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Coty Styx…First Presented in 1911.

Posted in amber, bergamot, carnation, Coty Styx, Francois Coty, galbanum, incense, musk, oakmoss, orris root, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, violet, woodsy notes, ylang-ylang with tags , , , on February 7, 2015 by sorceressofthedark
Coty Styx.

Coty Styx.

Coty Styx from the 1940’s seemed like an interesting one to try. Imagine something from that far back? Perfumes from another era are quite different from today, that’s for sure. There is a definite wait and see, a travel through the perfume, a Journey if you will throughout the duration of it.

When I first applied it, morbid thoughts of a funeral home came to mind. The florals were that overwhelming to me. But then, a tobacco pipe, rich, full tobacco leaves and old leather that was well-cared for filled my senses. I felt as if I was sitting in a gentlemen’s club from days gone by. This was earthy, musky, intense and quite heavy. I could envision the haughty country club women that wore this back then-they were the ladies that wore furs, Fascinators and red lipstick. And that’s just the initial burst.

Once that passed,it became a warm, ambery sandalwood doused with vanilla a beautiful incense burning in the background. The vanilla was a sweet buttercream. It turned out absolutely delicious and cozy.

I just love how the old-timers take you on a trip. Francois Coty developed this perfume in 1911. It is no longer being produced. There is nothing similar to today’s perfumes in Coty’s Styx that you will find. It is a completely different beast. Should you find it, be prepared to experience what perfume originally was designed to be.

You can search auction sites, antique stores, collectible stores or thrift stores to try and locate Coty Styx.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang, Carnation, Galbanum.
Middle Notes: Violet, Orris, Incense.
Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Musk, Woods, Oakmoss.

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Peace.

Sorceress.

 

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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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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White Diamonds Perfume…Stand Apart From The Crowd.

Posted in aldehydes, amber, bergamot, carnation, cinnamon, Egyptian Tuberose, Elizabeth Taylor, floral aldehyde, Italian Orris Root, jasmine, lily, musk, narcissus, neroli, oakmoss, orange, patchouli, sandalwood, Turkish Rose, White Diamonds, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds.

Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds.

A multitude of flowers, tempered by creamy Egyptian Tuberose immediately brings to mind a bath of scented oils. White Diamonds reminds me of the strong power fragrances of the ’80’s-ladies who wore suits with shoulder pads, short skirts, high heels and big hair and weren’t afraid to say no, because they knew who they were, what they wanted and where they were going. Oh, how I remember those days!


I recently met a woman in the fragrance department of a store who told she only wore this perfume and was constantly on the look-out for others to no avail. We had a lively discussion over the old-time perfumes and I suggested some new ones for her to try. We parted happily after our discussion, two mature women, of  eras passed, where perfumes were once delicate and feminine, then turned to a heavier insidious oilier vibe-the musks, the patchoulis, the vetivers, then on to the powerhouses of the ’80s’.

We’ve enjoyed our true gourmands, our real vanillas, our basics. But now we see the insipid fruity blends. The mixes that are the flash-in-the-pans, the slap their names on and call a designer perfume. And we wonder what will become of this younger generation when they mature? What will be their baseline to cull information from?


Not so with Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds. The aldehydes, of course, immediately hit you, but so does the bergamot, taming the bright florals of lily, carnation, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. But you expect this. The citrus of neroli, violety resemblance of orris root, light spices of cinnamon, hints of Turkish Rose, the hypnotic headiness of narcissus are all blended so well it’s no wonder this fragrance is becoming a classic. Amber powders the mix well, while the oakmoss and patchouli give it its mysterious undercurrent. A light musk and a bare inkling of sandalwood all combine to make White Diamonds a perfume definitive unlike any you’ll smell and one you’ll always remember. This is a love/hate relationship perfume. It is for the experienced wearer, for the lover of perfumes that understands and appreciates the correlation of notes as they are applied.

 
Slapping her sobriquet on a bottle wouldn’t have made Liz happy. She needed to make the perfumes work. She was successful in her goals. As with all of her fragrances, sillage is strong, as is the longevity. There is so much going on from start to finish, it is a joy to experience. This is a daytime or nighttime fragrance to wear, one to make you feel and experience strength.


I can understand falling in love with this perfume, and why someone would make it their signature perfume. It is complex. It’s warm and surrounding. There are quite a few in the Elizabeth Taylor line to sample, and if you have the opportunity, give as many as you can a test. They are fascinating perfumes.

So who can really wear this perfume? Are you too young to wear it? Is it only for the more mature wearer? It’s for a person who truly appreciates fragrances. It’s a perfume for someone who is ageless and classic, a daring soul who really doesn’t give a damn about what advertisements are telling society to wear today. It’s for the person that wants a lingering scent with gusto that wants to be remembered and wants to stand apart from the crowd. It’s price point is user friendly today as is most of her line and that’s what Elizabeth Taylor wanted. She wanted her perfumes to be used by all, not a select few.

White Diamonds, a floral aldehyde,  is available as an Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum with accompanying lotions and shower gels. They are available in major department stores, Sephora, discount department stores and online.’

Top Notes: Aldehydes, Orange, Lily, Neroli, Bergamot.

Middle Notes: Italian Orris Root, Carnation, Cinnamon, Egyptian Tuberose, Jasmine, Turkish Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Narcissus.

Base Notes: Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Oakmoss, Sandalwood.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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