I love plums. We have a plum tree in the backyard and this spring brought us the most amazing aroma of plum blossoms. Plus, the tree has been just beautiful when covered with blossoms. It’s been quite a view from my pink boudoir. I also love the aroma of the juicy fruit. Stone fruits really add to a fragrance. A plum has a richness that others do not, plus it lacks the “fuzziness” of peaches. It mixes well with florals and spices. Hey, it even mixes well with seaweed. I would love a fragrance that smells like plum furikake. I’ve compiled a brief “collage” of various plum heavy fragrances. Feel free to add.

Budget Plum Scents (under $50): TokyoMilk Parfum Sugar Plum Solid Perfume is a sweet plum as the name implies. It retails for $18. Bath and Body Works has 2 fruity plum floral EDTs: Cherry Blossom and Blushing  Cherry Blossom. Both retail for $26.50 for over 2 ounces. An “oriental” plum is Avon Imari Seduction EDT. This is a “purple” seductive fragrance with vanilla, plum, and orchids. The 1.7 oz. goes for $22.50. Crazylibellule & The Poppies 26 Juin ile d’Yeu Solid Cologne is a refreshing plum/fruity chypre. The crazystick goes for about $18. To me it smells like a plum tree full of ripe fruit on a hot summer day. I really do love that stick. Aroma M Geisha Pink Roll-On is a frivolous sweet, sugared plum fragrance oil in an adorable package. It retails for $40.

More Expensive Plum Scents: Juicy Couture Couture Couture EDP is a very sweet fruity-floral with plum. It’s a bit too sweet for my taste, but it does have candied plums. The bottle is beautiful. The 1.7 ounce goes for $65. Creed Aqua Florentine is a light-hearted fruity floral with dessert plums, flirty blossoms, and cedar. The smallest spray retails for $130. Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH Quincridone Violet EDP (not pictured) is an energetic plum/fruity violet floral. The 1 oz. EDP spray retails for $65. If a plum based fragrance could be an edgy fashionista, it would be Editions de Parfums Le Parfum de Therese. This is a blend of stone fruits, citrus, cedar, and leather. Love it. The 1.7 ounce retails for $155. If you are looking for a dried plum AKA prune fragrance, more appropriate for fall/winter, give Serge Lutens Bois et Fruits EDP a try. It’s woodsy and powdery sweet. It retails for $200 for 1.7 ounces.


Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance:

Ughh, talk about a fragrance that I never want to sniff again…I’m so sick of the Clinique Happy fragrance line. I try not to be. I try to have an open mind. I really do. But, I’m so sick of it. This is one of those fragrances that my generation went nuts over. They then introduced it to their moms,who then went insane over it. Before long, everybody and their sister and mother were wearing this stuff. I would say that this is a fragrance that women love. I didn’t like it then, after revisiting it and trying to keep an open mind, I don’t love it now. But to no surprise, would a closet goth like something named Happy Heart? Um, no.

It’s a citrus-floral. It’s too hissy and aquatic for my liking. It has citrus but it is the kind of citrus that made me think that I hated citrus. I think I avoided citrus for many years because all I could think of was the Clinique Happy fragrance line. At first spray it is hissy in a wet hay way. I would think I would like something like that but this is much too aquatic and soggy. I get a bit overwhelmed by something grapefruity and soggy grasses. There are so many humid florals. I would that this is trying to be a sultry water garden. After about 3-5 minutes, the strange bitterness of citrus mixed with something grassy begins to fade into a full-blown aquatic floral explosion. The floral notes are pretty if you don’t think about them too long. Unfortunately, I think about them too long and they start to hurt my nostrils. It smells overwhelming. I get hot, humid flowers. I don’t know much about water hyacinth, a note listed in this fragrance, but I do know that it is a plant that is super invasive. This is what the floral notes of this fragrance remind me of: an exotic but invasive species. A few of these plants are beautiful but when they won’t go away and start stealing the oxygen of everything around it…not a nice thing. The aquatic florals in this blend take over. They start to devour me and start to feel heavy. I do get a bit of bitter citrus but I can’t get past the weight of the heavy, humid florals. It seriously chokes me. I smell so much plumeria and “lotus” like notes in this that it starts to make me feel light and airy and not in a so-happy-in love way, more of an open-a-window kind of way. Sometimes when I sniff it (the rare occasion where I can think of something other than piercing florals), I smell fruity and cucumber-ish melon note. This makes this blend a little more “flirty” and once again very aquatic with watery fruits. The fruity notes make it “young” and “innocent”. The dry down is a bit more citrusy with clean warmth from light woods. Think pretty, juicy citrus with warm dried out driftwoods.

Notes in this floral as listed by Clinique include: water hyacinth, mandarin, cucumber, yellow primrose, and blond woods.

