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The Vogue connection

Turns out I get most of my perfume news out of the French Vogue. I wonder what that says about my perfumista proclivities… love rose

But, I must say that the new Reminiscence perfumes, White Tubereuse and Love Rose sound rather appealing.

Well, in my case, whenever I hear the word tuberose, it sounds appealing. 😉

Notes for Love Rose: start of citrus fruits, a refined heart of fusing rose, iris and jasmine absolutes, over an enticing musk base.That musk base doesn’t sound that promising, I have to say.w tubereuse

Notes for White Tubereuse: tuberose, ylang-ylang, cinnamon These notes, on the other hand, sound very promising. 🙂


One other perfume that sounds appealing as well (if only by name) – Extatic by Balmain.

extaticNotes: nashi pear, rose, osmanthus, orris, sharry baby orchid, woody-leathered trail (that was the best I could get out of the Balmain site).

Since I really like Ambre Gris by Balmain, I tend to think this might be good as well.



The French Vogue says Reminiscences are going to be 78 Euros per 50ml.

And Balmain site says Extatic is 42 Euros for a 40ml bottle.


If anyone is wondering why I haven’t been writing much about scents lately that’s because I was reminiscing about the days when I used to be healthy and didn’t have a runny nose. 🙂 As you can guess, I have a cold (again!) and my sense of smell isn’t really as good as usual. Which is not stopping me anymore. I decided to just apply larger sample quantities so they can force their way through my congested nose. It’s working so I won’t be reminiscing on my missing health but talk about 2 Reminiscence scents I got.

My best friend was in London last week so I decided to use the opportunity to get a charm from Reminiscence and with it I got samples of Patchouli and Etoile de Rem. I’ve been smelling some Bonds recently and was left disappointed so I wasn’t expecting that I’d like both Reminiscences.
Notes for Patchouli: cedar, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean, labdanum.
As you might remember, I’m trying to figure notes before actually reading and this time I was very happy once I read the list of notes. All those I was able to register on my own were there (along with some others I should have recognized, but, hey, small steps). 🙂
Anyway, it started boozy sweet which pointed me straight at vanilla and labdanum. You know it smelled like rum patchouli. I wish it remained so but the rest wasn’t bad either. At some point I realized that sweetness went away and what I was getting was a rougher version of this scent, no longer rum playful but more serious and I realized that green hinting wood note was vetiver. Then it was time for the notes and when I read cedar I realized I was smelling it all along but didn’t realize it. Well, like I said, small steps. 🙂
The second one was Etoile de Rem (which I thought spelled Rien and kept wondering how come google can’t find it). 🙂 Then I went to Reminiscence site and realized my mistake.
This is one of their summer scents and it is described as a marine scent. That didn’t sound promising. Marine sounds too much like aquatic and I run in the other direction when I smell that. The strange thing is this one wafts around and you think you get an aquatic accord in the air but when I smell my wrist, I don’t get it. That’s really good.
So, I tried figuring out notes before reading them for this as well. No luck. The best I could come up with was airy and nice, not aquatic. And then (this is turning into a problem for me), I thought I was getting hints of tuberose. So, I checked the notes: citruses, bergamot, orange blossom, coconut, ylang-ylang, jasmine, sea water, coumarin, musk, vanilla.
I completely missed the citruses. I mean it did smell airy and light but I can’t believe that citrus didn’t occur to me. Anyway, I read all those white flowers and the list as you can see doesn’t contain tuberose. The only thing I can say is that perhaps the combination of ylang-ylang and jasmine reminds me of tuberose? Or I just can’t distinguish between jasmine and tuberose.
My collection does not contain a cool, fresh, non-aquatic summer fragrance. I think this might be it – it smells like tuberose/jasmine wafting on a sea breeze. Lovely really.
Pictures taken from: http://www.reminiscence.fr/

Quick almond thoughts

Ok, let me start by saying, I hate marzipan (and yes, that means I hate Mozartkugeln as well, marzipan and pistachio – yuck). So one would think I’d skip over perfumes having almond notes, wouldn’t one? Nope, that can’t be said about me. I ordered samples of Reminiscence Do Re Mi La series (they aren’t actually called that I think, but that’s how I remember them) and randomly choosing 2 of the 4 I have, both I chose had almond note in them. Even after I read that there is an almond note in them, it didn’t register that it might be too much for me, what with all other notes (and there is a whole bunch of notes listed for all of them). Well, I was wrong. And even though they don’t smell the same (Do Re and Mi Fa) they smell of almonds (in a way too sweet a manner) that all I can say is, thank god it finally washed off.

I am usually not a person who says bad things about anybody or anything, so I’ll temper my initial comments with – if you like almonds and sweet perfume, you are probably going to love these. I don’t think they are really bad, I mean I did get some fig in Do Re around that ALMOND, and I enjoyed Mi Fa’s cocos citrus opening for the first 2 minutes (before what I thought of as cocos actually turned out to be almond mixed with citruses but not yet recognizable as almond for me). I would so much love to be a fan of sweet but I am not – I don’t even eat desserts if they don’t come as complete chocolate (Sacher cake is not that, having jam in it- whoever thought that was nice?! – everyone except for me it seems) or as a strudel. So, believe me, something that smells like a child dipped in marzipan and sprinkled with cookies and fruit, is not something that I will wear (I’m not going to say never, because, you know, you never know) 😉 – but definitely not in the near future. Honestly, I can’t say it doesn’t smell happy, since it evoked a child in marzipan for me (and the only person not happy in that situation might be the child’s mother) but, I think both of them call for a high sweetness tolerance.

Hmm, it now seems this wasn’t so quick and not only on almonds and not really a review, but I had to get it off my chest. 🙂

Do Re
Head: Green Notes, Fig
Heart: Heliotrope Accord, Almond, Virginia Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Indonesian Patchouli
Base: Infusion of Madagascan Vanilla, Brazilian Tonka Bean, Siamese Benzoin, Musk

Mi Fa
Head: Sicilian Bergamot, Italian Mandarin, Florida Orange, Bitter Almond, French Lavender, Tunisian Rosemary, Indian Mint, Green & Ozone Notes
Heart: Neroli, Tunisian Patite Grain, Madagascan Black Pepper, Jasmine
Base: Brazilian Tonka Bean, Madagascan Vanilla, Virginian Cedarwood, Indonesian Patchouli, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk

P.S. Is it possible that one note can dominate so much to ruin the rest? I mean, I could detect some other notes but only around almond.
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