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serendipitygirl
First post - a bit of a backlog ;)
What Works:
As a general rule it has been noted (by myself and others) that given a general range of perfumes, if it doesn’t smell good on me, it will on either jenmarie or blissfish - and vice versa. The neat thing about this is that if we wind up with something that one of us doesn’t care for, it’s a near certainty that one of the others will like it. J
In general, florals tend to blend very well with my skin chemistry. This surprises me somewhat, but I’m pleased with it. It does give me a very good place to start from however.
So, the last few weeks worth of experiences – compiled and largely from memory and links (provided) as it’s been a long few weeks. ;)


I’ve had lots of very positive experiences with Guerlain; in general I’m quite taken with about anything I’ve tried (one notable exception). We’ll start with Insolence – and this is positively illegal on my skin. *G*
The website itself hesitates to break down precise definitions on this one, and perhaps that is how it should be. A very sweet fragrance – likely too much for some.

Champs-Elysees
head notes : rose petals, mimosa leaves
heart notes : mimosa, buddleia, blackcurrant
base notes : woody note, vanilla

This one was nice, but not quite as compatible a mix with Insolence (for example – but then Insolence was so nicely blended that it rather set the bar) - vanillas very seldom mix well once they hit my skin (which is a pity as I’m fond of vanillas), but this would be the exception to that.

Shalimar
head notes : lemon, bergamot
heart notes : jasmine, may rose
base notes : iris, incense, opoponax, tonka bean, vanilla

Honestly I was not too impressed with this one – either straight out of the bottle, initial scent, or (more importantly) after it had settled on my skin for a few minutes. It wasn’t bad per se, but did not mix at all well with my chemistry. A first for guerlain. Doubly suprising as jasmine almost universally mixes incredibly on my skin.

Prada blends so well with me and is such a diverse scent that it has become something of my standby. It’s an extremely complicated fragrance (Bergamot Oil Italian, Orange Oil, Bitter Orange Oil, Mandarin Flower, Mimosa India, Rose Absolute ABS, Schinus Molle ABS LMR, Peru Balsam, Patchouli Oil LMR, Raspberry Flower, Labdanum Resinoide LMR, Tonka Bean ABS LMR, Vanilla Absolute, Musk, and Sandalwood Oil.) My thinking is that, given some of it’s more distinctive notes it would actually smell much better on jenmarie.

Delicious by DKNY really surprised me. Odd flower and apple scents (as it struck me at the time), and I couldn’t tell quite more than that. It blended really well. Not a lot of pizzazz but solid. Did tend to diffuse a bit quicker than I’d like.


Lots of Bond no. 9 smell good on me
Nuit de Noho Jasmine, patchouli, and (again) vanilla. Very nice, very specific – and it lasts a good while without being overwhelming.

New York Fling - very interesting fragrance. Bergamot, freesia, and amber. I am willing to put money that it smells better on blissfish and me, but it smelled really good once it settled.

I think that’s it for now. I’ve two more recent experiences that warrant their own post - Acier aluminium – by Creed (which smells really good on me) and the zOMG experience that is Gypsy Queen by BPAL. But that will have to wait. :)

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jlhill From: jlhill Date: February 28th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting about Shalimar. Normally I can't wear jasmine; my skin amps it up until that is all I smell. Additionally, the scent does horrible things to my sinuses.

However, I can't smell the jasmine in Shalimar once it's on my skin. It's just incense, vanilla, a hint of lemon, and rose. Yum.

I wonder, though, if this could be the difference between French jasmine (which I think Guerlain is one of the few houses still using) and the more usual Indian or Egyptian or Moroccan. It would be nice to know, because I love the smell of jasmine flowers but can't seem to wear it in perfumes.
From: serendipitygirl Date: February 28th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Entirely possible and a very good question I think. Jasmine is not the easiest scent to capture without reducing it to the point of being unable to use. (Sorry about the sinuses, obviously something that triggers sinus reactions = What Not To Wear.) Make no mistake, I like the scent of Shalimar, just not on me. :) I tend to love vanillas quite a bit but I just can't wear them; either they mix with my skin and produce something offensively neutral or they overwhelm my own scent - and I think that such things should enhance and complement, not drown.
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From: serendipitygirl Date: February 28th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
No, I've not tried that one yet (unless it was a case of seeing the bottle and going "Shiny Thing!" which, let's face it, is possible.)
I like moody Paris in the teens; and if anyone can make vanilla more palatable on my tender flesh, it's Guerlain.
Review please? *puppy dog eyes*
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