Country singer Martina McBride wears this, according to coolspotters.com, and being a MM fan, I wanted to try it. She said, "it's fresh and sexy at the same time."
(ASIDE: Others mentioned in this article from "Nashville Style" mag, Dec 2013 (reported at coolspotters.com), included Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry, whose fave is BN9 Chinatown, Kimberly Schlapman, the blonde in Little Big Town, who wears MJ Daisy gifted by her husb because her daughter's name is Daisy, and she loves it -- and also Kelly Pickler, who wears Refuge by Charlotte Russe, which costs around $10),
Anyway, back to Martina McBride's Eau des Merveilles:
2004 launch -- notes, per parfumo.net
Top Notes - Orange, Lemon
Heart Notes - Amber, Pepper, Pink pepper, Violet
Base Notes - Oakmoss, Fir, Vetiver, Cedar
I'm wearing it on this hot sultry day with my office's A/C broken.
A sweet orange scent, esp at first -- light & fresh -- then comes a peppery tingle and a hint of light amber. That's what I'm smelling. Light, fresh, slightly sweet, tingly-peppery orange fragrance -- with a little amber. Not terribly woody or earthy, although those notes (fir & cedar) are detectable in the base and to me, make it quite unisex -- I think a man could easily wear this.
It's okay, nothing wrong with it, but I don't love it. I've never been a big fan of citrus perfumes, in general. But really, I think that for an orange-based perfume, this is good -- better than Happy or BN9 Little Italy IMHO. It's not too pungent, it doesn't turn sharp or sour on me -- it doesn't smell like Orange Glo -- well made, and for an EDT, it lasts very well. It's pretty refreshing.
Lippies off for that terrible bottle design. The silver top's design makes it appear to be a removable cap -- so I pulled it off to spray -- and there was the little hose! No, the silver top is the *sprayer* -- yes, there's the little hole on the side -- but the initial look of it is very deceptive, since it has rounded edges, like a cap. Beware -- the top is a sprayer, with no cap -- and the hole may not be facing you when you first look at it. If you pull the silver sprayer piece from the little hose, as I did, it will reattach, but then it may "drool" after spraying. **sigh** I really wish I hadn't made the mistake of pulling that sprayer off -- stupid, but an easy mistake to make with this one. At first glance, it's confusing.
Posh brand Hermes couldn't put a cap on top of the sprayer?? I suspect that a great deal of the appeal of Hermes fragrances -- as with their handbags -- is simply the name and its prestige factor.