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Ciara. Incense For The Heavens.

Posted in bergamot, Brazilian Rosewood, cedar, Ciara, incense, jasmine, leather, lemon, neroli, opoponax, oriental perfumes, orris root, palmorosa, raspberry, Uncategorized, vanilla, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , on August 5, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Ciara, Vintage and New.

Ciara, Vintage and New.

Spray cautiously. This is potent stuff! There is such a mixture in here I feel as if I’m rolling in fields in a surrealistic daydream. In comparing my Charles Revson Ciara (vintage) to my  Revlon Ciara (newer) , there are very distinct differences.

The opening in Revlon’s Ciara is tack sharp and more  assaultive. It hits your nostrils with a thinly-veiled shrill opoponax and tonka bean. It’s a bit of a wait for the drydown for the beauty of this perfume. The Charles Revson version opens immediately with a smooth rich intoxicating blend of spices, tonka bean, leather and opoponax with a hint of vanilla. It’s full-bodied and straight out of the past and you can inhale it, feel it and wrap it around yourself. It’s a juicier composition where the Revlon one seems to be cracking in its components.

This is an ideal comparison of where new, unfortunately, just doesn’t cut it. The woodiness seems stale and musty in Revlon’s version, yet Revson’s is an old cabin in the woods that has been taken care of with love. It’s the same with the leather in the two versions. Revson’s leather is a beautiful settee, that although still in pristine condition, has been well-used and loved for years. The leather is soft, comfortable and broken in. The leather in Revlon’s Ciara is non-existent or at best, perhaps pleather.

I love the incense quality which both have. Spray too much and you’re sitting in a church pew. Ciara is a sweet perfume that can overpower if applied heavily and becomes far too cloying. It’s a beautiful fragrance that only needs to be dabbed lightly to be appreciated for its’ warm beauty. This is wonderful in cold weather, the lower temperatures just seem to bring the smokiness of Ciara out. There’s a slight hint of fruit, barely there, but it’s so overshadowed by the incense and other notes you’ll hardly sense its’ presence.

Love that the raspberry adds a wonderful dollop of juiciness to this quaint perfume. Charles Revson made heaven in a bottle when they created this little beauty, that’s for sure. It’s intoxicating, it’s mesmerizing, it’s a heady brew. Such a shame that it’s not what’s in those Revlon bottles stamped with the same name. If you have the opportunity to sample the original, please do. You’ll understand why so many love vintage Ciara. It’s almost magical in nature.

How to tell the difference between vintage and new? And what is the difference between the 80-100-200%? The 80 would be considered the cologne strength, the 100 is the eau de toilette and the 200 is the eau de parfum.  Revlon is the current reformulated version while Charles Revson is one of the vintage formulas. Ciara was also marketed under the manufacturer “Ultima”. If you do buy new, go for the strongest concentration you can find.

Considered a drug-store find, available online, discount stores and in drugstore chains.

Top Notes: Neroli, Bergamot, Lemon, Raspberry.

Middle Notes: Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Brazilian Rosewood, Palmarosa, Orris Root.

Base Notes: Leather, Opoponax, Vanilla, Incense, Cedar.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Avon Timeless Perfume…40 Years Strong.

Posted in aldehydes, amber, bergamot, budget online shopping, budget shopping, cedar, chypre floral, gardenia, iris, jasmine, lemon, musk, opoponax, patchouli, peach, rose, Timeless, tonka bean, vanilla with tags , , , , , on June 24, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Timeless.

Timeless.

While  vintage Timeless plays the aldehydes strongly, the newer version is a creamier mix of honeyed vanilla that hits home right away. The honeyed vanilla mix takes time in the vintage to arrive, but the wait is well worth it. The vintage version lasts much, much longer, is deeper in tone and reminiscent of Shalimar. Gardenia brings greenness, iris brings a rich earthiness, while jasmine carries this scent strongly to wonderful heights. There are so many notes in this perfume that mix together wonderfully to make it a blend that is pleasantly aromatic, elegant and one that belies its’ own price tag.
Timeless is a perfume that could be worn anywhere-to dinner, to an event, to a gallery or with jeans. It is a perfume that wears the person, the person doesn’t wear it. It is a mature fragrance, one that reminds you of notes found in many other remembered classics, like Shalimar or Emeraude or one of the Chanels. Its’ rich warmth is its’ own elegance.
This is a fragrance that is wearable year-round and since Avon offers shower gels, body creams and deodorants at a ridiculously low price, you can pamper yourself with a complete set.  Yes, Timeless is an Avon production that was created in 1974 and is still going strong today in 2014, 40 years later.
Timeless wraps itself around you with a graceful quality reminiscent of older perfumes. You can wrap yourself in its luxuriousness easily just as you would an over-sized cable-knit sweater or a tuxedo jacket. It just fits quality, whatever you’re wearing, whatever you’re doing. It ripens into a mature scent that fully explores its many faceted notes as the hours go by.

