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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White Musk Smoky Rose by The Body Shop Review

White Musk Smoky Rose by The Body Shop 30ml EDT for $35 NZD

Notes: Bergamot, pink pepper and black currant, tobacco blossom, black rose, orange blossom, immortelle, olibanum and white musk.

I bought this for a friend of mine but thought I should review it first. Upon first spray, after the alcohol settles, it reminds me of something sweet and mysterious from the nineties that I can’t place. I get black current and rose enhanced by pink pepper as well as something close to caramel toffee.

It’s a little bit smoky (tobacco blossom and olibanum) which, along with the rose, makes me think masquerade. It creates a dry-ice enigmatic fog kind of smoky atmosphere as opposed to heady incense one. It’s slightly resinous and spicy which blends perfectly with it’s sweeter aspects. It is indeed plum in colour and rather airy.

The rose, berry and musk are the stars. It’s soft and graceful but not really dark and intoxicating. It’s somewhat charming and illusive with a dash of sultry. It’s lingers and trails. It’s quite warm and cosy but clean as well. At times it has a slightly soapy aspect. It becomes almost powdery and vanillic when it dries down. The musk shines as the base and whispers throughout the composition. It has low to medium sillage but after an hour or so hours it settles into a skin-scent and lasts for about 4 hours. I might have to buy a bottle of this for myself. 7/10.

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Vanille Noire du Mexique by La Maison de la Vanille Review

16500Vanille Noire du Mexique                                          100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Vanilla, rose, jasmine, iris, tonka bean, patchouli and bergamot.

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 Noire du Mexique opens with a fresh, almost spicy, bergamot. This top note is very fizzy and almost like those dissoluble cold medicine tablets that I used to have when I was little. After a few minutes this settles into a powdery and velvet iris with a touch of patchouli. I find the patchouli, which some sites don’t list but is definitely there, more prominent and sweeter in warmer weather than colder.

I, thankfully, don’t get any jasmine but I do get the faintest whiff of a dry and dusty rose. It’s rather earthy and I’m happy when the tonka-bean and vanilla finally appear in the base. It’s not too sweet and certainly not gourmand. This is possibly the darkest scent of the set – hence the noire. It has a slight soapy aspect which parallels with it’s slightly spicy aspect.

It’s exotic and powerful but also contained. It can be alluring and dangerous. Something a warrior ninja would wear. The kind of person I imagine this on wears a ribbon in their hair, has a sad darkness to them, wears black clothing and has a femininity to them. I imagine someone like Blake Belladona from RWBY wearing this. It’s also slightly gothic ivy, stone and velvet. It has medium sillage with about 4 hours of longevity similar to the rest of the collection. 7/10.

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Jua by Trilogy Review

Jua by Trilogy                                                         7.5ml Oil for $25 NZD at a local pharmacy

Notes: Top notes are bergamot, rose and freesia; middle notes are apricot, olibanum and mint; base notes are cedar, vetiver and vanilla.

This is a New Zealand (yay!) natural perfume oil which is super awesome. Sunflower oil is the base of the fragrance so it does have whispers of Sunflower which adds to the vibe of this perfume. I get very little bergamot but a lot of rose and freesia which carry most of the fragrance.

A soft vanilliac apricot, slightly smoky olinanum and a touch of mint come into play to make Jua unique. It’s still mostly freesia to me with a bit of a grassy-hay vetiver and a touch of cedar to give it a woody aspect at it’s base. It does have a slight soapy scent at times. It’s warm, feels like a hug from a mother or rolling around in grass on a summers day. It reminds me of my childhood and has a kind of strange mature innocence to it.

It’s a bright, sunny, subtle and slightly-green Oriental Floral perfume. The sillage is soft to medium and it lasts about 2-3 hours on me. It’s a Spring scent and since Jua means ‘sun’ or ‘sunshine’ in Swahili it’s very accurate. It’s not exactly my kind of thing but I like it and some money from sales will go to charity. 5.5/10.

 

Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun Review

Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun                      100ml EDP for $120 from Luckyscent

Notes: Bulgarian rose, vanilla, patchouli, lavender, Iso E super and musk.

