Saturday, April 04, 2009

Fragrant Thoughts and Fun From This Last Week

So this week I took a little mini sniffa-thon at the mall and here is what I tried and thought:

-Butterfly Flower by Bath and Body Works
Fragrance Top Notes: Black Tea, Mouthwatering Tangerine, Cyclamen, Banana Leaf
Fragrance Mid Notes: Maxillaria Tenufolia Orchid, Asian Syringa Flower, French Mimosa
Fragrance Base Notes: Creamy Coconut Milk, Musk
This is girlish, very pretty, sweet spring floral. What those notes do not mention: Lilac! This has a lot of lilac and I have to say this is one of the better pure florals I have smelled in awhile.
-Escale a Portifino by Dior
notes: A glorious experience of fresh top notes of bergamot and citron, tempting middle notes of almond and orange blossom, and base notes of cool cypress essence.
Want a perfect cologne tonic for summer, this is it between this and the John Varvatos Artisan, and waiting to sniff Infusion Fleur d'Oranger, I suspect one of these will be my summer fragrance.
-Miss Dior Cherie L'eau by Dior
notes: strawberry leaves, pink jasmine, caramelized popcorn, strawberry sorbet, patchouli .
I got a lot of rhubarb from this on the paper and makes me think I need to test it out because it was pretty but in a very chic way.
-Be Delicious Fresh Blossom by Donna Karan
notes: Grapefruit, Cassis, Apricot, Muguet, Rose, Jasmine, Apple, Blond Woods, Smooth Skin Accord.
I really didn't get much from this on paper, but I feel now looking at the notes I should try because of the apricot.
-Flora by Gucci
Top notes: citrus accords, peony. Heart: rose, osmanthus flower. Base: pink pepper, sandalwood.
So this is supposed to be centered around osmanthus and for a moment it is, but then it is taken over by a super sweet caramel bottom with a dash of pink pepper. Pretty bottle though.
-Lotus Garden by Pacifica
notes: lotus blossom, cassis, green violet leaf, and pink pepper.
Lots of tart mango.
-Malibu Lemon Blossom by Pacifica
notes: Litsea Cubeba, flowering Angel's Trumpet, and fresh herbs
Very herbal reminding me of lemon grass, verbena, and citronella, a nice change from the usual.
-Bali Lime Papaya
notes: slightly musky papaya, bright Kaffir lime, and sweet lime blossom.
In lotion form this mainly smelled like pear, a nice pear, but pear none the less.

And because this so right on the money about the obnoxiousness of Carl's Jr's advertisements

And my new favorite song to rock out too, Franz Ferdinand's "Your What She Came For"

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Perfumeshrine said...

Perfect sum up and fun clips!~ THANKS *and love the peacock photo!)

Rose said...

Wow that sounds like a great sniffing week. I think the Portofino could become a real classic actually. I always want to dislike Miss Dior Cherie but (whispers) quite like it. I don't get any rhubarb but that is interesting as I love a rhubarb note (as you know I think!)

Jenavira13 said...

Isn't the peacock gorgeous?! Glad you liked the clips.

Jenavira13 said...

Rose I was getting the rhubarb note in the new L'eau version.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hello from London! Loved your notes my dear... just received a great perfume as an Easter present which I'll probably review later... isn't scent grand?

TMH256 said...

I am so jealous of your sniffing trip Jenavira13! I must, must get out to sniff very soon. It's so difficult with a baby but I am determined! Thank you for filling me in!

Jenavira13 said...

Daily, scent is always grand, and now i must know what you got.

Jenavira13 said...

TMH, you'll make it someday, probably with baby in tow :-).

Marzipan said...

Bali Lime Papaya was one of my favourites and I am so sad to see it discontinued (and not quite sure why as they kept all of their other fruit dominant fragrances in the lineup)

Jennifer Koth said...

I've been rather unhappy with Pacifica of late with the lack of keeping up with their fragrance collection. I mean I get that their is big money in their makeup division, but they used to put out such fun interesting little fragrances. One of my favorites of theirs that is still around is the Malibu Lemon Blossom, such a fun litsea cubeba note followed by creamy florals. It is weird that they discontinued Papaya but kept the rest of the fruity line-up.