Archive for the floral fruity gourmand Category

Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose…Not A Rose At All.

Posted in Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose, floral fruity gourmand, Granny Smith apple, heliotrope, lotus, Mexican Chocolate, peach, pepper, Perfumes, red apple, sandalwood, vanille with tags , , , , on December 8, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose.

Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose.

Chocolate-vanilla-and more of a cedar-type wood rather than a sandalwood. Those are the three notes I get when I spray and they stay with me the duration of Forbidden Rose. Which is rather nice, it’s a different scent to reach for in the cooler months when I am feeling in a tougher mood, ready to take on anyone, anything. That’s the implication of this perfume.

I love the mix of chocolate and vanilla at the same time without this perfume being too much of a sweet gourmand. Because it’s not at all. The wood brings it down to a mature level and adds an interesting thought to what could have been a generic ice cream cone. Forbidden Rose is not sweetness personified, rather, it hints of a masculine scent as time goes on. It is a scent that sits closer to you depending on how you spray.

It’s also in the category of another unisex fragrance, wavering on the brink of his and hers, although the bottle is definitely more feminine with its’ black rose topper, purple juice inside (my bottle has clear glass) and a barbed wire ring (think Pam Anderson’s ink) that comes off the top to wear that’s a size 7 1/4. The stem inside is black adding to it’s well-thought design.

It’s really a surprise scent, one that you would not expect a femme fatale to wear, but if one does, I’d imagine she’d be causing a bit of trouble. It reminds me more of a grunge era or a biker-chick attitude scent without a doubt with its’ huge overtones of woods and pepper blended so seamlessly layered over vanilla and chocolate.

I do enjoy its’ beginning creaminess. I also like that it segues into a completely different fume. Great for cool, rainy, foggy days wearing moto jackets into the night mist.

This isn’t a rose scent at all, so if you’re looking for roses, look elsewhere. It’s classified as a floral fruity gourmand, which is quite the mouthful. I found my bottle locally at TJMaxx discounted for $7.99 and for that price, it was a steal.

Top Notes: Peach, Red Apple, Pepper.

Middle Notes: Lotus, Heliotrope, Granny Smith Apple.

Base Notes: Vanille, Mexican Chocolate, Sandalwood.



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Poetica by Kat Von D., Romanticism In A Bottle.

Posted in amber, blonde woods, crushed berries, dewey rose petals, floral fruity gourmand, Kat Von D., passionfruit, Poetica, praline, Sambac Jasmine, Sensual musk, tahitian cherry, tuberose, white orchid with tags , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2014 by sorceressofthedark
Poetica, by Kat Von D.

Poetica, by Kat Von D.

I adore Poetica. It’s perfect for rainy days, rainy nights. It’s a warm, gooey, plummy mix that radiates distinctly and lifts my spirits. The berries and fruit are thick without a doubt, wrapped in a musky haze that scintillates and mesmerizes.

This is not a sweet concoction, rather, it’s a misty fog of a perfume that will bring you back in time to shrouded capes and cobblestone streets. Woods and praline further entice your senses in a delicious blend quite unlike many of today’s offerings.

This is a perfume that’s wearable year-round. I find Poetica to be my rainy-day perfume, it always fits the weather perfectly. It’s thick with rich fruits and florals, as the air is when it rains, as if you are walking through a rain-drenched thicket.

It lasts well for  several hours and radiates quite decently. The bottle is chunky and quite pretty, too. It is available on her site, along with many of her other perfumes.

There seems to be an animal-like quality, a darkness to Poetica. Perhaps it’s the thickness of it, the darkness of the scent. It makes one feel empowered, sensual, and just delicious. The more I wear it, the more I delight in it.

On her site, Wonderland LA, perfume creator Kat Von D, talks about Poetica, “Writing, just like tattooing, has been an outlet for me for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s love letters or self-expression, I created my Poetica fragrance to represent the power of poetry. My fragrances are sexy, daring, and each one lets you devote your attention to the moment. To me, Poetica is an enticing extension of these fragrances and every love letter ever written.” How true. You do seem to revel in the moment that you are in wearing this delectable mixture.

Notes: Dewy Rose Petals, Passion Fruit, Crushed Berries, White Orchid, Tuberose, Tahitian Cherry, Sambac Jasmine, Sensual Musk, Praline, Blonde Woods, Amber.

Poetica, a floral fruity gourmand,  is available on Kat Von D.’s site here:, online auction sites and at occasional discount department stores such as Ross. Kat Von D. has many more fragrances available on her site to explore that are fascinating and off the beaten-path of today’s fragrances presented.



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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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Nude By Rihanna…More Hype Than Fragrance…It’s All In The Name.

Posted in floral fruity gourmand, gardenia, mandarin orange, musk, orange blossom, pear, sandalwood with tags , , , , , , , on March 21, 2014 by sorceressofthedark


Nude is quite the proper name for the third fragrance by Rihanna. When one thinks of the word nude, the term au naturel comes to mind. Completely unclothed and bare. And that’s what Nude is all about.

It sits close to the skin, it’s innocent, it’s a light fragrance and frankly, it’s barely there. There is an initial blast of a fruity, sweet, tropical scent that hints of something beautiful ahead. And if you’re familiar with the two previous flankers, Rebelle and Reb’l Fleur, you’re thinking perhaps the longevity will be wonderful. But it isn’t. disappointment looms ahead. Nude is just what the name implies and suggest. I applaud the title. It is spot on. Nude is good as a bed-time scent because you’ll fall asleep soon enough and not need a perfume with a longevity factor.

