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I wear a lot of perfume and write about surprisingly little of it, hard to believe isn’t it? So I’m going to try something new. I will open this Sunday QuickSniff Review page on Monday morning and every time I spritz and am near the computer I’ll give a 3 sentence review with a rating out of 5 each for

Scent, Obviously the number 1 priority here is how does it smell. My reviews are completely subjective and will differ widely from your own experience with the scent but it’s a good starting point. As yet I am not a trained perfumer so any and all descriptions are merely that, descriptions. There are plenty of blogs that offer technical details and chemistry, in 3 sentences I’ll pass.
Longevity, This is a biggie for me because like enfleurage where flower petals are left in fats to steal the scent, my fatty body works the same and eats it up, yum. So for a scent to last well on me, it will probably last a whole day on you and need a radioactive decontamination shower to defuse it from your skin.
Desirabilty, Wrapped up in this is scent, price, house, history, longevity, packaging, availability and a billion other things.

* in any of these being the, “You couldn’t pay enough to spray this God awful stink on me again, it smells like public toilets in India, long time fridge malfunction while on Summer holiday and the vile stench of poverty all rolled into one.” You are putting innocent people in danger if you wear this.
** means it’s a nothing, wearable, boring, maybe the price is prohibitive for what you get or it’s ubiquitous. You should definitely get a sample of this to stop a buying boo boo.
*** is a perfectly good product that smells good and lasts a while at a decent price. You should definitely think about trying a sample or squirt but should you miss out your life will continue. Sample size worthy.
**** is the one you try, want a lot but can wait for a birthday/Christmas. It’s better than most of the stuff you’ve sniffed and may fill a void in your library. This is also an excellent decant product 5ml will get you through the season and maybe buy it next year.
***** meaning, stop reading this, grab your cash, credit card (or partners), roll the elderly or rob a petrol station and purchase this product. NOW! If you don’t have this fragrance you could die.

AMBRE de CABOCHARD by GRES 2006.  This has a bright, warm, almost plastic opening like so much else these days and warms down nicely to a nutty, floral, fruit buzz. Tania Sanchez call this a “chemical fruitcake.. with a thin, oddly waxy floral-and-spice formula so cheap…” and while that is true Ambre de Cabochard is affordable, wearable and fun, FragranceX has it for under $25. S=** L=*** D=**

AROMATICS ELIXER by CLINIQUE 1971. Every time I spritz this massive fragrance on myself I feel joyous, sexy and gorgeous. It is a sure fire compliment fragrance and has uber wattage that lasts and lasts. Flowers, wood, herbs, spices, it has them all in abundance; go to your local Clinique counter and ask for the 4ml tester. S=***** L=***** D=*****

COVET by SJP 2007. In 2007 this was probably very new and cutting edge, 5 years on it smells fresh, light, crisp and harmless. I like this as a daywear/worklife nothing but the bottle is really fun/camp/silly/cute and I wanted it on my dresser, FragranceShop has a coffret for under $25 with 15% discount. S=*** L=*** D=***

EAU MEGA by VIKTOR & ROLF 2009. This is pretty flowers, fruity pears, leaves, musk in a light but slightly muddy scent that never quite reaches lift off for me. I like it, but the bottle that looks cool in ads is cheap and awkward in your hand. People that want a fragrance but not a statement piece will love this because it’s so easy to wear and no one will be offended; 2.5oz $50 and up. S=** L=** D=**

FRACAS for MEN EdC by ROBERT PIGUET. (Not to be confused with Fracas by Robert Piguet) This is a lovely fresh, cheap, sexy fragrance with light but persistent staying power, for someone who likes to smell barbershop, woods and sexy leather all day long. Amazon has 100ml from $10. S=*** L=**** D=**** (extra for the ridiculous price point)

RUSH 2 by GUCCI 2001. Everyone gripes about this bottle but I think it’s fun and quirky, great for a gym bag or purse where you don’t have to worry about a cap. The scent is an interesting soft linear scent that just needs to be ramped up a bit for me but is nicely unusual on a man if you can get him past the hot pink casing. FragranceX has 5ml for $10. S=** L=** D=***

I hope you have enjoyed reading through the new Sunday Quicksniff Review. I’d love your feedback please. Any comments, advice, things you like or hate, any way you think Sunday Quicksniff Review could better cater to you.

Grateful you’ve dropped by, please do so again,

Portia xx


  1. vinery1 says:

    The Quicksniffs are so much fun! I really like the variety of the sniffs you’ve chosen. Here’s one for you:

    Karl Lagerfeld Sun, Moon, Stars 1994
    I have been on a Sophia Grosjman kick lately and just received a mini of this one, which I’m trying for the first time today. Immediately recognizable as a Grosjman with its dense complexity, it is quite spicy and has an herbal touch, possibly anise. There is fruit in there, but in a 90s style, not gourmand at all.

    • WOW! Do you mind if I use this in a post? I love the Sun, Moon and stars bottle but some of the reviews I read were very Meh so I have let it pass me by. Next sample order I will get some,
      Thank you,
      Portia xx

      • vinery1 says:

        Sun, Moon, Stars is very lovely, but if you have a problem with longevity, it might not work for you. I have no particular issues with longevity, but I’ve reapplied it twice since this morning. Beautiful but subtle.

  2. Dionne says:

    Portia, you had me howling at your rating system, so funny! My own is quite similar: 1) AAAAGHG! Get it off, get it off, get it offf! 2) Nope 3) nice, but just nice. Will be forgotten about in a few days 4) Ohhhhhh, hey now…. I want a decant of this 5) Go straight to full bottle, do not buy decant, do not save $200

    And I wish Aromatics Elixir smells on me the way it does on one of my friends. Pure gorgeousness on her, and water-that’s-sat-far-too-long-at-the-bottom-of-a-flower-vase for me. Dagnabit!

    • Your “Go straight to full bottle, do not buy decant, do not save $200” inspired me Dionne. So I thank you. Art begets..
      So sorry you don’t get the full AE joy but at least you know what I mean, having smelled it in someone that it lives for.
      Have a great day.
      Portia xx

  3. killerrabbit says:

    Eau Mega has those front loaded top notes, smells pretty great in the store but walking around about 10 mins later it is a big pile of not much.

  4. Lindaloo says:

    Yes, like the Sunday Quicksniff Review idea a lot (and not only because you gave Aromatics Elixir five stars all the way). We really can’t expect you to do a full post about every scent you own or sample (although I would read them all).

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