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Frangipani is an amazing tropical flower. It naturally has a sweet, almost toasted sugar and vanilla like floral quality. It adds so much to those “tropical” blends that fragrance houses love to flirt with. Here is a guide/collage featuring heavy on the frangipani fragrances in a variety of price points.

Budget Frangipani Scents (Under $50): Lucy B. Pink Frangipani Perfume Roll-On retails for $24. It is lush and tropical. Urban Rituelle Beachcomber Frangipani Perfume Travel Spray is an exotic floral with light staying power that retails for $10. Voluspa Victoria Collection Corsica Petit Roll-On is a warm, slightly spicy frangipani fragrance with orange rind, pink peppercorn, and musk. It retails for $24.

More Expensive Frangipani Scents: Lily Pulitzer Beachy is an aqautic fruity-floral with a heart of frangipani. The 3.4 oz. EDP retails for $68. Annick Goutal Songes EDP is an exotic floral cocktail with frangipani, ylang-ylang, and jasmine grounded by vanilla. The frangipani works so well in this blend. The 1.7 oz. spray goes for $80. Kenzo Amour EDT is a romantic floral containing delicate frangipani. The 1. 7 oz spray goes for $55. Memoire Liquide #400 Fleur des  Tropiques Parfum is a lush, intoxicating exotic floral with frangipani, gardenia, plumeria, and many more tropical florals. It’s a lush, torpical floral arrangement in a bottle. It retails for $65. Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail EDP is a warm, sunny frangipani fragrance in a lovely bottle. The largest goes for $69. Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Desire EDP is a fruity-floral with frangipani. It’s not my favorite frangipani fragrance but it is in there. The largest 4.2 oz goes for $59. Usher for Women EDP contains frangipani with top notes of pink pepper and base notes of woods and vanilla. The 3.4 oz goes for $68. L’Artisan Parfumeur Fluer de Liane EDT is a complex “rain forest” blend. It is humid, green, woodsy, and an intoxicating floral all in one. I really like this one. The 1.7 oz. spray retails for $95.


Songes Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 1.7 Oz by Annick Goutal

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

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As I went to the local MAC store with the intent to purchase everything in the Style Black collection for my goth self, I was more smitten by the Fall/Winter 09 Trends collection. I’ll be sure to share all of that soon. I came across this limited edition Asphalt Flower fragrance roll-on. I loved both of the limited edition honey fragrances this past summer and to my surprise, I am now in love with another MAC fragrance. They have really been stepping up their game with these limited edition, low price point fragrances.

If you are a violet lover, then give this one a try. I absolutely adore violet fragrances. I live off of Choward’s Violet Mints. I love “green” morning dew violet scents but I really, really love those “candied” ones because I am such a fan of candied violets. Asphalt Flower reminds me of a glammed up interpretation of the bottom of my huge Hobo International messenger bag. The top notes remind me of the runaway Choward’s Violet Mints that hang around in their gang in the bottom of my purse abyss. They get crushed up weekly into a fine, sugary dust and get all over my wallet. It’s leather and candied violets. Asphalt Flower’s top notes are a sugary sweet violet with rainy, tsunami drenched tropical flowers like soft and humid ylang-ylang and powdery heliotrope. This is grounded by old-fashioned iris. I love this phase it wears this way for about an hour. It reminds me of being in an Industrial Revolution era green house, in the midst of lovely white and purple flowers drenched in mist, outside the coal clouds swarm in winter rain. It’s so pretty, powdery, feminine, and old-fashioned. It’s sweet with a bit of gloomy, rainy humidity mixed with oil. It’s very gothic with an Edwardian flair. The complete dry-down is very moody and extremely sexy with Tom Ford White Patchouli type of patchouli, that synthetic “clean” patchouli that works so well with these modern blends, smoky olbanum, and lots and lots of that MAC vanilla that is used in their other blends. I’m usually not a fan of vanilla but it really works in this mix. It adds a certain sexiness. It’s not a candy or vanilla bean vanilla but more of a dirty, musky, leathery vanilla. MAC describes this fragrance as “a deep, dark erotic fragrance that takes place in our Trend F/W ’09 Collection as the aromatic complement to this alt-fashion look.” It is a very “alt-fashion” fragrance. The entire collection strikes me as my personal fashion color collection dream come true. It is dark, rich and sooo Edwardian, turn of the century goth, that look that unfortunately Tim Burton brought mainstream. This fragrance is so dark, gloomy, intoxicating with a hint of the old-fashioned. It seriously reminds me of the Industrial Revolution. It’s romantic with violet and iris but a bit animalic and sooty. It’s that time because it is urban, industrial with artistic Romanticism, upper class stuffiness, lower class rawness mixed with a  desire for the occult. I find it very “me” and exactly what I wanted for the fall/winter rainy season in Seattle. This is great because the roll-on retails for $20. The bummer is that it is a limited edition. And if I want to replace it I am going to have to get something like Tom Ford Private Blends Black Violet. I will be picking up another one of these roll-ons. Also, this fragrance is very long-wearing. It lasts at the same intensity on my skin for 8+ hours. There may only be .2 fl.oz. in this roll-on but this container will last much longer than MAC’s spray on fragrances.

