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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mendittorosa Le Mat (Sample) New (Review)

Mendittorosa Le Mat (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as an Oriental Floral, the notes are Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Cloves; Geranium, Grasse Rose; Indonesian Patchouli Leaf, Cashmere Wood and Immortelle.

I get a warm, dusty, powdery, spicy, bitter, aromatic nutmeg, that permeates a bleak, powerful, green Indonesian patchouli leaf, and a bursting, bleeding, citric tinged grasse rose.

Then a ripped from the bark, inviting, a touch medicinal clove, singes a candied, slightly sugary, flowery immortelle and a subtle. with a touch of fruitiness liquor.

I get the Nutmeg, Cloves, Immortelle, Grasse Rose and Indonesian Patchouli Leaf, it opens up with a sweet, slightly pungent nutmeg, and a dark, woody Indonesian Patchouli Leaf, the nutmeg is mild, the Indonesian patchouli leaf is strong.

After thirty minutes the nutmeg dissipates, the Indonesian patchouli leaf softens, in comes a dark, sweet Grasse Rose, and a warm, woody clove, the rose is mild, the clove is strong.

After five hours the Indonesian patchouli leaf and Grasse rose dissipates, the clove softens, in comes a sweet, herbal immortelle, the immortelle is mild.

This is a very tepid, spiced, herbal and amber nuances, simple yet complex, a touch floral, pleasing, unisex, it leans more masculine Oriental Floral fragrance.

This can be worn all year 'round, I get average projection and average longevity, this is my favorite from the Mendittorosa house thus far, wonderful fragrance, 4/5 Stars.

You can purchase Le Mat in a Anima drops sample set of eight 1.4ML samples $50.00 and a 100ML bottle for $170.00 on mendittorosa.com

Friday, September 23, 2016

Chanel Coromandel EDP (Sample) New (Review)

Chanel Coromandel EDP (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as an Oriental Woody, the notes are Citruses, Bitter Orange, Neroli, Jasmine, Rose, Patchouli, Oris, Incense, Olibanum, Benzoin, Woodsy Notes, Musk, Vanilla and White Chocolate.

Chanel's Coromandel is one of my Holy Grail fragrances, I recently got my hands on a sample of the New Chanel Coromandel EDP, is it worth getting a bottle of if you already own the EDT? let's see.

I sprayed the top of my hand and all I could say was "WOW" they smell the same, yet have some subtle differences, the EDP it's richer, fuller, well rounded, woodier, sweetness is toned down and the florals are stronger, in particular the Rose and Neroli come to the forefront, it also has a bit of a stronger patchouli darkness to it, which I love.

The notes in the EDP come screaming at you for attention, yet are harder to decipher, where as the EDT is a bright, billowy, airy beauty, and the notes are easier to pinpoint, as I have said in my original review of Coromandel, I have a decant of the 2007 version.

The patchouli in that is very strong and hard for me to handle and I love patchouli, the EDP version comes close to the patchouli strength in that one, but, it doesn't quite get there, and sits very tamed on my skin.

I do prefer the EDT version, too me, even though the notes come at you in a strong way, they are a bit muddled compared to the EDT, it does not have the wonderful brightness which I prefer.

I did not get the white chocolate or citric notes which I love, as I did in the EDT version, I was a bit disappointed, I did get the vanilla, but, it didn't add much of a sweet dimension to the fragrance, I feel that Coromandel needs that touch of sweetness to tame the much stronger notes.

I get a bright, lemon tinged, just bloomed red rose, that falls over a grassy, dark, with a touch of woodiness patchouli, and a resinous, balmy, tepid, spicy incense.

Then milky thick, bitter, slightly sweet neroli, that tones down over a rugged, warm, a touch mossy, woodsy notes, and a comforting, cozy, pleasing, Tahitian vanilla.

I get the Rose, Neroli, Patchouli, Incense, Woodsy Notes and Tahitian Vanilla, it opens up with a fresh, bright neroli, and a dirty, earthy patchouli, the rose is strong and patchouli are strong.

After thirty minutes the rose dissipates, the patchouli softens, in comes an aromatic, balmy incense, and a fleshy, creamy neroli, the incense is strong, the neroli is strong.

After six hours the neroli dissipates, the incense softens, in comes dry, smoky woodsy notes, (vetiver) and a sweet, creamy Tahitian vanilla, the woodsy notes are mild, the Tahitian vanilla is soft.

