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I had to wait a long time for the drydown and can feel the vanilla.
It could have been a nice perfume with the rest of the notes, but too much sandal ruined for me.
(though this is a silly reason to buy a perfume) I was born in 1986. I love this fragrance. As mentioned by shushkin it is a fairly simple and relatively linear scent, but all the notes come together so beautifully and this is so pleasing to my nose that I don't care. It combines an airy, somewhat soapy rose with a deeper rose facet, such that it retains a lightness whilst also having a satisfying depth. To me the interesting thing about this scent is the clarity and precision of the notes. All the components are clearly distinguishable (rose, check; sandalwood, check; vanilla, check; patchouli, check) in that way so characteristic of modern perfumes, yet it at the same time nothing clashes and each component serves to enhance the other notes.
This is one of the most easy-to-wear things I own, seems to work in just about every type of weather - except perhaps high summer - and every occasion. In terms of stereotypical gendering, I suppose this leans feminine, but without being girly or flippant. As such a rose-loving man could probably wear this too.
And because someone asked, on me performance is very good (7-8 hours with pretty decent projection using 3-4 sprays).
The one gripe I have about this is that the atomised on the travel spray feels a little poor quality.
And actually - while I don't buy this as the smell of original sin, I would definitely buy it as a very solid attempt at the smell of Eden. It is remarkably pretty. I'm a huge sucker for ginger notes, and I could see this getting promoted from a like to a love if I wear it a bit more.
I get good projection and longevity on my skin. This leans more masculine to my nose.
If you like Zino Davidoff, or barbershop scents, you should try a sample of this one.
Every man should own this one.
Unfortunately, this does not project much on my skin. It stays very close to the skin, but it has good longevity.
If you like vetiver, you should try this one.
I get moderate projection but good longevity on my skin. Very much a masculine scent and a good value.
This one is worth a sample
Closing my eyes, I imagine that I am showering in a flower garden. Rose, jasmine, geranium, and soapy cleanness fill the air. Stepping out of the shower I quickly dry off and eat a citrus lunch before taking a stroll thru the garden. As I walk I discover honey drizzled oak moss lining a freshly vacated animal's den. Sweet and animalic notes fill my nose, making the garden a mix of sweet, woody, dirty, and clean.
I get great projection and longevity on my skin. Very much a masculine scent that works well in any attire.
If you like powerhouse scents, you should try this one.
This is absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS.
So, I got my package this morning and I paid around ￡15 for a 90ml spray, and I was so nervous to try it as it has literally all my favorite notes in it. Salted caramel? Coconut? White chocolate? Vanilla? Hell yeah! I am an absolute whore for delicious foodie perfumes. Dammit, I want to smell like a bakery, okay? I was apprehensive because I knew how bitterly disappointed I'd be if I didn't like it, but holy cow, is this stuff DELICIOUS. If you want to smell like the most yummy coconut cake sprinkled with nuts and oozing with warm salted caramel, then this is the body spray for you. Warning! This will make you super hungry!
This is everything I wanted Roller from Lush to be. Strong and delicious caramel notes (without the overwhelming clove) that I can actually distinguish, decadent coconut, smooth and creamy vanilla with a hint of nuts. Ugh. So good. I want to keep spraying over and over.
I absolutely love Sol de Janeiro perfumes, and I own Coco Cabana and Brazilian Crush and I get compliments on both of them, especially the latter. I think this one might just be my new favorite. I feel sinful, naughty, playful and down right sexy when I wear this, because I know I smell damn good.
I will say, this might not be everyone's cup of tea. It is super sweet and strong, maybe even a little overwhelming to some, so if you get headaches easily, I'd avoid this one. As for me? I love it. I absolutely love it. I literally said "holy cow" when I sprayed it, as it is my gourmand lovers self total wet dream.
10/10 from me.
It’s a long lasting perfume, and pink pepper makes the fragrance more sexy and mysterious, but I would suggest it as a fall/winter perfume.
1) Smells as good, if not better.
Note that Hacivat is not really an Aventus clone. Maybe you can call this Aventus Extrait de Parfum, since it has some dark oakmoss notes and higher concentration. A:1 H:1
2) No batch variations.
2016? 2020? 05? 01? 03? Smoke? Apple? Fruit? I am just done with Creed's bs. Hacivat (at least for now) does not have different batches. They all smell the same. A:1 H:2
This is the biggest one. Latest Aventus batches (2017 and later) don't perform well. Undetectable on my skin after 4 hours at max.
Hacivat on the other hand, performs all day, +12h. Weeks on clothes. A1: H3
Yes, Hacivat is now in the top 10 list of best-selling fragrances. But Aventus has very cheap clones that smell exactly like Aventus, that can be bought for $10. I am not even going to talk about CDNIM. A:1 H:4
So, if you want to have a longer lasting, less popular alternative for your Aventus, you can safely pick Hacivat, just like I did. I will buy some backup bottles very soon.
If anyone knows of another perfume that smells just like this, but with better longevity can you please list it??? I love wearing perfume but I am very new to the perfume game so I don’t know a lot About the different fragrances out there I would really appreciate some help.
