Friday, August 11, 2017

4711 Original Eau de Cologne by Maurer & Wirtz

A souvenir from a dear friend during her trip to Germany a few months back. This is a classic cologne with over 200 years of history. 4711 is named after the house number given to the factory where it was produced at Glockengasse, Cologne during the French occupation of the Rhineland.

4711 Original Eau de Cologne by Maurer & Wirtz was first launched in 1792, it's a citrus aromatic fragrance for women and men. If you're wondering how a classic scent from 1792 smells like, here are the listed notes ~
Top Notes : Orange oil, peach, basil, bergamot and lemon
Middle Notes : Cyclamen, lily, melon, jasmine and bulgarian rose
Base Notes : Patchouli, tahitian vetiver, musk, sandalwood, oakmoss and cedar.

Unisex cologne tend to be sharp and clean. So I was not so surprised when the initial spray left me with a blast of citrusy and minty notes. It actually smells a lot like a lemonade, as if someone just splash me with a whole jug of lemonade, an instant wake me up, lol. It then slowly dissipates into a herbal woody scent.

Since this is an Eau de Cologne, there is no sillage nor longevity. It's a fleeting scent that's meant to give you a burst of instant freshness. Perfect for a quick pick me up in the morning or during those lazy afternoon when you're in need of a re-charge.

This is a scent with an acquired taste, a sniff from the bottle won't reveal it's lemony goodness as it smells a little synthetic and medicinal. I do think it will appeal more to those who have a preference for citrusy scent. As for me, I wear it after bath for an extra clean and energizing effect. It only lasted 10 minutes on my skin, so it never interrupts with my other perfume that I wear later on. 

Till today, 4711 remains a classic scent. Emulated by many but hard to surpassed. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

La Vie Est Belle EDP ~ Lancome

If you're a big gourmand perfume lover, La Vie Est Belle by the french fragrance house, Lancome should be on your top fragrance list to own.

Inspired by joy, happiness & taking pleasure in all the little things, Julia Roberts is the face behind the perfume campaign. A perfect choice as she does exudes a warm and charming aura. La Vie Est Belle is also inspired by natural and simplistic beauty which can be seen from the minimalist design of the bottle. It has a stunning modern design and I do love the sleek look of it.

Top Notes
Blackcurrant & Pear

Middle Notes 
Iris, Jasmine & Orange Blossom

Base Notes 
Patchouli, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Praline.

On my skin, it opens up with a burst of blackcurrant & pear, before it starts to blend into the floral scent of iris, jasmine and orange blossom.The fruity floral notes last for hours before it starts to mellow into the warm, powdery scent of patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla and praline. This is a perfume where I could actually detect all the notes, which is a rarity in my previous experience.

For those who love sweet perfume scent, this should be right up your alley, as it stays sweet throughout the day I wore it. On my skin, the perfume last from the morning I dab it on till the time I took a shower. On my cardigan, the scent stays on longer and I could still smell a whiff of it's delicious scent even after laundry. This is a scent that has a strong silage, people could actually smell you from across the room, a few dabs of this is all I need to smell good the whole day, though I do avoid using this on days I wish to stay incognito, lol. For those who purchase the bottle spray, 1 or 2 spritz is all you need as it will definitely suffocate people around you especially those with a delicate nose.

Overall, I really do love this scent. It has a cheerful, uplifting vibe to it. Sweet but elegant. I find it to be suitable for day and night wear. It's a crowd favourite and children seems to love this scent as it does smell really sweet & delicious. If you're looking for a perfume that last hours and hours and try this and be amazed!