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I love strawberries but unfortunately I can’t eat them. I have an icky allergic reaction to them. I enjoy their scent when I can and will stand over and breathe them in at the market. Unfortunately fragrance technology hasn’t exactly mastered the scent of most fruits. Strawberry is one of those. It seems to smell synthetic (it is) and it smells a bit like a Jolly Rancher would taste (this makes sense because fragrance accord companies are also in the taste accord business). Since, I can’t eat them, I’ll settle for fake strawberry scents. Many on the market are much too sweet or “young” for me, but I’ve included many of the products that I know of that are “heavy” on strawberry accord (good or not in my opinion).

Budget Scents (Under $50): The Body Shop has a “pure” strawberry fragrance that is pretty long wearing and super “fruity”, Strawberry Perfume Oil for $16. It’s sweet but not terrible. Another long wearing juicy, juvenile fruity, strawberry scent is L’Aromarine Fraise Perfume Extract, retails for $9.50. Victoria’s Secret has Strawberries & Champagne EDT for $9.50. This is just like the name implies: strawberry fruit submerged in cheap sparkling wine with a bit of cassis. Strangely I like it. Please don’t judge me ūüôā Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy is a sweet tropical treat with strawberries, fruit, vanilla, and Egyptian musk (one of my weaknesses). It goes for $27 and I like this blend. Think of a more incense like strawberry fragrance. Demeter has Strawberry Ice Cream for $20. Demeter’s is too sweet for me but some people are wild about it and that is why I mention it. CB I Hate Perfume has¬† a Strawberry Accord oil that goes for $25. It’s “fresh” strawberry as far as strawberry scents go. I just wish it was longer wearing.

More Expensive Scents: Estee Lauder Pleasures Delight is much too sweet for my tastes, but many people like gourmand “confection” scents. This is a blend of fruits like strawberry, sweets like caramel, florals, and woods. The 3.4 ounce EDP retails for $72. I’m sure it is a limited edition, Escada Ocean Lounge EDT, but it is a super fruity floral that is really heavy on gummy-ish strawberry. The 3.3 ounce goes for $70. Escada’s aren’t my first choice when I’m shopping but I have to admit that they are fun. I love the bottle of Ed Hardy Woman (but not the scent). This is a fruity-floral heavy on strawberry accord. The largest size goes for $75. I am guilty of actually liking Dior Miss Dior Ch√©rie EDP. It’s sweet with strawberry and caramel but it manages to be “green” with strawberry leaves and sexy with patchouli. The 3.4 ounce goes for $92. All I can remember of Ralph Lauren Ralph Wild EDT is that it smelled like strawberry Kool-Aid. The largest goes for $62.50. This is strange and one of those “isn’t it ironic that I exist niche scents, Hilde Soliani Fraaagola Saalaaata EDP. It is a blend of strawberry and saline and it retails for $175. Montale Mukhallat is a nutty, sweet, gourmand strawberry EDP that retails for $95. It’s a bit more sexy than the rest.

Lip & Body Products: Smith’s Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm is a nice treat at $7. If you want a super sweet candy-like strawberry experience try Philosophy’s Strawberry Milkshake Shower Gel or Dylan’s Candy Bar Strawberry Licorice bath line. Avon has a tropical fruity strawberry body line: Natural Strawberry & Guava. It is a juicy, tropical line but I think it is a limited edition.

Others worth noting: Hanae Mori Butterfly, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Hollister Crystal Cove Body Mist, Etat Libre d’Orange Delicious Closet Queen EDP, Calypso St. Barth Lily EDP, Aquolina Pink Sugar EDT



