Clean Provence is a light-wearing citrus floral fragrance. It’s an airy scent. By the name, I expected for it to be a lavender water type of fragrance. But, it’s not. It’s more of a laundry scent, wet linens. The fragrance is inspired by “fine milled soaps of France”. I love a French soap but once again, I think of lavender. The scent goes on the be described as being “reminiscent of pure soap and water, freshly laundered linen, and open blue skies”. Now this I can see.

At first the fragrance is so tart that I can barely stand it. I love a citrus fragrance but something about this one burns my nostrils. It hurts my nose the way that strong household cleansers do. Clean brand smells too “clean” and industrial.  Once the fragrance settles down after 10+ minutes of wear, I really like it. It isn’t mind-blowing but it is nice. It really does smell like freshly laundered linen being put on the line during a bright, sunny morning. It smells like clean cotton but not in a “dryer sheet” way. This is slightly citrusy and does smell of rose geranium. So instead of sheets being washed in Tide™, they smell like sheets washed in a something more expensive, like Mrs. Meyer’s laundry detergent (geranium, perhaps?). It smells fresh and sunny. I get the citrus and it is toned down and it really compliments the simplicity of the cotton blossom. I smell citrus and cotton throughout the wear. The citrus becomes sweeter. The dry down is “cottony” and musky, but in a floral, sweeter musk way. It’s a very clean, pretty musk dry-down.

This is a fragrance that I’m glad that I wore. If I sniffed this just sprayed onto a blotter card, I would of ran away with scorching nostrils, never giving it a try on my skin. This instead becomes something fresh and feminine when worn directly. It isn’t abrasive and it is a nice fragrance for “work” wear or when you have to be in close quarters with people you aren’t familiar with.  The scent blends right on in with your skin and your environment. But, I do think it is short wearing for an EDP, maybe 4 hours? Because the top bothers me so, this is something that I have to apply to the wrists. The further away from my nostrils, the better.I think this is a fragrance that my fragrance library can live without, but I do like it. And I do recommend it for those that want clean laundry scents.

Many people complain that this fragrance isn’t long-lasting. I don’t know if it is necessarily the fragrance. I feel that it is such a nondescript fragrance and since it does meld with the skin and clothing, that the wearer just doesn’t notice it anymore. Especially if you are used to stronger fragrances or if you wear this daily. You’ll just get used to it. But, I do agree that 4 hours of wear isn’t the norm for an EDP. Oh, and I must add that I do see this is as a feminine fragrance. There are better “laundry” scents out there for men.

Notes listed include: Provencal lemon, cotton blossom, rose geranium, sweet lime, and violet musk.

You may like this one if you like clean scents, other Clean scents,  Fresh Sugar Lemon EDP, Comme de Garçons Odeur 53 EDT, Demeter PMU Laundromat Cologne,  Bath & Body Works Cotton Blossom Body Splash, and/or Bath & Body Works Sea Island Cotton EDT. The 2.14 oz. spray retails for $69. This scent is available at Sephora, beauty.com, and DERMADoctor. It is also available (sometimes) at a discounted price on fragrancenet.com.

Gustave Caillebotte, Laundry Drying on the Bank of the Seine, circa 1892, oil on canvas, 105.5 × 150.5 cm, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Cologne.

Weekly Cheap Secret:
Ivory Simply Ivory Body Wash is a lightly fragrant body wash. Yes, it is simple. The scent is not the same as the classic bar soap. The classic Ivory soap bar is a bit lemongrass-ish. The fragrance in the wash is a bit more “perfumey”. It is perfumey like perfumes attempting to smell like clean, fresh, just-out-of-the bath skin. If you are a fan of the Clean fragrance line, Demeter Pure Soap or Laundromat, Bobbi Brown Bath EDT, Philosophy Pure Grace or even Amazing Grace, Apothia IF EDP, or other shower fresh/fresh linen type scents then you should like the fragrance in this body wash. It is fresh, lightly floral like water hyacinth and dainty lilies, slightly white/clean musk-ish. I wouldn’t waste my money on the shower gels of the fragrances listed above. This is clean, fresh, and lightly floral without costing too much. A huge bottle (24  oz.) retails for under $5. A bar of Bobbi Brown bar soap retails for $16. The scent in Ivory Simply Ivory Body Wash is “faint”, meaning that it is meant to smell soft and delicate. After bathing, the scent remains on the skin ever so faintly. It’s a clean, fresh, and feminine scent.

This formula has so many suds. This completes the “clean” experience. Just a little bit on a sponge/loofah produces excessive foam. The formula is pretty simple. It cleanses but it doesn’t really moisturize. I find it too drying for my parched winter skin. I do love this stuff for the summer. The fragrance isn’t overwhelming, the suds make me feel squeaky clean, and my skin only needs minimal moisture on most days.

This is available at most drugstores and drgustore.com.

The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Elizabeth Arden explains this fragrance as a “radiant woody floral and a modern expression of sparkling radiance“. I would definitely say that this fits into that category of “modern woody floral”. It is woody but not in a super masculine way. At first it comes on as a bit fruity with hints of citrus and stone fruits such as plum. This lasts a very short time on me. It then smells of spicy wood, like a mix of sandalwood and dry cedar. But, it floral in an “aquatic” fragrance sense of the word. It is floral with the hissy notes of “orchid” and “wisteria”. But, it is all blended together so if it is very difficult to go “oh, there is the wisteria and here is the sandalwood”. It is all blended together and this wears on me for a long time. At times I’ll sniff and smell the woods and then again I’ll sniff and pick up a certain floral sharpness that makes this smell almost soapy fresh. Eventually, all I smell is warm sun-baked woods with generic “clean” musk. It isn’t a horrible fragrance it just doesn’t have a lasting impression on me. I find it boring for a “Mediterranean” fragrance but find it interesting for a “sea” scent if this makes sense. I think this fragrance could of really benefited from a fig hint and herbs, but then again, I can find that elsewhere because that already exists. But for a “sea” scent,  I can appreciate that this scent is clean and fresh without being “aquatic” and overly hissy.  Overall the fragrance is a very clean “wood” scent that can be worn all year round. It’s “easy” to wear and it is a nice fragrance if you can’t stand the thought of wearing something sweet, foody, or overly floral. ( I have to love it for that).

