I was in two minds about reviewing Taylor Swift Wonderstruck as I thought I may risk repeating myself. However, I suffered the wearing of it for a whole day so you’re all going to suffer with me. (insert spooky villain’s laugh here)
Here’s the repetitive bit: Why oh why do so many modern, low priced fragrances smell like an explosion in a candy floss factory? This has been done so many times that I cannot pick out one single aspect of Wonderstruck that makes it different from any other fruity floral over-vanilla-ed modern scent. It smells similar to Beyoncé Heat, Beyoncé Midnight Heat, Aquolina Pink Sugar, Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, Juicy Couture, Kylie Minogue Showtime and many others.
Top notes are: Freesia, Blackberry, Raspberry, Tea and Apple Blossom
Middle notes are: Vanilla, Honeysuckle and Hibiscus
Base notes are: Sandalwood, Amber, Peach and Musk.
At least that’s the official line. What you actually get is cloyingly sweet Red Berries, Peach and Vanilla. And then more Vanilla. And some Sugar and more Berries.
We have been here before to the point of tedium. I would like to say it’s lazy perfume making, but the sad fact is that this stuff is selling. As long as people are buying it, our calls for a change will be drowned out by the clamour for candy floss.
I did notice a tide of change recently when the Fragrance Shop Discovery Box contained a leather chypre (Loewe Aura)and a good powdery lime (Boss Jour Pour Femme), so there is hope. In the meantime, I am just waiting for the pink tidal wave to go back from whence it came.
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck? Nice bottle. If you like that sort of thing.