The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Victoria’s Secret claims this is America’s #1 fragrance. I don’t know if this is true (I think they are including the entire Angels family) or not but I can imagine that it is really popular. I’m sure its sales are huge. Not because it is the most amazing fragrance in the world but because it is carried by Victoria’s Secret and if I like it or not, their stuff is really popular. It’s available at every mall in America. Dream Angels Heavenly is a very soft powdery oriental fragrance. It isn’t offensive and it smells very “ladylike”.

I hate to admit this but I don’t hate Heavenly. I like it in the way that I like Philosophy Amazing Grace, another very popular fragrance. Sometimes I just like a soft “powdery” musky fragrance. This is one of those. It smells feminine with a slight hint of cardamom, one of my olfactory weaknesses, and florals. There have been times when my backyard reminded me of this scent because we have freesia and peonies. This scent claims to have these two notes and I believe it. I can identify them in this blend. But, mainly what really stands out, the cardamom and florals are there but not the show stealers, is the “clean” white musk smell and the slight warm sweetness of vanilla. This comes across as a powdery fresh scent, I guess because of the huge amounts of white musk. This isn’t a mind-blowing fragrance in my opinion and there are other things like it, but I must say it that it isn’t bad. In fact, sometimes I want to smell like this. I will probably give in a buy a small bottle… It smells soft and feminine and it reminds me of wearing a silky-smooth cami with a cashmere soft cardigan. So it’s like cardamom clean musk at first, then spring garden and clean musk, then like clean musk + vanilla. This is how it wears on me. It’s simple enough, light, and fit for a lady. This is not “skanky”, overwhelming, or “young” like most of the company’s other scents. Good for them.

I find that this EDP wears very faintly, intimately, and close to the skin. It never seems overwhelming (unlike other VS scents). It lasts for a few hours. I can barely notice that I am wearing it after 2 hours. But, maybe I get used to it since it is a “generic” scent. Or maybe it doesn’t wear very long. I mean seriously, if this claims to be one of the U.S.’s #1 scents, shouldn’t I be smelling it on more people? And it is available in a 4.2 ounce bottle, they are expecting for us to be spraying this stuff throughout the day or bathing in it. The 4.2 ounce goes for $59, 2.5 ounce $49, and 1 ounce $39. Key to success? Get your product in every mall in the country and have a low price point. It works.

I would say you may like this if you like Philosphy Amazing Grace, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, The Body Shop White Musk, GAP Velvet Bloom, Harajuku Lovers Baby, Nasomatto China White, Coty White Musk, maybe even Annick Goutal Vanilla Exquise.


Dream Angels Heavenly Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 4.2 Oz by Victoria’s Secret

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

This is my granny’s cooking of fragrance. It is the most “comfort” fragrance that I own. It is warm, soothing, and just as cuddly as a my favorite soft cardigan. Bvlgari Omnia is a fragrance that I will always have around, just like my grandmother’s recipes. It isn’t my everyday fragrance just like honey cakes and mashed potatoes aren’t my everyday meals. I always will have this around. This is my soothing fragrance and I have been wearing it a year after its launch in 2003.

The thing that I have learned about the original Omnia is that you will love it or not. And you can “smell” it or not. Evidently on some people it fades very quickly or their sniffers are “immune” to it. Others can smell them hours later but they can’t smell themselves, so they don’t bother wearing it because perfume should make you happy first. I on the other hand, smell it. Currently, I have been wearing it for 3 hours and it smells just as strong as when I spritz it on. I also smell it on my cardigans, scarves, clothes after I wear it and when they have been sitting in the hamper for a few days. But, that being said. I know that it isn’t a “strong” fragrance to begin with. It wears pretty close in the beginning and it continues to wear closely. It is a cuddle fragrance, it’s intimate.

Omnia is simple, really. It is described as a “modern oriental”, that it is. It is a warm blend with a slightly citrus top note. But what sticks with me is the masala tea. So imagine a sweet, slightly spicy blend of masala spices (think cardamom and saffron) with hints of milky sweetness like a condensed milk. It is more of a Kashmiri Chai seasoning (with notes of almond, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, cloves) but instead of green tea, an Assam rich, black tea leaves. So in essence, it reminds me of a very Northwestern version of Chai, something that Tazo or Oregon Chai would do. Because it is Kashmiri with dark tea but sweet with a hint of white chocolate and vanilla flavored steamed milk. Now you can see why it is so comforting! It sounds very sweet and spicy, but is “sheer” and just slightly gourmand. It is more like smelling the steam from a hot cup of chai served from your favorite coffee house. (Less spicy, than those served at Indian and Pakistani restaurants).

