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Romano Ricci, the self-described offbeat dandy of the perfume world, only used one element—Cetalox—to create this minimalist perfume. Even if you've never heard of it, you've undoubtedly picked up its scent. Used as a back note in thousands of fragrances, Cetalox (a synthetic substitute for grey amber) takes center stage in Not a Perfume. The result is elegant, pure, spicy, and completely allergen-free.
I was looking forward to this based on the product description but it's pretty awful. It smells rather old lady ish. And very expensive in full size. No thanks!1
Do not like perfume samples! I always choose the same kind of notes when choosing a perfume. This one does not contain any of them. As my daughter put it, it smells like old lady!1
While the site says it's "elegant, pure, spicy, and completely allergen-free," all I thought was "musty old lady." I spritzed it on my wrists and chest and within two minutes, tried washing it off. While I diminished it significantly, I tried layering Tokyomilk's Arsenic over it to mask it somehow. Five hours after first applying, it finally hit the "eh, all right" stage.1
Smells terrible. Kind of like something that is musky and floral but has gone bad, or maybe like a bottled funeral home. This was in my third birchbox and I've now had two perfume samples when I'm supposed to receive no more than 6 a year. I hope the fact that they call this 'not a perfume' does not mean it won't count towards that number. I hate perfume, I do not use it, please stop sending it to me!1
I'm admittedly not a perfume fan, but I really, really disliked this. It's spicy and perfumy in a stereotypical way. I tried to wash it off but it's stuck to me. Yuck!1
I wouldn't want to wear it or be near someone wearing it. It was a cross between old-lady like and cheap. I typically like a light natural scent. This wasn't it.1
I hate getting perfumes in my Birchbox, but realize there is nothing I can do about it. I try to be as objective as I can when I review the perfumes they send me. This perfume smells like something my grandma wore in the late 80s. It smells like something derived from a chemical made in a lab. Nothing natural smelling about it and it is giving me a headache. Bleck.1
My family and I did not enjoy this scent. My teen daughter told me it smelled like something a much older lady would wear and my spouse asked me to wash it off.1
When I selected my preferences for birch box I said I would prefer very few perfumes. This particular one was described as being not a perfume and using the ingredient that is normally the undertone in most perfumes. Well, that undertone must be the reason I dislike perfumes, because this scent is just so overpowering and gives me an instant headache and nausea. I would definitely not recommend to anyone sensitive to scents.1
This smells like an old lady. In fact, no one would even take it from me. None of my friends or co-workers would even take it from me. I ended up throwing it away.1