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Perfume Notes (March 2018)

It’s Friday the 13th!

My March perfume roundup took a while to compile; as you can see, I was a busy sniffer!

  1. Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs EDT
  2. Cacharel Scarlett
  3. Cacharel Yes I Am
  4. Cartier La Panthère
  5. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre
  6. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Intense
  7. Chanel Cristalle EDP
  8. Chloé Fleur de Parfum Chloé
  9. Chloé Love Story EDP
  10. Chloé Nomade
  11. Clinique Aromatics Elixir
  12. Dior Addict EDP
  13. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense
  14. Elie Saab Le Parfum in White
  15. Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau Fraîche
  16. Giorgio Armani Code Cashmere
  17. Givenchy Dahlia Divin EDP
  18. Givenchy Play for Her EDT
  19. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pera Granita
  20. Guerlain L’Instant EDP
  21. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche
  22. Jennifer Lopez Blue Glow
  23. Lanvin Eclat d’Arpège
  24. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh
  25. Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP
  26. Mugler Angel Eau Sucrée (2018)
  27. Mugler Aura
  28. Oscar de la Renta Bella Blanca
  29. Ralph Lauren Romance Rosé
  30. Ralph Lauren Tender Romance
  31. Reem Acra Reem Acra
  32. Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y
  33. Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris EDP

CACHAREL
Anaïs Anaïs EDT

Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs EDT 100 mL1978 | Roger Pellegrino, Robert Gonnon, Paul Leger, Raymond Chaillan
Top Notes: orange blossom, hyacinth
Heart Notes: rose, lily, jasmine
Base Notes: amber, sandalwood, incense

This one has been around for a long time, and while it’s never been one to which I paid much attention, I recently thought I’d resniff it. It has also recently been relaunched in EDP and EDT; I am pretty sure I tested the old version, since the bottle had the old style cap, which is as wide as the bottle itself.

Anaïs Anaïs is perfectly fine, and very 1980s-smelling. Strong, big florals, lots of powder. I don’t really have a reaction either way—I wouldn’t choose to wear it myself, but it smells fine.

I have seen this (and Cacharel Amor Amor) on the $19.99 rack at Shoppers Drug Mart, but maybe that’s just been to clear out the old bottles over the last year or two.


 

CACHAREL
Scarlett EDT

Cacharel Scarlett EDT 50 mL2009 | Honorine Blanc, Olivier Cresp, Alberto Morillas
Top Notes: citrus, tea, pear
Heart Notes: jasmine, orange blossom, honeysuckle
Base Notes: white musk, honey, sandalwood

Named for the character Scarlet O’Hara from Gone with the Wind, Scarlett is initially fairly pretty and clean-smelling, with bright citrus notes mingled with delicate white florals. It quickly turns into something musky and a little cloying—honey is often tricky for me this way.

I was quite surprised to see a tester for this older perfume at Shoppers Drug Mart recently! The adorable bottle doesn’t have anything written on it, and the box was nowhere to be found, so I had to squint at the tiny sticker on the bottom to figure out which fragrance it was.Read More »

Roberto Cavalli Paradiso eau de parfum

Happy National Fragrance Day! (2018)

Today is National Fragrance Day! I don’t know which nation this is from (probably not Canada), but I’ll celebrate it, anyway!

In honor of the day, I will round up all my Canadian drugstore perfume deals. For those who do not know, many locations of Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall drugstores have clearance perfume shelves, where they rotate perfumes priced at CA$19.99. Occasionally, Shoppers even has weekend deals for $17.77!

These perfumes are often the cheaper drugstore lines (drugstore staples and celeb scents), but occasionally one will also find discontinued smaller sizes of designer fragrances that usually go for a lot more! It’s well worth it to swing by the clearance shelf once a week.

Here are the ones I’ve picked up over the years:

Isabella Rossellini Manifesto EDT (50 mL)
ISABELLA ROSSELLINI
Manifesto EDT (50 mL)

basil, pepper, bergamot, lily, orange blossom, musk

This is a super old one in my collection! To be honest, I haven’t used it in forever; hope it hasn’t turned. But it is quite a lovely herbal green scent.


