Comme des Garcons Floriental Eau de Parfum

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I received this small sample vial in the mail.Commes des garcon often offer free samples of their new fragrances and provided you can navigate their very complicated and far too clever for its own good website, you do eventually get to a section where you apply for the free sample.
I often request samples and it makes a lovely surprise when they arrive and I get to try things I certainly wouldn’t risk buying sight or smell unseen or unsmelled!

~~~~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~~~
The package mine came in was a brown plastic outer envelope with a small glass bottle mini spray. I love these small sample sizes to try new smells and also I take them on holiday as they are so light and then dump them when I have used them. On the side of the bottle is the name of the scent and in smaller type the brand name, neither are very special, just plain simple text.

This is sold in the usual Commes des Garcon flacon flask style bottle and this one is brown. It kind of looks rounded and sort of flat stone shaped or a bit like a small hipflask with rounded corners. There is the brand and scent name in a light coloured text and the whole thing is simple and very understated. I actually quite like the bottle style with its smooth rounded look as it is quite different from the usual perfume bottle style.

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~~~ COMME DES GARCONS ~~~

This is a brand I have tried several of their perfumes from and I do like their unisex scents. Some are more unisex than others and I particularly like earthy scents .
The name of the brand kind of states what they are aiming for , the unisex approach not only for their scents but also the clothes too. This is a Parisian based fashion brand owned by a Japanese designer, Rei Kawkubo.

This company has 68 different fragrances, the first was created in 1994 and the fragrances are created in collaboration with a large number of perfumiers not just one or two which I found unusual. Floriental was launched in 2015 so it is a reasonably new one. Some of their perfumes are unisex while others are specifically aimed at either men or women. This is one of the unisex ones.

~~~~~~~ WHAT THEY SAY ~~~~~~~
“Floriental is a disrupted floral fragrance that challenges the traditions of perfumery to reimagine a flower that has no scent.
A creative collision that blurs the lines between the floral and the oriental to create somdownload (2)ething completely new.
An odourless flower is given life, a virtual scent imagined: enigmatic, contrasted, intense.”

~~~~~~ THE NOTES ~~~~~

Interestingly the notes are all blended so no top , middle and base notes. The notes in this are :
Labdanum, lavish sandalwood, vetiver, incense, pink pepper and plum liqueur

~~~~~~~~ MY THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCE ~~~~~~~

This is a much deeper and sweeter scent than some of Commes des garcons perfumes. It is earthy and certainly has that oriental aroma as the sandalwood comes through strongly with a hint of a rubbery aroma.
It is a strong perfume and lasts well. The scent doesn’t change much over time , It did start sweetly plummy but within fifteen minutes or so the more spicy peppery notes come through and the sandalwood is quite obvious too.it just settles and gently becomes more subtle. This is no bad thing as the scent is intense so you need only a very small spray to be able to enjoy the scent for some hours. I would suggest that you need to be a bit careful not to overdo this one as it is intense.

I tried spraying small amount on my arms and adding some natural oil to blend with it and that worked really well to spread the scent and make it less intense in one spot.
I feel this might be a bit too much for a summer scent and would be best in winter as it would still carry through winter clothes .It lasts reasonably well on me and I can still smell it faintly about four hours after I put it on.
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I find it quite unusual and very much reminds me of incense burning in temples . Although I do like it I am not sure I would buy it as it is a bit intense for me. I would say this would be best worn in the evening rather than the day as those around you in the office might find it a bit much.

