Viktor & Rolf, Magic perfume collection

Happy International Fragrance Day!

It’s been a long time since I last posted, but I didn’t want to pass on International Fragrance Day, because fragrance is what I have been utterly infatuated with over the last year!

Our family only just returned from a mini-vacation in Montréal (well, a holiday with a two year-old and a four year-old is not really a holiday, is it?!) and of course I did pick up a new perfume. Gotta love the $19.99 perfume shelves at Shoppers Drug Marts—Pharmaprix in Québec—and Rexalls!

Today, I’m going to do a very quick ‘n’ dirty roundup of my 10 new favorite perfumes, and 10 favorite new blind buys that I’m most excited to try out.

My 10 New Favorite Fragrances

fivezero's top 10 favorite recently-acquired fragrances, March 2019

1
Ariana Grande
— Cloud
whipped cream, praline, coconut, lavender, pear, musk

2
Avon
— Velvet
rose, fig, patchouli

3
Burberry
— Weekend for Women
peach, purple flowers, mandarin, musk

4
Kenneth Cole
— Kenneth Cole for Her
lily-of-the-valley, ambrette, carrot seed, peony, musk

5
LUSH
— Rose Jam Body Spray
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Perfume Notes (October 2018)

Instead of doing a perfume roundup this month for the scents I’ve tested, I thought I’d do a little organization, instead. While I have been rather disappointed by a great number of the new releases I’ve tried, there are still plenty of scents I missed out on over the years, and for which I am now pining. Here’s my current wishlist, divvied up into several different categories.

Top 10: Definite Wishlist

fivezero's Top 10: Definite Wishlist perfumes

Annick Goutal — Rose Absolue

1984 | May rose, Turkish rose, Bulgarian rose, Damascus rose, Egyptian rose, Moroccan rose

I’m a rose lover, and this is one of the ultimates. Rose, rose, and even more rose.

Annick Goutal — Rose Pompon EDP

2018
Bulgarian rose, Taïf rose, peony, blackcurrant, raspberry, pink pepper, cedar, patchouli, white musk

Fruity rose with a some sophistication about it…and actually I just bought it. Hudson’s Bay is having a 10% off any $75+ beauty order this weekend, so I took advantage and it will be part of my upcoming birthday gift! (It’s quite different from the EDT, by the way. Test both. I didn’t like the EDT, as I found it a bit sharp and overly sweet.)

Annick Goutal — Vanille Exquise

2004 | Isabelle Doyen, Camille Goutal
vanilla sur-absolute from the Marquisas Islands, angelica, almond, benzoin, gaiac wood, white musk

A divinely dry, complicated vanilla.

Berdoues — Vânira Moorea

2016 | Alexandra Monet
Tahitian vanilla, orange, petitgrain

This is a unique vanilla in that it’s not all sweet and warm and fluffy. It’s a crisp, green vanilla. Weird vanilla, and I’m fascinated by it.

Britney Spears — Fantasy Intimate

2015
lychee, violet leaf, lemon, ozone, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine, brown sugar, genet, vanilla, heliotrope, benzoin, white musk

So easy to love, and in a pretty bottle, as well. The longevity on me is superior to that of most other Britney scents I’ve tried. I still love Private Show the best, but that doesn’t last well on my skin.

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fivezero's Luckyscent fragrance/perfume sample haulage (September 2018)

Mini Haulage! Lucky Scent Fragrance Samples (2018)

Happy Friday, everybody! I have been AWOL from the land of nail polish for many months, and my renewed obsession with perfume has taken over.

I had been on a bit of a perfume hiatus for about three years, from 2014 to late last year, mainly because I was having kids and wasn’t fussed with scented things at all for that period. Now that the kids are both bigger tots, I’ve revived my interest in perfume.

The kids are loving it, as well. They enjoy testing a scent on their shirtsleeves while I’m browsing the testers in-store; Peanut (who’s now 4 and in kindergarten!) always picks an interesting-looking bottle and claims that it smells the way it looks. So something like Versace Dylan Blue “smells like blueberries!” (No, it doesn’t!) But, by default, everything smells like “Strawberries!” or “Potato juice!” I don’t understand that last one, either. Olive, who is now 2, does a little dab to mimic me sniffing my wrists, even though she’s not wearing any scent.

So, I’ve spent the last nine months or so catching up on all the new department store releases I’ve been able to get my hands on.

I found many new loves in both the designer realm (Love by Chloé, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum, Lanvin Me), among the drugstore offerings (Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu, Jessica Simpson Fancy, Britney Spears Private Show), and in that space between (MAC Créme d’Nude and Velvet Teddy, Aramis Calligraphy Rose). I’ve even discovered a few beauties from decades past (Chanel Cristalle EDP, Chloé Narcisse, Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds & Rubies).

Niche-land, however, is where I’ve yet to explore further. I’ve dabbled a bit (Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu, Berdoues Assam of India), but there’s a massive world of niche out there that seems exponentially larger now than it was when I last visited it.

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Nina Ricci Les Monstres Nina & Luna perfumes, 2018 limited edition

Perfume Notes: Mother’s Day Edition (April 2018)

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
  • 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
  • Dior J’Adore
  • 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!


ALAÏA
Alaïa

Alaïa EDP 100 mL2015 | 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:

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fivezero's perfume tray, May 2018

Perfume Diary: May 2018

The idea of a perfume tray is one that I’ve partially subscribed to over the years, but recently, I haven’t really kept one. The fact remains that light (and heat) will ruin perfume, so I almost always prefer keeping perfumes in their original boxes. It makes it easier to organize them and move them, as well.

The main drawbacks of this, of course, are that I don’t get to enjoy the bottle designs and that it makes it annoying to actually use my perfume! Having to remove a perfume from its box and then replace it every time I want a spritz gets tiresome.

Elizabeth Taylor at her dressing table
Elizabeth Taylor at her dressing table (1948).
Image: elle.com

If you have a minimalist’s perfume wardrobe, then it’s a simple thing to display perfumes on your vanity, even by a window—you’ll likely go through the perfume fast enough that light and heat degradation aren’t a problem. My perfume collection is a larger one, so this doesn’t work well for me. I honestly do not recall the last time I finished a bottle of perfume! (Well, it was probably when I dropped a bottle of Clinique Happy about sixteen or seventeen years ago… Does it count if I gave bottles away?)

white perfume tray
Image: inrichting-huis.com

But I did use to keep a perfume tray out for the sake of convenience, and it displayed some of my most-worn scents. Sadly, after several years of sitting in indirect sunlight, the top notes have turned in my bottles of Burberry Brit EDT, Tracy by Ellen Tracy, Clinique Happy, and Calvin Klein Truth—at least the scents are fine once I get past the first couple of minutes of soured top notes. Britney Spears Fantasy fared well, but I think it’s because the bottle is semi-opaque. (You can tell I wasn’t keen on using more expensive or discontinued scents as guinea pigs!) Overall, my first attempt at a perfume tray didn’t work as well as I would have liked.Read More »