It opens as a strong and soapy Bulgarian Rose. It’s like a rose-scented bath product but maybe that’s just my skin chemistry. It’s light, musky and feminine. It’s a dry and powdery rose whereas I prefer the wet and fresh rose fragrances. I can actually smell hints of lavender and Iso E super but I don’t get much vanilla.

It definitely has a darker aspect but in a transparent way – it’s not mysterious but rather simple. The patchouli darkens it a bit and adds a hint of earthy spice whilst the Iso-E adds a slight woody velvet aspect. It’s not what I pictured this perfume to be. I thought it would have that femme fatale, mysterious dark secrets, tall women in a red cocktail dress with a gun aspect. Instead it smells like a demure, mature and modest lady with well kept secrets.

Sillage is average but it only lasted about two hours on me. I really like the Juliette Has a Gun bottles and branding but this perfume, despite having notes I love, let me down. 5.5/10.

Intense Cafe by Montale Review

35448Intense Cafe by Montale

100ml EDP for $170 USD from LuckyScent

Notes: Coffee, rose, amber, vanilla and white musk.

I originally got a sample of Intense Café from LuckyScent along with a dozen others and it was the one that stood out to me so I knew I had to buy a full bottle of it. The name is somewhat of a misnomer because it’s not really intense and it doesn’t really smell of coffee. I very rarely detect coffee from this perfume, as many other people have mentioned, but instead I get an almost milk-chocolate-smell when it dries down.

I know chocolate isn’t one of its listed notes so I thought is this the note that’s pretending to be coffee. Lately, however, I have been getting something closer to coffee from it – I think it smells like hovering your nose over the fumes of a cup of coffee, wafting a gentle coffee aroma, and not the scent of rich coffee beans. The mocha of coffee perfume.

However, it’s not called Intense COFFEE but Intense CAFE and it does remind me of a café. It puts the image of a quaint French Café in winter with Rose vines draped over the windows into my head. I imagine a tall and dark-haired metrosexual man, who’s wearing a trench coat and scarf, drinking coffee and reading a book in said French café whilst wearing this perfume. I can see it on this kind of man and I find that attractive. I believe it would suit any gender but not every personality – it is a sophisticated scent.

Rose certainly is the beautiful star of Intense Café. It opens with Rose which then lingers, fading, in the background as it dries down. I didn’t know I really liked Rose until this perfume. I’ve read that couple of people think it’s a dirty and masculine Rose but, to me, it’s actually the opposite. It’s a wet, fresh, musky, red and romantic rose to me. It smells freshly picked and like it has beads of dew sitting on its petals. However, if I’m heavy handed in applying it it does smell like jam, a jammy rose, as some people have previously mentioned.

About half an hour to an hour into wearing it I begin to notice the milky vanilla and the almost-chocolate notes. Now I adore Vanilla so it was in my territory now. The Rose grows fainter as it goes on and no specific note stands out; just a blur of vanilla-rose-musk-mocha. The Amber comes into play a few hours in making it a vanilla-amber combination which I love. It’s soft and delicate. It’s warm and cosy. It’s like a candlelit date.

Temperature definitely plays into effect with this perfume. The first time I tried this on I was in my  room with my heater turned up high and thought ‘this is nice’ but as soon as walked out into the freezing cold winter hallway I went ‘OMG what is that incredibly gorgeous smell!’  I spent the next few minutes walking between the cold corridor and my warm room to smell the difference. I think in warmer temperatures it amps up the sweetness making it almost sickly but in the colder temperatures it has this romantic and mysterious vagueness to it.

Sillage is moderate on me but it varies depending on the environment – if there’s a breeze I get lovely wafts of this. I find it moderate to long-lasting, depending on your definition, as it lasts about four to six hours at its full strength and then about another four to six hours at a soft and subtle vanilla-amber dry down. I’ve heard some people say this is extremely gourmand and sweet but I don’t find it so (and I love gourmand scents). It’s very elegant, fresh, chic and sexy to me. It comes in a beautiful shimmery purple bottle but, as it’s opaque, it’s annoying that you can’t see how much perfume is left. 9.5/10 for me.