As far as this fragrance here, if you can get it to stay on your skin I would highly recommend it to anyone it is absolutely beautiful, powdery floral a little musk... And everything done in just the right way.
I am seriously considering buying it for myself and waiting for him to move to another perfume so I can use it. It's a gorgeous scent that could pass as unisex on a female and would fit a bold, strong "business woman" attire.
15 minutes later: soapy Jasmine makes it's presence known, I swear I can feel it on my tongue. Completely discordant with the rest of the composition, in my opinion.
Another 15 minutes later: toned down, well blended candy violets, honey and woodiness. Lovely.
Lasts about 2 hours. Weak projection.
This could have been so good with powdery parma violets, honey (waxy comb and all) and creamy sandalwood, if she had just toned down the Jasmine and didn't water it down so much.
I enjoy this fragrance a lot, but I don't feel myself when wearing. it.
Strong, green tuberose that lacks the oppressive humidity that I feel with many tuberoses. The eucalyptus is there, but trust me when I tell you I did NOT pick up on any medicine/vicks/cough drop smell. It slightly freshens up and mentholates the tuberose and coconut, nothing more.
It is tropical without smelling like sunscreen, a lei or a cocktail. Now that is a feat!
I get the amber, some pine-y undercurrents, but mostly this vanilla and white chocolate base that carries the fragrance. There's definitely real labdanum in here.
+Sweet, crowd pleasing and yet complex scent.
+Buildable power and sillage. The unique paste formula means you can dab the tiniest bit on your wrists and be good to go, or apply some more small dabs for moderate power. But you can overdo it with too big a glob on your wrists.. the entire room will swell with the fragrance.
+/- Lasts until you shower and wash your clothes, and even then it might stick to your clothes.
-Cloying, overwhelming in any weather but the cold.
-The paste formula means it can leave your wrists sticky which is annoying if you wear a watch.
It is linear and somewhat synthetic but I like it for informal moments, especially in spring and summer.
Sillage is moderate and duration of about 8 hours, which is very good for the brand, whose fragrances do not perform with the best longevity.
If you like the aroma and the synthetic touch does not hold you back (I recommend you to try it before), it has a fairly good value for money (even more in brand outlets or taking advantage of the money that they give you to spend for your birthday for being a customer).
For occasions when I don't mind having a shorter duration and I simply want to perfume myself when I get out of the shower or to go to sleep, I have the body mist, which smells also deliciously and it is even cheaper.
Scent 7.5 / 10
Sillage 7.5 / 10
Quality / price 8.5 / 10
Would I buy again? Yes
Christmas tree-like needles, strawberry lipsmackers and a backdrop of cedar.
Unfortunately, the strawberry dies off almost immediately for me, which was what made it unique and worthwhile. My skin amps up the base notes, which mostly seem to be generic woody-musk and some cedar.
I bet on someone elses skin this would transform, but it's not for me.
It is one of the more interesting unisex fragrances. Woody, but with a tingling, sparkly character. All the perfumes I know from rituals have a similar basenote. This one is absolutely a member of that rituals family.
When I get more acquainted with this scent I will add an update.
Within an hour you're left with a pleasant vanilla ice cream type smell, and it lasts forever. Nice, but not what I was looking for in the slightest.
I smell the spiciness of the lavender at first, but I feel like within half an hour the lavender dissipates and it becomes a very basic "your skin but better" musk.
Inoffensive. Office safe. If you want to smell "nice" but not like perfume.
Lasts a long time, but stays close to the skin.
For that reason, while I found it a pleasant scent, I debated whether it'd be something I would repurchase. Being the largest Narciso bottle I own, it's turned into my most reached for out of the range and I've developed a new found appreciation for it. Everything I didn't like, I now do. I like the fact that it is lighter and has less "personality" than others from the house. It means I can wear it any time of day and in most weathers without feeling like I smell too rosy or sweet and I'm left with arguably the best thing about Narciso fragrances - the musk.
I don't feel the floral or woody notes are super prominent to me, it's more musky than anything. Especially when compared to Poudree where the vanilla stands out and For Her where the rose is a very obvious note.
I also don't see the likeness to Cartier La Panthere which is one of my faves. La Panthere is sweeter, more earthy and less powdery imo.
Strong citrus opening that last a very long time.
The dry down sweetens up from the tonka as what smells similar to pink pepper adds a slight spice.
Occasion: In my opinion this is formal or dressy casual with jeans and a blazer. It also plays well with thin linen or maybe a silk suit or short set made of those same materials (blowing in the winds while walking a beach) and I do not see this as sporty at all so I'm not sure why sport is even in the name. Unlike other citrus fragrances this doesn't cause me to become anosmic to it.
Season: all year round if worn correctly but feels like summer on a beach.
Projection: above average
Longevity: more than 24 hours on clothes. 5 - 6 hours on skin before needing to sniff my wrist.
