Friday, September 28, 2012

Three perfumes three little reviews for the last Friday in September

The Body Shop Moroccan Rose.  Actually this stuff is extremely good for the price. A lighter and less complex take on Lutens Sa Majeste la Rose.  Not much 'Moroccan" - more of a soliflore.   And is quite long lasting.

Odin New York 04 Petrana. An extremely well-crafted iris.  Carol/WAFT called it a "drunken iris."  Meg/Olenska gives it five stars.  Suzanne of Eiderdown Press wrote that this perfume was at the top of her 2010 list in her Sniffapalooza article.  And I'm left blown away at the craftsmanship but not moved by it at all.  So don't listen to me - those other three have much better noses so click over to read what they have to say about this one.

L'Artisan Poivre Piquant. "Inspired by wedding story in the Kama Sutra" and translates to 'hot pepper'.  Oh dear.  If I was that bride, I'd be miffed.  White pepper, licorice, milk and honey. And again, I think I'm the only one in the world who is totally uninspired and unmoved by this one, and I'm a big pepper and licorice fan.  Every other review I found for this is has been glowing.

Interesting that the one I liked best was the least expensive.


20 comments:

  1. That first one sounds really good. I used to wear Tea Rose all the time in high school and only now realize how overpowering it was. So, it's nice to think I can wear something rosey without it being soooooo much. Also, my friend introduced me to Thyme's Kimono Rose which is just swoon.

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    1. hello Sonia!! Test it on you first - it does have a bit of staying power and a bit of ooumph. I haven't tried anything from Thyme...hmmm. Must research that.

      Another really nice inexpensive light but good rose is L'Aromarine/Outremer's Rose. I like everything I have tried from this line. http://www.smallflower.com/laromarine/rose-eau-de-toilette-50ml-spray-26200

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  2. I wandered into a Body Shop just a few days ago to peruse the perfume offerings, and nothing really grabbed my attention, partly because the light roses don't usually work on me, and the new White Musk Libertine also went sour. The main feeling I got from the wall at TBS was a little sadness that their perfume offerings are so sparse compared to 20 years ago, when I was in University and lots of people wafted their oils. I had a friend who smelled amazing in Mango, back when fruity fragrances were unusual.

    As far as Petrana and Poivre Piquant go, I think it's just a taste thing. I recently tried the Neela Vermeire scents that everyone's been raving over, and they just didn't move me. If the first ten minutes of Bombay Bling hung around, I'd be all over that, but it didn't stay. And I admit, a part of me was relieved I didn't fall for them; $260 for 50ml is..... a lot.

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    1. The glory days of The Body Shop. I miss those. I would purchase Woody Sandalwood like there was no tomorrow - dang I should have thought to hoard it back then. I even went to a talk by Anita Roddick back then.

      Yeah, must be just a taste thing. As you well know, I'm not all over the Vermeires either. Well done, but not for me. Thanks Dionne!!

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  3. If a perfume doesn't move you, it doesn't matter how well it's crafted, right? I always enjoy your honesty -- and also usually get a chuckle when I come here (as in, "Oh dear, if I was that bride, I'd be miffed.") :D

    Hey, as a private aside, wanted to let you know that my sun dance yesterday worked! oxxo

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    1. hehee! ;) Thanks Suz!

      You know your dance reached all the way to Ohio! After days of rain, it's sunny today. THANK YOU!!!

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  4. We'll always have L'Aimant.... ;)

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  5. I am with you on Moroccan Rose. I have found it better than I expected, given the Body Shop's other offerings. I just looked up my reference to it, and I described it as "I do not hate it, but find it rather pedestrian." So I guess that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but next to White Musk Libertine (these names!), it is definitely a standout.

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    1. Hello Natalie! Maybe not a ringing endorsement, but not a slag off either! I haven't heard of WML until you and Dionne mentioned it. I haven't been to a Body Shop since last fall, when back in the day I was at a Body Shop nearly every week!

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  6. Don't worry, you're not the only one that was underwhelmed by Poivre Piquant!

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    1. I just read your review on your blog - and I agree with you 100%!

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  7. The only perfume I tried out of three mentioned is Petrana. I tested it only once so far but after I did I ven went and re-read a couple of reviews trying to figure out if it really could be that I was testing the same perfume other bloggers were so fond of. I still plan to re-test it to see if now it feels differently (but only because Suzanne likes it! :)).

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    1. I would be really interested in seeing what you have to say about Petrana the second time around!

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  8. Glad to hear The Body Shop did a fragrance right! I love their body butters (who doesn't?) but have found their perfumes lacking. I'll try this one.

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    1. Hello Joan! Oh how I lament what The Body Shop is now compared to what it was back in the day. They do do great body butters,and I'm such a big fan of Satsuma. I'd love to hear what you think of this one.

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  9. I bought this one a while ago to go with the body butter and I must say its very pretty and cost effective :)

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    1. hello MLIR!! Oh I'm checking out your blog now! and now I want the matching body butter.

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  10. I discovered recently that this fragrance has been discontinued? Apparently its replaced by Atlas Mountain Rose from the Scents of the world collection... I hope this is not true, because this is what a sales assistant told me in store (i told her it doesn't smell the same). Now i'm going to visit all the TBS stores I know in hope that I find a bottle of this somewhere. However the body butter is still on sale...

    Thanks for checking out my blog...

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    1. Hello MLIR! Oh no! How come the Body Shop and B&BW always discontinue the fragrances I like? Sigh. Thanks for stopping by!

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