine, oriental, peony, rose, sandalwood, virginia cedar, wild strawberry, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2014 by sorceressofthedark



Hanae Mori.

Hanae Mori.

Sitting in misty, foggy woods, drinking a strawberry milkshake and eating salted almonds. That pretty much sums up Hanae Mori for me. Oh, don’t forget the black eyeliner. That’s a definite wear. And listening to drum circle music. This is one perfume that takes you places.

It’s a perfume I’ve learned not to overspray. It’s there when I think it’s not. It’s vanilla wrapped with a nutty feel but not a traditional vanilla. This vanilla is smooth, creamy, mellow, powdery, fruity and musky. It’s moonlit nights, eyeliner, jazz music and funky shoes. It’s mood perfume.

There is a sophistication and maturity to Hanae Mori that can be pulled off appropriately by the right woman if she’s flaunting herself naturally. It’s a sensual perfume that begs to be worn by a Seductress. The incense of this fragrance wafts around her innocently yet captures others. There’s a smokiness to it that’s not heavy at all but there, just light enough to mesmerize.

Hanae Mori is a thick perfume if applied too heavily. It will come back with the heat of your skin and tickle your nose when you least expect it. Although its thickness can be somewhat off-putting to some, that quality gives it a unique, almost viscous feel. That’s its muskiness drawing you in. It’s a heavy and thick musk with a sweetness that wraps around the vanilla with a gauzy scarf. This is a season-less perfume with mild floral undertones that can be worn anywhere, anytime, as long as you don’t go heavy on the spritzing finger.

There are four fruits in the top notes to tantalize you. Blueberry, blackberry, strawberry and black currant work together with the middle and base notes to create the vanilla which is actually not listed. Wearing Hanae Mori you definitely feel this is a vanilla-based perfume.

Hanae Mori is considered a linear perfume, meaning that altho there are three layers of notes, the perfume stays the same throughout its run. It just stays beautiful throughout its many hours of runtime.

The day I picked this up, I was on my way to visit my grandson. Naturally, I spritzed some on as soon as I bought it. I really didn’t notice it while I was with him, thinking I had sprayed it very lightly earlier. When I returned home, I received a text from my daughter asking me what perfume her son was now wearing. I didn’t realize so little would transfer to him. That’s how strong Hanae Mori really is.

Hanae Mori, an oriental, was launched in 1995. The nose behind it is Bernard Ellena who is responsible also for Beloved, Cors de Benetton, Tribu, Eau de Paradis, L’Eau by Vanessa Bruno, About Men by Bruno Banani,Eau de Cobson Orange Bergamot, Love Etc., The Game, Connect For Her, Black Shine, That’s Amore! Gai Mattiolo Exotic Paradise LEI Hawaiian Vanilla, Seductive Sun Kissed, Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge, Jaguar Women, Style, Style Pastels Blush Pink, Style Pastels Soft Yellow, Style Pastels Tender Green, Style Soft, Style Summer, Stylessennce, Marc O’ Polo Midsummer, Legend Pour Femme, Naf Naf, Deep Impact, Native Force, Oriens, White Jeans, Oh My Dog!, Beloved Man, Oh My Cat!, Ange ou Demon Le Secret by Givenchy, Lapidus Woman and Popy Moreni de Fete.

Hanae Mori doesn’t announce herself but you’ll remember she was there. Kind of like a butterfly. She leaves a lasting impression.

The notes for Hanae Mori pink butterfly are:

Top Notes: Black Currant, Wild Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry.

Middle Notes: Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Peony.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Virginia Cedar, Brazilian Rosewood, Almond Tree.

Hanae Mori is available in department stores and online.

This video beautifully explains the history of Hanae Mori.



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Safari By Ralph Lauren-Acrid, Biting & Mordacious-Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in amber, black currant, cassia, cedar, galbanum, hiacynth, italian jasmine, mandarin orange, narcissus, orange, orange blossom, orris root, patchouli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, tagetes, vetiver with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Ralph Lauren Safari.

