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Halle Berry Reveal…Not Impressed.

Posted in cashmere wood, floral fruity, frangipani, Halle Berry Reveal, iris flower, melon, mimosa, musk, neroli, peach, red berries, vetiver with tags , , , , on December 8, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Halle Berry Reveal.

Halle Berry Reveal.

Others have described this as a safe perfume and I’d agree.Reveal is about safely generic you can get in a blase world of perfumes. It’s generally pretty, non-offensive, won’t be remembered and is a safe bet to wear in close situations.

There’s a sugary note airiness to Reveal but it’s not sweet, it’s more of a spun sugar overlaying the flowers. There’s a mustiness too, that’s not unpleasant. It’s the mustiness that brings memories of times past. The vetiver mixes with the woods to create a more unusual drydown than expected from a typical floral-fruity.

A bit tropical that’s grounded, Halle Berry’s Reveal is definitely worth sampling to see if this perfume is your type. It’s a perfume that can be worn year-round, anywhere, really, and is very quiet. As well as it’s blended tho, it does seem rather watery to me and needs spritzing often as a reminder.

Honestly, even the bottle isn’t impressive. Squat and fat with ribbed sides, it’s not very pretty. This one just doesn’t do it for me. I received it in a lot of perfumes that I had purchased so it wasn’t a waste of money for me.

Top Notes: Red Berries, Peach, Mimosa, Melon.

Middle Notes: Frangipani, Iris Flower, Neroli.

Base Notes: Vetiver, Cashmere Wood, Musk.



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Be Enchanted Perfume by Bath & Body Works.

Posted in Be Enchanted, blackberry, citruses, floral fruity, floral notes, honeysuckle, musk, passionfruit, pear, pomegranate, red berries, sandalwood, vanilla, violet with tags , , , , , , , on May 3, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Be Enchanted.

Be Enchanted.

Bath and Body Work’s Be Enchanted has one thing going for it. It’s name. That’s it.

I sprayed it on and was hit with the most overpowering grape gum smelling aroma blasting me that was so obnoxious even my dog walked away. I’m not kidding when I say this. She actually jumped off the couch and layed down five feet away from me, quite disgruntled.

Within ten minutes or so a sugary coating seemed to take over. If you can imagine sugar crystals on your arms, that’s exactly how I felt. As if I had a sugary sticky coating over the grape juice.

Then the headache increased steadily.

And I don’t get headaches from perfumes. If I don’t like them, if they are unpleasant, I simply wash them off. But Be Enchanted is a whole other ball game.

There is an overload of fruits and berries in this perfume that should satisfy anyone who desires this type of sweetish sour scent. Vanilla and a hint of sandalwood mix in ever so slightly but in no way take away from the chewing gum effect to give Be Enchanted the distinction of a fragrance of just another one of today’s popular sweet fruity presentations.

Shame on Bath & Body Works for continuing this type of product line while discontinuing their unique products that offered diversity in fragrances for all types of perfumistas. Instead, they seem hell-bent on retaining and constantly offering new sugary sweet run-of-the mill perfumes. They’re becoming a land of sheep, but let’s face it, that’s where the money is, and money is where the final decision is made.

Every perfume has its market and some have no market-they transcend all ages. Be Enchanted probably stays well in the very young market and would be an excellent gift choice for the that age group. Wearability is decent for this floral fruity and sillage is strong in the beginning but simmers down.

Top Notes: Citruses, Pomegranate, Red Berries, Passionfruit.

Middle Notes: Honeysuckle, Violet, Blackberry, Pear, Floral Notes.

Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla.

Available at Bath & Body Works stores and online.



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Max Azria bon genre…Well-blended and Gentle.

Posted in amber, bergamot, jasmine, orchid, patchouli, red berries, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Bon Genre.

Bon Genre.

Some perfumes have screechy openings that one must endure to enjoy the beauty of the perfume. Others are the opposite. Their opening is absolutely delicious and the rest is downhill from there.

Not so with BCBG Max Azria bon genre. From beginning to end, there is a consistency of delightful notes that your olfactory senses will appreciate. This dark purple flacon is third in the series and as the color implies, it is the most serious of the three.

That’s what attracted me to these bottles originally, with bon genre being my first purchase. The company name, BCBG, stands for Bon Chic Bon Genre. In French, this means good style and good attitude. This a sleek, gentle and well-blended perfume that lasts a good amount of time.

Bon genre is not a run of the mill scent, altho it’s not ground-breaking, either. But it can be addictive. What I do especially enjoy about it are the co-mingled notes that effortlessly create a mild sophistication for this perfume. The key words here are mild. Bon genre is subtle. It’s elegance is low-key. It’s sensuality is there, but certainly not in a banal sense. It’s powdery seductiveness borders more on an earthiness that weaves in and out with its components of woods, spices, cardamom, pepper and musk. Its florals, too, are mild and almost indistinct. Eventually a sweetness can be found since litchi and jasmine are also present. Vanilla and patchouli finish this fragrance off quite nicely with patchouli taking a sweeter lead over the woods. Altho berries are listed in the notes, I didn’t sense any.