I like the bottle, many people do not. It is plastic (cheap, I know) with warm tea colored plastic and chrome-ish accents. But, it does represent the infinity symbol and I like nerdy stuff like that. Even the name is soothing, it sounds relaxing/meditative and “omniah” is an Arabic word for “wish”.

The 1.33 ounce retails for $68 and the 2.2 ounce for $88. It is an ea de parfum and should last a long time. But, this is one that you should definitely try before forking over the dough. You may be one of the people that skin eats it. I recommend this one for those that don’t like floral fragrances, like light fragrances (Omnia is like a strange warm version of D & G Light Blue), fans of chai tea, like tea based scents and fans of comforting scents. It isn’t too foody or gourmand or sweet. It is one of my favorites. I wear it all year. It is available at fragrancenet.com.


Omnia Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 2.2 Oz by Bvlgari

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com


Tokyo Milk Parfum in Ex Libris is a nice fig inspired fragrance. I find it very earthy and wearable all year. Of course this is coming from a fig perfume fan. But, this isn’t my “typical” fig fragrance that I have in my collection. This is not Diptyque’s Philosykos (one of my all time favorites) or L’Artisan Premier Figuier (one of my other favorites) . Ex Libris is much more “fresh” in a feminine way. It manages to smell of earthy and woodsy fig trees,  punches of white flowers with a dash of zesty cardamom. It smells of the milkiness of the fig leaf without being super sweet because it is grounded by the bark. It isn’t “fruity” and not a bit Fig Newton like some fig fragrances. But, the scent isn’t overly woodsy and it manages to smell quite flirty. It is a tumbling bouquet, but not in an obnoxious solo season way. This floral, magnolia, can smell pleasant and like fresh summer blossoms or like pick me up in the winter because it is grounded by the earthy fig. I would say that the strongest note is the cardamom. It is the “citrus” that my body won’t devour. Cardamom is a special plant. It is both cool and minty fresh (mojito-ish) and warm and spicy like ginger. Cardamom freshens up the fragrance without making it smell like Pledge. It makes it fresh enough for spring and summer and spicy enough for fall and winter. It is all a matter of perspective. You would think that this fragrance blend would be sweet or gourmand because it contains fig and cardamom which is commonly used in Indian and Asian desserts, but it isn’t a sweet fragrance at all. The fig is very earthy and brings back wonderful childhood memories of hot Atlanta summers. It smells like my six year old hands and bare feet climbing sunbaked fig trees. The cardamom is spicy but manages to be fresh. The florals make this scent uniquely feminine, but not disgustedly feminine. This is not Estee Lauder Pleasures. This is much more complex. It has earth, spice, skin, and florals. It is complex without being moody or showy. It is a nice all year blend. In fact, this fragrance is what I have wanted many of a Guerlain Aqua Allegoria EDTs to be. It has that kind of clean sophistication but with a longer wear. It starts out as a woodsy figgy white floral and turns into an earthy, spicy cardamom green tea like fragrance held together by the staying power of crisp, white musk.

The bottle is OK. It is simple glass bottle with an alphabet typeset sticker. It isn’t as showy or glamorous as the other Tokyo Milk Parfum stickers. But, I am a nerd so I should like it. But, I am more of an IPA nerd. Slap some IPA symbols on this baby and I’ll be in linguistic heaven. I can’t possibly complain about the price. It is $28 for 1 ounce. It wears nicely and wears for at least half of the day which is quite sometime for a fig inspired fragrance. Most fig fragrances disappear in an hour or so, I give this one 6 to 8 hours. That isn’t bad, since I have compared this to the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria EDTs which last a maximum of 1 hour on me in the summer. I recommend this fragrance for those that like fig fragrances and that are kind of sick of the “whole” fig fragrance, those that like gingery, spicy scents like Origins Ginger Essence, those that like “tea” fragrances by Bvlgari, for those that like zesty watery splashes like those by Diptyque or Guerlain, or for those that think “fresh” scents is something more sophisticated than a Davidoff Cool Water or Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise. I am a fragrance flirt and I really see myself using this one frequently throughout the year. It doesn’t feel fadish and feels very “me”. It is available at beautyhabit.com and b-glowing.com.