Saturday, May 22, 2021

Microperfumes Shipment #3


MicroPerfumes is one of the companies I talk about where I buy sample vials of various designer and niche fragrances so I can try before I buy. Here is my latest shipment and my initial takes on the fragrances, for those who might be interested.

1. Bottega Veneta by Bottega VenetaI didn't care for  it on initial spray (maybe because of the leather?) but it's growing on me. It's better as it starts to dry some. In fact, I think it's safe to say I do like this one in the mid-notes time frame where it has a slight lemony smell to me. I do not, however, love the dry down which is a little off-putting. That being said, I do keep intentionally smelling it. Maybe I will fall in love with it the next time I try to wear it. A leathery floral chypre, marries the olfactory language of the Venetian countryside—fresh meadows, mown hay, flowers, earth, and wood—with the gentle richness of leather in a creation crafted with the meticulousness of a master artisan.

Update: This scent is really growing on me. It has a light cedary smell that appeals, which is crazy because I'm not usually into the wood scents for women. Dry down is no longer off-putting, hence I have learned that first impressions are just that...first impressions.  It seems common to me that I have to try a fragrance out more than once or twice to really see how I feel about it. I'd wear this if I had a full-sized bottle. It's different than anything in my collection.

2. Creed: Love in WhiteThe first Creed fragrance I've smelled that I'm not crazy for... Not an unpleasant opening but not standout amazing. I do like the orange peel that finds its way through. When this dries down though, I don't like it at all. Top note is Orange Peel; middle notes are Rice, Magnolia, Narcissus, Italian Jasmine, Iris and Bulgarian Rose; base notes are Ambergris, Sandalwood and Vanille.

3. Creed: Spring FlowerCreed is so good at making perfume. This one is juicy fruity but still a pretty, and absolutely high quality floral. I like it. Top notes are Apple, Melon and Peach; middle notes are Jasmine and Rose; base notes are Musk and Ambergris. Flirtatious fruity/fresh top notes intrigue the senses, softening into delicate florals and sensual musk.


4. Maison Francis Kurkdijan: Baccarat Rouge 540. It smells good. I can see how it is unisex. It doesn't lean feminine or masculine but would be amazing for either. Someone said Burberry 'Her' is a dupe, but to me it's not a dupe. I can see the similarities in a slight way. This is much better to me. It's not typical, which is good. I like it quite a bit but don't absolutely love it, and it's weird to say, but I don't like it at all for me. My oldest son, however, does not care how pricey this one is, and it is pricey, he is headed off to buy it. For him, like so so so many people are saying online, it was love at first sniff. Top notes are Saffron and Jasmine; middle notes are Amberwood and Ambergris; base notes are Fir Resin and Cedar.

Update: I heard Ariana Grande Cloud smells a lot like this fragrance. I purchased the body spray and had my oldest son blind smell. He said, 'wow, that smells like Baccarat Rouge 540, I'm taking that home.' And he did. :)  Now he has the expensive version and the cheap-o one, and they do smell very similar. The MFK lasts forever and the AG does not.

5. Marc Jacobs: Decadence. Darker notes. Probably more sensual than I would want for office wear. I opened this sample from Microperfumes and IMMEDIATELY went to the store to purchase a bottle. I have never done that before. I was so excited because I really liked it, but I got the wrong one (be careful because the flankers have a similar name and the boxes look very similar too...I did not like the flanker at all). I initially had zero doubt that this would be something I would add to my collection and soon. I just loved it. After revisiting later, I still like it quite a bit, but I'm not in a hurry to purchase it now, especially after finding out it's going to be discontinued anyway. It's nice, but I'm learning that if I wait before I buy, I end up with loves, not just likes (or really likes) in my collection. I do really like it (the plum is so interesting to me) and if I owned it, I would wear it. If I find it on sale for a really good price, I'll likely pick up a bottle. Otherwise, I can comfortably live without it.  Top Notes: Italian plum, Iris and Saffron. Heart: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine Sambac and Orris. Drydown: liquid amber, vetiver, and papyrus woods

Update: I did find a reasonably priced bottle and did make the purchase. I am happy to have it in my collection.

