Fragrance Friday | Poison Girl by Dior

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NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Poison Girl by Dior
NOTES | Bitter Orange, Lemon, Damask Rose, Grasse Rose,  Orange Blossom, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Almond, Tolu Balsam, Cashmeran, Heliotrope

VIBE | SultryCuddly, Comforting, Romantic, Feminine, Yummy, Flirty

When it comes to sweet and sexy date night scents, I already have a few favorites tucked away in my arsenal. I love Jessica Simpson’s peaches and cream confection ‘Fancy Love‘ for a romantic dinner with my boyfriend, and Viktor & Rolf’s Bonbon for an, ahem, night time dalliance. Who knew that both of these scents would be knocked out of the way as soon as Dior released their uber-popular fragrance Poison Girl in January of 2016? Sweet yet not sugary and almost overwhelmingly sultry, Poison Girl is the perfect juice for when you feel like getting busy, whether that means a night out club hopping with your lady friends, or, you know.

As I mentioned before, Poison Girl is a very popular fragrance and has been raved about by bloggers/vloggers, instagram influencers, magazines – you name it. Because I like to wear perfume that not everyone else is wearing, it took me a while to give this succulent scent a try. After spritzing a bit on my wrist while browsing around Sephora, I instantly understood what all the fuss was about. It’s delicious. It’s decadent. It’s everything you want in an evening fragrance without any of the cheapness that is often associated with gourmands. Even though it’s called Poison Girl, it has a sophisticated quality that feels very womanly and sensual.

This aphrodisiac of a fragrance opens with two citrus notes – bitter orange and Sicilian lemon. Normally, when citrus fruits open up a fragrance, the impression is fresh, sporty, sometimes astringent. This is not the case with Poison Girl. It’s as if the orange and lemon have been rolled in granulated sugar. The effect is juicy and somewhat candy-like as opposed to clean and airy.

As the mouthwatering fruits in the top begin to fade, the opulent florals in the heart take centre stage. What flowers are these you ask? Velvety damask and grasse roses alongside a sweet hint of orange blossom. One rose note is often enough to take over an entire scent and make the whole effect very rosy and floral. Luckily, orange blossom is a very light, slightly sweet white flower that really softens up the roses and ties together the notes of the top, heart and base. While the heart is composed entirely of flowers, at this point in the scent I can already smell the sweet, creamy notes in the base rising up. This creates an unabashedly sexy aroma that is lightly floral, balsamic and dessert-like all at the same time. If I was in lust at first spritz, I knew I was falling in love when the scent warmed into the heart notes.

Unlike a lot of scents out there that dry into pale musk and unidentifiable woods, Poison Girl is as delicious in the dry down as it is when you first spray it on. With ultra sweet notes like tonka bean, vanilla, almond and tolu balsam, the only thing that prevents the base from smelling like a gourmet dessert buffet (and really, there would have been nothing wrong with that), is the floral touch of heliotrope. It’s not enough to give the end of the scent a strongly floral feel, but it does soften the other notes with a touch of feminine sophistication. Poison Girl’s dry down is creamy and rich with just a hint of flowers and although it’s hard to pick a favorite part of this stunning scent, I think the drydown takes the sweet almond rose-water cake.

In conclusion, Poison Girl completely lives up to all of the hype. It’s decadent and sexy yet utterly feminine and romantic. It’s the kind of perfume that men love and women compliment as well. While I think it’s best suited for evening occasions, it’s refined enough to wear to more formal affairs – a ornate black-tie dress would go just as well with Poison Girl as a slinky beaded romper that you would wear to the bar. Despite its rich, dessert-like notes, it’s not overpowering (provided that you don’t overspray – one to three spritzes is all anyone needs) and so if you fall head over heels, there’s no reason you shouldn’t make it your new everyday signature. If you are a romantic, a chocolate and flowers kind of girl who loves the finer (ahem, more expensive) things in life, than you are going to adore Poison Girl. And frankly, so will everyone around you. It sounds like a lot of fluff and hype, but really, it’s that good.