Ralph Lauren Safari.

Safari began as a very earthy scent for me, a welcome winter fragrance that is full, rich and seems to embody heavy spices. It’s a very powerful perfume that can overwhelm if used with a heavy hand, I found. If dabbed on the pulse points and one allows the heat of the body to release it, Safari is better allowed to express itself. But then it begins to change.
It seems to switch around at mid-point  and become more cloyingly thick with floral overtones. I had difficulty with this perfume. As time went on, it thickened, rather than mellow out and ease into my own body chemistry. The scent became more astringent and dark green in affect rather than sweeter grasses. It was far more pungent than I expected. Safari became acrid, biting and mordacious rather than a perfume that one would think would remind them of the high desert. Then again, that’s what I think a Safari would be to me. Considering I’m a vegetarian.

Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, Safari and I didn’t work out.

Safari is considered a floral green and was introduced in 1990. It is now on the secondary market as a vintage and available through auctions, etc.
This vintage safari turned out not to be my style and work against me, rather than with me. I felt I  must have been attending the after-Safari at dark, and not in a good way and was happy to end my trials with this perfume.
Top Notes: Orange, Black Currant, Tagetes, Narcissus, Mandarin Orange, Galbanum, Hiacynth, Cassis.
Middle Notes: Rosemary, Orange Blossom, Orris Root, Italian Jasmine, Rose, Narcissus.
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar.



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Escada 2005 Keeps You Guessing With Patchouli, Amber & Musk…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in amber, bergamot, black currant, cassia, cucumber, freesia, green leaves, iris, jasmine, lemon, lily-of-the-valley, magnolia, musk, nectarine, orange blossom, patchouli, peony, rose, sandalwood, tangerine, vanilla with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Escada 2005.

Escada 2005.

Fresh liberating citrus and teas begin this version of Escada quickly tempered by light musks. This is an Escada I do enjoy. It’s fresh, it’s an outdoorsy scent, it’s crisp.

Amber relaxes this fragrance throughout, making Escada soft as cashmere and billowing clouds. Its’ patchouli is exceedingly light and stays with the fragrance throughout with unusual citrus and greens mixed in.

A very mellow perfume this Escada is. It sits fairly close to the skin for a fair number of hours. I love the creamy mix of bare florals that lay low with delicious vanilla. Escada is neither sweet nor floral, but just the right mix of amber, musk and patchouli for me when it drys down with its greenery. A wonderful chypre floral, Escada has designed over fifty perfumes since the 1990’s.

Although there are quite a number of mixed notes that seem at odds, this perfume is so well-mixed it’s a creamy blend that makes it difficult to  pick out the notes easily. It takes quite a few wearings to ascertain them, and that’s good. This is great to wear year-round, although I feel it might be better in the slightly cooler weather. And it’s most definitely a cozy scent to go to bed with and dream away.

This Escada was developed in 2005 and is no longer available on the current market but is available on the secondary market. It’s worth looking for if you’re a fan of patchouli and musk. This Escada mixes these notes perfectly.

The bottle is well made of a heavy glass and is easy to hold. Sprays easily out of one hand. The nose behind Escada 2005 is Pierre Bourdon.

It’s not about where you came from with this perfume, but about where you’re going. It keeps you guessing. Today’s perfumes don’t seem to have that old-time flavor of mystique and Escada delivers it.
Top Notes: Black Currant, Nectarine, Green Leaves, Cassia, Cucumber, Bergamot, Lemon.
Middle Notes: Peony, Magnolia, Orange Blossom, Lily-Of-The-Valley, Freesia, Jasmine, Rose.
Base Notes: Iris, Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Vanilla, Tangerine.

Other Escada scents now on the market can be found here on their website: . Accessing their website also gives you the opportunity to order a free sample, depending upon your country. Currently available is Especially Escada Elixir Eau de Parfum Intense.



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