Review Fragrance Trésor – Lancôme

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Lancome Tresor is something of an enigma. Some characterize it as uninspired and unoriginal, but paradoxically recommend Tresor as a safe blind buy or good choice for gifting to others, precisely because it is inoffensive. Unfortunately, many others describe Tresor as suffocating, headache-inducing, overwhelming and offensive.

So, is it boring? A perfume that garners dislike and love is capable of inspiring passion, and if it inspires passion, it can hardly be described as boring. Generally, those that perceive Tresor as dull describe a generic rose and jasmine floral. Those that describe Tresor as suffocating usually describe an overripe musky fruity floral.

On me, it is neither and both. It opens with a juicy, overripe peach, paired with a soft, sweet apricot blossom that emphasizes the peachy sweetness. There is a moment when the peach combines with a sweet, honey-like lilac, and a subtle but very sweet pineapple, taking it right to the edge of unbearable sweetness; but, on me, never really going over that line. 

It feels like the end of Summer farmer’s market, with peaches, apricots, and nectarines piled high in the sun. At my farmer’s market there is a family that sells whole, cored pineapples, they core them on the spot, and the air around their booth smells of ripe juicy pineapple. That is Tresor, a fresh, not too sour or sweet pineapple, combined with end-of-summer peaches to create a strong ripe fruit accord. The bergamot helps to keep it light, countering the sweet fruit and giving it a little spicy kick.

The florals are there in the opening, but soft. The Lily of the Valley gives it a little soapy note, and also reinforces the non-soapy, but “clean” nuance of the apricot blossom. The rose is lemony, powdery, pink, and a little musky, and combines beautifully with the peach to create a peachy rosy floral. There is a lovely jasmine note, perhaps from the lilac, and altogether it is complex, contradictory, nuanced and rounded. There is more going on in the opening of Tresor than most fragrances have in their entire pyramid.

If Tresor is all about the roses, it is when the heart begins to bloom, that the rose comes front stage. This rose is darker and more velvety than the subtle pink rose that opened. It is a smoky rose, backed by a clear, strong jasmine and a powdery, earthy iris. The heliotrope creates the magic, giving a vanilla nuance to the floral accord. While the jasmine lends a heady and intense potency to the soft rosy florals, Tresor remains a soft, elegant affair.

And then, suddenly, as the base develops: Fruit? Here comes the peach again, this time backed by apricot, this time floating in a thick vanilla liqueur. Ambery, musky, and a nice dose of sandalwood to anchor the finale. I love the musky drydown, which adds to the powdery, bitter iris note still lingering from the orris root and iris. On me, I get a little amaretto from the apricot, which blends with the amber to give a boozy, sweet warmth that makes it very cozy.

This is a beautiful composition, full of surprises and feints, redundancy and reiteration, all coming together to make a perfume that is more than the sum of it’s many parts.

Tresor gel is not the best body care product I have experienced: it makes great bubbles, but not so much aroma. The lotion, however, is divine. A little muskier than the perfume, it wears close to the skin and is unabashedly sexy. The pure parfum is less sweet on me, less silage, but good longevity, compared to the EDP.

Review Fragrance Miss Dior Cherie

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 Miss Dior Cherie

Delightfully Gorgeous, Fun, Flirty, Richly Feminine, Joyfully Sensual concoction. I am tickled to death by this sophisticated little number. Thankfully, it is very much NOT the sickening bubble gum sweet, syrupy, caramelized-popcorn foody mess of the 2005 version. This one is an unmistakably DIOR chypre floral with its stamp of richly sensual spicy elegance coupled with an understatedly sweet-earthy, flirtatious sexiness typical of the house. 

This one opens with a mouth watering invitation of citrus and juicy strawberries followed by a shower of jasmine sambac and roses, resting finally in a freshly earthy bed of vetiver, sandalwood, oakmoss, amber and patchouli. I usually dislike an overly heavy, dirty patchouli. Here however, the patchouli is kept in check with a shot of freshly clean oakmoss balanced with the warm depth of sandalwood and deep womanly amber. Vetiver is the note that bolsters the entire base and actually provides further anchoring depth and a perfect finishing touch to a warm embrace of earth beneath the lovely fresh fruit and understated florals. 

