The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Scent:

This scent created by Olivier Cresp back in 2003 is a woody floral based on jasmine growing in his grandmother’s garden in Grasse. The scent is made for the “free, real, and somewhat wild” woman. I think this is a pretty scent, especially if you like floral musk scents. However, I wouldn’t call this a “wild” scent at all. In fact, it’s pretty tame and “comforting”. It’s more grandmother’s garden than heady jasmine. It’s a very soft, feminine scent.

At first the scent is a pretty floral white musk. It wears closely to the skin. It’s warm. It smells lightly of pepper, a gentle spice against the vanilla-ish florals/heliotrope. The scent really attaches itself to the skin. I guess this is the “lifescent”. I assume this is a type of “skin musk”. The white heliotrope is very pretty in this blend. It adds a sweetness and a soft, delicate powdery element to this warm, white musk scent. After 10-15 minutes, I don’t notice the pepper or spice in the fragrance. I really just get that heliotrope against white musk that I keep talking about. The musk is not animalic at all. In fact it seems “natural” like ambrette seed. After a little more time, the scent smells like ambrette, skin “musk” and sweet floral powder and very faint jasmine. It is such a soft scent that reminds me of a lightweight cashmere sweater. It’s the kind of scent that you would only notice with a close embrace. The light, warm musk floral begins to wear over a soft Mysore sandalwood base. I love Mysore sandalwood. It adds such a soft “roundness” to scents. It completes this scent. Lacoste Pour Femme has a warm woods base that is very feminine. It reminds me of the dry down of many soft, popular, modern floral-woods fragrances on the market.

For a scent based on jasmine, I can barely notice it. Usually jasmine in perfume takes over and steals the show. The jasmine in this is very, very mild. It’s a wallflower in the mix. The real show stealers are the heliotrope, white musk, and Mysore sandalwood.

I really like this scent. It’s warm and comforting. It isn’t the most exciting or “wild” scent on the market, I can safely say that. I really think Lacoste bombed that marketing campaign. They should of went an entirely different direction. It actually smells very comforting and somehow like the skin of a very young infant! I find this is a very nurturing scent that is nice for everyday wear and is appropriate for professional spaces. For an EDP, it doesn’t wear very long. It’s a soft scent to begin with so one doesn’t notice it too much. I really don’t notice this scent on my skin after 3 hours of wear. This doesn’t bother me. It is a “soft” scent and I like to wear it on the days when I feel a bit “anti-perfume”. Yes, even I have those days.

Notes listed include: Jamaican pepper, purple freesia, white heliotrope, Iranian jasmine, hibiscus flower, Bulgarian rose, Himalyan cedarwood, velvet skin “lifescent”, incense and Mysore sandalwood.

Give this scent a try if you like soft, warm white musk scents or fragrances like the discontinued Clinique Simply EDP, Gucci Pour Femme EDP, Editions de Parfums L’Eau d’Hiver Splash, Emporio Armani She EDP, Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly EDP, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist EDT, Philosophy Amazing Grace EDP, and/or the scent of Mysore Sandal Soap.

It is available at Lacoste’s fragrance website and drugstore.com. The larger bottle retails for about $50.


Lacoste Femme Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 3.0 Oz by Lacoste

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Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH d’Anjou is a great “work” or “my first fragrance” type of perfume. I typically prefer something heavier (thank goodness I don’t work in a fragrance free zone) but I can appreciate the softness and wearability of this fragrance. For a fruity-floral, this is one of my favorites. For a pear, d’Anjou is one of my least favorites… This is one that is fresh, fruity, slightly floral. It is flirty without being hissy or overwhelming. It is light and breezy. The perfume house describes it as “sheer as a veil, ethereal as a cloud, d´Anjou is Spring…the delicate scent of green pears, leaves, and early flowers.” This is a lovely description that really fits this “simple” fragrance.

