This is one of the many tea based fragrances out there. Not many of them actually smell like “tea”, just tea inspired. However, Bvlgari Red Tea is much more bolder than its tea siblings: Green and White. It is fresh but manages to be spicy. Think an OK orange pekoe black tea with a little too much pink pepper (at least by first impression). I like this better than Bvlgari’s other tea fragrances because it actually hangs around. It lasts about 2 hours on me even in warmer weather. Really that isn’t too bad for an EDT that is made to be “light” and “fresh”. At initial spritz, it is a bit too citrusy for my tastes. It smells very “generic” with its blend of citrus, bergamot, and pink pepper. It is very difficult to find a newer fragrance without those three fragrance notes. (Plus, I’m just so sick of pink pepper used as a top note for everything.) It is spicy and citrusy without being brash, it manages to be a bit too kind. Luckily, you start to smell the robust fragrance of tea leaves. That mixed quite nicely with the hint of the citrusy top notes. There is a slight fruitiness of fig fruit, almost grilled fig “meat”. Once again, another “figgy” fragrance that I am drawn to. The fig helps to balance the scent out without making it too cup o’tea. The dry down is soft, still very orange pekoe-ish but with a slight “warmth” to it to make it stick around. It is slightly “nutty” and burnt. I really love this fragrance the more that it has been around. It dries to a slightly sweet tea fragrance but don’t think too foody! This isn’t “foody” or sickly sweet. It is sweet like a dried black tea leaf not oatmeal rasin cookie or even a chai. This fragrance is fairly simple, it really is just tea with a few other things. It is fresh so don’t think you are getting the odor that a box of dried loose black tea has to offer. It is very bergamot-ish for the most part but not like an Earl Grey. It is more robust than a green or white tea and less “tart”. But, it is still “tea”.  I really like to wear this in the summer. It is fresh, light, “sharp” and not overwhelmingly citrus rind but bergamot (which blends naturally with tea). It’s a unisex fragrance but I don’t know any men that wear it. For Bvlgari’s tea line, I do find this one the most “femme” because of the pink pepper and the other top notes. I am sure the dry down is fine for a man.

I would say that you would like this if you like tea fragrances, bergamot fragrances, TokyoMilk Parfum Ex Libris, other Bvlgari fragrances such as Omnia, Calvin Klein CK, Fresh Fig Apricot or Bergamot Citrus, and/or Clean Shower Fresh. The bottle is super simple and looks like the other tea fragrance bottles. The top is reddish and plastic. The 1.33 ounce retails for $57 and the  3.4 ounce bottle retails for $82. It is available at fragrancenet.com.


Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Rouge Perfume for Women Eau De Cologne Spray 3.4 Oz by Bvlgari

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

Clarins Eau Dynamisante is the kind of fragrance that nobody would purchase if they just sniffed it on a blotter card. It is the kind of fragrance that needs to be worn to really “develop” and to figure out if it works for you. It’s a unisex fragrance, so no Red Velvet cupcakes or honeysuckle blossoms here. It is citrusy and herbaceous and really lives up to its invigorating name. It kind of shocks the senses with a burst of lemon zest. Yes, the fragrance smells good enough to dip a French loaf into and smells mainly of items found in the herb cabinet or garden: lemon zest, thyme, bits of rosemary, a teeny tad of lavender. However, it is grounded by patchouli. The patchouli doesn’t take over, it still smells very green and citrusy. It is a cologne or EDT, so the lasting power isn’t so great. It lasts less than an hour. However, the fragrance isn’t even marketed by Clarins as a fragrance. Instead it is marketed as a “well-being” product. This is appropriate since the wear is short termed. It is an invigorating burst, a pick-me up. So, it would need to be sprayed a few times throughout the day to clear the mind. One “burst” doesn’t keep us going throughout the day anyways. I mean I know we all have more than our morning cup of coffee. This fragrance is very fresh, very energizing. It is perfect for summer because it isn’t heavy or offensive. It wears lightly and smells of citrus and in season herbs. The scent really shines with body heat. The warmth of the fragrance is really seen with the warmth of the body. It will begin to smell a bit more of rosemary and patchouli. It is very neutral and natural. I love it. I always have it around in the summer. It isn’t the most beautiful fragrance I own or even the most interesting. It is just so fresh and easy to wear. It’s gladiator sandals and a jersey knit dress in the summer. It’s just that easy to wear. It retails for $46 for 3.4 ounces. I really wish it came in a smaller and portable bottle so that I could haul it in my tote in the summer to spray and to sanitize mass transit 🙂 . I have chilled the bottle in the fridge for a summer shocker. It lives up to its “dynamite” name. It is available at fragrancenet.com.

I love a tart and fruity cosmo. I like mine with lots of vodka and unsweetened cranberry juice and lots of lime. I like to pair it with stupid Marylin Monroe or Jayne Mansfield flicks. It makes for a good and lonely Friday night.