This reminds me of Dior's Patchouli Imperial and Thierry Mugler's Angel for Women, patchouli imperial is spicy, stronger citruses and woods , angel for women is fruity, sweeter and a milder patchouli note, some people also compare it to Prada Amber for Women, I didn't get that at all.

Coromandel EDP a rich, aromatic, warm, inviting, elegant, classy, sophisticated, strong florals, with soft musky and spicy undertones, unisex, Oriental Woody fragrance,

This can be worn all year round', I get good projection and good longevity I like the EDT a bit more, but this is beautiful, if you have not sampled this one already you must, 4/5 Stars.

The good news is that it has not been reformulated, it's just stronger, longer lasting, with a few different nuances, I do love it, and will have a bottle in my collection eventually, I say have/get both the EDT and EDP, why not? totally full bottle worthy indeed. it's comes in a 2.5oz for $185.00 and a 6.8oz $300.00.

The Exotic Island Perfumer Santal Exotique, EDP by Juan M. Perez (Sample) New (Review)

The Exotic Island Perfumer Santal Exotique, EDP by Juan M. Perez (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as an Oriental Woody, the notes are Elemi, Frankincense, Pandanus Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Black Vanilla, Roasted Tonka Beans, Massoia Bark Accord, Milky Accord, Mysore, New Caledonian, Hawaiian Sandalwood Oils, White Musk and Civet.

The Exotic Island Perfumer Juan M. Perez from Puerto Rico, came on the fragrance scene in 2012 and has eight fragrances, they are Waters of Aswan, Oudh Newab, Magnolio de Verano, Flor Azteca, Gardenia Exuberante.(2012)

Santal Exotique (2013) and his two latest creations Gardenia Absoluta and Orquida Absoluta (2016) I will be reviewing most of these fragrances within the next few weeks.

The Exotic Island Perfumers Santal Exotique is a beautiful, warm, spicy, creamy, sandalwood, with hints of subtle incense and musk, perfect for any sandalwood lover.

I get an aromatic, dusty, powerful, grainy, with a subtle sweetness nutmeg, that burns through a wet, comforting, cozy, warm milk, and a slightly fruity, green, spicy cardamom.

Then a sturdy, thick, milky with a touch of green sandalwood sinks below a wilted, powdery, slightly sugary vanilla, and a cloud of dark, vanilla tinged, grassy, Tonka bean.

I get the Milk, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Cardamom, Vanilla and Nutmeg, it opens up with a sharp, slightly pungent nutmeg, and a creamy, edible milk accord, the nutmeg is strong, the milk is mild.

After twenty minutes the nutmeg dissipates, the milk softens, in comes a sweet, resinous cardamom, and a rich, creamy sandalwood. the cardamom is mild, the sandalwood is strong.

After four hours the milk and cardamom dissipates, the sandalwood softens, in comes a dry, with a touch of sweetness vanilla, and a smoky, nutty Tonka bean, the vanilla and Tonka bean are mild.

Santal Exotique is a very rich, creamy, complex, balmy, woody, powdery nuances, a touch of incense, with soft musky undertones, unisex, Oriental Woody fragrance.

This can be worn all year 'round I get average projection and average longevity, this is my first sampling of this house, it was an enjoyable fragrance, 4/5 Stars.

You can purchase The Exotic Island Perfumers Santal Exotique in a sample set of six for $35.00, 7.5ML $45.00 and a 30ML $120.00 on etsy.com

Friday, September 16, 2016

Vetiver Tranquille by Suzy Larsen (Sample) New (Review)

Vetiver Tranquille by Suzy Larsen (Sample) New (Review) the notes are Vetiver from Indonesia, India, Haiti and Sri Lanka, Cedar wood, Hyrax, Mysore Sandalwood, Neroli, Orange Blossom, Nutmeg, Lavender, Bitter Orange and Bergamot.

"I'm gonna take you, to a place far from here, no one will see us, watch the pain as it disappears, no time for anger, no time for despair, won't you come with me, there's a room for us there, this innocent beauty, my words can't describe, this rebirth of purity brings a sullen tear right to your eyes, I'm so alone my heads my home, I'll return to serenity" Return to Serenity Testament (1992)


Suzy Larsen has done it once again with her beautiful Vetiver Tranquille fragrance, the name speaks for itself, it puts you in a wonderful, calm, serene state of mind.

The veitver in particular in Vetiver Tranquille, is one of the most beautiful, vetiver notes I have ever smelled in a fragrance, it has a really lovely transparent, billowy quality.

