The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

I actually really like the original White Linen. I remember smelling it as a 5th grader and thinking it was a genius of a creation. It was bold without being White Diamonds, fresh without with being CK1, and most of all I could talk my grandmother into buying it for me if there was a GWP. I did succeed and I did get the tiniest bottle there was. I’m sure it was an odd choice for a 5th grade girl but I like it much more than any cotton candy body spray or Exclamation or some Tommy Hilfiger creation or Secret deodorant spray, whatever the kids where wearing in those days.As an adult I’m not really into White Linen. It’s a nice “memory” fragrance. Did I also mention that I loved Sand & Sable at this time as well?

When Pure White Linen was launched it kept being “sold” to me as a younger, fresher, more modern White Linen. Obviously, the sales person did not know what I was looking for. I wore the original at the age of 10. I associate the “old lady” one with youth. A younger one did not appeal to me. Young fragrances don’t appeal to me anyways. I would so rather be sporting an old-fashioned rose based fragrance, Coco Chanel, or Guerlain Jicky. She would not back off and handed me a sample of this. I gave it a try and actually found it stronger and “older” than the original. Maybe I was just grumpy because I hate being sold to…

This fragrance is very “linen”. It has that fresh from the laundry vibe but much more concentrated and feminized. At first spritz I really don’t pick up on all of the fruity notes listed by the company. I definitely get that “fresh air” accord. I am not saying that the crisp fruits aren’t there. I guess I am just overwhelmed by the synthetic piercing air accord. After the alcohol begins to fade. I can still pick up on the “air” but it is much more humid and lush like it is with tropical ferns. I can slightly pick up on berries but it is more of a “fuzzy” cotton candy berry that is buried in a rain forest.  This fragrance seems to be sweeter than the original. I guess this why I don’t like it as well. It smells like the original but with a dash of some drugstore cotton candy body spray and a mix of a floral Victoria’s Secret Garden body spray. Luckily this stage fades pretty quickly. The fresh air accord is always there throughout the wear of this. It lingers around and it smells like a Downy ball has exploded all over a slightly sweet bouquet of freesia and the kind of honeysuckle that mainstream companies love to use. It becomes a fresh laundry-floral blend. It isn’t bad. It just isn’t to my liking. I do like the woodsy fresh dry down. This could possibly “save” the fragrance in my book.  It smells clean and I love it with the white cedarwood. It adds a warmth. I like this fragrance once it loses its tropical humidity. The dry down smells like having a crisp, white beach towel drying on a driftwood on a hot but breezy summer day. I wish I could get it just “as is” for the dry down. So why do I think it is so “old”? I guess because I feel it is trying so darn hard to be young with the fruits and hissy “flirty” florals thrown into the “original” formula. It is like a beautiful lady in her 40’s making herself look cheap and silly by wearing an entire outfit from Forever 21. It isn’t a bad thing. I am sure she looks great if she wears it with confidence but it is just a bit silly. What do I like about the fragrance? I like the dewy greens and I do like the dry down. This is a great fragrance for spring, even that early time of spring when green buds peep out of the dusting of snow.

Estee Lauder says that this fragrance contains: Italian mandarin, cool fresh air accord, raspberry, dewy greens, white freesia, red tulips (totally lacking fragrance in reality), rose, wild honeysuckle, gardenia petals, white cedarwood, patchouli, and white heliotrope.

It’s a very long-lasting fragrance. In attempts to use up the sample I would spray it on at night. I would wake up in the morning and the fragrance did not lose endurance. It still stayed strong. My bed linens would smell of Pure White Linen until a washing. I really wouldn’t mind a bottle to use to freshen up linens and linen closets or to cover up Frink odors. But, if I want a “lighter” original, then I will just go for the White Linen dusting powder. The original dusting powder is heavenly.

I would say to give this a try if you like Issey Miyake, Calvin Klein Eternity, Armani Acqua di Gio for Her, Annick Goutal Eau de Camille, Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie, Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean and/or mark Earth. The fragrance comes in 3 sizes (1, 1.7, 3.4) with prices ranging from $39.50 to $72. And just like back in the day, you can still get a GWP with it if you do your shopping at the right time.


