Fragrance Friday | Fancy by Jessica Simpson

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Fancy by Jessica Simpson

NOTES | Pear, Apricot, Red Berries, Gardenia, Jasmine, Almond, Caramel, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber

VIBE | Romantic, Cozy, Cuddly, Feminine, Comforting

If perfumers had the ability to bottle up the exact essence of caramel drizzled creme brรปlรฉe, you would get Fancy by Jessica Simpson (her debut scent). It’s unabashedly sweet and decadent, and it’s exactly the kind of cuddly, cozy fragrance I want to wear on a chilly autumn day.

This gourmand treat opens with sweet pear, syrupy apricot and sugary red berries. The top notes may be purely fruity, but the rich, dessert-like notes in the base are already rising up at this point. My first impression of Fancy, when I initially sprayed it on, was that it was very, very sweet but not youthful. It doesn’t smell like the candied, cheap body sprays that young teens wear. It’s rich and creamy, and wraps around you like a soft cashmere sweater. It just radiates warmth and soft femininity.

As the fragrance evolves into the heart, the most prominent notes that give Fancy its main characteristics come into play. Voluptuous jasmine and gardenia are the only two flowers in the scent but they are barely detectable. They just add an underlying sexiness, an almost animalic quality that compliments the creamy caramel and sugared almonds perfectly. It’s in the heart of the fragrance where Fancy is truly at its best. At this point, I can hardly stop sniffing my wrist. Seriously, I could happily drown in Fancy.

Like a fairytale, Fancy is a romantic fragrance that ends as beautifully as it began. Staying true to the cuddly, gourmand nature of the scent, the three notes that are left on your skin are vanilla, amber and sandalwood. It’s slightly spicy, milky and sexy. It’s soft and delicate and is only strong enough to smell when leaning in for a hug. My boyfriend loves when I wear Fancy. Honestly, he rarely notices the perfumes I wear, so the fact that he actually verbalizes that he likes this scent, says it all. If you enjoy sweet, dessert-like scents and orientals, or are looking for a romantic scent for a date, then give Fancy a try. It’s super cheap (I got my 50ml bottle for $25) but stands up to more expensive designer juices. It’s one of my favorite fall scents and if you love vanilla, you are going to be obsessed with this yummy perfume.

Have you smelled Fancy before? What’s your favorite fall scent?




Fragrance Find | Lolita Lempicka’s Sweet


NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Sweet by Lolita Lempicka

NOTES | Sour Cherry, Sugar, Iris, Angelica, Cacao, Musk, Cashmere Wood

VIBE | Rich, Decadent, Sultry, Bold, Sensual, Girly, Stylish

I feel like gourmand fragrances are very much a love it or hate it kind of thing. Some people love smelling like dessert and others make their disdain for foodie scents perfectly clear. While I love all kinds of fragrances and really enjoy gourmand scents, I can understand why some people choose to avoid them. When these types of perfumes are made well they are complex, sophisticated, and mouthwatering. When their quality is poor, they are tacky and overbearing, choking you out with the synthetic sweetness of those cheap body sprays we all wore in high school. To put it simply, when gourmand fragrances are good they are amazing and when they are bad they are god awful.

Lolita Lempicka is a French perfume house that is well-known and appreciated for their delicious, confection-inspired scents, as well as their whimsical bottles that look as though they belong in a fairytale. The original Lolita Lempicka perfume comes in a purple and gold enchanted apple and is an intoxicating combination of liquorice, cherry, chocolate, iris, and ivy. It’s a sweet scent, no doubt, but it isn’t the saccharine cotton candy type of scent that a lot of us expect from a gourmand offering – AKA Thierry Mugler’s Angel or Aquolina’s Pink Sugar. It’s soft and ethereal with a warm spiciness that sets it apart from other bakery sweet perfumes. When I came across ‘Sweet‘, a 2014 addition to the Lolita Lempicka fragrance family, I was immediately intrigued because of how much I loved the original. The notes were promising too – sour cherry, chocolate, iris – some of my absolute favourite smells. When I first sprayed it onto my wrist I was a little bit unsure about how I felt about it. It was very, very sweet. Obviously – it’s right there in the name. The opening is like a blast of sugary cherry cola and, to be frank, smelling like I spilled soda on myself is not my jam. After a few minutes however, Sweet starts to develop on the skin, and the rich aroma of chocolate and powdery iris begin to take over. When I was reading the description for Sweet, it said that the fragrance contains a ‘chocolate cherry lip gloss accord’. While the idea of smelling like cherry flavoured lip gloss both appalls and delights me, the fragrance does not smell like lip gloss in any way. Despite its initial blast of sugar, Sweet evolves into a very deep, sensual gourmand that would be perfect to wear during a romantic encounter.

The notes that are the most prominent on my skin are the cherry, cacao, and iris. It’s a decadent, delicious fragrance that makes me think of a box of chocolate dipped cherries. It feels like an indulgence and, like the original Lolita Lempicka, has a sophistication that a lot of other gourmands lack. This is a very rich fragrance and not one I would wear during the summer time or in the office, but it is a gorgeous gourmand scent to wear in the evening or for a romantic occasion that you want to make extra special. The bottle – a deep red apple just like the one in Snow White – is reason enough to add this bad boy to your collection.

Have you tried Sweet by Lolita Lempicka? What are your favourite perfumes? Let’s chat in the comments!




Sugar Rush | 6 Sweet Scents I Love

I don’t know what it is, but for the last few months, I have developed an addiction to sweet, gourmand, bakery-fresh fragrances. While I have always enjoyed foodie fragrances, they were never my favorite and I always leaned more towards chypres, woodsy orientals, and fresh, green scents. Still, for whatever reason, I have developed an olfactory sweet tooth in a big way and have been reaching more and more for the sweeter scents on my dresser. Below I have curated a list of six of the sweet scents I love the most. Some of them are definitely guilty pleasures, some of them are iconic fragrances that I don’t own yet but that I really enjoy, and some of them are my go-to perfumes for whenever I am feeling like indulging in something sweet (without all of the calories).