First off, the packaging is beautiful. I got the gift set, and the whole box is this shiny holo print and it comes with a cute pocket mirror and a body spray. The bottle is a very elegant heavy glass with a green to pink ombre. It looks a hell of a lot more expensive than what it is, so if you like pretty bottles and nice packaging, this might be for you.
Onto the scent... This perfume opens up *very* fruity/floral with a burst of sour raspberry, litchi plum and patchouli with a few non-distinct spices. I don't smell the caramel straight away, but more when I move my arms, I get a hint of something warm and sweet. Then the strong vanilla flavoured rum and jasmine start to mingle, making it quite mature and not at all what I thought this would be. I was convinced it was going to be this teenager style sweetie bomb, but it's actually quite soft and muted. It's definitely interesting, so kudos to Nicole for trying something different.
I will say, I prefer my perfumes sweeter. I love the opening, but the middle and end is... Eh. It reminds me of something a nicely dressed woman working in an office would wear. Soft, sophisticated and just a light fruity-floral gourmand with a touch of sweetness. I see her in a beige silk blouse tucked into a high waisted skirt and heels, everyone likes her and she brings in her own baked treats every now and then. Daring? Definitely not. But a nice perfume that will not cause offense? Absolutely.
Overall, I like it, but it's not a massive love. I'd keep it for the stunning bottle alone, but unfortunately I think I'll be selling this on to someone who might get a little more wear out of it.
Edit: I just figured out what Daring reminds me of, which is a softer and less milky version of Yes I am by Cacharel. They share 5 identical notes along with spices and citrus fruit. If you like that perfume, you'll probably like this one as well.
Edit: It’s getting stronger and sweeter as it develops and now reminds me of Arabian Oud’s Kalemat. It’s totally vanilla dominant (almost it’s not listed at all as a note), with a warm amber base. It’s amazing quality, with outstanding sillage and longevity, it’s just not for me as it’s the antithesis of what I like. Loads of you will absolutely LOVE this though.
I love it, my wife hates it.
I love the woody, spicy smokey cedar and sandalwood scent.
As an after shave it's amazing, just enough alcohol to kill the bacterias and still very soothing.
And if you take it's price in consideration it's great value.
The initial spray immediately smells of those citruses, the orange notes. The florals give me soapy vibes. The vanilla and praline are a given to the delicious aspect of this perfume.
It's powdery and sweet whilst still remaining spicy and woody and wet from that citrus juice.
I can definitely smell that myrrh even if it's one of the base notes. It's soft spicy, almost giving my nose a minty feel as I smell it... to me it manages to be warm and cold at the same time even if that might make no sense to anyone else.
The drydown is so sexy to me!
There's something in this that reminds me of freshly washed hair/skin, maybe it's that soapy aspect or because this specific brand does have shower gels that smell like this line of perfumes, so it must be the fact that I've smelt that on someone before.
I find this more wearable than Tuscan Leather and I like Tuscan Leather a lot. This is slightly sweeter to my nose. Performance is fantastic--nuclear strength. If I use more than two sprays I find it cloying.
I think I like it, but I could easily live without it and I won’t be purchasing another bottle.
It’s nice but in a synthetic kind of way. I can’t pick out any distinctive notes from it at all. It’s just a mashed together mix of scents which produces something quite ‘nice’.
If I was back in my early 20’s it’s the kind of scent I would be wearing for going out at the weekend. The problem is I’m in my early 50’s and whilst there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, it’s just not for me.
Probably going to use it up spraying before my early morning walk or before bed.
My verdict: overpriced for what it is
The opening is very good. At that moment it seemed to me that it was going to be a fresh and powdery floral, in the vein of vitriol d' oeillet de serge lutens or confessions of a garden gnome by fort & manle. With soft flowers on a green bed.
But then the drying down arrives and things change radically. The perfume becomes almost totally woody, with a very soft and delicate but very perceptible oud that reminds me a lot of the drying of Bois d'oud de perris Montecarlo, with a patchouli that is also very discreet.
Despite the load of oud, I see it as a perfume to wear during the day, since it is quite fresh and delicate. It seems to me an elegant aroma although not very noticeable. Although its duration is good (since the aroma changed, it has been on my skin without changing, that is, more than 3 hours) the projection is very very moderate, making it a very versatile and wearable perfume.
The aroma seems totally unisex to me and I think it could be a very good option for those who want to enter the world of oud or who enjoy those notes but do not like very fecal or too strong oud.
Quality / price: 5
It reminds me a lot of Jessica Simpson Fancy Love. The notes are supposed to be fairly different but once dried down they both have leave behind a similar scent.
I tend to appreciate this scent more in the fall and winter months. In the summer it just does not appeal to me very much. I do like soft vanilla type of scents but for some reason I do not reach for this one during the warmer months.
I use this more in the evening than day but it works well for both.
The silage moderate but very soft.
The staying power is just okay but I get compliments from anyone that comes into close contact with me.
When I spray a little extra for an evening out, I find that men like to cozy up to me and come in close to breathe me in lol.
I do not wear this one too often but I do notice a strange thing. It is that this seems to be more of a sensual sexy scent. I find that men not only want to be close to me but they are a little more calm, gentle, a little romantic/charming, with sensual stares and soft touches.