6. Tom Ford: Noir Pour FemmeI was so surprised. It doesn't smell like any Tom Ford I have smelled before, it's much lighter. I honestly love the heavier fragrances more. Noir Pour Femme is pleasant though, & reminds me of one of my aunties. I'll have to ask her if she wears this... It somehow reminds me of a baby product too, but it's not powdery. I like the dry down better than the opening. I don't see myself every buying a full-sized bottle. Tom Ford seems to be hit or miss for me (but when it hits, it really hits). Bitter Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Amber

7. Tom Ford: Velvet OrchidI LOVE Black Orchid so I wanted to try this Velvet Orchid. It's lighter and a little more floral. I smell the honey (and a clean diaper smell?). Not unpleasant, just not fabulous like the Black Orchid. I won't buy this one. Top notes are Rum, Honey, Mandarin Orange and Bergamot; middle notes are Black Orchid, Orchid, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Hyacinth, Narcissus, Rose Oil, Orange Blossom and Magnolia; base notes are Vanilla, Myrrh, Suede, Sandalwood, Peru Balsam and Labdanum.

27 comments:

  1. I am pretty boring where scent is concerned. I have found one which suits me and rarely experiment.

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  2. I love vanilla and jasmine scents... Beautiful scents I'd love to try! Aimee amala x

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  3. Lovely scents based on how you described them. I tend to stick to one scent though when I find one that I liked.

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  4. A great idea to smell the scents in this form before buying. I love fresh and floral smells

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  5. First time I hear about microperfumes. Thank for sharing so that I can add to my collection for the next gift given season.

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  6. I have to admit that I only have 2 perfumes in my pantry

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  7. What a great idea, I don't get out shopping often so being able to smell a small amount would make so much more sense, as perfume is expensive!

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  8. Not heard about microperfumes before, but what a good idea to be able to try before you buy. I haven't smelt any new ones in a long time.

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  9. I love the idea of getting fragrances in small containers like this. It's so much less of a commitment.

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  10. I would love to try that Marc Jacobs perfume ;) I do also love the samples to try as it is a major purchase these days to buy a good perfume and you need to make sure it is the perfect scent for you :) I am currently all about Good Girl... smells amazing!

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  11. I've been told that Tom Ford smells good but my eye is on the Marc Jacobs. I heard good reviews about it.

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  12. I honestly didn't know anything about it. Thank you for an insightful article.

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  13. This post makes me jelly for those that can smell. 😂 I bet they are wonderful. It’s good you get a sampling of this and that.

    When I could smell, I always wanted a perfume or lotion that smelled like candy or cookies. Most of it smells like fruit or flowers.

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  14. I am not a bit perfume type person most make my throat close up, eyes water etc. I think small purfumes are best for those like me that have a hard time finding something that will work with their bodies.

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  15. My fav perfume marc jacob ! I do have all collections.Love this article

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  16. Hi Rosey - like EC ... I'm dull, stuck with the perfume that suits me ... but I do find the knowledge around perfumes interesting ... and the 'notes' that make each perfume. Baccarat - took me to Baccarat crystal ... thanks for the reminder.
    Cheers Hilary

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  17. Oooh very cool. I have a few perfumes I love, but it would be nice to get to know new scents.

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  18. I haven't heard the term microperfumes before. I cannot even remember the last time I used perfume/cologne, but it may be time to use it again.

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  19. Interesting. I haven't heaerd about microperfumes. I will look into them and discover which sents that I like.

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  20. A nice idea to have when you don't know if you will use the whole bottle in time.

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  21. This sounds like an awesome way to try out new fragrances! Especially for someone indecisive like me!

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  22. Micro perfumes are a great way to start building a collection and finding your scent without breaking the bank. Plus cute for travel size scents.

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  23. First time I hear about microperfumes. This is great for me!

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  24. Creed: Love in White is my best friend's favorite! It's so nice. I hope to get one soon for her. Great list!

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  25. When I saw "micro perfume", I immediately began to wonder what that was. Now I see it is a brand ;) Sadly, I am allergic to 99 percent of fragrances. People cannot wear perfume around me--I become ill.

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  26. Looks like a great brand! Love this

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  27. I feel that I would actually like Bottega Veneta. I am usually not for more masculine scents, but I have lately been finding that I like Jason's hygiene product scents more than my girly ones. I have always loved the scent of leather and cedar though, so I should check this one out next time I am at the department stores.

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