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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DIESEL BAD EDT

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~#*~#*~#*~#*~ ABOUT DIESEL ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

I have to admit this not a brand I am drawn to especially as it doesn’t offer anything I am particularly interested in and the ‘scents’ seem to be mainly for men as after shaves .

Diesel is yet another Italian fashion house . It was founded in Breganze, Italy and the young man behind the brand started by making his own jeans and then selling similar ones to his friends. He started the company with a loan from his father and in 1985 became the sole owner of the company.

They make men’s and women’s clothes which look functional. Jeans, hoodies, shirts often denim, and other clothing, footwear, and accessories but in my humble opinion they look nothing special and are over priced just because they have a brand name.

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~#*~#*~#*~#*~ THE NOTES IN THIS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

The top notes are : Bergamot, lavender, cardamon and violet leaf
The middle notes are : caviar, orris root and sage
The base notes are : tobacco, woody notes, tonka bean, ambroxan and patchouli

I have to admit that I have never heard of ambroxan and never seen caviar in any other perfume/scent/aftershave I have reviewed. The other notes are all ones I like so in theory I should really like this one despite it being aimed at males rather than females.

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ DIESEL DESCRIBE THIS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

“”Diesel BAD evokes brooding virility and a sense of erotic mystery. Covered in a grainy black leather texture, the Diesel BAD bottle has a seductive, masculine look, inspired by the classic black leather biker jacket.”

“A daring and sophisticated olfactive signature, Diesel BAD is the first scent combining accords of tobacco and caviar to create an addictive, pulsating, yet fresh woodiness.”

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ THE CAMPAIGN FOR BAD ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

The entire “BAD” advertising and promotional videos and prints try to evoke this bad boy image – think Easy Rider and that kind of look.

The person they chose to be the face of the BAD adverts and act in the video is Boyd Holbrook. In the video he plays an incorrigible seducer wearing leather clad gear. He goes to kiss her and just as he does this he tells her what to expect and that he is a womaniser!!

Holbrook has been in a number of films recently including, “Milk”, “Gone Girl”, “Narcos”, and “Wolverine” so this advertising campaign must have cost Diesel quite a few dollars.

The creators of this EDT are Anne Flipo and Carlos Benaim who say they aimed for this EDT to be a game of seduction with a strong fresh exciting top note hit with seductive undertones coming from the caviar, tobacco and orris root .

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ PACKAGING ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

This comes in a black cardboard box with BAD in brownish gold in the front centre and Diesel in smaller text. It is pretty simple and minimalist and definitely a masculine looking package.

Inside this box is the bottle which has a textured black suede kind of feel to it. I think it is meant to be the texture of leather like the leather jacket in the advert. The stopper covers the spray dispenser showing a little gold below the stopper which is the same fabric texture as the bottle. This texture is actually achieved by micro engraving the glass . The BAD in the middle of the bottle is clear and shows the colour of the contents of the bottle. Again this is quite a masculine bottle.

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~#*~#*~#*~#*~ MY VIEWS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

This is an EDT and EDTs contains 5-9% perfume oil, which is not as strong or long lasting as an Eau de Parfum which usually has 8-14% perfume oil concentration. They don’t usually make EDP for men, thy tend to be either EDT or after shave.

I applied this early in the morning after my shower in order to write this review which I have been doing on and off most of the day in between other things. Each time I come back to it I give my inner wrist a sniff to check how it has developed.

The initial hit was very intense and quite masculine, fresh and after shave sort of aroma. I couldn’t rally smell lavender though there was a herby element and the bergamot came through very strong. The violet leaf adds a greenness while the cardamom adds a spicy note. I love cardamom and could pick it out in this straight away.

It didn’t take long to settle and the middle notes began to emerge . I couldn’t detect caviar which t me smells fishy so I wasn’t sorry. The sage must have been the herby element I could smell earlier on.

The dry down lasted a good long time on my skin. I could still smell it on my skin at least four hours later which is pretty good I think. I sprayed some on my T shirt too and I can still smell that and I suspect I will be able to smell it still on that tomorrow.

