This is, hands down, my favorite perfume! I smelled it for the very first time on a classmate of mine during a linguistics class in college about two and a half years ago. Yes, I am late to the Light Blue party. Oh well. Each day, there was this lovely, refreshing lemon scent that made the New Haven winter seem less harsh, the air less cold, the sun shine warmer, the snow glitter livelier. I looked forward to going to class because of this wonderful fragrance that wafted from the girl to my right. Toward the end of the semester, I just had to ask what she was wearing. Light Blue by Dolce&Gabbana! Light Blue? Why is it called that? She explained it was because of the light blue velvety box in which the perfume was packaged (or something). Upon receiving all these details, I rushed to Sephora to sample this entrancing Light Blue. The one spritz on my wrist lasted for eight hours, and it seemed that for most of the time, I held my wrist up to my nose, never wanting to miss a moment of this fragrance. It reminded me of lemon orchards and laundry hanging out to dry under a cerulean sky, of white flowers strewn all over a Mediterranean beach, of water and wind dancing an ancient waltz at the edge of the world … It was the smell of sunshine mingling with the foam-tipped waves of the ocean. I was besotted and am still am. A modern classic, Light Blue is perfect. No, I care not a fig about its mass popularity nor its persistent dominance in global perfume sales. I do not care what you call it: anorexic aquatic, anemic ozonic, toilet cleanser, or furniture polish. It is too happy and energetic and full of laughter to matter. I love it, right down to its soft fuzzy box that I caress just for the hell of it! Plus, I sincerely think that every woman (or man) wears Light Blue differently because a part of their personality inflects the scent somehow, skin chemistry aside. If you are a calm, analytical person, then those cool watery notes from the bamboo and citron show themselves more. If you are a smiling, cheerful person, then the apple and rose stand out more; and if you are a warm, caring/affectionate person, then jasmine and amber appear in the forefront. Light Blue just has something, and far be it from me to begrudge what seems to be eighty-seven percent of the female population from having the same. I adore Shalimar and think Poison is pretty awesome, but I am always going to have a bottle, if not candles and body care products, of Light Blue with me. No matter what season or time of day or occasion, with two sprays to each side of my collar bone, and a spray below the hollow of my neck, I feel like an angel flying in the spindrift of the sea for the countless hours the fragrance lasts on my skin, hair, and clothes. That being said, Light Blue is notorious for having a number of sophisticated fakes floating around Ebay and other online discounters (and very likely independent perfume shops/kiosks), which is why some people can not stomach the unnatural citrus smell nor tolerate the short lasting power I suspect. That is not the real Light Blue. I had both a fake and a genuine product to compare. Especially, if you buy it online, where it is admittedly cheaper, please be careful. It is worth experiencing the real thing but not dismissing it because of the sour lemon water that some guy, whose neck I could wring, poured into an actual Light Blue bottle and then placed inside an actual box. This faintly sweet and airy fragrance with a hint of powder is simultaneously warm and cool and lasts just short of forever. Notes: citron, apple, bluebell, white rose, jasmine, bamboo, amber, musk, cedar. If dreams had a scent, I imagine they would be perfumed with Light Blue, but I am biased. I would wear Light Blue till I die. If you made it here, thanks for reading this long review-reverie!
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion
delectante 11/24/2012 4:23:00 PM
The god of vanilla has ansered my prayers! BBW Vanilla Bean Noel is spectacular. A regular in the holiday signature scent collection, VBN’s formula changes from year to year. 2012’s version features natural vanilla, butter cream, caramel, hint of chocolate, soft musk, and sugar cookie. I smell like cake and powdered sugar. The contents of my bottle are so tempting, I have to remind myself that this is lotion and not thick vanilla icing. Moisturization is great, as is the case for me with other BBW lotions, and the lasting power of the fragrance lingers for several hours. Yum! Layer this under Burberry Brit (Key lime pie) or Vs Heavenly (Indian rice pudding), and you are a walking testament to the powers of gourmand scent engineering. It is quite an experience, which is why I bought about 20 bottles this season (no exaggeration). Love it, love it. Only wish I knew about VBN sooner, but I shall buy more next year. Definite An HG in the world of vanilla lotions!
