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.

Benefit’s Maybe Baby is one of my favorite in your face, I’m not sorry to be a girly girl fragrance. It is so playful and feminine. It is very different than my typical mossy, spicy, or patchouli based fragrance treats. This is the one I pull out when I want to feel like an irrational gal that pulls at suitor’s heartstrings. It’s flirty, it’s bat those lashes, and giggle worthy. It’s lighthearted without being too juvenile smelling. It doesn’t smell like cotton candy or melons. Bonus!

Maybe Baby has a burst of fuzzy apricot without smelling like a teenage girl’s body spray. It is grown up with a tang of white ginger. (Speaking of white ginger, does anybody remember Avon Hawaiian White Ginger? I would love to get my hands on that! Or at least something like it.) It is floral and fruity and thank goodness for me it wears heavier on the floral side. It is grounded on me by the greeness of bergamot. It manages to smell peachy fresh, white floral-ish, and it is made fresh by greenery. It isn’t a particularly sophisticated fragrance but it is fun and it does attract my mate. Heck, it could of attracted my mate for all I know. He is wild about it. This fragrance is pretty much a dude magnet.

The bottle is a strange shape (a.k.a. uncomfortable to hold)  and has stupid little sayings all over it that I guess are supposed to make me feel good about being frivolous. I could live without that but I’m not complaining at that $48 price tag for 3.4 ounces. ($32 for the 1.7 ounces) It wears long enough for an EDT and I think it wears longer on me than most people. I don’t really smell it but others comment on it. It is funny because I have hundreds of things and people never comment on the complex, expensive stuff, just things like Maybe Baby.

I do have the lotion. It smells very nice. It isn’t super moisturizing but it is highly fragrant and contains the prettiest amount of champagne shimmer. It really makes my skin look flawless and plasticy. (Plastic is a nice thing in my book.) The shimmer shade works wonderfully with my skintone. The lotion goes for $26 and isn’t as good of a deal as the fragrance. So, if you like flirty fragrances or want a flirty fragrance that are so flirty it makes your worn out jeans into white lacy lingerie than this is for you. If you want something uncomplicated that screams “I’m a gal looking to play hard to get” then this is for you too.

It is available on Benefit’s website.