Bon genre lasts a good few hours with close to the skin sillage. Its one of those scents that just when you think its gone, it bounces back. This is perfect for an office scent, dinner party, somewhere where you’d like to wear a fragrance close to your skin rather than have the fragrance wear you.

For the price of $19.99 that I paid at a major discount department store, I’m happy to wear this season-less perfume. It wears beautifully for hours without re-applying and I really do love the sweet woods and vanilla mix. It’s rather addicting.

Top Notes: Litchi, Red Berries, Bergamot, Black Pepper.

Middle Notes: Tuberose, Jasmine, Orchid, Cardamom.

Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Patchouli, Sandalwood.

Max Azria bon genre, an oriental floral,  can be purchased at department stores, discount department stores, and online.

I would be remiss if I didn’t put in a Bon Jovi vid at this point. Bon genre…Bon Jovi…I know, I know. I couldn’t help myself. This is one of the best from his collection, imho, from back in the day. Check out the hair….the jeans….the fringe…from a guy that grew up in a town next to mine. Enjoy.



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Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna … Sweet, Tart Muskiness That Lasts…And Surprises The Wearer.

Posted in amber, Caroline Sabas, coconut, hibiscus, musk, patchouli, peach, Perfumer's Noses, plum, Reb'l Fleur, red berries, tuberose, vanille, violet with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Reb'l Fleur.

Reb’l Fleur.

Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna, the first of her forays into perfumery, launched in 2010. Considered a chypre floral, it is made in collaboration with perfumers Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien.

Caroline Sabas is the nose to work on such perfumes as A Rather Novel Collection Taverns & The Hague  by Caroline Sabas, Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, Badgley Mischka Couture, Calvin Klein Downtown, Rihanna Rebelle,  Charles Jourdan The Parfum, Christian Audigier for Him, Faith Hill, Oud Orange Intense, Jennifer Lopez Glowing, Sunkissed Glow and Miami Glow, Fresh Cannabis Santal, Natori, Nicole Miller Frenzy, Shania Twain Shania Starlight, Sean John Unforgivable for Men, Kim Kardashian True Reflection and Ed Hardy for Women.

Marypierre Julien is the nose to work on such perfumes as A Rather Novel Collection Hamarikyu Gardens by Marypierre, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Red Cologne, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece White Cologne, Christian Audigier For Women, Ed Hardy Skulls and Roses For Her, Ed Hardy Skulls and Roses For Him, Villain For Him, Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue Nights, Gap Close, Happ and Stahns Rosa Alba 1842, Ivanka Trump For Women, Kate Walsh Boyfriend, Rihanna Rogue and Rebelle, Mariah Carey Vision of Love, Kate Walsh Billionaire Boyfriend, Six Scents Parfums Series 4. – 5-Second Skin-VPL & Marypierre Julien, and Banana Republic Wildbloom Rouge.

There is a tartness to this flanker of Rihannas I really enjoy. It’s both sweet and tart at the same time. The longevity is amazing. A few sprays are worth eight hours which is amazing for perfume, let alone those made today. Reb’ l Fleur by Rihanna has passed my strict tests and shown itself to be a winner in the fragrance category.

There seems to be a tropical flair with a fruity twist, like the infamous candy Wonka SweeTarts, but it’s wrapped in a musky haze. This doesn’t give Reb’l Fleur a childish or teen-set flair at all, rather, more of a unique twist for a perfume. Eventually, the musk thickens and a bit of buttered popcorn tuberose peeks through intermittently. The coconut and vanille mix in but don’t overwhelm to make this a purely linear vanilla cookie fragrance, either. Patchouli wraps it together nicely to make this scent an easy, comfortable perfume to wear anytime. All of the notes mix together well to create a perfume that dances and dips to give its wearer slight changes for interest.

Perfect for lounging on the week-ends, doing errands, relaxing, Reb’l Fleur is a feel-good fragrance that I’d say  can be worn through the four seasons. It radiates well with a few spritzes.

Speaking of the bottle-although looking at the flanker, one might think it’s nice and pretty and if you own all three of the series, (Rebelle, Reb’l Fleur and Nude), they are all identical except for the color of the banding around the bottle. They’d make a nice presentation on one’s vanity. However, when you try and spray them, it’s virtually impossible to do so with one hand. The base is so wide and the neckline is so slim, a human hand cannot physically hold it and spray it at the same time. I have to balance these bottles on something and then use another hand to spray them. The bottle design is the only detraction from Reb’l Fleur.  It’s absolutely horrible for use.

I bought my bottle of Reb’l Fleur, along with a body lotion and body wash on clearance for $12.50. It was a steal as far as I’m concerned since I absolutely adore this fragrance for the price. It’s one I’ll be reaching for often enough. Although reaching with two hands and it’s certainly not packable as a go-to in a travel bag.