Have you tried Dior’s Poison Girl yet? Do you like it better than the original Poison? Let me know what your thoughts were in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | J by Jennifer Aniston

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NAME OF FRAGRANCE | J by Jennifer Aniston

NOTES | Bergamot, Water Lily, Salty Sea Accord, Magnolia, Freesia, Sambac Jasmine, Sandalwood, Tahitian Bourbon, Vanilla, Musk

VIBE | Breezy, Calming, Soft, Casual, Beachy, Clean

First, let me start off by saying I love Jennifer Aniston. I think that she is so beautiful, strong and intelligent. She just radiates class and integrity. So naturally, it came as no surprise to me that I loved this perfume as soon as I smelled it. It’s feminine, soothing, refreshing and beachy, with just a touch of elegance. In other words, all the adjectives I would use to describe Jennifer Aniston. So what does it actually smell like note by note? Let me break it down for you.

J by Jennifer Aniston is a beachy floral scent that opens with notes of bergamot, water lily and salty sea accord. When you first spritz it on it smells very fresh but not citrusy fresh. More like beachy, ‘ocean air blowing into your face’ fresh. I love that the salty sea accord doesn’t smell overdone or synthetic. All too often sea accords smell harsh and astringent (like cleaning products) but it was very well done here. The bergamot and water lily just accentuate the freshness of the top but they don’t stand out. I love this part of the scent the most. It’s uplifting and instantly makes me think of lazy summer days spent on the beach.

As the scent progresses, the heart unfolds with a bouquet of powdery white flowers. Magnolia, freesia, and jasmine are the notes that give J its very clean, powdery vibe. At this point it kind of smells like Coppertone sunscreen. It’s sweet but not gourmand , and it’s floral but the flowers are very soft and subdued. What I love so much about the heart is that it smells beachy, but it’s not because of any synthetic tropical fruits or citruses. The sea accord and subtle flowers give it a salty, sunblock smell that is so nostalgic and refreshing.

As the scent concludes, all that is left on your skin is a warm trail of sandalwood with a delicate kiss of vanilla infused bourbon. It reminds me of a bonfire that you would sit in front of after you’ve spent all day at the beach. At this point I can totally picture the scenario – I have sand in between my toes and all I can smell is the ocean, and the hot whiskey I’m drinking by the fire. It’s not a gourmand dry down, but the vanilla bourbon adds just a touch of sweetness and sexiness. It’s whisper soft at this point. It’s the kind of skin scent that you need to lean in close to smell (which only adds to its subtle sexiness).

Long story short, J by Jennifer Aniston is a lovely everyday kind of perfume. It’s long lasting yet subtle. It never overpowers and it tends to earn compliments from both ladies and gentlemen alike. It’s a breezy, beachy scent that is perfect for day or night (thanks to the sultry basenote of vanilla bourbon). Like your favorite pair of blue jeans, J is a scent that is sure to bring a smile to your face every time that you put it on. 

Have you smelled J by Jennifer Aniston? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | Fantasy In Bloom

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Fantasy in Bloom by Britney Spears

NOTES | Berries, Green Mandarin, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Tuberose, Jasmine, Osmanthus, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber

VIBE | Airy, Romantic, Feminine, Whimsical, Dreamy, Joyful

Okay, so first things first, here’s a little tid bit about me. If there are two things in this world that excite me like nothing else, they are Britney Spears and perfume. Put the two together and suddenly I am in a state of mental pandemonium. I remember the day I found out that Britney was releasing Fantasy In Bloom. It was early January and I honestly felt like Christmas had come again. I have every Britney Spears perfume (it’s my not-so-guilty-guilty pleasure) and so I obviously knew that I was going to get my hands on this bad boy. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere in Vancouver but I ordered mine online. There ain’t no mountain high or valley low enough to keep me from purchasing a Britney Spears scent. 

Anyway, after I finally snagged a bottle (which is adorable, by the way) came the moment of truth. And the truth is that as soon as I sprayed Fantasy In Bloom, I fell in love with it. It’s not at all what I expected. Because of its name, I was expecting a very opulent white floral fragrance with the tuberose and jasmine in the heart taking centre stage and squashing out any whisper of cherry blossom. That being said, this perfume really does centre almost entirely around the cherry blossom with just a kiss of vanilla and red berries. The inspiration for the fragrance was a lush garden in spring, and I think Fantasy In Bloom really does capture that. It has that airy, lightly floral scent that you smell outside when spring first arrives. It’s a gorgeous fragrance for women of all ages and it’s perfect for casual daytime wear.

