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 know I have been AWOL for a while, now—among other things, I have been hard at work on the nail polish database—a brand spanking new version is coming, with the ability to track your own collection. (‘Cause I personally really, really need to do that!)
For now, I can only offer up this rather long list of perfume notes that I have compiled over the month of January. As you can see, I’ve been doing a lot of huffing. This comes just in time for Valentine’s Day, which is tomorrow, in case you need some gift ideas for a lovely lady in your life!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! 💝
The full list for January:
adidas Born Original for Her
Ariana Grande Ari
Bvlgari Splendida Iris d’Or
Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women
Calvin Klein Reveal
Chanel Allure (EDT)
Chanel Allure (EDP)
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (EDP)
Dior Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming
Dior Hypnotic Poison
Dior Pure Poison
Escada Sorbetto Rosso
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge
Etat Libre d’Orange Jasmin et Cigarette
Etat Libre d’Orange Putain de Palaces
Giorgio Armani Sí
Givenchy Ange ou Démon
Guerlain Mon Guerlain
Jason Wu Jason Wu
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum
Lacoste Eau de Lacoste
Lancôme La Nuit Trésor EDP
Prada La Femme Intense
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
Paco Rabanne Olympéa
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Misteriosa
Sofía Vergara Love (Fragrance Mist)
Sofía Vergara Sofía (Fragrance Mist)
Mugler Angel (EDP)
Vera Wang Princess of Hearts
Vera Wang Princess Noir
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche
I also got minor sniffs of these on cards, so I won’t talk about them today. Several are scents I had tried once and forgotten—I’ll have to revisit some of them on skin!
Chanel Cristalle (EDT?)
Dior J’Adore Eau Lumière (EDT)
[Quick edit note: I had to fix quite a lot of things in this post; WordPress appeared to have not saved some of the bits I wrote, so certain entries were just incorrect. I think I’ve fixed everything, now! (Feb 13, 2018 at 11:55 PM)]
One of the things I love best about drugstores in Canada is the fragrance sale shelf, where amazing deals can often be found—perfect for holiday giftgiving!
I’m not sure whether it was started by Shoppers Drug Mart, where there’s typically a $19.99 sale shelf, but Rexall definitely has this sale shelf now, too. They actually do two tiers of prices, at $19.99 and $29.99, though I generally still find perfumes I’m more interested in at Shoppers. Granted, I have more Shoppers locations in my repertoire.
Over the last week, I’ve hit up several of my usual locations in downtown Toronto and snapped shots of their perfume sale shelves. I think if you check out the shelves throughout the year, you’ll find better deals than they have right now, but it’s not too shabby in this holiday shopping season.
My personal picks from the Shoppers shelves (sorry, I’m not too well versed in the guys’ selection):Read More »
After the disappointment that was Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid, I felt like I wanted a pick-me-up, and I usually like my birthday/Christmas money to go to perfume.
I was craving a rice pudding scent, and the fragrant folks over at the Fragrantica boards reminded me that Diesel Loverdose Tattoo EDP was a perfect choice for that scent. I had actually tested—and loved!—Loverdose Tattoo when it first came out, and somehow I had forgotten all about it. I think I may have been waiting in vain for it to show up on Shoppers Drug Mart’s clearance shelves. But after snagging both Loverdose and Loverdose Red Kiss 30 mL bottles for $19.99 a pop, I guess my luck has run out.
I had one of those big bonus Optimum Points offers (18,500 points for a $100 spend) loaded onto my Shoppers Optimum card, so I picked up Loverdose Tattoo EDP in the 50 mL bottle and added some grocery items (COFFEE) and small holiday gifts (CANDY) to reach $100. Not a bad deal at all, though I’m sad to report that the cosmetician didn’t give me any free beauty samples! It’s so random. Once I spent less than $5 on nail polish, and a different cosmetician gave me a nice skincare sample. This time I got a $67 perfume and nada. Should I be pushy and ask next time?
If I’d ordered via beautyBOUTIQUE online, I’d have gotten a free deluxe sample Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick and three additional free samples, plus had the opportunity to use Ebates. I’m not sure the Bonus Optimum points would have counted, though—it might have just been an in-store offer.
By the way, if you’re wondering, my favorite online grey market perfume reseller, FragranceX, also had Loverdose Tattoo. The 75 mL was the only size available, and it was priced the same as the 50 mL I got. I’m not fussed about the extra 25 mL, since it takes me forever to use up perfume. 50 mL is plenty for me. The only real advantages would have been no tax and the 10% discount I get with my loyalty points, though I would have had to add another small item to my order to get free shipping. I think the Optimum Points work out better, and, I get instant gratification buying it from the drugstore down the street.
Anyway, here’s the rundown on my latest perfume acquisition, and notes on several other perfumes I’ve tried in-store over the last week.