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Victoria’s Secret Rapture.

Posted in amber, Bulgarian Rose, citruses, freesia, Heliotrope, jasmine, musk, orange blossom, perfume notes, vanilla with tags , , , , , on December 24, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Victoria's Secret Rapture.

Victoria’s Secret Rapture.

One spray gives me a thick, cloying, powdery assault of an old-school perfume that does not seem like a Victoria’s Secret scent one would expect. This is a sweet, heavy and intense cloud that will surround you if you over-spray. And over-spraying would be more than one push of the nozzle.

Syrupy amber? Yes. Intense florals? Most definitely. Spicy and nutty with an oily feel, Rapture takes me back decades when perfumes were powerhouses and strong-willed. This baby stung my eyes wide open.

Drydown reminds me of the unpleasant smell of opening an old musty cedar chest. The one spray that I’ve used has lasted for nine hours so far and I’m washing it off. It’s far too fleshy for me and headache-inducing.

There is no middle-ground for perfume-lovers here. It’s a love or hate fragrance.

My review is based on a bottle from the early 2000’s.

This oriental spicy was launched in 1992 and is still available at Victoria’s Secret.

Top Notes: Citruses, Orange Blossom.

Middle Notes: Freesia, Jasmine, Bulgarian Rose.

Base Notes: Amber, Musk, Vanilla, Heliotrope.



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Jean Arthes Perfumes.

Posted in amber, black currant, black tea, Boum For Women, Boum Green Tea Cherry Blossom, Boum Vanille Sa Pomme d'Amour, cedar, cherry blossom, floral fruity gourmand, freesia, Jean Arthes Perfumes, lemon, musk, orange, peach, pear, peony, praline, raspberry, red apple, rose, sandalwood, sugar cane, tea, vanilla, violet, wild strawberry with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Jeanne Arthes Perfumes.

Jeanne Arthes Perfumes.

Stumbling around my local Walgreens drugstore recently I discovered the line of Jeanne Arthes perfumes tucked away on a lower shelf in the cosmetics section of the store. There were only three of the line on display for testers and only three fragrances for sale. So disappointing, considering there are over a hundred listed in the databases.  Only three of the line for sale? What a selection.

The three available were Boum Vanille Sa Pomme d’Amour, Boum Green Tea Cherry Blossom and Boum for Women. I tested all three with relish. I was excited to have the opportunity to try out the Jeanne Arthes line of fragrances, even if it was only three fragrances.

Boum for women fell flat on its face for me. It’s supposed to be a floral-fruity, but frankly, it smelled quite synthetic without any distinguishable notes. I re-applied it heavily, but I could not distinguish the fruitiness from it and it still reminded me more of an aerosol room freshener than anything else.

I could imagine the Black Tea overtaking Cedar while the musk swirls around in a whirlwind masking the fruits. Hence, no distinguishable notes for me. More of an unequal blending that spits out as maybe this, maybe that with no prominence to it.

Boum’s Top Notes: Sugar Cane, Wild Strawberry, Black Tea.

Middle Notes: Peony, Violet, Freesia, Raspberry, Rose.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Cedar, Musk.

Boum’s Green Tea Cherry Blossom offered little more in the way of fragrance but hardly enough to make me want to continue sniffing my arm. Again, this fragrance seems too linear, too flat and I wonder where this floral-fruity is going. Nowhere again.  No matter how hard I try, I can not pull out any citrus, musk, fruit or tea from this one. It’s a room deodorizer blend for a fragrance to my nose.

It seemed antiseptic in nature, very cold and not appealing. An associate had walked up to me to talk about the fragrances at this point, not realizing I had already sprayed all three. She picked up Green Tea Cherry Blossom and sprayed it at a two foot distance away from us. Then asked me if I could smell it. I have no idea why she sprayed it that way, other than she said it wasn’t very popular. I guess she didn’t want to take a chance on offending me with the spray. Not a way to make a sale, either.

Top Notes: Lemon, Tea, Pear.

Middle Notes: Rose, Black Currant, Cherry Blossom.

Base Notes: Musk, Peach.

The pleasant surprise awaited me with Boum Vanille Sa Pomme d’Amour. Now this one has some substance to it. As I sit here writing this seven hours later, I still can smell this enjoyable fragrance on my arm. Boum Vanille is definitely not for the faint of heart, either. It is sweet. Not necessarily candy-like sweet, although that’s the first impression.

