Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH Quinacridone Violet is in the Chroma Series, a collection inspired by artists and paint pigments. Quinacridone Violet is described as “Neon. Shocking. Fantastic”. It is a tart and energetic fragrance; hence, it isn’t very “me”, haha. Neither is the color quinacridone violet, a man-made fuchsia. Not very appropriate for a gloomy, closet goth. It’s a nice fragrance, just not a “me” fragrance. I think of it like a bold Pucci print. I find it pleasing but I am too self-conscious of bold prints and color that I can’t pull it off unless in very small doses such as a scarf.  Quinacridone Violet is a fruity-floral. The top-notes are extremely fruity and alcoholic. It kind of reminds me of a children’s cough syrup a.k.a Triamenic. It’s a citrusy-plum-apple combo. It does smell very “purple”. It is difficult to tear the top notes a part but you just get this juicy, fruity “purple” liquid from it all. It is very “young” to me. This top note mixture has a lot of energy and it reminds me of pulsating fluorescent lights (more raver than closet goth? haha). The fruitiness starts to mingle with florals. You get bitter, exotic florals and a bit of green/fresh violets mixed with an alcoholic fruit juice mixture. It is a very bitter floral mix. Not a flirty, feminine floral mix. It’s tart and fresh. I do like this part of the fragrance. It’s a bitter violet with flirty fresh sweet pea. After about 2.5 hours of wear you are introduced to the dry-down. The dry-down is gorgeous and very “me”. It’s a musky floral with soft florals and skin-like musks. Sometimes when I wear it, it reminds me of delicate flowers in a haze of resinous smoke. It’s a very long-wearing fragrance, like most of DSH’s.

Even though the fragrance is a bit too “outgoing” for myself, I can see how it can work for others. I do appreciate that this fragrance really fits its inspirational color. It’s intense, juicy, and bold. I say to give it a try if you want “plum”. I want a plum fragrance, but I want it to be more of a plum fuikake fragrance, plum with dried seaweed. I still haven’t found one of those. Ohhh, or a delicate plum blossom like those in our back yard.

Notes listed include: cherry blossom, lime peel, plum, quince, aglaia flower, Italian neroli, osmanthus, sweet pea, violet, violet leaf, atlas cedarwood, cassis bud, incense notes, and musk.

I say to give this one a try if you like fruity fragrances, Escada limited edition fragrances, Juicy Couture Couture EDP, Sarah Jessica Parker Covet Pure Bloom EDP, Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea or Cherry Blossom EDT, Lacoste Love of Pink EDT, Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things EDP, and/or Ralph Lauren Ralph EDT. I seriously think this would make a great replacement (a much more posh replacement) for Sarah Jessica Parker Covet Pure Bloom which is getting harder and harder to find. An 1 ounce EDP spray retails for $65. This size and other sizes are available on DSH’s website.

As I went to the local MAC store with the intent to purchase everything in the Style Black collection for my goth self, I was more smitten by the Fall/Winter 09 Trends collection. I’ll be sure to share all of that soon. I came across this limited edition Asphalt Flower fragrance roll-on. I loved both of the limited edition honey fragrances this past summer and to my surprise, I am now in love with another MAC fragrance. They have really been stepping up their game with these limited edition, low price point fragrances.

If you are a violet lover, then give this one a try. I absolutely adore violet fragrances. I live off of Choward’s Violet Mints. I love “green” morning dew violet scents but I really, really love those “candied” ones because I am such a fan of candied violets. Asphalt Flower reminds me of a glammed up interpretation of the bottom of my huge Hobo International messenger bag. The top notes remind me of the runaway Choward’s Violet Mints that hang around in their gang in the bottom of my purse abyss. They get crushed up weekly into a fine, sugary dust and get all over my wallet. It’s leather and candied violets. Asphalt Flower’s top notes are a sugary sweet violet with rainy, tsunami drenched tropical flowers like soft and humid ylang-ylang and powdery heliotrope. This is grounded by old-fashioned iris. I love this phase it wears this way for about an hour. It reminds me of being in an Industrial Revolution era green house, in the midst of lovely white and purple flowers drenched in mist, outside the coal clouds swarm in winter rain. It’s so pretty, powdery, feminine, and old-fashioned. It’s sweet with a bit of gloomy, rainy humidity mixed with oil. It’s very gothic with an Edwardian flair. The complete dry-down is very moody and extremely sexy with Tom Ford White Patchouli type of patchouli, that synthetic “clean” patchouli that works so well with these modern blends, smoky olbanum, and lots and lots of that MAC vanilla that is used in their other blends. I’m usually not a fan of vanilla but it really works in this mix. It adds a certain sexiness. It’s not a candy or vanilla bean vanilla but more of a dirty, musky, leathery vanilla. MAC describes this fragrance as “a deep, dark erotic fragrance that takes place in our Trend F/W ’09 Collection as the aromatic complement to this alt-fashion look.” It is a very “alt-fashion” fragrance. The entire collection strikes me as my personal fashion color collection dream come true. It is dark, rich and sooo Edwardian, turn of the century goth, that look that unfortunately Tim Burton brought mainstream. This fragrance is so dark, gloomy, intoxicating with a hint of the old-fashioned. It seriously reminds me of the Industrial Revolution. It’s romantic with violet and iris but a bit animalic and sooty. It’s that time because it is urban, industrial with artistic Romanticism, upper class stuffiness, lower class rawness mixed with a  desire for the occult. I find it very “me” and exactly what I wanted for the fall/winter rainy season in Seattle. This is great because the roll-on retails for $20. The bummer is that it is a limited edition. And if I want to replace it I am going to have to get something like Tom Ford Private Blends Black Violet. I will be picking up another one of these roll-ons. Also, this fragrance is very long-wearing. It lasts at the same intensity on my skin for 8+ hours. There may only be .2 fl.oz. in this roll-on but this container will last much longer than MAC’s spray on fragrances.

