Fragrance Reviews

Costes Fragrance Review


* Crisp lavender and sweet cinnamon are quite exhilarating together on the top.

* It starts like a refreshing and manly sports scent – or what I wish a man’s sport scent would smell like, rather than generically clean and fresh.

* Out of nowhere,  a soapy rose comes into play- with some of the cinnamon giving it a prickly feel.

* The rose blossoms literally by feeling really alive, as if it is breathing. 

* If you sniff your skin closely, you smell the base of woods and nondescript musk.

Summary:  Sort of in the vein of celebrity scents, this is the signature scent of the Hotel Costes.   It’s fresh sand invigorating, but not overwhelming.  It lasts about five hours on my skin, which is about right for an eau de toilette. I could see this as a great scent post-workout or as a nice wake-up scent in the morning. It’s available as shower gel and soap, which would be delightful to use or give as a gift. It’s definitely unisex and on the lighter side, so this would be great for people who are afraid of being too loud.  If you are ever in Paris, you must visit the Hotel Costes to see not only the amazing rose market but to experience all the IUMX fragrance in the special automated flower machines… Hard to describe.  Whatever you do, do not touch the tester bottles or else the animated perfume salescold will chastise you with “this is not f*king Sephora” (or “this is not f*king Boots” if you look British). Just one of the many animated characters you might meet in Paris… 

Other opinions:

Bois de Jasmin

Perfume Smillin Things

Costes is available at LuckyScent and CO Bigelow.

Disclaimer: No disclaimer needed as I own a full bottle. Image courtesy of LuckyScent website.

Fragrance Reviews

Parfums Del Rae Eau Illuminee Fragrance Review


* Eau Illuminee kicks off with a refreshing and bright lavender, with a bit of light citrus floating in.

* It starts to get sweeter and powdery with the lavender still in the forefront.  I also get some nose-tickling herbs that prick the sniffer.

* The herbs stay in the mix as a light tonka comes in with vanilla and some rooty, earthy notes.

* The base is sweet resins with the earthy notes grounding them.

* Longevity is about average, for an EDT at 3 hours.

Summary: Clean is often used as a bad word amongst fragrance lovers because it refers to a generic, clean scent that is weak and mundane. Eau Illuminee is clean how I imagine it being – fresh, with a bright energetic feeling to it.  This would make a great office fragrance for guys or girls, provided you carry a spritzer to refresh yourself after lunch.  What better way to pick you up for the second half of the work day?

Parfums Del Rae fragrances are available through LuckyScent and Parfums Del Rae website.

Other opinions:

Left Coast Nose

Perfume-Smellin’ Things

Disclaimer: Sample provided by publicist for review. Image courtesy of Parfums del Rae website.

Fragrance Reviews

Arquiste Boutonniere No. 7 Fragrance Review

* Boutonniere No 7 gets right to business with a strong floral note – a mix of gardenia and jasmine.

* The flowers are full and vibrant with a hint of lavender and citrus.