Lotions/ Creams -Victoria's Secret - Vanilla Lace Hand & Body Lotion
delectante 11/24/2012 3:51:00 PM
I must have been a vanilla orchid in my past life because I am really loving all things vanilla of late! VS’ Vanilla Lace lotion is great for me. They recently reformulated the scent: its notes are a duo of vanilla and musk. Before, VL was vanilla, orchid, musk, and amber, a version which I never smelled. This current incarnation, however, smells just like fresh, warm vanilla extract, the kind you add to cake or milk. After a while, it resembles marshmallows, and I of course then want to nibble on my hand or arm. Staying power is impressive for a lotion—several hours and probably longer if I were to layer with shower gel and fragrance mist. Moisturization is adequate, but I buy this for the gourmand scent. It is a great base for my perfume, especially Burberry Brit, VS Heavenly, and, interestingly enough, D&G Light Blue. My sole complaint--and it is hardly fatal--is that I like pump packaging, and the lotion comes in a squeeze tube. Recycling a pump from another vanilla-based VS lotion totally fixes this problem though. Look out for sales; LV can easily be had for $5 per bottle or less. Definitely one of two HGs in the category of vanilla lotion. This stuff rocks! And men are friendly around you!
My mom had this fragrance lying around in her closet, the bottle, which is a bit awkward for my slender hand to hold, nearly full. Turned out that my dad did not like it on her. Curious, I spritzed it in my cleavage to experience the aroma of … strong, heady jasmine that follows you everywhere and haunts your dreams. I am perfectly serious; visions of jasmine-scented dogs playing in the halls of an immense mansion greeted me come bedtime. Even though this was an EDT, the lasting power was phenomenal, easily twelve hours, if not more. During that interval, I sometimes notice the patchouli, sometimes the vanilla, but the jasmine is hard to miss, which, in my case, is occasionally a bad thing. I think the jasmine note is too strong for me, since I felt a bit nauseated a few hours after application. Nevertheless, this is a strong, assertive fragrance, on par with No. 5, and I am happy to wear it. You just “reek” class and money with this sort of smell (whether you possess them or not), making it a good formal dinner or evening perfume. Notes: orange, peach, hiacynth, ylang-ylang, bergamot, black elder, iris, orange blossom, gardenia, jasmine, sandalwood, amber, patchouli, vanilla. EDIT: Just for fun, I sprayed a little of Dream Angels Forever with Faubourg and ended up with an intriguing and alluring jasmine-vanilla blend that was powdery enough and sweet enough to make everything perfect in my then olfactory world.
This is Hanae Mori on steroids: bold fruity floral vanilla. It reminds me of fruity baby powder or roses and vanilla (though rose is not a note). Every time I move, I get a whiff of this sweet soft fragrance that tells me to sit with my back straight and to smile at all the right times. I feel pretty with it on, especially since it can go from work to play. However, a refresher spritz may be in order; the EDP lasts only six hours, not the ten or tweleve hours I have come to expect with Dior or Mugler. That is okay, since it smells so delightful. Why would you mind reapplying? Once my sample is done, my next stop is Sephora online. Notes: litchi, mandarin orange, peach, bergamot, lily, plum, jasmine, lily of the valley, musk, amber, vanilla, vetiver.
