Posted 21 December 2004 - 01:17 PM
First Impression: Iris, but not overpowering.
Second Impression: Oh, goodness another gorgeous, evocative scent. I bought this scent purely for the name, it's the city in Italy I most want to visit. And this conjures up the images of sitting in a window sketching the a gorgeous view of the city as warm, gentle breeze blows in. Better yet, this is the scent of a tryst with David. Spices, amber and iris all blend wonderfully together. Not getting the berries at this time.
Final Analysis: The name called to me and so I bought a bottle unsmelled, I'm thrilled that I did. A keeper.
Posted 21 December 2004 - 06:16 PM
Posted 24 December 2004 - 08:09 PM
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Posted 26 December 2004 - 01:19 AM
ETA: After wearing this all day today, there is a spice in here that goes a bit acrid on me for a while and then dissipates. I noticed I get this with some of Beth's blends she describes as "middle eastern spices". Even so, the drydown is gorgeous.
This post has been edited by lorajc: 05 January 2005 - 12:10 AM
Posted 27 December 2004 - 02:24 AM
When I first put it on, Florence is all iris, with a distinct earthy note. Beth's single note of iris always smelled to me like it included leaves, root, and flower, so it's no surprise to me. It's not the heavy earthen and root-like smell of vetiver, more the scent of dirt clinging to your gardening gloves as you plant bulbs; subtle but grounding.
It doesn't take long for the berries and amber to wind their way into the blend, and my expectations for the berries are met and exceeded. They're a bit tart and very juicy, and when you add the warmth and liquid tones of the amber, you have a scent that's out of this world.
Spices aren't dominant at any point in this scent, at least not on me. They're very much a background note, and they get melded into the amber and heighten its effect. When I let my mother try Florence, the spices and amber turned baby-powderish on her at this point, so that may be something to consider if you know your body chemistry plays that particular trick with those notes.
All in all, a fabulous scent. Not the full-blown grandeur of Old Venice, but all the expensive richness of it. Florence is about luxury, heady and obtained at any price, with only the finest and most lush in texture being good enough. For me, Florence was about texture, where Old Venice was about color - the difference in velvety purple iris petals and softened, candle-warmed amber versus bright lemons, red currants, and the most vibrant of flowers.
I have a feeling I'll go through this bottle very quickly, and will have to re-order.
Posted 29 December 2004 - 08:15 AM
Dominant notes: Uh-oh. Those spices they talk about? A bunch of them. That may not mean anything for you, but to my skin, that can spell ruin for a scent. I can also smell sweet amber and perhaps a bit of Iris, but it isn't overpowering. No berries.
Impressions: A bit concerned about those spices, but the underlying notes are beautiful.
Mmm, yummy. The spices are definately present, but they aren't overpowering as I expected. I really had hoped for some berries, but I can't detect any. The iris has softened even more, it's barely apparent, in fact. Lots of amber. Spicy amber is basically what I'm getting, and it's lovely.
Great strength, and a very attractive scent. Spicy, but unique. I really do like this one.
Posted 29 December 2004 - 12:23 PM
Its very lovely and while I couldnt stand the strength of the initial iris note, what Florence eventually became is absolutely lovely.
Posted 31 December 2004 - 05:41 AM
I generally have bad luck with berries (get WAY too sweet on and drown everything else out) and amber (soft golden powder). So I kinda suspected going into this one that I might have bad luck. I tried it anyway, because you just never know when something might work out despite funky chemistry. It's actually not unpleasant on, but I do get the berry, the powder and something slightly plasticky. Since it reminds me of something I played with as a kid, I might keep it around for sentimentality's sake.
I can tell by smelling the imp that it must be wonderful on people who don't have my problems.
Posted 31 December 2004 - 04:03 PM
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Posted 11 January 2005 - 05:04 AM
On my wrist: Is this Cathedral? Does my imp have the wrong label? No. There are some subtle differences. The resin scent is weaker in Florence and has a touch of cinnamon spice.
Drydown: The scent evaporates quickly. It is almost completely gone within a few hours.
I tried this one about four times to be sure that my nose (or my body chemistry) wasn't confounding the scent. However, Florence remained the same.
Posted 14 January 2005 - 11:37 AM
This is unbelievably sweet. Instead of a floral this is a smell very similiar to a British candy called Dolly Mixtures. In time the amber does come along to warm and soften the proceedings but this is far too sweet for me.
Posted 31 January 2005 - 12:39 PM
On Me: Slightly peppery and musky, the amber is actually coming through on me more than the berries when I smell my wrist. Off of the wrist is a sweet sugary berry scent that is just gorgeous. It reminds me of cranberries dipped in powdered sugar and frozen like that.
Very gorgeous and well blended. I need a big bottle of this one too when the imp runs out. Yum!
Posted 10 February 2005 - 11:18 PM
Posted 15 February 2005 - 07:04 PM
Wet: Something woody comes out immediately. And then something creamy follows it.
After 10: It’s sweetening up and the berries are emerging to play. It’s held down to the arena of sophistication and elegance with the amber and the spice. Keeps it from being just a silly berry scent, I suppose. Elegant is the word that keeps coming to mind here. I very much approve!
Posted 23 February 2005 - 06:04 PM
Posted 23 February 2005 - 09:19 PM
Very nice. :P
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Posted 12 March 2005 - 12:41 PM
It smells nice in the bottle but once it hits my skin it is pine. That is all I got out of this and it isn't even listed in the blend. From start to finish it was pine. It didn't last a long time on me either. But that was okay since I don't want to walk around smelling like a pine tree. Unfortunatly this one is destined for the swap pile.
Posted 12 March 2005 - 07:12 PM
am thinking of buying a bottle :P
Posted 12 March 2005 - 11:19 PM
the amber, and spices perfectly balance the iris and keep it from being an overly floral perfume, this one is very complex and blened gorgeously the berries sweeten up the background just a touch and perfectly complete this one! going on 5ml list
Posted 22 March 2005 - 06:57 PM