I’d say to give this one a try if you are fan of candied violets, the closest I can compare it to include: Tom Ford Private Blends Black Violet, Tokyo Milk Parfum Le Petit or Dead Sexy, Nanette Lepore Nanette, Guerlain Insolence, Penghalion’s Ellenisia, Serge Lutens Bois de Violette, Borsari Violetta di Parma, and/or Armani Pierre de Lune.

Oh, something else that I want. The packaging for this product, Miss Ferling Baume de Levres Iris a la Violette or Kiss Me Sweet Mona Lip Balm, is sooo cute. I am a sucker for this kind of stuff. It comes a cute collage Mona Lisa box. The tube is dainty and violet. And to top it off it is a natural product with a silvery violet tint and sweet violet flavor. I’m sold. I love the scent and taste of violets. This product retails for $15 and is available on beautyhabit.com.

I wanted to love this product so badly. The tin is adorable and I love the fragrance and flavor of violets and violet candies. Unfortantely, this is not what I wanted it to be. The tin is very cute in person, nouveau and adorable. However, I found it very difficult to open because it lacks a pronounced “lip”. The lip balm is more of a gloss and has the texture of Vaseline. This didn’t bother me. This makes it long lasting and perfect for “marninating” lips before applying a bold shade of lipstick. It feels nice on the lips. The violet fragrance really isn’t there. It doesn’t smell like fresh violets or like candied violets. I really don’t know what it is supposed to smell like, sweet? I don’t know what it is, but I dislike it. After sniffing other tins, I found that I like them better (such as red currant and vanilla) but the tin is still annoying. This retails for $6 and is availbale on beautyhabit.com. (If you are interested.)

I always find stuff when I am broke or well, buying my first house. How badly I want this little box of Tom Ford fragrances! It contains 12 private blend fragrances that Tom Ford describes as, ” My own scent laboratory; it’s where I have the ability to create very special, original fragrances that are unconstrained by the conventions of mainstream scent-making. Private Blend is designed with the true fragrance connoisseur in mind.” Haha. “This line isn’t about pleasing the mainstream to make tons of money but by marketing a few million fragrances as “original” so that I can sell them to fragrance whores for $180 to $450 a pop and since big department stores carry them as well I’ll get the people that like “mainstream” fragrance because I am a “mainstream” man!” Brilliant really, Mr. Ford. Anyways, I still want it. It wasn’t that I was or wasn’t blown away by any of the Private Blends when I played with them in store, it was just that I didn’t want to pay a minimum of $180 for something that I just liked or didn’t have the time to experience. I am a fragrance flirt so I want to have as many fragrances as possible. This kit contains 12 .05 fl.oz EDPs (I think that’s the size, I had to zoom in on the product and the number got blurry): Noir de Noir, Amber Absolute, Black Violet, Velvet Gardenia, Tobacco Vanilla, Oud Wood, Moss Breches, Bois Rouge, Purple Patchouli, Tuscan Leather, Neroli Portofino, and Japan Noir. Many of these are pretty nice blends since I have a thing for leather and mossy scents. And a few of them I really did want to spend more time with. They come in a little brown, almost cigar box. I love the entire vibe of this. It is very turn of the century Belle Epoque apothecary. (That is what Tom Ford’s Private Blend has done best, the whole antique apothecary vibe. Even thought the $180 range bottles are boring and all the same to save money, I like the apothecary look.) It’s a wardrobe of fragrance and something very fun to sniff when cuddled up in the chair by the window on a rainy, dreary day. I would so rather spend a few evenings doing this than anything else. And if I fall madly in love with one of the blends, then I will make the smallest available bottle my very own. I wish more companies would offer these kind of coffrets. It seems that everybody “niche” or not launches like a million fragrances at once, all in the same bottle, and it’s much too difficult to keep them separate. We addicts can’t afford to purchase them all and we forget about half of them because there are at least 30 launches a month and our lists keep expanding. Sometimes we simply forget. This coffret goes for $180 and is available at neimanmarcus.com.

