It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of powdery fragrances, and Poudree performs exactly how I would imagine a feminine pink musky perfume to smell like. This opens up with a powerfully intoxicating blend of jasmine and roses; it’s powdery and clean without being too dusty or “mature”.
At its heart Poudree smells a little like Victorian deodorant, the woody notes elevate the roses so that it isn’t overwhelmingly sweet. This is a much more feminine sister to Narciso Rodriguez’s Narciso, whereas Narciso is more of the down to earth child…Poudree is sassier, flirtier, and is coming to terms with her own sexuality.
This is still a very tame fragrance in my opinion, it isn’t sexy – but a little more timid, almost virginal if that is even possible to describe such a scent. The vetiver and orange blossom gives this perfume an almost “spicy incense” note but it’s very faint; the patchouli isn’t overwhelming here but rather plays its part subtly in the background.
Poudree is more of a “skin” scent, the sillage is rather poor but longevity is pretty good. I feel like it’s better as a “before bed time” fragrance, when you’re cuddling with your significant other and they can smell this on your body. It’s clean and musky but in a natural way, this doesn’t feel synthetic at all.
The dry down is a bit of a disappointment, there is a distinct note of something resembling play-doh which sometimes happen when the rose and musk doesn’t blend very nicely with my body chemistry. Of course this isn’t something that can be helped as everybody’s skin is different.
Overall another great multifaceted concoction from the house of Narciso Rodriguez, if you love powdery fragrances you should definitely give this a try.
Rose /Jasmine /Orange Blossom
Vetiver /Cedar /Coumarin/ Patchouli
Womanity is one of those perfumes that you’ve never smelled before, and will probably never experience again. It’s comprised of two primary notes: Fig and caviar; and trust me friends the caviar is STRONG in this composition.
Together they are a perfect harmony of fruity, salty, and green. Frankly I am not a fan of opposing forces battling it out on my skin, but this is exactly what it sounds like…sweet and salty beach air. It reminds me of a long day surfing on a tropical island, with the sand in my hair and sea salt on my lips. To me the fig and caviar becomes a bit too cloying after a few hours, it makes me nauseous and I only spritzed once on my wrist! I can’t imagine if someone were to layer this thing, they would smell like fish for the entirety of the day!
Womanity dries down to a weaker version of its former self, but it’s still strong enough that you will get an occasional whiff of it throughout the day. Unfortunately being Asian I can’t help but associate the caviar undertone with fish sauce (which bothers the hell out of me), I eat fish sauce almost every day but I certainly wouldn’t want to wear it!
Another observation is that this really does smell like the ocean in real life, not the aquatic version that’s been commercialized to death but the ACTUAL smell of the waves and tumultuous seas. I might even dare say that it’s also a little metallic, like those giant iron bolts or anchors attached to the side of the pier…rusted and tarnished from years of wind corrosion.
Honestly if you wanted to decant a day at the beach, this would be a great way to remember it. But frankly I associate those fond memories with suntan lotion and body creams not salted fish, this perfume is a unique experience but not something I would want to wear on a regular basis.
Fig /Caviar /Fig Tree /Fig Leaf
This is such a strange fragrance that I find myself at a loss for words. For starters this doesn’t smell like a “bad girl” scent (quite the contrary), it’s boldly abhorrent and awkwardly feminine at the same time. The best way I can explain it is to imagine someone cooking curry while standing next to a large bouquet of roses. I know this smell because I’ve lived in India for a short time and this reminds me of every restaurant in New Delhi that I’ve stepped foot into.
The tuberose note is reminiscent of salted meat and heavy cream, especially the moment when ghee (clarified butter) mixes with pork; it’s gourmand in the most unconventional way. A strange combination that is both attractive and repulsive to me. It’s like stepping into an Indian household after the owner had already prepared dinner and is now spraying air freshener to get rid of the scent.
I pick up a lot of Jasmine and amber on the dry down, the osmanthus is very creamy and clean (smells like lotion) but I can still smell the meat! I don’t know why I am just not a fan of tuberose, the idea of cured pork mixed with white florals and spicy woods is offsetting to my nose. This is an unexpectedly gritty fragrance dressed up in a white dress; it’s definitely unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
Frankly I can understand the appeal with this brand and I can respect anyone who loves it, but unfortunately for me the tuberose made this perfume an unforgivable experience.
Jasmine /Osmanthus / Rose
Tuberose / Narcissus
Oh my goodness do I love you Agent Provacateur. You are love at first sniff; a beautiful stranger, an alluring beast…a master of disguise. You are a queen and a princess, a lover and a heartbreaker; too beautiful to control and too wild to love.
This is one of the most gorgeous florals I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience; it’s definitely an oriental rose- thanks to the saffron notes in its composition. Some of the reviews distinctively say this feels like a “vintage perfume” and I totally agree; it’s classic but not mature at all- youthful but not restrictive to any age group.