When I first sprayed it, I thought candy apples. And I wondered how could anyone want to smell like a candy apple? But then within minutes the drydown began and I was pleasantly surprised. This perfume began to mellow down into a very pleasant cherry pipe tobacco type fragrance that is wonderful for the colder weather. The vanilla seems to sit inside the tobacco while the musk lends credence to this perfume’s solidarity. I can see myself wearing it when the weather turns brisk again next year, when snow begins to fall, and when the fireplace is going during the holidays. It’s that kind of perfume.

It lasts for hours, which for the price point of 9.99, is incredible. The bottle size is 3.4 oz with a cheesy little plastic sprayer that if you’re not too careful can easily pop off and break, so beware. But the juice inside is well worth it.

As a matter of fact, it reminds me very much of Royal Apothic Edwardian Fireplace. If you’re looking for a unisex scent that talks to you of a pipe tobacco, this is it, albeit packaged in pink. It’s not cloying at all. It can be strong depending on how it’s sprayed, but again, for the season, it’s a delight. Or, consider this a rainy day tobacco perfume. This floral-fruity certainly has it’s uses.

Top Note: Orange.

Middle Notes: Red Apple, Praline.

Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla.

Jeanne Arthes perfumes are available for testing at Walgreens drugstores, online at Walgreens, also online at various suppliers and through various auction sites.  Give them a sniff next time you’re out and about and see them.



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Mariah Carey Dreams…Salty Caramel Bodyspray with Musky Vanilla

Posted in A Lab On Fire Liquid Night, Amor Amor Delight, Animale Chaleur d'Animale, Aqua di Gioia, Aramis Cool Blend, Armani Code, Believe, bergamot, Bouquet, Cacherel Promesse, Carlos Benaim, Caroline Herrerra, Chloe Collection 2005, CKIn2U, Contradition, Curve, Danielle, Dreams, Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes, Emanuel Ungaro U, Emporio Armani White, Escada Desire Me, Eternity Summer, Euphoria, floral fruity gourmand, Flowerbomb, freesia, Halston Man, Halston Woman, Helena Rubenstein Wanted, Herrerra Aqua, honeysuckle, Island L'Eau pour Femme, Jaipur Bracelet, Jasmin Noir, Jesus del Pozo Halloween Fleur, Keith Urban Phoenix, L'Homme Libre, LaVoce, Lilac and Pink, lily-of-the-valley, Live In Love, Loc Dong, Lucky Number 6, madagascan vanilla, Mambo, Manifesto, Mariah Carey, musk, Nuit, Olivier Gillotin, patchouli, Perry Ellis, Polo, Prada Amber, Prada Tendre, Premier Jour, Provocative Interlude, Provocative Woman, Pure Poison, Quizas, Red Door, Red Door Aura, Replica Promenade In The Gardens, roasted almond, Rouge, salted caramel apple, star anise, Textures Green, tonka bean, Very Irresistible, Very Irresistible L'Eau En Rose, White Diamonds, White Diamonds Lustre, Wonderstruck Enchanted, Zara's Woman with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2014 by sorceressofthedark


So I’m shopping the cosmetics aisle of a drugstore talking to the Beauty Advisor, and she suggests Mariah Carey’s Dreams perfume. The Beauty Advisor goes on enthusiastically telling me how much she adores the fragrance of this perfume and how it makes her feel. Out comes the bottle for a spritz.

What a lovely bottle! I love the curvature, reminding me of perhaps a champagne flute. The topper, typical of Mariah and her fascination with these diurnal insects, is of three translucent butterflies, designed to appear as if they are fluttering about the top of the bottle. The name, Dreams, is embossed in the glass with a miniature butterfly at the base.

The bottle is far more elegant than the juice inside. The bottle is the selling point of Dreams. Other than the butterflies made of plastic, which I understand in today’s marketing, the bottle is quite pretty. The target audience probably couldn’t afford what the company would charge for a  topper made of real glass butterflies that would have taken away the cheesy look. But we’re not talking vintage Lalique here either. What’s inside is no more than common sweet and warm caramel-vanilla body spray. Simply put.

Frankly, it seems more like a body spray than an Eau de Parfum. It’s lasting power is minimal and its projection is no more than a skin scent for me. Nose to the bone on this one and I’ve been wearing it off and on for over a week. This is a light, gentle scent that can be seasonless, depending on the age group wearing it.

