As we inch closer to the end of 2014 I intend to cover a few popular designer releases of the year. Today I am reviewing Cool Water Night Dive by Davidoff. The popularity and success of the 1996 launched Cool Water is hardly unknown to anyone. It took the market by storm with its distinctive oceanic fresh notes that sparkled with luscious fruity tones. 2014 carries forward the cool sea water theme in Night Dive only this time it's more mysterious and sensual. Imagine deep tanzanite sea that shimmers under the black veil of the night sky and intrigue plays games with your senses as the whiff of jasmine fills your nostrils and maintains itself steady. The first spray delivers fresh mandarin orange that is quick to fade revealing the core that makes night dive. I smell light wood with a cool resinous fresh notes from Mastic played up by jasmine that stays throughout. Calming cool cedar notes lurk softly in the background thereby making this fragrance slightly musky, cool and floral overall. My complaint however about Night Dive is its poor sillage and longevity. It barely stays strong for the first hour and after that Cool Water Night Dive drowns to the depths of nothingness like a dive gone bad leaving behind only a hint of what it may have been.
As I enter the grand foyer and lobby of the Al Qasr hotel in Medinat Jumeira, my eye is immediately caught by this white and ice blue sculptural christmas trees and the giant snowman that sits gleefully on the side.
After our out of this world dinner at the Pai Thai restaurant it was time to head out cruising on the night streets of this fabulous city, Dubai! Merry Christmas all my lovely fragrance peeps!!
The list of GOURMANDS 2014 continues while my sweet tooth begs for attention. I plan to take care of my taste buds soon with a satisfying holiday treat while you may feast on some designer gourmand launches of the year. The trend saw some enhancements with sharp fruity notes of black current in the opening accords of La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme while the heart remained floral and intoxicating chocolate and vanilla lurked beautifully in the background. When we talk about sweet how could one forget macaroons and toffee, notes of which played themes to La Tentation de Nina by Nina Ricci and Stars by Jimmy Choo respectively. La Tentation was more subtle in terms of its gourmand appeal however, Star really made musky toffee it's star note and gave a real treat to the nose. Bonbon aptly titled 2014 launch by Viktor & Rolf played up its sweetness by introducing an indulgent caramelic core, that is enhanced perfectly by floral accords of orange blossom and jasmine and a fruity sweet opening of peach and orange.The dessert perfume trend was carried on in 2014 with beautiful complex blends that were zesty with floral accords, fresh and fruity and warm and seductive. As Christmas approaches and the year draws to an end, my explorations get more interesting thanks to trends we saw in 2014. Watch this space for more exciting stuff!! Merry Christmas!!
Creamy and decadent, mouthwatering and intoxicating, indulgent and glorious...I could be talking about that wonderfully blissful dessert you crave this time of the year, but what if you could wear it? I present GOURMANDS 2014! My compilation of the latest gourmand launches that are sweeter and more sugar drizzled than ever with inclusions of spice wood floral accords. The dessert inspired launches by Thierry Mugler, that bestowed upon us it's very first Angel back in 1992, ushered in the era of sweetness. It's A*men Pure Wood, 2014 release, is warm woody spicy blend with notes of vanilla and coffee. Prada Candy which launched in 2012, introduced rich caramelic tones coupled with musk. In the summer of 2014 Prada released Candy Florale which included a fragrant peony core and limoncello top accords along with the caramel and honey notes. Roberto Cavalli went more nutty and seductive with the launch of Just Cavalli gold for her with gorgeous hazelnut accords along with creamy marshmallow and leather.
Watch this space for more on GOURMANDS 2014. Merry Christmas!!
The weather has been grey and gloomy in the past few days due to the onset of winters and I am excited to review this charming fragrance with an even more charming name that transports me immediately to a wonderful place. Think picturesque coast town on the Italian Riviera, the smell of dark salty sea breezeand the fresh clear energetic water. Neroli Portofinoby @tomford can be viewed as a fragrance that is a collection of memories liquified and bottled. This scent opens with citrusy accords that are very bitter and heavy with citrus notes of bergamot and orange blossom. Neroli maintains itself throughout the fragrance and zesty crisp greenness is retained even till dry down. Lavender and herbs(thyme and rosemary) are subtle on my skin and amber provides a certain warmth to this otherwise cool fragrance. This interplay of cool and warm is what makes Neroli Portofino complex and special.There is one downside I experienced a peculiar paint-chemical smell with the first spray which is so quick to fade that thankfully it wasn't off-putting. Perhaps it's intentional as I find that with each layer something intensifies and something surprises in this scent.
Today I'm reviewing this sexy floriental composition by Roberto Cavalli launched in 2005. This one is called Serpentine, and takes the Italian brand's obsession with animal forms to the next level by encasing it within a beautiful glass bottle adorned with slithering golden snakes. This fragrance really caught my attention due to the fact that it's a modern fragrance that feels well aged and embodies classic elegance and glamour. Think 1950s, Hollywood starlet glam...It starts off with a floral punch delivered by gardenia and mango blossom that only intensifies with the passage of time. When first sprayed the herbal greenness of artemisia is strong but quickly fades to a more intense floral core. The heart is an exotic blend of tirade flower and jasmine that stays strong and dominant. Violet leaf gives a very subtle metallic note that could be the smell of gold. Sweet ambery tones of tolu balsam harmonize with sandal wood and build a sensual oriental base. The fragrance does full justice to its poetic serpentine symbolism representing fertility, transformation,rebirth and sensuality.
