I cannot believe others like TM Angel get such raves (I personally cannot stand Angel) and this one is like a hidden little jewel. Literally. The bottle caught my eye all lonely on a bottom shelf at Ulta and I was blown away by the yumminess of this amazingly complex scent. It's everything in one perfume. Sweet but not sickly, fruity but not too "young", a little spice and deliciously warm drydown. I don't know where this perfume has been! I came home and couldn't stop smelling my wrist. It's so delicious and I just bought it on FragranceNet. The bottle alone is worth keeping but what's inside will pleasantly surprise you. It's a gorgeous scent. Of course, it all depends on your body chemistry but I am personally in love with this one. Exactly what I was looking for!
I was really hoping I would like this scent. On paper, it seemed to have everything I wanted- “Calabrese Lemon, Cipirinha Lime, Red Toffee Apple, Vanilla Infusion, Moonflower, Peony Petals, Apple Tree Wood, Cotton Musk” according to the Sephora website. But it just didn’t work out on me! The first 15-20 minutes were magic, filled with bright, fresh fruits with a tiny bit of muskiness to deepen the scent. After that…. Rotten, fermented apples. I think it must be the cotton musk, coming forth and dominating the fragrance and smelling just OFF with my skin chemistry. Eventually in the late dry down things calm down and everything feels balanced again, but I’m not willing to smell like past due apple cider for an hour to get to that point again. A no buy for me, despite the amazingly cute bottle!
I just received my shipment from Sephora after getting click-happy (birthday presents to self...cheers to Sephora for brilliant marketing strategies, haha), and I had ordered the rollerball because this maximizes variety and minimizes spending. (I am a PERFUME JUNKY). The rollerball is great, cheap at $20 and will probably last me at least a few months. The downside, of course, is that you don't get as much power as in a spray, but then again it's pretty tacky to REEK of perfume, no matter how light and delicious it is.
I first smelled Nina on my friend whose idea of a perfume library is picking up Victoria's Secret body splashes when they're on sale. It smelled great, and after she showed me the adorable bottle, I was intrigued. Because the scent is sweet but not crazy unique or particularly sophisticated, I had put it on the backburner for a few months. I also didn't feel like shelling out the cash for a full bottle when Sephora kept providing better options in smaller quantities and better prices. I have also been exploring Bond No. 9, as per the recommendation of a very knowledgeable friend, and as one might guess, that's not the cheapest habit to maintain.
Then I noticed the Nina rollerball on the Sephora website and decided that I had to get it. The apple/moonflower/peony combo is magically delicious. Not DKNY delicious (a scent trifecta that I find boring, tepid and highly overrated), but fresh and fruity and with the right heart notes, perfectly balanced between girly and a bit more mature. It's like taking Light Blue, stripping a layer of its dry profile, and then infusing it with some fresh fruity goodness. Not my HG (I don't think that's possible...I am too indecisive and critical!), but definitely in my top 5 at the moment.
Lovely! Now, I should preface my review by saying that I am a big fan of apple scents in general, my favorite being Bath and Body Works Country Apple. But up until buying this perfume, I had no idea that an apple scent could be sexy. This perfume smells fresh and crisp, definitely reminiscent of a delicious apple, but it's also sexy and addictive. I think it's best suited for day wear, but I would feel comfortable wearing this on a date as well. A bright, feminine scent that is on it's way to becoming a favorite of mine! Highly recommended.
This perfume is a classy understater, it is perfect for work. Use small amounts only. You feel classy without knocking out the office.
I purchased this unsniffed based on a couple stellar reviews I read here. Since some reviewers mentioned that they are prone to fragrance-induced headaches, but that this one did not cause them, I was oh-so-hopeful. Also, I could relate to a reviewer who stated that she very much likes Pink Sugar, but cannot always take its pure sweetness. She mentioned that she reaches for Nina when she wants something a little more complex, but still sweet. Throw in the red apple notes, and I really thought this would be The One for me. I just don't get it. I don't smell sugar; I don't smell red apple deliciousness. I do smell the citrus notes and general sweetness, but also definitely detect woodsy notes (in fact the box in which it was packed smelled strongly of sandlewood - not a favorite scent of mine). That's about it, really. I don't get the young, flirty descriptor on this one. I think it kind of seems old-timey. I will keep trying with this because I despise the thought of wasting money on this. I don't really see it going anywhere, though...Pretty disappointing.
