Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

This is a fragrance that I thought I hated. As I’ve matured, I have found that I don’t dislike this one. This is my favorite Clinique fragrance and one of my favorite mass market, line specific, department store fragrances. Clinique’s slogan for this fragrance is “Intriguing, Non-Conformist Fragrance performs the role of a perfume, but goes far beyond”. Pretty bold coming from the “safest” cosmetic company that I can think of. This fragrance was created in 1975 by Bernard Chant, the man behind the classic chypre, Cabochard, and the 60’s floral, Estee. So, yes, Mr. Bernard Chant, was the creator of the many fragrances that Generation X-ers and beyond refer to as “old lady” smells. I find that I like “old lady” smells. I’m a vintage, old-fashioned gal. I prefer the scents that my grandmothers wore.

At first spritz, Clinique Aromatics Elixir is mossy and has a greenness from an old-fashioned rose. There is so much oakmoss. I need to add that I love a heavy dose of oakmoss in about any perfume. After the mossy rose settles, I get tons and tons of patchouli. So, if you despise headshop patchouli then stay away from Clinique Aromatics. It is an oily and rich patchouli with a hint of dried vetiver and dried lavender. This adds a coolness to the earthy patchouli and its bed of mossy roses. This really hits me as a Pacific Northwestern scent because of the moss, roses, and wet dirt. It’s like being at The International Rose Test Garden in Portland on a wet and dreary October afternoon. I love it. The dry down is still heavy with patchouli but it lacks that wetness and coolness. It becomes slightly powdery with soft amber and sandalwood notes. There is a 70’s musk present too. This soft, earthy and musky dry-down is reminiscent of many dry-downs of juices in the mid-60’s to mid-70’s. This means that if you wear this, then somebody may carbon date you back to the 1970’s. The dry-down reminds me of going through grandma’s containers of vintage face powders and perfume oil bottles that she saved for their containers. It’s powdery but has that richness of dark perfume oils. I must add that my grandmother did (and continues to) wear Clinique Aromatics Elixir as her casual, “around the house” fragrance. So, I do like this fragrance because it reminds me of laid-back days with grandma.

I am so happy that I gave this one another try. This is why I should never let go of perfume samples ūüôā I’m moody and it only makes sense that my tastes would be too. I realize that many young adults will not find this perfume attractive. I don’t wear perfume for others. I wear what I like. This elixir is very long-wearing. I would say that I find it on my pulse points 12-15 hours after applying. It just contains so many rich and adhering fragrance notes.

Notes listed include: rose, jasmine, oakmoss, ylang ylang, vetiver, patchouli, musk, amber, and sandalwood.

You may like this if you like fougere scents or scents like Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac EDP, Estee Lauder Youth Dew Cologne, Tom Ford Private Blend Moss Breches EDP, Parfum d’Empire Fougere Bengale EDP, Serge Lutens Chypre Rouge EDP, Heeley Parfums Cardinal EDP, Tauer Perfumes Incense Rose EDP, The Party In Manhattan EDP, and/or Montale Orient Extreme EDP. The 1.5 oz retails for $42.50 and the 3.4 oz for $52.50. It can be purchased at Clinique counters anywhere or Sephora. It’s also available at fragrancenet.com.
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Aromatics Elixir Perfume for Women Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz by Clinique

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I am totally craving dark green nails for the cooler months. (It all started with Butter London’s British Racing Green.) I have been searching for the perfect, mysterious, deep, dark green. I want something the color of a Douglas fir tree. I think an evergreen makes a great winter shade. Here is a list of dark green nail colors that I have stumbled across.

Budget green colors (Under $5): NYX Nail Polish in Las Vegas (not pictured) is a shimmery green with envy deep money green. It’s a nice formula and a good price at $4. Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color in Jumpin’ Jade Frost is a perfect for winter, shimmery, rich peacock green shade. I really do love this formula because it does dry quickly and you never have to worry about smudges. It retails for about $4. Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Green With Envy is a jade-ish green shimmer. It takes a few coats to get it darker. It has a nice price at about $3. It isn’t my favorite out of this list but it is what you pay for and nice if you don’t plan on wearing this color very frequently.

