Sunday, April 29, 2012

More testing more fun more short reviews

(April 4, 2012 - in our backyard)

Nudged by a L'Artisan Facebook post, I re-tested Verte Violette.  Unfortunately this induces headache.

Heeley Oranges and Lemons Say the Bells of St. Clements.  I love the name of this - but alas it is to me an expensive version of 4711.  I'm still looking for the perfect citrus perfume.  I'm wishing that The Body Shop would offer Satsuma in perfume form.

Bond No. 9 Central Park West.  Fancy-dancy spa lotion scent. You know what I mean.

Le Lebo Iris 39.   As far as iris perfumes go, this is nice but I think I prefer Malle's Iris Poudre or TDC's Bois d'Iris.

Gucci Rush. I received a nice sample of this from the last time I visited Sephora. It's very fun and I'm happy that I have this sample, though I don't think I'll be purchasing a full bottle.  I like my Dior Hypnotic Poison much much better.

What am I doing in the house on such a gorgeous day?  Signing off for now, my 'fume friends!

20 comments:

  1. Frida, have you tried DS & Durga's Pettigrain? It's a great citrus and so is Parfum D'Empire Azemour. I have to say that I never took to Iris Poudre but still enjoy Le Labo's Iris 39, but Bois d'Iris is great too.

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    1. Hello Michael! I haven't tried Pettigrain - will look for a sample. I do love Azemour, but it's not citrus-y enough. We talked about Atelier Orange Sanguine once - I would have to lavishly spray it on me because it doesn't last that long on my skin. OS would be the juice for me, but because of the lack of longevity...oh dear. Yeah Bois d'Iris rocks!

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    2. Carol, you're right - Azemour is not really that citrusy. I was also going to recommend Eau de Sud by Annick Goutal, but again, it is a rather twisted twist on citrus, if you know what I mean!

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  2. A Satsuma perfume would bankrupt me. Not that Body Shop is all that expensive. But when you buy by the tanker truckload... :D

    I will HAVE to send you some of this Farina EDC. I don't know if it would be the citrus goddess you crave... but it's pretty darn refreshing. (Lemon Sorbet by Etro = also super citrusy.)

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    1. hahaa, me too! I love Satsuma - Orange Sanguine is a close second. I won't say no to Farina ;)

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  3. You must love the book, "Parfum"... and the film!

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    1. Definintely, Sonia! Plus how could one not love Ben Whishaw!

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  4. I took a risk and ordered a decant of Iris 39 unsniffed, but considering I'm such an iris fangirl, especially when she's in her cold iteration, it seemed like a sensible risk. It'll join my decants of 28 La Pausa, TDC Bois d'Iris, Equistrius and a honkin' big bottle of IdI. (Unfortunately, the split of ISM I signed up for fell through, dabnabit!)

    I'm not a huge citrus girl, but have you tried PdE's Yuzu Fou as an alternative to their Azemour? Also, at the opposite end of the spectrum and worth trying, Pacifica's Tuscan Blood Orange is a wonderful, juicy little thing. Not complex, but it brings a smile to my face. If I could get it locally, I'd already own a bottle.

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    1. oh that Pacifica sounds yummy - wonder if it stays on my skin longer than Orange Sanguine?

      Funny how iris is really speaking to me these days! ISM?

      PS I'll be mailing you something tomorrow!

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  5. I love the Oranges and Lemons ... Name, too, but agree it is far too spendy for what it is. I just retested in store this weekend and felt the same disappointment as the first time I sniffed it.

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    1. Hey Nat!! Yeah, might as well buy a HUGE gallon of 4711!

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  6. Have you tried Aqua Allegoria Mandarine-Basilic?
    Like most citrus, it does not last long enough, but that first blast of tangerine is delightful!!
    Of course, it is discontinued, but might still be available.
    I LOVE it first thing in the morning.

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    1. hello and good to see you Sunn! No I haven't tried that. If I had my druthers, I'd own all of the AA line. This one sounds fantastic (I LOVE tangerine anything). Discontinued? Drat!! :(

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  7. I like "fancy-dancy" very much!

    And I approve of you getting out into the open air on such a nice day. I am trying to get off my backside and get moving more, albeit with mixed results.

    Iris 39 didn't move me either - there are an inordinate number of ho-hum irises knocking about, come to think of it.

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    1. well thank you Bonks. Oh, and what do you mean by you like 'fancy-dancy" - the term or the 'fume? Because I can send you the 'fume if you want!

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    2. Haha - the term, the term! I am not a Bond girl, thanks - in any sense of that term... : - )

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  8. Carol, have you tried anything from Atelier Colonge line? They have some nice citruses.

    I love both Iris Poudre and Iris 39, but they are so different to my nose that I barely acknowledge they belong to the same group.

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    1. I agree w/you re those irises! Sooo different. I have only tried Atelier's Orange Sanguine which is PERFECT except for lack of longevity, but I guess most citruses don't last that long.

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  9. I am so sad to hear that Verte Violette is giving you a headache. I love everything violet and iris; Iris poudre, iris 39 and verte violette are on my top 10 list. Have you tried Ferre? I haven't yet, but i hear that it has a similar profile as Iris poudre. Not surprising given that they share the same creator, Bourdon. Hey, how are the spritz bottles working out?

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    1. hey you!! I can give you my sample! I haven't tried Ferre nor those new atomizers - I'm so lame.

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