Category Archives: Fragrances

Love It or Hate It… | Byredo Gypsy Water Perfumed Oil Roll-On


At first glance, Gypsy Water is a scent I’d never wear. It’s too warm and soft for my taste, especially, in this perfumed oil form.
And speaking of perfumed oils, I have to say, I’m surprised not many people talk about them. They are usually quite handy and travel-friendly, the longevity is much better than a standard spray perfume and you don’t need to use that much, considering you don’t spritz it all over your body but you just apply it on your wrists and behind the ears.

Honestly, I got Byredo Gypsy Water in an oil form just because the spray EDP was sold out that day. And I’m actually glad I did that. But I still think that maybe I should have gotten Mojave Ghost instead.

And before it starts sounding totally confusing for you, I have to say, I applied Gypsy Water behind my boyfriend’s ears the other day although he was concerned that it was too feminine. A couple of minutes later, man’s chemistry turned this scent into  a woody and smoky beauty. I wish it smelled like that on me but on me, it feels much more powdery and warm. I admit, there are days when I’m not sure if I’d want to wear Gypsy Water, at all, days when I even dislike it on me and then there are days when I absolutely love it. Its warm elements, the glowing amber, the luscious sandalwood, the notes of juniper and incense… It feels cosy like a soft sweater on a freezing day, like warm crackles of the wood in the fireplace while it’s snowing outside…

Maybe it’s because it’s quite a complex scent. Top notes are of lemon, pepper, juniper. Heart notes: incense, pine needles, orris root. Base: amber, vanilla, sandalwood.

All scents feel different depending on the body chemistry but this one, in particular smells so different on everyone that you never know if it would suit you or not. Many say this is a citrusy scent and I’d like to disagree, as I don’t detect that too much and the notes are rather lemon leaves than lemon zest.
Also, the scent changes on me depending on the weather conditions and that’s probably my biggest problem. It’s not so nice on me when it’s too cold or too warm, I love it on fresh, a bit warmer days but not warm like summer, it’s a lot more crisp and the pine notes are more noticeable.

It’s definitely a unisex fragrance but I still think it smells better on men than on women (I’ve smelled it not only on me and my boyfriend but on another people, as well and that’s my personal observation). It’s a discreet and elegant scent, soft and sensual but maybe a bit too creamy for me.
Longevity in the perfumed oil form is much better than the spray, so if you love Gypsy Water, try the roll-on.

For me, this is not an easy to wear scent, it doesn’t suit everyone and I’m still unsure if it suits me, to be honest. Perhaps, Mojave Ghost would have been a better pick but I don’t regret having Gypsy Water in my perfume collection and I’m curious to know if you have it, too and how you feel about it.

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The Floral Perfume That Surprises


Another fragrance review? Well, it seems that everyone in my family is currently rediscovering some perfumes and falling in love with ones that aren’t newly launched but worth a mention.

I love roses, rose water and skincare infused with it but somehow I’ve always thought that rose scents are too mature for me and even heavy. That’s why I wasn’t particularly interested in Valentino Donna EDP when it launched a couple of years ago. But when I was picking up a perfume for my dad about a week ago, I saw the beautiful bottle on the shelves, felt the gorgeous scent and purchased it.

Inside the studded heavy glass bottle the magic happens while accords of Italian Bergamot meet Bulgarian Rose, Iris Absolute, Patchouli, Leather and Vanilla. It is a floral scent but not one you’d expect, it is a powdery fragrance but not your typical one. Valentino Donna EDP is a surprise for the senses, it’s feminine, soft, leathery, modern. As it dries, the rose becomes more prominent, the scent is elegant, balanced, delicate. You may think it’s quite challenging to wear rose scents but this one is quite easy to wear while still remains unique.

There are notes in Valentino Donna EDP that remind me of La Vie est Belle but without being so sweet.
The longevity of the fragrance is amazing and I think it’s a great choice for spring and summer.

Donna is a classic like a Valentino gown but it’s also vibrant and fun. Don’t be afraid to take a look at this perfume just because you don’t like floral or powdery scents. Valentino Donna isn’t too overwhelming and is different from any other floral fragrance.

Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT


When I first see or hear Shiseido, I can’t help but relate them to skincare. I’ve been loving their Ibuki range in the past few months but somehow their fragrances have always been neglected by me. And now I realise that it’s been a mistake. Because Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT is now my go-to spring scent.

The stunning glass bottle is in the original shape but this time in frosted pink and white and captures the Shiseido vision of inner beauty, delicacy and femininity.

I don’t usually go for powdery floral scents but this one is so much more than that. It’s fresh, clean, a bit fruity and has this subtle elegance that makes it graceful but still everyday appropriate and youthful.

Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT is composed of two accords: Radiance and Presence. The radiance accord, the outer circle, is luminous and bright with notes of Cyclamen, Peony and Osmanthus. The presence accord, the inner circle, is tender, addictive and sophisticate, formed of Orange Blossom Absolute, Gardenia and White Musk. Together they create a radiant and pure white floral fragrance.

For me the EDP and EDT versions of the fragrance are quite different and I much prefer this one. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last too long on my skin but I still think it’s a divine scent.

If you like soft floral scents and even if you don’t like delicate sweet and powdery ones, go give Shiseido Ever Bloom EDT a sniff. It’s beautiful, elegant, clean and can be worn by ladies at any age.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Intense EDP

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A few months ago, Guerlain expanded their La Petite Robe Noire range with one more fragrance. I have to admit, I’ve been staying away from it for a long time simply because the word “intense” made me think it would be a lot stronger than the original perfume. La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche is one of my favourite scents but the original one always seemed a bit too heavy for my taste and this put me off when I saw the newest member of the family. But I was wrong…

The fragrance comes in the typical for the range bottle but in beautiful deep blue colours with the drawing of a little black dress. La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense has notes of Cotton Candy, Fresh Bergamot and Blueberries in the top of the composition. You can still find Bulgarian Rose in the heart of the perfume and a base of Patchouli, White Musk, Sandalwood and Vanilla.

It starts off sweet but not sickly sweet, the cotton candy is the first one to be noticed but it’s not sharp and heavy, it’s grown-up, creamy and lovely. The blueberry scent is not fresh, it is warm and reminds me of the times when I make homemade blueberry sauce. For me, the Bulgarian rose is the balancing note, you can’t really smell it but it makes everything elegant and simply perfect. The drydown is beautiful with the combination of the sweet vanilla, the woody sandalwood and the soft white musk. This perfume has amazing longevity on me and I’m in love with it.

La Petite Robe Noire EDP Intense is irresistibly chic, charming, sophisticated. It’s definitely the sweetest of all fragrances from the range but I love how it is youthful yet elegant at the same time.

Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia

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Fragrances are special because they are something personal and individual. I rarely pick up a scent just because it’s new and I like how it smells. Perfumes remind me of places, people, events and that’s why they’re appealing to me. It’s sometimes surprising how I fall in love with scents I never thought I would.

That’s exactly the case with Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia. Floral scents aren’t my favourite ones but a few years ago, when the Gucci Garden Collection was released, I really liked the Gorgeous Gardenia fragrance. It actually didn’t seem to be a floral one, maybe because of the Pear and Red Berries notes. However, I couldn’t relate it to anything and I didn’t want to purchase it.

Until a few weeks back… I won’t go into details but when I tried it again at the airport in Amsterdam, it just brought back so many amazing memories from an incredible trip and unforgettable experience. And I knew it was now one of the special scents for me.

Flora Gorgeous Gardenia is delicate, charming, feminine, romantic, sensual. It’s fresh, a bit sweet, sophisticated but also playful.

Top notes are of Pear and Red Berries, heart notes of White Gardenia and Frangipani Flower and base notes of Patchouli and Brown Sugar Accord.
At first it’s a bit more fresh and sweet and later, it gets more flowery but without being too overwhelming and noticeable on my skin which I really like.

I love the elegant bottle and the cute little bow, it’s very pretty and dainty. Even the box that it comes in is lovely. One thing I’d say is that I wished it lasted a bit longer because I don’t really feel it at the end of the day.

Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia is a beautiful scent for the spring and summer months and I can’t stop wearing it at the moment.
Have you tried this fragrance?