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Versace Eros Pour Femme ~ perfume review

Versace Eros Pour Femme, fragrance packaging

The short version: Don’t bother.1

The long version:

“The customer who wants something Versace,” she says, “wants what Versace stands for.” — Donatella Versace2

Anyone who participates in the damage polls here knows that Donatella Versace has a thing for perfume. Of course, she’s also a businesswoman. The modern Versace fragrance line emphasizes the “business” part more than the “thing for perfume” part, which might explain why so few perfumistas want something Versace. I did think Versense was pretty good, and I still have some fondness for The Dreamer, but the rest of the line is a generic blur to me. Is there a Versace fragrance you love? Do comment…

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Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium ~ fragrance review

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

I’m tempted to make this the shortest review ever and simply write, “Interested in Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium? Go buy Chanel Coco Noir or Tom Ford Black Orchid instead.” Black Opium’s vibe is the same as these fragrances, except less sophisticated. Its fruit is similar to Coco Noir’s, except sweeter. Its earthiness hints at Black Orchid’s truffled hazelnut, except muddier. That about wraps it up.

However, I have post to fill. To help you get through it, I’ve bracketed entertaining trivia here and there…

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