Versus more the sexy scents that seem to invoke more of a hot, passionate and primal reaction.
Jasmin Rouge smells expensive and exclusive and I can't detect any syntheticness in it. I don't mind synthetic fragrances at all, I love all kinds, but this smells like pure quality.
The opening is very butch, burning with rough spices. 10 mins into wearing it becomes a semi-gourmand tho: the vanilla and amber lurks out, along with the cinnamon and I get a slightly almond-y impression too. (heliotrope?). It is quite sweet and almost like a desert to me at this stage, although the woody aspects keep it in balance from veerng into sugarland. The tobacco is really nice here <3
Recommended to any tobacco lover, women, men alike.
When I tried this at the store I smelled a lovely sweet peachy honey scent, but when I tried it on after bringing it home I actually had to scrub it off, it made me nauseous and gave me an enormous headache.
If warm orange blossom sounds like your type of fragrance, go for it, but it's not for me. I also find it a bit mature, so I'll be giving this to my mother.
Lalique Pour Homme EdP performs very good. Projection is a above average for about two hours and longevity is 8+ hours, after that I can smell it only if I put my nose very close to skin.
Blind buy? Yes, if you like this type of fragrances.
Instead this is a very watery Neroli, that to my nose smells like cold soapy used dishwater, but neroli always smells quite soapy to me - so take that with a pinch of salt. I felt this was quite light, but I guess it has decent projection/sillage as I only applied a small amount and my BF complained about the smell - so I guess its lightness is deceptive.
I don't detect any Thyme, Olibanum or Myrrh, there is something in the background that I guess could maaaaaaybe be oud?
Givenchy Gentleman performs very good. Projection is a above average for about two hours and longevity is 8+ hours, after that I can smell it only if I put my nose very close to skin.
Blind buy? No. Sample first.
This is not unisex by any stretch of the imagination.
Very sugary sweet powdery vanilla, tonca, amber, labdanum. Smells ok actually but this should be re labelled for ladies to prevent people like me wasting money on samples.
Fragrance: 5/10 for men, 7/10 for ladies.
On me, Versace L'Homme performs quite good. Projection is a bit above average for close to two hours and longevity is about 6-7 hours, and then I can smell it only if I put my nose very close to skin.
Blind buy? Only if you know what you're buying. Sample first.
Sexy Amber is quite close to the original Allure, and impresses me with its sillage and longevity . I love the sandalwood and the sophisticated understated vibe that reminds me of Allure when it was first made. Sexy Amber is a damn good value and a great perfume . It is smooth, but has definitely has presence that is feminine and sexy , but somehow restrained and understated . I love this perfume !
The almond, jasmine, and vanilla are three distinct types of sweet that agreeably meet each other in the middle; the jasmine, vanilla, and musk make the fragrance creamy; the oud adds some resinous depth in there; the lemon keeps things fresh; and the spices keep the whole thing warm. This fragrance is a total mixed bag, and yet it all comes together so well, like a lively parade where everyone’s in good spirits.
I first smelled this on a guy at work and loved it. Then I ordered a sample and initially found it too sweet for my liking, almost an icing sugar type scent in the opening. But after a couple of wears I’m starting to warm back up to it again. If you’re not big on sweet scents, I wouldn’t recommend this, but otherwise it’s definitely worth a try. To me, Aoud Lemon Mint smells contagiously happy.
I have recently discovered Michael Kors Sexy Amber and find it truer to the original Allure that no longer really reminds me of the original . If you want a close version to the very first version of Allure , and one that has sillage a great longevity , try Sexy Amber .
To me this is more of an evening scent but because it dies down quite a bit I can get away with a single spritz on the wrists or neck for daytime. It does remind me a lot of Lanc?me La Vie Est Belle. They have a very similar sweet scent to them. Personally I much prefer Flowerbomb. It is a very sweet floral and feminine scent.
It has a really good staying power and you do not need to use much. I do like it but it is not one of my favorites and I would not purchase again.
It almost has a cheap smell to me similar to a lot of knock off perfumes.
One has to devant/sample and make up his own mind and decide for himself before he reads any silly review and goes for a blind buy.
Oud palao, to me is nothing nuclear in terms of sillage and projection, longevity is very good though 24+ hours in the garment 8 to 10 hours on skin. All I can smell is rose a nice and very sweet syrupy rose in the opening and that lasts for a few à house before I can hardly smell any oud lingering lightly and shy in the background.
This people who say this is a oud powerhouse surely have smelled oud!
However it is still a very beautiful juice to wear for those who love rose and definitely suited for winter!
This fragrance is so sweet and in your face. I mainly get a caramel toffe and slightly dirty pathouli. I find this pathoulibomb better than Flowerbomb and La vie est belle. It last the entire day but sits closer to the skin after a few hours.
