Yellow Diamond

Miniature Versace bottle with yellow cut gem cap, in front of a lemon, with scattered yellow wood sorrel blooms.

Lemon candy and wildflowers, but weirdly fragile and sharp at the same time.
Gets powdery on the drydown, sweet golden pollen with a bit of musk that drifts off the skin now and again–pretty, but itchy in the throat–for three hours.

Good for summer cocktail parties.
Wear with a sundress and sinus medication that doesn’t react with alcohol.


This one is also fragile and pretty–

Dylan Turquoise

Mini sky-blue frosted amphora with gold chrome cap topped with Medusa medallion.

This gorgeous bottle opens with Red Lobster wet wipes that come with the plastic bib, and finishes with the guava shampoo at Great Clips.

Lasts a short daytime shift with stingy tips.
I’m rather sad about it–and now I want cheddar biscuits.


Here’s a marvelous Dylan cover–Bettye LaVette is raspy soul greatness, and Larry Campbell (he’s been a studio guitarist for everyone from B.B. King to The Black Crowes, and toured with Bob Dylan himself) is phenomenal.

Éclat de Rose

Tester strip of Versace bottle, spray sample and desiccated rose.

Opens with dry salty roses that are polite, but not shy. Sweet water seeps in after a half hour, with a cool wet/dry ambroxan musk, and some dusty pink incense smoke rises six inches from the skin all evening.
Lasts overnight on cotton, and leans to the floral end of unisex.

I like it.
A smart “no-nonsense” professor vibe, and a nice change from the lush, fleshy petal fruit preserves everywhere.
(Sadly, at this price our prof needs tenure at an Ivy League school.)


This celebration of Joni is my mood today–

Dylan Blue Pour Homme

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Ad peelie of a rectangular blue bottle with gold medallion. This one is still on the Test At The Store list because I really wanted to like it.

Lemon poppy-seed salad dressing.
Sweet and moist with a few random peppercorns.

Might be nice on lettuce, but I wouldn’t want to sit next to it on a trans-Atlantic flight.

More Dylan blues–an extra sweet cover by Magnet & Gemma Hayes.

Dylan Blue

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Miniature blue amphora with gold raised Medusa lid.

This one makes me feel like I’ve been to that fantastic salon I can’t really afford.

Apple shampoo and flowery conditioner at first, then gorgeous honey notes from peach and clover for an hour.
Dries down to sweet patchy detangler musk.

Not great sillage–three inches above the skin, at most–and not terribly long lasting.  Also, oddly greasy on the skin; I’m guessing it would stain a scarf.

(And always remember to tip your stylist.)

Indigo Girls tangling up some Dylan blues.


Square teal bottle with raised maze, medusa medallion and gold detailing.

Manly mint, and lemon.

Nice, but stuffy at first. This guy orders Woodford Reserve on the rocks when he really wants a Malibu and Coke with a straw loaded with fruit.

After a bit it loosens up to vanilla and vetiver, and longing glances toward the karaoke bar.

This was the biggest song in Italy in 2012, when Versace released Eros.

Bright Crystal

Bright Crystal mini bottle with pink juice, sparkling in the sun.

Tea in a European cafe.
Watery with peony and lotus flowers, yet clever, with a twist of hint of lemon. Dries down to a dark woodsy musk.

It’s very swanky. I feel I’d have to be fluent in at least three languages to be able to pull this off.
Like, this woman knows her glove size and exactly which fork to use and how to eat Norway lobster without getting butter on her blouse.

Eau Fraiche

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Herbs scattered on a magazine peelie of a blue bottle. The pine lingers longer out of the bottle, for about 2 hours.

Fresh, just out of the hotel room shower, squeaky-clean, man.

Big handsy citrus, a rub of green herbs, a switch of summer pine.

No personality whatsoever, but that isn’t what you hired him for.

Versace came out with Eau Fraiche in 2006. This song–“Stop. Forget it.”–was the hit in Italy then.