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Sì // GIORGIO ARMANI

Sì is a tart black currant and vanilla centered perfume. Cassis adds to black currant impression while also adding an edgy tinge of green forest scent. The vanilla is very rich and creamy. Although sweet and almost dessert-like, is sophisticated but understandably may still be too thick and sweet for non-gourmand lovers. Seems like more of a night-time going out scent than a daytime one.

Earlier this year I reviewed Enchanted Forest, another black currant centered perfume. If anyone found Enchanted Forest to be “too much” for them Sì is a simpler mainstream trendier version of it.

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L’INSTANT MAGIQUE // GUERLAIN

I have not tried the original L’Instant. I have never seen it in any store anywhere for some reason. Therefore I can’t comment on any similarities or differences when it comes to this flanker. I would of course update if I ever do try it.

Magique starts strongly with violet and honey. It’s a bit sharp yet somehow also almost sticky sweet (vanilla, a note I resent more often than not). The overall impression is of baby wipes at this stage. A little sharp, musky, and iris-powdery. I like the scent more on the dry down it becomes gentler and smoother. A rose note comes through and so does almond which begins to become the predominant note. Lasting power is ok, eventually dries down to a vanillic makeup powdery skin scent.

This fragrance is sweet and very innocent smelling, with the classical baby powder note combination of rose, musk, and vanilla. Past the sharp first hour or so this scent is pretty, but Guerlain has superior violet perfumes than this one. I prefer Apres L’ondee (review eventually).

Cherubs // Philippe de Champaigne

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doyourwardance:

Me as the Saint of Perfume, taken by Rachel Schwebach. Indianapolis, IN 2014. 
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doyourwardance:

Me as the Saint of Perfume, taken by Rachel Schwebach. Indianapolis, IN 2014. 

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VANITAS // VERSACE

Ok so the house of Versace’s perfume vision is generally of inoffensiveness nowadays. This is a house that does not come to mind at the thought of creating masterpieces. No, Versace seems to be for women and girls who want to smell good but have not developed a “perfume personality”. Fresh and sweet “florally” as the teens say. I think every Versace scent that I have tried is nice enough but I think none of them have been outstanding in any way whatsoever but I like them. I would not purchase them as all they say is “I am pretty and agreeable.” 

Vanitas is one I sometimes consider buying though but ultimately after sampling I decide against it. It is pleasant. A clean almost shampoo-like scent. A light sheer kind of scent lacking in heaviness but not unnoticeable. It is a white floral scent, think jasmine predominantly (maybe) with a yellow floral. I identify by color instead of genus because it’s a little nondescript past what color the flowers are to my nose. Lime is present which makes the scent a little sharp. Very light woody base note, but not much else for basenotes so the dry down is a bit boring. The whole thing is boring actually, nice, but not special. A bit synthetic. Bears a slight resemblance to the more famous Bright Crystal (review eventually) from the same house. Also another feminine, pretty, but downright boring light floral scent. 

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missehnne:

Cocaina en Flor, 1933 bottles from Museo Del Perfume.
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missehnne:

Cocaina en Flor, 1933 bottles from Museo Del Perfume.

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AGUA DE COLONIA FRESCA // HIERBAS DE IBIZA

Hierbas de Ibiza is a traditional style citrus-herbal eau de cologne. Lacks any kind of base notes so it’s very short lived. Seems like it’s meant to be refreshing for in that moment that you spray it. Bitter and tart lemony at first, very zesty. I like it a lot for these first few minutes. Also aromatic with classic characters: lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme. A bit of orange peel, with the lavender becoming powdery, and the herbs present faintly is what is left in the dry down. As it continues to dry down the notes become muddled and skin-scent soft. This all happens before thirty minutes by the way - extremely short development. Overall, this scent is nice at first but soon it becomes obvious that this cologne is actually kind of pointless. 

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QUELQUES FLEURS ROYALE // HOUBIGANT

I have yet to try the original Quelques Fleurs. I do really enjoy this flanker though. Honey is one of my favorite notes and QFR is quite strong on it. The honey is thick syrupy rich and with musk adds an almost skanky animalic dimension to the scent. Overall the scent is quite floral with tuberose, also thick and sweet. Rose with citrus notes cuts the sweetness and makes this scent more dry and quite sophisticated. There is also jasmine. It’s a little earthy but not very much. This scent, overall, strikes me as quite fancy and sophisticated. It is warm and sensual, just shy of dirty smelling. Sexy in a very refined way and reminiscent of honey and a garden. 

Theme & Variations Decorative Plate #363 (Bee on Nose) - Fornasetti

Theme & Variations Decorative Plate #363 (Bee on Nose) // Fornasetti

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A little sample of Schiaparelli Shocking reminds me why I haven’t been interested in vintage for a while. Such a legendary perfume smells like several other vintage samples I have, nondescript vintage style musky powdery base. I feel like I’m missing what is so special and “shocking” about the scent. It must have faded. 

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The eighties called…

The eighties called…