Lotions/ Creams -Victoria's Secret - Amber Romance Body Lotion
delectante 10/27/2012 8:48:00 PM
Having tried the mist, I thought the lotion for Amber Romance would be just as good. To me, it sadly is not. From the warm, vanillic gourmand in spray form, the lotion leaves my skin smelling like baby powder, a poor imitation of Johnson and Johnson’s original with a strange rotting caramel note somewhere from the depths of candyland hell. I blame skin chemistry. Bummer; I wanted to layer but do not relish smelling as if I am a permanent denizen of the nursery. Great lasting power though, and since I have normal to oily skin on my body, the lotion is pretty moisturizing for me. However, be careful in hot weather, as this may be too cloying. Less is more in this case for sure (in terms of fragrance). Notes = black cherry, English cream, milk, and sandalwood.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Coconut Lime Breeze
delectante 10/27/2012 8:36:00 PM
After BBW discontinued Coconut Lime Verbena, I tried Coconut Lime Breeze. At least the lime was there, if not the lovely lemon verbena. In lotion form, I think I may prefer CLB a tiny bit over CLV, but it is a very close call. Breeze has the advantage of knocking you in the head with citrus, and I love citrus cents. Straight out of the bottle, the lotion smells like lime candy. After a few minutes of lingering on my skin, I can smell limy coconut vanilla, which reminds me of summer, lazing in the tropics, and exotic desserts, very much a citrus gourmand fragrance. Using either coupons or looking out for sales, I have already bought two full large bottles of lotion plus several travel sizes that function as hand lotion when I am on the go. Lasting power is decent for a lotion; moisturization is good for my slightly oily skin. I like to layer with D&G Light Blue, so I can personify a vacation anywhere I go! Notes: (top) sparkling Tangerine, Lemon Italy Orpur, Neroli, Bergamot Italia Orpur, Zesty Lime Juice; (middle) watery Melon notes, Sheer Muget, Pineapple Juice, Jasmine Petals, Lime Blossom; (base) sheer Coconut Water, Sandalwood, Musk, Madagascar Vanilla.
Fragrances -Victoria's Secret - Angel Eau De Parfum
delectante 10/27/2012 8:18:00 PM
Since Dream Angels Forever is discontinued, I returned to the perfume displays at VS to search for a fragrance that shares characteristics with Forever, namely a juicy fruit note on top, a powdery floral middle, and a warm oriental dry-down. I found it in Angel, which was released in 2011 and won a Fifi award in May 2012 for its fantasy-inspired packaging: the big 4.2 Fl. Oz. bottle features frosted angel wings on the back, suggesting that the juice inside is meant for a heavenly being of some sort. On me, Angel EDP starts with a deep, heavy, succulent, spicy plum that later gives way to powdery violets and a faintly creamy gardenia … the aroma of wine and a bouquet presented by a lover perhaps. A few hours later, the fruits and flowers yield to a musky, ambery agarwood that just melts into my skin, making indistinguishable the smell of my own skin versus a commercial perfume. It works(!) and works for about six to seven hours. I very much like this dark and sensual scent, as do the people around me who give me compliments or lean in a little closer, but I shall have to wait and see if this will be a suitable replacement for my beloved and departed Forever. Notes: (top) blood orange, pear blossom, black plum, pink pepper; (middle) wet gardenia, sheer violet, watery cyclamen; (base) marshmallow flower, amber, whipped musk, agarwood (oud).
Imagine a bowl of strawberries and cream on a table, at the center of which is a vase full of big, luxuriant flowers. Powdered sugar lightly coats the petals of said flowers, and from the kitchen wafts the appetizing aroma of pralines still warm and melty from the candy-making process. This is Hanae Mori: a little floral, vanillic, and very sweet—an oriental gourmand. According to Sephora, the notes include strawberries, bilberries, black Currant, Bulgarian rose, jasmine, ylang-Ylang, sandalwood, almond, and praline. The most interesting part of the perfume is the combination of almond and strawberry to creat a fluffy, rich vanilla. I like it, especially since the EDP lasts for 12 hours on my skin with three squirts to my neck. In a way, it reminds me of a lighter Dior Addict, which also has rose and sandalwood notes, in addition to D&G’s The One, also a floral vanilla sort of smell. I suspect that Dream Angels Forever, berries and wedding cake, may be a dupe for this, so if you do not like any of those three fragrances, Butterfly is not for you. Hanae Mori is my comfort scent, the fragrance I wear after my nightly shower before bed, though it could work in an office setting as well. Just spray responsibily, as this is a rather strong scent. However, as much as I appreciate potent perfumes, I took off one lipstick because I simply adore citrus, and Hanae Mori has no citron, bergamot, nor lime for me, which makes me sad, but that is a preference thing. Try it for its sugary, warm airiness. Online fragrance outlets offer the small size of the EDP for $36, and it is a truly delightful addition to the gourmond part of your collection, since you will feel like a classy and quietly confident lady well acquainted with her own sort of joie de vivre while wearing it!