I was scratching my head as to why this smelled slightly different, and I think it comes down to the powdery florals that are lacking in lovely. It feels less elegant as a result, but it still is a great everyday perfume that you don't feel guilty overspraying (which you might need to do)
The first flacon of GG starts with a blast of sour lemon scent, which is not what I exactly expected to smell, but is welcome as I like fresh scents. Soon after the oriental floral notes emerge; maybe a handful dose of jasmine and tuberose combined with the sour scent of citrus which is still strongly there. Some amber and patchouli are also in the background. I wish I could get any coffee, cocoa or praline note. Unfortunately, all I get is a vague vanilla, sweet note. Interestingly, it reminds me of Hypnotic Poison in the middle notes which could be the effect of almond.
I like some CH perfumes, but Good Girl is not my favorite. I much prefer CH line. Also, I'm not personally a fan of the bottle. I'd much prefer a classier bottle. I also understand the contradiction between the name and the shape of the bottle. I think this perfume is trying too hard to sale, which is by itself a turn-off for me.
It's easy to like, but there are SO many raspberry roses on the market! Try Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose for a jammy one, Nina Ricci L'Extase for a caramel one, Nina Ricci Rose Extase for a bright one, Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge for a creamy one.
Elysium in general is an interesting one to me. It's so enlivening, charismatic, captivating and fresh, but oh so boring at the same time. I kick myself for saying that because it's in my top 5 fragrances that I enjoy wearing. It smells so damn good, but it's so damn....humdrum? I honestly don't get it, so don't ask!
Quite frankly, I think it's because of the abundance of homogeneous impressions of other houses/brands that have that gives my olfactory receptors the same emotions over and over again. In todays world, it seems there's way too many fragrances that try to win the same category, thus creating a foolish amount of monotonous fragrances.
Unfortunately, I think Elysium falls into this category of "popular" fragrances thus giving it a familiar DNA making this fragrance "typical." HOWEVER, the quality is, of course, on another level. I love it because I haven't smelled a juice assembled around fruits of this caliber.
Sorry for the rambling, but now onto the Elysium Parfum edition....This Parfum edition is merely 95% of the Parfum Cologne edition based on smell alone. The Parfum Cologne is slightly more sour. The Parfum is slightly more woody. The resemblance is uncanny minus the 5%.
I cannot comment on performance, but my question is, does that 5% alteration substantiate the near $200 price increase for HALF the juice?! Hmmmm, I don't know honestly.
Regardless, I love the Elysium infrastructure. I wouldn't exactly say it's unique, but it's of admirable quality. The scent trail and dry down is also noteworthy and possibly the highlight of this fragrance.
Surprisingly this had some similar vibe with Givenchy Gentleman Cologne, though obviously leaning more feminine. Both of them are fresh iris scent with ambroxan drydown, but vetiver is not really there for Iris Nobile. I suspect it would be great layering them together as Givenchy always lacks longevity and this thing lasts way beyond half day.
This Parfum version is more bold, more smoky, and more woody. The Parfum Cologne is definitely a fresher version with a bergamot-like beginning and a leathery finish with a fantastic vetiver backbone. The Parfum version isn't quite as citrus-fresh, but it has this sweet sensation to it that is absurdly mouth watering and I think this comes from a subtle floral nuance.
I have to say I am a huge fan of both. I'm leaning towards the Parfum side because it almost smells more natural with less citrus, but the citrus is so imperative in the freshness of the Parfum Cologne. Two elite offerings from Mr. Roja with unimaginable vetiver vertebrae.
The one pessimistic thought I have here, is that I am not quite sure the Parfum version should be valued at almost $200 more than the Parfum Cologne. Regardless if the Parfums performance is better, which I cannot comment on right now, but $200 is quite the steep difference for fragrances that are built off of each other. Plus, you get double the juice in the cheaper Parfum Cologne offering with a gorgeous green bottle.
Things I like about the Parfum:
- Natural woodiness
- Subtle masculine sweet-floral nuance
- Bold, smoky vetiver up front
Things I like about the Parfum Cologne:
- Stunning green bottle
- Citrusy uplifting freshness
- Lighter, leathery vetiver dry down
This one is tough. I keep coming back to the whole, "Wear Parfum Cologne during the day and switch to the Parfum at night and thank me later." I can't choose a winner. I hope this novice review helps someone!
A+ Mr. Dove.
This does not smell "just like RIVE GAUCHE" but it is a nice, similar well groomed fougere barbershop scent. A bit like a toned down 1725 CASANOVA.
I really love barbershop style scents and this is a good one. Underrated.
This fragrance is more interesting on paper than it is in real life. It reads like it should be a heavy-hitter, but you could spray half this bottle and still have to search for it on your skin in under two hours. Maybe the “secret” is the fact you have on a fragrance at all. Additionally, it smells like the bouquet you hand a 10-year-old after dance recital. I hate the original Obsession, but I can at least applaud it for having a true personality. This one, on the other hand, is very boring and forgettable. A previous reviewer mentioned that it’s a good layering scent, but... meh. I don’t want to keep it, don’t have anyone I’d want to give it to, and don’t feel like going through the hassle of trying to resell it. I only paid about $17 for it, and that’s exactly how it smells.
It's called "Chrome Aqua," but I feel like this is more of a "green" fragrance. There's the usual opening blast of grapefruit (as well as some apple, but it's faint), which is nothing new.
