Pichola By Neela Vermeire Creations Perfume Review

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Pichola is a unisex perfume, and according to the promotional material it is:

“Inspired by history, culture, nature and modern life in India”.

It was released in 2015 and was created with Bertrand Duchaufour. The fragrance was named after Lake Pichola which is situated in Udaipur city in the state of Rajasthan, India.

The bottle is tall, elegant, and has a regal air. It is tapered to the base, and ridged, and the shape reminds me of a proud woman.

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Opening notes: Juniper, magnolia, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, neroli, clementine, and bergamot.

Middle notes: Rose, orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang.

Base notes: Sandalwood. benzoin, sandalwood, and vetiver.

Juniper has a wonderful quality of being strongly spicy but with a sharp, clean edge. It produces a vivacious fresh experience. That sums up the whole of this beautiful perfume, a fresh experience, and a journey to a wide open mental space with glorious flowers and oriental woods adorning your mind.

Occasions: This works for any occasion.

Seasons: This transcends all seasons.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Extremely expensive.

Floriental By Comme Des Garcons Perfume Review

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This is, of course, a floriental perfume for men and women. It was released in 2015 from Comme des Garcons.

The box is a watercolour close up of rose petals in deep burgundy. The bottle is the same shade and features a rounded bottle and off centre jaunty top hat of a lid.

FLORIENTAL BY COMMES DES GARCONS PERFUME REVIEWOpening notes: Pink pepper and plum.

Middle notes: Incense and labdanum.

Base notes: Sandalwood and vetiver.

Oh la la, a real spicy specimen is revealed here. The incense is dark and brooding, along with the pepper it plays a heady game with your mind. This leads with masculinity even though it is sold as unisex. Bold, strong, and sensual.

Occasions: Evenings only for this.

Seasons: Winter.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Very expensive.

No.10 White Oud By Agonist Perfume Review

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No.10 White Oud was released in 2014 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Agonist. It is an oriental.

As is usual for Agonist, the packaging tells the buyer each note that resides within. The box shows a large 10 for the commemoration of the ten years of business.

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Opening notes: Ylang-ylang and lily of the valley.

Middle notes: May rose, violet, patchouli and tonka bean.

Base notes: White musk, cypriol, woody notes and amber

Smooth, warm, and softly spicy, this woody oriental is a delightful treat. It is much cleaner than the average oriental, and it manages to feel fresh and alive. I think it is because of the quality of the white musk, that it dispenses with any ‘dirty’ elements, and gives a pure vibe.

Occasions: Good for informal evenings.

Seasons: Winter.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Very expensive.

Rose In Wonderland By Atkinsons Perfume Review

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The name alone has me sold on this fragrance. So evocative and fantastical. This is one of the contemporary collection, with the two others being ‘Posh on the green’, and ‘Lavender on  the rocks’.

The box is a white bricks design, with gold label. The bottle contents are delicate rosy pink which is enchanting.

ROSE IN WONDERLAND BY ATKINSONS PERFUME REVIEWOpening notes: Rose and blackcurrant.

Middle notes: Geranium and centifolia rose.

Base notes: Vetiver and amber.

This is a sweet princess of a perfume. Delicate, pretty, and feminine. It is as soft and warm as sunlit dewdrops on a rosebud. Any age could wear this and feel younger and brighter.

Occasions: Subtle enough for any occasion.

Seasons: Spring and summer.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Extremely expensive.

Eau du Soir By Sisley Perfume Review

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Eau du soir by Sisley was created in 1990 for Countess Isabelle d’Ornano. It was released to the public in 1999.

The box has a lacquered effect in black with gold text. The bottle has a beautiful stopper of a woman’s head with flowing hair, in gold.

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Opening notes: Mandarin orange and grapefruit.

Middle notes: Labdanum, jasmine, carnation, juniper, ylang-ylang, orris root, pepper, and oakmoss.

Base notes: Patchouli, amber and musk.

A wonderful sharp and crisp blast greets you once the pretty lid is popped. The juniper is queen of this fragrance, and it rules over the other notes strictly. Even the powdery orris takes second place, and the whole blend is fresher for it. This could certainly be unisex and is comparable to any man’s high quality cologne.

Occasions: Lovely for walks outdoors, and indoors it will bring the woods to you.

Seasons: Spring.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Expensive.

Lily Of The Valley By Yardley Perfume Review

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Created in 1920, this long term vintage perfume from Yardley has had a new update and is now a contemporary classic alongside April Violets.

The packaging has also been updated and it now bears artwork of lily of the valley flowers and leaves. The bottle is a sleek and simple rectangular affair.

LILY OF THE VALLEY BY YARDLEY PERFUME REVIEWOpening note: Pear.

