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

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

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.