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Nicole Richie No Rules.

Posted in almond blossom, coconut, floral fruity, frangipani, jasmine, kumquat, musk, Nicole Richie No Rules, orange blossom, sandalwood, vanilla, wild berries with tags , , , , on February 5, 2015 by sorceressofthedark
Nicole Richie No Rules.

Nicole Richie No Rules.

I enjoyed Nicole Richie’s first offering into the perfume world simply called “Nicole” so much that I didn’t hesitate purchasing her second. The price I paid was very low so frankly, I wasn’t out that much. (Thanks to TJMaxx, a local discounter in the USA).

No Rules smells delicious too, the flacon is pretty, altho not as pretty as the first, it’s actually quite a simple bottle and strikingly similar to the first with the identical bottle cap. The box, I dare say, is prettier than the bottle. However, the juice inside just doesn’t last long at all. Maybe two hours and that’s a stretch using body lotion to make sure your skin is well nourished. It’s a great perfume to take to sleep and scent your linens.

This is a sweet, candied, sunny perfume. Orange blossom and kumquat top it off with a sparkling, effervescent beginning. Frangipani brings in a flowery essence and its’ drydown is a skin musk with a mild vanilla.

No Rules is a fantasy-like perfume, likened to fairies and their playfulness in the woods, campfires and forests, dark colder nights when the wind stings your face and turns your cheeks red. It’s earthy and whimsical really, not a perfume to be taken seriously. It’s great for bed-time when you want to relax and scent your linens to de-stress.

This floral fruity arrived in 2014 and is available in discount stores and online.

Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Kumquat, Wild Berries, Almond Blossom.

Middle Notes: Frangipani, Jasmine, Coconut.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Musk.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Elsa Schiaparelli Shocking. Animalistic Perfume From Days Gone By.

Posted in aldehydes, amber, bergamot, civetta, clove, jasmine, Jean Carles, musk, narcissus, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, Shocking, tarragon, white honey, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , on January 30, 2015 by sorceressofthedark

 

Shocking Schiaparelli.

Shocking Schiaparelli.

I recently came across a vintage sample of Shocking Schiaparelli by Elsa Schiaparelli, an oriental floral fragrance developed in 1937. I have no idea what year my sample vial is from, but it is older. Here are my thoughts on Shocking.

Initially, I believed this to be a beautiful perfume. After wearing it for hours, I still believe it would be considered beautiful by some, but others would have a problem with a fragrance such as this. Let me explain. It’s thick, rich and grand without a doubt. Civet comes to the forefront with a heavy dose of musk.

But civet isn’t for everyone. Civet is the by-product of the anal glands of exotic civet cats. In vintage perfumes, it was actually taken from the glands of the caged animal. Today, it is reproduced synthetically for ethical reasons. To some, it is considered a repulsive scent. To others, it adds beauty to a perfume.

Other well known perfumes that contain civet are Chanel No. 5, Shalimar, Coco Chanel, Jean Patou’s Joy, Kouros, Obsession, Paloma Picasso, Ysatis, Magie Noire, My Sin, Tabu, Bandit, Knowing, Elizabeth Taylor’s Passion, Cabotine Gres, Gloria Vanderbilt, Avon’s Occur and Topaze, Paul Sebastian Design, Krazy Krizia and White Shoulders.

Skanky? Yes. Shocking? Nah. Just in the sense of smelling of well, not necessarily sexy, but sexed. And there is a difference in those words. Some use the word “naughty” in their description, but that just sounds so tame to me. Shocking is an animalistic perfume that serves its purpose for certain occasions and those personalities that can pull it off.

It’s strong, a little goes a long way. I can only imagine how too much would clear a room. This is a perfume that needs to only be dabbed. It’s not an office perfume.

Shocking continues on a linear road for me, never really riding any waves or changing mid-course. I can see its’ appeal for vintage lovers and it’s a definite try for history perfume buffs. I’m happy for the opportunity to have sampled Jean Carles perfume.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Tarragon, Aldehydes.

Middle Notes: Narcissus, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, White Honey, Rose.

Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Clove, Civetta.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Victoria’s Secret Rapture.

Posted in amber, Bulgarian Rose, citruses, freesia, Heliotrope, jasmine, musk, orange blossom, perfume notes, vanilla with tags , , , , , on December 24, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Victoria's Secret Rapture.

Victoria’s Secret Rapture.

One spray gives me a thick, cloying, powdery assault of an old-school perfume that does not seem like a Victoria’s Secret scent one would expect. This is a sweet, heavy and intense cloud that will surround you if you over-spray. And over-spraying would be more than one push of the nozzle.

Syrupy amber? Yes. Intense florals? Most definitely. Spicy and nutty with an oily feel, Rapture takes me back decades when perfumes were powerhouses and strong-willed. This baby stung my eyes wide open.