My only complaint about this scent is that it doesn’t last very long (only a couple of hours) and it does not project very far at all. For some people this may be a plus, and it does lend itself to being a good office scent because it’s not overpowering. I like my perfume to not take over a room, but to at least make its presence known. I don’t mind reapplying this but I do wish it was a teensy bit stronger. This is not a deal-breaking flaw however, and overall Fantasy In Bloom is a very feminine and romantic scent with sweet notes of cherry blossom, berries, osmanthus, tuberose, amber, and vanilla.  It’s just the thing to perk me up and instantly transports me to a garden full of sweet scented blooms.

xoxo,

Alicia

Fragrance Find | Lolita Lempicka’s Sweet

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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!

xoxo,

Alicia

Scent Saturday | Chanel Chance eau Fraîche 

COMPANY | Chanel

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Chance eau Fraîche 

NOTES | Lemon, Cedar, Pink Pepper, Water Hyacinth, Jasmine, Teak Wood, Iris, Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver, White Musk

VIBE | Refreshing, Clean, Elegant, Androgynous, Sparkling

Although Chanel is my absolute favorite couture house and I think that both Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are geniuses in their own right, I haven’t always been crazy about Chanel perfumes. There are about a handful that I truly enjoy (Beige, Cristalle eau Verte, Coco Noir, and No. 18 are my favorites). Chanel Chance eau Fraîche, however, is an entirely different beast and it lacks any of the abstract florals or heavy aldehydes and spices that a lot of Chanel perfumes are overpowered by (Coco Mademoiselle and No.5, I am looking at you). I tried this perfume on out of curiousity when I was walking through Sephora as I realized it was one of the few Chanel perfumes I hadn’t tried. I expected to feel how I usually feel about Chanel fragrances – indifference at best, promptly scrubbing it off at worst. I was pleasantly surprised by the fragrance’s refreshing opening, lightly floral heart, and woodsy yet powdery dry down. At first spritz it actually smelled a bit like a men’s cologne before softening into a watery floral with crisp greenery and woods and just a touch of powdery iris. It’s bubbly and refreshing – if it were a cocktail it would be a French 75, with sharp gin, sparkly champagne, and bright lemon. It’s a flanker of Chanel Chance and it is definitely related to Chance eau Fraîche in terms of its notes. However, the original is sweeter, with a note of pineapple and a heavier dose of patchouli. I don’t hate the original, I just much prefer the refreshing, green scent of eau Fraîche. There is also another flanker, eau Tendre, which is in a similar bottle but with pink fluid as opposed to the golden juice of the original or pale green juice of eau Fraîche. It’s actually very nice as well and I may review it in the future. It’s softer and more overtly feminine with sweeter fruits to counter balance all of the patchouli that is signature to the Chance formula. Overall, out of the three versions Chance eau Fraîche is still my favorite. It’s the perfect scent for everyday and is uplifting and bright – just the thing to wake you up on an early Monday morning (it also has a subdued sophistication that is very appropriate for the office). It’s pleasant and not at all overpowering but it’s still interesting. It’s clean and subtle enough not to offend anyone but unique enough to garner compliments and the question “what are you wearing?”. Its not quite citrusy, not immediately woodsy, and it’s not green in the way that oak moss laden chypres are. It really is a bright fragrance that is best suited for the day time. It’s ideal for spring and summer but I find the woodsy elements of the scent make it perfectly fitting for fall and winter as well. While the florals do soften the scent, it could easily be unisex and a man could wear it just as well as a woman could. This is my favorite Chanel perfume of the moment and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves clean fragrances and green, woodsy notes.

xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | Grin by Ayala Moriel

COMPANY | Ayala Moriel Parfums

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Grin

NOTES | Agarwood (Oud), Boronia, Galbanum,  Green Peppercorn, Jasmine Grandiflorum, Oakmoss, Rose Otto (Turkey), Vetiver, Violet Leaf

As somewhat of a fragrance junkie, I love a lot of different genres of perfume. From week to week I will go from favoring gourmand scents to florals and orientals. With well over thirty fragrances crowding my dresser, I am not the type of girl to have just one signature scent and I can appreciate almost any type of perfume. However, if I absolutely had to choose a favorite, I would have to go with chypres. Fresh, green, earthy aromas have always appealed to me, reminding me of the smell of the rain-soaked forest floor, cut grass, and dewy flowers. I’m from British Columbia and, although it might be a cliche, scents that are reminiscent of nature – the salty ocean waves, crisp coniferous trees, and damp moss – are innately comforting to me and send me to my olfactory happy place. Grin, a delightful chypre fragrance by Vancouver perfumer Ayala Moriel (one of my absolute favorite perfumers), encapsulates everything I love about chypres. A few other favorite chypres of mine, also from Ayala, are Ayalitta and Rainforest.

