Friday, 29 April 2016

Perfume Mini-Reviews From Twitter - January to March 2016 [part 1]

It's that time again: a round-up of my mini-reviews from Twitter. Come back soon for part 2.

Cedro Di Taormina from Acqua Di Parma (2016)*
Typically elegant AdP cologne, this time twisted with a citron note. Velvety & gentle rather than tart.

Goldea from Bulgari (Alberto Morillas; 2015)*
Familiar shampoo-sweet musk affair, lifted by a hint of citrusy jasmine. The 70s come to life in the stroke-me curvy bottle.

Be Desired from DKNY (2015)*
Effective green apple note at the top which segues into, of all things, the creepy white florals of Secretions Magnifiques.

Icon Absolute from Dunhill (2015)*
Original's neroli heart marred by a crude, pseudo-oud note. A brutish failure.

Chypre 21 from Heeley (James Heeley; 2015)*
Elegant, if overrated nouveau chypre, which replaces the requisite mosses with heavy woods in the base. Too po-faced?

Equipage Géranium from Hermès (Jean-Claude Ellena; 2015)*
As it says, tactile leather of Equipage + rosy mint of geranium. Very Ellena. A charming, easy to wear delight.

White Spirit from Juliette Has A Gun (2015)*
Dilution is an apt allusion here - rough, synth sandalwoods, thinned down to ghostliness. A pale Opus V.

Luna Rossa Sport from Prada (Daniela Andrier; 2015)*
Has somebody been spraying Minotaure? Citrusy woods over subtly sugared amber. More attractive than you'd expect.

L'Eau De Paille from Serge Lutens (Christopher Sheldrake; 2016)*
Lutens reach an unexpected low with this overly synthetic, 80s man disaster. Juniper + wood cliches. Shame.


* sample provided by the brand
** sample obtained by the author


  1. Thanks for the mini-reviews. Last year I was positively surprised with Goldea and almost bought it but I already had my two summer scents. I want to try Cedro di Taormina because I like the AdP line (except their lasting power) and I'm curious about White Spirit. A pale Opus V??? That surely sounds intriguing...

    1. Neva, yes, White Spirit is definitely worth trying. Even though I am full of admiration for Opus V, there are still times when I find it... well... a bit too much. While wearing White Spirit, I thought it might make a more accessible alternative to the Amouage.

      Thanks so much for reading, as always.


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