Review of Parlux Jessica Simpson Fancy by brkrbrkr
SO disappointed with this fragrance. I'm no perfume snob, and am a total sucker for anything over-the-top gourmand (my forever HG is Pink Sugar, followed closely by Gayle Hayman Delicious Cotton Candy, and I have no shame in admitting it!!), so I was eager to try this one out after reading the comparisons and even complaints from other reviewers noting the hints of cotton candy, cupcakes, and vanilla. Unfortunately, I detect no semblance of any of those.
Perfumania describes it as such: "FANCY was launched by the designer house of Jessica Simpson in 2008. This scent possesses a blend of pear, apricot nectar, red fruits, gardenia, jasmine, toasted almonds, caramel, sandalwood, vanilla crème and amber crystals."
I DO pick up on the fruit notes, but for me, this is a predominantly floral scent, and an artificial one at that. I started out with a spritz on the wrist (watch out; you'll only need one, cos this stuff is strong!), and was hit with a headache-inducing flowery blast that dried down to a nearly unnoticeable fruity smell that resembled one of those cheapy body sprays you see at the drug store around the holidays. I tried it again the next day, this time misting it in the air and walking through it in an attempt to avoid a flower-scented headache. Again, I got a ton of jasmine and gardenia, definitely some fruit, but no vanilla, caramel, or toasted almond.
I REALLY wanted this to work for me, and lovingly place it and its adorable bottle next to all of my other embarrassing teenage girl perfumes, but so far it's just not doing it for me. I feel bad, almost, because I kind of like Jessica Simpson! (Or maybe I just feel sorry for her?) I would be so much more comfortable declaring my distaste for this if it were from, say, Kim Kardashian. I think what went wrong here is that the perfume makers tried to cram way too many notes into one fragrance.
If you like strong, fruity florals, this could be a hit for you. After all, it is not totally repulsive, and may just be my body chemistry and/or nose for sugary sweet scents that is turning me off. But, if like me, you seek out true gourmands that make you smell edible, move along. . .