Caramel is the star of this fragrance and keeps its place throughout the run of the perfume. The almonds lend a salty flair to the caramel, keeping it less sweet for the first 30 minutes or so until the vanilla kicks in ever so lightly to make Dreams a sweeter experience. A very light, very gentle musk underlies Dreams so innocently you hardly know it’s there. Patchouli is listed also, and if you’re worried about it, don’t be. I couldn’t even smell it. After about an hour, its time to re-spray.

If you put your nose to your skin and inhale deeply, you can experience a definite Werther’s candy shop experience. Maybe Dreams is a good name for this one because its really hard for me to experience this frag during my waking hours.

It’s a safe bet for much younger women and those entering the fragrance world as a gift. It’s just unobtrusive, uncontrary, so subtle and simple. Definitely not a winter frag, a perfume like this would be consumed by the elements. I can see it worn in warmer weather to bring out its simplicity.

Thank goodness it can be found at deep discount outlets for much less than retail prices, since projection and longevity are kept at minimum standards. It’s not a perfume worth paying full price for by any means.

Its only saving grace is the bottle and that’s only if you like butterflies for your collection.

Dreams will make a good spritzer for bed-time use since you won’t be awake long enough to appreciate how little it really lasts on your skin. Spraying it on linens or scarves may make it last longer.

Mariah Carey has collaborated on a total of 14 perfumes, beginning in 2007. They are M for Women, Luscious Pink, M by Mariah Carey Gold Deluxe Edition, Forever, Luscious Pink Deluxe Edition Parfum, M Ultra Pink, Lollipop Bling Honey, Lollipop Bling Mine Again, Lollipop Bling Ribbon, Lollipop Bling That Chick, Lollipop Splash Inseparable, Lollipop Splash Never Forget You, Lollipop Splash Vision Of Love and Dreams.

The noses behind her perfumes have been Olivier Gillotin, Carlos Benaim and Loc Dong. Olivier Gillotin is responsible for Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck and many other perfumes. A list of his others can be found in this post:

Carlos Benaim is responsible for many, many perfumes. They are Viktor & Rolf’s Eau Mega, Flowerbomb Extreme Sparkle, Flowerbomb Extreme 2007, Flowerbomb Extreme, Flowerbomb EdT, Flowerbomb EdP, Flowerbomb Swarovski Edition, Flowerbomb Christmas Edition and Flowerbomb Pink Sparkle; Prada Tendre and Prada Amber; Elizabeth Taylor’s Violet Eyes, White Diamonds and White Diamonds Lustre: Elizabeth Arden’s Provocative Woman, Red Door Aura, Red Door and Provocative Interlude; Calvin Klein’s Eternity Summer for Men and additional flankers, Euphoria, Euphoria Men Intense, Eternity for Men, Contradiction for Men, Euphoria Men, Euphoria Spring Temptation, CKIn2U For Him and Her and Euphoria Blossom; Coty’s La Voce by Renee Fleming; Halston’s Woman, Halston Man; Ralph Lauren’s Polo, Polo Modern Reserve, Polo Blue; Caroline Herrera’s For Men, Chic For Men, Caroline Herrerra, Herrerra Aqua and Carolina; Dior’s Pure Poison; Boucheron Jaipur Bracelet; Giorgio Armani Emporio Armani White For Him, Armani Code For Her, Armani Code Mirror Edition; Oscar de la Renta’s Live In Love; Bvlgari’s Jasmin Noir; Givenchy Very Irresistible and Very Irresistible L’Eau En Rose; A Lab On Fire’s Liquid Night; Chloe Collection 2005; Christian Lacroix Rouge and Nuit; Cacherel Promesse; Maison Martin Margiela’s Replica-Promenade In The Gardens; Loewe’s Quizas, Quizas, Quizas and Aire Loco; Yves Saint Laurent’s L’Homme Libre; Nina Ricci Premier Jour; Zara’s Zara Woman and Textures Green, Lilac and Pink; Jesus del Pozo Halloween Fleur; Helena Rubenstein’s Wanted; Aramis Cool Blend; Liz Claiborne’s Mambo For Men; and Cacharel’s Amor Amor Delight.