The drydown, though, is much more smooth and herbal, and this is the part that sold me. The scent transitions to this extremely pleasing mixture of cypress, basil, and sea notes, and it's far more pleasing to me than what typically constitutes an "aqua" or "blue" fragrance nowadays. No, it's not an ambroxan bomb, and it doesn't follow the citrus-to-musk scent evolution that's been done a thousand times over.
That's not to say Chrome Aqua is a goundbreaking fragrance. It definitely doesn't reinvent the wheel (though I strongly disagree with all the votes comparing it to AdG -- they're not at all similar) but chances are that's not what you care about, if you're in the market for a fragrance like this. It's just pleasant as all get out, masculine without a doubt, and will look fantastic sitting on your shelf with it frosted turquoise bottle.
Blind buy worthy if you're looking for a freshy, easily. If you're going to test it, make sure you apply it on the skin rather than paper so you get the full experience -- otherwise it might seem overly sharp and linear.
One a bit of milk/butter/cream kick at the moment, so I thought I'd try this one out again, and this (like many times in my life when I've gone 'too far') is an example of one-upping myself.
This is just too creamy!
It smells edible/drinkable!
Milky and a little fruity sweet. Cruz del Sur II in a different direction.
Great to smell, probs not great to wear...
I'm probably being too harsh on this fragrance, expecting it to smell fully like a real ginger biscuit, but I've heard so much about this one - and I think I just wanted more ginger? I always want more ginger in my perfume, but the note so often gets smothered in sweetness and then I don't get the zing that I crave. It is nice, but again - becomes predominantly a caramel perfume. It's not a must-have, I don't think. I wish the first spicy five minutes was the whole perfume :(
Testing from a sample of Ginger Biscuit.
The wood notes and the pepper (which is mild) combine to evoke that smell of old paper and binding glue. Meanwhile, the dusty vanilla is, in my opinion, the beautiful fiction of this fragrance. It’s not that libraries smell sweet. It’s the fantasy itself that is sweet; the fantasy of whiling away the hours in some old-world library full of secluded nooks, and lamps, and armchairs.
I find this fragrance pleasant and comforting, but too vague for my personal preference.
You can’t beat the price tag.
A wonderful scent, just leaning a little too femme for my liking. Sweet and fruity...
Inoffensive and attention grabbing.
Just not me.
it's quite a sweet woody, sandalwoody scent, and as others below/above me have mentioned, a little linear.
it isn't knocking my socks off, truth be told, though it is quite pleasant. not something I would consider buying, but I do like it, I must say...
When this is freshly spritzed, I first imagine being inside of a massive abandoned, gothic cathedral right before dusk hits with the last rays of light from the day slicing through the stained glass window panes and scissoring up the room. The sharp criss-cross rays of light add some much needed vibrancy and balance to the dark and ancient aesthetic. A gust of wind (maybe it’s from the wings of a bat?) whips and echoes throughout the hauntingly beautiful space, and clouds of dust are awakened everywhere.
I breathe in deeply when I smell and wear this fragrance. It’s something to savour and experience for sure. A dark elixir invented for a standoffish vampire who can’t help but stand out.
I feel a bit like a hypocrite because I always have a problem with when people dislike a fragrance just because they don’t find it extraordinary or shocking. I see some of the most beautiful perfumes receive bad reviews on this website just because people say they’re not experiencing anything groundbreaking or staggeringly inventive. I hate that!! Enjoy a lovely fragrance simply for the fact that it’s lovely!
However... While I don’t dislike this at all, the fact that it’s so simple does keep me from being blown away by it. Actually, I don’t think it’s the simplicity of ingredients/notes which tips this for me, I think it’s the linearity remaining through the entire life and wear of it that leaves me a little less impressed than with other fragrances.
Then I remember that it’s the opening perfume to the Bloom line, so of course it’s going to be simpler, right?
Again, I do enjoy this! But I prefer and recommend Profumo di Fiori from the Bloom collection since it has more vitality and spirit.
I've been wanting to try this for ages. When I first sprayed it I immediately recognized that it smelled like Penhaligon's Castille (a personal favorite). However, the addition of herbs sets it apart and it does its own thing. It starts clean and bright and citrusy, then becomes more aromatic and complex as it dries. This is not as bitter as Penhaligon's Castille it just has more depth. I like it!
The fragrance is supposed to represent the British Empire and all its glory. Much to my surprise, all I really get from this is a polite and demure powdery-floral. All those exotic notes, spices, cacao, sandalwood, ambergris...they don’t stand out to me at all. To me Brittania represents only the Victorian era. Not a bad era, obviously! But something Elizabethan mixed in would’ve been amazing. Mostly this is violets and powder. And orris (swoon). No detectable ambergris, but who knows what the actual ingredients are? It’s not the magnanimous fragrance I expected. I get that a lot more with Great Britain. But I still enjoy it very much.
Also, while it does seem like it could fit in with Guerlain, I see no actual resemblance to any fragrance from that house. Smells nothing like Misty, L’Heure Bleu, etc.