Demeter Cosmopolitan Cocktail Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray is really not what I was looking for. It should be renamed Pixie Stick or Sweet Tarte since it is a dead ringer of these childhood sugary treats. It is very tart on initial spritz and very refined sugar. I feel like the little molecules of the fragrance are actually Pixie Stick sugar dust that I will have to sweep up later. It is sour and tangy but in a candy way not a fruity cranberry way. I know fruits are very difficult to replicate in fragrance and you can really tell it with this fragrance. It smells like strawberry Sweet Tarts with a dash of lime. I don’t totally hate this one, it just isn’t what I expected. It doesn’t remind me of a Cosmo at all. In fact if you just handed me a blotter card with this one it I would think it was just sugary candy. It doesn’t smell alchol-ish or a bit like cranberry juice: sweetened or unsweetened. Next time I’ll just stick to the real thing.

The large spray can be purchased at fragrancenet.com.

If you don’t like this fragrance, please don’t judge me. Honesty is an amazing quality to have. I am just being honest. There is something that I really like about Avon Sweet Honesty EDT. It is pretty old-fashioned and really “fluffy”. It doesn’t have that edge and sultriness that I usually go for in a fragrance. This is soft, it’s pink, it’s innocent. Maybe that is why I like it. It is unlike most of my other fragrances. This is super soft, powdery. Clean in the 40 years ago sense of the word, it smells powdery but not 100% Johnson and Johnson. It is baby powder mixed with honey. It is kind of sweet but raw, like honey. The powder doesn’t linger around forever. It’s a bit citrusy, just a bit. Just a dash of lemon for a little tang. It is floral, fresh. I can’t make the floral notes out. Just generic girl flowers. It manages to be sweet the entire time, thanks to the honey a little vanilla for staying power. It is musky, in a “white” musk way. I really like this. It is easy to wear, I like the vintage vibe. It only wears for about 2 hours and it does wear faintly at the 2 hours. I feel like I have to bathe myself in it. It is a “cologne”, how retro is that? It only retails for $12 for 1.7 ounces. I love the perfumed skin softener. They really are meant to be together. Both items are married happily ever after. I see myself buying this again. I like this type of thing but I wouldn’t want to pay too much for it. This is fresh in a non-aquatic way. Thank goodness, it is honest unlike Love’s Baby Soft which you know is trying to cover something up. This is avaible on avon.com and of course, this classic is always on special. I think I got mine for $6 and you can’t beat that.

Demeter Devil’s Food Cologne Fragrance Pick-Me-Up Spray is just as rich and gooey as the real deal. This fragrance is super chocolatey and really rich. It’s a perfect chocolate fix. Seriously, sometimes when I crave chocolate I smell this and then the stuff your face in a vat of chocolate syrup urge is gone. It is rich and smells like Betty Crocker Devil’s Food cake batter. It smells like wet and milky cocoa powder. It smells more of batter than a dark chocolate bar; it’s cake batter. It actually smells moist and gooey. It reminds me a lot of a Strawberry Shortcake doll from way back in the day. It smells like cake and sometimes smelling chocolate is nice. It isn’t very long lasting but is nice while it is there. It’s quite devilish really.

Really all you need to know about Hierbas de Ibiza is that it is one expensive unisex Spanish Eau de Cologne. This is a fresh and herbaceous fragrance enhanced with “the unique aromas of the privileged Mediterranean island” all in a lovely crisp glass flask. This fragrance really wasn’t my cup of tea and I would not pay the price of $80 for 100ml or the $120 for 200ml. It is made from natural ingredients and is free of artificial colorings.

The actual fragrance of Hierbas de Ibiza is not what turned me off. It was the staying power of it, all ten minutes of it. I could not smell it, nor could anyone else smell it on me at 15 minutes. I had my husband test this unisex fragrance and it didn’t last more than 5 minutes on him. Seriously. That was all. You would have to refresh with this fresh fragrance like 100 times a day.

Now to the actual fragrance. This is what I could make out of it despite its very short life span. The initial notes are of orange and lemon peel and lavender. On my skin it mainly smelled like lemon zest and my skin ate it up like it does most citrus fragrances. I did smell the floral notes of orange blossom and geranium. I smelled herbaceous notes of thyme and sage. I did not smell the notes of cinnamon or vanilla that the Hierbas de Ibiza website lists. Typically, vanilla lasts on my skin but I didn’t even have a chance to smell it. It is a refreshing fragrance and is perfect for summer, but on a hot day it would evaporate in like three minutes! On my husband the fragrance was more herbaceous, citrusy and less floral, but I could smell the orange blossom on his skin. It smelled wonderful on him but it disappeared so quickly. If this was a $5 body splash I would buy it and not complain but because this stuff is a body splash that sells for over a hundred dollars I won’t be ordering one. If you want to know more about this product and the other items in the line go to the hierbasdeibiza website.

Id rather save my money for the real thing.

I'd rather save my money for the real thing.