This mixture is fascinating on my skin in the balance achieved by the delicious fruity-floral ness and the freshly bracing, yet warm earthy base. The combo folds outward into a curiously addictive mixture of sexy fun and serious sensuality at all once. Rather like being naked in a luxurious bed of jasmine and roses while snacking on succulent strawberries and oranges as a vial of exotic incense sends wisps of amber/vetiver/patchouli through the air while you recline in a forest of sandalwood dripping with oakmoss. I love it.

Review Fragrance Burberry Body Tender

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Despite what people are saying about how boring this is, I personally always have room for a “safe” scent on my vanity. Work, family gatherings, first-time meetups, whatever the occasion.

Not only do I have an appreciation for this as a safe scent, but I do find it to be quite beautiful. Warm, but clean.. soft and textured. Not linear, in my opinion.. stays crisp throughout the dry down on my skin, and pretty decent longevity for an edt.

Just bought this after scraping by on the generous sample I was given, could not go without it! Was also watching an interesting review of the Burberry ‘Body’ and its noted similarity to Lancome’s ‘Tresor’ and ah-ha! There it is, the peachy rose reason I immediately just fell in love with this fragrance.

My aunts wore Tresor for majority of my formative years, and it was just cozy, sweet, and endearing to me. What I find in BT is a bit of an added edge with the wormwood and tea.. updated and fresh nostalgia to my nose! Feels sophisticated but still naive.. I can definitely see myself purchasing this for years to come. Yay!

3 Tips on Choosing the Right Perfume for You

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With the thousands of fragrances in the market, it can sometimes be tricky to choose the one that is perfect for your taste, personality, the occasion, and other factors. Check out the following basic tips that you may find useful when choosing and even wearing the perfect perfume for you.

1. Determine your budget.

Perfumes are priced in a very big range, from very inexpensive colognes to luxurious designer brands. Determining your budget or the money you are prepared to spend beforehand will help narrow down the choices and will save you a lot of time.

2. Know what particular smell you want and go for it.

Decide on what type of fragrance you want based on what use the perfume would be to you. For instance, is it for special occasions? Is it to please or seduce a lover? Is it for everyday wash and wear? If you plan to please someone, make sure to research on the particular fragrances he or she likes. If you want it to be an everyday whiff you can wear to work or school, you may want to buy a lighter and fresher scent. If it’s for big parties and formal events, choose a perfume that makes a stronger impact by blending well with your body chemistry.

Other factors like the weather or season are also important to consider. For instance, if you live in a very humid setting, floral fragrances with a woody or musky base often complement the sultry weather. If you’re often surrounded by a lot of people in near proximity, don’t choose a very strong perfume because not everyone likes perfume. Citrus, sea breeze and other herb and floral fragrances are often fresh and rejuvenating, perfect for someone always on the go. If you will be out on a date and want to heighten the romance, choose a scent that is a bit stronger but not overpowering. Usually oriental spices project confidence and sophistication. Meanwhile, aromatic blends are perfect for men who like to smell like a true man exuding with machismo and security.

3. Examine carefully before buying.

When you’ve finally narrowed down your choices and you’re ready to go to a perfume shop, don’t forget to carefully examine each perfume you fancy before getting ahead of yourself and purchasing. Take note that your nose can only handle so much and testing 20 perfumes consecutively will prove to be futile. Before you start spraying a perfume on your wrist, spray it first on a card or paper and decide if you like it. If not, move on to the next. Once you find a scent you think is perfect, start testing it on your body. Apply a small amount on your wrist or at the back of your arm. Sometimes the saleslady will offer to apply some in her own skin and have you smell it. This is a no-no because each of us reacts to perfumes in different ways. Make sure the perfume is perfect for you by putting it on your own skin. Wait for a few minutes because fragrances start to grow on you and smell different after a while.

 

Review Fragrance Our Moment – One Direction

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Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, and don’t judge a perfume by it’s bottle, or indeed the boy band behind it. I first smelt this on my co-worker, and thought she was wearing Britney Spears’ Midnight Fantasy.

When she told me it was One Direction I was surprised how lovely it smelt, and when I found it on offer on Amazon I treated myself to the bottle. It still reminds me a little of Midnight Fantasy, sweet, but unique and delicious, maybe even a little seductive. It smells of soft, gentle fruits, musks and florals, with a hint of something a little spicy which gives it a lovely unique edge. It also lasts a long time without being overpowering or sickly.

The only thing I don’t like is the bottle, which is too fiddly and looks like a tacky Disney princess accessory, but like I said, don’t judge it on the bottle, the fragrance inside is beautiful.

