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 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.