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1 // Aquolina – Pink Sugar

Notes: Bergamot, Fig Leaf, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Red Berries, Lily of the Valley, Licorice Blossom, Cotton Candy, Strawberry, Musk, Vanilla, Caramel, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood

Oh, Pink Sugar. The scent of my youth. This fragrance is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and is probably the least sophisticated, tackiest perfume that I own. But I absolutely love it. It’s nostalgic, sweet, and almost obnoxiously feminine. Created by Italian cosmetics company Aquolina, Pink Sugar is meant to evoke the sweet, pleasurable aromas of one’s childhood with candy-like notes of caramel, cotton candy, red fruits, vanilla, and licorice. It definitely does stay true to its concept and is very youthful and yummy. Again, Pink Sugar is not a complex scent. It’s not formal or sophisticated but it is distinctive and immediately recognizable. Since its release in 2004, it has become an iconic fragrance and people either love it or hate it. I do enjoy it in all of its flamboyant, cotton candy-esque glory and I think it definitely has an unpretentious, cuddly charm.


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2 // Prada – Candy

Notes: Caramel, Musk, Vanilla, Benzoin

When I first smelled Prada’s uber-popular fragrance Candy, I was taken aback by how sweet this perfume smelled. It’s like caramel-freakin’-city. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting such a sugary, foodie fragrance from a high-end design house like Prada. I was expecting something that was more complex – maybe with some spicy and woodsy notes as well. That being said, I love this rich fragrance. It’s delicious and makes me think of snickerdoodles, creme brulee and cake. It’s not overpowering though, and has a soft, powdery feel that makes it very chic and wearable.


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3 // Thierry Mugler – Angel

Notes: Bergamot, Coconut, Melon, Cotton Candy, Cassia, Jasmine, Apricot, Plum, Rose, Orchid, Peach, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Chocolate, Coumarin, Tonka Bean, Patchouli

Angel is a fragrance that I do not yet own, but it will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine. This is probably ย the most iconic gourmand fragrance out there. Created in 1992, Angel has been cited as initiating a global obsession with oriental-gourmand perfumes. This is waaay more complex than Pink Sugar (there is no comparison -seriously, there are over twenty notes in this bad boy) but, like Pink Sugar, Angel is very much a love it or hate it kind of fragrance. It’s incredibly sweet. If Pink Sugar is a little container of cotton candy, then Angel is a whole damn dessert buffet. There’s caramel, chocolate, coconut, fruit, honey, candy… Angel is an incredibly sweet perfume that should be sprayed with caution as it can quickly become overpowering and cloying. In small amounts, Angel is positively intoxicating and I can definitely understand why it became such a global sensation.


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4 // Ariana Grande (don’t judge) – Sweet Like Candy

Notes: Sugared Blackberry, Italian Bergamot, Pear, Black Currant, Whipped Cream, Marshmallow Accord, Jasmine, Frangipani, Honeysuckle, Vanilla, Cashmere Wood

I am not a huge fan of Ariana Grande’s music, I’ll be honest (although she does have a gorgeous voice), but her perfume is just scrumptious. With candy-like notes of sugared blackberry, cassis cream, marshmallow, and vanilla, ‘Sweet Like Candy’ is aptly named and smells like a thick slice of blackberry crumble with a dollop of vanilla cream and powdered sugar. There are floral notes in this scent, but I find that they just smooth out and balance the heavy dose of sugar without being particularly prominent. This is a young fragrance, but I don’t believe that age should come into play at all when it comes to perfume (it’s all about enjoying what you are wearing and feeling happy when you smell a scent). It’s sweet, delicate, sugary and very feminine. This is a casual fragrance with an uplifting, girly vibe that I can’t help but love.


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5 // Victor & Rolf – Bonbon

Notes: Mandarin, Orange, Peach, Caramel, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Guaiac Wood, Sandalwood, Amber, Cedar

Despite the crazy success of Victor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb, I never quite saw what the fuss was about with that perfume. Bonbon, however, I absolutely love. Released in 2014, Bonbon is indulgent and opulent with a rich blend of caramel, florals, fruits, and woods. This is a great choice for someone who wants to smell yummy without smelling like a dessert. The only gourmand note in this scent is the caramel and it is balanced out by the white florals and woodsy notes in this fragrance. In terms of Bonbon’s fruits, I find the peach stands out the most on my skin and creates a warm, sexy trail that lasts for hours. Plus, the bottle is too damn cute.


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6 // Kerosene – Unknown Pleasures

Notes: Earl Grey tea, lemon, bergamot, honeycomb, tonka bean, caramel, vanilla, waffle cone

I love to browse Indie Scents as I always seem to find the most unique, beautiful fragrances there. I discovered Unknown Pleasures by Kerosene a couple of months ago and with mouthwatering notes of earl grey, lemon, caramel, and waffle cone, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering it. Upon smelling it, the fragrance more than exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a dusky, cold-weather fragrance reminiscent of biscotti and London Fogs. And while Unknown Pleasures definitely does create that impression, the lemon in this scent really stands out. It’s not a fresh or astringent lemon – it’s a creamy, sugary lemon-macaroon fragrance with a drizzle of caramel accompanied by a steaming, fragrant London Fog. This is a yummy fragrance that works best for colder days when you want to feel cozy. Unknown Pleasures is lick-your-wrist delicious but still manages to be unique and chic.

Are there any sweet scents that you love that you think I should know about? Let’s chat in the comments!