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Paco Rabanne Invictus ~ fragrance review

Paco Rabanne Invictus advert

I always believe, and preach, that it’s unfair to review a perfume unless you wear it…in decent quantity. You can’t judge a perfume from a scent strip, spraying it on paper, or dabbing a drop or two (Pilgrim-like) on your wrists. When I test a fragrance, I spray it liberally on my chest and arms. So: I hereby admit I’m reviewing the new Paco Rabanne Invictus1 based only on a couple of sprays aimed at the back of one hand (where I can “easily” scrub it away as soon as I’m convinced it has delivered its full “personality”). The thought of dousing myself with Invictus is repellant!

Invictus is an ugly perfume…

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Parfums de Nicolai Eau sOleil, Yves Rocher Neroli ~ fragrance reviews

Summer is winding down, but it’s never too late to find your perfect neroli, right? Here are two reasonably priced options, both released earlier this year, or as always, name your own favorite in the comments.

Parfums de Nicolaï Eau sOleil

Parfums de Nicolai Eau sOleil

My high hopes for Eau sOleil stemmed not just from the fact that I love the Parfums de Nicolaï brand, but also from the amazing number of my summer favorites they’ve made, from Balle de Match to Eau d’Été to Eau Exotique to L’Eau à la Folie to Vie de Chateau. This is a brand that knows how to do light and refreshing without dumbing down. Add to that Eau sOleil’s focus on neroli — it was said to be “almost pure neroli” — and I’m on board…

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