Agent Provacateur reminds me of my travels in India; every morning the market stalls near my apartment will be decorated with garlands of flowers and rose water…with women setting up sticks of incense on the little altars that sometimes line the streets. That’s what this perfume reminds me of: gorgeous oriental roses with a little spice and saffron. The dry down is a little musky with mostly roses and hints of jasmine, I don’t sense the amber in this but I do notice the vetiver.
This is a “wet” roses scent, fresh morning buds with little dew drops on its delicate red lips; it’s an optimistic floral full of happiness and confidence. I will say that this is unexpectedly the rose that I have been searching for all my life; it is reminiscent of the blossoming of youth, innocence, and sincerity. It is, in my opinion – the reason why roses are the queen of all flowers. I fall in love every day that I wear this.
Gardenia /Vetiver/ Rose/ Jasmine
Amber /Musk /Cedar
Thanks to a very dear friend of mine I was able to test out this much sought after fragrance by Vivienne Westwood. This is Boudoir, an homage to the classy woman’s sacred space- very intimate and private just like the lady herself.
Based on reviews I wasn’t expecting much, however on first spritz I was pleasantly surprised. I immediately sensed aldehydes and lots of it; there’s a waxy creamy scent that reminds me of vintage fragrances like the original Chanel No5 and Passion by Elizabeth Taylor. I’m very surprised that there is no musk here- the dry down has a particular starkness that could be attributed to the patchouli and tobacco leaf. I also do not sense any “rose” or “hyacinth”, only wafts of carnation and sandalwood which blends beautifully with the cardamom!
I will go out on a limb and say this is almost medicinal in texture, it’s “heavy” and overwhelming- but not obnoxious. I feel something a little maternal about this perfume, and I am not a fan of that. It doesn’t feel “sexy” to me, personally I get a little bored waiting for Boudoir to moonlight into something else a little more exciting or even mysterious. In its current state there’s no “stimulation” of the senses, no touch of sensuality or intrigue. Just a lady’s chamber with too much old make up and the stench of sweaty bodies; it really does smell like a bedroom after sex which makes this fragrance an interesting one to add to your collection. Boudoir is a great experience for me, I feel strangely self-aware when I have it on- like suddenly I am more intimate with myself in a purely philosophical way. Definitely one of a kind, but not something I would go out of my way to re-purchase.
Aldehydes /Orange Blossom/ Marigold/ Hiacynth /Bergamot
Coriander/ Carnation /Orris Root/ Jasmine/ Rose /Cardamom /Narcissus
Sandalwood /Patchouli /Cinnamon /Vanilla /Tobacco Leaf
When I first started my venture into the world of perfumes, the name Thierry Mugler got thrown around so often that the words “Alien” and “Angel” were synonymous with “must have”. So of course I had to order one for myself just to see =P
Alien was my first experience with the design house and it doesn’t disappoint, this is white floral heaven! The initial blast of jasmine instantly captures my attention; the woody notes that follow gives a slight peppery undertone that I absolutely love. The amber prevents this fragrance from being too overly sweet and gives it a very warm balsamic dry down. I sense a little incense as the day wears on but the sweet jasmine still dominates overall; it feels like an exotic wildflower from a hot and humid jungle located in some foreign land.
Overall not so much “alien” but definitely an “oriental” vibe, a great day time scent and very safe for the office environment; the sillage is crazy strong – I can smell the fumes all day long. Longevity is quite moderate, and it’s interesting enough that you’ll never find yourself getting sick of it.
Plus the bottle is absolutely amazing; I feel like an Alien Goddess reaching for my daily dose of fuel before declaring massive war on an extraterrestrial neighbor!
I’ve been on the search for an authentic “green tea” fragrance for the longest time, so today I went out of my way to acquire this bottle by Creed called Asian Green Tea. On the same note, I also purchased the uniquely popular Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden (for comparison).
First off, I am extremely picky regarding chypre fragrances, the combination of citrus and labdanum on a bed of oak moss has the potential to smell like synthetic floor wipes to my nose. And unfortunately this seems to be the case with GT; there’s something commercial about this fragrance…the citrus and mint are horribly sweetened and smells processed to boot.
This is a frag that I have smelled before; like being inside one of those retail stores such as Origins and The Bodyshop. It’s generally the same: start off fresh, and then settles into something sweet and Lysol-ish.
When I think of green tea I think of oriental tea leaves with a good balance of citrus and mint, it should be refreshing but not aggressive. So this takes me to Creed’s Asian Green Tea, which I LOVE. It is timid in nature, smells soothing, wholesome, and feels full-bodied. I never realized how musk can produce such an unusual accord when combined with tea and orange. The citrus notes felt subdued by the sandalwood and amber, with floral undertones to mask any sourness that might peek through.
Overall evocative of having a cup of tea while surrounded by spring flowers; AGT is clean and fresh without being in your face about it.
Creed perfumes in general are outrageously priced, but their sillage/longevity are amazing. Personally if you are in the market for a tea fragrance, this one (in my opinion) takes the cake. However, if you’re not keen on Creed then Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea may be a sensible substitute.
