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Flower by Kenzo: A True Modern Classic

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Flower by Kenzo just hasn’t been on my radar until I opened my Modern Classics Discovery Box from The Perfume Society. You know when something is so familiar that you don’t notice it anymore?  Well that must be why I didn’t actually know what Flower by Kenzo smelled like until now.  I see it everywhere and yet I pass by.  Now I’ve finally taken time to stop and smell the Flower (sorry) What a revelation!

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Flower by Kenzo opens with light citrus notes and atouch of herby hawthorn that beds down into soft violet and roses.  Now, you might be thinking YSL Paris when you hear violet and roses,  but this is more like very expensive luxury thrice milled talc.  There is a deliciously clean powdery note that has what can only be called a “fluffiness” about it.  It evoked memories of those talcum puffs I used to buy my late grandmothers- you know, a marabou puff in a little round box or tin.  Gorgeousness.

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The flowers in Flower by Kenzo are present but subdued, as if being inhaled through a diaphanous white veil.  The base has a faint spice thanks to the frankincense, but even that’s a mere puff and a wisp. The overriding finish is one of powdery white musk with a hint of violets. This is the ultimate perfect day time scent.  In fact, my dear teacher friend Janet (she’ll laugh when she sees this) wears this to work and I can’t think of a nicer way to scent a classroom.  This iscomforting, pure, and makes you smell as if you come from a good home with fluffy towels and clean laundry.

Flower by Kenzo is indeed a Modern Classic.  It suits all ages and would also make a great first perfume for a young fragrance rookie.

Stockists

Kenzo Flower is widely available.  Try allbeauty.com or John Lewis. Alternatively, you will find a sample in The Perfume Society Modern Classics Discovery Box like wot I did.

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Jimmy Choo L’Eau: Little Pink Petals

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I must confess, dear reader, that I was not an immediate fan of earlier Jimmy Choo fragrances. However, blogging about perfume for four years can do funny things to you. Once upon a time I was quite sniffy about fruity florals (pun intended) and despaired of finding any new launches outside that genre.  A few years later, and I’ve started running after the fruity floral wagon crying “I’ve changed my mind!”

jimmychoo leau my bottleJimmy Choo L’Eau is not, as some might think, a watered-down version of the original, but a more delicate take on it, with less sugary sweetness than I recall from Jimmy Choo EDP.  Maybe that’s why I like it. Maybe after the deluge of vanilla and caramel notes in perfume of late, fruity florals don’t smell too sickly after all now.

Opening with hibiscus and bergamot, this gives a light floral with a juiciness at the heart but no syrup. The middle notes are nectarine and girly peony- one of my favourite floral notes. The base is cedar and musk, but to be honest, I didn’t find any cedar, only a touch of musk to round things off nicely. This is pretty, and great for teens, but not too “young” for this 46-year-old.

Why am I suddenly craving girly florals? Is it this endless winter? Do I think that if I smell of flowers then buds will peek out and petals will bloom? It’s worth a try.

Stockists

HeavenScent2017shopAWI bagged my sample from my Perfume Society Heaven Scents Box, but you can buy full bottle from the Fragrance Shop and The Perfume Shop or House of Fraser.  Sample is my own and opinions are my own,

 

 

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Stella McCartney POP: Review

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Stella McCartney does it again. She’s gone and made a perfume to fall in love with. Many a time have I had readers mourning how Stella In Two Peony and Stella L.I.L.Y are hard to get and I predict that the same will happen again should the delightful POP ever be discontinued. However, with its success already snowballing, I don’t see this being a problem.

You may be aware of the achingly cool TV ad that stars none other than Lola Leon doing achingly cool stuff with other cool 2016 IT Girls. Yes, it made me want to frolic in a pink Cadillac with a swimming pool in the back seat, but I can’t. But what I can do is smell like one of the gang. I’m a sucker for a good ad campaign and dreamy music.

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So what’s in the playful pink-topped bottle? There is a green earthiness in the opening of POP which I put down to the tomato leaf and the citrus. This tempting overture blooms briefly and brightly. Once this happens, tuberose and sandalwood tell the other notes “we’ll take it from here, thanks, you can go home now.”

Frankly, the tuberose and woods were so sniff-tacular that I didn’t notice anything else after the drydown. The tuberose gets to stretch its muscles until it’s practically doing handstands just to show off.

It blasts you with its full force, like a superheroine. Sometimes when white flowers reach the xenon of their powers, they turn a bit celery, but this goes beyond celery into earthy herbal with a white musk flourish to round things off.  Line up some quieter sandalwood alongside and you have a terrific accord that makes tuberose smell richer than Lola’s Mum.  If tuberose has previously put you off, this could be the one that tempts you through the portal.

