My Summer Scents series seemed to be popular, so rather than wait till Autumn for the cool weather bunch, I thought I'd share my collection of miniatures. I keep these bottles separate from my every day fragrances as the majority of them I wear only sporadically - they're not divided into seasons either as when I do use them, it's to create a specific mood at any time of the year.
Some of these have been gifts, some GWPs and others I've bought simply to try them out - the size is just so handy to pop into my bag as I race out the door, and I love that the bottles are a reasonably true representation of the full-size product :-) So...starting from the back row...
Lancôme Hypnôse, eau de parfum
When I first received this fragrance it was the palest blue-lilac. That was over 12 months ago, and although I keep my perfumes away from both light & heat, the colour has changed to more of a smokey amethyst. The fragrance has changed too - for the better! Before the transformation I found the vanilla note way too intense, but that seems to have softened, and I can now appreciate the other elements, which I believe are vetiver & passionflower with a splash of jasmine. My version of it is now what I would call a woody oriental, which I adore, and I'm so glad I didn't toss it or give it away :-) Of course, perfume purists will say I should in fact ditch it as it's obviously been affected by something or other, but one thing I'm definitely not is a purist! I should say that this fragrance has also lost some of it's original potency, but I'm glad because in it's true state, I found it a tad overwhelming.
Oops I've just realised that this review probably isn't much help to anyone wondering if this is the fragrance for them, so my beautyheaven review of it in it's untainted form is here. Secretly though, I'm so glad I revisited it for this article - it's as if I have a whole new fragrance :-)
Ô de Lancôme, eau de parfum
This is a green perfume, both in colour and definition. Very clean and summery, citrusy and cooling, and reminds me of Diorella or maybe even Eau Sauvage. It's more feminine than CKone (it has honeysuckle, lily of the valley and jasmine) and as of this morning, I think I prefer it - what a pity it's such a teeny bottle ha ha. At first it's a bit soapy, but the musk becomes more apparent as it dries down, all the while keeping it's fresh herbally tang. I'm hopeless at picking ingredients, but for those who are interested, this apparently also contains rosemary, basil, moss, and vetiver. My beautyheaven review of it is here.
CK Obsession Night, eau de parfum
Hmm, definitely an earthy quality about this one. Come April you'll read that the original Obsession is my autumn/winter must have, but this version doesn't resemble it in the slightest. More woody than anything else, it's also has a subtle floral content, and an almost musty leather quality at first that may not appeal to everyone, and certainly put me off initially. The amber and sandalwood base becomes more apparent after it's been on the skin for a while, as does the vanilla - half an hour later it's really quite lovely, but I was hoping for something a bit more potent and mysterious from a "Night" fragrance. This miniature is the only one in my collection that is a spray.
Lancôme Trésor in Love, eau de parfum
|With flash so you can see some of the rose detail|
Part 2 is in the pipeline...
Take care of you,