At first it is very “pear”. It isn’t cheap or coy like Victoria’s Secret Secret Garden Pear Glace type of pear. Like I said, this one is flirty but not skanky. It’s a nice smile, not too “touchy”. This is a scent that takes you to lush green grove on a soft blanket on a picnic. You bite into the best tasting pear of the season. The weather is perfect, still warm enough for bare arms and sandals. You are enjoying the simple things: orchard fresh fruit, warm sunny afternoon, great company, and lots of laughs. You then lounge in the sun, absorbing it’s warmth. It warms your favorite white cotton tee and perfect jeans. Your toes feel the breeze. It’s a good day. It’s simple, casual, nothing over the top but it is so special. So back to the top note…it is juicy and you can almost smell that pear texture. You can feel the stickiness of the juice. It’s a beautiful, simple, pure pear. It is then accompanied by soft, delicate petals. It is so soft and not overwhelming and too floral. I pick up on the lily of the valley. Like I said, this is light. I wouldn’t say that this is a lily of the valley heavy scent. It really just smells so sweet and dainty. The floral notes complete the “entire pear” experience from juice to skin.  It seriously smells like ripe pear juice on clean, fresh, warm skin. That would be my summary.

I really do like this scent because it really does describe the beauty of a pear. It is a fresh, light scent. I also find it innocent enough to be a “first” fragrance. It sure beats many of the awful celebrity scents out there. I know that this scent is supposed to remind one of the freshness and beauty of spring. This scent really is seasonless and quite effortless to wear. However for me, I see it as more of a late summer/early fall scent since this is when pears become to ripen here.

This fragrance is a soft, close the skin type of fragrance that wears for about 5-6 hours. I must emphasize very closely to the skin. This is a soft fragrance from start to finish. I would say that you would like this if you are a fan of light, fresh scents, Kiehl’s Essential Oil Rollerball in Pear, Yosh U4eahh!, Rosie Jane Leila Lou, Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, and/or Tocca Florence. This is also a great scent for the person who doesn’t think that they like fruity fragrances. This is one sophisticated fruity fragrance. Notes include: green pear, petitgrain, Bulgarian rose, cyclamen, lily of the valley, and musk. An one ounce EDP spray goes for $60. This size and other sizes are available on the company’s website.

whitemuskcollageOh, white musk…one of my favorite modern marvels! This synthetic aromachemical brings me much happiness. It’s clean, sexy, smooth, and laid-back. I’ve tried to compile a few “heavy on the white musk” ranging from the drugstore favorite Jovan White Musk to the soft blend of Serge Lutens Clair de Musc.

Budget White Musk Scents (Under $50): I judge all “white musk” scents on Jovan White Musk Cologne. It seems to be the epitome of what a white musk should be. The 3.3 oz bottle goes for $23. It’s one of my favorite cheap things. The Body Shop White Musk EDP is a floral white musk scent. The 1 oz. retails for $24. An EDT spray is also available and it’s cheaper but not as long wearing. Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly EDP is a warm, creamy white musk blend. The smallest spray goes for $39. Harajuku Lovers Baby EDT is a powdery white musk blend. It’s delicate, the name suits it, and the bottle is adorable. The 1 oz. goes for $45. It’s not my favorite white musk scent but it is cheap: Body Fantasies Fresh White Musk Body Spray. It retails for under $7 and is a white musk and floral blend. It doesn’t make a bad linen spray. I love the crispness and cleanness of Crazylibellule & The Poppies Les Divine Alcôves Presque Nue. It’s mainly white musk with a dash of romantic ylang-ylang. It’s clean and feminine. The solid perfume retails for $16 and actually wears for a long time. I’m almost out of mine and plan on picking up another.

More Expensive White Musk Scents: Annick Goutal Musc Nomade EDP is a sensual white musk blend with woods and resins. It’s a bad-gal white musk. The 3.4 oz. bottle goes for $175. Clean Original Musk EDP is a light-wearing white musk blend that wears more like an EDT. The 2.14 oz. bottle retails for $76. Philospophy Amazing Grace EDT is a hot-selling soft musk blend and I’m sure you know somebody that wears it. The largest bottle, 4 oz. retails for $60.  Montale White Musk EDP is a soft and tender blend of white musk and delicate petals. The 1.7 oz. retails for $95. Surge Lutens Clair de Musc EDP is a soft orris like musk. It is unlike other SL’s because it isn’t animalic but it has musk. And I still love it! It’s a great white musk splurge. The 1.7 oz. retails for $120. Anamor All That Matters EDP is a romantic, high quality “white musk” blend. It retails for $155 for 1 oz. Stephanie de Saint-Aignan Blanc d’Hiver EDT is an icy, light blend of juicy pear, white musk, and powdery florals. The 1.7 oz spray retails for $135. It’s light and innocent.

The Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Victoria’s Secret claims this is America’s #1 fragrance. I don’t know if this is true (I think they are including the entire Angels family) or not but I can imagine that it is really popular. I’m sure its sales are huge. Not because it is the most amazing fragrance in the world but because it is carried by Victoria’s Secret and if I like it or not, their stuff is really popular. It’s available at every mall in America. Dream Angels Heavenly is a very soft powdery oriental fragrance. It isn’t offensive and it smells very “ladylike”.

I hate to admit this but I don’t hate Heavenly. I like it in the way that I like Philosophy Amazing Grace, another very popular fragrance. Sometimes I just like a soft “powdery” musky fragrance. This is one of those. It smells feminine with a slight hint of cardamom, one of my olfactory weaknesses, and florals. There have been times when my backyard reminded me of this scent because we have freesia and peonies. This scent claims to have these two notes and I believe it. I can identify them in this blend. But, mainly what really stands out, the cardamom and florals are there but not the show stealers, is the “clean” white musk smell and the slight warm sweetness of vanilla. This comes across as a powdery fresh scent, I guess because of the huge amounts of white musk. This isn’t a mind-blowing fragrance in my opinion and there are other things like it, but I must say it that it isn’t bad. In fact, sometimes I want to smell like this. I will probably give in a buy a small bottle… It smells soft and feminine and it reminds me of wearing a silky-smooth cami with a cashmere soft cardigan. So it’s like cardamom clean musk at first, then spring garden and clean musk, then like clean musk + vanilla. This is how it wears on me. It’s simple enough, light, and fit for a lady. This is not “skanky”, overwhelming, or “young” like most of the company’s other scents. Good for them.

I find that this EDP wears very faintly, intimately, and close to the skin. It never seems overwhelming (unlike other VS scents). It lasts for a few hours. I can barely notice that I am wearing it after 2 hours. But, maybe I get used to it since it is a “generic” scent. Or maybe it doesn’t wear very long. I mean seriously, if this claims to be one of the U.S.’s #1 scents, shouldn’t I be smelling it on more people? And it is available in a 4.2 ounce bottle, they are expecting for us to be spraying this stuff throughout the day or bathing in it. The 4.2 ounce goes for $59, 2.5 ounce $49, and 1 ounce $39. Key to success? Get your product in every mall in the country and have a low price point. It works.

I would say you may like this if you like Philosphy Amazing Grace, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, The Body Shop White Musk, GAP Velvet Bloom, Harajuku Lovers Baby, Nasomatto China White, Coty White Musk, maybe even Annick Goutal Vanilla Exquise.


Dream Angels Heavenly Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 4.2 Oz by Victoria’s Secret

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Carolina Herrera 212 (pronounced like 2-1-2, area code for NYC) is one of those “modern urban” fragrances, something along the lines of like CK One or CK Be. It’s a musky floral that isn’t overly feminine. I can smell “flowers” but they aren’t that strong or really identifiable, it something that resembles a lily. When I sniff this fragrance I pick up the “clean” notes of bergamot and lots and lots of musk. There is a faint hint of sandalwood, but a very modern sandalwood that isn’t so “perfumey”, nothing like a Serge Lutens play on sandalwood. This is just a clean fragrance but not soapy. Honestly, I could see it working for a guy and I really think it could of done better if it was advertised as a unisex fragrance like a CK One.This isn’t frou-frou and the floral is just a hint, very clean. That being said, it isn’t overly masculine, I just see it as a very gender neutral fragrance. No sweetness at all, which is good. This isn’t my favorite scent because it is well, boring in my opinion. But, I could see somebody really liking this, especially somebody that is “sensitive” too scent. This isn’t so complex and it is pretty mild.

It is an EDT and it wears for a few hours. It is a soft fragrance so it never comes on strong, even in the beginning. It wears closely. I think the bottle for the 212 is what is tops. Each end may be used, it is pretty cool, pretty industrial.