Original Vetiver by Creed is a modern take on the classic vetiver fragrance. My immediate response to this fragrance is that it is a complex blend that leaves me slightly confused and I long for something more. All creed perfumes are tasteful and masterful blends and it goes without saying this is no exception. Here is a case where I was compelled to go deep into the analysis but came out with a simplified impression of why I struggle with Original Vetiver. I immediately pick up on the heavy bergamot-ginger opening accords that dominate throughout. OV remains linear and I personally barely pick up on the iris sandalwood core. Vetiver accord is most essential when imparting green, slightly dry, woody smoke facets however I don't get the Vetiver qualities in this fragrance at all. In fact I smell a muted lemon grass that hums quietly throughout, along with musk and ambergris both of which are subdued by the overall grassiness in OV. This fragrance is very serious and is fresh when first spread but the longevity is poor so I struggle with where and how one could wear this one. What works in favour is that I keep reaching back for it in the hope that I might discover a new facet I may have originally missed as I do want to like this as a purist, natural, green fresh scent.
I am reviewing this intoxicating spice mix that is The One by the coveted Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana. It was launched in 2008 to a great response from men and women alike. This in my opinion is one if those scents that are well suited to a confident, sexy and well travelled man who's charm is effortless and worldly while simultaneously intriguing the women. It opens with a fresh citrus vibe that's arresting due to sharpness of coriander and fragrant green basil along with lemon and grapefruit. The heart of this fragrance is what makes it special. It's rustic and fragrant, reminiscent of exotic spice bazaars in another world or era. I immediately pick up on the cardamom-ginger snap that creates an earthy spicy core. The tobacco lingers very softly in the background, is not dry or dirty and sweet resinous amber and woody notes of cedar create a syrupy base that finishes the scent off perfectly. I would pick this one as a great holiday season winter fragrance for men due its comforting warm spice bouquet tones.
Today I have with me the 2005 fragrance Euphoria by Calvin Klein for women. This one is intended to be a mysterious Japanese oriental scent with luscious notes that blend to create a dark mysterious and a fragrant concoction. However this is definitely a fragrance, the character of which is brought out by its wearer. I personally don't wear it well and it isn't all 'sugar and spice and everything nice' on me at all. I immediately pick up the cloying scent of artificial fruit sweetness. It opens with the top note of pomegranate which is slightly overpowering and sharp as it trails into a synthetic orchid core. Upon drying down this fragrance turns woody with strong amber musk tones that seem rough. It is now that I start to pick up on violet. And along with that comes major olfactory fatigue. I can definitely imagine this would work well on certain people but warmer weather would not do much good for the already suffocating sweetness. The bottle however is a sure winner with its wonderful organic yet futuristic form.
Burberry Body Eau de Toilette by Burberry was launched in 2012 with the gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley posing pretty for its campaigns shot by fashion photographer extraordinaire Mario Testino. This fashion brand is one we could associate with showcasing strong presentations that are a combination of bold imagery and convey style while maintaining the brand's classic vibe. This perfume somewhat em-"bodies" this very vibe. It starts with fresh fruity floral bang that's infused with nectarous sweetness of peach and sparkly green apple notes along with slight herbal greenness from absinthe. As it dries down it really intensifies and I strongly pick up the fragrant woody sandal tones and rose. The heart is enriched with tea aroma, that's not typical of other Body compositions. I sense vanilla in the base and really intense amber and musky tones that are certainly not subdued. Cashmere wood lurks softly in the background. It is definitely a fragrant blend that lingers and fills the room. Interestingly it has an antiquated vintage vibe. It makes me want to take a whiff from time to time maybe because it is a fragrance I could very well associate with my mother or aunt.
A limited edition gourmand fragrance born out of collaboration between perfumer Olivier Cresp and Vincent Lemains, the master chef of the famous Parisian patisserie Ladurée sure sounded like what olfactory dreams are made of. I was indeed tempted to breathe in la Tentation de Nina, by Nina Ricci but my disappointment was only salvaged by its very beautiful sculptural bottle. What I did not smell was the rich wonderfully decadent scent of macaroons in a French patisserie instead what I did smell was the simple citrusy sweetness of bergamot, lemon and raspberry with only hints of rose. Though the official notes state almond in its core, it is not as apparent as it should have been. The creamy nuttiness would have really translated into a more macaroon scent. Vanilla and sandal in the base notes are rather soft and subdued. I personally wished for this fragrance to be so much more, richer and more complex and definitely more dolce. It is not unpleasant but with a few enhancements this could've been the perfect collector's item, something that could've conceptually been enticing and engaging in both taste and smell sensory experience.
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