Pure White Linen Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 Oz by Estee Lauder

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The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Desire is a generic floral, not much of a surprise. This was the 2007 FiFi Award Winner of Fragrance of the Year. I would say that the FiFi Awards don’t really give out awards to interesting blends. Dream Angels Desire isn’t offensive or gross. It is just so dull and boring. It seriously just smells like “modern” perfume. Something that you would wear just to smell “good”, you really aren’t interested in your options.

At first spritz, Dream Angels Desire is a humid freesia and ivy leaf bomb. I do love freesia but I find that the freesia that Victoria’s Secrets uses in most of their juice is pretty lame. I can definitely pick up on the ivy leaf. To my surprise ivy actually smells good: green and floral. I have learned this since my back yard has been completely taken over by the lush green pest. Actually, ivy smells much like freesia in real life. And in this blend the “ivy” is the only thing making this seem like real freesia. The other top note listed by the company is “white star magnolia”. This ivy and humidity only lasts for about 5-10 minutes. It then becomes a more fruity floral. I can smell “fruit” but I can’t identify it. I mainly just smell lots and lots of peony. The other middle notes listed include frangipani and yellow plum. I guess that clarifies the “fruit” aroma. The dry down is very generic and soft. It smells of modern woods and musk. Victoria’s Secret calls this “angelique wood, crystal musk, and angora accord”.

Overall this fragrance is very feminine and girly. It’s playful with all of the freesia, ivy, and peony. The dry down is the most generic thing ever. It isn’t offensive, I just don’t find it worth wearing with so many other beautiful fruity-florals out there. I would say that you may want to give this a try if you like fruity-florals like Usher UR EDP, Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Shine, Benefit B Spot EDT, Vera Wang Truly Pink EDP, Versace Bright Crystal EDP, MAC Pinkaura, Britney Spears Curious, Carolina Herrera 212, and/or Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean (it really, really reminds me of this one during its dry down).

It comes in three sizes ranging from 1 oz to 4.2 oz with prices ranging from $39 to $59.


Dream Angels Desire Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 4.2 Oz by Victoria’s Secret

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Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Could a name be any more unfortunate than “Ralph”? Seriously. It sounds disgusting. Maybe the kids don’t say that anymore, but I still use it that way. Ralph is obviously marketed to a younger crowd. It has a simple bottle and tons of auxiliary products. I don’t find Ralph offensive (well, other than the name), I just find it dull and boring even for a fruity-floral. It has been around a long time, it has many spin-offs, and it is worth reviewing. Notes include: apple tree leaves, yellow freesia, Italian mandarin, Japanese loquat, osmanthus, magnolia, linden blossom flower, purple freesia, boronia, musk 2000, and white orris. At initial spritz Ralph is kind of hissy like freesia (which I find difficult to replicate) and generic fruits. It kind of smells like an Herbal Essence shampoo (not the old stuff, the new stuff). It continues to be super fruity. The fruits are difficult to determine, but they seem to be a bit sour apple and like a loquat lozenge with a kiss of pink grapefruit. It just seems like a canned jelly mixture of pectin and delicate synthetic blossoms. The florals eventually become stronger than the fruits and it becomes less like those jelly candies that one may find at an Asian market. The florals last and mix with generic musks, a fruity musk, not a “skin” musk or “sensual” musk. It’s a bit humid and aquatic and this helps to make it a bit more fresh but still floral. It’s a fragrance that one could use the following words to describe: flirty, young, girly, carefree, and well, generic.

I don’t find this fragrance exciting or interesting one bit, but it does define a genre: fruity-floral. This genre isn’t my favorite but it has been popular for sometime, especially with a certain age group. The fragrance isn’t horrible. I just don’t like it for myself.

I would say that you would like this or if you like this you may like Paris Hilton EDP,Gucci II EDP, Britney Spears Believe EDP, Harajuku Lovers Music EDT, Lily Pulitzer Wink EDP, JLo Love At First Glow EDP, Benefit B Spot EDT, Victoria’s Secret Pink EDP and/or Vera Wang Truly Pink EDP.