I’d say to give this one a try if you are fan of candied violets, the closest I can compare it to include: Tom Ford Private Blends Black Violet, Tokyo Milk Parfum Le Petit or Dead Sexy, Nanette Lepore Nanette, Guerlain Insolence, Penghalion’s Ellenisia, Serge Lutens Bois de Violette, Borsari Violetta di Parma, and/or Armani Pierre de Lune.

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 like fragrance oils and I love rollerball fragrances. They are great to travel with and usually because the fragrance is an oil, the lasting power is nice. I also have no issues with single note fragrances. It isn’t quite an “art” but I still like quality ingredients. Sometimes you don’t want a nicely crafted marinara, you just want a vine-ripened tomato. Kiehl’s has introduced four .23 ounce unisex fragrance oils for $25. There is the original Musk which I love. I rarely wear this fragrance so this size would be perfect for me. This musk isn’t your “white musk” or “Egyptian musk”. It is a bit more heavy and “offensive”. So of course I love it! There is Grapefruit, a nice clean citrus. My skin eats this in no time. This mixes very well with other single note fragrances. There is Vanilla which is very rich and sweet. This isn’t my favorite scent but sometimes in the winter I like to smell of vanilla. It mixes well with other notes too such as bergamot or lavender. Then there is Coriander. I really like this one. It is a bit ctirusy but my skin doesn’t devour it. It wears nice with green tea fragrances, citrus scents, and “wood” scents. It’s a nice refreshing fragrance. I really wish they’d offer a travel size roll-on of Forest Rain.

I can’t explain it and I sure don’t understand it, but I have this weird obsession with Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance. It isn’t the most sophisticated fragrance on the market and is sure not the most interesting. I find something very comforting about this scent. The only thing I can think of is that it reminds me of someone positive in my childhood, my second grade teacher. She always had a Victoria magazine and I wished that she was my mom.

This fragrance is a soft floral musk and the notes are pretty unidentifiable. It is a white floral with a mix of an Egyptian musk. I can’t even find the notes listed on-line, which is a great sign for fragrance. Sike. This fragrance is very soft and polite and feminine. It is very “maternal” if I should use that as a description. It smells like it would make you a pot of chicken noodle soup if you were sick and tell you that it is ok that Cindy Lou wore the same dress as you to prom. It wears close to the skin like a nice cashmere sweater. When I wear it all my scarves, etc. smell like it days afterward. It comes in an EDT and an EDP. And this is one popular fragrance. Does it remind us all of something else or do we genuinely love it?

It is so strange that I like this. It is so unlike my other fragrance obsessions. It is soft, I typically like loud florals or spicy fragrances. It has a motivational message written on the label, which is so lame. A friend of mine works at a cosmetics store and says that she only sells it to teachers and mothers because children love it. When I wear this my sister says I smell like her ACT/SAT tutor. I guess that is a compliment. My husband says I like it because I am getting older and this means some kind of estrogen surge or something. Whatever, all I know is that for years I have tried to deny I like this fragrance and wear Piguet Bandit, Chanel Coco, Opium, Patou Joy, or pure patchouli oil. But, I gave in last week and bought the small EDT of this Amazing Grace. I love it and I can’t deny it. It makes me happy and comfortable. It is not my signature, nothing is, and I don’t know if I’ll but another bottle. I just know that I like it and I am obsessed with it and that is ok.