Hanae Mori • Butterfly EDT • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||69%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Like many other reviewers, I am not usually one for the sugar-sweet scents. I got a sample of this at Sephora and kept it in my office for months, using very occasionally, sometimes just squirting it into the air to freshen the room. Over time I became more and more fond of the scent. Finally, I decided I wanted to add it to my fragrance collection.
I am a fragrance layer-er. I like to start with a base of an oriental or musk and then layer a light white or green floral over that. But I have NOT layered the Hanae Mori and I think the reason why is also the reason I like it so much.
While it seems like a simple, sweet fragrance, it is actually surprisingly complex. For me, it has base notes of powder overlaid with musk, vanilla, white florals, jasmine and more that I can't identify. As a result, one of my favorite things about this fragrance is its staying power and its long, complex dry down during which it morphs every couple of hours. By the end of the day on me it is down to just a very stripped-down, sweet, simple powdery scent (that I LOVE) but it has gone through at least three or four different stages to get there.
Overall I am really glad I finally bought this and I am looking forward to getting to know it better over the coming months.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I love this so much. Very warm and sweet, but in a totally unique way; I'm not usually into the sugary food fragrance genre, and a lot of vanillas have sort of a scratchy quality, but this is smooth and lovely and makes me want to keep finding ways to discreetly sniff my arm all day. Definitely gets compliments, often food-related; I've been told I smell like cookies, cupcakes (I think it smells better than either), and just "really good."
The EDT formula is PLENTY strong, as in all-day staying power, and unlike many fragrances, it doesn't dry down to either "powder" or "musk," but stays soft and sweet.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
This was a real scrubber for me. I thought it smelled somewhat nice on paper, but on my skin it turned deadly within 20 minutes. I'm not able to identify exactly what happened to turn this fragrance into a train wreck, but it seemed that the vanilla exploded and took a sort of rotten turn. I've had this same experience with a few other perfumes - L'Instant and Dior Addict are two that I can think of. It's a shame, because the top notes of all of these fragrances are nice, but once you get past those top notes, they're unbearable.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I got this as a sample tube from Sephora. The first time I sprayed it, I sprayed a big good spray and it was really overwhelming. Very overly sweet, fruity and big vanilla tones to it very harsh and sharp. Made me kinda gag. I shelved it and then picked it up again a few weeks later, this time only squirting a 1/4 squirt (my sample squirts, not finely mists) to where I felt 5-6 droplets. It was perfect. This way I was able to smell all the notes, I definatley smelled vanilla, also musk and jasmine and roses. I really like it and it might take place as a signature scent as I like it that much! And I'm feeling that this sample will def last me since I just need a few drops and I'm good. If it runs out, I will purchase!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
I tried this in Sephora and then again with a sampler at home. It's soft, pretty and sweet. I don't get vanilla, it's not caramelized like pink sugar, it's not BAM FRUITY. It's very light sugar water with a few drops of fruit juice stirred in, but cleaner and more refined than that sounds. More powdery than floral, it brings to mind Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme, and fades to the barest whisper on my skin in less than an hour. I wouldn't buy a full-size, but if it works for your chemistry, lucky you.
ETA: I tried the EDP version of this, and something about it keeps bringing me back. I wish I could give this a 3.5, because I do see myself purchasing it in the future, but it still has poor longevity and doesn't have the oomph (for me) of a signature scent.
Edited 7/11/13: I did get a bottle of the eau de parfum :). And I just ordered some travel size body creams to help with the layering/lasting powder. I use a shitload of sprays when I first put it on, which makes me sneeze, and by the time I've exited the bathroom I have this soft scent wafting around me and through my clothing. I don't think this is a signature scent, still, but it's a good fallback-when you just want to smell pretty and a bit warm. I like it for cooler/gloomier weather, and use something crisp like Light Blue or L'Eau D'Issey for warmer summer days.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I passed this one up many times because I felt it was just another sweet vanilla perfume. My collection is full of opulent orientals and straight-laced chypres, and I thought it was time I bought something fun. Hanai Mori fits that bill perfectly. Sweet, yes, but it makes me feel so light-hearted and pretty. My perfume, after all, is for me, and Hanae Mori makes me feel like I'm on top of the world.
So how does it smell to me? Sort of like a soft-serve vanilla ice cream cone, the part where you've eaten it all the way to the cone, and now you are taking bites of the ice cream and the cone together. Melty and sweet, but totally delicious and fun. I'm sure there are berries in there somewhere, but this perfume is all about the sweet cream. I love the butterfly cap too, but beware--it is glass, and I've already dropped mine twice in one day. The matching body lotion is stellar, also. It has a texture and moisture like Lubriderm, but it smells exactly like Hanae Mori.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is my all time favorite perfume. It smells like everything as a little girl. Strawberry shortcake, apricots, markers and the classiness of adult flowers. Applying it immediately makes me feel sexy and the smell lasts for hours and hours! Can't say enough about the magnetic scent.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Too sweet for me. I've tried it twice. Very disappointing but if you're into sweet scents with a vanilla note, this would be for you.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Olive Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Blue
I don't know what exactly it is about this fragrance but this somehow manages to be pretty and delicate yet cozy and warm at the same time. This is a very comforting scent. It's sweet, but is not reminiscent of the fragrance a sixteen year old would wear. I am not a "sweet" person at all and I absolutely love this perfume.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
Quite possibly my HG EDT. As I have a rather odd skin chemistry, I find many scents tend to go quite sour on me, especially those that border more on the vanilla-esque/sweet side. That being said, this does not, which is one of the reasons I love it. It gives this wonderful, rich, light vanilla that is not overwhelming as it is not *actually* vanilla, and I love that the dry-down is more on the floral side but retains the lightness and never goes too floral.
This EDT has great staying power and wears down very nicely, and I honestly prefer the EDT to the EDP. As odd at it sounds, this scent is kind of... cuddly? It's like the kind of perfume you could just wear and cuddle up to like... a meringue or something. It's fantastic.
If you like lightly floral, rich vanilla scents that are light but still sweet without being overpowering, I would absolutely say you should give this a shot.