Sunday, March 30, 2008

Narcotic Venus - Nasomatto - Review

Narcotic Venus Extract de Parfum at $148 for 30ml (1oz) may be the most expensive fragrance I have ever purchased. But then again the funds used were birthday money, so the guilt is far less. The whole intent of birthday money is to buy something you would not normally buy for yourself, right? This is one lovely and extravagant indulgence to be sure.

Narcotic Venus is a beautifully crafted creamy white floral stunner. I find it especially lovely due to the overall sweet tone and the total flower IMPACT. This, if any, should be called Flowerbomb. It packs a solid floral punch yet carries it off with a feminine sweetness and charm that few could resist. Although tuberose is the main player, backed up with jasmine, there is a surprising lack of any real indolic notes here. Something that usually causes me to shy away from creamy florals. You take heavy creamy richness, add indoles, and I'm feel a little green around the gills. Not so here.

Nasomatto’s own description of this scent explains it as, “…a quest for the overwhelming addictive intensity of female sexual power.” Lucky Scent refers to it as an ..."absolute and total mankiller". Respectfully, I disagree. Definitely feminine, beautiful and haunting. I have trouble viewing it as the bad girl image it is portrayed to be. I wore this quite confidently to church on Easter Sunday without feeling like a trollop. I also submit this would make an unforgettable WEDDING fragrance.

Quite good staying power, although it tends to become more and more of a skin scent as it drys down to its lovely spicy lily finish. Simply stunning. I'm quite in love.

Tuberose, jasmin, lily, spices

To buy or for more info click here: Lucky Scent - Narcotic Venus

Ed Note: On this perfume - at the post office - I probably got the best or most reactionary comment on a perfume EVER. I walked in and was standing at the slots where you deposit your own mail and was sorting through the stuff I brought in. A man was there next to me sorting also. Almost immediately he said,

"Oh you smell good."
"Oh your perfume, wow."
"Wow that is really nice"
"Oh I can't even concentrate, oh wow"
"What is that?"
"It's very nice"

He was a normal guy and even surprised at his own reaction. He wasn't flirting. He was just caught off guard. I had the feeling he just said it out loud, not meaning to, and then just went with it.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Emerald Dream - Estee Lauder - Review

Estee Lauder Emerald Dream Perfume for Women 1.7 oz Eau De Parfum Spray. I really fell hard for the packaging on this lovely perfume. Green glass and I go back a long way. It fills my kitchen and is the stuff of my dream bathroom. So when I saw this at Ulta, I knew as soon as I picked up the bottle, it would be going home with me.

The campaign - "Close your eyes and you’re there – your own private oasis. Enter a sun-drenched garden hidden away from it all. An exclusive and luxurious retreat filled with intriguing scents and brilliant color. Wander down sun-dappled paths to a refreshing pool of blue-green water. Float away and feel the warmth of the sun caress your skin. This is your dream, this is your moment all to yourself. Discover Estee Lauder Emerald Dream, a captivating new fragrance which will exhilarate your senses, gently beckoning with an invigorating blend of sparkling freshness, alluring warmth and smooth sensuality. "

Opening with sparkling top notes of citrus and floral it is bright and sunny and does remind one of a tropical vacation. Especially as the mid notes emerge and you get that "beach skin accord". Eventually drying down to a nice light floral and sandalwood base. Nice for what it is, what I call an escape fragrance. Everyone should have a couple.

Notes: tangerine, apricot, honeysuckle, blue basil, mimosa, violet, blue iris, emerald orchid, plum, marigold, cyclamen, beach skin accord, blue cypress, sandalwood and Hawaiian kamani wood.

I found mine at : ULTA