Elizabeth Arden
Always Red
Created by: Carlos Benaim 2015
“Bright accents of red plum, blood orange, and passion fruit lead to a textured floral heart of Jasmine Sambac, pink freesia and velvet rose petals. The sophisticated dry down of enveloping praline, cashmere woods, and amber”

Though classified as an oriental floral, it’s very much a sophisticated fruity floral, sweet feminine, lusciously lovely. I absolutely love this scent. I just happened by the Elizabeth Arden counter and sampled, I was nicely shocked, it’s so modern and light. Definitely get all the fruit, very berry almost fizzy but scintillating. Richly red, very thick glass bottle. Very fruity berry off the top, softening to a fizzy musky warmth, not dirty or woody. It’s crisp and soft at the same time. It’s high on my BUY list. I’m not surprised though, Mr Benaim has created a few of my favorites, my gorgeous euphoria blossom echoes inside this masterpiece.   *A*
“A new fragrance that celebrates the New York state of mind – boldly living out loud, making your own rules. All in. All the time. Made for the leader of the in crowd, Elizabeth Arden ALWAYS RED was inspired by the strikingly confident woman who radiates as she lights up the town.”

VICTOR & ROLF Flower Bomb

Victor & Rolf
Flower Bomb
Created by Oliver Polge, Carlos Benaim, Domitille Bertier  2005
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Top: Bergamot, Tea
Middle: Jasmine, Freesia, Orchid
Base: Centiflora Rose, Patchouli

I’ve stayed away from flower bomb for years as I remember the first blasts walking past me. Two things, my interest in Carlos Benaim, creator of my beloved euphoria blossom and then today, the artful packaging display in my local Dillards prompted me to get a sample. On first go, I detested it again as being too much, but today I put on barely a drop, I mean touch and dab, minuscule droplet a whisper and amazingly, it’s lovely but so sweet, syrupy and tart raspberry in honey. Still a little too much for me, but I can appreciate it now.
How can this pack such a wallop when Cafe Rose barely stays on?  Has to be an inside joke, flower BOMB right?  I get it.
*B*  for Brilliant

TOM FORD Cafe Rose

Tom Ford
Cafe Rose
Created by Tom Ford  2012

Top:  saffron, black pepper, may rose,
middle:  turkish rose, bulgarian rose, coffee,
base:  incense, amber, sandalwood, patchouli.

Perfect Rose. Detect the Bulgarian rose absolute, this may be the best rose blend ever. Incense and patchouli keep it from cloying sweetness. LOVE this!

BURBERRY My Burberry

My Burberry
Created by Francis Kurkdijian 2014


Top: sweet pea,  bergamot,
Middle: geranium leaf, golden quince, freesia
Base: patchouli, rain-tipped damask and centifolia roses

Soo… sweet, I like sweet pea but the bergamot puts it over the top for me. It takes awhile to mellow down, a bit too long for my liking.  It’s very sweet and feminine and reminds me of a very grand dame old lady scent like from the 19430’s. Not for me. “D”



Elie Saab
le Parfum
Created by Francis Kurkdjian 2011


Top: Orange blossom
Middle: Jasmine  Grandiflorum and Sambac
Base: cedar, patchouli, rose, honey accord.

Very sweet honey, lots of it. Honey, jasmine honey, dries down to more honey. It’s feminine and rich like the older perfumes. I like it.




Calvin Klein
Created by Sophia Grojsman 1988


Top Notes Freesia, Mandarin, Sage
Heart Notes Muguet, White Lily, Marigold, Narcisse
Base notes Patchouli, Sandawood, Amber

Fresh, sweet aquatic floral, weak and unremarkable. Floral at the start turning to watery green.
Not a favorite.



Yves Saint Laurent
Created by Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac of Roure 1977


Vanilla Absolute
Carnation Accord
Jasmine Absolute
Mandarin Accord

After reviewing a couple of Tom Ford’s new orientals and trying a dab of Samsara as a comparison, (overpowering) I was drawn to try out todays Opium. At first it was reminiscent of the original, but quickly mellowed out into a sweet barely spicy fragrance. It’s nothing like the ‘last until next week’ staying power of the 70’s and early 80’s. I’m actually thrilled as I just may pick up this new Opium at a bargain these days.
YSL   “The opulent decadence of the Eau de Parfum captures the overtly sensual spirit of the original parfum designed by Yves Saint Laurent, only in a lighter spray form. Striking notes of mandarin and bergamot are made mystical with middle notes myrrh and jasmine. A final accord of deep amber laced with Opoponaux imbues the scent with its celebrated rapture. In a chic Chinoiserie-inspired flacon.”