More Expensive green colors (Over $5): I’m totally obsessed with Butter London Nail Lacquer in British Racing Green. “British racing green” is one of my favorite colors anyways. I’ve always wanted a vintage Triumph in this shade. It’s snazzy. This shade is dead on that “racy” color. The formula is great and it’s a Seattle based company so I have to love them. It’s pricey at $14. OPI for Sephora Nail Coulour has Dark Room. This is a satin shimmer free deep, almost black green. I wanted to love this color but when I saw it in person, I found it to be less than “film-noir” inspired like the claim but more mucky and boring. It is still a nice alternative to black though. It retails for $9. Lippman Collection Nail Color in Don’t Tell Mama is a super shimmery, metallic deep green with a dash of blue. It’s enchanting, very festive. It goes for $16. OPI Nail Color in Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow (not pictured) is a rich, moody emerald. It’s a beautiful shade that goes for about $8. Illamasqua Nail Varnish (not pictured) in Rampage is a nice dark forest green that looks like what I am looking for; however, I have never tried this formula. It retails for $14.

applecollage

Here in Washington we know apples. We know which orchard has the best “genetics” and sometimes I wonder if you can find these varieties elsewhere. Probably not. I’ve seen stuff here that I would of never of seen in Tennessee. Apples have a wonderful crisp aroma. If you know your apples then you know that each variety smells very different. You also know that the “apple” used by the fragrance industry is very fake and could never do the real deal any justice. I wish that they would better describe “apple” as well. A Granny Smith smells (and tastes) very different than a Honeycrisp. Any apple just won’t cut it. Each variety is special. Some are used for fermenting, some for cinnamony treats, some for caramel. And don’t forget the symbolism of apples. It’s often seen as a forbidden fruit because of Eve; it’s a symbol of temptation. On the other hand…paired with honey, it symbolizes a sweet New Year during Rosh Hashanah. I’ve compiled a “collage” of fragrances containing apple. Many of these listed are fruity-florals, a bit young, fresh, flirty. I still haven’t found my favorite apple scent. I want something appropriate for fall. I want something mixed with moss, leaves, late figs, dried dates and honey…something that smells like Rosh Hashanah.

Budget Apple Scents: Avon Wish of Luck is a lighter green apple and floral blend that reminds me of DKNY Be Delicious but cheaper. The 1.7 fl.oz. EDT retails for $16.50. A fruity floral that is nice for summer is Voluspa Victoria Collection Green Datura Roll-On that retails for $24. It is a blend of tart fruits, including apple, and freesia. TokyoMilk Parfum has I Want Candy which is a sweet blend of peach, apple, violet, and rose. It’s sweet and flirty but romantic because of the rose.¬† It retails for $28. L’Aromarine has a “true” apple, Pomme, perfume extract oil that retails for $9.50. It is a sour apple bomb and I have a review here. Aeropostale Promise Me is a flirty scent with apple, white tea, and gardenia. The 1.7 fl.oz. goes for $19.50. Body Fantasies has a body spray (don’t expect long wear) in Apple Fantasy. This is a fruity musky apple based scent that retails for $6.99 and makes a nice linen spray. Victoria’s Secret Garden has Secret Charm which is a honeysuckle and apple fragrance. The EDT retails for $9.50. (It does remind me of a Glade scent). Demeter has a few “apple” scents and the 1 ounce spray goes for $20. There is the sweet Apple Pie, Jolly Rancher New Green Apple, Sour Apple Lollipop, and the more “authentic” Golden Delicious. Golden Delicious is one of my favorites from this list because it is more “true”.

More Expensive Apple Scents: It’s in the apple shaped bottle so it has to be apple, right?: DKNY Be Delicious is green apple and floral blend. The largest bottle retails for $70. It’s a super popular fragrance and I’m sure it has won everybody over with its crisp blend of apple, citrus, and soft woods: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. The largest bottle retails for $82. It’s one of those super popular scents that even I can appreciate and I’ve smelled so much. Nina Ricci Nina is a sweet, gourmand apple blend with vanilla, citrus, and woods. The largest bottle goes for $72. It has a tempting apple bottle that sued the Twilight fragrance out of exsistence! This is more of a rose scent but it is made flirty and fresh with hints of citrus and lots of apple: Parfums de Rosine Une Zest de Rose EDP, retails for $125. If you want a spicy, apple cider type scent, try Brandy EDT. This retails for $48. Brandy is a great fall scent. I’m guitly of overlooking it.


Be Delicious Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz by Donna Karan

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com