Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume (ROSE WEEK 2017 EDITION)
It’s Rose Week on EauMG! This is the annual celebration of rose-centric perfumes! This week I’m reviewing 6 fragrances that display a different aspect of rose perfumes.
I’m kicking off the week with a designer rose perfume. I’m not a perfume snob and most of the perfumes in my rotation are boring, mainstream designer perfumes. This doesn’t mean that I’m free of designer perfume complaints. One of my issues is that it… Continue reading | 18 Comments
Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume (Vintage)
I imagine that Givenchy Insensé was a difficult one to “get” during its launch in 1993. I still find this masculine-floral a bit difficult to comprehend (I mean the name roughly means “wild and crazy”), but in a good way.
Insensé opens as very vegetal with lots of basil and aldehydes. It’s green, dewy, alive. So much galbanum! I’m always confused by Insensé because it is clean and soapy but their is a skankiness that isn’t actually dirty but… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Dahlia Noir – doesn’t that sound dark? I can’t help but to hear the name and think of the gruesome “Black Dahlia” murder. I saw the Unsolved Mysteries of that as a kid and it scarred me for life (as was the intention of the show). So, it’s very difficult for me to think of the name “Dahlia Noir” without getting the heebie jeebies. The name was my first warning sign.
Givenchy Dahlia Noir throws me off at the initial stage… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Givenchy Amarige is a nice woodsy-floral (“oriental”) fragrance. It is warm and floral. It is one that I have had in my collection for quite sometime but I often overlook it for reasons unknown. I guess because it is a fragrance that I like, not that I love.
At first spritz, it is a heavy floral mix of gardenia, ylang-ylang, and neroli. It manages to have a robust but somewhat “powdery” note. This gives the fragrance a subtle yet old-fashioned vibe despite its 1991 release date. (Depends who you ask… Continue reading | 1 Comment
Just in time with America’s newest obsession with India, thanks Slumdog Millionaire, there is Givenchy’s Maharani Spring 2009 collection. It is inspired by the “sensual and refined beauty of Indian women”. Wow, that isn’t generalizing. Don’t get me wrong. I believe that Indian women deserved to be in the spotlight, Indians do in general. Especially Indian Americans who make up a large population in the U.S. and who are rarely seen in the media. India is a very “exotic” place to most Americans. They mainly think of spicy food and hot Bollywood babes… Continue reading