The dry down is subtle and not the intense fresh hit of the beginning spray. The smell of this is woody with hippy patchouli and creamy tonka blending beautifully. I have no idea what ambroxan is or what it is meant to smell like but I do like tobacco in scented products as it has a lovely rich, warm comforting aroma.

All in all I did actually like this despite my initial reservations about the company and the advertising campaign. I was pleasantly surprised by the dry down and the way it lasted on my skin. I thin the hype and advertising campaign did this no favours as it would put a lot of people off. It certainly didn’t encourage me to sample it despite the fact I do like some masculine fragrances.

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

This comes in an EDT in 35 ml, 50ml and 125 ml. The Eau de Cologne comes in 75 ml and 125 ml . The shower gel comes in 100ml and 200 ml sizes, th 100 ml is in a gift box with a 50 ml EDT as well as.

The prices are quite high I feel for this as it is nice enough but not anything special.

The EDT varies from around £35 for the smallest size through to around £45 for the 75ml and anything from £50 to £68 for the 125 ml which seems much better value to me.

There is an EDP for 50 ml costing around £45

Te eau de cologne 75 m size seems to be around £50

The shower gel is very expensive in my view at around £20

The gift set costs around around £50

As always I would say shop around if you are wanting to buy this and don’t forget cashback and loyalty cards do help too.

~#*~#*~#*~#*~ EXTRA TIPS ~#*~#*~#*~#*~

Keep your perfumes fresher by keeping them stored in their boxes somewhere cool and dark.

Apply your scents to pulse points, wrists, behind your ears and maybe a little down your cleavage for ladies. I also apply a spray to my hair as then my hair smells great too.

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I actually like this more than I thought I would but even so I am not sure I would buy this for myself as it is quite masculine . I never buy smellies for others unless I know already that they like the smell . If either of my sons said they liked this I would be happy to buy it for them and borrow it occasionally. If someone gave this to anyone in the family who was not so keen I would be happy to use it for them.

If you like masculine scents with spicy warn notes that lasts well then check this out. Don’t be off put by the p adverts or the brand name and scent name . Also don’t judge this on initial spray as the dry down is much calmer and more subtle.51qqEERe+yL._AC_UL160_SR160,160_

Dunhill Icon Racing Eau de Parfum

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I was lucky enough to be given three mini sample spray vials of this eau de parfum for men in Debenhams when I went in the other day. I have to admit that when I saw this brand I immediately thought of cigarette lighters and cigarettes and didn’t know that the brand covered other items..

~#~#~#~#~#~ ABOUT DUNHILL ~#~#~#~#~#~

I was correct in my memory it seems as Alfred Dunhill was indeed an English tobacconist as well as an inventor. Dunhill these days creates luxury goods as well as the Dunhill branded tobacco products . Their market is aimed at men and so all the items they make in the luxury lines are for males.

IMG_4792[1]The products they make under this brand include menswear, bags, wallets, luxury bespoke suits and even personalised luggage. I see now why I have never come across these as I don’t smoke and we are not in the market for bespoke suits or personalised luggage.

~#~#~#~#~#~ WHAT DUNHILL SAY ~#~#~#~#~#~

“The thrill of the open road. the adventure. the image of a man driving through the British landscape in a racing green, open-top sports car. This energy and masculine sophistication is distilled into every bottle of Icon Racing, the latest addition to our Icon fragrance family. Icon Racing embodies a fresh aroma for men on the move.”

~#~#~#~#~#~ THE NOTES IN THIS ~#~#~#~#~#~

The top notes that are the first you smell when you apply this are : Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cardamom

The heart notes which develop after a short time and blend with those top notes are : Orange Flower, Lavender, Fresh Pepper

The base notes which are those that linger after the perfume has dried down and really settled are : Guaiac Woods, Vetiver, Musk

~#~#~#~#~#~ THE PACKAGING ~#~#~#~#~#~

It is really obvious that this is product aimed at men as it is a simple, classy, sleek minimalist design.

The box is black with two white stripes coming from the top and bottom. The brand and perfume name are central and in silver text.

The bottle has a black leather look and is round. The lid is the same leather look circular design which hides a silver spray dispenser The lid has a silver rim and silver Dunhill on the top. Once again it is sleek, manly and minimalist.

