Fragrance Reviews

Chloe + Isabel Jardins du Midi Fragrance Review


* Starts with a loud burst of fruity floral. You’ll also get some juicy citrus and peach with a hint of white floral.

It starts off a bit screechy and loud but calms down after about 30 minutes.

* The white florals get stronger, with a bit of apricot replacing the peach as the “supporting fruit”

* As the scent gets sweeter, it gets quieter.

* Softens to a nice skin scent of vanilla and clean musk.

Summary:  Jardins du Midi is the first fragrance from direct sales company Chloe + Isabel (like a modern take on Avon, focusing on accessories and jewelry). It is a well-constructed and easily wearable fruity floral that clearly leans feminine and is office-friendly (after the first hour). Longevity is good, at more than 10 hours, so it will get you through a workday.  The scent matches the quality of any designer scent that you would find at a department store, and while it doesn’t break any new ground it would be a safe and enjoyable gift for friends in your life who want a nice, modern perfume.

Chloe + Isabel Jardins du Midi Fragrance is available from RLBelles Boutique.

Disclaimer: Sample provided by publicist. Image courtesy of Chloe and Isabel website.

Fragrance Reviews

M Micallef Rouge No. 1 Fragrance Review


* Starts off with strong jasmine, buoyed by a light peach

* Initial projection is strong but not too aggressive.

* A melange of sweet flowers come in with a jammy rose in the forefront.

* The sweetness isn’t overwhelming, but it does feel powdery and a bit traditionally feminine.

* The scent calms down to a soft amber and vanilla base.

Summary:  I always hate to call a fragrance feminine or masculine, but this one felt a bit too feminine for me.  Which is odd, because I will wear a loud sweet tuberose like HdP Vamp a NY when I feel it. I guess the difference is the intensity and the mood.  Rouge No 1 is a powdery and soft, fruity floral. The ingredients are of the highest quality and it smells expensive.  The initial hour is too strong for officewear, and I seriously doubt guys could pull this off in an office, anyway. Longevity is above average for an eDp, lasting more than 12 hours or until you wash it off.   I think Rouge No. 2 is the better choice of this set.

Other opinions:

Perfume Shrine
Ca Fleure Bon
Best Things in Beauty
The Scented Hound
Parfumistans Blogg

M Micallef fragrances are available through Lucky Scent and Osswald.

Disclaimer: Sample provided by publicist for review. Image courtesy of Lucky Scent.