Tuesday Roundup Fragrance Mini-Reviews, March 20, 2012

Here is the collection of mini-reviews for this week; I also wore a couple of new things that deserve their own full reviews, so come back on Friday for those.

Tiffany EdP – I snagged a 3ml carded mini of this off ebay, just to see what it was like.  I’ve seen the mini bottles go for prices higher than you’d think – people must have really liked this, though I don’t ever remember smelling it before.  My immediate thought is, Wow, somebody ripped off Karl Lagerfeld Chloe!  There’s a smidge of aldehydes, and a fruity note, and some nice white flowers.  I’m not going to swear that all the floral notes are natural, but enough of them are that it smells like flowers instead of floor cleaner (also, I know that this sample is 1990s).  It’s lovely.  It also reminds me in a small way of Ines de la Fressange, in its exuberant peachy-floral prettiness.  Tiffany has a much less forceful base than Chloe; it appears to be a nice sandalwoody thing instead of the mossy kitchen-sink drydown of Chloe.  It’s very attractive and very feminine.

Tom Ford Black Violet – I was all set to hate this.  I mean, Luca Turin’s review in Perfumes: The Guide was enticing mostly because it claims that Black Violet “tells a story.”  I have been since my early childhood a total sucker for a story, and I notice that all my most favoritest perfumes tell me stories, or take me somewhere, and I always want more of that.  But the descriptions I read on Fragrantica and Basenotes did nothing to encourage me to try it.  I blame Tarleisio (again. Seriously, that woman could write her way out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth if necessary) of The Alembicated Genie and her wonderful review.  I like the woody violet top, I like the woody middle, I like the sensation of darkness that I really do get from this scent.  It does head almost into Forbidden Youth Dew territory, so wearing Black Violet is a little like dressing up Goth for me – i.e., something I would never really do.  But it’s interesting.  If I had a full bottle, it would probably grow on me.  I don’t, and won’t: it’s really pricey. I don’t love it, but I’m glad it exists.

Jennifer Aniston – okay, full disclosure: I kinda liked Jen on Friends.  I kinda liked Friends.  Did it make me want to look/be/dress/cut my hair like Jen? Nope.  And I was pretty snarked when this fragrance was being released and the ex-Mrs. Brad Pitt said that it wouldn’t smell like other perfumes which were too loud and inappropriate (Anais Anais, boo hiss, who in the world would wear something so perfumey?), it would be soft and smell clean… yeah, Jen, ’cause your perfume would be the only perfume in the world ever to smell clean… ahem.  (You can read my at-the-time snark here.) In any case, this is fairly nice.  I mean, it does smell cheap to me.  If there is real jasmine in the mix, it’s in ppm levels.  But it is not the non-perfume perfume I was dreading, and overall, up top it smells like a dab of Kai after you take a shower, followed by a nice beachy skin scent that is probably made up primarily of whatever material is known as “solar musk.”  Not awful at all, and if this were sold at Walgreen’s at under $40 a bottle, I’d recommend it.  It isn’t, so I won’t.

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6 thoughts on “Tuesday Roundup Fragrance Mini-Reviews, March 20, 2012”

  1. I have not smelled Black Violet in a while (which I always confuse, name-wise, with Black Orchid), but when I first tried it, it reminded me of Sensuous Noir. That’s double the Estee Lauder connection!

    As for Jen Aniston, it has the kind of “jasmine” that reads to my nose as BANANA.

    1. It’s pretty definitely only a piece of jasmine, isn’t it? I mean, in terms of a synthetic note that only picks up a few of the aspects of real jasmine. There’s another one that smells of celery to me, and I just hate it – so I sympathize, although I don’t get strictly-banana out of this one.

      I was surprised to actually sort of like Black Violet. It didn’t have that Lauder thing that makes me nauseous, though.

      1. Yep, it’s a synthetic material used in jasmine accords — Victoria informed me once that it is benzyl acetate.

        What are some examples of perfumes that smell like celery to you?

        1. The biggie: Iris Ukiyoe, nuthin’ but celery… also, SSS “Classic,” before the final tweak or two and it became Nostalgie. There are others, but names are not coming to me at the moment.

          1. Interesting! I sometimes think vetiver smells like celery. I haven’t smelled that iris, and didn’t notice a celery note in the mods of Classic I tried, but sometimes it’s hard for me to pick out subtleties when I dab from a sample.

          2. Yes, vetiver too – though it can go earthy or salty or smoky as well, I guess depending on what variant is used and what it’s paired with.

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