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This is a male perfume so stronger and more intense that an eau de cologne , eau de toilette or after shave would be and so it lasts a lot longer.

I do quite like some male scents when I am in the mood for something less sweet. My sons are both keen on nice smelling EDP and EDTs while my husband refuses to wear perfume as he feels that is a female thing.

Male scents tend to be more citrus and herby with woody base notes and they avoid floral notes .

This one is immediately fresh and citrus but the cardamom takes that and makes in much more warm and deeper aroma. I love cardamom and use it in my cooking a lot but in perfume it gives a wonderfully aromatic and resinous fragrance.

I found that the heart notes of fresh pepper, lavender and orange very quickly blended with those top notes and I still had a great warm, slightly spicy aroma. Both cardamom and fresh pepper are widely used for they spicy notes and I am often drawn to show gels and other products with these notes.

After around an hour or so the perfume has really settled and blended with my own skin as well. It smells very manly, the hints of the herbs are still evident but the cardamom, pepper are now blended with the woodier notes combining with vetiver which has an earthy, woody scent with hints of chocolate and smokiness. The musk adds that warmth. It used to be obtained from the anal glands of the musk deer but these days it is often manufactured from plants. It high concentration it smells like faeces but fortunately in perfume the concentration makes it sell more and the musk makes the perfumes smooth, sweeter and makes the scents last longer.

I found this has good sillage which means that others could smell it on me and I could smell it on my son too.

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It lasted ages on my skin and on my son’s too. We must have pretty similar skin as it smelled quite similar on both of us . Perfumes can smell completely different on different people sometimes that is why you should always test a new perfume on your skin not on the bits of cardboard they spray in shops. I would say I could still smell this on my skin around six hours later and on my sleeves of my clothes I could smell it quite strongly the next day.

I can’t say I will be rushing out to buy this one as it is quite masculine and I do have an excess of perfumes already as my husband will testify to. I do enjoy trying new scents tough IMG_4795[1]and always apply for free samples when they are on offer and ask in Boots and Debenhams when I am in there hence my samples collection is in excess of a hundred while my own full size perfumes I also have at last fifty so I really don’t need to go and buy any more!

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

This is not a perfume that is in all perfume shops. I couldn’t find it in Boots or the specialist perfume shops but luckily Debenhams had it and had the samples for me too.

It is available in to sizes 50 l which in Debenhams cost £63 and the 100 ml which thy were selling for £84 so not exactly an average priced one.

The perfume shop on line and escentual both have both sizes for the same prices. So it seems that is the price you will have to pay so check on cashback sites if you want to save a bit.

~#~#~#~#~ RECMMENDED ? ~#~#~#~#~

Yes I think I would as it is a lovely masculine scent that lasts really well but is never overpowering and offensively strong. It has great notes which give a wonderful warm, woody, spicy aroma sweetened a little by the lavender and citrus notes.

I think it is expensive but that doesn’t always mean you get a good quality lasting perfume but in ths case I feel you are getting your value for money if you like the scent.

Comme Des Garcons – Blue Encens

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I really love perfumes and even better I love getting free perfumes to test. I get these through freebie sites, beauty sites and by being a bit cheeky in Department stores and asking for them. My sample drawer never has less than around thirty vials and sachets in there. Once I have tested them and written reviews they go into a special bag and these are the ones that I take on holiday as I can throw them away after using them and have different smells to enjoy on holiday.

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I have tried a number of Comme des Garcons EDP scents over the years and despite the fact they are aimed at males rather than females I find them quite unisex in their appeal. They are definitely not ones to avoid for the ladies if you like slightly woodier and spicier fragrances.
I was very surprised to discover that, despite its name Comme des Garcons, this is actually a is a Japanese fashion label based in Tokyo and also in the prestigious Place Vendôme in Paris. I would never have guessed that from the name.

Originally a fashion house Comme des Garcons only released its first fragrance, Comme des Garçons, in 1994.
All their scents are unusual and different using ingredients and scents often not used in other perfumes.