It stands on it own right next to some of the best vetiver fragrances ever created, such as, L'Artisan's Coeur de Vetiver Sacre, Mona Di Orio Vetyver, and Frederic Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire.

I get a citric, soured, juicy, with a touch of green bergamot, that grows beneath a grassy, dry, slightly soiled in a cloud of black smoke vetiver, and a fleshy, sweet, honey tinged orange blossom.

Then an exotic, uplifting, aromatic, airy, just blossomed neroli, barely touches a fresh, delicate, slightly astringent lavender, and a tender, tepid, milky sandalwood.

I get the Vetiver, Sandalwood, Orange Blossom, Neroli, Lavender and Bergamot. it opens up with a ripe, tart bergamot, and a herbal, smoky vetiver, the bergamot is soft, the vetiver is strong.

After fifteen minutes the bergamot dissipates, the vetiver softens, in comes a fresh, with a touch of sweetness orange blossom, and a citric, bitter neroli, the orange blossom and neroli are mild.

After five hours the vetiver and neroli dissipate, the orange blossom softens, in comes a bright, soapy lavender, and a smooth, creamy sandalwood, the lavender is soft, the sandalwood is mild.

Vetiver Tranquille is a very soft yet strong, soothing, swaying in the wind, graceful, flirty, white floral, spicy nuances, unisex, it leans more feminine Floral fragrance.

This can be worn all year 'round, I get average projection and average longevity, this is one of Suzy Larsen's finest fragrances, you should be very proud. 5/5 Stars.

You can purchase Suzy Larsen's Vetiver Tranqulle in an 8ML EDP spray for $40.00, a sample for $5.00, all on suzylarsen.com,

Mendittorosa Alfa EDP (Sample) New (Review)

Mendittorosa Alfa EDP (Sample) New (Review) this is classified as an Oriental Spicy, the notes are, Oud (Agarwood) Ravensara Sandalwood, Olibanum, Thyme, Saffron, Jasmine and Nutmeg.

Alpha Is the origin. It is strong, emotional—female. Alpha has an earthy quality; it comes from the vineyard and tastes like milk. Its mystery is saffron. Alfa"

I get a aromatic, spicy, ripped from the earths core thyme, that captures a balmy, dense, thick olibanum, and a musty, slightly woody, balmy, rich, dark black oud.

Then a milky, warm, with a touch of green sandalwood, hovers over a subtle, a touch spicy, summery, earthy jasmine, and a soft, bubbly, leathery nuanced saffron,

I get the Oud, Saffron, Thyme, Olibanum, Jasmine and Sandalwood, it opens up with a herbal, leathery thyme, and a smoky, resinous olibanum, the thyme and olibanum and strong.

After forty five minutes the thyme dissipates, the olibanum softens, in comes a dry, musty oud, and a smooth, creamy sandalwood, the oud is strong, the sandalwood is mild.

After four hours the olibanum and oud dissipate, the sandalwood softens, in comes a fresh, fleshy jasmine, and a bitter yet sweet saffron, the jasmine is soft, the saffron is mild.

This is a very warm, woody, fresh, spicy nuances, a touch of white florals, slightly sweet, pleasing, unisex, it leans more masculine, Oriental Spicy fragrance.

This would be perfect for the Fall and Winter, I get average projection and average longevity, this one was just okay and pleasant for me to wear, 3/5 Stars.

You can purchase Alfa in a Anima drops sample set of eight 1.4ML samples $50.00 and a 100ML bottle for $170.00 on mendittorosa.com.

Swiss Arabian Noora (New) Review

Swiss Arabian Noora (New) Review, this is classified as an Oriental Floral, the notes are Peach, Plum, Orange, Chocolate, Oud, Saffron, Vanilla, Musk, Rose, Lily and Sandalwood.

Recently I have been getting more interested in fragrance oils, particularly from Swiss Arabian, as much as I love the fragrance sprays, I figured I would look into something different, after all it's still perfume even though it's an oil.

I was on fragrantica searching Swiss Arabian Oils which I have been hearing about for years, a lot of my Middle Eastern friends in New York knew I loved fragrances, and they would always tell me about them.

I just never bothered too look into them for whatever reason or another, then a few weeks ago I was going through samples I have not gone through in years and I stumbled across a decant of Swiss Arabians Noora.

This was an RAOK from about five years ago that I never tried, and I couldn't tell you who it was from? but thank you to the person that gifted this to me, I put it on my wrist and instantly fell in love.

