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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.

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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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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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.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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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.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Cher’s Uninhibited…Sweet, Spicy and Oriental…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in aldehydes, bergamot, floral aldehyde, geranium, heliotrope, jasmine, orange, rose, sandalwood, vanille, vetiver, virginia cedar, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Cher Uninhibited.

Cher Uninhibited.

Maple and caramel lead the way with tobacco influences in Cher’s Uninhibited perfume. A warm maple syrup, akin to an old-fashioned syrupy flavor over waffles in a bed and breakfast surrounds you immediately. My first impression was that so much more was forthcoming. This is a heavy perfume. I could almost hear Cher telling the perfumer to just “do it” as they made this perfume stronger and stronger without thinking of the consequences. It’s as if she wanted a perfume over the top and that’s what she got. A perfume as unforgettable as the woman.

A mix of woods appear next, warm resinous, gooey and thick, almost sappy-like. I inhaled deeply. This stuff is beautiful. Rich spices swirled in amidst the dangling oakmoss. This is a thick, full-bodied perfume, so enticing and seductive I’m not surprised production has stopped. The cost was probably prohibitive amidst all cutbacks, regulations and politics. And perhaps Cher wouldn’t cave in to an inferior product. Because this fragrance is amazing. Twenty-six years later and it’s an ass-kicker that opens your eyes.

Uninhibited opens with a bit of citrus and aldehydes to let you know this is a strong perfume from yesteryear and you won’t be disappointed. But the aldehydes disappear within seconds. Sweet and seductive with ylang-ylang, a laid-back almond vanilla courtesy of heliotrope, a dry, dry bitter, musty vetyver hinted with dark chocolate and a rich tobacco, and just when you think you’re in a throwback to the ’80’s oriental perfume heaven,  along comes a boozy vanilla scent uncommon to today’s perfumes.

Uninhibited is strong, ample and robust. The perfumes notes blend beautifully together to create a potent concoction that is substantial. The bottle itself is an art deco work of delight with its cap reminiscent of Chers’ outlandish headpieces designed by Bob Mackie.

If you like heavy woody orientals, look for Uninhibited on the secondary market. It is no longer in production, unfortunately.

It’s classified as a floral aldehyde and I cannot see why this perfume has that classification. It just doesn’t fit. Even Cher herself describes it as a “spicy oriental that is sweet”.  A stunner just like the woman that put her name on it.

This perfume was created in 1987.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Orange, Aldehydes.

Middle Notes: Jasmine, Geranium, Ylang-Ylang, Tobacco, Heliotrope, Rose.

Base Notes: Vetyver, Sandalwood, Virginia Cedar, Vanille.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Passion by Elizabeth Taylor…A Brew Of Decadence…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in aldehydes, bergamot, cedar, civet, coconut, gardenia, heliotrope, Honey, jasmine, leather, lily-of-the-valley, musk, oakmoss, orris root, Passion, patchouli, perfume notes, Perfumes, rose, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Passion.

Passion.

Pow! First spray…what an animal Liz Taylor created with this juice. Passions, animals on the prey, musk and incense all attack the senses. It must be the civet that I adore and smile about, but smile inside it makes me do. I keep sniffing my wrists and saying, “So beautiful.” I love this fragrance.
Passion settles down into a woman’s sensual scent, promising what’s yet to be. A high-heeled, black-stockings, bat your lashes, use your fingernails, arch your eyebrow, Baby I know who I am and what I’ve got fragrance. It’s not a user beware, it’s the opposite. Your date, SO, whatever is in trouble.
Drydown to a sweet, musky, powdery incense, making Passion a wonderful Oriental that’s ignored because of it’s price. Don’t be fooled by the name and the politics. Don’t let yourself be swayed by commercialism and hype and pay exorbitant prices to cover the costs of commercials and tv. Close your eyes and let your nose tell you what’s wonderful.
One spritz lasts for hours and hours and sillage is about an arms length. This is sexy, yes, but also cozy and warm in it’s own way.
The African Amethyst color of the art deco glass bottle is elegant. The gold cap could be replaced, I’ll agree, but if that was the decision, I’ll live with it.
There are so many different flavors to this delicious scent, one try isn’t enough to benefit from it’s full potentials. At times, spices mix into the brew of decadence, while leather, smoke and incense dance around the flames of desire that the creator of this frag intended to concoct a potion so intense she was willing to chance it all as her very first fragrance on the market. Passion is just so delicious!
Why has this ET fragrance been ignored or shunted? By far, it is the richest of them all. It is an eye-opener, a knock-your-socks-off with the aldehydes at the top. But the sandalwood, patchouli, coconut and vanilla all bring it down in the base to a scent of incredible strength. Think 1940′s Hollywood and strong women such as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Betty Davis.
Some call this a drugstore perfume, because Elizabeth Taylor wanted all women to be able to appreciate her scents. Ironically, her perfumes are also sold in department stores such as Macys. So they must appeal to women of various backgrounds.
I also love Diamonds and Rubies by ET. I’m searching for Black Pearls, another I believe will fit my fragrance nose.  The popularity of her perfumes should tell consumers that her fragrances will become classics just as the inimitable Elizabeth Taylor has become in history. I am delighted to own, wear and display them.
I remember Joan Crawford making her exit at the end of an episode, sashaying her skirts with her hands in an episode of Route 66, her back ramrod straight, her heels clicking the pavement, never looking back at the cast of characters. But their eyes were all pinned on her as she walked down the street. I imagine her wearing a perfume such as Passion, leaving the beautiful fragrance in the wake of her stunning exit, and that’s why she always left such a memorable impression of confidence. A perfume such as this one does that to you.

Passion is for the strong. Passion is a perfume that is worn by a woman, it does not wear you.

Top Notes: Aldehydes, Artemesia, Coriander, Gardenia, Bergamot, Ylang-Ylang, Lily-Of-The-Valley.

Middle Notes: Honey, Tuberose, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Orris Root, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Rose, Spicy Notes, Cedar.

Base Notes: Leather, Musk, Civet, Coconut, Vanilla, Oakmoss, Incense, Sandalwood, Cedar.

Launched in 1988 and still going strong, oPassion is available in regular department stores, discount stores, drugstores and online, and also through auction sites.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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