Fragrances -Victoria's Secret - Dream Angels Love is Heavenly
delectante 5/18/2012 12:32:00 AM
I received a sample of this scent the last time I took a qquick shopping excursion to my local VS. Love is Heavenly is a limited edition spring fragrance in the Dream Angels line. According to Fragrantica, its scent profile breaks down as follows: Top = mandarin blossom, blackberry, kiwi Middle = water lily, freesia, orchid, peony Bottom = sandalwood, mahogany, ebony tree, musk Sure enough, initial spritz is very fruity. The mandarin blossom and blackberry especially are juicy and bright. The subsequent floral layer opens with an aquatic accord thanks to the water lily and orchid. The peony and freesia round out the watery aspect with a light, dewy rose smell. The final layer is rather light on me. I detect the mahogany and musk the most, very faintly reminiscent to Burberry Brit, which also features mahogany in the dry-down. Love is Heavenly ends more with a watery woody conclusion, something soapy as well as a little smoky. I can understand VS’ tag line of love being pure and fresh … This perfume epitomizes a luminous cleanliness that, with two sprays on either side of my neck, lasts for about six to eight hours. It is interesting. I do like the fragrance but probably not enough to drop $52 for a 2.5 bottle. I still have a quarter of Dream Angels Divine left in my perfume stash; plus, Dream Angels Forever and VS Fantasies Ravishing Love are better blackberry scents in my opinion. I may wait for a semi annual sale or buy Love is Heavenly online very cheaply once it is discontinued. Do not know. As it is, I have way too much perfume right now and would like to avoid going broke. As an aside, Love is Heavenly has a rather interesting bottle shape. It is a rectangle, but with a little more personality due to some curvelinear elements to it. If money were no object, I would buy this just for its unusual packaging. Try it. The scent is a pretty, basic floral that can be dressed up or down, quite versatile in its own way.
Fragrances -Victoria's Secret - Dream Angels Forever Perfume Eau de Parfum
delectante 5/15/2012 10:28:00 PM
First, I should say that Dream Angels Forever is discontinued; a shame it could not be sold at VS stores forever (sorry for the pun), since it is a great fragrance. It is tied with Heavenly as my favorite Dream Angels scent. Its composition is surprisingly simple: blackberry, iris, and amber. However, this trio works deliciously well. At initial spritz, the blackberry is prominent, fresh, juicy, and sweet. Then the iris blooms, lending the scent a soft, seductive, powdery feel. Finally, the amber emerges, warm, heady, and vanillic. Together the effect is an inviting, all be it safe, formula of fruity, floral, and gourmand/oriental indicative of most VS fragrances. However, Forever seems more classy with an understated elegance tempered with enough powdered sugar sweetness that it works well for both a girl and a woman at any time day or night. Just imagine a vanilla cake with a blackberry filling and a dusting of ground orris (iris root) on the lacy table cloth. Add candles and a satin ribbon to complete the picture. Just who will eat this cake, I do not know. Perhaps that girl and her boyfriend; perhaps a man and his mistress celebrating some little illicit anniversary, though this scent is not exactly naughty. It is more romantic, so maybe I mean a man and his wife sitting down to a private wedding feast. That said, Forever can go anywhere. I have worn it out dancing, to order a transcript from the registrar’s office, to an interview. It is more versatile than you may think. Regarding its similarity to Heavenly Stardust, I have never smelled Stardust, but I do recommend that you sample Forever because it has garnered me loads of compliments. Moreover, you can enhance it depending on the lotion and fragrance mist you use to layer; Vanilla Lace, Amber Romance, and Ravishing Love are all fine options I think. As for finding this lovely fragrance, its discontinuation can be a good thing. Online perfume outlets, like fragrancenet, still carry Forever. You can get a 4.2 Fl Oz. bottle for $50 or cheaper if you know where to look. Also lots of independent sellers put Forever (perfume, mist, and lotion) on sale; you just have to pay attention, which can be a drag, but that is what we shoppers on MUA like to do, right? Plus there is VS’ semi annual sale, which just may carry Forever, which was only discontinued in and around December 2011. Good luck and smell swell!