Prices range from $28 for 1 ounce to $62.50 for 3.4 ounces. It is available at most department stores, beauty.com, and sephora.com.

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

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The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Victoria’s Secret claims this is America’s #1 fragrance. I don’t know if this is true (I think they are including the entire Angels family) or not but I can imagine that it is really popular. I’m sure its sales are huge. Not because it is the most amazing fragrance in the world but because it is carried by Victoria’s Secret and if I like it or not, their stuff is really popular. It’s available at every mall in America. Dream Angels Heavenly is a very soft powdery oriental fragrance. It isn’t offensive and it smells very “ladylike”.

I hate to admit this but I don’t hate Heavenly. I like it in the way that I like Philosophy Amazing Grace, another very popular fragrance. Sometimes I just like a soft “powdery” musky fragrance. This is one of those. It smells feminine with a slight hint of cardamom, one of my olfactory weaknesses, and florals. There have been times when my backyard reminded me of this scent because we have freesia and peonies. This scent claims to have these two notes and I believe it. I can identify them in this blend. But, mainly what really stands out, the cardamom and florals are there but not the show stealers, is the “clean” white musk smell and the slight warm sweetness of vanilla. This comes across as a powdery fresh scent, I guess because of the huge amounts of white musk. This isn’t a mind-blowing fragrance in my opinion and there are other things like it, but I must say it that it isn’t bad. In fact, sometimes I want to smell like this. I will probably give in a buy a small bottle… It smells soft and feminine and it reminds me of wearing a silky-smooth cami with a cashmere soft cardigan. So it’s like cardamom clean musk at first, then spring garden and clean musk, then like clean musk + vanilla. This is how it wears on me. It’s simple enough, light, and fit for a lady. This is not “skanky”, overwhelming, or “young” like most of the company’s other scents. Good for them.

I find that this EDP wears very faintly, intimately, and close to the skin. It never seems overwhelming (unlike other VS scents). It lasts for a few hours. I can barely notice that I am wearing it after 2 hours. But, maybe I get used to it since it is a “generic” scent. Or maybe it doesn’t wear very long. I mean seriously, if this claims to be one of the U.S.’s #1 scents, shouldn’t I be smelling it on more people? And it is available in a 4.2 ounce bottle, they are expecting for us to be spraying this stuff throughout the day or bathing in it. The 4.2 ounce goes for $59, 2.5 ounce $49, and 1 ounce $39. Key to success? Get your product in every mall in the country and have a low price point. It works.

I would say you may like this if you like Philosphy Amazing Grace, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, The Body Shop White Musk, GAP Velvet Bloom, Harajuku Lovers Baby, Nasomatto China White, Coty White Musk, maybe even Annick Goutal Vanilla Exquise.


Dream Angels Heavenly Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 4.2 Oz by Victoria’s Secret

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The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Oh, the ever so popular L’Eau D’Issey! This fragrance has a cult following and I smell it on people all the time when I am out and about. It’s good that I don’t find it offensive! It’s a very popular aquatic floral and I remember for a few years there all of my girlfriends wore it. So it has taken me so many years to revisit this scent because I was so tired of it. I brought out a sample of it a few days ago. It’s a pretty scent. I’m not a fan of “aquatic” scents but I can handle this one (on other people) and as far as that genre goes, this is one of the best.

Issey is very, very floral at initial spritz (and throughout wear). It’s filled with humid, aquatic flowers. They are dainty and seem to have the most fragile of petals. These notes are listed as lotus, freesia, cyclamen, rose water, fresh peonies, carnation, and white lilies. If you are afraid of florals then leave this scent alone. It is heavy on them. I would say the floral that stands out most to me is the freesia and cyclamen. I can “feel” the lotus. This floral bouquet seems to create an atmosphere of water garden flowers. You just feel the humidity from them and you can almost see the sweating paper-thin petals. It’s an exotic fragrance (if you don’t live in a hot, wet tropical climate) because it smells like “jungle” flowers to me because they are so fragrant and so wet. The company describes it as “when Flower meets Water”. It wears very floral for a very long time.  Other notes in this fragrance include: precious woods, osmanthus, tuberose, amberseed, and musk. After hours and hours, no kidding, I can pick up a faint trace of the musk and woods, but their companions are still strong florals.