I would say to give this is a try if you are a gal that isn’t too wild about florals or sweet fragrances but still want something “modern” and “young”, if you like “clean” musk fragrances,if you like CK One, CK Be, CK Eternity, Philosophy Pure Grace, Issey Miyake, Bvlgari Blu or Black, Sarah Horowitz Peace Comes From Within Mind, Crazylibellule and the Poppies Les Divines Alcoves in Presque Neut, and maybe even D & G Light Blue.

The 1 ounce goes for $46, the 2 ounce for $63, the 3.4 ounce for $83. Sephora offers a .34 ounce roll-on for $18, this is a great way to give it a try.


212 Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz by Carolina Herrera

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If you don’t like this fragrance, please don’t judge me. Honesty is an amazing quality to have. I am just being honest. There is something that I really like about Avon Sweet Honesty EDT. It is pretty old-fashioned and really “fluffy”. It doesn’t have that edge and sultriness that I usually go for in a fragrance. This is soft, it’s pink, it’s innocent. Maybe that is why I like it. It is unlike most of my other fragrances. This is super soft, powdery. Clean in the 40 years ago sense of the word, it smells powdery but not 100% Johnson and Johnson. It is baby powder mixed with honey. It is kind of sweet but raw, like honey. The powder doesn’t linger around forever. It’s a bit citrusy, just a bit. Just a dash of lemon for a little tang. It is floral, fresh. I can’t make the floral notes out. Just generic girl flowers. It manages to be sweet the entire time, thanks to the honey a little vanilla for staying power. It is musky, in a “white” musk way. I really like this. It is easy to wear, I like the vintage vibe. It only wears for about 2 hours and it does wear faintly at the 2 hours. I feel like I have to bathe myself in it. It is a “cologne”, how retro is that? It only retails for $12 for 1.7 ounces. I love the perfumed skin softener. They really are meant to be together. Both items are married happily ever after. I see myself buying this again. I like this type of thing but I wouldn’t want to pay too much for it. This is fresh in a non-aquatic way. Thank goodness, it is honest unlike Love’s Baby Soft which you know is trying to cover something up. This is avaible on avon.com and of course, this classic is always on special. I think I got mine for $6 and you can’t beat that.

If you like the warmth and softness of amber scents, you are bound to love L’Artisan Parfumeur L’Eau d’Ambre eau de toilette. It is a very simple amber fragrance. The L’Artisan Parfumeur website says:

A formula that blends the most precious materials used by perfumers – balm and amber. A soft, rounded, mysterious, Oriental tale from the pages of “A Thousand and One Nights.”

Amber is just a soft milky amber scent. The initial spritz is a bit sharp because it has geranium in it. This quickly fades and leaves a warm, resiny, incense but not smoky amber, patchouli, and a bit of vanilla mix. It is a lovely fragrance that is warm and inviting. My husband wears amber resin smeared on his skin and this scent reminds me of him. It is very “snuggley”. I used to wear a lot amber scents and amber resin too but I grew out of it. When smelling this again, it reminded me of why I love this intoxicating fragrance. This scent wears closely to the skin like most amber scents. Amber seems to become apart of the skin. It was meant to be worn. What I am surprised about is that this fragrance is long wearing. It is an EDT that lasted on my skin the next day. The blotter card held the scent strongly for a week. It dries down to a pure, rich, succulent amber with a dash of vanilla for softness. Or the “roundness” the company uses to describe it. It is very basic and simple. If you like “oriental” fragrances, you should give this a try. I really like it. Will I purchase it? Most likely no. It is lovely and warm and perfect for autumn but I find that I love my amber resin just as much. (It is a lot cheaper too.) I am impressed that this juice conjures up so much of that rocky, resiny part of amber and not that strange liquid amber that many perfume oils have. This product retails for $95 for the 50ml, $135 for the 100ml, body cream is $65, shower gel is $45, large candle is $60 and the small is $20. It would make a lovely home fragrance since it is so warm, inviting and cozy. You can purchase it at barneys.com or lartisanparfumeur.com.

One of my favorite prints, based on 1,000 Nights by Vargas.

One of my favorite prints, based on 1,001 Nights by Vargas.