Drydown reminds me of the unpleasant smell of opening an old musty cedar chest. The one spray that I’ve used has lasted for nine hours so far and I’m washing it off. It’s far too fleshy for me and headache-inducing.

There is no middle-ground for perfume-lovers here. It’s a love or hate fragrance.

My review is based on a bottle from the early 2000’s.

This oriental spicy was launched in 1992 and is still available at Victoria’s Secret.

Top Notes: Citruses, Orange Blossom.

Middle Notes: Freesia, Jasmine, Bulgarian Rose.

Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla, Heliotrope.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Tuvache Jungle Gardenia.

Posted in benzoin, Bitter orange, clary sage, cyclamen, gardenia, heliotrope, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, musk, oakmoss, sandalwood, tarragon, tuberose, Tuvache Jungle Gardenia, violet leaf, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , on December 8, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Tuvache Jungle Gardenia.

Tuvache Jungle Gardenia.

I recently acquired a vintage three-piece set of Jungle Gardenia by Tuvache, which included the cologne, perfumed powder and cologne spray concentrate. The original store sticker on this set, still on, priced it at $16.50, pretty hefty for the time period of this box, circa 1960’s. An inflation calculator puts that price at roughly $123.24 today, so it wasn’t that cheap.

Tuvache began producing Jungle Gardenia in 1932. They were a New York Company that used a french name to compete in the industry with many pre-World War II French fragrances controlling the current perfume industry. If you recognize the name, it’s because Madame Tuvache is a character in Gustave Glabert’s French novel, Madame Bovary.

Those rumored to wear Jungle Gardenia were Hollywood notobles Annette Funicello, Joan Crawford, Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor and Fay Wray who wore it while filming King Kong. Michael Jackson also was a fan of this perfume. Perhaps because of his friendship with Elizabeth Taylor, speculation guesses.

The original Tuvache company was sold in the late 1960’s to Germaine Monteil, then in the 1970’s to Yardley of London, in 1989 to the Jovan division of Coty. A new reformulated scent was created that was not as popular as the original perfume.

Jungle Gardenia begins with gardenia of course, straight up. But, there is a burnt flavoring covering the top for some brief moments, perhaps it’s the clary sage in passing while the tart bitterness of the orange mellows the gardenia.  The tuberose at times is overpowering. It’s strong, thick and pure. It wafts in, around and through the perfume.

Eventually, Jungle Gardenia turned into a spicier sandlewood many, many hours later. Not just a generic sandlewood, mind you, but one that I’ve not encountered in a long, long time. Woods wrapped in types of unique spices and this stage was still just as strong as the others. To me, this seems a cold weather perfume to wear sparingly, but I haven’t tried it in the warmer months. I’d be curious to see how it develops then.

I loved how Jungle Gardenia took me through a Journey of notes and hours of pleasure of a perfume. That’s what it’s all about. Or how perfume used to be developed. And how it used to develop on those that spritzed them on themselves. They could enjoy the fragrance for hours.

This oriental floral perfume is clean, bright and fresh. It’s mature, sultry and strong. It’s a fragrance from the past that’s heady and strong-willed. a perfume to wear in the evening, for a mature personality that knows the old-time perfumes and appreciates them. What a delightful find this perfume has been!

Top Notes: Bitter Orange, Clary Sage, Cyclamen, Heliotrope.

Middle Notes: Gardenia, Tuberose, Tarragon, Ylang-Ylang, Violet Leaf, Jasmine, Lily-Of-The-Valley.

Base Notes: Oakmoss, Benzoin, Sandalwood, Musk.

Peace.

Sorceress

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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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Chanel Chance…Sneeze Away.

Posted in Chanel Chance, chypre floral, hiacynth, iris, jasmine, lemon, musk, patchouli, pineapple, pink pepper, vanilla, vetiver with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2014 by sorceressofthedark

 

Chanel Chance.

Chanel Chance.

I like my Chanel’s. I do. As the years have progressed, each have held their place on my vanity, and at times, I’ve changed in my opinion of them. But this one has surprised me. Very much surprised me.
I’m surprised I didn’t sneeze. Pepper. And more pepper. Throughout it’s entire run. I know I’m not the only one that experienced this reaction.

The first time, I thought, perhaps it’s me, or the weather, or my chemicals, or whatever can change a scent on a person. But no, that’s all I would ever smell. Each time I experienced Chance. Heavy pepper.
I like pepper in a perfume. As long as there are other notes that blend surreptitiously into the blend. But for me, apparently there is no chance of adding additional variety to this brew. It’s a one spice dish that didn’t work for me. On the up side, it did last for a good four hours or so.

With Patchouli listed twice in the notes, I was truly hoping for a good dose of one of my favorite notes. But sadly, it did not happen for me.

Top Notes: Pineapple, Iris, Patchouli, Pink Pepper, Hiacynth.

Middle Notes: Jasmine, Lemon.

Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli, Vanilla, Vetiver.

Chanel Chance can be purchased through department stores at the Chanel counter or online.

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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