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Paco Rabanne Olympea ~ perfume review

Paco Rabanne Olympéa

This is how far behind I am: Paco Rabanne has already got Olympéa Aqua on the perfume counters, and I’m just getting around to reviewing the original Olympéa. I’ve actually had the sample for a bit, but it’s mostly just sat there, waiting while I reviewed other, more likely candidates. The folks over at Paco Rabanne have done a great job of keeping the brand relevant with the youth market, but have not shown much interest, so far, with the not-youth market, which of course includes me, and partly explains why the lack of interest is pretty much mutual. I did review Black XS For Her (way back in 2007) but I skipped Lady Million altogether.

Kevin, however, gamely reviewed Invictus (ugly, he said, and I wholeheartedly concur), so here I go1 with Olympéa, the fragrance for the ‘modern day Cleopatra’. As is so often the case with these big designer launches, it took a team of big name perfumers…

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Lanvin Eclat de Fleurs ~ fragrance review


Lanvin recently launched Éclat de Fleurs, a new flanker to join the “family” of the classic Arpège and 2002’s Éclat d’Arpège. Éclat de Fleurs “conjures up the euphoria of a sunny stroll filled with flowers and joy,” and it’s a fruity floral with notes of pear, freesia, rose, jasmine sambac, white musk and sandalwood, developed by perfumers Anne Flipo and Nicolas Beaulieu.

The bottle for Éclat de Fleurs echoes Arpège’s signature ball-shaped flacon, and it’s engraved with a ribbed pattern that evokes the flower petals of the marguerite

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