Welcome to the second installment of my sniffing marathon through my mainstream perfume sample box.
Creed Virgin Island Water: although it is debatable whether this is mainstream or not, its smell of chlorine is not. (Of course it is, but this is my post after all! ;) ) VIW smells not of the ocean or any kind of island to me, but of the community pool. I wish I could say anything different.
Thierry Mugler Angel La Rose: I tell it like it is, I am afraid of Angel, deathly afraid. It has a sillage to kill several small children, since there are always a few of those around me, I have to be extra careful. La Rose is one of the many flankers this successful perfume has brought into existence, and I must say it is not bad. Rose is indeed the star here, embedded in the familiar gourmand-patchouli accord that made Angel famous. If it was a little more quiet, I would actually wear it, but I refrain for security reasons (see above).
Burberry The Beat: either my sample is off, or I am not getting something. This is a huge seller, is it not? May I ask why? To me this smells really bad, something rotten underneath a good dose of Off! bug spray. Maybe my sample is off, in any case I say: beat it, Beat!
Shiseido Zen Eau de Parfum: this is the third incarnation of Zen, the first – and entirely different one – hailing from 1964. It is an okay citrus wood scent with a little flower bouquet thrown in. Although okay is a far cry from the historic greatness of Feminitè de Bois this house brought forth. Sometimes a legacy is a hard thing to bear.
Michael Kors by Michael Kors Eau de Parfum: big synthetic tuberose perfume, with amber and a bit of iris, I believe, with a very nice spicy drydown. If the tuberose were a little more quiet, I would really like this, but as it is, it is another reminder of why I do not like tuberose. Now please, calm down already!
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey: well, well, well, what do we have here? The great love of my husband’s perfumed life. And not only his, this is the best-selling aquatic floral ever. If one likes the genre it helped engender, why not go to the source. I can’t help myself, when I say, to me it will always be a well-done air freshener at best.
Blu Mediterraneo Mandorlo di Sicilia: if this were as edible as it smells, I’ll take a plateful. This is a really great smell, almond cookies, marzipan, it is all in there, and very realistically rendered too. While I like to take a whiff of this now and then, I would not wear it. I’d imagine dogs and small children alike, trying to bite me all day.
Narciso Rodriguez For Her: I still have a half-full bottle of this and I found several samples in my box. For years people associated me with this scent (as I have just recently heard from a friend). It is a floral musk, not demure, not quiet, but distinctive and interesting. Many others thought along those lines too apparently, for I have found several very similar perfumes that were launched later. The most prominent among those is none lesser than Guerlain Idylle. These days I find For Her a bit grating, I think our glory days are over.
DSquared She Wood Velvet Forest Wood: now that seems to be a flanker of Wood and it is pink. It is a fresh, citrus topped pine-y, woody scent that actually manages to smell like perfume not air freshener despite those notes. It is a bit thin, but definitely better than I expected. Not as interesting as the original He Wood, which is a very good and unusual fragrance.
Chloè Eau de Toilette: thin and inconsequential rose. The bottle is the best thing about it, sadly.
Chloé Eau de Parfum Intense: intense, thin and inconsequential rose. The bottle is the best thing about it. Did I say that already? I have a feeling of deja-vu!
Jean-Paul Gaultier Classique: Hit you over the head powdery and sweet floriental. A boudoir scent with a sillage to impress even Angel aficionados. Not so bad, if you like that kind of perfume, but too much for me, a head-ache in waiting. Iconic bottle.
I still have enough in that bottomless box for two more installments, so stay tuned.
What are your favorite mainstream perfumes?