Ralph Wild Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz by Ralph Lauren

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

OK, so I am not really one for celebrity scents. Even though I am not opposed to them. I mean a celebrity selling their name with a scent makes way more sense to me than a TV show such as Desperate Housewives or 90210 fragrances. I’m not going to dog Paris Hilton. The poor gal has had enough of that and frankly it doesn’t matter to me. They’re all just jealous that she is a super rich bitch that didn’t have to work for any of it and oh, she’s skinny.¬† I know that is my beef. The Paris Hilton EDP isn’t original or mind blowing but it isn’t terribly offensive either. It’s a fruity floral. Emphasis on the fruity part. It smells of melon liquor/ Midori and a sour apple Jolly Rancher as the top note. Emphasis on sour sweet. It’s synthetic fruity sweet and not cupcake sweet. This makes it very “young” and¬† appropriate for tweens. The sugar rush is followed by heady florals such as jasmine and tuberose. This makes it tolerable for me. It needs that prissy element to add a bit of maturity. It dries down to a warm generic musk and sandalwood. This makes it stick and not be so much like a body spray even though the bottle and top notes will lead you to believe it is one. The perfume is very “young” and seems like it was marketed to the 10 to 20 year old crowd. This means you’ll be seeing alot more of it at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s since Miss Paris herself is closer to the 30 year old crowd and seems to be trying to grow up a bit. The fragrance isn’t horrible. It smells like it’s trying to be hygienic and fresh and trying to smell nice. Like I said before it isn’t rank or offensive. It is just the epitome of the fruity-floral genre. If you like Ralph Lauren Ralph, Gucci Envy Me, Juicy Couture, any of the Harajuku Lovers, or any of the LE Escada scents then you’ll like this no matter what your age. It somehow manages to be a prissy fruity-floral.

It retails for 1.7 ounce for $45 and 3.4 ounce for $55. Browse your local TJ Maxx and I’m sure you’ll find it there as well. Celebrity scents always pop up at those places. It is available at fragrancenet.com.

Sometimes I buy things and I really don’t know why I did. This little Eau de Toilette spray is one of those things. It was cheap, $5 for less than an ounce spray. It was summer and I thought for some reason that I would like to smell like strawberries. Why? I have never wanted to smell like strawberries but I guess I thought it would smell fresh for summer. Fruit smells are so difficult to replicate. I know when I added this to my cart I was thinking of farmer’s markets strawberries, slightly ripening and softening in the little baskets under the warm summer sun. I could smell their sickly sweetness that was just strawberry. I know that capturing a fruit is virtually impossible but I thought that it couldn’t go that wrong. I just wanted the “memory” or the “atmosphere” of strawberry. This kind of does that. It is sweet, but not as disgusting as strawberry Jolly Ranchers or big globs of strawberry bubble gum but it does come close. This is sweet and not very realistic. It smells of strawberry in an artificial sense. I’m not upset, I think I payed less than $5 for it. I’ve bought Escada fragrances that were more disgusting. This fixes that berry fix and did teach me a lesson. This would make a nice EDT spray for a little girl or even a teen girl. Or for someone that likes those Escada fragrances that I speak of. I also want to add that strawberries are trying to kill me as I found out this past weekend over a pound of ripe strawberries that I am allergic to them. Argghh! So maybe I’ll come to love this fragrance since I can’t enjoy the real thing.

So I made an Avon order because I felt like buying something and I didn’t want to spend lots of money. They were running some sale like always and I bought two fragrances for $12. I do wonder why I bought Make Me Wonder. I didn’t expect a lot from this fragrance. It is an EDT and it looks like it is a GAP fragrance. The bottle isn’t too bad and it feels “sturdy”. The purple and orange makes for a pretty and fun bottle. It is supposed to have notes of boysenberry, violet and rich vanilla bean. This sounded decent enough for $6. I don’t hate the fragrance but I don’t like it either. I’ll use it but I won’t be upset when it is gone. Since it is an eau de toilette the lasting power isn’t so great. It lasts for about 4 or 5 hours. After this time frame I can’t smell anything on my skin. It is something that must be reapplied if you want all day wear. The fragrance is very sweet. If you like sweet fragrances or Victoria’s Secret type fragrances, Escada limited editions, Givenchy Hot Couture, or Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy then you will love this. Especially the price. It is very sweet. I keep saying that because it is. It’s less fruity and more sweet. It has a note of candied/pie-ish berries. It isn’t fresh berries, so imagine a berry sugary reduction. The violet is smothered out by the sweetness of the berry and vanilla bean. It also has a “generic” musky type note that sticks to the skin the longest. This is sweet like candy but not like cake or baked goods. It has a very vanilla bean-ish odor. If you like vanilla then you will love this. I think I would of liked this more if there was a dirty patchouli note or a warm amber note to mature it up a bit. I haven’t layered it over patchouli or amber oil yet. Like I have said before I am not a huge fan of sweet fragrances but I can tolerate them. My husband thinks this is gross but I don’t think it is gross. I just don’t think it is special, but I must add that I have seen way more boring super expensive stuff.¬† I just think it smells “young” and isn’t something I would of bought it I smelled it before buying. It would wear better in cooler weather because of its sweet notes. It retails for $15 normally without a sale and it is 1.7 ounces. You get what you pay for.