Evidence green pour homme by Yves Rocher greets you with a blast of green, like the smell of a wet rain forest after a recent downpour...an almost literal representation of 'green'. It's a purist type of scent, very clean and unadulterated smelling, though it gets slightly choppy as I could literally decipher and count each note on my fingers. This is not necessarily a bad thing however that feeling of "wait what's that gorgeous aroma lingering in the background" is left to be desired. Inspite of this green natural sort of a profile it's kind of a conventional masculine scent and stays fairly linear. Mint is very evident and that's the best part about this scent....for some it could get 'mojito-mint-lemonade' like but Evidence green has its peaks. In fact this fragrance stays so true to its name that the woody dry down smells like fresh wood shavings, that typical smell that is hard to forget and hard to resist. Floralcy of sage maintains itself throughout and it becomes more apparent upon dry down. All in all this one is refreshing and sort of artisanal, a scent that would appeal to all those who detest synthetic smelling fragrances.
The unique combination of Oudh and green tea brought forth in the form of 100ml fresh and light body mist and the price? Less than 30 dollars! An unbelievable steal at that price. The scent is centred around Oudh, and green tea is perhaps added with the intention to provide a green dimension that downplays the heavy woody resinous sweetness of agarwood (Oudh) It is an uncomplicated scent, the profile is fairly simplistic and quite pleasant smelling. I pick up on sweet amber tones with hints of herbal- likes accords that linger in the background. I definitely get the modern interpretation of Ayurveda in this unique scent. The core is reminiscent of a prayer room filled with the scent of burning incense. It's a calming masculine fragrance that's slightly sweet, a little powdery and musky. It definitely encourages me to go back for sniffs!!
I have so far reviewed mostly designer and niche fragrances, EDT and EDP versions...but the fact is that fragrance is all around us and sometimes one stumbles upon engaging scents even outside of a perfume boutique or fragrance counters in malls. I found this unexpected combination of green tea and Oudh in the form of a Body Mist in the Forest Essentials store and I have to say I was instantly drawn. I have used products from this brand which centres itself around modern ayurvedic products, beauty and aroma therapy and I could tell that their body mists and room fresheners are not to be missed. Watch this space for the review which would be up next!!
Coco Chanel once said "I present my dress collection on the 5th day of the 5th month, we shall thus leave the number with which it is labelled and this number 5 shall bring it luck..." Little did she know that N•5 will go on to become one of the most iconic feminine fragrances of all times. And the man behind this work of art is perfumer extraordinaire Earnest Beaux. Beaux of Russian origin, started his career in the foremost Russian perfume house A. Rallet and Company as senior perfumer in 1907. One of his key works is the fragrance he created to celebrate the centennial of the Battle of Borodino, the turning point in Napoleon's Russian ambitions titled "Bouquet de Napoleon" in 1912. During 1919-1922 Beaux went on to create a whole series of fragrances including the famous N•22 and Bois des îles, Cuir de Russie which are among the early chanel fragrances. Earnest Beaux was first to use synthetic components - aldehydes and most of formulas have rose and jasmine as accompaniments. The fragrance of aldehydes is pure and fresh almost like the odour of clean linen just brought in the house from fresh frosty air.
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There's been much talk about the 2014 summer released Eau de Parfum version of the 2010 original Eau de Toilette which was widely critiqued, both positively and negatively. I was particularly interested to review this on the blog, having sniffed the earlier EDT version as well as the latest one and here's what I have to say - I love it, loved it then and love it now. The ingredients may not be rich-leather-meets-rare-oud that create deep masculine glory, but however mainstream they may be, the result is an intoxicating fresh blend that's classy modern and has great sillage. Jacques Polge has induced a citrusy freshness that does not wear off even till the end, which makes me applaud his interpretation of the "deep blue sea", that's more impressionistic than literal. Strong bergamot grapefruit and peppermint leaf notes make the first fresh wave and then nutmeg and ginger start to appear that provide a unique warmth to this otherwise cool scent. Labdanum, patchouli, vetiver, jasmine all dance lightly in the background and do not create that overtly floral effect. And the Incense makes this one linger for hours and hours. Great longevity, great projection and this is the type of scent that must be experienced on skin, rather than a strip, because Bleu de Chanel is young and seductive, and will have your woman going in for a sniff even the next day.
Right off the bat, two things that intrigue you about this fragrance are Francis Kurkdjian and the classy mauve degradé bottle with black satin ribbon around its neck that took its cue from a minaudière from the Ricci archives. L'Extase is the new third scent from the Nina Ricci house launched in 2015 as a sensual feminine summer scent. And sensual it is. Master perfumer Kurkdjian conceptualised this with a strong intoxicating opening, the interplay of white flowers with pink pepper and mild rose is very fragrant and expensive smelling. It gets more and more aromatic with distinctly sweet accords which are reminiscent of lychee or sweet grapefruit. The musk is strong in L'extase and keeps me going back for sniffs. The dry down does not change much from the overall sensual character and only gets slightly softer and subtler. Amber and cedar is muted in the base notes and linger lightly. Overall this one does justice to its theme of 'a woman's erotic fantasies' it's a scent with great projection and longevity and an all year all season sort of a scent.
I am happy to review this unique scent which also marks the 60th scent review on the blog...better than 50 but not exactly 100, 60 has a nice ring to it! I particularly love the theme and ideology behind this spring summer scent which is the only feminine scent in the Bvlgari Aqva series. Aqva Divina is based upon the idea of a flower that emerges from the sea foam, sun kissed radiance and sensuality of the Mediterranean Sea as master perfumer Alberto Morillas puts it. I associate this fragrance with its distinctive salty notes that are reminiscent of the wet salty aromas of ocean water, I detect the sour notes of quince that enhance the sour salty accords of this scent. The amber and honey are faint on my skin and it's a close-to-skin type of scent, which brings me to the downside of Aqva Divina. It's low sillage and longevity left me sniffing for any traces of the perfume after the 3 hour mark. I really wish the magnolia accord was more present on my skin, as the official notes state. By the next day there were absolutely no signs of this 'floraquatic' scent that started from the idea something divine, something magnificent emerging from the sea.
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