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Sorceress 6 years ago 3
10
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10
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10
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5
Bottle

Sunshine Happiness In A Bottle
Bright, airy, fun and crisp. The blood orange(Fruit of the sun) hits you in the face. The initial spray is like cutting into an orange and it squirts you in the face-bam! It's an eye-opener. Now we're talking about a perfume that gets your attention. One that takes you out of your space and time. It's about time.
Coffee and cloves, yes, a bit disconcerting as you read the notes. Cardamom, chocolate, musk and patchouli too? It's all there. It seems like such a jumbled mix your head spins at first, but then it all comes together to a delightful happiness.
You're walking down an herbal path of gardens with the Partridge Family hiding in the flowering bushes singing their songs while Jimi and Janis are belting it out in your head. Yeah, this perfume is tripping you down the discordant path of 1969 and it's all Sunshine happiness. It lasts for hours on end and it's full-bottle worthy.

Sorceress 6 years ago
9
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10
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9
Sillage
9
Bottle

A Chameleon Vintage
I would swear there are aldehydes in Sonnet that linger and linger on my skin for ages and steal the show of this perfume. They're not listed, but I know that all-too-familiar smell that some enjoy and some despise. A few minutes in, the poof of the powder begins and mingles with aldehydic waves.
Sonnet is a mature perfume, and certainly one quite different than offerings of the last thirty years or so. This is what we all imagine ladies used to smell like, you know, the ladies in their fur coats with their Lilly Dache hats and opera gloves. This is true vintage and could be considered a bit harsh by today's sweet standards. It settles down to a skin scent within a few hours and I thought that was that. Not at all. About four hours later, I noticed a spicy aroma, with a vibe similar to Youth Dew, or Bright Night. Sonnet had morphed into a spice bomb, altho a skin scent spice bomb. The combination of carnation and spices suddenly came together strongly, but rather late to the game. An interesting vintage that takes you on a Journey, through true notes. Sonnet is a chameleon. If you're a vintage fiend, you'll enjoy this one for its diversity. Another Avon vintage surprise!

Sorceress 6 years ago 1
3.5
Scent
6
Longevity
2
Sillage
6
Bottle

Just Roses On A Trellis
Roses wrapped with musk. I wish I could get more from this perfume, but after wearing it twice, sadly I cannot. There are other notes that did draw me to it, but I'm disappointed that Trellis is basically pure roses on me. If you truly enjoy roses, then this is one for you. I do believe there are other offerings on the market that could be better for that type of floral offering. Pretty, but too linear and not as full-bodied as I expected. Very soft and sits close to the skin.

Sorceress 6 years ago 4
9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
5
Bottle

Completely Different Direction For Elizabeth Taylor Perfumes
The House of Elizabeth Taylor has introduced another perfume for 2016 called White Diamonds Night, an absolutely beautiful and sedately warm, resinous perfume, quite unlike her original White Diamonds. Do not confuse this perfume with her others if you didn’t like her former bodacious presentations. White Diamonds Night is so completely different you just might become a fan of Elizabeth Taylor perfumes if you’ve never worn them before.

This presentation is warm with resins and sandalwood that stay the entire length of the perfume. The initial spray gives you a slight citrus feel with a hint of apricot, not a fruity feel at all, just a hint of warmth to start the perfume. The sandalwood comes into play almost immediately and brings the resinous feel right into the heart of the perfume.

Jasmine and freesia are two flowers that are notes in White Diamonds Night, but I could not pick up on them with my chemistry. Patchouli is in this flanker also, but it’s very light, barely noticeable. Musk is also listed in the drydown and it’s faint but enough to mellow the perfume.

This is a familiar smelling perfume and highly pleasant. If you like vanilla-scented perfumes, you should enjoy it. The resins reminded me of a burnt, creamy vanilla along with the woods. Three sprays lasted 4 hours, altho the last two hours were a skin scent.

