Nahhh... I don't think I'll buy this again. It was a last minute splurge at Pharmaprix. Initially, it smells kinda sweet, but fades QUICKLY. Mehhh... not worth the $42.
I got this in the Crescent Row sampler and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the scent as well as the packaging. Typically, I'm not one to be fond of sweet scents, so I was banking on "Laugh With Me LeeLee" being my favorite out of the collection--wrong! "So Hooked on Carmella" is absolutely divine and the packaging is cute and classy all at once. The only thing I have to complain about is the longevity of the scent; it only lingers for a couple of hours, but reapplying is no big deal, seeing as you don't need very much. I would recommend buying all of the eau de toilettes together in the Crescent Row sampler to save money and find which scent suits you the best. Everyone has different preferences and skin, after all. The description BeneFit provides for "So hooked on Carmella" suits it wonderfully:
"When it comes to Carmella, don't ask and don't tell. A light touch has admirers under her spell. Her sweet sensuality, no one would guess--so exquisite, enticing. . .an intimate caress. So Hooked on Carmella is a floral vanilla that's exquisitely feminine. Discover the scent that strikes a chord, and then come back to collect the others! Notes: Lemon, Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Cyclamen, Peony, Tiare Flower, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber."
Wow. If this were a drink it'd be my favourite drink. As it turns out, it's a fragrance and what a fragrance it is! So gorgeous. It smells of coconut to me and of tropical fruit and the beach. I could go on and on. It's not sweet, it's just very fruity. I'm usually attracted to very rose-based, classic perfumes but a friend of mine recommended this to me and I couldn't believe my nostrils when I sprayed it on me in the shop. The bottle is lovely as well. This perfume is an invitation in itself, light, yet the amber gives it some ground and the vanilla is not cheap. I'm head over heels in love with it and will repurchase it for as long as it's available.
This is a nice, light fragrance. I'm pregnant, so the fact that it's on the lighter side is good for me. However, if you're looking for a strong or heavy perfume, this ain't it. It's a sweet (but not too sweet) mix of vanilla and citrus. Very nice and non-offensive. Very cheerful - makes me happy to sniff it during the day. One lippie off because I wished it lasted longer. I like the box it comes in - too cute!
White musky sugary vanilla with wood notes. Cloying and over sweet. Had to scrub, though when it first hit my skin it was nice. Dried down sooooo not. I do love these bottles.
From the second I rubbed a magazine sample on my wrists, I was so hooked! I felt like a kid who had to have her candy! Love this fragrance! Love the packaging! It's now one of my very favorite scents! mmm....
I love this product for the winter! I received the Benefit fragrance trio from Sephora as a sampler, and this was the only one I really liked. Upon first spray I absolutely hate this smell. It is an overly oddly floral scent with the weirdest warm carmel undertones. These scents do not go at all making a sort of overpowering odd smell. But then, wait a few minutes for the scent to mingle with my body chemistry and soak into my skin and the magic happens. The floral notes float away, leaving me with a lovely warm caramel scent. It is not too sweet, as I found with warm vanilla sugar from Aqualina, I think the lingering floral notes keep it in check. I find it does fade as the day goes on, but the hint of scent lingers, which is wonderful.
Overall, if you found Aqualina's Pink Sugar perfume overwhelming and are looking for a winter/fall scent this might be a good fit!
The packaging is freaking adorable! I loved the free sample I received, so I bought a full sized bottle of it. The more I wear it I can't stand it. The first spray is very powerful, it almost chokes you. Eventually it gets lighter and totally disappears. Notes: Lemon, Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Cyclamen, Peony, Tiare Flower, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber. It kind of reminds me of room spray. When I first wore it for my boyfriend he loved it and then he grew to dislike it just like me. I was happy about that, I was sick of wearing it for about a week straight. I give it a chance every once in awhile, it's like I am determined to like it and not surprised to be disappointed.
Just got this at Sephora. I really like it for a sweet scent. An unusual and yummy smelling vanilla/caramel. When I first smelled it I thought it smelled a lot like a big sweet gooey ice cream cone!!!
***Upping this to 5 lippies. I just love it and right now, it's my favorite from my 'sweet' family.
This smells exactly like Sally Hansen's Airbrush Sun, and for me, smelling like self-tanner (without getting a self-tan glow) is not a good thing. I normally love citrus and/or vanilla scents, but this just didn't work for me; when I tried it on at the store it immediately smelled like either self-tanner or a cheap aerosol body spray you'd find in a discount bin somewhere. The friend I was shopping with agreed & had to roll down all the windows in the car when we drove home.