Since I tragically can't seem to find Guerlain's Pamplelune in Sephora anymore (I'm pretty sure it was kaberett
who pointed me in that direction? if so, thanks!!), I've been playing a little bit with related citrus-y smells.
♣ Limon Verde (Guerlain): DELICIOUS LIMEY CAIPIRINHA!!, but more so in the bottle than on me (the herby bits come up a bit stronger on my skin). Basically, HOORAY. I still prefer grapefruit over lime/lemon/orange smells, but this one is fantastic.
♣ Mandarine Basilic (Guerlain): Orange, but a bit sweet for my liking. This is also a bit herby on me. Not bad, but I'm not the biggest fan either.
♣ Herba Fresca (Guerlain): The only non-citrus thing I tried, mostly because it was in the same line. Herby/grassy in a nice, light sort of way, but not something I'm super excited about.
♣ Cleopatra (Tocca): Really, really nice, grapefruit-y but with added sweet-ish/spicy layers. The mix is quite a bit richer than Pamplelune (which I love for its simple, perfect capture of cutting into a fresh grapefruit), but in a way I can appreciate. Definitely keeping this sample.
♣ Orange Sanguine (Atelier Cologne): A much better orange, imo! This one is also sweet, but in a fresher way than Mandarine Basilic. It also has a bit of a spicy undertone on my skin that smells not-quite-but-almost-like nutmeg? Also a sample I'm keeping.