For anybody out there toying with this perfume but are put off because it’s ‘One Direction’, (I happen to think they are cute), please do try this, you will be pleasantly surprised!

Seasonal Fragrance

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The idea of seasonal fragrances is completely foreign to most perfume and cologne wearers. Most people approach the topic as you wear what you like when you want to wear it. However there are more seasonal fragrances to help your body chemistry match the perfume note more accurately. While not applicable to absolutely every individual with every fragrance, there are a few basic standards to guide you.

Winter is a time for the more spicy colognes for men and the more oriental fragrances for women. Musky, wooded scents or an outdoor of type aroma do well in the winter as well. In winter, the metabolism slows a bit and the science of fragrance (yes there is a science) dictates that the combination of our bodies’ chemistries combined with our smell association are more inclined to prefer some scents in the winter time versus other scents in warmer weather.

Apple or distinct fruity scents are typically a woman’s spring and early summer scent while she may want to pick something less sweet when the weather turns hot. This is partially due to over active sweat glands in the summer time and our naturally desire to smell “cooler” scents when it is hot outside. For men, summertime scents involve more of an outdoor leathery scent. Spicy scents tend to mix poorly with sweat and create an unpleasant aroma.

Some perfumes and colognes do well all year long. The more subtle the fragrance is, the more it will mesh well with both summer and winter body chemistries. The fruitier scents that are blended with other aromas are good for spring while some of the floral blends are really more appropriate for winter.

There is no exact perfect match for everybody when trying to determine which perfumes and colognes are more suited for each individual season. Often you can tell what types of perfumes are more popular by the types of samples are on the fragrance counter, but each body is unique and each blend is unique to the wearer. The previous text is considered a basic guideline based on averages. Some things may not apply to your body and your perfume selection.

If you are in doubt remember that subtlety is always the best policy. Subtlety allows for a greater margin of error whether you are talking seasonal selections or trying a new fragrance for the first time. Overpowering perfumes and colognes make the small mistakes we make in the selection process stand out.

 

Chanel Perfume; Classy and Elegant

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One of the most distinguished brand name in the perfume business that almost everyone knows about it and is familiar with its unique logo, and surely Chanel perfume is the very last name in quality as well as style making it amongst the most highly regarded of all perfumes. Moreover, there are of course imitations particularly in the third world countries where brand names are not as strictly protected as in the West.

Coco Chanel’s vision

What makes Chanel perfume so special is and why women cannot do without it, and the answer is simply in the vision of its founder Coco Chanel who wished for women to wear perfumes that gave them a sense of independence and of belonging to an important part of culture. Despite the fact that she probably would not realize that how well her vision became reality, these days there is no doubt that Chanel perfumes are the very archetype of perfumes.
As a result, today many celebrities in the world including the Hollywood beauties are all sporting Chanel perfume, all of which contributes to the fame and glamour connected with such a trade name of which Chanel Number 5 is a good example. Such complimentary advertising and also the effect of celebrities supporting Chanel perfume has made millions of women want to own a bottle of such perfume for them, thus contributing to the success of this brand even more.

So, with hundred years of experience in selling its brand, it is no accident that today everyone wants to own Chanel perfume and all that a woman needs today is to walk into a department store where there are sure to be shelves filled with Chanel perfume bottles of different sizes, fragrances and shapes.

Chanel 5 perfume

The most popular Chanel No. 5 that was the idea of Ernest Beaux contains ylang-ylang and also neroli and blends of jasmine as well as rose makes for a very alluring perfume indeed. Although nobody (outside of the company) actually knows the exact formula, there is no doubting its popularity and it is believed that a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is sold once every thirty seconds. So, this product is certainly filling the coffers of its maker while proving it a huge success with the public as well.

Chanel gardenia perfume

Ernest Beaux created in 1925; Gardenia is a stunning illustration of his talent in creating shining floral compositions. The stylishness of this fragrance is outstanding,

Gardenia was reformulated in the 1980s, in company with Bois des Iles and Cuir de Russie. The new version stands far less similarity to the original aldehydic bouquet than do the other reissues to their vintage equivalents. Gardenia is to some extent of a misnomer, because the effect here is chiefly of orange blossom and jasmine, with the entire arrangement dominated by sweet tuberose. Gardenia is sold in the EDT and perfume. The EDT is bordering on cloyingly sweet, while the perfume is richer and better balanced.