I can’t wear this fragrance. It gives me a headache. It is an attack of aquatic florals that doesn’t ever cease. That being said, for an EDT this wears for a long time. I also think it wears nicely on other people and it doesn’t bother me on them. It is just too much to be on my body. If you love lingering complex floral scents then you’ve found your soul mate with this one. If you want a long-lasting floral than this is it too.

I would say that you would like this if you like aquatic/fresh florals Estee Lauder White Linen (and all of its spin-offs), Demeter Rain, CK Eternity, Davidoff Cool Water, Susanne Lang Lotus Blossom, Armani Acqua di Gio, Lollia Imagine, and/or Avon Haiku. The EDT comes in 3 major sizes: a small .8 oz $44, 1.6 oz $65, and a 3.4 oz $89. Sephora has a roller-ball available for $22 that is nice for giving it a try and travel. *Currently available at fragrancenet.com.


L’Eau D’Issey Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.3 Oz by Issey Miyake

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It isn’t that I dislike Dior Addict 2, it is just that I can’t get over how it totally defines like 5-10 years of main stream perfumes. Spritzing on Addict 2 is like a 10 year time warp to 2000. It is a time capsule in a bottle. It is everything that was the rage. I felt like perfumes were only being made for “young” people through 1999-2006. Everything was young, “flirty”, and mostly “pink”. Dior had to jump on the bandwagon as well in 2005. And they know there are dated. How many freaking limited edition flankers have they created since launching this stuff? And how many “lighter” versions have they made to compensate for this “gum smacking 14 year old mall rat with a fake hot pink Coach bag all up in your face” fragrance?

Addict 2 is hissy but not offensive. It smells “light”, “young”, and “carefree”. It is an aquatic, fruity citrus, with a hint of white musk and hissy flowers like freesia. It contains all of the pink fruits such as grapefruit and watermelon.It is meant to be “energetic”. It contains notes of grenadine and it does smell of alcoholic fruits. At initial spritz it is citrusy with notes of bergamot and grapefruit. Then it is all fruity-floral from then on. It is melon-y, grenadine-ish, and super floral freesia (one of my least favorite floral notes). It is made aquatic by “water lotus” and other super obvious chemical experiment notes. It is grounded and dries down to a white musk. For the last few hours it is like a bergamot, white musk blend on me. (Actually, that isn’t too bad. But, it is that white musk that is sooo 2000.) It isn’t a poorly blended fragrance and for a fragrance marketed to “girls” it isn’t so bad. It isn’t a Dior masterpiece but it sure made them some money in the new millennium. I also feel they should of dropped the “Addict” namesake and just named it something else, something younger. You’re not getting any of your Addict clientele with this one. Move on Dior.

I was shocked when the ad campaign hit. I mean a 12 year old wearing makeup in their underpants selling a “sexy” and “intoxicating” product. And our society wants to hate on pedophiles when companies like Dior hyper-sexualize minors. But, that calls for an entirely new post. The company states, “Inspired by the Dior Girly collection, this tangy fruity-floral incarnates a bubble of optimism and mischievous femininity for the innocently sexy girl.” WTF? A slightly naughty but naively happy fragrance for the slutty little girl tease that doesn’t know if she is attractive or not and that hasn’t quite figured exactly why that “Blondes Do It Better” tee is inappropriate to wear to youth group meet-ups? I had to attach the ad and ask you “Do you know where your 13 year old daughter is at tonight?” Hopefully, she is not purchasing perfume.

For a hissy EDT it wears OK. It lasts an entire work day on me about 7 hours. I can see people like this if they are 14, like Lancome Miracle, Victoria Secret Garden fragrances, Victoria Secret Pink, YSL Baby Doll, Gucci EDP II, Clinique Happy In Love, and/or J.Lo Love at First Glow. The 1.7 oz. is $65 and the 3.4 oz. is $85. A Shimmer Body Lotion is also available.