For its price, it absolutely cannot be beat. It fools many when they attempt to guess what perfume it is that you’re wearing, and there is a reason why. The tonka bean, the opoponax, the vanilla, the patchouli and the amber are all similar ingredients to a few heavyweights in the classic perfume market and Timeless incorporates them excellently.
Vintage Timeless takes longer to develop on your skin, works longer to develop through its notes and stages and is more full-bodied. With today’s version of Timeless, its end is its beginning. It packs a punch, yes, but you miss the soapy aldehydes in the beginning. The older bottle is amber glass, silverish-gold cap, cognac-colored liquid splash and 2 oz.

The new is in a clear spray bottle with a rose hued cap, a light golden liquid and 1.7 oz. Longevity is about four hours for the new and much longer for the vintage.
Both versions are wonderful. The choice to make is whether you want to explore a more vintage feel for aldehydes and a soapy feel, a journey through a perfumes character when you choose the older version or if you’d rather go for the gusto with the newest version which gives you the immediate sense of scent. There is no wait, you arrive at your final destination immediately. Either way, Timeless should be a perfume every woman should try.

Frankly, for under $10, it’s a chypre floral that keeps on giving that lasts an incredible amount of time. It’s sweet, warm, smoky, spicy, powdery, balsamic and can be a bit thick if sprayed on too heavily. Avon has been producing perfumes for decades, some have been hits, some have been misses. Timeless is one that is a hit. Give it a shot.

Top Notes: Aldehydes, Gardenia, Peach, Bergamot, Lemon.

Middle Notes: Iris, Patchouli, Jasmine, Cedar, Rose.

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Amber, Opoponax, Musk, Vanilla.

Timeless is available online, directly through the Avon catalog or through an Avon representative.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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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.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Imari…A Popular Staple From Avon for 29 Years…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in aldehydes, amber, bergamot, cedar, floral aldehyde, galbanum, Imari, lily-of-the-valley, musk, orris root, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Imari by Avon.

Imari by Avon.

After a few seconds of the aldehyde blitz, the oriental spices announce themselves. There is a slight resiny bitterness mixed with a hint of bergamot, reminiscent of a cup of China Black tea. Sandalwood and cedar give appreciative woody notes along with musky vanilla in the dry down.
With the vintage, you must wait for Imari to work its magic. After a bit, Imari rewards you with an incense-like aroma that surrounds you. There’s a reason it’s been around for over twenty years. Because Imari delivers a good bang for the buck.
If you can get an older bottle, do so, there is a difference. Regardless, this is a strong, sultry perfume that comes back at you when you least expect it. Imari can be soft when worn at the pulse points. It can be elegant. This is an Avon perfume that has withstood the test of time. It is seductive and more of a night perfume for mature women. Best used in the cooler weather. Lasts a few hours and sillage is good.
Imari is not one to sprayed without thought unless you want your perfume to introduce you. Wear it sparingly for a beautiful effect.
Imari is not a mind-blowing knock your socks off scent by any means. It’s a good scent to wear to the office, around other people in the colder weather, or if you’d like a lighter dose of an incense perfume. But do not overspray. It comes back to haunt you.
Vintage Imari opens with resiny notes that embrace musky tones. Mild woods envelope and bring it together. The beautiful saving grace of Imari happens about four hours later. It gets stronger on your skin and turns into a heavier incense. You’ll be surprised, especially if you spray it on a piece of clothing. In Imari’s case, the beginning is not like the ending at all.
My review is for two vintages, one dated 1992 and the other dated 1995. For a very inexpensive Avon offering that one can purchase for a few bucks, this is a good choice.

Imari was introduced in 1985 and is considered a floral aldehyde. The newer versions are much lighter and have less incense and more of an aldehyde effect. There is a definite difference.

Imari can be purchased from the Avon catalog online, from Avon representatives or through secondary sources such as Ebay.

Top Notes:  Aldehydes, Galbanum, Bergamot.

