After a rough and tumble week sampling a number of sweet scents du jour (WD With Love, Escada Moon Sparkle, BS Fantasy, JS Fancy, Halle, Angel), I starting wondering if I ought to go out an get me a bottle of liquid confection. OMG!!! What was I thinking? I searched through my fragrance cabinet looking for something to snap me out of this twilight-zone sugar-rush, and I pulled out ... SJP Lovely. Yes, Lovely it is. An ADULT, contemporary & classic fragrance for a WOMAN who has BTDT and knows what SHE wants out of life. Coming down from this olfactory sugar high, I clearly detect sweetness in Lovely at a reasonable level, just enough to satisfy my taste for sweet scents. My reacquaintance with Lovely confirmed that there was no need to purchase liquid sugar and walk around smelling like 45-year-old cotton candy. Thank you, SJP. What can I say about Lovely that hasn't been said before? Lovely is among the best celeb fragrances to-date, very wearable, not offensive, sample-worthy for most, and full-bottle-worthy for many. It could have been called Beautiful, but that was already taken. Lovely is a bit romantic, suitable for date-nights, bedtime, weekends, but not the office imo. Spray lightly for intimate settings, more heavy-handed for public gatherings & wide-open spaces. Thank goodness for Lovely. Pull it out of your closet and rediscover its sweetness. UPDATE: After time, Lovely EdP became too plastic dollhead for my liking. I don't know if I changed or the juice changed but I no longer wear it. I had the bottle for about 18 months before I couldn't stand it any more. However, I do have two other forms which I wear. One is Lovely Liquid Satin, a serum that is like a perfume oil. Liquid Satin is more naturally smelling to me and probably more like SJP intended it, even if it is not as long lasting. The other is the Winter Sparkle version. Supposedly it is the same juice, but I don't get the plastic dollhead out of it ... not yet anyway. The Winter Sparkle is fresh.
I adore the impression of this scent, which is feminine but neither too flirty nor too sweet ... just right. The main notes are perfect for me -- peaches, roses, and amber. Unfortunately, Tresor doesn't always wear well on me. I struggle with it. It's the amber, which often seems a bit too synthetic & plasticky. However, I think it's the amber which make this fragrance so special and unique. Afterall, it's an oriental, not a fruity floral. Tresor is definitely one to try before you buy ... and I'll keep trying to wear this. One thing I do know -- Tresor is best applied as a mist walk-through because it's much too much to apply to a concentrated area of the body or (gosh forbid) to the decollete. On the surface, it seems it might be a cold weather fragrance, but I think it wears best on me in warmer weather, provided it's lightly applied.
FAE - white musk, bergamot, heliotrope, peach and oakmoss. FAE is known as one of the best fragrances in the BPAL range. Of the 10 or so BPALs that I have tried, I'd say that I agree. Wears like a light, bright skin scent. Clean & clear but not an anti-perfume. It's uplifting, happy. There's something very warm about, yet it's a bit fruity. Wearable in warm weather but best for cool weather, I think. It's a grower. Like, like, like, like.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Brown Jenkin
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Brown Jenkin - white sandalwood, orris root, coconut husk, musk, incense The incense jumps off my skin. It's a bit spicy for some reason and reminds me of breakfast cereal - I've got that note before from artisanal oils & wish I knew what that note was exactly. This BPAL would be great in fall, under a full moon. Unique. I own nothing like it.
There's something about this that reminds me of flat, day-old Budweiser mixed with Perfumer's Workshop Tea Rose & Fabergé Brut. Scented memories of college, perhaps? Regardless, somehow this combination works.
Pink Lemonade = 3 parts Lemon Pledge + 1 part Vodka + 1 Marchino cherry
One of the better colognes in the Demeter range in my opinion. Just what it says it is - effervescent ginger ale. The ginger is mellow, not biting or sharp. This is the only Demeter that I actually enjoy.
Extremely synthetic smelling, bordering on nausea-inducing. Nothing salt air about it imo. I've tried this on skin, on fabric, and on paper. It's a no-no for me. BBW fragrances are much better ... and that's not saying much. It's available at the online discounters for 18 bucks (4 ounce bottle) for a reason. Just saying.
Cyclades is pleasant but unremarkable. I really enjoy the opening, but the jasmine is dominant in the heart. Not my style.