Posts Tagged ‘JPG’

Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger Review

July 14, 2009

Prada have been incredibly successful (and deservedly so) with Amber and Prada Man, then more recently with Infusion d’Iris and Infusion d’Homme. I’ve enjoyed all of their releases thus far, and was excited when I heard about the summer flanker for the infusion range, Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger. I was hoping for a lightweight Neroli for summertime. But it seems they spent the money on the packaging, and not the juice, which is not a surprise considering the way the industry works. Prada have had a huge let down in the first of their series of ‘ephemeral infusions’ based on their Exclusive boutique range.

Infusion de Fleur d'OrangerIdFdO opens with Neroli, the kind I recognise from Gaultier’s terrifyingly potent Fleur du Male. And just as soon as you catch that, it whizzes past your nose and is replaced with a light, powdery Tuberose with hints of white florals, presumably from the Jasmine and Orange Blossom, but none of it has any presence, skank or body, it’s just “there”.
And before you know it, that’s gone too. And you are left with a cheap smelling linen water. It’s slightly musky and powdery too, which must be the Serenolide – a Givaudan molecule described as “an elegant white musk with sweet fruity connotations providing warm and soft velvety notes that blend well with all kinds of trendy fruity accords”. The longevity is exceedingly poor, at probably 2 hours tops. Frankly, I’d expect to find this fragrance in Asda’s own brand ironing water, not a fine fragrance.

Top: Mandarin, Neroli
Middle: Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Jasmine
Base: Serenolide, Powdery Notes

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Ma Dame and Ma Dame Eau Fraiche Reviews

March 26, 2009

Jean-Paul Gaultier’s scents are incredibly popular. Le Male and Classique have been in top 10 sellers for as long as I remember, and I’ve never liked either of them. Fragile used to make me smile, after a long time of getting used to it. Fleur du Male was far too potent for me. Ma Dame, however, is completely different from the others. I liked it instantly. It’s cheer-up-juice. I got 2 days of it rammed into my nose at my pre-christmas training, and could probably identify it anywhere in a 1 mile radius.

madameMa Dame begins with Orange and Pomegranate. It’s fizzy for a few seconds, and then a Bubblegum (which smells like the 2p Anglo Bubbly bubblegum I used to buy as a kid from the newsagent) and Aniseed Ball note, with a plastic and neon-bright feeling. There is a powdery note, not Iris, but maybe like Heliotrope, with a bitter sweet Raspberry, which is similar to the raspberry note in Diesel Fuel for Life Men, and Rosewater.
A Cedar note in the heart is thick smelling with the Grenadine so there is still some sweetness. It smells like Grenadine syrup on it’s own, without being diluted with lemonade or water. Also, a dusty vanilla note adds more sweetness, and is reminiscent of Hypnotic Poison, but fruitier.
The drydown is a soft musk note, not in any way sharp or grating like I find many musks, with much of the citrus sweetness still going on. There is no reason a man couldn’t wear this.

Top: Orange Zest, Grenadine
Middle: Fresh Rose, Floral Notes
Base: Musk, Cedar

madameefMa Dame’s summer flanker, Eau Fraiche, is a stripped down version of the original. It’s a lighter concentration.
Fizzes straight out of the bottle like Orangeade, the citrus note is impressive and very well done. Instead of ice cubes in this drink, we have Rose petals, shimmering with Grapefruit juice. The fizz subsides after a few minutes. It quickly turns to roses with a splash of syrupy pomegranate and a hint of musk.
It’s a summer cocktail drink, without any alcohol, and much softer than many summer editions – the newest Escada edition terrifies your nose into submission with the smell of a hundred bottles of children’s sugary strawberry paracetamol.
The drydown is a fizzy Cedar, very similar to Armani Diamonds for Men, alongside the sweet Grenadine. It also brings to mind Versace Men Eau Fraiche. The only fault is that the lower concentration results in poor longevity – so spray it on clothing.

Top: Orange Zest, Pink Grapefruit, Raspberry
Middle: Ultra Fresh Rose, Grenadine
Base: Cedar, Musk

Joop! Thrill Reviews

January 29, 2009

I can’t say I’ve ever truly liked a Joop! fragrance for myself. Joop! Homme is far too commonplace for me, every other guy seems to have a bottle, and I find it pretty offensive – most guys that wear it overapply it, making the whole thing too much. Jump and Go are just more of the same ‘fresh’. However, I wasn’t going to rule out new scents before sniffing them. According to the press machine, “the scents aim to capture the excitement of an urban adventure by night”.

thrillmThe masculine smells like a combination of Gaultier’s Le Male and the original Joop! Homme. This is not difficult for me to imagine at all, the Perfumer must have been on a bus journey into Bristol town centre on a Saturday night. Those are both of the scents of an “urban” night out, and the mens room in a club will nearly always have a cloud of both by the doorway.
Thrill opens with an incredibly harsh Lavender note, which feels very cold. Also, there is a fermented Apple note in the top. It progresses to Lavender and Geranium with watery floral notes trying to break through, and feels very much like Le Male at this point of the fragrance.
The Vanilla and Amber sweetness of Joop! Homme becomes more pronounced towards the drydown – which is mostly a heavy sweet Vanilla on top of a Musky Wood note.

Top: Bergamot, Crisp Apple, Frozen Lavender
Middle: Cedarwood, Geranium
Base: Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla

thrillfThe feminine opens with a burst of sweet but light Fruits. A bright Peach note is apparent and takes over the fragrance for a short while. There is something dark about the fragrance at this point too, so it doesn’t smell entirely girly and innocent, but is still very pretty.
The heart smells like Iris flowers, in a similar way to Bvlgari’s Omnia Amethyste. Very slightly Violet-y and powdery with a small floral bouquet supporting the Peach and Iris. The Peach note remains present throughout the heart, but before the Vanilla drydown appears there is a distracting acidic note.
It dries into a sugary sweet Vanilla and Musky Wood note, similar to the masculine but much softer.

Top: Bergamot, Dewy Leaves, Peach Juice
Middle: Iris, Lily of the Valley
Base: Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood

I prefer the feminine over the masculine, mostly because of the associations with Le Male and Joop! Homme, but also because the feminine is really quite pretty

dunhill Black review

December 5, 2008

dunhill’s newest offering, dunhill Black, is exclusive to Harrods until February ’09.dunhillblack

The bottle and the cap weigh about the same, and the juice is a blue-grey hue.

It opens with a very crisp “greenery” note, the ‘nettle’ appears just after spraying and lasts for a few seconds. Cedar is most definitely detectable straight away, a similar cedar seems to be popular among recent releases, such as Diamonds for Men, where the cedar is somehow fizzy.
Once the nettle gives way, there is a very convincing green tea note, with a gentle citrus in the background, all wrapped inside of a tart herbaceous-greenness.

After about 15 minutes, the green gives way to the Lavender note, which isn’t over the top as in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Le Male, but instead quite subdued.  The lavender transforms into a gentle, slightly dirty, almost animalic Jasmine-leather.

Eventually, the Jasmine disappears and a very soft leather remains as a skin scent. Then, surprisingly, the lavender comes back into play with the leather.

It’s a great day-to-day scent, but the only thing ‘Black’ about this fragrance is the dirty Jasmine. And as it’s so transparent, it’s more grey than black.

Top: Green (nettle) Accord
Heart: Transparent Jasmine, Lavender
Base: Sensual Suede Accord