Middle Notes: Tuberose, Orris Root, Ylang-Ylang, Lily-of-The-Valley.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Vanilla, Cedar.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Nicole Miller…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in aldehydes, amber, benzoin, bergamot, carnation, cedar, coriander, Damascus Rose, green notes, heliotrope, Honey, iris, jasmine, mandarin orange, musk, Nicole Miller, orchid, oriental floral, peach, Perfume Types, plum, sandalwood, tonka bean, tuberose, vanilla, vetiver, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Nicole Miller.

Nicole Miller.

A supporting cast comprises this perfume to make it a complete success in its long enjoyable  run. Its opening act of tuberose and aldehydes are strong and deflect from the actual outcome of this Nicole Miller. The ending act will surprise and delight you.

Polar opposites and a change in mid-air make this fragrance one that’s a delight to bask in over and over again. You’ll find yourself reaching for it on a regular basis. You can inhale the literal change in this perfume as it morphs from a tuberose heavy-hitter to a warm honeyed-amber.  It’s as if you’ve changed perfumes in mid-air suddenly with two distinctly different flairs.

The initial top notes are straight full-blown tuberose, warm and inviting, surrounded by spices. The more you wear Nicole Miller, the more notes you seem to discern and discover. This is not a perfume that plays by the rules. This tuberose is beautiful-it’s flower-show worthy and lasts for a good hour at minimum through the dry down where it quietly slips into the background surrounded by other delicious notes.

Mid-way, sweet jasmine, benzoin, woods and musk work their magic. The tuberose lets the sweet honeyed amber steal the show in full glory and dance the light fantastic for hours to come. This is where the true beauty of Nicole Miller wraps around you with more spices, vetiver, tonka bean and a faint hint of vanilla. A wonderful winter scent designed for snowy blustery days in front of the fireplace. I’ve reached for this over and over again this winter simply because it’s comforting, pleasing and so delicious. I so enjoy the way it changes and reveals so many different flavors.

This perfume lasts until you take it off and others will notice and appreciate this frag on you-in other words-sillage is strong-so be gentle in application. Also a great layering perfume so use your imagination with your other vintage fumes.

Change is wonderful. Change is unexpected. Some perfumes trip and stumble in their presentation, some remain linear, some twist and turn to reveal new sides you realize are suddenly appearing. Nicole Miller is one of those perfumes that will surprise you with its changing course. Take a trip with Nicole and experience the change in this perfume. It’s delightfully cozy.

Top Notes: Aldehydes, Plum, Coriander, Green Notes, Mandarin Orange, Peach, Bergamot.

Middle Notes: Honey, Carnation, Tuberose, Iris, Orchid, Damask Rose, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Heliotrope.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Amber, Musk, Benzoin, Vanilla, Cedar.

Nicole Miller, an oriental floral,  is available on her website here: http://www.nicolemiller.com/nicole-miller-perfume or in department stores or online.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Unbreakable Love…A Feel-Good Perfume…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in bergamot, cardamom, cedar, khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Love, lily-of-the-valley, musk, neroli, tonka bean, woody floral with tags , , , , , , , on January 28, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Unbreakable Love.

Unbreakable Love.

I had sprayed this on from a tester months ago and the scent had haunted me for quite some time. In the meanwhile, I had picked up Unbreakable, one of Khloe and Lamar’s other Unbreakable fragrances, and really enjoyed it. I finally managed to pick up Unbreakable Love. I’m so glad I found it.

This is a scent that gives images of lying in the grass and smelling the new-mown hay, looking up at the blue skies and enjoying the clean, crisp air. There must be a red barn somewhere in the near distance.

Have you ever owned a cedar wood hope chest that you’ve oiled and waxed for years? One that you’ve painstakingly taken care of with love? It’s wood grains show beautifully. When you open it, you inhale the aroma of the woods and it’s intoxicating. Now take that beautiful cedar and mix it with the delightful scent of bergamot and you have Unbreakable Love. It’s simple, but it’s delicious.

There’s a slight musk that winds its way in but it’s very, very soft. Tonka beans add their say as a delightful wrap to this perfume to make it a fresh, clean fragrance that makes it wonderful as a four-season wearable for both men and women and is marketed as a unisex perfume. The cedar is more on the green and sweet side and with the tea influence reminds me somewhat of a lemon meringue pie that is not sweet but tart.

I accidentally sprayed some on my scarf and the scent lingered for over a week. I could smell it whenever I wore the scarf. It was absolutely delicious. This is a long-lasting perfume that radiates well.

