Estee Lauder Sensuous Eau De Parfum: When Opposites Are Made Complementary

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About the author: Andrea likes to sample anything he can get his nose on, and to write about it in his blog Smellitivity.

I’m not sure why, but when I saw Estée Lauder Perfume Sensuous I was expecting a delicate floral, probably because of the round bright orange bottle with sinuous lines.

I was in for a big surprise though. Sure, there is a prominent jasmine in it, but what I got was complexity rather than floralcy.

Jasmine itself is partly responsible for that. In spite of its gracious look, it’s not always the gentlest of flowers, unless the perfume maker wants it to be. Serge Luten’s A La Nuit, created by Christopher Sheldrake, is a good example of gentle jasmine, whereas if you want a nasty one, Thierry Mugler’s Alien would be a good candidate. With woods and pepper on top of jasmine, the result for this Estée Lauder Sensuous Eau De Parfum is an all but floral, wonderfully weird smell.

Actually, talking about the opening, I should say wonderfully smelly: earthy and dirty, body odour at its best for the first half an hour.

After that, the fragrance will have cleaner and fresher notes, thanks to amber, which adds a powdery quality, but also a light sweetness. There is probably also a very small amount of clean laundry detergent smell, the one that is usually added in massive quantities to fresh aromatic perfumes for men like Cool Water, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro Chrome or Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.

The result is an aroma that is clean and powdery on the one hand, and dry, warm, spicy, animalic, earthy, floral, and at times even slightly smoked on the other. And that’s what I meant by complexity: the ability of the perfume maker to take opposites like dirty and clean, air and earth, and force them to share a space and talk to each other. It takes great skills to make a fragrance that walks this fine line. With less capable hands, the risk is to make a perfume that is all over the place, but nose Annie Buzantian, who created Sensuous in 2008, sure did a great job.

To give you an idea, imagine you’ve hanged your clean laundry outside to dry. It’s sunny, but the soil is still wet for the rain. Right after you’ve gone back inside, a shirt falls to the ground. When you return after a couple of hours, everything is dry, soil and shirt, but the earth has returned part of its rough aromas, smudging the clean laundry smell.

In the dry down, after challenging the nose for hours, Sensuous Estée Lauder Perfume is more easygoing, with soft honey-sweet notes, and a much gentler floral side.

So, who’s it for? Don’t be scared off by adjectives like “earthy” or “animalic.” When it comes to perfumes, they are never so bad as they sound, and they’re always there with other notes.

This is a sophisticated fragrance, so there is a chance that you won’t like it. But you may indeed find its quirkiness very pleasant and with great social skills. One sure thing is that you will smell classy and different from all the sweet fruity or sweet floral fragrances for women out there at the moment, and that’s worth a try.

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Miss Dior Cherie Review

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Miss Dior Cherie ($59-$95) This is a modern fragrance that captures the timeless couture spirit of Dior. A new interpretation of the original Miss Dior fragrance, Miss Dior Cherie combines pure couture spirit with the audacity of youthful, playful notes for a fresh approach to a timeless classic. Notes of chic, green tangerine, violette, and pink jasmine mingle with soft patchouli, musk, and delectably sweet strawberry leaves and caramelized popcorn for a delicious scent that’s truly irresistible.

Notes:
Green Tangerine, Violette, Pink Jasmine, Patchouli, Crystalline Musk, Strawberry Leaves, Caramelized Popcorn, Strawberry Sorbet.
Style:
Pure. Precious. Modern.

My Thoughts:

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Vera Wang Princess Review

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Vera Wang Princess ($18-$72) Created for the playful, unpredictable, independent woman who treats every day like an event and adventure. This is a woman who likes to make her own magic, this sheer, flirty blend of water lily, lady apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin are melded with sheer floral notes, accented with dark chocolate, and finished with a pink frosting accord, amber, warm woods, musk, and vanilla – a whimsical treat.

