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It’s A Deal – DKNY [Fresh Blossom], Glamour, and Macy’s promotion!

The April edition of Glamour magazine (US version, with Katie Holmes on the cover) has a special promotion running for DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom, or any DKNY fragrance.

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Classification information
July 21, 2008, 1:43 am
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The following is a list of perfume classifications, as borrowed from Wikipedia.

Traditional

The traditional classification which emerged around 1900 comprised the following categories:

  • Single Floral: Fragrances that are dominated by a scent from one particular flower; in French called a soliflore. (e.g. Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose, which is dominated by rose.)
  • Floral Bouquet: Containing the combination of several flowers in a scent.
  • Ambery: A large fragrance class featuring the sweet slightly animalic scents of ambergris or labdanum, often combined with vanilla, flowers and woods. Can be enhanced by camphorous oils and incense resins, which bring to mind Victorian era imagery of the Middle East and Far East.
  • Woody: Fragrances that are dominated by woody scents, typically of agarwood, sandalwood and cedar. Patchouli, with its camphoraceous smell, is commonly found in these perfumes.
  • Leather: A family of fragrances which features the scents of honey, tobacco, wood and wood tars in its middle or base notes and a scent that alludes to leather.
  • Chypre: Meaning Cyprus in French, this includes fragrances built on a similar accord consisting of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, and labdanum. This family of fragrances is named after a perfume by Francois Coty. A notable example is Mitsouko (meaning mystery in Japanese) by Guerlain.
  • Fougere: Meaning Fern in French, built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Houbigant’s Fougère Royale pioneered the use of this base. Many men’s fragrances belong to this family of fragrances, which is characterized by its sharp herbaceous and woody scent.

Modern

Since 1945, due to great advances in the technology of perfume creation (i.e., compound design and synthesis) as well as the natural development of styles and tastes; new categories have emerged to describe modern scents:

  • Bright Floral: combining the traditional Single Floral & Floral Bouquet categories.
  • Green: a lighter and more modern interpretation of the Chypre type.
  • Oceanic/Ozone: the newest category in perfume history, appearing in 1991 with Christian Dior’s Dune. A very clean, modern smell leading to many of the modern androgynous perfumes.
  • Citrus or Fruity: An old fragrance family that until recently consisted mainly of “freshening” eau de colognes due to the low tenacity of citrus scents. Development of newer fragrance compounds has allowed for the creation of primarily citrus fragrances.
  • Gourmand: scents with “edible” or “dessert”-like qualities. These often contain notes like vanilla and tonka bean, as well as synthetic components designed to resemble food flavors.


Understanding our report cards
July 18, 2008, 4:21 pm
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To get a better understanding of exactly what we mean by what we grade on our report cards, we have put together a quick guide. We recommend becoming familiar with these “definitions” before reading any perfume reviews.

First sniff (bottle) – Just like it’s unfair to judge a book by it’s cover without delving into the depths of it’s storyline, it’s pretty unfair to judge a scent from first sniff when it’s not sprayed on your skin. In this aspect of our report card, “bottle” could be: the nozzle of a bottle, an uncapped sample vial, a sprayed piece of paper/tester card, etc. This grade is judging the initial smell before being sprayed on skin.

First sniff (skin) – Pretty self explainatory; this grade is judging the smell of the scent when worn on the skin.

Worn scent – Different from the first sniff’; this is the grade for the fragrance overall. This grade is indicative of the scent once it has been worn for a substantial amount of time (this grade is important, as perfumes can “turn” after being worn and the top notes fade, etc).

Staying power – This grade is in regards to how long you can expect the scent to stay with you. If a scent remains fragrant on the reviewer’s skin for quite a few hours, it will get a better grade; if a scent begins to fade after an hour or less, it will get a lower grade.

Scent as compared to note(s) – We know how it is. More often than not, you’ll read the notes in a fascinating new scent and are filled with glee as you drive to the mall to sample it. You get there, and instead of the feminine fragrance you read countless reviews on in which they referenced the overwhelming fruity notes, it smells like the cologne that your father used to wear to church when you were little. In this aspect of our report card, we grade how close the perfume comes to actually SMELLING like the notes that it lists as being contained.

Bottle – This is our only grade that has nothing to do with the actual scent of the fragrance. This one is just for fun! Sometimes the bottle can be the best (or worst) thing about a perfume. Just our thoughts on the package choice for the fragrance. There are no guidelines on how to grade; just whether we thought it was aesthetically pleasing or not.

Please also keep in mind that the Overall grade is how the reviewer feels about the perfume as a whole; it is not necessarily a combination or “average” of each of the individual grades as noted above. For example, just because a perfume earned an A for it’s “Scent as compared to note(s)” does not mean that it was an appealing scent; such a scent could still receive an overall grade of F if the reviewer so chooses.

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