Wonderful to wear during the day, on a lazy week-end or to lull yourself to sleep. This is a very comfortable perfume.

The bottle is a pale glass blue that when turned upside down is reminiscent of a goblet. Unbreakable Love is a feel-good perfume. It evokes pleasant images, warm feelings and wonderful moods. That’s what a perfume is all about.

This one, along with Unbreakable, has passed all of my tests. Long-wearing, brings to mind images, radiates well, makes me feel good when I wear it.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Neroli.

Middle Notes: Lily-Of-The-Valley, Tonka Bean, Cardamom.

Base Notes: Cedar, Musk.

This woody floral musk can be purchased in stores, online and at the Khloe/Lamar site here: http://www.khloeandlamarfragrance.com/home.php

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Passion by Elizabeth Taylor…A Brew Of Decadence…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in aldehydes, bergamot, cedar, civet, coconut, gardenia, heliotrope, Honey, jasmine, leather, lily-of-the-valley, musk, oakmoss, orris root, Passion, patchouli, perfume notes, Perfumes, rose, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Passion.

Passion.

Pow! First spray…what an animal Liz Taylor created with this juice. Passions, animals on the prey, musk and incense all attack the senses. It must be the civet that I adore and smile about, but smile inside it makes me do. I keep sniffing my wrists and saying, “So beautiful.” I love this fragrance.
Passion settles down into a woman’s sensual scent, promising what’s yet to be. A high-heeled, black-stockings, bat your lashes, use your fingernails, arch your eyebrow, Baby I know who I am and what I’ve got fragrance. It’s not a user beware, it’s the opposite. Your date, SO, whatever is in trouble.
Drydown to a sweet, musky, powdery incense, making Passion a wonderful Oriental that’s ignored because of it’s price. Don’t be fooled by the name and the politics. Don’t let yourself be swayed by commercialism and hype and pay exorbitant prices to cover the costs of commercials and tv. Close your eyes and let your nose tell you what’s wonderful.
One spritz lasts for hours and hours and sillage is about an arms length. This is sexy, yes, but also cozy and warm in it’s own way.
The African Amethyst color of the art deco glass bottle is elegant. The gold cap could be replaced, I’ll agree, but if that was the decision, I’ll live with it.
There are so many different flavors to this delicious scent, one try isn’t enough to benefit from it’s full potentials. At times, spices mix into the brew of decadence, while leather, smoke and incense dance around the flames of desire that the creator of this frag intended to concoct a potion so intense she was willing to chance it all as her very first fragrance on the market. Passion is just so delicious!
Why has this ET fragrance been ignored or shunted? By far, it is the richest of them all. It is an eye-opener, a knock-your-socks-off with the aldehydes at the top. But the sandalwood, patchouli, coconut and vanilla all bring it down in the base to a scent of incredible strength. Think 1940′s Hollywood and strong women such as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Betty Davis.
Some call this a drugstore perfume, because Elizabeth Taylor wanted all women to be able to appreciate her scents. Ironically, her perfumes are also sold in department stores such as Macys. So they must appeal to women of various backgrounds.
I also love Diamonds and Rubies by ET. I’m searching for Black Pearls, another I believe will fit my fragrance nose.  The popularity of her perfumes should tell consumers that her fragrances will become classics just as the inimitable Elizabeth Taylor has become in history. I am delighted to own, wear and display them.
I remember Joan Crawford making her exit at the end of an episode, sashaying her skirts with her hands in an episode of Route 66, her back ramrod straight, her heels clicking the pavement, never looking back at the cast of characters. But their eyes were all pinned on her as she walked down the street. I imagine her wearing a perfume such as Passion, leaving the beautiful fragrance in the wake of her stunning exit, and that’s why she always left such a memorable impression of confidence. A perfume such as this one does that to you.

Passion is for the strong. Passion is a perfume that is worn by a woman, it does not wear you.

Top Notes: Aldehydes, Artemesia, Coriander, Gardenia, Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang, Lily-Of-The-Valley.

Middle Notes: Honey, Tuberose, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Orris Root, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Rose, Spicy Notes, Cedar.

Base Notes: Leather, Musk, Civet, Coconut, Vanilla, Oakmoss, Incense, Sandalwood, Cedar.

Launched in 1988 and still going strong, oPassion is available in regular department stores, discount stores, drugstores and online, and also through auction sites.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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