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

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

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).

I must learn to stop purchasing fragrances unsniffed and buying for packaging alone. I bought this fragrance in the fall because I wanted a dark, moody fragrance. I wanted a leather or tobacco fragrance. So, I found this on beautyhabit.com (it’s at b-glowing.com too) and fell in love with the raven and of course it’s semi-goth name, Poe’s Tobacco. It is described as having tobac, tea leaves, amberwood, and autumn apple. I thought that I had hit the jackpot. That name and that description were exactly what I was craving and the price was amazing. It is $28 for 1 ounce. I thought of sweet dried tobacco, dried black tea, amberwood, and sickly rotting golden apples. I wanted a gothic, dark perfume.

I got this in the mail, quickly I may add from the lovely gals at Beautyhabit. The bottle is cute and simple. It’s kept beautiful by a cute and cheap and ultra trendy sticker. I am not complaining, it was under $30. The name sounded wonderful. I couldn’t wait to spray it on, wrap myself in a black cashmere and silk wrap, read Poe in my Eames chair with a cup of rose black tea. I sprayed this on and on this moody, rainy and foggy, typical Pacific Northwestern day, springtime happened! This fragrance isn’t bad but it isn’t what I expected at all. It was far from goth. It was super “green” and alive, femme, and full of flirtatious energy. This scent was not the Cleopatra eyelined beatnick but the fun and outgoing, outdoorsy girl next door! Talk about packaging and name gone to waste! It’s funny because the actual scent isn’t bad at all. I like it but it just doesn’t fit. It is like those couples you see together and go what? They don’t match. This is it. The name, the packaging, and the fragrance don’t work together. The fragrance is lovely and perfect for spring, It is heady but still manages to be green. I don’t smell the tobacco at all. I smell fresh green tea leaves. This is a fragrance for the green tea fragrance crowd. It isn’t very woodsy. It is very white floral, green tea, and fresh cut grass. It is vaguely fruity and appley but in a chamomile apple tea way. This is a spring day. It is flowers blooming in morning dew just when the grass was cut for the first time this season. It’s sunshine so bright and you don’t have your sunglasses with you.  Not goth! In fact, this reminds me of Avon’s mark Earth that I have wrote a review about. This stuff just smells “green”. It isn’t moody. I wanted dried roses, smoky incense, sweet and dried pipe tobacco and decaying logs. Nope, this is too friendly. It does wear for a long time which was a bummer the day I got it because I didn’t want to smell like fun spring days. It wears for hours. I haven’t worn it since I got it. It hasn’t fit the “mood”. I know this is something I will use up this spring. Because it is very green and pleasant without being Chanel #19. It is floral without being Chanel #22. It is nice. It will get compliments. It just doesn’t work with the name and packaging. So for now, it is in the Edwardian secretary waiting for springtime. Until then, I’ll be wearing the heavy leathery and patchouli scents. This can be purchased for $28 at b-glowing.com.

Other than having a God awful bottle, this fragrance is pretty tops. It is fresh and wears nicely for the $22 price tag. If green had an actual fragrance, it would be this. This smells overwhelmingly green. It smells crisp, fresh and grassy. It is so nice. Mark advertises this as some perfect fall fragrance. I really feel they released this during the wrong season. This is very spring-ish. Fall scents, at least to me, are spicier and heavier. This is as cool as a cucumber and as crisp as celery. OK, first things first. This bottle has got to go. I can’t tell if the bottle is drunk and running around with a lampshade on its head or if it has its panties in a wad. The green shade seems cheap to me for some reason. Ir seems like a man’s drugstore aftershave bottle. I have no idea what the designer was thinking with this one. Second, the ad campaign is lame. Like I said before, this is not a fall scent. Save it for another time, release something heavy and spicy right now. And it is created with the “global goddess in mind.” Whatever that means. Isn’t Global Goddess a cosmetic company that Victoria’s Secret carries? Nice to know that mark cosmetics is thinking of their competition. The website describes it as a “lush, beautiful blend of dewy green notes, fresh-cut flowers and warm tender woods.” I agree. At first it is super green, almost like Prescriptives Calyx. It is like a crisp salad, almost banana pepper-ish and it is celery-ish which I love. Then it smells like cut grass, like Demeter Grass, but with actual staying power. It smells like generic cut flowers. It has been a while since I “sampled” this fragrance and for some reason I want to say that it was almost Lily of The Valley-ish. But, in reality I am sure it is some water lily accord or something. It smells wet, it smells like spring dew. None of the mustiness of fall, no oak moss, leaves, heavy decaying or burning woods. There is woods in this but faintly. Most likely “wood” accord. It is still girly and really fresh. So there isn’t a lot of “wood” in it. This scent could be described as aquatic. I really dislike most aquatic fragrances but I like this because it is grassy and has enough flower power. Compare to Demeter Rain. In conclusion, I really remember liking this fragrance. Enough to buy it and the body butter that goes for like $15. It smells very interesting for the price but still really pleasant for the overall population. It would make a wonderful spring scent and has a staying power of many hours. More than Demeter Grass. Mark has a good thing going with this one. It is available on mark.’s website.