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Celebrity Perfume: Still by Jennifer Lopez

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 You may have seen my recent post about celebrity perfumes in which I nailed my colours to the mast. I’m a fan. Celebrity fragrances are made by experts and priced to sell.  What’s not to love?

stillToday I am reviewing my new bottle of Still by Jennifer Lopez. It was recommended to me by friend of the blog Rachael, who is a fan of Still and told me she would love to read a review.  Like an olfactory DJ, I’m always happy to do requests. Rachael, this is for you.

Still opens with Earl Grey Tea and oranges,  giving this a lovely fresh and clean opening straight away.  My first thought is that this would make the perfect work scent.  It’s light and clean and surely would offend nobody.  The light opening pretty much stays put throughout, just gathering some lily of the valley, fressia and jasmine along the way.  None of this becomes rich or cloying; the orangey citrus notes keep everything light and zingy.

The base is allegedly sandalwood, amber, musk and pepper, but this really doesn’t end up as rich and spicy as those notes might suggest. In fact, I would say some nice clean musks, like freshly shampooed hair, and the faintest tang of clean spices, like a chai tea for example. still amazon

All in all, my bottle of eau de parfum was jolly good value at just over £10 for 30ml from Amazon UK. This would make a great gift for a teen since it is no way provocative, but clean, light and pretty.  Don’t worry if your teenage years are an embarrassing distant blur of cringiness- you can wear this even if you’re, ooh, I don’t know…47?  (Ahem).

JLo Still is absolutely bang on the money for summer, for work or for a young perfume recipient.  Or an attractive older woman.  From Wales.

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You can buy this from Amazon UK like I did. Opinions are my own and I bought this for myself.

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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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Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

 

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The popularity of Marc Jacobs fragrances is indisputable, but I have often wondered, does the prettiest peacock have to try harder in the personality stakes? In other words, are they all mouth and no trousers? (as we say in Wales).

To be honest I quite like the Marc Jacobs scents that I’ve tried, and I’ve tried Daisy, Honey,  Dot and Daisy Eau so Fraiche.  They are perfectly nice and inoffensive and whenever I smell them on other people I always remark how lovely they are.  However, I can’t help thinking my perfume dollar is going to the posh bottle factory and not to the quality ingredients department, and it doesn’t come cheap at  £40 for a 30ml bottle.

daisydreamWhen Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream was launched last year, I noted the beautiful bottle with its cut out daisies and its pleasing, nay delightful, sunny skies bottle and I confess, I felt a little cynical towards it.  But saturation has a way of influencing you – says this new fan of Strictly Come Dancing.

Here’s  a funny thing: I have started to like Daisy Dream and can’t seem to stop trying it whenever I go into Boots (the chemist not the footwear, for non UK readers).

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream opens as lightly as a fairy doing ballet.  It’s all delicate peachy fruits and light as air flower petals. (Although in fact, it’s blackberries, grapefruit and pear). The middle note goes a bit weird on me though, and I can’t help thinking of tinned tropical fruit:  think wet lychees and slightly gone over mango. The base has a slightly synthetic sickly note, but there are still sticky wet fruits and delicate flowers in there as it all beds down into what is supposed to be musk, woods and coconut  ( not on me!).  Longevity is around four hours, but no more than that.

It’s a youthful, modern scent that I don’t think will stand the test of time as a classic. However, I can’t help wishing that I had an Alice in Wonderland potion that made the bottles into impossibly pretty little necklaces made of jewels.  Start making those, and I will be a living advert for the brand.

The truth is, Daisy Dream and I are not compatible in the long term.  I only like the top notes.  I guess that’s why I keep visiting the bottle in Boots instead of owning one.   Like a bad boyfriend, I lose interest after the honeymoon period.

Stockists:  Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream is available just about everywhere, but if you’re shopping online you can try Amazon.co.uk  or allbeauty.com.

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Calvin Klein Downtown: For Bright Young Things

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This is a recent launch for Calvin Klein (September 2013) and it is intended for the young.  In which case, it is ideal.  Calvin Klein Downtown  caters for the current youthful preference for sweet, berry like fragrances.  However, it (thankfully) holds back from the ubiquitous Vanilla Bazooka that is blasted hither and thither today, and produces a decent enough daytime scent.

Reading the top notes of Lemon, Bergamot and Plum, I would have expected a fruitier opening, or at least a citrus opening, but it was sweet in a milky Vanilla way, like white chocolate.  Interestingly, Vanilla is not listed as a note, but the sweetness certainly hints at its shadow. Middle notes are Gardenia, Pink Pepper and Patchouli, but I found these notes indistinct and wouldn’t have guessed from a blind sniff.

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A few hours later and I’m sniffing my arm again.  It’s now become a milky musk, not a million miles from Just Cavalli.  Oh wait!  Here’s a faint hint of Gardenia. Better late than never.

As a scent for the young, it is a toned down version of all the fruity floral vanilla horrors I have previously reviewed (Taylor Swift I’m looking at you).  I wouldn’t wear it myself, but then, at 43, it wasn’t made for me. However, as a blessed relief  from the overuse of heavy handed ingredients currently en vogue, it fits the bill.

I found it a little non-descript, and borderline gourmand, but sometimes that’s better than “get out of the lift, she’s doused herself in that stuff again”.

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The price is reasonable at under £30 for 50ml of EDP on Amazon UK or you can find it on allbeauty.com. The face of the fragrance is the beautiful Rooney Mara.

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