Notes:
Water Lily, Lady Apple, Mandarin Meringue, Golden Apricot Skin, Ripe Pink Guava, Tahitian Flower, Wild Tuberose, Dark Chocolate, Pink Frosting Accord, Precious Amber, Forbidden Woods, Royal Musk Captive, Chiffon Vanilla.

My Thoughts:

I’m usually not a big fan of fragrances because  I have crazy bad allergies, but I am loving Vera Wang’s Princess fragrance. It is a light floral smell with a little bit of a hint of fresh sweetness. I like how it is not an overpowering fragrance (probably because I don’t spray on a lot). I also like the bottle. It’s so cute! I definitely do feel like a princess every time I use this.

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DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Review

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dkny-be-delicious-fresh-bloom DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom ($40-$70)

DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is a radiant new fragrance that marries freshness, vibrancy, and femininity. A blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis, and sunkissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose wrapped in luminous jasmine. A base of juicy apple, mingled with lingering blond woods and smooth skin accord, completes the irresistibly sensual experience of the essence.

My Thoughts:

This perfume is perfect for Spring/Summer. It’s light and fruity with a hint of freshness. It isn’t overpowering, which is perfect for me. I love the packaging, but it’s a little difficult to spray because of the unique shape. The best description I could come up with to describe the overall scent and packaging is “pretty.” How original huh?

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Harajuku Lovers Perfume

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Harajuku Lovers “G” Eau de Toilette Spray
(0.3 oz $30, 1oz $45)

Fragrance: A modern gourmand. Tropical. Sunny. Delicious.

Top: Fresh Coconut, Crisp Mandarin, Apple Skin

Mid: Jasmine Sambac, Soft Freesia, Magnolia Vapor

Base: Cotton Woods, Coconut Cream, White Sandalwood

My Personal Thought: This has a tropical, coconut-like smell.



Love


Harajuku Lovers ‘Love’ Eau de Toilette Spray
(0.3 oz $30, 1oz $45)

Fragrance: a sensuous floral. Tender. Romantic. Sensual

Top: Pink Pomelo, Sparkling Bergamot, Bamboo Leaf Mist

Mid: Rose, Watery Peony, Egyptian Jasmine

Base: Creamy Vanilla Orchid, Sensual Musk, Blonde Wood

My Personal Thought: This has a musky, floral smell.


Lil Angel



Harajuku Lovers ‘Lil’ Angel’ Eau de Toilette Spray
(0.3 oz $30, 1oz $45)

Fragrance: a fruity floral. Colorful. Tasty. Sweet.

Top: Pineapple, Raspberry, Cranberry, Blackberry

Mid: Candied Violet, Pear Blossom, Sugared Rose

Base: Lollipop Accord, Hinoki Wood, Crystal Amber

My Personal Thought: This has a fresh, fruity smell. My favorite out of the whole set.





Music



Harajuku Lovers ‘Music’ Eau de Toilette Spray
(0.3 oz $30, 1oz $45)

Fragrance: A delicate floral. Sparkling. Yummy. Juicy.

Top: Sparkling Pear, Clementine

Mid: Sweetpea, Jasmine Sambac, Honeysuckly

Base: Sleek Woods, Vanilla, Skin Musk

My Personal Thought: This has a floral smell.






Baby



Harajuku Lovers ‘Baby’ Eau de Toilette Spray
(0.3 oz $30, 1oz $45)

Fragrance: A powdery musk. Fresh. Clean. Soft

Top: White Rose, Bergamot, Freesia

Mid: Orange Flower, Tiare Flower, Jasmine Petals

Base: White Musk, Soft Woods, Vanilla, Violet

My Personal Thought: This has a baby powder smell.






Harajuku Lovers Coffret Solids






Harajuku Lovers Coffret Solids ($65)

The set includes all five girls in solid perfume compacts.

My Personal Thought: Great for travel.

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