Saturday, March 12, 2011

DRAKKAR NOIR from Guy Laroche

Top Notes:  Lemon, Lavender, Tangarine
Heart Notes:  Coriander, Juniper
Base Notes:  Patchouli, Oakmoss
Fragrance:  Oriental Spicy

Easily the top choice of many men and young guys.  A perfume that leaves a lasting spell on both men and women.  A classic from the 1980's and still continues to have its place.

A fragrance that defines a young man and one of those safe choices for gifting to men and can be both day & evening wear.  One of my personal choice too among men fragrances.

NATSUMI from Annayake

Top Notes:  Green Grass, Citrus, Ylang-Ylang, Water Melon
Heart Notes:  Orange Blossom, Violet, Lily of Valley, Rose
Base Notes:  Sandalwood, Black Currant, Plum, Musk, Peach, Cedar
Another one from Annayake introduced in 2004 but found its way to my shelf very late :)  Natsumi in Japanese means "Beauty of Summer" and yes, as the name suggests it is a Summer Fragrance.

Not strong and lasts for a decent time.  Ideal for day and everyday wear.  Though annayake is meant to be exclusive, guess this one is for not this part of the world where summers are high and soon the impact of perfume is lost! :(  I still have some left and am using it though!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WOOD (for Man) from Bogner

Top Notes    :  Coriander, Bergamot, Nutmeg
Heart Notes:  Sandalwood, Cedar, Guaiac Wood, Ebony Wood, Woodsy Notes
Base Notes :  Amber, Vanilla, Musk
Fragrance  :  Woody

Yes, another rarity from the House of Bogner lauched in 2002.  This is also as good as the one for Woman.  Both Wood fragrances from Bogner rocks!

Sadly, Bogner has stopped production of these.
This is yet another day and evening wear perfume and is also a safe bet for gift.


I have been blogging so much on fragrances for women and thought why not include some mens' fragrances too. After all, I do check out men's perfumes too - smell them, understand them and even have preferences in them :)

Further thought it would be nice to cater to both genders who happen to bump into my blog and yea so you can check out for some writings on fragrances for men! :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Top Notes:  Ozonic notes, Citrus, Pineapple, Black Currant, Honeydew Melon, Lotus Blossom, Water Lily
Heart Notes:  May Rose, Jasmine, Muguet
Base Notes:Orris, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Peach, Mulberry
Fragrance: Fresh Floral

From the house of Davidoff, Cool water was one of those initial perfumes that I happened to pick up.  As usual the attraction was the blue colour which prompted me to buy it.  Strangely, I never picked it up in a big store but in a Christmas Market.  Little did I know then it would be a fake version until lately when I happened to smell the original version.

A fresh fragrance truly with less lasting power (at least that's what I felt).  A fragrance for light evening wear.  Safe choice for gifting and more for young woman.

HYPNOSE from Lancome

Top Notes:  Passion Flower
Heart Notes:  Vanilla
Base Notes:   Vetiver
Fragrance:  Woody Oriental

I did chance pick up of Hypnose from house of Lancome, when I was searching for something new and different.  As in many cases, the attraction towards a perfume also includes its bottle design and for sure the violetish blue did attract me! LOL

Somehow I missed the Woody aspect that I was expecting and the perfume did not last long either.

It so turned out that this was not my kind of perfume although I did test it before buying.  I should say this was another mistake in my choice!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

HYPNOTIC POISON from Christian Dior

Top Notes : Caraway, Bitter Almond
Heart Notes : Jasmine Sambac, Moss Base Notes : Jarcarander Wood, Vanilla Musk
Fragrance : Oriental Woody
Launched in 1998 by house of Christian Dior, this perfume found its way to my shelf quite late. Being an ardent lover of Vanilla Base, this perfume was a definite pick up. It was once a priced possession for me that I even didn't use it for quite a while for fear of emptying it ;)
This perfume is perfect for Evening Wear.

WOOD (for Woman) from Bogner

Top Notes : Almond, Cinnamon Heart Notes : Orris, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley
Base Notes : Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedar, White Musk
Fragrance : Woody
Bogner Wood for Woman tops my list any day. Lauched in 2003 by Bogner has today become a "Rarity" sadly!
First woody perfume that I used and fell in love with it completely - a love that continues till date.
Perfume fits both for day & evening wear.
PS: Image is from Bogner Wood

VANILLA from The Body Shop

Top Notes:    Bergamot, Coconut, Apricot, Strawberry
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Lily of Valley, Rose
Base Notes:  Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk

A strong Vanilla based EDT from the Body Shop.  It appears too sweet and sticky if you are in a very hot place.
Though an ardent Vanilla lover, I don't buy this anymore, as the sweetness and sticky feeling doesn't appeal ! 

CASSIS ROSE from The Body Shop

A perfect rose based EDT from The Body Shop.  This smells good on you and also lasts long.  Fragrance as the name suggests is rose and there is nothing but rose.  Smells feminine

Best thing I liked about this is the bottle size - which is compact and can be tucked in a purse for carrying without adding weight.  Right travel companion too and ok for the pocket.

Sadly, the more I liked and wanted to have more of it, Body shop has discontinued production of this and moved on to Moroccon Rose...which is pathetic for a rose fragrance!

FIRE & ICE from Revlon

Top Notes:  Orange Flower, Tangerine, Osmanthus
Mid Notes:  Orchid, Magnolia, Tuberose, Narcissus
Base Notes: Exotic Woods, Incense, amber, musk

Fragrance  :Oriental with shades of wood
One of my initial perfumes and my first introduction to something woody with vanilla.  Perfect find for daily wear and for hot summers.  It is also pocket friendly and stays long on you.

I used this perfume quite generously as it fitted me in all aspects and very soon went to the perfumerie to get the next bottle :)
A perfume that can be repeated!  It also has Cologne spray & Deo versions.