I find this as a very intense and overwhelming “hissy” fragrance. I know I can’t pull it off and it just doesn’t fit my angsty personality. I know that I am a freak. I can’t watch Friends or eat at chain restaurants. However, I can see why people like this and I do see why they think it is “fresh”. It is so aquatic and humid that it like taking a shower. I can also see why someone would feel “pretty” wearing this. It is very feminine and floral with juicy and sunshine drenched fruits. It is all “girl”, no masculine notes in it. I would say to give this one a try if you like Gwen Stefani LAMB, Juicy Couture EDP, Victoria’s Secret Body EDP, Lilly Pulitzer Squeeze EDP, Dior Addict 2 EDP, Issey Miyake EDT, Tocca Cleopatra EDP, and/or Ralph Lauren Ralph EDT. The 1.7 oz retails for $39.50 and the 3.4 oz. for $52.50. It does wear for a long time, so you are getting a great deal. I think everybody owns or has owned a bottle thanks to GWPs. I have given so many of these little bottles away.

Just like water hyacinth, pretty but choking every living thing in sight.


Happy Heart Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 Oz by Clinique

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

If you are a tuberose lover then you will love Tubereuse. If you hate tuberose then you will hate this fragrance. This is a “true” tuberose blend, a real soliflore. Tuberose is the star of this fragrance. I love tuberose so I love this. Plus, the husband is a sucker for the scent and I’ll have to save this one for him. It will definitely make him take Frink the Frug outside, even in the PNW rain. Notes listed include: citron accord, mimosa, tuberosa, tuberose accord, French beeswax, heliotrope, Himalayan cedar, and Tamil Nadu sandalwood. I mainly just smell tuberose (for me this is a great thing). At the initial spritz it is “loud” like tuberose with a hint of citrus. When I say a hint, I mean am itty-bitty hint. Imagine a tuberose ambrosia. It’s a super intoxicating scent. I think nothing says “woman” better than tuberose. If you want to smell, feel, be sexy, reach for a tuberose heavy scent. You’ll stand out from all the predictable and cliche “sexy mama going to the club/bar” scents like Givenchy Hot Couture or Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Hot. My beef with the scent is that for an EDP it wears much more like an EDT.  I can barely smell it on myself after 1.5 hours. At this time it wears very closely to the skin. However, I can’t OD on tuberose like most people. I could bathe myself in Fracas pure parfum and not even notice it…On me Tubereuse smells like a mix of beeswax and tuberose, a bit sweet and faintly floral. Tuberose is a sweeter, tropical, exotic floral scent anyways and this is intensified by the beeswax.  It isn’t so woodsy on me during the dry-down and I can’t catch a whiff of cedar or sandalwood at all. So, it is very tuberose for about an hour. If I want hubby to actually smell this on me, I’m going to have to wait to spritz it right before he walks into the room. (He has a weak nose). Regardless, this is a simple fragrance, very sensual, I mean it is a night-blooming flower.

It retails for $27 for .25 fl.oz. spray at beautyhabit.com. Or you can purchase larger sizes like a 1 oz. EDP $65 on DSH fragrance website. I would say that you would love this if you love tuberose and are looking for a simple, sensual tuberose or if you like Diptyque Do Son, DL & Co. Angel’s Trumpet, L’Artisan Parfumeur Tubereuse, Profumum Tuberosa, Michael Kors EDP, Piguet Fracas, and/or Juicy Couture EDP.


So, will our budget affect our fragrance consumption? Probably so. We live in the era of the sky is the limit. Even housewives and single income homes have $300 bottles of fragrance. I admit that I spend way too much on fragrance but I can. I’m stupid and I ‘m trying to get smarter. However, if you aren’t stupid and you are wise with money there are plenty of $20 and under options for you. There are many nice items out there that don’t smell like Love’s Baby Soft. There are plenty of nice items out there. You’ll only get less. Which is fine, you’ll be able to flirt with many fragrances. But, there are some in generous sizes and many of the small ones are long wearing.

I absolutely love any of the Crazylillbellue and the Poppies fragrances that go for $18 and under. They are solid swivel sticks. The wear for a while have none of that alcohol note. All the ones that I have had experience with are blended wonderfully. They are pretty simple and actually pretty single note but they smell “expensive”. They are portable. They can be a bit waxy but just rub it in. I also can’t say enough for L’Aromarine fragrance oils and EDT sprays.  Both retail under $20. They are available at beautyhabit.com.

Another great brand of solid fragrances is by Pacifica. The solids retail for $9 and I would recommend Mediterranean Fig, French Lilac, Tahitian Gardenia, and Tuscan Blood Orange. But, really they are all nice for the price. They don’t wear very long and would probably need to be reapplied.

