I went for a little sniffing trip to the department store and here are just a few impressions. I did not want to smell only new releases this time, but mostly ones I always overlook for one reason or another, or which I haven’t smelled in a long time.
Dior Dune: I haven’t smelled this in ages. I did not remember it being that strong, it packs a fair punch!
Dior Homme: Homme is dead! Horrible, horrible new version. So sad. I wish I had a small bottle of the old stuff, before LVMH started messing with something good (as they do.)
Kenzo Fleur de Camèlia: Nice, soft, fresh floral. Very uplifting, easy to wear, tender and delicate. I can appreciate it, but it is too cute to be my thing.
Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude: Too clean, too predictable, but undeniably nice. I prefer the original Sensuous though, that is a lovely creamy wood fragrance, smelling like something Pierre Guillaume would have made.
Yves Saint Laurent Cinèma: this is a lovely scent and does not fit into its bottle at all, in my opinion. Were it not for its good reputation, I would have no qualms leaving that bottle untouched, it looks like it contained an 80s powerhouse, when all it is is a quiet and soft vanilla-amber. It does smell a bit plastic-y though…
Yves Saint Laurent Nu: still a lovely spicy incense. The old bottle was so much better than those new beige chess pieces…
…and a few new releases I couldn’t pass by unsniffed:
Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty: shampoo, expensive shampoo, but still.
Givenchy Eau Demoiselle Eau Fraiche: massively unsurprising, but a nice summer cologne-style fragrance.
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire: Cherry pie, but a stylish one. What can I say, Guerlain is almost good enough to eat.
Lancome La Vie est belle: No, it ain’t! (belle, that is.) I hate this. But that doesn’t come as a surprise, because I already know it. This is Coco Mademoiselle, Flowerbomb and any other fruity patchouli ever created (why, oh why?). Iris gourmand? Oh please, berry patchouli with the power to kill small animals and the half-life of Uranium.
Which mainstream perfumes did you smell recently? I would love to read mini-reviews of your favorites (positive or negative) in the comments!