During the month I come across so many products that it’s hard to remember which ones I like, and why I do. So, this is my way to track my thoughts – straight from my Notes app to the blog. Most of the pictures were snapped with my iPhone 3GS – that’s a 3MP camera, in case you’re wondering – so please forgive the quality. Make sure to let me know what you think, and as always, thanks for reading 🙂
June 2014 Sniffing Adventures
30/5/14 (technically not June, but after May’s post was written)
– Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea: Fruits with French vanilla. Nothing offensive about it, could make a good gift. Can’t say I see a resemblance to the original.
– Thierry Mugler Pure Shot: Should be renamed to Pure Honey. Noticeably hard to come by.
31/5/14 (technically not June, but after May’s post was written)
– Luminessence Peppermint scented candle: An excellent sweet peppermint but without any kick. There were multiple 3oz options available, too ($1.25).
– Luminessence Pine scented candle: Straight up pine. Could be great for the holidays.
– Luminessence Pumpkin Pie scented candle: A cinnamon bakery scent. Doesn’t say pumpkin to me.
– Harajuku Lovers G: Almost a spot on dupe for Escada’s Born In Paradise. Not crazy about the packaging ($12.99).
– Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath scented candle: I’ve found myself being attracted to fall scents recently, which is so weird because its still only spring. This is a great autumn scent, and the price is right too ($16 for the large jar), but it’s still too early for it.
– Yankee Candle Pure Radiance After Dark scented candle: Never encountered this line before, but this is so good! Mossy and green and totally yummy. I like that it’s a wood-wick, too. Would make an excellent gift for a man!
– Bombshell Summer 2014: I was drawn in because I was under the impression that VS was having a sale on their cosmetics. Turns out they were – 50% off select items – but the base price of $39.99 was just ridiculous. At any rate, this was a good one, consisting mainly of grapefruit. Also, gorgeous bottle.
– Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent 2014: I didn’t think it was possible, but Lauder did it; they took a coconut scent and made it old. Slow clap.
– Very Sexy for Him 2: They’re right, it’s very sexy. A berry scent, but masculine. A little spicy, maybe cardamom? Strange lid. How peculiar to have a men’s fragrance in a lingerie store, no?
– Very Sexy for Him: Woodsy. Smells like something from Demeter Fragrance Library. Not the biggest fan of this one.
Shoppers Drug Mart
– Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream: This arrived awful fast, which I suppose can be attributed to the popularity of the Daisy line. I’d like to point out that the bottle is much more beautiful in person than in photographs. The word ‘unusual’ has been used to describe this new scent, and I disagree to the max. I’ve smelled this a hundred times already, a fruity-floral that leans towards just floral. Slightly sweet, slightly sour, unremarkable but decent.
– Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana: Smells a bit like Yankee Candle’s Citrus Tango in EDT form. It takes the idea of citrus notes that play off each other and translates it into fluid.
– Sonia Kashuk Purple Seductia: This was picked as one of the best cosmetics of the year in the CEW Insiders Choice Awards. To me the opening is a bit of a berry with grape jelly. Warmed up on the skin it’s quite floral but pleasantly so. I don’t know that this deserves the prize, to be frank.
– Hugo Boss Hugo Boss Unlimited: Just read about this one yesterday, they called it a sportsmen’s fragrance. Interesting that I’ve seen nothing for its release. It’s really a subtle spicy thing. Sporty? Nu uh.
– Issey Miyake L`Eau d`Issey Pour Homme Summer 2014: Certainly interesting, and the bottle’s neat, but… Just not sure if it’s any good. Grapefruit and cucumber? Hmmm.
Shoppers Drug Mart
– Lacoste L!ve (or is it Live? I couldn’t figure it out): I tried this in a central store in downtown Toronto. What I want to point out is that the stores here are much quicker at getting the new releases than further north where I live. Anyway, the bottle is not as horrendous in person as it appears in photos. The juice, however… Rotting vegetation comes to mind.
– Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc: Can we talk about this for a minute? WHAT IS IT?! I haven’t been able to find it online, and the fact that this croc has a flag of Canada on its skin is bothering me.
– Justin Bieber Collector’s Edition: Again, this was announced only about a week ago and it’s already available.. why is Prada Candy Florale taking so long? At any rate, this is a pleasant sweet aroma that brings to mind his second latest fragrance, Next Girlfriend, and comes in a gorgeous flacon. I hate it.
– Marc Jacobs Pink Honey: I’m nearly certain that the only difference between this and the original Honey is the colour of the bottle…
– Maison Martin Margiela: I was really looking forward to trying this line. After getting nowhere with their customer service about getting samples, I finally made the trek to the Eaton Centre to try this. My thoughts:
- Beach Walk: Clean. My friend and I agreed that this had nothing to do with a beach.
- Flower Market: Why did I even bother?
- Funfair Evening: The one I was most looking forward to. It wasn’t bad, just definitely not worth a bottle.
- Jazz Club: This was our unmatched favourite. Will review this in the future.
– Thierry Mugler Les Exceptions collection: I freaked out when I found Canada would get an exclusive TM collection. It was so worth the wait, too. I liked Chyprissime and Oriental Express (me thinks?), but didn’t dare to ask for samples. Instead of testers they had little paper cones inside little metal cones that the SA sprayed one at a time to allow us to smell. So cool!
– Clutch: Why the A&F Kids store in Eaton Centre says A&F is not a question I can answer. We accidentally went in, thinking this was the adult store, and were distraught to see that their biggest size was.. well, you know. We stumbled across this gem called Clutch, and I wanted to share it with you. First of all, what is this bottle even? Second, why does a kid who wears tiny clothes need cologne anyway? And what is the website description going off about?
score the winning touchdown, make the winning shot, come through in the clutch… rich sandalwood and rugged amber give it a classic scent with a natural confidence that can’t be beat. crisp pomelo, energizing apple and fresh mountain herbs make it undeniably masculine. clutch never fails to deliver under pressure, grabbing her attention on and off the field.
And those missing capital letters weren’t my doing, either. Just thought I’d share this fragrance comedy with you. That is all.
To-sniff list (red=new for this month, black=left from last month):
- Cartier La Panthère (gagging over the ad and the bottle)
- Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Gold Couture
- Katy Perry Killer Queen Royal Revolution
- Tom Ford Costa Azzurra, Mandarino di Amalfi
- Jack Black’s fine fragrance collection
- En Voyage Perfumes Captured in Amber, Café Cacao (based on SmellyThoughts’ video)
- Juniper Ridge’s collection (based on Fragrance Bro’s video)
- Poo~Pourri (based on this ad)
- Atelier Cologne Blanche Immortelle
- Kiehl’s Vanilla & Cerdarwood (Grace Helbig called it a ‘sugar boner’, so I obviously need to try it)
- MAC’s Turquatic
- Prada Candy Florale
- Puma Puma Green Brasil Edition, Puma Yellow Brasil Edition
- Arquiste The Architects Club
- Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Limited Edition
- Thierry Mugler Pure Wood
- Vera Wang Princess Power
- Lush’s Gorilla collection
- Lush shower jellies
- Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucre
- Philosophy’s collection
- Bond No. 9’s collection
- Hopeful order: Percy Jackson collection samples from AmbersHallowbyEC
- Hopeful order: Once Upon a Time collection samples from delightfulrot