Fragrances -Victoria's Secret - Dream Angels Heavenly Forever
delectante 5/15/2012 10:23:00 PM
First, I should say that Dream Angels Forever is discontinued; a shame it could not be sold at VS stores forever (sorry for the pun), since it is a great fragrance. It is tied with Heavenly as my favorite Dream Angels scent. Its composition is surprisingly simple: blackberry, iris, and amber. However, this trio works deliciously well. At initial spritz, the blackberry is prominent, fresh, juicy, and sweet. Then the iris blooms, lending the scent a soft, seductive, powdery feel. Finally, the amber emerges, warm, heady, and vanillic. Together the effect is an inviting, all be it safe, formula of fruity, floral, and gourmand/oriental indicative of most VS fragrances. However, Forever seems more classy with an understated elegance tempered with enough powdered sugar sweetness that it works well for both a girl and a woman at any time day or night. Just imagine a vanilla cake with a blackberry filling and a dusting of ground orris (iris root) on the lacy table cloth. Add candles and a satin ribbon to complete the picture. Just who will eat this cake, I do not know. Perhaps that girl and her boyfriend; perhaps a man and his mistress celebrating some little illicit anniversary, though this scent is not exactly naughty. It is more romantic, so maybe I mean a man and his wife sitting down to a private wedding feast. That said, Forever can go anywhere. I have worn it out dancing, to order a transcript from the registrar’s office, to an interview. It is more versatile than you may think. Regarding its similarity to Heavenly Stardust, I have never smelled Stardust, but I do recommend that you sample Forever because it has garnered me loads of compliments. As for finding this lovely fragrance, its discontinuation can be a good thing. Online perfume outlets, like fragrancenet, still carry Forever. You can get a 4.2 Fl Oz. bottle for $50 or cheaper if you know where to look. Also lots of independent sellers put Forever (perfume, mist, and lotion) on sale; you just have to pay attention, which can be a drag, but that is what we shoppers on MUA like to do, right? Plus there is VS’ semi annual sale, which just may carry Forever, which was only discontinued in and around December 2011. Stocking possibilities are endless during a semi annual. Good luck and smell swell!
When I first started wearing VS products some four years ago, they had a divinely refreshing floral scent with cucumber and water lily, now since discontinued of course. Romantic Wish recently caught my attention because one of its notes is cucumber, which is a known alfactory stimulant to women along with liquorice. The other notes in Romantic Wish include pomegranate, freesia, and peony. At initial spritz on my wrist, I get a clean, watery cucumber melon scent. Yes, I know there is no melon, but I am reminded of honey dew or cantaloupe before a sweet floral stage reminiscent of flowers and Jolly Ranchers. It smells better than it sounds. The dry-down is a light fruity floral that never fails to make me smile. The lasting power is pretty good for a mist on skin--a few hours; I would recommend spraying some in your hair, which should give you four to five hours, if not longer. As for getting your hands on Romantic Wish, it appears that for a short time that Victoria Secret has brought back some of the classics. Both stores that I frequent in two different states (travel to and from university) offer Romantic Wish, Sweet Daydream, and Passionate Kisses. I immediately bought three Romantic Wish mists and two lotions, which are more floral from the freesia and peony with the watery cucumber, to put away in a stock pile. So if you are hankering for a fresh, clean cucumber fragrance, VS does seem to have Romantic Wish on its shelves, though I suspect they will not restock after the semi annual sale in June. In fact, I am tempted to go and buy some more mist and lotion just in case. There is the 5 for $30 deal in addition to the big semi annual in June when Fantasies, formerly Secret Garden, should be $2-3 each … or something like that. Hurry now! The candy cucumber will not always be there!
