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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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!

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!