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Spring Scents: Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Florale, Sisley Eau Tropicale



For years the original Issey Miyake was my ‘signature scent’, and I had gone through many bottles of the stuff in my time. I hadn’t really considered purchasing an Issey flanker until I planned a big (ish) US perfume haul and thought ‘why not?’. Also- Phil really liked this scent when I sprayed it on my wrist in a department store, and I like wearing scents that he likes.

Florale (EdT) is described as a floral fragrance featuring mandarin orange, rose, lily, and woodsy notes.  On my skin, it is a delicate, transparent, rose scent- I imagine a sweet rose garden after the rain (but with no green or leafy scents). There is that Issey Miyake backbone to it that I can’t really describe- a sparkly aquatic-ness with a hint of wood. It is much more feminine than the original, and feels younger (probably a touch too youthful for my taste), and more linear/minimalist. I feel ridiculous wearing this during the winter (and more so wearing it at work)- but this would be lovely as a day time spring scent if you like youthful, simple florals.

Longevity is about 2 hrs until it becomes a skin scent, so bring a decant with you. Would I buy it if I had my time again? Not sure. I’ll try it when spring comes around and get back to you.




Sisley launched Eau Tropicale in 2014- this spring/summer fragrance is inspired by ‘the atmosphere of a tropical forest after the storm and rain’. Sisley launches its new fragrance Eau Tropicale in March of 2014. The fragrance is inspired by the idea of a tropical forest after the rain. It is described as a floral-chypre scent with top notes of bergamot, exotic ginger flower, hibiscus, frangipani and passion fruit, middle notes of violet leaf, Turkish rose and tuberose, and base notes of cedar, patchouli and ambrette seed.

On my skin, Eau Tropicale opens with a blast of sweet tropical fruits, as the scent settles on the skin after a couple of minutes, it develops into a more sultry violet and patchouli dominated scent that feels like an evening fragrance. On my skin I can’t really detect the woods, rose, and tuberose- which is a shame, because that would lend a nice balance to the scent.


 note: Eau Tropicale was provided by PR for review purposes. Click on PR tab for editorial policy.  

Posted by on Jul 23rd, 2014 in Fragrance | 3comments

Byredo Bal D’Afrique, Tokyo Milk Paper and Cotton, Diptyque L’Eau de Tarocco, Hermes Terre D’Hermes, ….. My Week in Scents.

Su and Larie were completely right when they predicted that it would be a long drop down the rabbit hole of perfume addiction after discovering perfume decant sites like The Perfumed Court, Lucky Scent, and My Perfume Samples. How I was able to purchase perfumes (or live a fulfilling life for that matter) before discovering the wonders of decants – is beyond me.

In the last week I’ve been mainly sniffing these…..

Byredo Bal D'Afrique   Byredo Bal D'Afrique

 I had been stalking Bal D’Afrique EDP for weeks- both in store and in a decant- before finally picking up a 50mL bottle ($158 AUD) at Mecca Cosmetica.

This is some delicious, addictive, juice. It opens zesty, bergamot-y, spicy, and a little bit tropical without being overly sweet; after about 10 mins it is anchored down by some vetiver, woods, and amber. White florals creep in around the 2hr mark. Bal D’Afrique makes my mouth water a little bit, but never ventures near cloying territory (unlike Pulp, which funny enough I still enjoy). To me, this fragrance embodies exoticism and giddy euphoria. My favourite thing to wear at the moment- I even spritz a small amount in my hair before bed for good dreams.

In the current cool weather, the scent wears fairly close to the skin. The longevity is not amazing – after 3 hours I’d have to press my nose right up against my wrist to detect the scent so I will probably decant a small amount into a travel spritzer for a refresher during the day. I do have dry skin, and fragrances tend to have a short lifespan on me in general.


From Fragrantica…

Stockholm-based niche line Byredo introduced a new fragrance named Bal d’Afrique, and “inspired by Paris in the late 20’s and its infatuation with African culture, art, music and dance.

A mix of the Parisian avant-gardism and African culture shaped a unique and vibrant expression. The intense life, the excess and euphoria is illustrated by Bal d’Afrique’s Neroli, African marigold and Moroccan cedarwood.”

Top notes includes: bergamot, lemon, neroli, African marigold, Bucchu Middle notes includes: violet, jasmine and cyclamen Base is composed of black amber, musk, vetiver, moroccan cedarwood.


Tokyo Milk Paper and Cotton

Tokyo Milk is an indie fragrance house that has piqued my interest recently- their quirky fragrance concepts and cute vintage packaging seem so much more interesting than most of the department store perfumes out there these days. The price point is great too ($49.95 a bottle for the regular range).  I was given the opportunity to try one of their fragrances recently by  MU Australia, and I chose Paper & Cotton (I love the idea of paper scents- old books, new books, bookshops). After sniffing this in person I can  pick up the ‘book store’ smell- from the birch and spicy/herbal coriander I suppose. There’s a strong aquatic-ish ozonic note in there which puzzles me – I wouldn’t think an interpretation of ‘paper and cotton’ would include dominant ozonic notes.

The scent itself is pleasant enough, but for some reason the perfume makes me a bit light headed and dizzy. I’m not sure what it is in the ingredients, but it’s immediate and dramatic (it has the same effect on Phil). What a shame! Maybe I haven’t stored it properly and it turned? No other reviewers have noticed this so that might be the case. Sadly this makes Paper and Cotton ultimately unwearable for me.

I’ve heard great things about some of their other scents- their Dark collection has been widely raved about, and I would love to have a sniff at ‘Dead Sexy 06’ when I get a chance.

Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Apr 25th, 2014 in Fragrance | 1 comment

Perfume lust list: Weekend Scents



These are the scents that I’ve really been enjoying (mostly in the form of decants, until I can decide on which full bottles I want out of the 20 or so perfumes I’ve been lusting over). To me, these particular scents bring to mind a long weekend away.

Byredo Inflorescence EDP

Top notes: Rose and pink freesia

Middle notes: Magnolia and lily of the valley

base notes: Jasmine

Byredo Bal D’Afrique EDP

Top notes: Bergamot, amalfi lemon, african orange flower, blackcurrant

Middle notes: Jasmine, violet, cyclamen

Base notes: Amber, musk, vetiver, Virginia cedar.

Hermes: Jour D’Hermes

Top notes: lemon, grapefuit, and watery notes

Middle notes: gardenia, sweet pea, white flowers, green notes

Base notes: wood and musk

Hermes Un Jardin Apres La Mousson 

Ginger, cardamom, coriander, pepper and vetiver

Elie Saab L’Eau Couture EDT

Top notes: green almond

Middle notes: orange blossom

Base notes: vanilla

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