Sunday, 28 February 2016

The Sweet Smell Of Fragrance Success

'I know what I like', years of working for YSL taught me that people generally from first sniff know if a fragrance is for them or not. Although it's sensible to walk away and let the fragrance settle and work with your ph levels, then you'll truly know if it's for you. I can usually tell what heavy wonder will work on my skin and it has to be heavy, I love strong fragrances. 
I am also rather guilty of repeating myself, I buy the same fragrances, over and over, rarely being adventurous and trying something new. 

The opportunity to try Aura-Soma Pegasus range of 8 tester sized fragrances came along and I was there, ready to sniff, spritz and waft. 

My initial findings were, out of the eight I immediately liked 6, one I wasn't sure of and 1 was floral, which isn't my cup of tea or aroma. 
The joy with these has been discovering the delights of a new range and some stunning fragrances that even Mr. Rougepout has commented on. 
So let's begin on the 8 wonders of Aura-Soma -

In no particular order I tried fragrance 30, I read nothing on the range so it's my thoughts and then I'll follow with the brand information. 
30 was sweet, heavy and immediately reminded me of Dior's Dolce Vita fragrance that I loved so many years ago, the memories flooded back. Gorgeous
parfum that lingered on me for hours and one of my favourites from the group. Hubby liked this one as it was sweet without being too confectionery smelling, definitely a spicy edge, musky but in a warm not old fashioned way. 

Top Middle and Base Notes

Bergamot, Olibanum, Oudh, Jasmine, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Amber, Vanilla, Saffron, Vetiver, Musk
As you can see from the notes within the fragrance, vetiver appears and this is one of my total loves, vanilla also, Oudh which gives that warmth with Cedar wood. 

Fragrance 11 smelt of the cleansing oil from Aeos and I loved it, fresh with a streak of citrus warmth to lift the fragrance. 

Top Middle and Base Notes

Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli, Rose, Vetivert
Vetiver again and lemon with my skincare favourite neroli - it's no surprise I liked this. 

Fragrance 75 was a memory from my cosmetic past - it took me back to Yves Saint Laurent M7 for men, which I wore because it was rich, spicy, warm, strong, woody 

Top Middle and Base Notes

Orange, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Vanilla
The patchouli has certainly given this the depth for me, lifting the citrus, vanilla to another level. 

Fragrance 58 was very soft, it had a green citrus touch, not floral but soft in it's strength. Maybe lavender, rosemary in there.

Top Middle and Base Notes

Bergamot, Lime, Geranium, Basil, Lavender, Black Pepper, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetivert
So the lime gave me the citrus hit and lavender, geranium, rose were hinted at. Vetiver again and sandalwood warmed it enough for me not to find it too floral. 

39 was my complicated fragrance, it had a strength but I felt alcohol was my initial hit, something quite floral but with an edge that made it a difficult one to decipher. 

Top Middle and Base Notes

Bergamot, Lemon, Geranium, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Cedarwood
This was very much a surprise as I love peppery fragrances but the bergamot, Ylang Ylang just over powdered this on my skin. 

Fragrance 56 just made me smile because it was Coty L'Aiment fragrance that I wore as a teenager. Sweet, very sweet, quite old fashioned and maybe not something I would choose now but thanks for the memory.
Top Middle and Base Notes
Nutmeg, Violet, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Powder Notes, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk

44 was a definite no, floral, violets and that was me gone. 

Top Middle and Base Notes
Orris, Cedar Wood, Violet, Precious Woods
All I smelt were violets and I was right, not for me at all but I've never liked anything strongly floral. 

80 was another perplexing one, strong, warm, very strong, it reminded me of lily's, that hit of smell when you first walk into a room with a large vase of lily's but there was a spicy warmth there too.

Top Middle and Base Notes
Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Lily, Carnation, Cinnamon, Benzoin, Rose, Vanilla
How funny to see lily and certainly cinnamon was the spice I noted. 

This was a fragrant journey I relished, I certainly found some true favourites which have added comfortably to my perfume wardrobe. Proof if it was needed that sometimes you have to put down the Chanel to smell the 'vetiver' (it should be roses, but not for me). 
Strong fragrances, even the floral scented bottles held their own, the fragrance is there, unique, distinctive and flattering - from the gloriously coloured glass bottles to the spray of sheer luxury, these are a dressing table must have!

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