I do find the bottle pretty for a mainstream fragrance. It has smooth cerulean blue glass. The glass feels heavy and it feels expensive. The cap is a hammered silver-ish something. To be honest, I can’t remember if it was metal or plastic. So, if it is plastic, then it did a good job of tricking me. It really looks like a pretty piece of resort wear jewelry and I have to give Elizabeth Arden props for this one.

I would say that you may like this if you like Michael Kors Island, Estee Lauder Sensuous, Avon U by Ungaro, Versace Versense, Demeter Laundromat, Pucci Vivara, and/or Dolce and Gabbana Sicily or Feminine.

The 1.7 ounce retails for $47.50 and the 3.3 ounce retails for $57.50. And there are extras like a shimmery body powder (very cool), body cream, and body lotion. A good time to pick this up is when Elizabeth Arden offers one of their GWP specials.

So first things first. I am not a fan of aquatic fragrances. I find them too synthetic, fake, and they “burn” my senses. I can handle a “saltwater” accord here and there but I typically despise scents that are souly aquatic. For some reason I have all the products available in Sea Island Cotton from Bath and Body Works. I don’t know why, oh, stupid gifts that I couldn’t return. I use them anyways. I hate to waste.

This scent is described as “ a clean scent, inspired by pure white cotton flowing in fresh ocean air”. That is quite strange. Didn’t Bath and Body Works think about how odd that sounds? Don’t they understand that beach real estate is far too expensive for cotton plantations these days? Or is the cotton supposed to be like lava? I don’t get it. Anyways, this scent is slightly aquatic in a wet detergent way and it is “fresh” in a Downy fabric softener way. Plus lots of floral notes and clean, white musks. It isn’t an offensive fragrance. I just don’t love it enough to go out and purchase it myself but I don’t mind using it.

It is strange how each product in the line smells different. I suppose they all “work” together since B&BW is all about the excessive layering of products to sell more and more to ladies.

The body cream is very laundry powders. It smells like warm linens, but not in a good way. More like somebody added baby powder to the wash. It is strange, warm, and just straight up washing powders and baby powder. It is my least favorite “scent” in the collection. It is too baby-ish and powdery.  At least the lotion is very moisturizing and absorbs quickly.The scent from the lotion doesn’t hang around too long and is pretty faint all day.

The body spray is better than the body cream. It does present a sense of freshness that isn’t the type of freshness like a room spray that is meant to cover something stinky up. It all the laundry detergent and ocean accords but with a bit more “fresh” flowers. It is a hint of freesia and other hissy florals. The dry down is classic white musk. It isn’t very special but to be honest I do like it better than most of the fragrances Clean has to offer (and those are much more expensive). This fragrance only lasts like 10 minutes since it is a body spray.

The creamy body wash lathers nicely and a little goes a long way. It smells much more “clean cotton” than the body cream or spray. It is warm, cuddly and very fresh towels just out of the dryer. It is comforting and clean. I kind of like it because it reminds me of a cheap but discontinued brand Smell This in Fresh Towels. I wish the entire collection smelled like the creamy body wash.  But, it is a soap and maybe I expect for a soap to well, smell like detergent. It is a nice product but I know I won’t purchase it again unless it is on sale. It is hard to pay for a shower gel that costs $10.50 just to get that low-brow Downy fresh fragrance. However, it has an excellent lather.

I could see people liking this if they are a fan of the “detergent”/clean fragrances such as mark Pure, Demeter Laundromat, Clean fragrances such as Fresh Laundry, even Philosophy Amazing Grace/Pure Grace, J.Lo Glow, Marc Jacobs Cotton, GAP Washed Cotton, or if you like white/clean musk fragrances. Suprisingly, this fragrance appears “heavier” than others like it on the market. It isn’t so hissy, it is more “warm” but still “aquatic”.

Demeter Laundromat is one of those super “clean” fragrances. It is way more “soapy” than it is fabric softener. So think more of clothes drying on a clothesline versus Downy soaked towels in the dryer. It is “crisp” and smells like detergent granules. At first it is “cool” in a peppermint way (don’t take that wrong, it doesn’t smell like toothpaste or mouthwash). It is a simple scent. It dries down into laundry detergent. Then it gets “warmer” and smells more like the very faint fragrance that detergent leaves on cotton tees. This scent is laundromat because those places actually have a very strong odor, this is more laundry room in my opinion. It is a very light, clean scent that lasts for 20 minutes max. It makes a great no-fuss scent with jeans and t-shirts. It also makes a wonderful room or linen spray. It really brings “stale” clothes/fabrics to life. It is a more expensive Febreeze replacement 🙂 This fragrance will be loved by the fragrance fans of Clean scents, Philosophy Pure Grace, Mark Pure,  and Bobbi Brown Bath. It is also great if you want a lighter, summery version of Estee Lauder White Linen  or White Linen Pure. It is a nice unisex fragrance too. It is available at Apothica.