Many fragrance houses have responded to shrinking purses appropriately by offering smaller sizes of their items. You can try tinier amounts of fragrances that are pretty popular but not too bad such as Juicy Couture, the grandma floral made sweet,  ($16 for 1/4 ounce), Stella McCartney, the dusky rose,  ($17 for .33 ounces) Nanette Lepore, the musky floral, ($18 for .41 ounces), Carolina Herrerra, the amazing white floral with an Old Hollywood vibe ($10 for .34 ounces), or Philosophy Amazing Grace, the musky comforting floral that for some reason I am addicted to, ($15 for 1/2 ounce). All are available on sephora.com. Some others have jumped on the band-wagon like the warm and golden St. John’s ($18 for .33 ounce) available at nordstrom.com.
L’Occitane has many nice options both in small sprays ($12 to $19) or in the Fragrant Touches ($20). I am a fan of the proper Roses des 4 Reines, the exotic Eau D’Iparie, the fresh and simple blends of Mrytle and Iris, and I really like the warm Amber.

Some cheaper opitions with larger portions include some by Avon and mark. I like the lily of the valley scent Avon’s Flower by Cynthia Rowley EDT ($15 for 1 ounce). I also like Avon Tahitian Holiday, the beachy floral ($15 for 1.7 ounces) and I like Avon’s Sweet Honesty, the powdery clean floral ($12 for 1.7 ounces). Mark’s Pure Fragrance EDT is a nice clean scent ($15 for 1.5 ounces). Demeter Fragrances are always nice to and come in so many things. The cologne sprays retail for $20 for 1 ounce or you can get the 1/2 ounce cologne splashes for $6. Some of my favorites include: Beetroot, Whisky Tobacco, Leather, Fuzzy Naval, and Dirt. Yves Rocher has many nice fragrances. If you like fruity try $11 3.4 ounces bottles or the little $5 bottles of Poire, Mure, Peche, Framboise, and even Noix de Coco. The company really has a nice fragrance for the price. I love their minis. The Absolute fragrances of Rose, Amber, and Iris are very nice. The $20 4.2 ounce cologne sprays of Verbena, Chevrefueille, and Cedre Bleu are very refreshing. I also like old school favorites such as Revlon’s Jean Nate Cologne Spray ($10 for 2.25 ounces) and the wild floral fragrance of Coty Muguet des Bois ($15 for 1.8 ounces).

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.

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


I love gardenia, even the hissy and overbearing kind. I like it even when it becomes a bit “sour” and sickening and spicy. This being said, I know why some people dislike the smell of gardenia. It is heavy and “old-fashioned” like roses and many other overused florals. Marc Jacobs EDP is the gardenia fragrance that gardenia lovers will love and so will those that find gardenia a bit too heavy. It is both old and new.

This scent is truly inspired by gardenia. It is a burst of gardenia at the initial spritz. It is a huge white floral bouquet that is hissy without screaming. It is a good, floral hiss. It is truly a “gardenia interpretation”. It is fresh and a bit wet but warmed by a polite and proper musk. It smells “dewy” and fresh. It almost smells warm like monoi, as if it was warmed by fresh coconut milk. This adds a somewhat sweet component. It smells wild and lily like or honeysuckle-ish but tamed by grandma’s gardenia bush. It smells “cared for” and polished. It smells very elegant without smelling too “old” like a nice classic Caron. This isn’t going to make your man think of grandma’s perfume. This is a really new “feeling” interpretation. It is flirty has a nice tropical feel, like Hawaiian white ginger and coconut without smelling like a tanning lotion. It is the lightest gardenia scent that I have ever smelled. It is “fresh” and wet and perfect for spring. It wears for many hours and it does leave a presence. I walk by my husband and his eyes light up. It’s a very romantic but classy scent. I have to say that maybe I wouldn’t be such a gardenia fan if I didn’t marry a man that white florals really “work” on. I can spritz this stuff on and get him to do anything. This scent is really nice to wear when I want something like lets say another bottle for my perfume addiction or even just some extra help around the house.

The EDP spray comes in three sizes: 1 ounce for $50, 1.7 ounce for $70, and the 3.4 ounce for $90. Sephora also has a .34 ounce rollerball for $25. It comes in a solid perfume that goes for $55. There is a body creme which retails for $80 and a body lotion which retails for $50. I haven’t used any of these. But, I love my 1.7 ounce bottle. The bottles are simple glass without a top. It has a nice leather looking bow wrapped around it. Just like the fragrance it is simple, pretty single note, but elegant. It’s what is inside the bottle that is so beautiful.

I recommend this fragrance for those that like white florals, those that like Michael Kors (this is a nice warmer weather version), Juicy Couture (the original), Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion, those that want a lighter version of Carolina Herrera, or for ladies that need to trick their men into doing things.