Wednesday, April 30, 2014

{{Fragrance Review}}:The Body Shop's Blooming Gardenia EDT

English Dawn White Gardenia EDT S$35.90
Source: The Body Shop UK
A 2014 addition to The Body Shop's Scents of the World Fragrance collection, English Dawn White Gardenia is a lovely, delicate fragrance. 

English Dawn White Gardenia opens up startlingly crisp and fresh, with the pale translucency of a sweet, white rose scent. There is the presence of greenness as well, like the freshly cut stalks of a flower at dawn, still glistening with morning dew. Its opening smells nothing like gardenia and draws more semblance to its rose perfumes like Morrocan Rose and Atlas Mountain Rose, albeit with a mild blackberry-like undertone similar to Smoky Rose.  Nonetheless, this scent acceptably beautiful, conjuring an image blooming white roses, lilies and jasmines at dawn. I thoroughly enjoyed the opening notes.

As the scent settles, the waxy animalic vibe from the gardenia flower emerges. Ah, there's the gardenia! I thought, as I prepared myself for the growth of a monstrous white tuberose note. But lo! It did not trudge into tuberose territory. No, this is a gardenia that non-white-floral lovers can bravely embrace. While the pungency of a white floral is there, it settles elegantly instead of drowning your olfactory senses. The scent at its drydown smells darker and purplish, although there is just that barest hint of lovely sweet roses and greenness to it, reeling it away from the dark depths of the Unknown.

I might add this to my collection. It's simple, it's pretty. It's a fuss-free everyday scent.

Have you tried this scent? Is it a yay or nay for you? Do share, I'd love to know!

That Whimsical Blogger!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

{{Fragrance Review}}: Yves Rocher Lilas Mauve EDT

Yves Rocher Purple Lilac (Lilas Mauve) -S$9/20ml or S$30/100ml
Hello my darlings <3

Today I'll be reviewing Yves Rocher's Lilas Mauve EDT. I got this from Yves Rocher's store in Westgate Mall, which is ludicrously far away from where I live. :( The good thing is, the SA told me they will be expanding into the town and heartland area in the months to come, such as Ngee Ann City and Bishan Junction 8. Yay~

Basically Yves Rocher is known for its affordable fragrances while retaining a sense of creativity in their creations (y'know, many fragrances tend to either choose low price or being distinctive these days).

Out of the three EDTs in the range available (Lilas Mauve, Orange Flower, Lily of the Valley?), I picked this. 

Lilas Mauve is a simple, basic scent mimicking lilac flowers. The creation opens up fruity, with sweet pear and lychee notes and a mild drizzle of juicy citrus (orange, perhaps) to lighten the scent. The scent quickly settles with a characteristic sweet powdery lilac note, a dashing of light creaminess and just a touch of greenness.

Overall, a simple basic easy-to-like lilac perfume, although my gripe is that it is so light that it is more like a body spray.

Longevity: Poor
Silage: Soft

Have you tried Yves Rocher's perfumes? I would love to know what you think of them!


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