Hey, I’m squeezing in my April perfume notes just in time for Mother’s Day (May 13, 2018)!
Spring is in the air, and while my list contains a fair few carryovers from the winter, there are also many romantic, warm weather-friendly scents, as well. If you haven’t bought your mom (or yourself!) a gift, yet, I hope these mini reviews will give you some ideas.
Alaïa Alaïa Blanche
Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage
Annick Goutal Rose Absolue
Annick Goutal Rose Pompon
Annick Goutal Songes EDT & EDP
Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise
Atelier Flou Sloane Rose
Calvin Klein Eternity Air
Chanel Les Exclusifs: Coromandel EDP
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Fig
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Nectar de Parfum
Jennifer Aniston Near Dusk
Maison Margiela Replica: Lipstick On
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDT
Nina Ricci Les Monstres: Luna & Nina
Ormonde Jayne Ta’if
Paco Rabanne Olympéa Aqua EDP Légère
Serge Lutens Fleurs d’Oranger
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire: Orchidée Vanille
Vera Wang Embrace: Marigold & Gardenia (yellow florals, melon)
Vera Wang Embrace: Rose Buds & Vanilla
Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris EDT
I also tested all of the scents in the Berdoues sampler I got from Sephora, but I’ll write a separate blog post for those!
2015 | Marie Salamagne
Top Notes: airy notes, pink pepper
Heart Notes: freesia, peony
Base Notes: animalic notes, musk
I wanted very much to love the eponymous first fragrance from designer Alaïa, especially since the bottle is so beautiful, but it didn’t move me. It is deep and a bit dark, but also a little too cloying. I wouldn’t mind trying it again for a better grasp of it, but my initial impression is not very favorable. I don’t love any of the notes in it, so I suppose it is not a surprise that I didn’t fall for it.
The stunning bottle design echoes Alaïa’s gorgeous, laser cut handbags:
I already own a few of the Britney Spears Fantasy perfumes, and thought it might be nice to add another when I saw Hidden Fantasy at Rexall for C$19.99. Amazingly, they had a tester out! The first blast is cherry-vanilla root beer, with a bit of fizz. Yummy, right? But the drydown comes quickly, and it becomes a somewhat generic, vanillic powdery floral. The scent doesn’t have much longevity.
I don’t expect that much from an inexpensive celebrity scent, but I found Hidden Fantasy to be more disappointing than the others I have. I won’t be adding it to my set.Read More »
I have a lot of points accumulated, and decided I don’t want to hang on to too many at once (should Loblaw decide to change the Optimum Points system). I redeemed twice for $200! Whee! Optimum Points get racked up a lot faster if you load the personalized coupons every week.
Here’s my haul. I was good and didn’t get any lipstick! But I did get nail polish (of course), eyeshadow, lipgloss (doesn’t count!), and foundation. I only had to pay the excess beyond $200 ($1 on the first order, $2 on the second!) and 13% HST (sales tax) on the full amounts—and of course I redeemed 2 x 95k Optimum Points. I also received a bonus 10k points for spending $100 on Clinique skincare. I think it’s nice that they let you get the bonuses even when you’re just redeeming points and not “really” spending money.
Ava Luxe is an independent American perfumer who makes some utterly luscious scents. I haven’t ordered from her in several years (alas, high shipping costs to Canada), but some of her older scents remain amongst my favorites. Sunday Girl is unusually sweet for me, but I adore it. It’s a musky, fruity-floral heavy on pomegranate and rose. If I ever run out of this, I’ll have to repurchase immediately.