Saturday, October 22, 2005

KORS - Michael Kors

KORS - Let's talk about this Multi-Seasonal Fragrance

Sometimes I forget how much I love my KORS by Michael Kors. I get lots of compliments on this one. I loved it in the summer, it felt cool and sheer. Now I'm finding it's great for fall and winter with is wine and cognac notes, it seems to warm in the winter and feel cool in the spring/summer.

KORS: A Delicious Red Scent Of Sheer Port Wine And Cognac, layered With Sensuous Rose Petals And Exotic Spices.Notes: Sicilian Bergamot, Clementine, Pomegranate, Davana Oil, Sheer Cognac, Dewdrop Notes, Red Berry Rose, Crimson Rose Petals, Sheer Spring Jasmine, Sheer Port Accord, Ylang Ylang, Natural Chamomile, Rosewood, Red Incense, Tolu Balsam, White Amber, Bio-musk.

Ormonde Jayne Vs. The Different Company Osmanthus

Ormonde Jayne Vs. The Different Company Osmanthus

I'm doing a test today of both of these, one on each arm. Both are very nice and I'd like to own bottles of both, for now I just have decants. TDC is drier, more peppery, it's very apparent right from the start. OJ is a slight bit sweeter and greener with a fresher quality to it. I find the OJs seem to have a watery note that lends a freshness/coolness to the scent. TDC tends to stay more linear with the florals fading and pepper increasing as the drydown occurs. A faint rose appears in the drydown. OJ on the other hand fades into what I can only describe as the wonderful OJ base. Closer to the skin, it's creamy smooth. Sillage and lasting ability goes to TDC. Pure scent enjoyment goes to OJ.

By the way, neither one of these smell like tuberose, if you want an osmanthus that is tuberosey, try Keiko Mecheri.

Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus notes:
Top: Pomello, davana (sweet Egyptian herb), pimentoHeart: Osmanthus absolute, water lily and sambac (Indian Jasmine)
Base: Cedarwood, labdanum resin, musk and vetivert

The Different Company Osmanthus notes:
Osmanthus fragrans (China), leaf green, bergamot, orange, tangerine, rose, rose bay, castoreum, hay, musk

Bois des Iles - Chanel

A new discovery, a new love. Soft, powdery and elegantly sweet. I have a very hard time with soft woods actually smelling like wood on me. And that is a good thing. A strong wood note can send me to sink in a scrubbing flurry.

Here's the description from Scent Direct:"1926. A fascination with distant lands. The heat of sensuality in a cool heart. The first great woody fragrance for women. The woody scent reveals itself slowly. Hot notes of sandalwood and vetiver, then Tonka bean and vanilla for mischief, a flowery heart for emphasis. A subtle revelation/discovery."

If I had read this first, I might never have tried this lovely fragrance. A lesson learned.

Mariella Burani - Mariella Burani

Mariella Burani

This one falls In the category of where have you been all my life!!

Wonderful, deliciously sweet, powdery amber! It feels elegant and romantic, I predict men will like this one, it's sure to garner compliments. I know it looks top heavy with citrus, but the fruit notes are softly mingled with the florals, I don't get any sharpness at all. Nor does it smell citrus-y. I did read on another site that this contains oak moss, but I wouldn't call it a chypre or a floral. I'd call it a soft oriental, my favorite category.

There is something a bit Chanel about this one too, but I can't place it. I didn't realize this has been around awhile so I paid full price (big bottle too) at the Nordie's event, only to find it on eBay for cheap! But that's ok, I love it and I'm happy. My little twinsies, please take note of this one!

Notes From Perfume Emporium: "Floral, Fruity, Sweet-Ambery. Created in 1992, Mariella Burani is a sharp, gentle, floral fragrance. It's fragrant nature explores essences of orange, grapefruit and mandarin. Blended with notes of violet, iris and cedar, Mariella Burani is a romantic type fragrance."

Le Parfum De Therese - Frederic Malle

My Love/Hate relationship w/Jasmine - Le Parfum De Therese

Ok, more often than not, if there's jasmine, I don't like it. Maybe it's the combination of tuberose that brings out the worst in jasmine. Maybe it's certain fruits. I've yet to pin it down exactly. But I will.

On the other hand jasmine done right, can be a wonderful thing. Yes, jasmine in moderation is quite lovely. Jasmine and violets; are fatally addicting. Case in point; Frederic Malle's Le Parfum De Therese. Deep and lusciously delicious are the top notes of Mandarin, Melon, Jasmine & Pepper, sweetened by the middle note of violet that rises up immediately on me.

Ahhh, I'm so smitten with violets lately, violets sprinkled on Muscs Koublai Khan might even make that wearable.The other notes include Rose, Plum, Nutmeg, on a base of Cedar, Vétyver & Leather. Those who know me will find this a surprise; wood & leather?? Yes, it's there but soft in the background and not enough to detract me from this wonderful fragrance.