Every now and then I will smell a fragrance on a blotter card that will make me cringe, this one gave me a toothache. It was like spraying raspberry jam, pecan pie and caramel onto a blotter card. It was quite shocking. I am writing a review and I must remind you that I did not dare wear this on my skin. I also like big bold florals and headshop patchouli. I am not your typical under 25 fragrance consumer but I do like some “sweet” things (check out the Demeter reviews) and I did fall madly in love with the original Juicy Couture EDP.

The bottle of Viva La Juicy is pretty and looks almost identical to the original except this one has a huge hot pink bow. It reminds me so much of their ugly velour jumpsuits since it has the gold accents that look like one of their 24K spray paint buttons or zippers that they add to their “sweats” looks. The bottle is heavy and hearty and I can’t complain about that. But, I will complain about the juice. I hate to be this person since we all have our opinions but I found this really gross. The floral notes did not stand out to me at all. I did not pick up on the gardenia or jasmine. This is the biggest difference between this one and the original. It wasn’t made grown-up by florals. Instead it smells of berries, not ripe blackberries hitting the grass on a hot, late summer day but of raspberry filled jelly doughnuts at 10 in the morning. It smells “sticky” like caramel and it reminds me of pecan pie or something. The company does list “praline” as a note. I am not wild about pralines so maybe that is why it just reminds me of a pie that I would never choose to eat. It smells of vanilla. (Like we needed anything else to sweeten this up with). This fragrance just smells like a Duncan Doughnuts has exploded. It smells like it would attract bugs and not in a good way. It isn’t like bees or butterflies will come to you because you smell of a fragrant garden. It is more of a roach or ant attractor because this is so gourmand.

This is a scent that my 14 year old sister would like and that is fine. I expect a young girl to like this. And that is fine for a young teen who is more into image or what the other kids are wearing at school. This is super “young”.  The notes are in your face and not very mature. It’s like Velveta Shells and Cheese. They aren’t bad but you must admit that it isn’t a very mature taste. It is something that adults can’t eat everyday but a kid could. If you like sweet foody scents then you may like this. (For example, if you like the LE Escada scents, Dior Miss Dior Cherie, Aquolina Pink Sugar, or sweet, foody scents by like Bath and Body Works). But, I do not think you will like this if you liked the original Juicy Couture or if you don’t want to smell like a pastry. The 1.7 ounce retails for $65 and the 3.4 ounce for $85. You can also get a 1/4 ounce roll-on for $16 if you only want to smell like dessert sometimes or if you want to smell like dessert on the go.


Viva La Juicy Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 Oz by Juicy Couture

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

Demeter Vanilla Ice Cream Sweet Delights Pick-Me-Up Fragrance Spray Cologne is a sweet mess. It isn’t what I expected. I wanted something that resembled more of a vanilla bean with a hint of cool, icy ozone. Instead this is more like cheap cooking grade synthetic vanilla extract mixed with egg yolks and tons of sugar. It does not smell cool. I mean yeah, I was expecting something foodie but not like this. This is more like sugar cookie dough. It smells like wet batter and not frozen sweet cream. It comes across like a seasonal Yankee Candle also. It is a bit too sweet and buttery and egg-ish to be ice cream. It’s like a dough or  like smelling the melting foam of something that used to be vanilla ice cream. I do mix my PMU sprays and I may try this one with a Sandalwood or Incense or I may smear amber resin on my pulse points. This may not be bad if mixed with a bit of a heady, powdery accord. The scent doesn’t linger very long on the skin, 30-45 minutes max. This is a good thing in this case since I am not wild about this even a little bit.

If you love sweet, foody scents then you need to give Demeter PMU Cologne in Dulce de Leche a try. It is a very sweet, milky fragrance that smells like well, its namesake. At first spritz it smells like a caramel-ish liqueur but then it dries down to sweet dulce de leche goodness. It’s a very “warm” and comforting scent that smells like caramel-ish milk and sugar. It smells very “toasted” and sugary. If you dislike gourmand food scents then please stay away from this one. It will give you a toothache. The lasting power is OK and seems to wear on top the skin and doesn’t really “stick”. It isn’t too strong and lasts about 30 minutes max. This is a great scent for fall or winter and could be too sweet for summer or spring. It is made to resemble the Cuban-American variety of dulce de leche, if this helps you understand the fragrance more. I like it but I don’t know if I will repurchase, for some reason I have two one ounce sprays…