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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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Nirvana Black and White by Elizabeth and James…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, lily-of-the-valley, musk, peony, sandalwood, vanilla, violet with tags , , , , , , , on February 1, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Elizabeth and James Nirvana.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana. (Photos courtesy of Sephora site.)

I recently tested Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. No, no, not for me. Not either of them. Let me explain.

Nirvana Black comes across as pure pepper. Very strong pepper hit me immediately and stayed throughout the life of this perfume. It never diminished. A wash of sandalwood envelops the peppery sense as if it’s framing it solidly. Here’s the problem. The sandalwood smells synthetic. It’s not woody. It’s not natural. It doesn’t bring any pleasant images.  On top of that, the pepper stings. It bites.

As two lonely prominent notes, they’re headache inducing.  Unfortunately, in Nirvana Black, they were the only two notes that surfaced.

It was suggested to me to at Sephora to layer Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. I did. I tried the suggestion. Now, bear in mind the cost of this suggestion. Even at the cost of the rollerballs which are $22 apiece, that would be layering $44 worth of perfume, just to make Nirvana Black better.

Frankly, it only made it worse. Nirvana Black is far stronger and overpowers Nirvana White, which is an in your face blast of a floral. Peony is the main note and it hits you full frontal in White. As in Black, White has the power to smell synthetic.

So what did Nirvana Black really remind me of? Walking down the laminate plastic aisle at Home Depot. That’s my mental image when I smell my hand, my wrist, and where I sprayed this perfume. These are not people-pleasers. At least not to me.

On the up side, they lasted for five hours, that’s at least the point that I decided to wash them off. So longevity is wonderful. After the initial blast, which is rather strong, they do sit close to the skin. Nirvana Black seems more suitable for shopping in the winter-time in any home-remodeling store and Nirvana White just comes across more as a floral room spray.

Both are listed as unisex fragrances, but they didn’t seem masculine nor feminine to me. Probably because of the more synthetic feel to them, I couldn’t nor I wouldn’t classify them as either type of fragrance.

These two perfumes are encased in a rather chic container, stylish and sleek. Actually visually pleasing and different. It’s the one aspect of the perfume I did like.

Nirvana Black Notes: Violet, Sandalwood, Vanilla.

Nirvana White Notes: Peony, Musk, Lily-Of-The-Valley.

Nirvana White is considered a floral woody musk, while Nirvana Black is considered a woody perfume. The 1.7 oz. Eau de Parfum spray is available for $75.00, the 1 oz. Eau de Parfum spray is $55.00, and the .34 oz. roller ball is $22.00, all available at Sephora. See Elizabeth and James Nirvana perfumes at Sephora here:



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Fabulous…Smell Like A Honey Of A Peach Pie…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in bergamot, cedar, Celebrities, Fabulous, floral fruity, freesia, Isaac Mizrahi, jasmine, mandarin orange, nectarine, peony, Perfume Types, Perfumes, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla with tags , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Fabulous by Isaac Mizrahi.

Fabulous by Isaac Mizrahi.

So what’s in a name? Does “Fabulous” really mean fabulous? For some maybe, but this rendition of perfume by Isaac Mizrahi just isn’t so  perfectly pleasing after all. Perhaps it’s a tad too fabulously peachy.

Fabulous is an awfully sweet peachy scent. I like smelling it but I could never own it nor could I ever wear it again after taking this one for a test drive around the block a few days. Each time I’ve worn it, its scent overwhelms me. It’s cloyingly sweet and it hugs me with an artificial sweetness that I don’t mind if I’m alone (for the test drive), but I seriously wondered if it would be annoying to others that would smell it on me.

It’s a perfume that smacks you in the face with its fruit pie overload.  I feel as if I’m sitting in the pie tent at a summer church carnival, the temperatures have risen at mid-day to high humidity over 105 degrees, they’ve closed the flaps of the tents and the flies are buzzing. It’s sweltering and all I can smell are the hundreds of fresh-baked peach and assorted fruit pies around me. Which is ok, it’s a good smell, it’s just a sensory overload for more than an hour. and unfortunately, Fabulous last for six hours straight. My luck.

Adorable pink fluid, pink polka dots and pink atomizer set the tone for this overly delicious cutesy just fab concoction. Buttery popcorn does make an entrance and dance around mid-way but does not truly introduce itself as a finer tuberose.  As a floral-fruity, I’d say without a doubt, you’re definitely in an orchard rather than at a flower show.

Best worn lightly and any time of the year you want to be a honey of a peach.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Nectarine.

Middle Notes: Tuberose, Peony, Freesia, Jasmine.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Vanilla.

Fabulous was introduced in the fall of 2012 and can be found in discount outlets and through online suppliers such as Ebay.



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Elizabeth Taylor’s Gardenia…Gardenia With A Twist Of Musk…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in carnation, floral, gardenia, Gardenia, green notes, lily-of-the-valley, musk, orchid, peony with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Elizabeth Taylor's Gardenia.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Gardenia.

I’m not usually a floral fan, but I purchased this for my daughter-in-law for the holidays. She told me she loves gardenias and I thought I’d give this perfume to her to try. After opening it, we both spritzed it on to give it a whirl. What a pleasant surprise!

She immediately remarked that her former perfume was a Bath and Body Works gardenia that she eventually used in her bathroom because it just wasn’t doing it for her. This gardenia was a sweet, musky scent with a tawdry aspect to it. Yes, it was clean, yet it had a naughty aspect to it. The thickness of the musk surrounded the florals enough to give this perfume depth and a sensuality. One spritz lasted a good six hours. In today’s world of come and go longevity, this Eau de Parfum is a winner.

The bottle is quite pretty, a tall green glass with a white floral top. Holds easily in your hand for spraying.

If you’re looking for gardenia with a twist of sexiness, Elizabeth Taylor’s Gardenia is a good one to try. Sillage is a good arm’s length, so spray cautiously. Gardenia is a good floral choice for a dinner out, a romantic evening or cooler weather.

Top Notes: Lily-Of-The-Valley, Green Leaves.

Middle Notes: Gardenia, Peony, Orchid.

Base Notes: Musk, Carnation.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Gardenia can be found in local department stores, discount outlets such as TJMaxx and Marshall’s and through secondary online retailers such as Ebay.



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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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