The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


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Régime des Fleurs – Tears

WHAT I SMELL:  Tears opens with pink pepper and warmed orris and a light buzzing neroli and olibanum.  It feels like it’s wrapped up in a opaque greenish gauze that seems to wrap around ones self as a whole.  As the perfume continues to develop, the lightest of lilac appears within the gauze and it’s encompassed within the faintest of incense.  So in other words, the perfume is layered with the flowers in the center, followed by the gauze and then surrounded by the incense.  And to me, it’s heavenly.  After a bit more, what smells to me like sandalwood (though not listed within the official notes) begins to rest under the layers.   As such, it brings perfume to the ground and provides a beautiful aura of earthiness.  After quite some time, the lilac and rose break out and the perfume begins to powder and become lightly sweet.  This was unexpected as the perfume was really beginning to settle down.  But the breakout of the florals is pure joy.  After some more time, Tears once again settles quietly, but the florals remain as the centerpiece of this rather ethereal perfume.

From the Régime des Fleurs website:

Beauty moves the soul to tears

Lilacs, orris, olibanum, frankincense, fleur d’oranger, green cognac oil, rosewater, pink pepper, mandarin oil, ambergris

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Content kitty.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE TEARS:  soft, delightful, harmonious

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TEARS:  No written reviews found.

BOTTOM LINE:  Tears is a beautiful perfume that quietly wraps the wearer in a forcefield of comfort.  It’s a perfume that is for the wearer as it doesn’t project, but instead leaves a whisper of a trail behind it.  If I have one complaint, it’s that it disappears a little too quickly.  But that’s ok since it leaves a wonderful and lasting impression.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral Woody Musk
  • Nose:  Mathieu Nardin
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $225 for 75ml eau de parfum


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New Release: Victoria by Frassaï

WHAT I SMELL:  Victoria opens with a sparkling and warmed pettigrain which is quickly met with a bubblegummed pink lychee that becomes a bit chewy with the addition of a rich and rounded tuberose.  The perfume radiates wonderfully in this semi-sweet fashion with the thickened and creamy tuberose at the forefront along with a soft rose which helps to even out any of the strong facets associated with tuberose.  After some time, the perfume begins to quiet and the florals seem to float above your skin.  Underneath, there’s a slight projection that smells rather like cocoa, but only in the faintest of ways.  The perfume continues to slowly soften with a quiet and seemingly powdered oud settling underneath the creamy florals adding for a lightly earthy dimension.  What I really love about Victoria is that it’s rather tropical in nature without succumbing to being loud or garish and it wears wonderfully smooth without any sharp edges.  Victoria is a beauty that is secure in its femininity without having to overcompensate on being girlish.


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Chanel Jersey

WHAT I SMELL:  Jersey’s opening consists of a soft, cottony lipstick tinged lavender that is soon met with a warmed, lightly brown sugared and caramelized vanilla.  The vanilla isn’t heavy nor overly sweet, and as such it’s the perfect companion for the powdery lavender that resides on top of it.  At this juncture, Jersey feels as if it’s made from cotton which has been milled and then folded into a bottle.  As the perfume continues to develop, the lavender and vanilla begin to add a bit of cream that softens the perfume and turns it from the muslin towards a lightly sweet lotion.  And basically that’s it; Jersey is a simple…no make that…Jersey is a simply beautiful perfume.

From the Chanel website:

The Roaring Twenties. In this era of jazz and folly, Mademoiselle Chanel dressed women in sailor sweaters made of jersey, creating clothing in which to laugh and dance with effortless elegance.

Composed by Jacques Polge—Creator of CHANEL Fragrance from 1978 to 2014—JERSEY reveals the feminine treasures of lavender by combining it with bourbon vanilla in a creamy accord heightened by notes of white musk. A scent of life and joy.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Dreamy lavendered cottoned clouds.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE JERSEYuncomplicated, delightful, happy

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT JERSEY:  The reviews I found were for the eau de toilette version that was discontinued in 2016 to make way for the new line of eau de parfums in the Les Exclusifs line.  As there may be significant differences, I have not included any of them here.  The only eau de parfum review I found is from Viora London.

BOTTOM LINE:  Funny, I wrote the following about 31 Rue Cambon just weeks ago and I have to say that it also applies perfectly to Jersey:  Once again, Chanel does it with a perfume that is clean, easy to wear, and anything but boring.  Jersey is an uncomplicated perfume that rises to the occasion when you don’t want to fuss about what you’re going to wear.  And it does so beautifully.

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral Woody Musk
  • Nose:  Jacques Polge
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $200 for 2.5 oz. eau de parfum