Middle notes: Lily of the valley and freesia.

Base note: Musk.

The sweetness of the pear overrides the classic beauty of the lily of the valley at first, but given a little time the florals come and a pleasant perfume arrives, with a powdery-soapy side. It is nice for the price, nothing amazing, and longevity is poor.

Occasions: Casual daywear.

Seasons: Summer.

Rating: Bronze medal.

Price: Inexpensive.

Amorosa By Ruth Mastenbroek Perfume Review

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Ruth Mastenbroek is a fairly new perfume brand, and Amorosa was released in 2012. It is an aquatic floral. Amorosa means ‘In a loving manner’ in Spanish. Ruth writes on her website that her perfume creating is a form of art.

“Scent is my life. This fragrance is the signature of my art. It is my signature”- Ruth Mastenbroek.

The box has a late 1970s vibe, a bold sky blue and chocolate brown swirling leaves pattern. The bottle is tapered towards the top with a clear square lid.

AMOROSA RUTH MASTENBROEK PERFUME REVIEWOpening notes: Watermelon, galbanum and violet leaf.

Middle notes: Tiare, tuberose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang.

Base notes: Amber, vetiver and patchouli.

This is unusual, almost eccentric, but full of  wonderful rare notes that give a hint of magic to the blend. The violet leaf is gloriously buoyant, remaining as the lead accord, and sending my senses into a heady spin of aromatic bliss. The drydown is powdery and sharp, powdery from the white florals and sharp from the vetiver, so it is a jarring effect that nevertheless is somehow still  moreish. A unique creation.

Occasions: This rare scent can be worn anytime you feel.

Seasons: Late summer and early autumn.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Expensive.

Love Story By Chloe Perfume Review

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From perfumer Anne Flipo comes Love Story by Chloe, which was released in 2014. The inspiration is the locks of love padlocks which are placed on bridges in Paris by lovers to declare their romance publicly.

Clémence Poésy, famous French actress, who has an incredible air of self-assured beauty and femininity was an ideal choice for the face of Love Story. She is pictured with Paris, the city of lights, in the background.

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The bottle design was created to link in with the locks of love inspiration, and has a curved metal top and square base.

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Opening notes: Bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, neroli and pear.

Middle notes: Rose, blackcurrant, stephanotis jasmine, peach and orange blossom.

Base notes: Musk, patchouli, cedar and cashmere wood.

Fresh citrus fruits abound here, but their joy is curtailed by the overly sweet pear. Thankfully the heart notes bring a balance and the tart blackcurrant is a good yang to the pear’s yin. The drydown is sophisticated and feminine, exactly as this should be, and brings classic a French quality to this Love story.

Occasions: Daytime romantic liaisons.

Seasons: Spring and summer.

Rating: Bronze medal.

Price: Very expensive.

Peony Blossom By La Perla Perfume Review

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Peony Blossom is a fruity floral that was launched in 2014. The advertising featured a glamorous model in black lingerie, telling us that this peony blossom is not innocent, but sensual, an attractant, and it can make us beautiful all over.

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The bottle is a soft light gold color, angled like an art nouveau work of art. It is topped with a golden lid.

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Opening notes: Blackcurrant, pear, orange blossom, and white peach.

Middle notes: Violet, peony, and jasmine.

Base notes: Musk, patchouli, and vanilla.

An overly sweet opening purely because of the pear note, pear is hard to get right, a drop too much and it is cloying. Once the peony comes through it is like a shower of powdery snowflakes, and a true softness is created. However, overall it doesn’t have anything really  special, and it remains mediocre compared with other fragrances within the same price group.

Occasions: Wear a little for informal occasions.

Seasons: Winter.

Rating: Bronze medal.

Price: Fair.

Isis By Agonist Perfume Review

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Isis is an oriental perfume from niche company Agonist. It was released in 2013 and is unisex.

The stark black and white minimalist box spells out each note across it, giving a tempting reveal of the contents before the bottle is even opened. The simply designed bottle has the same.

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Opening notes: Citruses, green tangerine, ylang-ylang, black pepper, ginger, anise, and peach.

Middle notes: Heliotrope, nutmeg, caramel.

Base notes: Benzoin, amber, musk, vanilla, lorenox, and labdanum.

The black pepper is the shining star of the opening, it blends beautifully with the peach to make the wearer’s mouth water. The caramel and nutmeg work incredibly well too, and this becomes positively gourmand and lusciously rich. Deeper down in the scent it’s sensual and lusty side emerges, musk and amber reaching out and giving a confident sexual edge.

Occasions: Wonderful for romantic evenings when you want to feel sexy.

Seasons: Winter.

Rating: Silver medal.

Price: Very expensive.

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