Annick Goutal Petite Chérie is an adorable and carefree fragrance. It is very obvious that this is a fragrance for younger folks with its fun and sassy notes. And I find it no surprise that Annick Goutal created this fragrance for her daughter, Camille. It is a pretty fragrance and I find it an amazing “starter” fragrance. It’s a cute, joyous fragrance perfect for young girls because it isn’t “sensuous” and is far from “seductive”. However, its fresh and carefree notes appeal to women of all ages. It’s a light-wearing fragrance that wears closely. It’s fruity fresh crispness wears wonderfully in spring and summer. It’s a nice fragrance for fragrance “beginners” of all ages. It’s such a pleasant fragrance. I really do not see anyone finding this fragrance offensive. It isn’t the most exciting fragrance on the market but it is very pleasant, very fresh. It seems to mold to the wearer and just seem so natural.

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At first, all I pick up on is the pear. I love this. The pear has a juicy sweetness that isn’t sticky or nonintoxicating sweet. It just smells fresh and juicy. I love pear used in fragrance, if it is not Jolly Rancher-ish. Pear has a floral quality to it anyways. The top is fruity without smelling synthetic. It has the freshness of a fruit stand. It smells like ripe pears, fuzzy peach, and tart slices of apple. It has a floralness to it. But, it is more of that natural floralness of fruits or fruit blossoms. The dry-down is soft, delicate. It’s a very faint powdery vanilla with dried grass, so it doesn’t come across as too foody.

Notes listed include pear, peach, rose, cut grass, and vanilla.

This fragrance is very light-wearing. It is an EDT. It really seems to be a fragrance that I will want to wear on days that the temps exceed 70. This fragrance doesn’t really project itself so I do see it suitable for work/school environments.

Give this one a try if you like “light” fragrances or are looking for a fragrance for young girls or teen girls, Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH d’ Anjou EDP, Kiehl’s Essential Oil Roller-Ball in Pear, Yosh u4eahh! EDP, Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade EDT, Rosie Jane Leila Lou Perfume, Fresh Sake EDP, Crazylilbellule & The Poppies 26 Juin Île d’Yeu or Les Garçonnes Tamara Charleston, Creed Spring Flowers EDP, and/or Calypso St. Barth Lily EDP.

The smaller EDT retails for $80 and the larger for $115. It is available at Apothica, luckyscent.com and beauty.com. * Currently, You can get it at a discount at fragrancenet.com.

Petite Cherie Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz by Annick Goutal

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

OK, don’t get me started on the inappropriate marketing of this product line by Blue Q. I could write a long ass paper on why the “Miso Pretty” line is offensive. I know Blue Q can be offensive with product lines such as “Looking Good For Jesus”, “Wash Away Your Sins”, or “Total Bitch”, but those are choices that people make like religion or having a bitchy attitude. Targeting a group of people by the group they are born into, wrong.  Putting pretty, edgy girls with “Asian” things and giving it a pun using poor English grammar is well, wrong. But, anyways, I said I wouldn’t write about that. I am here to review the fragrance. I still don’t know how to take it because I see it sold at hip Japanese markets/boutiques in Seattle. Oh, well. Here’s my review:

This is a super hissy fragrance in a high alcohol body mist base. It mainly consists of “plucky peony”, cut grass, and tuberose. It’s a flirty fragrance and once it dries down, very light and fresh. It’s OK for summer. I love the actual fragrance of peonies but I haven’t found anything that is really dead on for those growing outside. This is a hissy peony, almost sneeze inducing unlike those in the garden. There isn’t a hint of powder or sour peony in this mix. Peonies play an important role in Chinese and Japanese cultures, or at least that is what wiki tells me. I love to read about plant symbolism, history, etc. Anyways. This spray is pretty straight forward. It consists of hissy flowers like peony and tuberose. But,it has a “fresh” odor from freshly cut grass note. I’m sure to make a many a people sneeze if you are sensitive to freshly cut grass. I went through a quick phase a few years ago where I craved cut grass and cut hay fragrances. This is when I picked this up. I didn’t sniff it, I just read that it contained “cut grass” and purchased it at Ulta to get a free gift. Bad move really considering that the marketing is questionable.( Hexanal and cis-3-Hexen-1-ol, any “hex” aroma compound, I was in a chemistry class and obsessed with all of these kind of fragrance compounds, I would of changed my major but I was to graduate in like less than a year. Anyways, that’s off the subject.) This has that “grassy” smell but not like an old-fashioned aldehyde but more like Demeter Grass, a wet grassy scent. This is a body mist so it doesn’t wear very long. I think it could be nice if it had less alcohol, like if this was in a solid or an EDP. This isn’t a fruity body spray or a sweet body spray. It’s a green floral. Like I’ve said, even I’m a bit sensitive to this. I find it makes me sneeze. So I would say “try before you buy” if you are interested, especially if grass bothers you. It’s OK, I like it, it’s a nice green, wet floral. If you like fresh grass scents go for it.  It retails for $9.99 and is available on blueq.com.

Les Garçonnes Tamara Charleston is inspired by Tamara de Lempicka and her amazing paintings. I am so delighted that the dazzling Tamara was the inspiration for this fragrance. The packaging of this one contains the dramatic (and one of my favorite) color combos of chartreuse and aubergine. When I first heard of this collection of Crazysticks, I was very intrigued by this one in particular. It sounded so interesting with notes of gardenia, sambac jasmine, green mandarin, peach, lisylang, freshly cut hay, amber, and absinthe. It is described as a “fresh and flowery cocktail, almost prohibited“. I am pleased with this solid perfume even though it isn’t exactly what I expected. I guess I expected for it to be kind of herbaceous like dried hay with a heavy anise or licorice note. I expected it to be more bitter. I guess I thought it would be heavy on “absinthe”. I would like my “in my mind version” since I love anything licorice, but I could see it turning many people off. Tamara Charleston is much prettier than I could ever imagine and much more interesting that I could ever imagine. It’s fruity, green, raw, floral, and a little bitter.

