I have to admit I really don't know much about buying perfumes. My grandmother used to wear something that triggers a lot of memories for me when I walk past certain cosmetic counters in the mall. My mother also used to wear a perfume called Charlie. I on the other hand, don't wear perfume. I might pick up a bottle of some body spray every few years, but that's about it. But, I know perfumes can make fantastic gifts, and I've also been starting to explore the world of beauty a little more, so my curiosity has definitely been piqued.
Perfumeland offered to send a couple of samples of their fragrances, samples of their dermashine lotion line, and products from their new cosmetic line, 525PR (comparable to MAC cosmetic products but 1/2 the price). Now, because there were so many awesome things sent, this may get a little long winded.
The first fragrance Perfumeland sent was their Blue Charm for her by Christopher Paul sold exclusively by Perfumeland. According to the product description, Blue Charm is a floral and fruity fragrance with several levels of scents combining to produce this great fragrance. Notes include granny smith apples, Sicilian cedar, bluebells, jasmine, white rose, bamboo, cedarwood, amber and musk.
I absolutely love this scent. I think though, it would almost work as a unisex fragrance. (Do those even exist?) The Blue Charm is definitely a more floral fragrance, and I personally think it smells strongly of cedar and rose more so than anything else. It's a heavier, warmer scent. Something I could picture being used on a romantic date, or in the cooler months.
In addition to the Blue Charm by Christopher Paul, Perfumeland also sent samples of their Emotions perfume line by Julian Kadosh in Red, Violet, Blue (him), and Green (him).
I was a little skeptical about the men's fragrances since my husband really only wears things by Axe or Old Spice. However, without even asking he began using them, and said he loved both the Emotions in Blue and Emotions in Green, but the Blue was definitely his favorite. I thought the Emotions in Blue was a more masculine, and more subtle fragrance compared to Emotions in Green. I can see the Green worn in the Summer months, where the Blue I think is perfect for every day wear. (The blue is also my favorite.)
Emotions in Blue:
Top Notes: Yuzu, Bergamot, Lemon, Tarragon
Mid Notes: Nutmeg, Water lily, Lily of the valley, Reseda
Base Notes: Cedar, Sandal, Vetiver, Musk
Emotions in Green:
Top Notes: Grapefruit, Coriander,
Mid Notes: Cardamom seed, Ginger, Orange Blossom
Base Notes: Cedar, Ambre, Tobacco
With the women's fragrances I definitely had a favorite. I have to admit, that the Emotions in Violet reminded me of my grandmother's makeup drawer. It smelled musty, and of aging cosmetics. However, the Emotions in Red was absolutely beautiful. It was light, floral, but still smelled a little sweet and not just like you're in a huge florist's shop. It smells how I think the color pink would smell... if it had a scent.
Emotions in Violet:
Top Notes: Granny Smith apple, Sicilian cedar, Bluebells
Mid Notes: Jasmine, White rose, Bamboo
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Amber, Musk
Emotions in Red:
Top Notes: Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Litchi, Peach
Mid Notes: Jasmine, Lily, Lily-of-
Base Notes: Vetiver, Amber, Musk
Perfumeland also has a pheromone line of products which include Trigger for Her, Trigger for Him, and Trigger massage candles for both him and her. The Trigger fragrances are still in production, but the Trigger for Him & Her gel and candles are available for purchase online.
Trigger for Him was by far my favorite male fragrance sample that Perfumeland sent. Something about it was sensual, and masculine. It kind of reminded me of Armani Sport Code (which is my favorite cologne). It just smells like... man. Like... one of S.C. Stephens' characters type hott man. Yes, I read romantic novels. Trigger for her was not my favorite. I probably won't wear it. I can smell fruity undertones, but it smelled a little too much like medicine. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Perfumeland was so beyond generous and sent full size products from their 525PR Makeup City cosmetic line. You may not have heard of this particular cosmetic line because it has only been sold directly in the Perfumeland store since 2005. However, they're gearing up to move the products online and have just launched their online catalog.
I had a couple of favorite products out of the several that were sent; La Vie En Rose Blush, Mint Mojito Lipgloss, Crush on You Eyeshadow, Falling Star Eye Glitter, and their Glitz Fix (for applying the eye glitter). I was also sent Mineral Tinted Face Primer, and Matte Eye Fix Eyeshadow Base. (The last two weren't really top of my list, but more because of personal preferences and not a flawed product.)
The Mint Mojito Lipgloss (while the mint is something I could take or leave), is a beautiful, light formula that gives your lips an extra shimmery pop of color. It has become my go-to lipstick/gloss, and is definitely a product I would purchase for myself. It's a little sticky, but no where hear as bad as several other glosses I've used. The Mint Mojito Lipgloss also wears quite well. As long as you're not eating, drinking, or constantly licking your lips, the lipgloss provides a good 2-3 hours of shine and color. I know you're not supposed to, but I used the Glitz Fix over the top of the gloss, and it seemed like it helped lengthen the staying power of the gloss.
The Crush on You Eye Shadow is a beautiful, shimmery, light weight tan/skin tone powder. It applies easily. However, for my complexion and personal preferences (I prefer darker shadows), this worked best for me as a high lighter in addition to my other shadows. Alone, it's just too light in color. I think if it was a darker brown in color I would have been in love with it. Plus, I'm a simple person and rarely combine shadows. I like to stick with one to make things easier on my makeup-inept self.
The La Vie En Rose Blush is really just stunning in color, and in overall product design. With four different colors mixed into a beautiful rose pallet. With a rich blush color, a highlighting tone, a mid tone, and a darker tan tone, they combine to make the perfect light weight blush. This is also another product I'd certainly purchase on my own.
The Falling Star Eye Glitter for me was a bit tricky. I love glitter in general, but again, I'm a pretty simple person so I had never used loose eye glitter before. I still think whoever thought of it was a sadist because every time I practiced applying it I ended up COVERED in glitter. But, this is certainly a gorgeous glitter when you want to add some pizazz to your evening wear. Combined with black eye shadow by Jordana, the glitter really makes the eyes pop. My husband kept telling me I looked like I was getting ready to go out clubbing. Which, depending on the look you're trying to achieve, isn't a bad thing. I even liked using the Falling Star Eye Glitter with a brown and purple shadow from Clinque.
The final product I was sent from Perfumeland, although it isn't a fragrance, or a cosmetic item from 525PR, was the Vanilla Donut Brightening Cream. I have to admit that I really don't have much use for this sort of product. I'm lucky that I'm only 26 without too many skin issues. However, the scent of the Vanilla Donut Brightening Cream is to die for. It smells just like a vanilla doughnut that you get to smear all over yourself without someone thinking you have a mental disorder. Think about it. If you saw someone bathing themselves in doughnuts you'd be a little worried, and probably try to herd your children away from said person as quickly as possible.
The Vanilla Donut Brightening Cream is meant to be used twice a day on dark or discolored areas including under arms, nipples, face, and hands. The neat thing about this product, is that it isn't just for women. Do you hear that men? You could smell like a vanilla doughnut too while improving the coloration of your skin! Pair the Vanilla Donut Brightening Cream with the Trigger for Him and my guess is women will be falling all over you. (*wink*)
*I received the above mentioned products and samples free of charge from Perfumeland in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.