Right away I had to have a bottle, I was searching on ebay, amazon and a few other websites, and I went with ebay, they had the best price at $18.00 shipped for a 20ML bottle.

The Middle Easterners do not fool around, every oil and perfume they create is as potent and strong as you can possibly make it, with the finest oils/ingredients they have at there disposal.

The prices are fantastic on some of these oils, especially for the very high quality you get, they range from $20.00-$40.00 and usually come in fifteen to thirty ML bottles.

I get a sweet, ripe, delectable, a touch astringent, orange, brightens up a thick, syrupy, candied, waxy ,tangerine tinged honey, and a dark, dank, nutty, black oud.

Then a purple colored, fruity, a touch sour plum, barely touches a watery, lemon tinged, fresh, blooming morning rose, and a milky, comforting, slightly powdery vanilla.

I get the Orange, Honey, Rose, Oud, Plum, and Vanilla, it opens up with a bright, juicy orange, and a warm, gooey honey, the orange is mild ,the honey is strong.

After thirty minutes the orange dissipates, the honey softens, in comes a musty, woody oud, and a lush, succulent plum, the oud is strong, the plum is mild.

After seven hours the honey and plum dissipate, the oud softens, in comes a plush, pulsating rose, and a sweet, gourmand vanilla, the rose and vanilla are mild.

Noora reminds me of Serge Lutens Arabie, Arabie is, spicier, sweeter and stronger woods, it also has a strong cumin note that Swiss Arabians Noora does not have.

This is a very warm, citric, potent, rich, dense, thick, floral, spicy nuances, a touch woody, fruity, with soft musky and chocolate undertones, unisex Oriental Floral fragrance.

This would bloom beautifully in any season, I get excellent projection and excellent longevity, this perfume oil is a gem that everyone should try, amazing. 5/5 Stars.

You can purchase Swiss Arabians Noora in a 20ML bottle anywhere between $20.00-$30.00 on ebay and amazon.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Twisted Wonderland Perfumery What's In The Hookah EDP by Twisted Wonderland Perfumery (New) Review

Twisted Wonderland Perfumery What's In The Hookah EDP by Twisted Wonderland Perfumery (New) Review, the notes are cherry wood, Raspberry, Caramel Tobacco and Vanilla Bourbon. Additional Note Honey

it's opens up very sweet with a strong, woody cherry wood, followed by a ripe, juicy raspberry, in between all of this I get a slight sugary cotton candy touch, which could be from a combination of those notes, that lasts maybe ten minutes.

Within thirty minutes the sweetness settles, the raspberry note gets softer, and a very luscious, dark caramel tobacco note comes to the forefront, with a creamy, layered vanilla bourbon. Simply Delicious!!!
I would not recommend spraying this on your clothes and hair, for an EDP concentration it's very oily, and two hours after I sprayed it on my hand, I could still see the oil shine.

It has a very strong opening and it projects a good four to five feet away from me for the first two to three hours, it's very long lasting, I got eight to ten hours easily, and for me that is unusual.

I get a slightly dull, a touch sweet, dusty cherry wood, that permeates a slightly citric, vanilla nuanced, moist tobacco, a fruity, soured, bright raspberry, a milky, warm, smooth vanilla bourbon and a sweet, waxy, sugary honey.

I get the cherry wood, raspberry, caramel tobacco, vanilla bourbon and honey, it opens up with a pleasant, a touch herbal cherry wood, and a prominent, tart raspberry.

The cherry wood is mild, the raspberry is strong, after an hour the cherry wood dissipates, the raspberry softens, in comes a black, molasses tinged caramel tobacco, and a milky, seductive vanilla bourbon.

The caramel tobacco is strong, the vanilla bourbon is mild, after six hours the raspberry and vanilla bourbon dissipates, the caramel tobacco softens, in comes a sensual, golden honey.

What's In The Hookah? is a very warm, comforting, inviting, sitting by the fire on a cold winters night, rich, thick, woody, a touch musky, mature, unisex fragrance.

This would be wonderful in the Fall and Winter, I get good projection and good longevity, this is a beautiful fragrance from Twisted Wonderland Perfumery, 4/5 Stars.

You can purchase Twisted Wonderland Perfumery's What's In The Hookah? in a 10ML EDP $15.00, 5ML Oils $13.50, she also carries Lip Balms and Whipped Sugar Scrubs and perfume sampler sets of five $13.50,