Fragrance Reviews

Lush Scent Calacas  Fragrance Review


* I have never smelled Calacas Halloween-themed slime soap before, but it’s listed as lime jellybeans.

* The top is definitely lime with a hint of tangerine – reminding me a lot of 25:43,  but instead of lime and caramel it is lime with a bit of light floral.

* The citrus gets juicier and sweeter after the initial burst. It quickly becomes a skin scent (after about 30 minutes)

* But wait – it comes back for a second round about an hour later – where it’s new and improved dirty lime. Lime with a bit of skank and attitude.  Almost like a slutty lime, if you could imagine.  

* The dry down is a light and dry floral woody skin scent.

Summary: I’ve never smelled Calacas soap before, so I can’t tell if this is close.  Calacas is definitely a brother fragrance to 25:43 for the lime story, but of the two I prefer 25:43.  Calacas is a nice lime scent and of better quality than anything else in the price point range.  Longevity is good at 8 hours, and this is probably the most office-friendly of the special line.

Other opinions:

Cassandra’s Stuff (Shower Jelly)
Beauty Blogger (Shower Jelly)
The Sunday Girl (Shower Jelly)
Knickers and Nail Polish (Shower Jelly)
Sammy Scribble (Shower Jelly)

Lush Scent Calacas is a limited edition that was available only from their website. Check there first to see if it is still available. If not, ebay is pretty much your only option.

Disclaimer: Bottle purchased – no disclaimer needed. Image courtesy of Lush website.

Fragrance Reviews

Tom Ford Azure Private Blend Lime Fragrance Review


* Kicks off with a bright, refreshing, and bold lime with a bit of other citrus in the mix.  

* It’s fruity, tangy, and sweet.  Almost like pouring the juice on your arm but without the stickiness.

* Lime stays in the forefront for about 20 minutes before it begins to recede, with a sweet vanilla and light florals coming into the mix.

* The florals just kind of sit there – they are nice and pretty but feel kind of, I don’t know, blah.

* After the florals wane, the base of generic wood and bland musk lasts for a few hours.

Yes, citrus notes don’t usually last long as top notes in fragrance, but twenty minutes? Come on… If you are looking for niche fragrance version of premature ejaculation, you’ve found it.  The lime note, while it lasts, is really good, but for the price of a Tom Ford Private Blend it should last a lot longer (as should the whole scent, 3-4 hours longevity for an edp is bad.)  After the proverbial wad is shot, it becomes a bit generic, floating between that realm of Bath and Body Works and low-end Department Store scents.  Not that there is anything wrong with those kind of scents, but at $200 for 50ML, my expectations are a lot higher.  As a devoted Fordie, I have probably 10 of the Private Blends in my collection and this is one that I rarely reach for – and if I do, it’s to layer with Creed Virgin Island water or as just a quick pick me up.  If Azure Lime was a scent at Bath and Body Works for $20 a bottle, I would STRONGLY recommend it.  At Private Blend pricing, I recommend testing but would think very carefully before investing in a full bottle.

Tom Ford Private Blends are available from Tom Ford boutiques, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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RazoRock Shave Gel Review


* RazoRock Shave Gel is an all-in-one product – preshave, shave gel, and aftershave.  As such, it’s better than you would expect.

* Testing the Evil Eye (Lime Shave Gel) – the scent is fresh and gives a slight pick-me-up.  

Fragrance Reviews

Creed Virgin Island Water Fragrance Review

* Virgin Island Water is a vacation in a jar.  The long lasting top notes of coconut, lime, and orange smell like a beachside cocktail.

* Usually citrus top notes burn off really quickly, but the lime and orange last throughout most of the fragrance.

* Unless you pay attention and sniff yourself often, VIW seems very linear as in the top notes stay around for the full life of the fragrance.

* If you sniff closely, some ginger, spices and light florals enter in mid-development for a short while.

* The deep base notes of vanilla and musk join the coconut which stays around forever.

* While most vacations are over too quickly, Virgin Island Water lasts more than 8 hours.

Summary:   Virgin Island Water is strong, but not overpowering.  It makes its presence known but is not so overwhelming as to be too much for warm weather wear.   If you are a fan of the classic Creed fragrance, this may not be to your liking.  It is more similar to the fresher/fruitier Creed fragrances like Aventus.   Although I have never smelled it, several people have mentioned that Virgin Island Water is identical to Bath and Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena (which has been discontinued).  I can’t comment on that, but I can say that Virgin Island Water is one of the few fragrances that I have used up a full 4oz bottle of and went back to buy another bottle of.  For summer weather and hot climates, Virgin Island Water is an excellent choice and worth testing.

Creed fragrances are available from Neiman Marcus, select Nordstrom and the Creed Boutique.   If you live in South Florida, I strongly recommend that you reach out to Eduardo, the Creed representative at the Bal Harbour Neiman Marcus.  If you live in Nashville, Byron at Green Hills Nordstrom is quite exceptional as well.

*Disclaimer – No disclaimer needed, I own a full bottle.