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This fragrance is aimed at the millennial generation on the cusp of life’s adventure. I applaud the fact that tuberose has been used, rather than the generic fruity floral vanilla monster that won’t go away lately. Then again, this is Stella McCartney we’re talking about. Generic was never on the menu.

Stockists

You can buy full bottles of POP from The Fragrance Shop. (That sounds very 70s to my ear. Us kids used to love a bottle of pop on a hot day!)

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You can also get a sample by signing up to the Fragrance Shop Discovery Club scheme.  Boxes are £5 inc P&P and include discount vouchers for full bottles of the samples within.

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Hollister Wave For Her

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Yesterday I popped into my local Superdrug. I like it in there. They always have lots of testers and many half price fragrances. I spotted Hollister Wave For Her and had a thorough try of it: coat sleeves and all. It lasted several hours, I’ll give it that, but left me underwhelmed.  I know that I’m not a member of the Hollister demographic. At forty six, I’m about thirty years too late, so I simply sprayed and went to catch the bus in my comfy boots and sensible handbag.

Hollister Wave For her opens with synthetic flowers. I recognised orchid, since I almost always have a problem with it. It’s used in some Avon perfumes and I always find it jarringly fake and plasticky.  After the orchid came some generic synthetic fruity notes: quince and star fruit. I didn’t like those either. It’s rounded off with sandalwood, amber ( yes, I got a bit of that) and here’s a new one me: solar notes. I looked it up on Fragrantica and it came in under the genre of “natural and synthetic, popular and weird.” I don’t really know what the solar notes added, but this was a very generic fruity floral. So generic, I’m sure I’ve smelled it at least a hundred times.

However, as I said up there ^, this wasn’t made for the likes of me. I like mossy chypres. I was never going to like this, was I? That doesn’t mean to say it won’t be a big seller and very popular.  It does mean that it will never make it to my agreeably overflowing dressing table.

Stockists

You can buy Hollister Wave For Her from Superdrug from £19 for 30ml.

 

 

 

 

Aquolina Pink Sugar: Candy for Grown ups


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Providing yet another example of how  all perfumes deserve more than one chance, I have been proved wrong yet again, this time by Aquolina Pink Sugar. I recently dismissed Pink Sugar as another candy floss scent but my dear friend Lisa Wordbird prompted me to take another look.  She was right about it.  It’s not a typical candy floss scent.  Aquolina has come at this from a different angle.

First of all the sugar in it is gourmet for grown ups.  There’s no ice cream like scent, no cheap vanilla cake flavouring, it’s more like sophisticated burnt maple sugar, with a caramel tang.

Opening notes claim to be fruity, but I did not find any Bergamot or Oranges anywhere as promised, and I can usually pick a citrus out like a bloodhound.

What makes this interesting, is a distinct note of vinyl, like a plastic doll’s head.  This gives me the impression that it‘s not taking itself too seriously.  It’s an ironic nod to fruity florals and has shrugged off the tendency to smell like a hundred other perfumes by offering a Demerera cube with your coffee, instead of a bowl of white sugar.  It may have a teenage market, but  with a mischievous wink, it’s making them smell like the dollies they so recently tossed aside.

This is one of those scents that I like and admire but don’t want to wear.  It’s a new take on pink and girly scents,  but it has brains.  Germaine Greer could get away with it beautifully.

Aquolina Pink Sugar is available on www.allbeauty.com for just 15.95.

 

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl: Worth Taking Seriously

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First of all, the creator of Tommy Girl is a legend in her own right. Calice Becker is the creator of Balmain Vent Vert,  Dior J’Adore,  Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise (which automatically makes Luca Turin one of her greatest fans), and a whole stable of Killians, to name but a few.

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And yet Tommy Girl has a reputation for being popular with teenage girls.  It’s very much a must have within certain age groups, and I should imagine many a sixth form common room has been much improved by Ms Becker’s fragrance.

 Tommy Girl is a refreshing change from many young fragrances in that it is invigorating and effervescent rather than overly sweet. Opening notes are citrussy and refreshing, but they deftly sidestep the temptation to wander into Davidoff Cool water or Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey territory.

This is achieved by the right balance of floral preventing this from becoming aquatic.  There is refreshing Grapefruit, but also Magnolia.  There is sharp Lemon and Mandarin, but also Roses to tone it back down again. Violet, Honeysuckle and Camellia keep it young and pretty without going over to the Twee side.

The only note I take issue with is the alleged Leather in the basenote, which I did not get at all.

This is everything light and refreshing and youthful, but at the end of a long day, you still get some faded florals clinging prettily to your skin. A bargain, and possibly a modern classic.

Stockists

Tommy Girl is available from www.Boots.com or www.allbeauty.com and is usually well under £20.

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