Myth: perfume has to be expensive to smell good. Fact: no, it does not.
I’ve got to admit: when I received Viva Las Vegas as a birthday present from a close friend, I was a bit skeptical. I didn’t recognize the name, the brand, or anything about it at all, really. That was until I realized this was an imitation, by a brand called Diamond Collection. Seriously, has anybody heard of them? Apparently not, because I couldn’t find any reviews.
Imitation, you say? Call the cops! Imposter! IMPOSTER!!! Calm yourself, friend, it’s not as bad as it sounds.
The real thing – that is, Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy – costs over $100 for a 100 mL bottle. The imitation? Five bucks. Because it is so cheap, I’ve found myself reaching for this to spray my room and other occasionally smelly things, such as children.
Let’s give this cheap but surprisingly good perfume a good ol’ Nosegasm review, shall we?
***The following information applies to the 100 mL version***
I’m going to try not to review this product based on Viva La Juicy, because I can appreciate that although it is an imitation it still stands on its own. The bottle comes in a cardboard box (pictured) that’s tacky, and then some. The entire thing, from top to bottom, is a shiny hot pink with a gold crown/decorative vines motif. The front of the box has a strange-looking emblem that remotely resembles Juicy Couture’s. It reads, ‘VIVA LAS VEGAS’ / ‘Our Version of’/ ‘VIVA LA JUICY’ / ‘Eau De Parfum’ / ‘100 ml’ / ‘Vaporisateur Natural Spray’ / ‘3.4fl.oz’. On the top facet of the box is the Diamond Collection logo, which is just the name in a swirly font on top of a yellow diamond, with the ironic slogan ‘Luxurious Fragrances’. I tried to find them online, and came up with a website in Spanish that spoke angry Spanish things at me until I left. The bottom features a bar code, and the back, the ingredients. I find it noteworthy to mention that they write, ‘VIVA LAS VEGAS is not associated with the makers of VIVA LA JUICY’. Not to be sarcastic or anything, but you don’t say!
The bottle (pictured) is a definite play on Viva La Juicy, which is funny because I find that I prefer the imitation’s bottle over the pink-bow-gold-charm original. The bottle is a simple square shape from the front, rectangular from the top. Instead of a crystal-like cap, this one has a cheap pink plastic one that’s shaped like a tipped pentagon – at least it fits tightly. The golden sprayer mechanism sits on top a tiered thingamajig that apparently I have no name for. The glass is clear and heavy, the finish rough and even scratched in some places (friendly reminder that it’s $5). On the sides and bottom the glass is ridged, and in the center of the bottom there is a mysterious symbol resembling a 14 (or 16 – I’ve never been good at math). The front has a gold crown and the words ‘VIVA LAS VEGAS’, and the liquid is an acidic yellow color. Hurray.
Now to the part I’m surprisingly excited for – the scent. I tried to write this without looking at Viva La Juicy’s notes, because after all, they are not the same perfume, but the only thing I came up with was a light floral with a vanilla base. When I checked out the notes on Fragrantica, I could put my finger on the floral (jasmine), and the intense vanilla which I was right about. I want to say I can smell the caramel note which is apparently prominent in the original, but I’ve never noticed it before. After a little while the initial floral fades into something more citrus-y, perhaps orange. The scent is fairly light, and decently long-lasting. And to be frank – at $5 I wouldn’t hesitate to spray it all over the way I might not with something like Light Blue.
In conclusion, if you’re into Viva La Juicy but are frightened by the price tag (which I am), head over to Amazon or eBay (thanks Andrea!) and check this product out. Despite what I’ve said about it, I think this might even be a repurchase, which is not something I take lightly.
That’s it for Viva Las Vegas – if you’ve tried it out, let me know what you think of it!