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Like their scents Comme des Garcons package their products in unusual ways. This comes in a flacon which is blue starting dark at the top and fading to very pale at the base. The outer box is the same colour and the name is in black and the effect is quite minimalist. The bottle I described as a flacon and looks a bit like a mini hip flask.

The packaging is very much a unisex look and not specifically male or female at all.

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“A bold fusion of mystical incense and crushed Artemisia contrasted with blazing
frozen spices. “
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“A clash of luxurious warmth and searing coolness. Fresh, non-fresh. Cool yet warm. Blue takes over to reveal the contradictory coolness of three emblematic warm notes: incense, cedarwood, sandalwood. The result is a cool blue invasion, an unexpected blend of wood, spice and incense artfully combined to reveal refreshingly warm layers.”

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Unusually for a perfume this doesn’t have top,middle and base notes. I know many Middle Eastern perfumes work this way and stay true to the original scent throughout so was interested to see if this was the same.
The notes in this according to the company are : aromatic artemisia, frozen spices (Indian cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon), mystical incense, mineral crystal amber.
I have no idea what frozen spices do as opposed to fresh or dried but this is how they are described on the company website.
The scent was launched as part of the ‘Blue’ range in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Evelyne Boulanger.

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Comme des Garcons launched three different ‘Blue’ perfumes in 2013, this one, Blue Sental and Blue Cedrat. I have tried them all and may well review them at some stage in the future.

These ‘Blue’ perfumes were created “to accentuate radical contradiction providing a mixture of luxurious warmth and sea freshness. Olfactory evocation of the fascinating paradox presents the blue color as timeless and very intense in three different ways.”

I will say that this is not my favourite of Comme des garcons’ perfumes . It is quite an strong aroma and it is pretty intense from the start throughout the time I am wearing it. It is strongly incense and it must be the crushed artemisia that I can smell so much. The black pepper is also there which I like but the cardamom, cinnamon and amber are very much in the back ground. It is kind of like very, very strong coriander – that slightly bitter , squashed insect aroma. It does settle a little after around quarter of hour and then the othe notes are allowed to come through more.

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This is very much a spicy,herbal scent and there is not much sweet creaminess at all which personally I think it would benefit from as it is bitter and quite sharp I think.

It is once again marketed as a unisex perfume but that would depend on your tastes however I think this is one to appeal more to males than females. It is clean and strong but a bit t sharp and bitter for me.

Interestingly despite the fact it is really intense when first applied the sillage and longevity of this is very average. I don’t fill the room with the scent when I have worn it and it lasts around three to four hours on my skin fading quickly after the first hour or so. It lasts much longer on any clothes that have coe into contact when I spray it on my pulse points.

Comme des garcon use incense and spicy notes as the base for most of their scents and they don’t go for the sweet, vanilla aroma at all but personally I prefer their woodier scents to the ‘fresher’ ones in the ‘Blue ‘ range.

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*(*(*(**** BUYING THIS *****)*)*)*)

Ths is only available in one size and only as an eau de parfum in 100ml bottle. It is far from a cheap option and prices do vary considerably. As it is quite an unusual aroma I would strongly suggest you buy a sample or try and get hold of one before buying a full sized version.

You can buy this on line from Comme des garcon itself for £80 or Escentual for £70.55, from FragranceX.com for £93.77. I have seen this for as little as £50 on line so do check before buying. We have small classy little shop in Derby that has their range but otherwise you are looking at Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichs and larger department stores such as House of Fraser and maybe even some Debenhams to buy Comme des garcon products.cinnamon

You can also try Ebay for both full sized and samples. I do buy samples through Ebay in bulk lots and they give me a good range to try but it is always a risk buying on ebay.

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Personally I wouldn’t pay for a full sized one of this scent as there are ones I much prefer in Comme des garcon’s range as well as other perfume houses. I am glad I got a few samples so I could try it out but it is not one I will be rushing to buy again. I think it is always worth trying any scents even if others have reviewed them negatively as scent is a very personal thing and what one person loves another may find really isn’t their taste at all. This is not horrible at all and I am happy to wear it but I just doesn’t really draw me to it and make me want to choose this over the rest of my collection.