Girly, romantic, playful, young at heart...sparkling lime and lemon...then soft fragrances of apple toffee and moonflower...very pretty...too bad sillage and longevity are below average...I can only smell it when I have my nose a few inches away from spray spot...I tried to overspray to gain more sillage but that only made the fragrance extra sweet.
Wow...how did I overlook Nina for such a long time? I was drawn to this fragrance because of the bottle, which is undeniably adorable, and then fell in love with the fresh sweetness of the apple-themed scent, itself.
Where to begin? Well, for starters, if you're a fan of sweet scents, but find many of them to be too cloying or headache-inducing (Pink Sugar, Angel, Flowerbomb - all of which I adore but find to be a bit too much at times), and you're looking for a fresher sort of sweet, please, find a tester of Nina and give it a try! Being a fan of the aforementioned fragrances, I passed Nina up several times, thinking it was probably TOO fresh, or too much like the apple-themed DKNY Be Delicious. I was wrong.
Fans of Be Delicious may end up loving Nina, but this is a very different take on the scent of apples. Where Be Delicious has an obvious theme of green apple, Nina blends a sweet, yet crisp red apple into a heart of sugar. But this isn't an artificial-candy-confectioner's sort of sugar that smells of cake or baked goods; it's a rather natural smell that's bursting with fun, flirty tones. The lemon, lime, and red apple mingle so perfectly with the sweeter, woodier accords and the slight hint of delicate florals, that it's hard to say exactly what type of fragrance genre Nina falls into. The most obvious is fruity floral, which I suppose it is, but don't be surprised to find yourself taken aback by the maturity and straightforward attitude of Nina, in a genre so filled with naive and ditzy obliviousness. This is no LE Escada, unremarkable and soon forgotten; this is on par with Miss Dior Cherie - the only other fruity floral I own, these two being exceptions due to a seamless blending on the perfumer's part, and a happy tone that vibrates throughout the fragrance that is unforced and at once, beautiful and contagious.
Alas, the staying power of Nina isn't fantastic, nor is the sillage; however I've found that the longevity is increased tenfold when sprayed on a scarf and in my hair, taking three hours' worth of wear to ten or more. Towards the end of the dry-down, Nina is muskier, with the florals coming through, and becoming more apparent than at any time prior in the scent's duration. At this point, Nina is still sweet and fresh, just a bit more romantic and less enthusiastic than she was upon her arrival. I'd also recommend purchasing the smaller rollerball from Sephora for touch-ups, as I've heard the apple-shaped bottle has a tendency to break easily when transported.
I adore French perfumes for their brave personalities and unique confidence. This has been one of the best-selling perfumes in France since its release a few years ago, and I can certainly see why. Though I adore rich and dramatic orientals, Nina lets me mingle with the fresher, fruitier side of the perfume pallete without feeling like a stranger who doesn't belong. She is a friend to both sides and she sings their praises beautifully and equally. continued >>
My favorite scent, I wear it almost every day. Very light and inoffensive, it's nothing groundbreaking but it's really hard to dislike Nina! I love sweet gourmand scents but find them too overpowering for everyday wear. Nina is sweet, but a very fresh kind of sweet that isn't overpowering or headache-inducing in any way. Citrus-y and fruit-y on the opening, the heart is creamy and you can definitely smell the praline and vanilla, while the dry down is true to the description- white cedar. I reccomend buying a rollerball or lotion to touchup throughout the day, because the staying power isn't great but it smells so good you'll want to reapply! I can tell why this has been a bestseller in France and can't imagine why more stores don't sell it in the States.
UPDATE: This goes GREAT with "Country Apple" lotion from Bath and Body works!
Scent: sugary sweetness with a bit of cream, apple and vanilla. (Not as sweet as Aquolina's pink sugar--Nina smells a bit fresher, and also more romantic).
PROS: Smells beautiful. Great lasting power. Adorable packaging!
CONS: A bit spendy.
Overall, I love this fragrance and would absolutely buy it again!