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!