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Roma by Laura Biagiotti

RomaToday I’m wearing Roma by Laura Biagiotti. Roma falls under the category of largely underrated perfumes. Well, I must quickly add that the category applies to myself only since I imagine it was quite popular back in 1988 when it came out but I was merely a fifth-grader then. So, why underrated? Simply because it’s been sitting in my drawer for about two years now, and I’ve only worn it twice, today being the second time. Now that I think of it, maybe I should make Friday as an official Underrated Perfume day (what do you think, guys?) Back to Roma. It features the notes of pink grapefruit, bergamot, black currant, mint, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, musk, patchouli, oakmoss, and civet. There’s no way my nose detects all of them but it certainly picks up on grapefruit-bergamot-jasmine combo on the sandalwood-amber-oakmoss base. The effect is quite peppery, even leeather-like, slightly spicy, with warm undertones. I have the eau de toilette (with excellent staying power), and now I can’t help but wonder if this was ever made in parfum. If you love scents like Fifi Chachnil, Calvin Klein Obsession, and Must de Cartier, you must give this a try!

Roma can be found at Imagination Perfumery, Parfum1, Scentiments as well as other online discount perfume sites.

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12 comments June 23rd, 2006

Barbara Bui Le Parfum and Sonia Rykiel Woman

Barbara BuiRykiel WomanBarbara Bui Le Parfum and Sonia Rykiel Woman (Not For Men) – both created for two female fashion designers by the perfumer Anne Flipo, the nose behind such scents as L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, Rochas Poupee, Trussardi Skin (courtesy of Now Smell This). While one isn’t a spitting image of the other, there’s definitely a sibling relationship. That is to say, while sharing similar notes and bearing olfactory resemblance, each possesses its own peculiar characteristics. Both are minimalist and demure in nature. Barbara Bui is powdery incense and creamy sandalwood, with soft heliotrope undertones. Rykiel Woman – peppery floral and woody leather. Just as incense and sandalwood are tamed in Barbara Bui, so are florals and leather in Sonia Rykiel. Both conjure up an image of a composed, confident woman.

Barbara Bui notes: spices, incense, jasmine, musk, amber, sandalwood, heliotrope, cedar.
Rykiel Woman notes: pink pepper, violet, date, jasmine petals, Bulgarian rose, black pepper, olibanum, agarwood, leather, amber.

Barbara Bui can be purchased directly from the signature boutique in New York (212-625-1938). Rykiel Woman is available at Imagination Perfumery, Parfum1, and Scentiments.

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15 comments June 22nd, 2006

Aromascope Joins Coutorture

Aromascope joins Coutorture, a blogging commmunity that syndicates posts on fashion, beauty, and fragrance. Be sure to check them out!

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Jacomo Silences

SilencesToday I’m wearing Silences by Jacomo. Victoria’s review of Silences on her blog, Bois de Jasmin, inspired me to track down this mysterious bottle and try the juice myself (which I promptly accomplished on ebay). I must say I haven’t been very lucky with most fragrances created in 1970s (with the exception of Magie Noire and that only in parfum). So I was slightly dreading the arrival of Silences picturing myself being smothered by a loud chypre. The bottle arrived yesterday. I ripped the cellophane open, briefly appreciated its sleek design, and anxiously sprayed some on my hand. Lo and behold, the earth, er, floor, shook beneath me as I was overcome by its stunning gorgeousness (I know this is probably redundant use of “stunning” but I swear that’s how I felt). First of all, a chypre. From the 70s. That I love. Secondly, it doesn’t smother me. Thirdly, I can wear it now, in this hot and humid weather. Beautiful! Enthralling! Glamorous!

Silences features the notes of galbanum, bergamot, orange blossom, lemon, orris, rose, lily of the valley, hyacinth, sandalwood, cedarwood, oakmoss, musk. It’s like a sprakly, lustrous version of Chanel 19, without that green earthiness.