Loc Dong is also quite prolific as a nose and responsible for Dreams Unlimited Sun Fresh by the Body Shop; Liz Claiborne’s Curve Chill, Curve, Lucky Number 6, and Curve Soul for Men and Women; Vera Wang’s Bouquet; Calvin Klein’s CK One Shock for Him, Euphoria and additional flankers; Marc Jacobs; Britney Spears Believe; Michael Kors Island and Island Bermuda; S.T. Dupont L’Eau pour Femme;  Elizabeth Arden’s Provocative Woman; Mariah Carey’s M and  Luscious Pink; Yves Saint Laurent’s Manifesto L’Eclat and Manifesto; Animale’s Chaleur d’Animale  pour Home and Chaleur for Her; Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck Enchanted; Beyonce’s Rise; Danielle Steel’s Danielle; Escada’s Desire Me; Giorgio Armani Aqua di Gioia; Perry Ellis Portfolio for Men; Keith Urban’s Phoenix,and  Emanuel Ungaro’s U by Ungaro for Her.

Mariah Carey’s Dreams, a floral-fruity gourmand, was introduced in 2013 through Elizabeth Arden. It can be purchased online, in discount department stores and drugstores.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Salted Caramel Apple, Star Anise, Roasted Almond.

Middle Notes: Freesia, Honeysuckle, Lily-Of-The-Valley.

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Madagascan Vanilla, Patchouli, Musk.



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Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift…Blissfully Comfortable

Posted in amber, apple blossom, blackberry, floral fruity gourmand, freesia, hibiscus, honeysuckle, musk, Olivier Gillotin, peach, raspberry, sandalwood, tea, Uncategorized, vanilla, Wonderstruck with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2014 by sorceressofthedark


Sometimes curiosity gets the better of you. Walking through a store one evening with a friend testing perfumes, I sampled Wonderstruck. It’s such a popular fragrance, curiosity really did get the better of me. I have to admit, it was a very pretty scent. It’s not a deep, dark, mysterious perfume, no.  Will it blow you away? Of course not. Wonderstruck is not a bombastic perfume, not a powerhouse. But for something simple that won’t overwhelm, a perfume that won’t offend, a “safe bet” as a gift for vanilla lovers of celebrity perfumes, go for it. Wonderstruck will more than suffice.

Wonderstruck reminds me of a number of other vanilla celebrity popular frags on the market today along with Bath and Body Works scents. It’s pretty much straightforward, no surprises, no mind-boggling perfume here. Just a very pretty, cozy hang around the house scent for those that simply like it or as a nice gift for someone who enjoys gourmands or even Taylor Swift.

It lasts quite a few hours and radiates well. Is it worth the higher price tag? I don’t think so. Unless you get it on a good sale, then go for it.

But it depends on what you’re going for. What are your intentions? Does the target recipient like vintages? Or are they a fan of celebrity perfumes? Does it matter to them if a perfume is made today with today’s standards?  Do they like foodie perfumes?

Some will say there are more involved perfumes that have fruity gourmand notes. That evolve with surprise. With a swirl of sassiness and depth. You can easily spend the same amount on a vintage with similar notes that’s powerful and plays with your senses.  But, there’s seems to be a catch to Wonderstruck. It stays on your mind.

Wonderstruck is sweet, there’s no denying that. It’s powdery. There are nuances of berries in it. Hints of tea and sandalwood swirl throughout. It’s just plain pleasing. Is it synthetic? I don’t really care if it is, because it does smells this pleasing. If a perfume stays in my mind and makes me reach for it over and over again as a comfort perfume, that says something to me. I highly recommend this fragrance to anyone looking for a pleasant fruity-woody vanilla scent.

I love wearing this perfume on week-ends, in the evening to relax and when I’m just slouching around. It seems to envelop me and comfort. It’s blissful.

The bottle comes in three sizes, .50 oz, 1 oz, and 1.7 oz . All are an iridescent bluish-purple with a scrolled gold cap. The 1.7 oz. has a bevy of gold charms encircling it, while the two others do not. It’s a pretty little oval shaped bottle.

The 50 ml I originally purchased in a bath and body set for $10 containing a bath gel and body lotion. I thought that was a great price. Shopping at a chain drugstore recently, I was given a coupon for Taylor Swift’s perfumes, and found her 100 ml on sale for $9.79, bringing down the price to $4.79. Now that’s a steal.