Worth buying for nostalgic value .



TOM FORD Shanghai Lily

Tom Ford
Shanghai Lily
Created by: Antoine Maisondieu  2013

Spicy notes, floral notes, olibanum, vanilla, bitter orange, pink pepper, black pepper, cloves, jasmine, rose, tuberose, vetiver, cashmere wood, benzoin, castoreum, labdanum, guaiac wood and incense.

Shanghai Lily, one of the four fragrances in the Atelier d’Orient collection from Tom Ford. I did not  like this at all at first unlike Fluer de Chine which was love at first squirt. Shanghai Lily drying down becomes much more pleasant, even beautiful in a way.   I like the Fluer de Chine so much better, but I want to try all four of this collection together. There is a sophistication and refinement to them which I love. The strength is quite weak which is fine for Shanghai Lily as I would have washed it off if it didn’t calm down.It’s pricey for the power it has, but then I have a love-hate with orientals in general. I love the warmth and complexity, but hate the in your face cloying stickiness and interminable sillage some have, who didn’t wear Opium back in the day. So actually, for me Tom Ford orientals would be just the ticket. 

Buy Shanghai Lily

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TOM FORD Fluer De Chine

Tom Ford
Fluer de Chine
Created by:  Rodrigo Flores-Roux  2013
*oriental floral*

Hualan Flower, Star Magnolia, Clementine, Bergamot, Hyacinth, Jasmine Tea, Syringa, Plum, Tea Rose, Wisteria, White Peach, Soft Tree Peony, Hinoki Wood, Chinese Cedarwood, Amber, Benzoin, Stryax and Vetiver.

Floor De Chine, one of the four fragrances in the Atelier d’Orient collection. Absolutely lovely.  Warm, barely spicy opening, barely fruity, sweet honey-like, a little boozey, it’s hard to isolate the components. It’s like an extraordinarily fine liqueur, flowers and spicy herbs preseved in a rich amber distilled spirit syrup, taste and smell the whole infusion at once. I can imagine taking a long sip, feeling the warmth in the throat, the aromas travel over the palate, expands in the sinuses then explodes, surrounds and envelops your brain. The gorgeous olfactory equivalent of a “brain freeze”. Mellows down to a complex sweetness, nothing cloying or common about it. It doesn’t last long at all, maybe 40 minutes then you can barely smell it. I thought I was going a bit nose blind so I put a dab of Samsara on one wrist. It was a freight train. I had to wash it off, but it brought out the plum and peach scents in Fluer de Chine. I realized why I like the modern orientals so much better and why I am leaning towards them these days.
I love the way the composition is held together, almost like a rich garden in a dense fog. You can smell the trees, wood, earth, animals, it’s all there. Amazing. This is a home run for me. I love it. Blew right to the top of my favorite “orientals”  list. 

Buy Fluer de Chine

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I believe (tell me if I’m wrong) I have given more attention to the Tom Ford Private Blends than any other contributor here at Now Smell This (and I’ve liked more of the Private Blend perfumes than my cohorts, too). Rest of article NST

ELIZABETH ARDEN green tea lavender

Elizabeth Arden
Green tea lavender
Created by: Givaudan

Top: Meyer Lemon, Sicilian Mandarin, Spearmint, Wild Chamomile
Middle: Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Organic Lavender Bulgarian Orpur, French Lavender Absolute Orpur, Chinese Magnolia
Base: Soft Skin Musks, Birchwood, Ambrette Seed

Fresh green tea and lavender open this gentle yet invigorating fragrance. If a spa smelled like this I would love it!
Fresh, clean not heavy. It’s the perfect summertime, get out of the shower, off to the beach, out in the summer heat fragrance.
Works for anyone, any sex any age I think. I liked it from the first squirt and I still do. Fades quickly which is a good thing as you can reapply or change it up as the day unfolds.



Buy Green Tea Lavender