Wearable day and night, basically anywhere. The bottle is the same as the others except for the black glass. The name might confuse people tho. It is definitely nothing like White Diamonds at all.

Sorceress 6 years ago 6
10
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10
Longevity
10
Sillage
6
Bottle

A Bodacious Perfume For The Ages
There is a history behind Tabu perfume that some say is a myth and others hold steadfast to. Whether you believe it or not doesn’t matter. What does matter is that Tabu is known as the Mother of oriental perfumes dating back to 1932. I don’t know if the story was a marketing ploy or not, but Tabu has become a classic and stuck around for all these decades.
Funny thing to me is that if it was marketed to hookers, ladies of the night, and let’s say, more sexual women back then, and if you now look at reviews by the younger generation, why do so many trash it? It has such an interesting story. You’d think such a historical perfume with such a bodacious and lascivious past would draw interest and it does, but unfortunately, the interest seems to be negative if Tabu is not given a fair chance.
So very often, reviewers will trash it as a sexual grannies nightmare. Yet, the same generation will take the Agent Provocateur line, for example, (if you haven’t seen the commercials, youtube them) and write glowingly about these “sexually provocative” scents. It makes my head spin. Marketing again. What is supposed to be “sexy” changes with the decades. And certainly, what every generation of men and women see as sexy, most definitely changes with the decades. Sexiness may change, but seductiveness doesn’t.
Perhaps because it’s sold in places like the Marts and drugstores now people discard it as a perfume not worth their while? That’s their mistake, certainly. Drugstore perfumes can be wonderfully delicious and economical finds. To turn up one’s nose at a fragrance because it’s sold in a drugstore is a terrible form of snobbery and a bigger loss to one’s education of perfume.
I always loved the picture of the woman in the gown, the little violin and everything behind it. The picture is the 1901 painting Kreutzer Sonata by Rene-Xavier Prinet. I always loved the little violin bottles with the beautiful painting reproduced on the bottle. I saved my baby-sitting money and purchased those little bottles quite happily.
So what does it smell like? What makes Tabu a love/hate relationship? It’s a perfume heavy on spices. Orange tickles your senses for a few brief moments before the cloves hit strong, along with coriander, benzoin and civet. The woods, vetiver and oakmoss lay the foundation. This is an enormous oriental that will fill a room and choke the inhabitants if you over-spray. The cologne, which is the mildest form of perfume with the least concentration of perfume oils, is still that strong. Wearing it, you’ll feel luxurious, wrapped in a cloak of mysterious oils, sensual and earthy, living in another time period.
An oriental can do that. It’s a rich, thick perfume. It envelopes the wearer. It cloaks you with mystery and an aura. It entices. Not a day-time fragrance, it’s perfect for night, in cooler weather, when the snow falls around you. Tabu is not meant for hot summer days when the sun is blazing down. It’s a cloying perfume. Spray it on a scarf and the scent will last for a week at the minimum. When you spray it on yourself, it lasts all day. It’s that strong.
I always recommend buying the vintage version of a perfume because I feel the stronger, natural oils were still used. I’d still recommend purchasing the vintage version of Tabu but, if you’ve never smelled it before, knock yourself out and venture into a Mart or drugstore and buy a new bottle for a few bucks. It’s that inexpensive. The new version won’t be as strong, but believe me, it’s still going to knock you down and do a Linda Blair on you. I own 5 bottles of Tabu, dating from the 1960’s to today. They all smell incredibly ambrosial, absolutely delectable and yes, depending on the decade, they are different in the dry-down.
The older the bottle, the quicker the veil of Tabu will envelope you. Should you purchase a newer bottle of this oriental floral, wait some time to understand what this perfume is about. You’ll get a root beer effect to start out before the true magic begins. If you enjoy it, then spring for a vintage bottle, they’re still inexpensive. Some say that Tabu chooses its victims, in other words, she doesn’t agree with all. Should you be lucky enough to wear her in all her glory, wear her proudly. Jean Carles would be proud.

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