This is her first entry into the perfume market and is created by Olivier Gillotin, who is also the nose behind  10 Corso Como, Beyonce’s Heat and Midnight Heat, Christian Audigier’s Ed Hardy’s Born Wild For Men, Ed Hardy For Men and Ed Hardy’s Love & Luck For Men,  Cristobal, Dior’s Higher and Higher Black, DKNY Be Delicious Men, Elizabeth Arden’s 5th Avenue Gold,  5th Avenue and Red Door,  After Five, Z Zegna, Vanderbilt for Men, Gump’s Baroque Pearl, Halle Berry’s Reveal The Passion, Fath Pour L’ Homme, Mariah Carey Forever, Michael Kors Island Palm Beach, Orlane’s Autour du Muguet, Ralph Lauren’s Notorious, Polo Red, Big Pony Collection No. 4  and Ralph Wild,  Tom Ford’s Atelier d’Orient Rive d’Ambre, Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds, Cereus Pour Homme No. 7,

This floral-fruity is available at department stores, discount department stores, major drugstores, online and through auction sites online.

Top Notes: Freesia, Tea, Blackberry, Raspberry, Apple blossom.

Middle Notes: Vanilla, Honeysuckle, Hibiscus.

Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Amber, Peach.



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Velvet Tuberose…Creamy Tuberose Straight Up…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in amber, cashmere wood, fig leaf, freesia, gardenia, indian jasmine, lemon, magnolia, musk, orchid, perfume notes, Perfumes, sandalwood, spices, tuberose, Velvet Tuberose, ylang-ylang with tags , , , , on January 25, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Velvet Tuberose.

Velvet Tuberose.

Velvet Tuberose is full tuberose all through its many hours of its run. It’s toned down a bit but not as much as I’d hoped. The base is supposed to have woods, spices, amber and musk, but for me, none appear. Nor do any florals. Just straight-up tuberose. Which is great for tuberose lovers. I’m just not one. But, if you are, the mix in this perfume is good. It’s a creamier tuberose that gives way to a bit of buttered popcorn but comes back out to its original flavor.

Bath and Body Works always seems to use these superlative adjectives, hence, the word “Velvet” in “Velvet Tuberose”. No velvet here. It’s not smoother. It doesn’t bring images of gothic tuberose, or castles of yesteryear and long-drawn draperies. Quite simply, if you’re a lover of what tuberose smells like, pick this one up on Ebay on in thrift shops. It’s no longer available at the store.

If there is a mutual love affair between tuberose and you, then Velvet Tuberose is your scent. It works well alone or for layering. If you’re expecting something else to mingle in, look elsewhere. It stands alone as a sensual, mature scent.

Spray sparingly. It lasts for hours. It’s well worth the price. It radiates in a cloud about you.

This is one of Bath and Body Works better floral presentations from 2007.

Top Notes: Magnolia, Lemon, Ylang-Ylang, Juicy Apricot.

Middle Notes: Freesia, Cyclamen, Tuberose, Fig Leaf, Gardenia, Indian Jasmine, Orchid.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Spices, Musk, Cashmere Wood.



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Fabulous…Smell Like A Honey Of A Peach Pie…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in bergamot, cedar, Celebrities, Fabulous, floral fruity, freesia, Isaac Mizrahi, jasmine, mandarin orange, nectarine, peony, Perfume Types, Perfumes, sandalwood, tuberose, vanilla with tags , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Fabulous by Isaac Mizrahi.

Fabulous by Isaac Mizrahi.

So what’s in a name? Does “Fabulous” really mean fabulous? For some maybe, but this rendition of perfume by Isaac Mizrahi just isn’t so  perfectly pleasing after all. Perhaps it’s a tad too fabulously peachy.

Fabulous is an awfully sweet peachy scent. I like smelling it but I could never own it nor could I ever wear it again after taking this one for a test drive around the block a few days. Each time I’ve worn it, its scent overwhelms me. It’s cloyingly sweet and it hugs me with an artificial sweetness that I don’t mind if I’m alone (for the test drive), but I seriously wondered if it would be annoying to others that would smell it on me.

It’s a perfume that smacks you in the face with its fruit pie overload.  I feel as if I’m sitting in the pie tent at a summer church carnival, the temperatures have risen at mid-day to high humidity over 105 degrees, they’ve closed the flaps of the tents and the flies are buzzing. It’s sweltering and all I can smell are the hundreds of fresh-baked peach and assorted fruit pies around me. Which is ok, it’s a good smell, it’s just a sensory overload for more than an hour. and unfortunately, Fabulous last for six hours straight. My luck.