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19 comments June 22nd, 2006

Cuir Beluga by Guerlain

Cuir BelugaToday I’m wearing Cuir Beluga by Guerlain. Cuir Beluga is one of the recent additions created by perfumer Olivier Polge. Marina at Perfume-Smellin’ Things has already done an excellent review here, and, while she and I usually love the same perfumes, Cuir Beluga is an exception. Contrary to her, I happen to adore it. It features the notes of mandarine, aldehydes, immortelle, leather, heliotrope, amber, and vanilla. To my nose, this is not a predominantly leather scent. There’s no sharpness and austerity typically associated with leather. I get more suede softened by vanilla and amber. It also possesses a slightly bitter quality, a combination of immortelle and mandarine, I presume. Immortelle is known for its strong straw-like, fruity smell, with a honey and tea undertone, and I definitely detect a tea note. Cuir Beluga isn’t particularly aldehydic. Overall, it’s simultaneously honey-like soft and straw-like bitter, and I feel inexplicably drawn to it. It’s not by any means a comforting scent. It’s enigmatic and mysterious, with somewhat cold, detached beauty.

Cuir Beluga can be purchased directly from the Guerlain shop in Paris (phone orders – 33 145 62 52 57) or at Bergdorf Goodman in New York (212-872-2734).

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21 comments June 21st, 2006

Perfume Review: Untitled #2 by Tristan Brando

Untitled #2Untitled #2 is a creation of Tristan Brando, the nose behind Monyette Paris. It was created specifically for Luckyscent as part of their exclusive Untitled series – a collaborative effort with well-known perfumers to create unique scents that are limited in number. It’s said to have the notes of black coconut milk, green coconut, Tahitian vanilla, Madagascar vanilla, heliotrope, light driftwood musk, and Sicilian tangelo zest. In spite of such a mouthwatering combination of notes, I must say I’m slightly disappointed. It has such a promising beginning of creamy, milky coconut mixed with vanilla, and I wait in anticipation for heliotrope, driftwood musk, and Sicilian tangelo zest to enter in and sweep me off my feet but all I get is a rather bland, characterless vanilla with a much dreaded doughy drydown. It seems underdeveloped and short-sighted. For a scent that’s described as “vacation in a bottle”, it certainly doesn’t seem to transport me anywhere, and I’m left wondering what the intended destination is.

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6 comments June 21st, 2006

MoslBuddJewChristHinDao by Elternhaus

MoslBuddJewChristHinDaoAnother new Luckyscent addition – MoslBuddJewChristHinDao by Elternhaus, with notes of cassis, basilic, marioana base, mate, immortelle, labdanum, olibanum, rose, gaiac, black pepper, vetiver, sandalwood, cedar wood, patchouli, musk, and amber. Supposedly, a must try for 10 Corso Como lovers (which I am). Sounds very intriguing but what a bizarre name for a perfume! $300 for 50 ml. Ouch. Hold on to your wallets.

For more informaton, please check MoslBuddJewChristHinDao web page.

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17 comments June 20th, 2006

Monyette Paris Cashmere Body Mist

Monyette Body MistNew at Luckyscent – Monyette Paris Cashmere Body Mist, a dry oil spray. I already own Monyette in perfume oil, body lotion, and candle, and I think I’m going to need this, too.

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Donna Karan Labdanum and Wenge

Donna Karan EssenceToday’s scent is Donna Karan Wenge applied over Donna Karan Labdanum lotion and a few dabs of Labdanum perfume. I adore this combo so much I wanted to make sure it lasts. As stated earlier, Labdanum is my favorite summer incense, and Wenge is now my favorite summer woods. It complements Labdanum perfectly by softening its slightly rough edges and adding woody sweetness. The overall effect is reminiscent of Donna Karan Black Cashmere minus all the heavy spices (clove, nutmeg, pimento, patchouli). It smells so good I could bathe in this stuff!

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9 comments June 20th, 2006

More Favorite Summer Scents

Summer!Please be sure to check Ayala’s list of favorite summer scents on her blog – Smelly Blog!

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