I have a solid version of the scent ( a gift from Ayala from when I was working with her) and I keep it in my purse for when I need a little pick me up. All fragrances change as you wear them and adapt to your body chemistry but I find that is especially the case with natural essential oils. When I first dab Grin on I find it to be very green and earthy (as promised) with just a hint of spiciness, likely from the green peppercorn, vetiver and agarwood. As the fragrance continues to bloom on my wrist (no pun intended) a soft bouquet of florals become prominent, with notes of Turkish rose, jasmine and boronia leaving a delicate trail on my skin (boronia is the star of the show, at least on my skin). The scent stays true to its chypre roots throughout the scent and the oakmoss and violet leaf keep the fragrance crisp and green throughout the entire experience.

Grin is a perfume from Ayala’s vintage collection and as far as I know is not made in large quantities anymore. The benefit of this is that if you choose to order it, you can bet that few people will be walking around with the same scent. It’s a special fragrance. It’s romantic with a vintage vibe that is utterly elegant and refined. It feels like a fragrance you would find tucked away in someone’s jewelry box, a gift from a past lover that was made especially for them. It’s never overpowering and very intimate. It’s the kind of fragrance that you smell when you lean in for a hug or kiss and that you would associate with a loved one. It’s a favorite of mine that I wear often and I know that when I eventually run out, I will have to order it. I have quite a few of Ayala’s other fragrances (Zangvil, Orcas, Roses et Chocolat, Charisma, Dreaming Parallel, White Potion, Ayalitta, and Immortelle Amour) but Grin is an especially treasured one for me.

If you love chypres, classic florals, and fresh green fragrances, Grin is one scent that you need to try. It’s beguilingly romantic and elegant enough to wear to formal occasions but soft and fresh enough to wear every day. It’s the perfect light scent for summer and one that I wear year round. It’s a beautifully scented ode to fresh flowers and summer greenery.

xoxo,

Alicia

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Fragrance Friday | Walk On Air by Kate Spade

COMPANY | Kate Spade

NAME OF FRAGRANCE | Walk On Air

NOTES | linden blossom, bergamot, fern, neroli, Solomon’s seal, lily-of-the-valley, magnolia, narcissus, Egyptian jasmine, white iris, violet leaf, crinum lily.

If a perfume could be represented by a piece of clothing, this floral concoction from Kate Spade would be a white eyelet lace dress. Feminine, airy and effortlessly romantic, Walk On Air is the kind of unobtrusive, oh-so-pretty fragrance you can spritz on anytime. It’s never offensive, never too strong, and it is light enough to work for casual occasions, with an elegance that makes it appropriate for fancier endeavors. I first tried this fragrance when I received it in my Birchbox a few months ago. I have always loved Kate Spade’s girly handbags but had never paid their fragrances much attention. I immediately fell in love with this fragrance and went through my sample vial in a week and a half. My boyfriend loved it too and it is the only perfume I have ever worn that he commented on it without me asking his opinion first. I have a thing for floral perfumes and so I was easily sold on this crisp, white bouquet.

But how does the fragrance actually unfold? At the top are clean, almost watery notes of linden blossom, fern and bergamot. The flowers are soft and light and are given a zesty sparkle with the slight touch of citrus. Following this airy trail are opulent white flowers – think magnolia, lily-of-the-valley (a diva of the flower world, but it doesn’t overpower the other notes in this scent), Egyptian jasmine, and narcissus. The dry down is equally floral but with a powdery yet green feel that reminds me of classic chypre perfumes from decades past. Violet leaf, white iris, and crinum lily finish off the fragrance which is left on the skin as just a trace of soft flowers, like if you rubbed a freshly picked blossom on your wrist.

My favorite part of the fragrance is the heart. It’s as light and airy as the name of the fragrance but with a richer, almost creamy scent that is intoxicating and romantic. Is this fragrance overly unique or avante-garde? Definitely not. It’s a classic floral fragrance with a fresh sense of modernity that makes it perfect for every day. It’s not showstopping, but it certainly reels in the compliments. Walk On Air is everything one would expect from Kate Spade – elegant, feminine and a little prim and proper, with a contemporary twist. If florals are your bag and you are looking for a breezy scent for every day, Walk On Air by Kate Spade is a must-try.

xoxo,

Alicia