I’m really picky when it comes to fragrances. Not so much body lotions and mists, but every time I’m at a department store and I test out fragrances, I always leave empty handed, with a headache, smelling like I rolled around in old potpourri. I rarely receive a fragrance sample I like, or find a good scent in a magazine.
I’m not really a pro at reading the descriptions for fragrances, and I’m not familiar with all of the different notes- “soft, sensual silk with a twist of shimmering goldenrod, embracing and captivating blah, blah, blah”. Plain English please?
Haha, with time though, I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.
Anyway, I haven’t owned many perfumes throughout the years. I alternate between Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche and Versace Bright Crystal. My kind of fragrance is something that’s a little fruity, slightly floral and fresh/clean. I also kinda like amber, and a little musk never killed anyone, right? I said a little, by the way.
I don’t like vanilla – and by don’t like, I mean I can’t stand it. I don’t like anything sweet (unless I’m eating it). Examples: Cupcakes, Chocolate, Cookie, Sprinkles, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Cotton Candy. I despise it all in a fragrance, air freshener, candle, etc. Too synthetic to me. I also don’t like anything too powdery – I don’t like the smell of baby powder, and high woody/tobacco notes actually make me feel nauseous.
So, you can imagine how flabbergasted I was, when I liked all of my recent samples!
Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette
The first time I smelled this perfume was a few years ago from a friend that worked at Sephora. Apparently, it was one of their top rated/best sellers at the time. It wasn’t much my taste, but seeing the good reviews, I decided to give it a second chance. It’s quite strong and very musky at first, but once the musk softens up, it’s a beautiful fragrance that I absolutely love smelling on myself all day long. It’s very warm, with a spicy and sweet musk that is slightly powdery. It has a touch of floral and fruit that emerges a couple hours later. Even though it contains notes I’m not that keen on (ehem, vanilla), it’s perfectly balanced. It’s a very classy and luxurious/expensive scent, and reminds me a little bit of classic Chanel.
Notes: Honey Flower, Solar Musk, Orange Blossom, Osmanthus, Amberlyn, Vanilla, Tactile Musk, Tactile Woods, Vetiver.
Givenchy Play For Her Eau de Parfum
This type of fragrance reminds me a bit of my Mom when I was young. She wore Nicole Miller and Privelege and whenever she walked past me after her morning bath, I always smelled the honey floral. Play for Her is a very soft, sensual and feminine fragrance that smells a bit like sweet honey, carnations and a slight powdery wood – possibly a hint of Amber? Although it’s not listed in the notes. Maybe bitter orange? A very playful scent that I think anyone can enjoy.
Notes: Bergamot, Sweet Pea, Amyris Wood, Tiare Flower, Sandalwood, Musk.
I really like this one. It’s a little step up from the highschool Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea & Victoria’s Secret Lovespell, it’s something a little more mature. By mature, I’m not talking about your grandmother. Mature like a sophisticated business woman in her mid to late 30’s wearing her Dolce & Gabbana skirt suit and stilettos. It’s warm, sexy, very feminine and never overpowering. I can’t put my finger on the notes, but I do smell the hint of amber which I really enjoy.
Notes: Mandarin, Pink Pepper, Peach, Lilac, Geranium, Ambery Notes, Patchouli.
Issey Miyake Florale Eau de Toilette
It smells a little like alcohol at first, but once it settles on your skin, it’s a clean, fresh, slightly bitter/tart fruit scent. It’s like a field of tropical flowers after the morning rain. In some ways, it reminds me of Clinique Happy, but a little less citrus with hints of floral. Perfect for the Spring/Summer.
Notes: Mandarin, Lily, Rose, Musk, White Wood.
DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau de Parfum
I’m not a fan of any of the DKNY Be Delicious perfumes, but I love this one! It’s a very young fragrance – something I could have seen myself wearing in high school. Or the pretty 23 year old student teacher that all of the boys were crushing over. It has the sweetness of fresh, fruity citrus, fresh flowers and cool waters – a little rose, but not obnoxious rose. It’s a good balance between the two. It’s not overly citrus or overly floral.
Notes: Grapefruit, Cassis, Apricot, Muguet, Rose, Jasmine, Apple, Blond Woods, Smooth Skin Accord.
* I apologize if any of my descriptions sound inaccurate, describing a fragrance isn’t easy for a newbie!
Rocky had to get in on the act. He was barking at me and scratching my back the whole time I was writing this post.