What I really wish it was in.

What I really wish it was in.

I like many Bvlgari fragrances. I know they aren’t mind blowing or super original but I like many of them. They are simple and really convey a “mood”. For example, Omnia is one of the most “comforting” and “down to Earth” scents that I own. Green Tea is so “refreshing” and “energetic”. Rose Essentielle is one of the most “dainty” or “delicate” scents that I own. It is all lady. I find it very light, especially for an EDP. It is rosy but not super heavy and dominating like many “vintage” perfumes or fragrance oils or tuberose based fragrances such as Fracas or Michael Kors. This is light, almost “fluffy”. At first it is rosy, then you can slightly smell the crispness and “greeness” of violet leaves. The mimosa becomes apparent with some dry-down. This causes it to become soft and “fluffy”. It blends beautifully with the delicate rose. It makes it energetic and almost “bubbley”. It has a champagne vibe. It is fruity at times but in a champagne way, very true of a mimosa flower.  It is a lovely floral mix but don’t get me wrong, the star is the rose. This is def. a rose fragrance with a few other flowers and maybe a wood along for the ride. This is a super rosy interpretation of the original Pour Femme. I do prefer it over Pour Femme. But, I am a fan of rose. I love rose oils such as L’Aromarine. That being said, I find Bvlgari’s to be much more “wearable” and it is an artistic blend. It is a nice addition even if you have a soliflore rose that you love. It is nice and light. The star roses are “Ottoman” and “Prelude” rose, according to the website. I don’t even know if those are real.

I find that it does not wear very long on me. Of course, I am used to the staying power of rose oils. This one lasts about 3-4 hours on me and shorter in the summer. My skin just eats it. That is a bummer because the 1.7 oz. bottle retails for $92 and the 3.4 oz. for $132. My husband says that he can smell it on me much longer. ( I must add that this fragrance is a man magnet.) I think I may get too used to the fragrance? I do know that this one wears much longer than Voile de Jasmin which is equally as beautiful but with zip staying power.  I recommend this fragrance for those that love rose such as L’Aromarine Rose, Stella McCartney Stella (especially if you are looking for a “sheerer” Stella), Joe Malone Red Roses, and you may like this if you are a fan of “mimosa” fragrances such as L’Artisan Mimosa por Moi.  I must admit that this fragrance reminds me of a limited edition YSL Paris parfum that came out a few years ago, Paris Premieres Roses or something like that. I loved it but it was limited edition and went bye-bye. This is a great edition if you long for something super “lady-like” that still manages to be flirty. Not sure if you will like this one? A .34 oz. travel spray is available for $20 on sephora.com. * It is also available at fragranenet.com.


Bvlgari Rose Essentielle Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz by Bvlgari

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

I am a mega candied violet fan. I love the tastes of floral foods. I have a pack of Choward’s Violet Mints near me at all times.I love these little sweet and floral candies. They are so fragrant and really add fragrance to my office, purse, even my house. I love their smell. So I went searching for a fragrance just as sweet and delicate as these 1930’s confections.

Violets are a delicate and slightly “green” fragrance. Viola Odorata was what I was searching for. It is the sweet violet used in scones and candied violets and it is the classic perfume violet. They are sweet and beautiful. I don’t know if these contain the chemical that numbs the nerves from smelling other things. Actually, I don’t know if that is a rumor or not. But, it would make sense because the scent is so delicate that it can be smothered out by lots of other scents, so maybe it is a defense mechanism or something. Anyways, I went around sniffing many violet fragrances. They weren’t bad. They were just too green and medicinal. The smelled nice but more like a barbershop. I got my hands on this Borsari Violetta di Parma and it smells exactly like those Chowards mints! It was what I was looking for. It was super sweet without smelling like a lollipop or something. It was sweet in a candied violet way, dead on. This scent is sweet and smells of spring. It is super delicate and light and is more of a whisper of fragrance. It is very intimate because of this. It is like the breath after having a Chowards. It is so soft and old fashioned. With wear, it dries down sweet and green. This is a perfect spring and summer scent. It doesn’t wear very long and I find it hard to believe that it is an EDP and not an EDT. It wears for an hour max on me. Which is a bummer because this stuff isn’t cheap. It goes for $28 for 20 mL (a great way to sample it), $65 for 50 mL, and $110 for the 100 mL with the glamorous atomizer bottle. I imagine this scent worn and spritz on handkerchiefs and scarves worn closely to the neck in that super old fashioned way. I have done this and it wears longer this way. This scent is available on beautyhabit.com.

If you remeber your grandmother having violets in her garden but you don’t remember them having a noteable odor, then read this article. It is interesting and will help explain those bland ole’ violas in grandmother’s garden.