Last Friday I talked about Vanilla Moka, Vanilla Macarons & Vanilla Pralines, three fragrances from the vanilla-based Poule de Luxe collection by Crazylibellule & The Poppies; today, I'm trying out the Les Divines Alcoves collection. Like the others from the line, these are solid perfumes done up in adorable little twist-up containers with colorful paper wrappers, and like the others, they are unbelievably well done given the bargain basement prices: $16 for 5gr.
Les Divines Alcoves comprises 7 fragrances inspired by "stories of love". Aux Anges / On Cloud Nine, with notes of bergamot, tangerine, ylang ylang, jasmine and white flowers, was my early favorite of the group. As Victoria has already pointed out at Bois de Jasmin, Aux Anges is very much in the vein of Christian Dior Diorissimo. As in Diorissimo, the lily of the valley opening is a bit sharp, but it settles to a lovely blend of jasmine and lily of the valley, lightly accented by green. It is sweeter than Diorisismo, and lacks the crispness and sparkle that render Diorissimo, to my mind, the very personification of spring. Still, Aux Anges is very pretty and wearable, and the lasting power is quite good — I will be happy to have one in my purse.
Amoureuse / In Love has notes of pink pepper, black pepper, rose, tea, jasmine, musk, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla. This is a pretty, casual-but-stylish sort of rose, with touches of pepper in the opening and a bit of warmth from the patchouli after it settles. It reminds me vaguely of Bond no. 9's Bryant Park, albeit softer, and without the tart fruits. Nice.
Tout Oublier / Letting Go has notes of bergamot, tangerine, rose, ylang ylang, iris, violet, cedar, amber and musks. Tout Oublier is an iris fragrance, with something oddly unpleasant (almost plastic-y) in the top notes that made me dismiss it on the first try. It impressed me more on later wearings — it improves markedly as it calms (and it doesn't take long), eventually becoming a soft woody-earthy iris, more warm than cool, and far more elegant than you would expect from the price. Again, I am almost shaking my head in disbelief that it is as nice as it is for only $16. No, it is not nearly so lovely as Chanel 28 La Pausa, but if 28 La Pausa disappears on you as quickly as it does on me, you might find Tout Oublier the better investment.
There is nothing in the Les Divines Alcoves collection that is likely to startle you by its originality; in fact, almost every scent in the set reminded me of something else. Still, as I said above, they are unbelievably well done given the price, and when you add in the portability and the fun packaging, they are very much worth having. I do hope we'll see more Crazylibellule and The Poppies collections soon. A woods collection? Or even better, perhaps, a collection built around spices? Anything but fruity florals, please.
For buying information, see the listing for Crazylibellule & The Poppies under Perfume Houses.
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