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1/4/17 19:56
lunabee34: (perfume: art deco bottle by sallymn)
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After a bit of a hiatus, I'm getting back into perfume testing again.



BPAL Shattered

Description: A blend of white champagne notes, grapefruit, lotus, slivered mint and crystalline aquatic blooms.

This was group tested and got a better reception than some of the other BPAL we tested together. I initially smelled mint and aquatic notes; however, a bathroom cleaner, Pine Sol sort of scent began to dominate for everyone, and it ended up not being a keeper.

Cleopatra by Tocca

Description: Top Notes: Bitter Grapefruit, Lush Greens, Cassis Bud; Middle Notes: White Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Tuberose; Bottom Notes: Warm Patchouli, Golden Amber, Rich Vanilla Musk

We were evenly divided on this one. I liked it; no hint of jasmine for me. It smelled green and sweet like berries, tuberose and peach with an edge of patchouli; it dried down to musk, vanilla, and amber. I gave this to L since Josh was in the "smells like an old lady" camp.

Ralph by Ralph Lauren

Description: Top notes are japanese osmanthus, apple leaf and italian mandarin; middle notes are magnolia, boronia and yellow freesia; base notes are musk and white iris.

Everybody likes this one. It's just a classic, clean, unisex, inoffensive perfume that anyone of any age could wear for any occasion in any season. I think it smells lemony, fresh, aquatic, white musk, appley. I would very much not mind smelling this on other people, but it's not for me.

Sex in the City Eau de Parfum Fusion

I cannot find a description of this perfume online; it must have been a short-lived run indeed. LOL I ended up giving this to L. I liked it alright (fresh, water, rose) but again, not for me.

Estee Lauder Pleasures Aqua

Description: Top notes are honeysuckle, freesia, green leaves and watery notes; middle notes are jasmine, peony and lilac; base notes are musk, woodsy notes and ambroxan. The fragrance features lilac, jasmine and peony.

L bought this for herself and generously let me test it. I used to wear Pleasures, and this is very much like its parent perfume. It smells aquatic, green, and spicy, and the spiciness persists. This is a lovely perfume, and it smells great on L.

Chanel No. 19

Description: Top notes: green notes and bergamot. Heart: rose and iris. Base: vetiver, oakmoss and leather.

This doesn't have a lot of sillage or staying power. Much like Eau de Cologne, it fades too quickly. I get a green scent first, followed by jasmine which fades instantly. I can sense that this jasmine could edge into something offensive, but it doesn't. I usually don't even smell the jasmine in a Chanel, and I worried that being able to detect it here would make this one unwearable, but fortunately it doesn't. Then I get a whiff of leather and iris, and then it slowly fades into that beautiful Chanel powderiness.

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2/4/17 05:43 (UTC)
kore: by <user name=elfin> for <user name=smellsgood> (BPAL)
Posted by [personal profile] kore
Wow, pleasures aqua sounds neat! SADLY, most white notes, green notes and watery notes don't work on me, at least in BPAL form. But I like hearing about what they smell like on other people.

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2/4/17 16:02 (UTC)
karmageddon: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] karmageddon
Sex in the City perfume! love it

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3/4/17 21:07 (UTC)
theora: the center of a dark purple tulip (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] theora
Yay, post! Pleasures Aqua sounds lovely, though I have a bit of a jasmine phobia (based only on BPAL jasmine, which could be a different beast). And the Chanel No. 19 too - green notes, yay! I haven't tried many aquatics, but the few I have tried have gone dryer sheets on me (I hate dryer sheets).

I've been doing a bit more wearing and testing lately, and even branching out from BPAL into some conventional pefumes. Have you tried any of the Nest perfumes? I sampled Nest Indigo at Sephora the other day and found I really liked it. Figgy woody tea-ey loveliness. But pricey. I'm used to BPAL prices; fancy store perfume can be $$$$.

And back to BPAL, I have a tiny order of Luper decants out for delivery at this very moment, should be here within the hour. *bounce*

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3/4/17 21:10 (UTC)
theora: the center of a dark purple tulip (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] theora
Throwing in a link to Indigo. The bottle art for the whole series is so gorgeous.

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