The first time I smelled Miss Dior EdP in its bottle, I was not impressed. It seemed too sweet and musky. Definitely unoriginal. Even after applying it to my skin, it seemed to be uninteresting. This test was during the winter. Once spring came, I gave it another try… The sullen winter mood craving for something dramatic or the dryness of the winter air must have prevented me from appreciating Miss Dior’s spring/autumn spirit. It is beautiful and it dances with the skin’s chemistry.
Miss Dior is a sweet perfume. Not candy sweet, however, but citrus sweet. It opens with Italian mandarin orange, followed by the classic jasmine and rose pairing. These three main notes make Miss Dior very likeable, but the magic comes from it being centred around patchouli. Patchouli can behave very differently, but in most cases it adds a warm and woody character and depth. Depending on what kind of soap and lotion are used, Miss Dior will gravitate to a specific quality. I wore this perfume atop Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion after washing with L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap in Lavender, and was delighted to find a smoky quality in the drydown. Here, patchouli and the fragrance’s warm spicy qualities were accentuated. This combination made Miss Dior a definite autumn fragrance. When I tried using the same soap in Verbena, the perfume became brighter, bubbly, and definitely more suitable for late spring. The citrus aspect was brought forth. I imagine that an unscented or musky soap and/or lotion may highlight it’s white floral or even rose (which is very faint) aspects, but this is merely a guess. Its lasting power is 10 hours and it has a moderate sillage – within arm’s length, approximately.
Miss Dior is at the same time a highly likeable, yet chameleonic perfume. Personally, I love it and enjoy wearing it. It is also perfect for any occasion.
– 1oz (30ml) spray for C$70.00
– 1.7oz (50ml) spray for C$94.00
– 3.4oz (100ml) spray for C$125.00
– 50ml spray for £56.10
– 100ml spray for £79.05
I was not impressed by Gucci’s Guilty advertisements. They made the fragrance seem like it was catering to adolescent interests. It falls into all the regular olfactory categories ubiquitous today: floral, fruity, sweet… It wouldn’t be worth a mention, but its subtle, yet tenacious and well-developed scent lend it a winning edge.
Guilty starts out as a sweet floral, but loosens its sugariness considerably. The pink pepper top note lends a rosy tone to the composition. Peach gives it a skin-like feel. Lilac lends it a clean, floral, very feminine appeal and a soapy quality. Patchouli in the base notes lends it a slightly sweet, dark egde, but, suffocated by florals, it’s magic is lost. Despite how well blended this fragrance is, the high-pitched florals humming over the lost patchouli conjures grandmotherly associations, but that is only my perception. Overall, Guilty is a smooth perfume that lasts about 5 hours – amazing for such a subtle scent. It radiates within about 15 centimetres.
I applaud the quality of Guilty, but personal tastes crave a more brooding, deeper, or layered scent. If you are looking for a modern fruity floral with a twist, however, do try it.
– 0.25oz (7.4ml) spray for C$31.00
– 1oz (30ml) spray for C$68.00
– 1.6oz (47ml) spray for C$93.00
– 2.5oz (74ml) spray for C$118.00
– 30ml spray for £32.00
– 50ml spray for £42.40
– 75ml spray for £54.40
Opening the door into niche perfumery is like discovering a new world. The scents are unlike anything in the mainstream market. The fragrances are generally made of quality ingredients and sport a higher price. Whether that price is justified is up to the buyer to decide.
My first step into niche was through L’Artisan Parfumeur’s La Chasse aux Papillons. Its scent is beautiful – a white floral centred around tuberose. Orange and lime blossoms are easy to distinguish, intertwining to give lift to the composition. A hint of jasmine adds depth. Overall, it smells somewhat of tea. La Chasse aux Papillons is definitely a spring or summer scent to be worn during the day, as its tenacity and projection are simply too week for special night-time occasions. It only lasts a maximum of 1.5 hours, which I think is unacceptable for a niche scent with such a price tag. The sillage is minimal, the fragrance clings to the skin.
Although La Chasse aux Papillons has a wonderful scent, its low longevity makes it as disappointing as some mainstream fragrances. I’d rather invest in a quality mainstream from Chanel, Dior, or Guerlain rather than spend on a short-lived niche.
– 1.7oz (50ml) spray for C$118.00
– 3.4oz (100ml) spray for C$170.00
Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue is one of the most popular fragrances on the market. It is light, likable, yet unique – clean enough for day wear, yet too nuanced to be too plain. The distinct lemon smell is familiar without being boring. An instantly recognizable perfume.
Light Blue is a citrus composition dominated by sparkling Sicilian lemon with an undercurrent of woody elements. Lemon opens this perfume and lasts for the majority of its duration. The second prominent note is cedar, also present throughout the life of Light Blue, adding a slightly masculine tone. Apple blends very well with lemon in the top notes for the freshest burst of fragrance I had ever smelled. Bamboo ties all of these parts together with an ozonic and green scent. Everything is blended such that it is a whole, not disparate notes poured together into a flacon. Light Blue is best suited for daytime. It is a refreshing choice for summer, or for a lucky hot day in the spring. It lasts approximately 5 hours, although depending on the soap and lotion underneath, it can extend to over 12 hours. In either case it radiates within arms’ length of the wearer with a long, lemony trail.
Any fragrance will become boring after a while and Light Blue is not an exception. While rotating scents, however, it can become a jewel in a collection. For those that are loyal to only one scent this is often the one.
– 0.25oz (7ml) spray for C$31.00
– 0.8oz (25ml) spray for C$59.00
– 1.6oz (50ml) spray for C$84.00
– 3.3oz (100ml) spray for C$108.00
– 25ml for £28.90
– 50ml for £41.65
– 100ml for £54.40
Juicy Couture has been gaining popularity in the fragrance market ever since the success of its original scent. Unfortunately, it seems that the brand has jumped on the bandwagon of low quality summer scents.
Juicy Couture’s Couture La La is nothing but a fleeting suggestion of a creamy smoothie that becomes dirty within minutes before disappearing altogether in an hour. The fragrance is dominated by fruity notes, which are blended with citrus for a sweet and fresh opening. Apple, mandarin orange, and red currant comprise the topnotes. Orange blossom sustains the scent for about 1.5 hours, although any pleasantness may turn into an odour of dirty skin. Basenotes are practically undetectable. The sillage is also non-existent, never mind the trail – even the wearer may not detect it after a couple of minutes. For a cool spring or summer day, Couture La La is appropriate, as long as it is reapplied every 30 minutes to an hour.
Couture La La is a scent for those that want a quick burst of fragrance, or those that need a pick-me-up in the morning without suffering from a no-fragrance workplace. It’s unbelievable that this fragrance is in an Eau de Parfum concentration! A waste.
Juicy Couture Couture La La Eau de Parfum: 1.7oz (50ml) for C$80.00, 3.4oz (100ml) for C$105.00 @ Sephora.ca.