Psychedelique by Jovoy Perfume Review

PsychédéliquePsychedelique by Jovoy                                         100ml EDP for $180 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Citrus, rose, geranium, amber, patchouli, cistus labdanum, vanilla and musk.

It opens with a blast of patchouli (it is rather strong) that quickly turns into a warm and sweet, but also bitter, gooey syrup. It has dark, earthy and smoky elements. There’s a dash of citrus, very subtle, and a powdery rose that keeps the perfume surprisingly light. I’m sure the musk has something to do with this too. It’s a musky, a surprisingly dirty but light musk, rose. There’s a pull towards the light and a push towards the dark. It’s rather dusty, almost wispy and dainty.

There’s a soft amber, honey and vanilla underbelly that I love. This base grows stronger as time progresses but it’s basically there from the start. I’ve found patchouli makes an effective pairing with these notes in my experience. It’s surprisingly yummy in an aesthetic, but not foody, way. I’m hesitant to call it gourmand but definitely oriental. I don’t want to eat it but I want to eat it. It’s sexy. If I smell it up close for too long, however, it gives me a headache. Patchouli often does this for me.

There’s an old-school element to it. It smells expensive. I don’t really think the name suits it for it represents as different class of people. I read someone calling it “opulent” which is a good word for it. There’s also boozy and woody elements which reminds me of libraries or gentlemen’s clubs.  It’s warm and cosy. However, surprisingly, although this perfume is gender fluid I’m leaning more towards feminine. It has an old and wise feel to it like Sensei but is more like a well-to-do elderly female Victorian librarian with dark secrets.

After a couple of hours I have one of two experiences with this perfume 1) it turns into a soapy, powdery, old-lady rose scent on me which I don’t particularly like or 2) it’s a subtle smoky vanilla amber which I like and reminds me of the dry-down of Memoirs of a Trespasser. I think this is the labdanum having its say and making it go one of two directions. The patchouli is a lot quieter at this point but I can definitely still smell it there. It’s also a skin-scent with little throw by now but if smelled up-close is still rather strong.

I recommend this for anyone who likes patchouli, amber and vanilla combos like I do. I would like it more if it wasn’t soapy/powdery at times. I’m going to give this a 7.5/10.

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Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti by La Maison de la Vanille Review

Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti                                       100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Vanilla, bergamot, amber, fruit, cedar, ylang-ylang, tonka bean and incense.

I brought the set of all 5 La Maison de la Vanille 15ml EDT’s for $50 on Luckyscent and thought each perfume deserved its own review rather than a combined set one.

It has the same slightly fizzy bergamot opening as most of the collection but a ylang-ylang and vanilla combination quickly comes into play. It’s creamy and sweet but also rather sophisticated. It’s very refreshing and upbeat whilst staying smooth and warm. It’s, however, unfortunately a bit soapy with the same underlining scent that stops me from loving this collection as much as I want to.

As it dries down it becomes more woody, the cedar kicking in, and a smoky with a touch of incense. The ylang-ylang, in particular, still stays strong. A powdery tonka-bean with a hint of amber comes into play shortly after. It’s easy to wear, is gender-neutral and is rather safe.

I don’t think it develops further and stays this way for the rest of the four or so hours before it fades away. I don’t find it as complex as the rest of the collection and feel like they made this one last copying aspects from the other ones. 6/10.

Sensei by Piotr Czarnecki Review


Sensei by Piotr Czarnecki                                                3 x 33ml EDT/EDP/EXT for $160 USD at Luckyscent

Notes: Whiskey, coffee, tobacco, pepper, cinnamon, incense, myrrh, spicy accord, ambrette, labdanum, benzoin, amber and musk.

Czarnecki has created an interesting and unique perfume with three different concentrations; Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum and pure extract. Each one will have a slightly different smell with certain notes taking the lead. I’m trying a sample of the EDP.

Woah, the opening is powerful. It opens all myrrh, pepper and spices with a dash of dark whisky on me. It’s very dry, earthy and masculine. It has an almost leathery aspect. The tobacco and coffee (pure beans) then come into play which gives it a kind of wispy quality. Sometimes I get hints of clove and anise which I don’t particularly like. It’s warm, golden and slightly mysterious. It’s definitely Oriental but has a Gourmand aspect.

It smells like a well-dressed man who is just passing his middle-age and is smoking something strong whilst sitting on a bench surrounded by autumn leaves. This man is powerful, wealthy and knows what he wants. He’s probably a lawyer or an old-style gangsta or, yes, a professor. Strangely I get a Person of Interest or even James Bond vibe from it. I think Sensei is a good name for it.

It softens about half an hour in and edges more towards the gender-neutral line. It also gets sweeter (as opposed to the initial sour opening) with the cinnamon. I like it’s development as it dries down because it feels more like holding a hot beverage whilst sitting by a fire. It’s like a hot chocolate rum with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Amber shines through here.

It’s almost like this perfume has two distinctly different halves. I can see the second half on women but, like Spiritueuse Double Vanille, it feels slightly too old for me. After a couple of hours it becomes fainter and turns into a skin scent. I like it and might buy a bottle sometime. 7.5/10.


