Out Of The Box – Mainstream Perfume Mini-Reviews Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of my mainstream series. (Part 1 and Part 2 are here.)

By the end of writing, I was not happy because I felt I had too many similar, pink fragrances in this post. A bad balance. But then I realized, that was not my fault. There are just so many similar, pink fragrances out there. My mainstream box is probably an exact representative of what is out there. What I am still not sure about is, whether I ought to be happy about that or not…

Emilio Pucci Vivara Variazioni: Sole, Aqua, Sabbia – are very close variations on a theme, the theme being, um, laundry-fresh and fruity? Sole is straight up shower clean and a lot more aquatic than Aqua, which is sweeter, more cotton-candy than dryer sheet. Finally Sabbia is  a bit darker, more oriental, but only in comparison with the other two. This is a trio I can easily live without, I might go so far as to say, my life is better without them. What a waste of a very beautifully designed bottle and the name of a great design house.

Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Male: Notes include mint, artemisia, bergamot, cardamom, lavender, orange blossom, cinnamon, cumin, sandalwood, vanilla, cedar, tonka bean and amber. Le Male was created by Francis Kurkdjian. Definitely unisex in smell, if not in name, Le Male is initially an almost harsh and a bit synthetic smelling bergamot and mint dominated scent that morphs into a warm and sweet union of lavender and orange blossom spiked with spices and drying down to a sweet, quite feminine vanilla-tonka base. It is very potent, but when used sparingly I think it is great. Its ubiquituousness has subsided by now. A classic.

Giorgio Armani Idole d’Armani: If you want a pear scent, this is one. A really, really bad one, I might add. Synthetic pear, larger than life and twice as ugly. No need to bother with the quite nice drydown, the way there is all too stony, or shall I say fruity?

Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline: This is the first flanker of Omnia (the one in the brown bottle), created in 2005 by Alberto Morillas. Notes include bamboo, nashi pear, lotus flower, and balsa wood. This is subtle and inoffensive to the point of boredom. A very white, sheer, transparent, I guess crystalline fragrance that might be great for someone not interested in perfume.

Nina Ricci Ricci, Ricci: Notes include rhubarb zest, bergamot, moonflower, tuberose, centifolia rose, patchouli, sandalwood, floral accord “Belle-de-Nuit”. It is probably a lot better than I make it sound, but I am just so tired of fruity-floral gourmands in designer bottles, I’ll refrain from getting into it. There is no need, you all know exactly how it smells, it is pink. Enough of a description for this kind of perfume these days.

Alberta Ferretti Eau de Parfum: Features notes of freesia, pink pepper, bergamot, sweet pea, ylang-ylang, Casablanca lily, patchouli and golden amber and was created by Sophie Labbé. This is actually very interesting, in the sense of “Hey, this is not a pink perfume!”. A fresh opening of water-logged freesia and pink pepper (this was launched in the heyday of pink pepper, before it was dethroned by oud), follows a vaguely floral heart on a sweetish, non-descript base. Good idea, but it smells fresh and clean, no lily has ever been close to this creation. What pervades and permeates and massively diffuses all around, is my friend Calone. Yippie.

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Florale: Ah, good grief, another one of these fragrances where a glance tells you exactly what is about to assault your nose, long before you even open the bottle. At least you get the satisfaction of being exactly right. Notes include rose, lily, mandarin, and white woods, as well as the smell of water, hot air and the color pink.

Biotherm Eau Pure: The Biotherm Eaux are usually very nice, they do what they say, refresh and invigorate, smelling nice in the process and are gone after an hour. Eau Pure is fresh and minty and citrus-y and fruity and all out happy-go-lucky. It gets a bit too fruity and sickly sweet after some time, but it might be perfect for some. It is not perfect for me, but you knew that, didn’t you?

Marc Jacobs Perfume Eau de Parfum: Gardenia. Loud and…loud. Can I go wash this off now?

Victor&Rolf Flowerbomb: Includes notes of tea, bergamot, sambac jasmine, orange tree, cattleya orchid, freesia, rose, and amber, musk, and patchouli. Flowery dessert. Might be similar to some gourmand niche perfumes, but ultimately it suffers from its cheap materials. And a hand grenade as a bottle?  I give up.

I have one more post to go, before my mainstream stash is depleted and can be filled again with more pinkness. Stay tuned! 🙂

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30 Responses to Out Of The Box – Mainstream Perfume Mini-Reviews Part 3

  1. anotherperfumeblog says:

    I am probably a little bit sick, because as soon as this post title popped up, I thought “Yippee!” I always love your dry seen-it-all humor discussing these repetitive (mostly) “misses.”

  2. Tara says:

    Like anotherperfumeblog I love reading these because you pack in so many brilliant one-liners it makes up for the depressing perfumes! “At least you get the satisfaction of being exactly right.” lol! Those pink fluffy clouds sum it up prefectly. No doubt this a representative sample of mainstream releases. Finding the good ones is like searching for a needle in a hay-stack.

  3. masha7 says:

    You are very brave to do this! I spent a little time last month at the mall (yeech!) and smelled some of the perfumes there, but didn’t have the heart or energy to write up reviews, I was too depressed. Now when are you going to review the new Justin Bieber perfume in that WOW! bottle??? 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      The funny thing is, I am only reviewing mainstream perfumes that I have in my possession without knowing how they got there. They were slipped in my bag by eager SA’s or well-meaning but uninitiated friends who know I like perfume. So, as of yet – no Justin Bieber came my way. I rather think that is a good thing. 😉

  4. kjanicki says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your main-stream mini reviews. They’re terrific because I’m both lazy and a huge perfume snob, so I’ve never tried most of these. Yet whenever my perfume obsession comes up in conversation with friends, they invariably say something like “I wear … [insert main-stream perfume here] and I end up smiling vaguely and changing the subject because I know nothing about that perfume. Now I can fake it. Plus, it IS good to know I was right about skipping them.

  5. Vanessa says:

    Now I have just recently drained my sample of Sabbia 167, which I loved! Please toss it my way if it leaves you cold – without postal charges, even…. : – )

    I also own a bottle of Omnia Crystalline – an early purchase in my hobby, it must be said – and I am not so sure now what I saw in it. Though inoffensive it surely is!

  6. Vanessa says:

    PS I have been planning to do a special “pink post” for over a year now. The samples are still on the shelf above my desk, but I simply can’t summon up the enthusiasm. Or resignation, more like…

  7. Suzanne says:

    Loved your mini reviews, Birgit. I have to confess, though, that I really do like Flowerbomb, one of the few perfumes that fetches me compliments every single time I wear it. I even like the bottle, which doesn’t look grenade-like in person and is rather geometrically pleasing. Promise I won’t wear it, though, should I ever find myself on the streets of Vienna! 😉

  8. jedennard says:

    In one of the reviews Tania Sanchez wrote for Perfumes: The Guide, (can’t remember the perfume) she talks about “purple”/abstract descriptions of perfumes in marketing materials. I think this “pink” post will be the color I think of for you from now on 🙂

    I like Le Male from testing it a few times but haven’t decided that it is worth a full bottle yet. I found some things I liked about flowerbomb based on a sample I received a while back in the same batch as Le Male. But I don’t see myself ever paying for a full bottle of the latter.

  9. annemariec says:

    Oh good, nothing to tempt me here. Still, I am always on the look-out for good mainstream stuff, especially the slightly unfashionable, and therefore cheaper, stuff.

  10. Pingback: Out Of The Box – Mainstream Mini-Reviews Part 4 | Olfactoria's Travels

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