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.

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! 🙂

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.

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Island Vanilla by Pacifica Review

010754_AIsland Vanilla by Pacifica                                  10ml Perfume Oil for $20 NZD

Notes: Jasmine, vanilla, tea, white honey and fruity notes.

This is a natural roll-on perfume oil that I got from Trademe. It glides on smoothly and smells, well, rather unusal. I get a vague floral note (which, thank goodness, isn’t jasmine to my nose) and a vague fruity note but it’s mostly honeyed vanilla. A subtle, soft and graceful scent like a breeze hovering over your skin.

The vanilla/honey combo is rather creamy and a tad sweet. It’s warm, islandy and oriental with a slight gourmand element. It’s young and happy. It’s the quiet girl in the popular group on the beach who’s just content to watch her friends antics and smile. It reminds me of summer and beach volleyball. As it dries down to it’s base I do get an almost green, tea aspect. It reminds me ever so slightly of Jua by Trilogy in the way that it handles a natural oil and that almost strange aspect. It’s a little too soft for me with weak sillage and lasts only a couple of hours. 5.5/10.

 

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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