According to the company’s Olfactive Star, this scent is heaviest on green mandarin, absinthe, and lisylang. I know what the 1st two are, but lisylang, never even heard of it. Well, it is a Robertet creation and is described as an aquatic floral note. So I guess I won’t be getting this wonderful “flower” for my garden, haha. Tamara Charleston wears closely to the skin like other Crazylibellule & The Poppies solid fragrances. It is soft and intimate. When I first put this on my skin and took a whiff, it took me to a place. It really reminded me of something but I didn’t know what. Then it hit me. It reminds me of this abandoned house down the road that I pass on my evening strolls. It is a menacing, rotting craftsman with an unkept yard. This yard grows widly and bears fruits like figs, olive, peaches, apricots, and blackberries with no maintenance. The weeds are grown up and have taken over. Across the street a wild jasmine grows. I will stand there, checking the ripeness of the fruit because I am so bumrushing the fruit trees one day, a warm breeze will go by and it brings in a scent that reminds me of this fragrance. I guess because of the jasmine, unripe fruits, dried out weeds, and a warm sea breeze, it is like this little stick. So I was a bit stunned when I sniffed this. It is much prettier than that abandoned lot but it reminds me of it, I refer to that lot as my secret garden. Anyways, I bet you are ready for a fragrance review.

Tamara Charleston smells fresh and green. It smells almost ammonia-ish from the unripe or green mandarin. This gives a complex and very different citrus to this blend. Strangely this is my favorite note. It smells slightly floral. The blossom smell airy and light. It isn’t like I smell “jasmine” but more that I feel like I am catching the odor of a warm breeze being carried in from a flower garden. I just go “flowers” but I can’t identify them directly. It smells warm and sweet just like cut hay and amber resin. You also get a “warm” fuzziness from an almost perfectly ripe peach. It’s a sweet peach, maybe from a hint of sugar in the absinthe. The absinthe is there and it provides a bitter “green” note. It isn’t licoricey but smells more like if you were standing over a mixed herb garden that contains everything from fennel to juniper.

This scent is a winner. I really like it because I have absolutely nothing like it in my extensive collection. It is fresh, bitter, and green but still really pretty and wearable. I think it is a perfect scent for late summer and early fall. I also love the attention to detail by Crazylibellule & The Poppies. Their inspiration was a hedonistic visual artist. They’ve done nice things like use absinthe in this blend, something historically loved by bohemian artists. “L’Histoire” on the box brings to mind an encounter with one of Tamara’s models and/or lovers. I love solid perfumes and  I love that I carry this cute thing around with me. It is available at beautyhabit.com and b-glowing. com for under $20.

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Young Lady with Gloves

Fragrance dominates every aspect of my life. The most recent craze has been my obsession with nice smelling cleaning products. I have used a few Mrs. Meyer’s products and so far I have been pleased with all of them. This all purpose cleaner has to be diluted down. I have it in an industrial spray bottle.  I have found that a little mixed with water goes a long way. It cleans all my regular spills and gets rid of my grim. I don’t know about “serious” issues, since you shouldn’t let your life get that grubby anyways! But, I found that in comparison to other “natural” cleaners that this one really gets the stuff up. Plus, actually like cleaning because I get to smell this stuff.

It claims to be “basil”. I don’t buy that. It isn’t that crisp, green fragrance. It isn’t a anise/licorice Thai basil. It isn’t basil at all. It claims to have basil oil. It also claims to have parsley, black pepper, and eucalyptus oils. I think that this smells much more “fresh” and less foody than the oils listed on the package. It smells almost floral, sweet, like drying cut grass. It is a very pretty fragrance really and I wouldn’t mind smelling like this myself. It is a bit like GAP Grass but much prettier. The scent really lingers. I’ll clean and my husband will come home like 5 hours later and comment on the “nice” fragrance. This sure beats the noxious fumes of other cleaners on the market.

Plus, this stuff contains biodegradable ingredients (good, I don’t want to ruin my beautiful Puget Sound) and isn’t tested on animals, including French bulldogs. This stuff doesn’t irritate my skin or cause me to have respiratory distress. Bonus! It seems to cost alot at about $8.50 for 32 ounces. But, I must emphasize that a little goes a long way and you can mix it to the water/cleaner ratio that best battles your messes. It cleans much better than cheapy stuff that I have used. Plus, it smells good and you won’t see me purchasing any home fragrance oils when I have this stuff. It’s available at most grocery stores/supermarkets and drugstore.com.

Demeter PMU Cologne in Grass is a really nice fresh fragrance. Sorry but this is not anything like the wonderful but discontinued GAP Grass fragrance (that I did see in a gift set the other day!). I just wanted you to know that because I ordered Grass thinking of GAP Grass and was disappointed at first sniff. There is nothing wrong with Demeter Grass it is just very different than GAP Grass. Demeter Grass is very fresh and “alive”. GAP Grass was dead and dried out. Demeter Grass is very sweet and almost floraly at times. Demeter Grass does not smell cut or hay-like. It smells of new, growing blades of grass drenched in dew. It is a strong fragrance for Demeter and at times smells like it has a hint of citronella, but only faintly and for a very short time. It is very pretty and wears for a while compared to most other Demeter fragrances. It mixes wonderfully with Demeter Dirt, Tomato, Stringbean and any of the floral scents. It’s one that when I use it up I will buy another. It smells wonderful in the summer and wakes my senses up in the dead of winter. It makes a wonderful room fragrance too.