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Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose…Not A Rose At All.

Posted in Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose, floral fruity gourmand, Granny Smith apple, heliotrope, lotus, Mexican Chocolate, peach, pepper, Perfumes, red apple, sandalwood, vanille with tags , , , , on December 8, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose.

Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose.

Chocolate-vanilla-and more of a cedar-type wood rather than a sandalwood. Those are the three notes I get when I spray and they stay with me the duration of Forbidden Rose. Which is rather nice, it’s a different scent to reach for in the cooler months when I am feeling in a tougher mood, ready to take on anyone, anything. That’s the implication of this perfume.

I love the mix of chocolate and vanilla at the same time without this perfume being too much of a sweet gourmand. Because it’s not at all. The wood brings it down to a mature level and adds an interesting thought to what could have been a generic ice cream cone. Forbidden Rose is not sweetness personified, rather, it hints of a masculine scent as time goes on. It is a scent that sits closer to you depending on how you spray.

It’s also in the category of another unisex fragrance, wavering on the brink of his and hers, although the bottle is definitely more feminine with its’ black rose topper, purple juice inside (my bottle has clear glass) and a barbed wire ring (think Pam Anderson’s ink) that comes off the top to wear that’s a size 7 1/4. The stem inside is black adding to it’s well-thought design.

It’s really a surprise scent, one that you would not expect a femme fatale to wear, but if one does, I’d imagine she’d be causing a bit of trouble. It reminds me more of a grunge era or a biker-chick attitude scent without a doubt with its’ huge overtones of woods and pepper blended so seamlessly layered over vanilla and chocolate.

I do enjoy its’ beginning creaminess. I also like that it segues into a completely different fume. Great for cool, rainy, foggy days wearing moto jackets into the night mist.

This isn’t a rose scent at all, so if you’re looking for roses, look elsewhere. It’s classified as a floral fruity gourmand, which is quite the mouthful. I found my bottle locally at TJMaxx discounted for $7.99 and for that price, it was a steal.

Top Notes: Peach, Red Apple, Pepper.

Middle Notes: Lotus, Heliotrope, Granny Smith Apple.

Base Notes: Vanille, Mexican Chocolate, Sandalwood.

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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Playboy Play It Rock Perfume…A Chameleon Worth The Money.

Posted in african orange flower, blood orange, candy apple, ebony wood, frangipani, Guillaume Flavigny, leather, oriental floral, passion flower, patchouli, Play It Rock by Playboy, saffron with tags , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Play It Rock by Playboy.

Play It Rock by Playboy.

Playboy’s Play It Rock can be purchased inexpensively online or in discount stores. I bought mine for $9.00 recently and for the amount spent, I didn’t waste my money. This is a happy purchase.

My first impression on initial spraying was that Play It Rock was a very citrusy, fruity blend that would be perfect for a daytime scent in the warm weather. It seemed that this would be a very uplifting, wake-me-up fragrance ideal for hot, humid days that I don’t particularly enjoy when I’m extremely slow to move.

The passion-flower exudes sweetness, the rich juiciness of the blood orange, the crispness of the candy apple-these three components combined burst together in the opening to literally provide you with an in-your-face wake up call. So I was prepared to dismiss this as just a fruity-citrus concoction, when suddenly I smelled what I at first thought was a cherry pipe tobacco, but soon turned into more of a leathery wood. What? For under ten bucks? Leather, wood, citrus and fruit?

Play It Rock soon settled into a cool, inviting darker woods mellowed by a delicious dark vanilla that lasted for hours. The patchouli is slightly noticeable. The florals for me are not strong enough to be counted.

This perfume is strong enough to be noticed by others around you. This Playboy scent is playful. It’s a chameleon. It changes its’ definition. It’s unique in that aspect. So ultimately, you’re getting more for your money. The bottle is topped with red bunny ears and the red bow tie for the The Playboy Club, which it represents. It an old tradition, like it or not. It’s what’s in the bottle that counts. And The Playboy Club delivered on this one.

At the Playboy Fragrances site you can find more information, plus dating tips here: http://www.playboyfragrances.com/products/for-her/play-it-rock#fragrance.

Top Notes: Blood Orange, Saffron, Candy Apple.

Middle Notes: African Orange Flower, Frangipani, Passion Flower.

Base Notes: Ebony Wood, Patchouli, Leather.

An oriental floral developed in 2011, the nose behind Play It Rock is Guillaume Flavigny.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Givenchy Organza Indecence…A Spicy, Smoky Perfume.

Posted in amber, Brazilian Rosewood, Ceylon cinnamon, Givenchy Organza Indecence, Jean-Claude Delville, musk, Norbert Bijaoui, oriental woody, patchouli, plum, vanilla with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Givenchy Organza Indecence.

Givenchy Organza Indecence.

I acquired an original bottle recently and I am now adding Givenchy Organza Indecence to my top 5 favorite perfumes. It’s that good. It’s that memorable.  It’s absolutely delicious.

The odor of burnt marshmallows, the scent of match tip’s sulphur when you blow it out, the remnants of moonlit campfires smoking embers. Cinnamon and vanilla in a perfect creamy blend, amber tempered, layered with a mildly fruity plum, Indecence envelopes you with an earthy presence immediately that stays throughout the duration of the perfume. A sense of warm patchouli surrounds the notes to complete this very spicy fragrance.

Organza is a season-less scent, full of smoky images. It’s thick and only gets thicker as the hours go by. Dab in your application or you will be overwhelmed. It’s an intense perfume.

There is a newer bottle available that is a rectangle instead of the original one shown above. My review is for the original bottle. Both are available online. Organza, an oriental woody,  was created in 1999 by Norbert Bijaoui and Jean-Claude Delville.

Top Notes: Patchouli, Brazilian Rosewood.

Middle Notes: Plum, Ceylon Cinnamon.

Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla.

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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