Asian Green Tea by Creed
Bergamot /Orange /Lemon /Neroli
Violet/ Green Tea/ Heliotrope /Rose/ Black Currant
Sandalwood /Musk /Amber
Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden
Rhubarb /Mint /Orange/ Bergamot /Lemon
Carnation /Musk /Jasmine /Oakmoss /Amber/ Fennel
Caraway /Amber /Musk /Green Tea /Jasmine /Cloves /Oakmoss /Celery Seeds
If Ralph Lauren’s “Romance” and Valentino’s “Donna” got married, moved to the suburbs and had a baby it would be called “Rose Couture” by Elie Saab. This perfume was one of those impulse buys that smelled great at the counter but was a regrettable experience when worn at home. Not that there is anything unpleasant about this fragrance, it is just too overwhelmingly sweet and too familiar to my nose, as if I’ve smelled hundreds before just like it.
RC feels like an inferior flanker (a branch-off of something extraordinary) in its current form, there are so many possibilities here but unfortunately that potential was never realized. For starters, the rose is obnoxiously flagrant – it seemed to have drowned out all the other notes. Heck I can barely detect the caramel and vanilla, where is the supposed litchi? Where is the sandalwood? This fragrance feels TOO safe, just your basic floral and some weaker notes stumbling offstage somewhere.
If you took Valentino’s Donna and stripped it of its lipstick scent, subdued the boozy vanilla and leather; if you took out the patchouli and watered it down with liquid candy…you would have Rose Couture.
The projection is strong, the longevity is moderate. The dry down is extremely bland; it smells like a weaker version of itself. Overall, a very generic floral that smells safe and unexceptional- possibly within the same category as La Vie Est Belle by Lancome.
If you are looking to smell like everyone else, Rose Couture would be the ideal candidate. However if you’re the kind who goes against the grain, consider skipping out on this flanker.
Rose /Peony /Orange Blossom /Bergamot
Rose /Jasmine /Vanilla /Peach /Litchi
Patchouli /Sandalwood/ Caramel
It is a generally a rare circumstance when I encounter a fragrance that works so well with my skin chemistry and expresses so clearly all my peculiarities and confidences that when I do accidentally fall in love…I knew it had to be fate.
Due to the finicky nature of perfumes (scent association, environmental conditions, the individual’s own physical makeup), I strongly believe that it is the fragrance that picks the wearer not the other way around. How a scent behaves and the exhilarating feeling that follows is completely up to the ingredients and whether or not it will complement your body.
Some brands will play on my skin like a perfect orchestra, whereas others just sit there stubborn and unwilling.
A perfect example was when I first tried on Dark Obsession by Calvin Klein; this fragrance is just so darn good that I felt I have found the perfect scent for my fall collection. There is just so much going on here: a thick accord of espresso, chocolate, soft leather, and smoke. This is a walk through dark mysterious woods with your jacket collar propped up against your ears, you see a tiny little house and enter it…a whiff of dark coffee, spices and tobacco assaults your senses…suddenly you are at home, safe…warm, comforting.
I sense so much of Tom Ford’s Tobacco & Vanille in this blend, the guarana and vanilla are so expertly synchronized that the appearance of suede and balsam firs appeared natural and expected. There is nothing here offensive or uninviting.
Overall a masterpiece in my mind; but like I have stated, this perfume is not for everyone. Hubby has tried on Dark Obsession and to my nose he does not project the same harmonious results that I fell in love with. The smell was off by a hair; that velvety blend got lost in a cocktail of scent fragments that never seemed to fit in anywhere; in fact some people find that there are no chocolates or coffee in this perfume at all. I was disappointed but also relieved; I guess this will be my personal fragrance after all. =]
For the price and quality, I would recommend this one over Tobbaco & Vanille. It would be an adventure in gourmand heaven, and an unforgettable experience.
Mandarin/ Guarana/ Wormwood
So my favorite perfume of all time contains an important odor that is most discernible to my nose: Civet. It is a sticky oil that‘s secreted from the anal glands of Civet cats, which smells awfully similar to rat urine and rodent feces.
These cats live in various parts of the world including the forests of India and outlying countries like Vietnam, Malaysia and Nepal. The oil is a natural by-product used in famous fragrances like Shalimar, Chanel No5, Bois Santal by Creed, Obsession by Calvin Klein etc. It is an odor similar to musk but distinctively different, more palpable in my opinion.
Most civet oils are produced on farms in eastern Africa, where the precious liquids are collected weekly from caged animals. Civet is famous for its complex composition: putrid and foul when fresh. However, once diluted yields an animalic sweet substance that enhances and even altars the composition of other ingredients.
Today civet is mass produced in its synthetic form, which is easier to create and more environmentally friendly. If you want true civets in fragrances, look for any of the aforementioned fragrances in its vintage form (pre-1990s).