I wouldn’t say that “clean” or “fresh” scents are my favorite genre. I usually like chypres or things with aldehydes or rich florals. However, I really do appreciate a “fresh” scent. They are like the comfort or scents. They seem to “go” with everything and aren’t too offensive for work. And sometimes I just want to smell simple and uncomplicated. You know that, “I’m not wearing a fragrance” kind of fragrance. The Clean fragrance house is a brand for those that love fresh, in the modern sense of the word fragrances. Personally, I find bergamot, certain blossoms, and certain musks very fresh. Anyways, Clean Original isn’t what I expected. In fact, I find it quite odd that the fragrance house has been so successful because of this Original fragrance.

Clean Original’s top notes are very citrusy. But, not in that Mediterranean eau de cologne way. It is very “synthetic” like those Valentine’s day Sweet Hearts/Conversation Hearts. It reminds me of sugary, lemony pastilles made by Choward’s. This is the litsea cubeba AKA May Chang. This note isn’t awful, it is just a little abrasive to my sniffer even though my taste buds love Choward’s lemon pastilles. This note is like a fusion of a sweet candied violet and lemon oil used in flavoring. Like I said, it isn’t bad. For some reason it burns my nose. I think it is because it is so citrusy when mixed with notes like orange, grapefruit, and lime. At times I think that this smells like a dish washing detergent. It reminds me of the smell of some serious cleaning. Other times, I find it less antibacterial soap. It all depends on my mood.  I really like citrus fragrances but I find this one is a bit too clean in a household cleaning product kind of way for me. The citrus hangs around and mixes with the rose geranium. Once again, I think this smells like a household cleaning product because I use Mrs. Meyer’s Rose Geranium scented products! I realize that this is my perspective. I get Choward’s Lemon pastilles and Mrs. Meyer’s Rose Geranium dish washing soap. After about 30 minutes of wear, I start to notice the white musk. This white musk is more of a “cotton” musk or a clean linen type of fragrance. It smells like warm, clean laundry. Since I love the aroma of clean laundry, I really like the dry-down of this EDP. It still has a touch of lemon, but it is much milder. The lemon added to the white musk smells like clean laundry hanging out to dry on a sunny day. This I like.

This fragrance doesn’t wear very long on me. I don’t notice it after about 1.5 hours of wear. I am actually very surprised to see it labeled as an EDP and not an EDT. I really do not see what all of the fuss is about with this fragrance. It’s clean, zesty, and energetic. I don’t like it on myself. If this scent was in a household cleaning product or home fragrance, I would go nuts for it. This is a fragrance that I’d rather have my home and laundry smell like than my skin. So, my verdict is that Clean Original is just too darn “clean”. It’s clean in a clean house way, not in a clean skin/soapy way. It wears on top of my skin, I never feel like it becomes “apart” of me. I love the dry-down but I feel it is a bit low-brow and I can get the same effect with a much cheaper fragrance. I realize that the entire concept of the fragrance is a fragrance that smells “clean” and not like a perfume. I get that. I just think there are better ones out there that fit my personality. I like snuggling linen type fragrances. This one reminds me of all of the cleaning products that I use in my home. Of course I love their aroma, but it isn’t very comforting. This scent reminds me of chores. Not good.

Notes listed include: litsea cubeba, orange, sweet lime, pink grapefruit, passion lily, rose geranium, and white musk.

The scent isn’t bad. It is zesty and fresh. It just reminds me of cleaning. Give this fragrance a try if you like really lemony citrus fragrances, Fresh Sugar Lemon EDP, Tocca Bianca EDP, Malin + Goetz Lime Tonic EDT, L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Summer EDT, Satellite Paris 40 a lombre EDP, and/or Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom EDT Spray.

A 2.14 ounce perfume spray retails for $76 and is available at Sephora and beauty.com.

I am a mega candied violet fan. I love the tastes of floral foods. I have a pack of Choward’s Violet Mints near me at all times.I love these little sweet and floral candies. They are so fragrant and really add fragrance to my office, purse, even my house. I love their smell. So I went searching for a fragrance just as sweet and delicate as these 1930’s confections.

Violets are a delicate and slightly “green” fragrance. Viola Odorata was what I was searching for. It is the sweet violet used in scones and candied violets and it is the classic perfume violet. They are sweet and beautiful. I don’t know if these contain the chemical that numbs the nerves from smelling other things. Actually, I don’t know if that is a rumor or not. But, it would make sense because the scent is so delicate that it can be smothered out by lots of other scents, so maybe it is a defense mechanism or something. Anyways, I went around sniffing many violet fragrances. They weren’t bad. They were just too green and medicinal. The smelled nice but more like a barbershop. I got my hands on this Borsari Violetta di Parma and it smells exactly like those Chowards mints! It was what I was looking for. It was super sweet without smelling like a lollipop or something. It was sweet in a candied violet way, dead on. This scent is sweet and smells of spring. It is super delicate and light and is more of a whisper of fragrance. It is very intimate because of this. It is like the breath after having a Chowards. It is so soft and old fashioned. With wear, it dries down sweet and green. This is a perfect spring and summer scent. It doesn’t wear very long and I find it hard to believe that it is an EDP and not an EDT. It wears for an hour max on me. Which is a bummer because this stuff isn’t cheap. It goes for $28 for 20 mL (a great way to sample it), $65 for 50 mL, and $110 for the 100 mL with the glamorous atomizer bottle. I imagine this scent worn and spritz on handkerchiefs and scarves worn closely to the neck in that super old fashioned way. I have done this and it wears longer this way. This scent is available on beautyhabit.com.

If you remeber your grandmother having violets in her garden but you don’t remember them having a noteable odor, then read this article. It is interesting and will help explain those bland ole’ violas in grandmother’s garden.