Fragrances -Victoria's Secret - Dream Angels Heavenly
delectante 5/14/2012 12:28:00 PM
I am a fragrance hypocrite; I own up to it. Sue me. I actually had a negative review for Heavenly a few months ago but deleted it when Heavenly grew on me, and I did not feel like an update would do the scent justice. First, for the notes: Top = quince, mandarin orange, ivy leaves, cardamom Middle = lily, iris, peony, violet, freesia Bottom = sandalwood, musk, and vanilla I think I first disliked the scent because I was wearing Divine and Heavenly on the same part of my body I.E. my right forearm, and the two do not and should not mix. The consequent interaction of scents made me peu-peu Heavenly even though I enjoyed how the fragrance smelled on a piece of paper: Scandinavian cardamom sugar cookies; and who can resist the smell of cardamom sugar cookies? Of course, cardamom resonates with me because we use it in lots of our cooking at home, especially in this lovely rice pudding, so Heavenly reminds me of childhood and dessert. This cookies and rice pudding impression from February stayed with me for about two months at which point I learned of my admission into law school, and to celebrate, I bought Heavenly because I did not want to order dessert alone (joys of being single). However, I can have a perfume all to myself! Yes, Heavenly may seem bland and linear, but there is something for having a soft, powdery, faintly gourmand scent wafting from your hair to calm you down and cause you to smile in contentment. Heavenly is warm, clean, and subtle. The cuddly—yes cuddly—citrus of the mandarin hugs the green ivy leaves and the spicy cardamom. I have no idea what quince smells like. Then follow the aromas of a far away garden wafted gently on a breeze; vanilla is like a happy child running in that garden … simple and carefree. I am a convert. Plus Heavenly commemorates an important, transitional moment in my academic life, and comfort is always welcome at times of transition. With four sprays, Heavenly lasts for about 8-10 hours in my hair, so I have no complaints about staying power. As for its cost, $62 for 4.2 Fl Oz. is pretty good, but I used a rewards card and would buy through Amazon or during the semi annual sale just to be economical. Have to finance my JD … Try it. Heavenly is a nice, subdued scent that could double as aromatherapy, and, due to its simple development, lends itself to layering with other fragrances like Vanilla Lace, Burberry Brit, or Dream Angels Forever.
Please work with me here through this reflection: As many of you lovely ladies know, we try to find a fragrance that feels like us. It communicates something about our souls, hints at our daydreams, persuades that other part of our personality to show itself with grace and confidence. We call this our signature scent, or so I understand. I am on the search for what I call my tango scent, the fragrance that allows a tango dancer to reveal her elegance, strength, power, freedom, and sensuality. It is the scent only worn while on the dance floor and no where else because the tango and the particular scent of a woman take center stage to tell a story whatever that narrative may be. Of course, you can have a tango scent if you do not tango, but this special scent reminiscent of a tango’s proud spirit is not the same as your clubbing scent—just so we are clear. I believe tentatively that Dior Addict, as popular as it is, may be my tango scent. Its notes—silk tree flower, orange blossom, mandarin leaves, night queen flower, Bulgarian rose, Bourbon vanilla absolute, Mysore sandalwood, and tonka bean—when mixed together produce a heady, seductive blend that would be perfect with La Cumparsita or El Choclo playing in the background. More about the perfume, Addict, on me at least, is an assertive sandalwood trying to get the attention of the aloof Bourbon vanilla smoking a slim cigarette in the dim lights. As for the tonka bean, it is the cool-blooded intermediary that has finally convinced the vanilla and sandalwood to put their differences aside and talk together with impeccable manners. However, this is not a well-behaved scent. Perhaps it is a combination of the other floral notes and the green mandarin leaves, but there is this pulsing, raw animality always lurking in the shadows. You get the impression that someone is conducting an illicit liaison with someone else … My only reservation about Addict is the sandalwood, a scent from childhood. I recall that temple was perfumed with sandalwood incense; and later my father procured a men’s cologne whose leading note was sandalwood. Smelling Addict, I think about the poised, alluring tango dancer I would like to be juxtaposed against the little girl holding her father’s hand, the both of them going to a religious service. The memories and expectations clash too much with this Dior creation. What is more, I find myself gravitating toward the image of the child. I still have a “child’s” taste in perfume I suppose, just like in diet: fruit, sweet flowers, soft spices (cardamom), and confectionery of course. I hoped that the vanilla in Addict would be sweeter, the rose more pronounced with the orange blossom, the animalic notes toned down. Then I realize that if such were the case, Addict would cease to be Addict. As a result, I do like the scent, acknowledging that I have to “grow” into it. Right now I am like a girl in a dress and Mary Janes writing her puppy love crush a note using a golden pencil; I feel I need/should be the woman, the ideal Addict wearer, sitting at her vanity dressed in her black lingerie and short red satin robe composing a letter to her lover using a Waterman fountain pen. I have to wait a bit before this becomes my tango scent despite how much I wanted such a perfume for the present.