I sense how jasmine, castoreum, cumin, and hyrax come together to give the juicy-leathery musk effect. The oil continues to do its thing indefinitely, but these notes clear off of Salome after not-to-long and reveal... L'Heure Bleue, waiting beneath the veils and bloodspecks. Very accomplished and masterful, obviously. But also classical-derivative. But also, I'd totally buy it if not for that oil which will last me my whole life and which I can layer with some Mitsouko or Femme for the whole kit and then some.
Beautiful, assured, quality.
And I agree -- more "fully rounded and classical" than dirty/filthy but I understand how the complexity and voluptuousness can come across as dirty or overwhelming.
I had read about the resemblance to La Nuit de L'Homme by YSL, and now that I have tried it I can say that especially in its opening it bears similarities to both La Nuit de L'Homme and L'Homme by YSL, due to the floral aroma with ozonic sensation and tonka bean that also have the aforementioned fragrances. However, with the passage of time it develops its own characteristics, it becomes more fruity with a lot of apple presence and adds geranium and leather, which give it a creamy sensation..
The aroma seemed ideal to use in spring, but even more so in fall because of the warm notes it contains. Still, I think it could be used almost at any time of the year and in any situation. For those who want compliments with this they will get them.
It lasted about 6 hrs. in my skin and a little more in clothes.
It is not a substitute or a clone for the YSL fragrances mentioned, but it does bear similarities.
Going forward to midlife, I am 10 years from retirement and recently rediscovered this scent in an outlet mall. Still in love, it’s an old treasured friend! My husband complimented me on it and asked if I found a new perfume.... I hope that you love it too.
Coincidentally, another signature scent that I’ve come to know and love is “Mitsouko” by Guerlain. This one has a rich history, going back to the 20’s. Different than Knowing, but many of the same notes and also very good.
I remember going to one of my very first yoga classes. I had put on one drop of this before just to try it out.
As I was slowly doing the movements this magical, beautiful scent wafted around me. It made me feel comfy, cozy and warm. It had this radiance about it. While being vanilla and comforting it also managed to be feminine and elegant at the same time.
Since it was so strong (and cost a fortune) I never got a bottle, I guess I thought it wasn't for me. I might change my mind now when I hopefully can have some comfortable testing time with the new version.
Got an $18, full 2mL decant (minus 1 spray). If you're US and open to decant swapping, please reach out. Would like this to go to a happier home.
I can imagine this smells lovely on the right people. It reminds me of L'instant Magic, but Splendiris doesn't go so far into the baby power territory. Instead it stays a luxurious silky, glittery cream.
On a card it is very refreshing and cold orris. But it blooms and sweetens more on skin so it's great to wear both ways (skin or clothing). I see a bottle of Splendiris in my future. This is my favorite of all her 10 current fragrances.
I’ve only smelled the original Gucci bloom and this one, and I must say I personally prefer this one. While the original is lovely, it’s too linear for me. I only get one scent: an even blend of Jasmine and tuberose.
This one has more layers and warmth to it, it’s also slightly bolder.
The solar notes really do shine in this fragrance, reminding me of a fresh summer day. You know, one of those refreshingly warm and vibrant days at the beginning of summer that make anything you do more fun and memorable. Its summer in a bottle.
The heavy Jasmine and tuberose make it sophisticated, but they also establish a sexiness that is reinforced with the musk.
Then there’s the Rangoon creeper and the ylang ylang that give it a very soft, almost fruity sweetness. People say they smell honeysuckle, probably coming from the Rangoon creeper which is said to emit such scents, and I agree.
From the rest of the Bloom collection, I am most eager to smell Ambrosia di Fiori, because I am excited to see how they included rose with the main, staple notes.
However, Profumo di Fiori is definitely a winner for me. I really, really love it.
It does have a suede like scent kind of reminiscent of some musk bodylotions. This is sort of a "cool vanilla", it's color could be a dark blue.
I think I might prefer my vanilla a bit sweeter and cozier but since I have a whole bottle I will keep testing.
What made me finally buy this were the comparisons to Rochas Alchemie which used to be my signature for a moment in my early twenties.... hmmm.... I'm not sure I remember correctly, but Alchemie might have been a bit sweeter.
Also, the lasting power could be better for the price and the sillage is very soft.
It is beautiful and interesting, but I'm not sure on that one.
I also don't love the bottle with the paper sticker on it.
Right now my feeling is that YR have better stuff, but I will keep testing and will update should I change my mind.
I’m wouldn’t be shy to bash a frag due to poor longevity and I can’t bash this one.
Honestly, for me, with a liberal application to neck and shirt @7am, I’m still noticing it @7pm.
That’s three sprays to neck and three to shirt front.
In my experience the performance is excellent. I can’t speak for the EDT because I’ve never tried it.
If you like this, don’t be put off buying it because people say the longevity is garbage. In my experience that is indeed false.
As to the smell, citric opening morphing to animalic notes without being grose.
It was beautiful and fresh and feminine, but I was dissapointed that for the high price it had no sillage or lasting power on me...