Adorable pink fluid, pink polka dots and pink atomizer set the tone for this overly delicious cutesy just fab concoction. Buttery popcorn does make an entrance and dance around mid-way but does not truly introduce itself as a finer tuberose.  As a floral-fruity, I’d say without a doubt, you’re definitely in an orchard rather than at a flower show.

Best worn lightly and any time of the year you want to be a honey of a peach.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Nectarine.

Middle Notes: Tuberose, Peony, Freesia, Jasmine.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Vanilla.

Fabulous was introduced in the fall of 2012 and can be found in discount outlets and through online suppliers such as Ebay.



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Velvet Sugar or Velvet Advertising Ploys? Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in advertising, apple nectar, Baileys Cream, Bath and Body Works, caramel, dewey honeysuckle, freesia, golden amber, golden plum, gourmand, Natures Garden Candles, pear blossom, pink jasmine, red velvet creme, Sugared musk, Suppliers, tolu balsam, vanilla, Velvet Sugar, white nectarine, wild strawberry with tags , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Velvet Sugar.

Velvet Sugar.

A different unique bottle this time for the newest introduction from Bath and Body Works Signature Collection hitting the shelves just in time a few days before Christmas. It’s actually quite eye-catching with the little sprayer. I picked it up from the display and it promptly fell off the bottle. The SA told me children had been playing with it, but since the bottle was at a level of 5’10” high, I wondered how old the children were. When I tried to spray it, the atomizer had difficulty releasing the perfume. The SA admitted there was difficulty with the operation of it. I admit I can be clumsy, too. Oh well.
Imagine what sugar crystals or rock candy would smell like. That’s what Velvet Sugar is. It’s exceedingly sweet. Frankly, I can’t believe this is marketed towards adult women at such a price point. It seems much more of a fairy-tale, Disney fragrance. It’s pure candy in a bottle. Not that candy doesn’t smell good. It does. But Velvet Sugar lacks sophistication and blending of its notes.


Red velvet creme is the first note listed. What exactly is “Red velvet creme” as a note? Although a synthetic note, bear in mind, many synthetic notes are used in perfumes today.  On a search on the internet, this is  a pyramid for it.  It’s the aroma of “red velvet cake. This fragrance begins with top notes of dark chocolate, strawberry syrup, and red currant; followed by middle notes of cocoa powder, buttermilk, and sugar cane; while sitting on base notes of creamy sandalwood, Tonka bean, and vanilla extract.” Quoted from Nature’s Garden and here’s their link, a supplier that you can order it from to use it for candle-making and soap supplies:

“Sugared musk”, another note that Bath and Body Works lists, comes across as sugar without the musk. I seriously did not get any other notes in my sampling. Velvet Sugar just smells so sugary that the sweetness overtakes anything else. When I said sweet, I meant sweet. It reeks of wateriness and lacks depth. It’s pure sugar water.
Plopping the word “Velvet” in front of “Sugar” certainly is a misuse of words designed to attract buyers at the last minute before Christmas. The SA told me they didn’t have minis available for purchase, only the Eau de Parfum’s which is retailing at $39.50. Bath and Body usually rolls out a signature fragrance with an introductory trial mini, but not this time.  This one just seems too much of a commercial marketing ploy sloppily put together just in time for the holiday season. There’s just no strength to this concoction. You do the math for the lost wandering male walking into the store hitting this display first….the wonders of marketing.

Velvet Sugar can be ordered in body cream, body lotion, fragrance mist, shimmer mist, shower gel, shimmer bomb, bubble bath and Eau de Parfum from Bath and Body Work’s online site here: or purchased at their stores.

Bath and Body Works was founded in 1990 in New Albany, Ohio. The website launched in 2006. They currently operate more than 1600 stores in the United States, Canada and Kuwait. For more information, read:

Top Notes: Wild Strawberries, White Nectarine, Pear Blossom, Apple Nectar.
Middle Notes: Pink Jasmine, Golden Plum, Red Velvet Creme, Dewey Honeysuckle, Freesia.
Base Notes: Golden Amber, Vanilla, Tolu Balsam, Caramel, Baileys Cream, Sugared Musk.

If this is geared at the younger market, why do they have such a high price point? Do teens really have that much disposable income? Again, it’s the holidays when it’s rolled out. And it’s a gift purchase right now.



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