In my opinion is probably not for the girly feminine sorts of women. It is not very feminine it is definitely a Middle eastern/Asian spicy sort of smell..
~~~~~~~ WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN? ~~~~~

I do quite like it but it is not a cheap perfume at about £71 for 50ml on Amazon and samples selling on Ebay for about £3.50 for 1ml or 2ml bottles. I can’t say I would pay that sort of money for this as it isn’t special enough for that sort of money.
I do like the woody sandalwood and dry cedarwood and incense smell but in small doses.
As most people know your skin is the final ingredient in any perfume and that effects how different scents develop. Always try your perfumes first, if you can, before making a big expensive purchase. These samples are a great way to try them.
This little bottle was about 2ml and gave me about two or three days use I would say and I am so thrilled I got it as a free sample after seeing the prices on Ebay for the same little bottles.

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BULGARI – MON JASMINE NOIR L’ ELIXIR EDP

c1400x840q75This is yet another of my many samples of perfumes that I have collected. I think I could do a review a week and still not run out after a year. I have used this on couple of times an saved a bit for reviewing purposes.

~#~*~#~*~#*~ ABOUT BULGARI ~#~*~#~*~#*~

Bulgari are an Italian brand specialising in high end jewellery, watches and accessories. Rather strangely they also have a chain of luxury hotels as well. These are selected properties in major cosmopolitan cities and luxury resorts destinations which they say reflect the “ excitement of the Bulgari brand, its timeless glamour and its heritage of magnificent Roman jeweller.”

The only experience I have had with the brand has been the perfumes and that will probably stay that way I suspect.

~#~*~#~*~#*~ BULGARI SAY THIS IS ~#~*~#~*~#*~

A sophisticated luminous and sensual Eau de Parfum within the jasmine noir universe, reminiscent of the inimitable values of elegance and refinement at the heart of the Bulgari brand.”

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Considering how luxurious this brand is supposedly I am a bit underwhelmed with the design of the outer box. It is a creamy very pale shimmery box with a black strip around the base. BULGARI is written in gold with the U looking like a V. There is a central gold spot and then the perfume name under that with the Mon is cursive text. I think they have gone with minimalist to look classy but it is a touch boring and ordinary to me.

The bottle is a nice shape , a sort of oval shaped bottle with lines going vertically up the bottle with is curvy and nice to hold but very hard to describe. It is pearly white in colour so you can see the contents and you will need to keep it somewhere out of the light and heat to keep it fresh.

A black ribbon is just below the gold lid which covers the spray dispenser and that does look kind of classy.

~#~*~#~*~#*~ TAKING NOTICE      ~#~*~#~*~#*~

The notes in this are quite unusual and it comes into the olfactory family of floral woody/musk.

The top notes are lily of the valley,and golden cedrat

The middle notes are angel      wing jasmine, sambac jasmine white tea.

The base notes are white musks, patchouli, Virginia Cedar and nougat.

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~#~*~#~*~#*~ MY EXPERIENCE ~#~*~#~*~#*~

This perfume was launched in 2011 and the creators noses behind it are Olivier Polge and Sophie Labbe. I find it fascinating to see what other perfumes different creators have been involved with and how different some are. Olivier Polge has been involved with a number of Bugari perfumes as well as some for Burberr, Cacherel and Chanel to name just a few. Sophie Labbe has also created a number for Bulgari, Givenchy and single fragrances for a number of others like Penhaligan’s, Versace and Yves Rocher to name a few again.

Kirsten Dunst was the actress chosen to be the name behind this one. She was filmed with a lion in n Italian garden in Milan wearing very little except Bulgari jewellery !!

I really do like this EDP as it is lovely from first spray till the end. The initial spray is gently floral and sweet and not harsh at all. This combination with lily of the valley is very pleasant.

After an hour or so I can still smell this strongly on me and it is still pretty much floral and sweet but freshly sweet rather than heavy and sickly sweet.

Hours later I am still enjoying this one and the floral sweet notes are now warmer and more subtle as they blend with the musk and nougat. I cannot really detect the patchouli or cedar.

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I am very pleasantly surprised by this one as sometimes florals can be a bit too much, too heady, specially jasmine. I love the subtle sweet notes which are lifted perfectly by the cedrat and the jasmine tea which give a herby, earthy depth to the floral notes.

This lasted well on me better than many EDPs I have tried and the next day I was still enjoying it on my shirt as I wore it a second day. It was lovely to put it on and smell the jasmine aroma second day.

This one of a few perfumes I would go and buy the full sized version of and will give some hints for my up coming birthday I think.

This is a lovely perfume that you could wear for day or night and in most seasons. I thin it would appeal to most ages too as it isn’t an old lady scent nor is it too sugary sweet like those that appeal to the very young.


~#~*~#~*~#*~ BUYING THIS ~#~*~#~*~#*~

This doesn’t seem to be readily available in the high end stores like John Lewis but there are several on amazon and other on line stores.

It appears to be only available in 25 ml, 50 ml, and 75 ml sizes . Prices do vary even on amazon and the but the 25 ml size costs £45, 50 ml costs around £30 to £40, the 75 ml size around £58.

They also have a body lotion 00 ml for around £20 and a shower gel for 100 ml for around £16.80 which despite being quite expensive these do tempt me. There is also a three piece gift set which contains Eau de Parfum 50 ml/Body Lotion 40 ml and Spray 15 ml and costs around £55 to £65.

#~*~#~*~#*~ TIPS FOR WEARING AND BUYING PERFUME ~#~*~#~*~#*~

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I find that if I apply my perfumes to my pulse points and then allow they to dry naturally and not rub them in that way they last well and give off their aromas slowly and they last quite well. I find a spray in my hair means others can smell my hair as I walk past. A little spray down my cleavage means I can enjoy the aroma of my perfume during the day .

If you choose an EDP that will usually last longer as the percentage of the oils is greater but often EDTs can be just as lasting I found.

Remember that when you choose a new perfume you should test it on your skin and not just on a card strip. This is because your skin is the final ingredient of any perfume and scents react differently depending on your temperature, pH range, natural aroma and moisture.


#~*~#~*~#*~ RECOMMENDED ? ~#~*~#~*~#*~

Yes I think this is a lovely feminine fragrance with a subtle freshly, sweet floral scent with a warm rounded finish.

It isn’t the cheapest perfume ever but considering how well it lasts on my skin I think it isn’t bad value for money.