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.

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Sensei by Piotr Czarnecki Review

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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.

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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.

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I FINALLY HAVE TIHOTA!

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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! 🙂