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.
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.
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.
Victorian Spirit by The Parlor Apothecary 30ml EDT for $45 NZD from Etsy
Notes: Amber, Apricot and Vanilla.
It opens as sweet and sugary with apricot and vanilla. Apricot, along with strawberry and peach, is probably one of my favourite fruity notes if I had to choose. It pairs very well with vanilla, is soft and almost velvety. It’s youthful and happy but, surprisingly, not gourmand. As it dries down a lovely warm amber comes through. It actually does come across as Victorian-esque for some reason. It’s kind of woody in a mysterious fae glade way but also like reading on a window-seat in a grand library in Victorian-area clothing.
It’s got soft to medium sillage and lasts a couple of hours. Sometimes I get more out of it but other times it fades quite quickly. It’s almost more like a mist than and EDT. It’s got an absolutely gorgeous bottle which, to be honest, is part of the reason I bought it. Look at that gorgeous atomizer and golden delicacy – it looks lovely in my collection. I also really like the branding and collection of this perfumer. 7.5/10.
I also purchased a couple of samples and have short reviews on them below:
Antique Tonic is a tiny bit astringent for me with its lavender. I do like this, French I think, lavender though as it’s proper and almost dainty. It’s another lavender/vanilla combination which I like but already have lots of. Antique is a good name for it. 6.5/10.
Lingerie Mist is basically just sugar, brown, and vanilla but is very nice. There’s a little bit of amber in here too. It’s sweet, youthful and flirty. It reminds me of some Bath and Body Works scents. I did actually think of getting this but chose Victorian Spirit instead as I already have similar scents to Lingerie Mist. 7/10.
Vanilla Lace by Victoria’s Secret 250ml Mist for $18 NZD on TradeMe
Notes: Vanilla and musk.
I got this at the same time I got Warm Vanilla Sugar from TradeMe since Victoria’s Secret isn’t stocked in New Zealand. I bought it because I’d heard it was similar to Tihota but much cheaper. On first spray it’s alcoholic and chemical but after a minute it settles down into a fresh and airy vanilla ice-cream musk. There’s a slight caramel (maybe even burnt-caramel) vibe with a tiny bit of smoke. It’s mostly vanilla with some musk though. It’s yummy but not too sweet. It’s warm, cosy and happy.
Apparently it’s infused with Aloe Vera and Chamomile which I can actually get and adds to the comfortable vibe. After it dries down it smells rather quality for what it is. It’s mostly a skin scent but lasts a decent hour or two which is good for a mist. It comes back in whispers too – especially if you spray a lot. And that’s the best part about it. You can be heavy-handed with it as there’s lots of it and it’s cheap. You can spray it around your house, on your sheets and all over your clothes. It encircles you in a positive vanilla mist. With Tihota you have to use little cautiously but with Vanilla Lace you can go wild.
I’ve been wearing Tihota a lot more since I’m buying a FB soon (yay) and, although these are somewhat similar, I’ve been noticing their significant differences. I’m doing a side-by-side comparison now. Tihota is much much much better. It’s sweeter and richer but also darker and deeper. It’s purer, has more substance and is more refined with extraordinarily high quality ingredients. I give Vanilla Lace 8/10 but I love and crave Tihota much more.
Miss Dior Cherie by Dior EDP Discontinued
Notes: Strawberry, tangerine, caramel, popcorn, violet, jasmine, patchouli, cherry, rose, amber and musk.
I was given a small bottle of this when I was a young teenager so it was what I would use when I was going out to a fancy dinner or party. I got this out when I started my perfume obsession earlier in the year and was utterly desolate when I learned that it had been discontinued.
Since I only have about 4ml of this left I really want another bottle. I smelt the new Miss Dior at my local department store and it smells nothing like this unique beauty. Miss Dior Cherie is a happy, sparkly, sweet, champagne scent. The opening is slightly fruity with tangerine and a touch of pineapple before a gorgeous syrupy strawberry and cherry comes into play. Caramel, popcorn and rose bloom in it’s heart before the patchouli and amber take it.
It’s light, musky and sweet. I mostly get a strawberry, caramel, patchouli musk and it’s so unique. It does have a slightly carnival aspect with the caramel and popcorn. The patchouli tones it down a bit whilst simultaneously making it slightly sexy. I get rose but, thankfully, don’t get jasmine. It gets powdery as it dries down.
This is a little bit of everything. Floral. Fruity. Gourmand. Chypre. It’s so bubbly and cheerful. It smells like a nice rich girl doing some shopping at a mall. Whenever I wear this is makes me happy. Sillage and longevity are moderate. 7.5/10.
1270 by Frapin 100ml EDP for $175 USD from LuckyScent
Notes: Dried orange, hazelnut, resins, dried plums, cocoa, tonka and coffee in top notes. The heart encompasses vine blossom, linden tree, pepper and spices. The base brings us precious wood, Guaiac wood, white honey and vanilla.
1270 was the year that Frapin family founded their brand and I’ve heard a lot about this famous niche perfume so thought I should try it. This is basically a solely pineapple scent for me. It’s strange that pineapple isn’t a listed note but it’s widely accepted as one by the community and is one of the main notes according to Fragrantica. It’s light, refreshing and uplifting.
Other fruity aspects come into it and, although the fruity notes are listed as dried, smell wet and fresh. It has some cologne and booze aspects to it. It smells like something a rich person, of any gender, would wear on a cruise ship through exotic islands whilst drinking a cocktail on a hammock. As it dries down it becomes darker with a touch of cocoa, coffee, pepper and spices. At this point it leans a tad more masculine.
It walks a fine line between sweet and sour. It’s classy and well blended. An hour or so further into the dry down it becomes woody and honeyed with the pineapple still being king. I get very little, if any, vanilla. It’s a very fascinating soft fruity oriental gourmand.
At times 1270 actually begins to make my stomach curl – the scent becomes off-putting to me for some reason. Sillage is very soft and it only lasts a few hours on me because of how soft it is – it vanishes quickly. Considering I don’t like pineapple or too fruity scents this isn’t for me. 5/10.