Oscar de la Renta So de la Renta EDP (30 mL)
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
So de la Renta EDP (30 mL)

kiwi, mango, watermelon, white florals, lotus, peony, musk

This remains one of my very favorite florals. It’s light and bright, youthful yet completely classy, and supremely easy to wear. My bottle is very old, so I don’t know if the certainly reformulated version out today compares. But I do love the original.

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Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL)

Oscar de la Renta — Blue Orchid EDT Review

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been spotting mysterious 100 mL bottles of Oscar de la Renta perfumes on the $19.99 shelf at various Shoppers Drug Mart locations. Googling does not help at all—especially couple of months ago—when just about nothing turned up on these scents.

I was beyond curious! The first ones I saw were Rose and Jasmine. The bottles made them look like flankers of the very wonderful Esprit d’Oscar, the brand’s younger, more modern version of their 1970s classic, Oscar.

But I did not bite.

Then, over the last week or so, I’ve been seeing more of these popping up! Midnight Amber! Blue Orchid! Tropicale! Online, there is brief chatter of Ruby Velvet and Orange Flower. Curiouser and curiouser.

And a little less curious today, because I just picked up a bottle of Blue Orchid. I hemmed and hawed between it and Tropicale, but decided to go with Blue Orchid because I didn’t think I needed more coconut/pineapple/suntan lotion-smelling perfumes. Blue Orchid sounds more mysterious, doesn’t it? And I’m always game for a blind-buy.

Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL), box

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My Top 10 Blind (Unsniffed) Perfume Buys

A few people commented on Tuesday’s post about my penchant for buying fragrances unsniffed, so I thought I’d do a roundup of the successes and failures of this habit of mine. Now, while I do tend to buy unsniffed, I do not tend to buy unresearched, so my hit-to-miss ratio is actually pretty good.

Also, I tend not to buy unsniffed if I can sample the fragrance in person, or, failing that, obtain a sample online (Lucky Scent and The Perfumed Court were my go-tos when I was doing more sample-buying). Some perfume houses also do their own samples, and I’ve gotten some that way (Ava Luxe—or at least she used to, Czech & Speake, Grossmith, Les Parfums des Rosine).

Without further ado, here are my 10 favorite fragrances that I have ever bought unsniffed:

 

Badgley Mischka edp
Badgley Mischka — Badgley Mischka. This is an intense, jammy fruit blend—really gourmand and rich. It almost reaches the point where the fruit starts to seem overripe and on the verge of fermenting. I’ve smelled some similar fragrances and hated them, but this one just works for me. It’s not for everyone, but I love it on a cold winter day. The bottle is very luxe in heavy, faceted glass. I found it a few winters back at Winners.Read More »

Montage of cheap thrills perfumes

Top 20 Cheap Thrills in Perfume

I am going to say right off the bat that I am in no way a perfumista. My nose isn’t quite so refined, and I still have trouble identifying many elements of fragrances. I simply enjoy trying out all kinds of different fragrances, and I love finding a cheap thrill that I can add to my collection. (I have that obsessive collector’s bug in me!)

With nail polish, I can appreciate most, if not all, colors. Similarly, I like many different types of fragrances, so my lists may seem a bit haphazard. However, I definitely gravitate to rose, violet, and lemon notes, as well as warm skin scents.

And so, with those disclaimers out of the way, I present my Top 20 Cheap Thrills in Perfume. I have divided the 20 into two separate lists: In Production and Discontinued (as far as I know!).

Prices given are in USD and are approximates that I found from popular online discounters like FragranceNet, FragranceX, Perfumania, and StrawberryNet. And, don’t forget TJ Maxx and Marshalls, and Winners in Canada! My personal favorite, as someone who requires shipping to Canada, is FragranceX, and I have made many purchases there.

For items that are currently unavailable online, I note the price that I paid, instead.

The lists are in alphabetical order, not order of preference.

If you’ve tried any of these, I would love to know what you think! Fragrance is impossibly subjective, and I think it’s always fun to see what others love and hate. No offense will be taken, and I always welcome recommendations!

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