Roses Elixir by Montale Review

Roses Elixir by Montale                                     100ml EDP for $160 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Rose, citrus, strawberries, jasmine, orange blossom, amber, musk and vanilla.

This opens as a bubbly citrus before smoothly fading into a soft rose aura backed by strawberry. It’s fresh, uplifting and carefree. Pink and feminine but not necessarily girly. I really like strawberry as a note and don’t think it’s used as much as it should be. The rose and strawberry combination makes it slightly jammy but it’s not really gourmand.

It’s undeniably happy and reminds me of Miss Dior Cherie in a way that I didn’t think possible. I love Miss Dior Cherie and was devastated when I heard it was discontinued so when I smelt this I knew that I simply had to buy a bottle. It has that same girly shopping champagne cheer to it. It’s adorable and fun. I think it’s softer than and not as ‘harsh’ as Miss Dior Cherie which I like – infact I think I like Rose’s Elixir more out of the two.

It’s very musky and light almost like a breeze. It’s a perfume you wear when dancing, drinking or picnicking with your friends. It feels like a spring perfume with flowers and bubbles around you. It feels almost like a guilty pleasure perfume that allows you to have fun and give into girly urges. It IS sweet (as I’m sure you were expecting) but not so much so and it loses it’s sweetness as it goes on. It gathers a sort of depth when it settles into it’s warm base of amber and vanilla. It’s slightly powdery and I get a lovely, particularly strong, amber. It has an almost Victorian lace feel.

I really like how Montale does the note of Rose and this feels like a distinctly them perfume. It reminds me slightly of their Intense Cafe of which I love. I find the sillage average but around the four hour mark it turns into a skin scent. 7.5 out of 10.

Edit: I bought a bottle of this and it’s much stronger and sweeter than the sample. It can almost be overwhelming at times. Because of this I’ve changed the mark from 8 to 7.5. It also lasts for aaaagees.















My bottle of Tihota (a Christmas present to myself) finally arrived a couple of days ago after being on backorder for a couple of months. In it’s honour I’ve upgraded it’s rating from 9 to 9.5. For anyone on the edge of buying it I urge you to jump. It’s incredible and the lasting power is ridiculous – it lasts like 12 hours on me!🙂

Forever Red Vanilla Rum by Bath and Body Works Review

Forever Red Vanilla Rum by Bath & Body Works          10ml EDP for $12 NZD from trademe

Notes: Rum, vanilla, mandarin, jasmine, gardenia, black lily, black currant, musk, apricot and cashmere wood.

I simply had to get this scent because it’s called Vanilla Rum and was so cheap. It opens as dark and rum-like, it’s beautiful and sultry. An instant evening and candlelit dinner scent. I get hints of mandarin and black currant before it settles into it’s, slightly powdered, heart. I get some soft and subtle florals – gardenia with a hint of lily.

It is, however, the base of rum soaked vanilla and musky cashmere that really stands out. It’s a very me base and smells of class. It is slightly sweet but in a dark and boozy way.

It’s alluring, mysterious, graceful and sophisticated. It’s slightly spicy and rather deep. It’s got soft to medium body-hugging sillage and lasts about four hours. It’s a very, very good Bath & Body Works scent that I’m angling to buy more of when I’m out. 7/10.

Vanille Givree de Antilles by La Maison de la Vanille Review

Vanille Givree de Antilles                      100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Vanilla, patchouli, bergamot,  lavender, rose, tuberose, oppoponax and tonka bean.

I brought the set of all 5 La Maison de la Vanille 15ml EDT’s for $50 on Luckyscent and thought each perfume deserved its own review rather than a combined set one. Vanille Givree de Antilles opens on me as pure and sweet honey, despite not being a listed note, with a slight beeswax tinge.

It remains this way through most of the scent’s progression. I am surprised that I haven’t read reviews referencing honey because it is definitely the stand-out element to me. I know that other notes must be combining to create this honey-esque vibe. I can definitely get the patchouli and vanilla combination though and, as I’ve come to expect of this set, it’s great. I think they must be the main notes creating this mock-honey note for me. After about half an hour the honey-esque element soften a bit and it freshens up a touch with, what I believe to be, a subtle bergamot and lavender combination.

Many people have compared this to Angel, which was bound to happen with a patchouli/vanilla combo, but it’s much softer and subtler than Angel. It’s a lighter, warmer and happier scent in my opinion than Angel. The patchouli darkens and deepens as it goes on and the Tonka bean comes into play. It’s a touch powdery and rather earthy, almost woody, which gives it a natural feel. I don’t really get any floral notes, maybe tuberose, but I do get a slight whiff of oppoponax in the base which gives it a touch of mystery.

It’s elegant and soothing. It’s a sweet scent but not too much so. It smells of smiles and sunlight and the colour yellow and happiness in a bottle. It’s easily wearable. It reminds me of Chuck from Pushing Daisies. I don’t get much vanilla from Antilles to be honest but I think this set is making perfumes based around vanilla. 6.5/10.