The longevity is hours on end. For me, this perfume lasts at least eight hours before it starts to fade to a skin scent. That’s an incredibly long time. I love it as a day scent for a pick-me-up vibe.

Top Notes:  Peach, Plum, Red Berries.

Middle Notes: Tuberose, Violet, Coconut, Hibiscus.

Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Vanille.

You can find Reb’l Fleur in local department stores and online.



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Unbreakable Bond by Khloe and Lamar…A Unisex Perfume…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in bergamot, clementine, floral fruity gourmand, geranium, Granny Smith apple, jasmine, Khloe and Lamar, lily-of-the-valley, Mexican Chocolate, red berries, saffron, tonka bean, Unbreakable, Unbreakable Bond, vanille, virginia cedar with tags , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Unbreakable Bond.

Unbreakable Bond.

Unbreakable.  Aka Unbreakable Bond. Delivered in 2011. Unbreakable Joy in 2012. Unbreakable Love in 2013.  And maybe Unbreakable Divorce in 2014. We’ll just have to wait. Wonder if these bottles and boxes will become a collector’s item?

Regardless, Unbreakable Bond, pictured above, is classified as a unisex scent and marketed by Khloe and Lamar through Lighthouse Beauty. It’s a delightful change from the usual fruity pear/plum scents of 2013 that were mass-produced and thrown at us. Not that fruity pear/plum scents aren’t deliciously good. They can be. It’s just that the market seemed overloaded with so many you couldn’t tell who’s wearing whose fragrance anymore. Because after awhile, they all smelled alike. Warm and cuddly. Which is a good thing in the winter time. But, sometimes, you want something different. Something unique. And that’s where Unbreakable Bond steps in.

Men and women alike can wear this perfume. It’s neither feminine or masculine. Wait, that doesn’t make any sense. It’s both masculine and feminine. That sounds better. If you only had the funds for one bottle of perfume for yourself and your other half, this could be a choice. You could both wear it. Unless you’re a woman that truly enjoys only girly-girl perfumes. Whatever that is. You know, the pink fou-fou stuff. With frills and lace. The perfume that reeks of florals. Then this is definitely not for you.

But, if on the other hand, you’re a person that seeks adventure, likes a hint of bodaciousness in their perfumes, wants to be remembered for something out of the ordinary as a woman, then spray this one on. It’s really different. On top of that, it’s lasting power is incredible. Considering I’ve attempted to have some very costly perfumes last for more than two hours and failed, this one lasts for a minimum of six to eight hours with absolutely no problems at all. Spray it on a scarf, and the scent lingers for a day or two. It’s incredible.

Semi-sweet chocolate along with cedar begins this perfume’s journey in a masculine form. It’s a passionate one. Unbreakable really does begin as a more masculine feel fragrance with a great woodsy aroma, kind of like opening a cedar wood chest and inhaling that delicious wood aroma. You get this strength of the woods for quite some time until suddenly it morphs into apples. The smell of an unpeeled granny smith green apple with grated baker’s chocolate. Imagine you’ve just grated baker’s chocolate, the semi-sweet type, and your hands have remnants of the gratings on them. You pick up a green apple to smell it. The chocolate is faint, but there. You’re smelling the apple more, because that’s your intention, but you can’t help but inhale the aroma of the bitter chocolate, too. Now that’s the drydown of Unbreakable Love.

If you’re into a perfume that’s not super feminine, or want to explore, then this just might be yours. If you want to try a unisex perfume, give it a shot. If you want a bottle for two people, here’s your chance.

It’s along the lines of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Covet or Kate Walsh’s Boyfriend or Avon’s Extraordinary. A bitter chocolate, a surprise woodsy presence, yet marketed for women. Unbreakable, classified as a floral fruity gourmand, lasts an incredibly long time, hours upon hours, which in turn, adds up to more bang for the buck. Radiates well and I suspect, will be surprising to others in this day of sweets and fruits.

The bottle holds easily in one hand to spray and it’s said that when held upside down it’s reminiscent of a goblet. It actually looks prettier standing upside down to me than upright, otherwise, it’s just a round plain bottle, although glass.

Depending on where you find it and at what cost, Unbreakable Love can be found with accompanying shower gel and body lotion in sets at departments stores, chain stores, discount stores and online. Various price points exist, so check for the best price. I found a boxed set with a 1 ounce Eau de Toilette spray, a .25 ounce Eau de Toilette, and a 3.4 ounce body lotion at half-price after the holidays for $9.94 plus tax. Well worth it.

Khloe and Lamar fragrances can be found on their website at:

Top Notes: Saffron, Bergamot, Clementine, Granny Smith apple.

Middle Notes: Jasmine, Geranium, Lily-Of-The-Valley, Red Berries.

Base Notes: Virginia Cedar, Tonka Bean, Vanille, Mexican Chocolate.



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