I was reminded of it because I bought So Elixir recently, which is basically the same but with way better sillage and lasting power. I wish I had known back then but I plan on enjoying it next summer and feeling like a lady again ;-)
Definitely a warm, resinous, rich, deep and dark fragrance suitable for cold weather. Sure, while the fragrance opens with mandarin orange, the bright citrus quickly dissipates and the rich blend of tobacco and Myrrh come to the fore. The sweetness is just enough sweetness; held together in the dry down with patchouli. For a designer fragrance this smells niche quality. Sadly this fragrance is discontinued, and who knows how long before prices for a bottle of 1 Million Prive will skyrocket. So hurry and get yours while you can.
Definitely a 10 / 10 for me overall for scent composition. I would love to have more sillage, projection and longevity because this is an artfully blended fragrance and people need to smell this one! You can probably tell I highly recommend this juice.
I absolutely love this!
I had bought this to try and it wowed me at first whiff!
It's a creamy, burnt sugar, candied mandarine, powdery vanilla that seems to have some white florals in the background. It somehow manages to be powdery, feminine and cozy, yet keep a juicy, light feel as well.
To me the best vanilla perfume Yves Rocher has done so far!
I didn't love some of the previous ones and they had that "chocolate milk" scent and some not so safe ingredients.
This one is elegant and the ingredients are safe.
I have worn this non-stop since I got it three weeks ago and I'm enjoying it so much!
I just wish it came as an edp as sillage and longevity are moderate.
It reminds me of the 2002 version of Dior Addict edp, that mandarine - white flower - vanilla combo that's sweet yet fresh.
Edit to say that a male colleague stood next to me at work and started to sniff the air saying: "Hmm, what smells so great?" And he kept sniffing until he found the source, my neck, where he then nodded approvingly saying that it was "really good".
So maybe the sillage is better than I think ;-))
It smells great and I dont regret buying a bottle (for now). Definitely not a summer or warm weather fragrance. its more for a dressier, cool night time fragrance
But I can't shake this smell/feeling of it just being a bit too powdery? almost a light faecal powdery smell once it settles? am I the only one getting that? everyone else is talking about how amazing it smells.. the opening it SUPER interesting but after about 5-10 minutes it just smells like a skanky powder on me?
This would fit this scent perfectly! It's smoky and mysterious, yet still fresh and playful and oh so romantic with it's tuberose, almost a bit nostalgic!
You can feel the romantic florals yet also the cool night wind. ;-)
Many have mentioned how the color purple represents it well and it's true! I also feel that grape vibe from it, especially in the beginning, and the fizziniess! It has a youthful quality to it while at the same time being feminine and romantic as it unfolds.
The ingredients are safe and the quality is great, with good sillage and lasting power. It's a joy to use.
I hope Yves Rocher keep this one on the market.
Pretty bottle, too. :-)
This is of amazing quality! Sillage and longevity are better than C. Mademoiselle and it's somehow more luminous.
The beginning is quite strong and linear but after developing a bit it morphs through all those beautiful stages, sort of weaving creamy woodiness, white flowers and citrus in and out, truly beautiful.
I bought a back up though I hope YR will keep this one on the market.
I also love that the ingredients here are overall safe!
The only reason I marked "like" for this instead of "love" is because it is on the fresher side and it's cold here right now so I'm going for cozier scents, but I feel I might love this in summer and will write another review then.
Though this can be worn in any season, it's timeless and ageless and very feminine. The name Elixir is well suited for it :-)
I didn't appreciate the scent, nor did I know how to apply fragrances correctly.
From my memory, this was an okay scent but changed to more salty rancid smell as time went on.
I mean the fragrance itself not in terms of the application and how the fragrance faded on my skin.
It was okay but felt it was for more older gentlemen.
After spraying and the drydown smelled like grandpa sitting in his favorite chair with shirt and sweater.
The bottle is tacky and I definitely do not like the bottle design.
The bottle color should have been lavender-ish or clearer pinkish tone which would have given the scent more refreshing smoother sentiment.
I rate fragrances with a category that people don't normally talk about, that is how easy it is to get the scent off of the skin when I take shower.
This one came off after three to four washes of soaping.
I actually prefer Saturday over Sunday. LIKE.
A cloves and jasmine marriage on a bed of patchouli.
I don't know what it is in this, and I certainly can't tell by the notes, but I do not like this at all.
It immediately got my gag reflex going.
It has an animalic undertone, in a very unappealing way. It reminds me somewhat of urinal cakes that have already been soaked in urine, except animal urine.
Not a fan.
Think of a caveman with a woman slung over his shoulder heading back to his cave to ravish her.
You cannot help but have that " Yes I know " grin on your face when you wear it.
Warning it does have a half life of 10,000 years. Go easy three sprays and they will smell you in other countries.
Super masculine, women love it, and it lasts forever,
What more do you want.
A clean, bright, musky floral. Heavily lilac centered, I suggest this perfume for spring nights. Quite a luxurious little gem, the old formulation bottle I own is way more superior to what is in a bee bottle.
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