MisskMissk's Perfume Reviews

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Missk 4 years ago 3
6
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle

Tropical and Sugary Sweet
I adore Elie Saab Le Parfum and the way it wears on my skin. As I am on the hunt for a wedding day scent, I thought it wise to test some of her flankers. Le Parfum Resort Collection 2017 seemed like the perfect place to start.

Le Parfum Resort Collection opens super juicy and sweet all thanks to the pomegranate and mandarin accords. I wasn't expecting this fragrance to be quite so fruity, I was rather hoping that the orange blossom note would feature more prominently. It's a very pretty, youthful scent however it's not quite me and to be honest fruity florals rarely are.

The fruity aspect of this fragrance persists for at least the first three hours of wear before settling into a lush orange blossom and jasmine blend which is not unlike the original Le Parfum.

Le Parfum Resort Collection 2017 would make a fun and playful addition to anyone's wardrobe, more so if you happen to live in a warm climate. Essentially this flanker is best suited to the younger market and for summertime wear. I find it a little too sweet for my personal tastes. The original Le Parfum is more my cup of tea.

Missk 4 years ago 1
6.5
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle

Refreshing Fruity Floral
Le Parfum Resort Collection has very little in common with the original Le Parfum. Orange blossom barely features in this flanker, tending to be more on the fruity and fresh side of things.

The strongest notes to my nose include a soft, green fig note and a zesty citrus peel accord which tends to dominate throughout much of the opening and the drydown. It's obvious from the very first spritz that this fragrance is intended to be worn during Summer or in a tropical, humid climate. It's like a less sweet Escada release in lots of ways.

The orange blossom note is very minor in relation to the rest of the composition. Frangipani appears to be the standout floral in this flanker adding a creamy, somewhat tropical feel. A smooth amber accord in the base adds an interesting warmth that I actually enjoy. I find that the amber blends beautifully with all the fruitiness that this fragrance conveys.

Le Parfum Resort Collection in all honesty is not something that I would ever personally wear. It is however a very pleasant fig scent, much softer than the likes of Philosykos by Diptyque. The longevity is surprisingly good as is the sillage. I still prefer the original Le Parfum as I am an avid fan of orange blossom, but if such scents aren't your thing you may be perfectly content with its flanker Le Parfum Resort Collection.

Missk 6 years ago 5
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle

Sultry Leather
Molinard's Habanita was first designed as a fragrance to scent cigarettes. As an occasional smoker myself, I can certainly see how this fragrance could mesh well with the scent of smoky, stale tobacco smoke. Don't get me wrong, I love the smell of cigarettes, especially on a man even though I know it's a dirty habit. Molinard's Habanita for this reason, is a little piece of heaven.

Habanita opened quite strongly on my skin with rich, shiny leather notes, sweet, powdery peach and nose-burning resins. It was like a more potent version of Bvlgari's Black at first, dark, rubbery and slightly masculine.

As it settled, the floral accords began to immerge, in a sweet, baby-powderish manner with subtle hints of smokey tobacco, leather and resins. Occasionally it smelt like red vintage lipstick, that odd cosmetic smell I come across in classic scents sometimes. I find this combination quite delicious and strangely sexual, in a sadistic and masochistic way.

Habanita is the scent of a strong, confident and powerful woman who does not mess around, she gets straight down to business. It almost blows my mind with how raunchy and wicked this fragrance is. I love wearing this because it's so different from what I usually reach for on a daily basis.

My man, although he was a little taken aback at first, adores this scent on me. He says it smells like I've just spent the day with some hot lesbian bikers in leather get-up, smoked a few too many cigarettes and came back to him smelling clean and powdery but dirty at the same time. His description is actually far more exact than my own.

All in all, as I've said, this is an extremely powerful fragrance and one that lasts a decade on the skin too. I highly recommend to everyone and anyone, and I think those that dismiss it are fools because it's a classic for reason, and a good reason at that. Thankyou Adrien02 for gifting me this beautiful fragrance.

Missk 6 years ago 1
6
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage

Sweet, juicy raspberry
I was first introduced to Balmain's La Môme during a blind sniffing competition earlier this year. When I initially applied it to my wrists and inhaled, I was quite struck by its sweetness, with the juicy raspberry accord radiating strongly on my skin. I had assumed it was either a celebrity fragrance or a release from a well-known brand, marketed towards younger women.

You can imagine my surprise when it was revealed that the mystery scent was actually Balmain's La Môme. Needless to say, I would never have guessed it. I had imagined this fragrance to smell like an intense oriental, laden with spices and resins.

To my nose, La Môme is sweet, mysterious and in some ways, flirtatious. It's a scent that grows on you over time, but may greet you as a shock initially. Although the opening is quite sweet with candied raspberry, pink pepper and oily rose, what follows tends to show more depth and complexity in terms of composition.

The heart introduces some of my favourite oriental accords; opoponax, myrrh and amber. These combine to create a warm and enticing scent, that actually blends perfectly with the sweet raspberry and rose. It was during this phase that I found myself growing fond of La Môme.

Pardon my naïvety, but seeming that Edith Piaf was before my time, I don't know much about her, nor have I watched the movie which is said to have inspired this fragrance. I am however familiar with her famous and incredibly moving song, 'La Vie en Rose', so I agree that the rose note was a perfect addition to La Môme's scent pyramid.

La Môme is incredibly lasting on my skin, so I applaud the longevity. The sillage is not bad either, but I can't say that it's particularly strong. I would consider this fragrance a sure crowd-pleaser, however it may disappoint some, especially if they're expecting to smell a heavy oriental. I would advise against blind buying La Môme due to its fruity yet ambery nature.

Originally written: August 25, 2012.

Missk 6 years ago
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage

Nirmala came before Angel
I can certainly see how some could compare Molinard's Nirmala to Thierry Mugler's Angel, but despite the similarities, Angel is a gourmand and Nirmala is an oriental with a hint of boozy fruits. I could own both scents without feeling as if one is copying the other.

Nirmala is a rich and exotic fragrance on the skin. Within moments of first applying Nirmala to my wrists, I was frantically scanning the internet in hopes of acquiring a bottle immediately. I'm a huge fan of Molinard, so it made perfect sense to go right ahead and make an impulse buy based on the top notes alone.

I eventually withheld my eagerness and calmed myself in order to experience both the heart and drydown before hitting the buy button. I'm glad I took a second to think it over because the composition does tend to be a tad linear. I wouldn't consider its lack of development as negative, but it is slightly disappointing, at least for me.

Nirmala opens with sweet bursts of passionfruit and mango, which can smell rather tropical and vibrant on the skin. The grapefruit accord is also present, however anything citrusy in this composition tends to be subtle rather than bold.

In the heart, the fruits begin to settle and the vanilla, along with the tonka bean provide a more oriental texture. A hint of fresh jasmine keeps this fragrance smelling feminine and crisp.

I'm happy to say that the longevity is excellent, with Nirmala being yet another fine example of quality from the house of Molinard. It might be of interest for some that I'm reviewing the current version of Nirmala in the newer packaging. I am unable to compare this version to the older 50's formulation, so I cannot offer any information as to whether a reformulation has occurred.

Originally written: August 23, 2012.

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