There’s a muskiness to it that keeps it interesting for the older range group along with the younger target audience. The woodiness keeps Nude a simple perfume that’s not seductive or mind-boggling or even memorable. It’s really more of a comfort scent to wear with an over-sized sweater and jeans. But bear in mind, this is one you’ll have to re-apply often unless you enjoy a scent that lies so close to your skin you have to burrow your nose in your arm to smell it.

It’s pretty, yes. It’s relaxing. It won’t offend a soul. I purchased it as a set with the lotion and body wash included which are very decent products. Since the price I paid were from a clearance shelf, I cannot complain. I’m only out $12.50. Had I paid more for just the perfume, I would have been highly disappointed. I expect more for my money.

If you’re looking for an extremely light, tropical, woody, musky scent that doesn’t last long, one that you have to re-apply often, and you don’t have to worry about it offending the people around you, here’s your choice. If you’re thinking along the lines of Rihanna’s other perfumes, do not compare Nude to them.

As far as the bottle, I’ve said it before with Rebelle and Reb’l Fleur, this is one of the worst designs I’ve ever encountered. the bottom is too large to hold while the neck is too slim to manipulate the sprayer at the same time. Pretty to look at tho.

Nude is definitely a sample before you buy. As an after thought, I layered this with Coty’s Vanilla Musk and the combo of the two made for such a delightful mix that lasted for hours, I was finally happier with Nude. It’s better to use for layering. For those of us who like our perfumes on the heavier side, or those of us who are used to stronger perfumes or for those who just want some oomph in their fragrance, Nude just won’t make the cut. It’s too simple. If you’re a veteran perfumista, this one might just be too much on the simple side.

When celebrities hawk their fragrances at the department store launches, wouldn’t it be nice if they knew some information about their perfume? Maybe describing some of the attributes by notes, how long it lasts, the nose  they worked with to develop the perfume are all interesting topics that show the consumer the celebrity perhaps had a hand in the development of the fragrance. As far as Rihanna, here she is on an interview at Macy’s talking about her perfume during its inaugural launch.

When questioned on what her perfume is about in by two different interviewers, this was Rihanna’s response:

“I love that it changes in the morning when you wake up naked the next morning…it smells…it smells really…good. It gets better and it keeps getting better.”-that was Rihanna talking to Bella Sugar/Pop Sugar TV about Nude Perfume.

“When I was a little girl my Mom actually used to work behind a counter selling perfume in a store like this so I always was very familiar with fragrances from a really young age and I could still recognize things…perfume…just by …I could smell it and know it…even from young so I always wanted to make my own fragrance and now this is my 3rd one. It’s been super successful so far and I’m excited that people even like it and want to smell like me. The interviewer from Extra TV then asked Rihanna, “What’s this one smell like? The name is Nude.”  Rihanna responded, “It’s all nude. It’s a sassy fragrance. It’s not stripped down in any way but it’s the way you want to smell naked. My women and my guys trust me-you want your girls to smell like this.”

Loads of info there from the face behind the perfume. It’s “sassy”. Oh-and it’s “nude”. Just in case you didn’t realize the correlation between the name on the box and the juice inside. Hype. And more Hype.

Don’t buy a perfume because of the face behind it. There’s a chance you won’t like it. Test it first. If you do like it, it’s a win-win.

More importantly? If the person hawking the perfume can’t describe the product that has their name on the box, you really need to question their motives for introducing perfumes at the height of their career. And if your purchase is simply because you’re a fan and it’s a blind-buy, or you’re buying a celebrity’s perfume simply because you’re a fan, well, hey, that’s what disposable income is for. Your disposable income is now part of their gross income.

Nude, the 3rd fragrance by Rihanna, launched in 2012 and is available in department stores and online.

Top Notes: Guava, Mandarin Orange, Pear.

Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine Sambac, Gardenia.

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla Orchid, Musk.

What it takes to make the commercial for Nude….



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Rebelle by Rihanna….Coffee, Coffee, and More Coffee…Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in amber, cacao, coffee, floral fruity gourmand, ginger, heliotrope, musk, orchid, patchouli, Perfumes, plum, Rebelle, strawberry with tags , , , , , , , on March 16, 2014 by sorceressofthedark


I’ve been wearing Rebelle by Rihanna for a few weeks trying to get a handle on this perfume. I had sampled it at a perfume counter and after I returned home hours later, found it to be a warm and inviting scent. It was one of those perfumes that haunted me. I had to return to the store to purchase it.

But because I had sampled it at the store, I only actually smelled the top notes and the bottom notes. I missed the middle points of this perfume and really hadn’t been able to fully appreciate what Rebelle entailed in its’ fullest capacity. This became an important point in my reviewing it, since after I purchased it, I discovered notes that were quite different from any other perfume I owned. I wasn’t so sure I did like it, after all.

Why? Because there were scents in the middle that I was unaccustomed to and didn’t own. Notes that I didn’t own and notes that I had to muddle through to see if I really did appreciate this perfume. This one, Rebelle, definitely is a buyer beware fragrance. For me, that note was coffee. Coffee shouldn’t be such a big deal, except that I’m not  a coffee drinker. I’m a tea  imbiber and have tasted coffee only once in my life and spit it out with disgust. Therein lies the problem with Rebelle for me.

Unless you’re a coffee lover, Rebelle’s opening might put you off. The coffee begins strong, dark and bubbly and within the first hour, the pot just gets stronger. It does allow other notes to enter the picture. But the coffee notes still predominate in Rebelle. For me, it appeared crisp and straight-forward. and then the metamorphosis in this perfume began.

Then Rebelle gets a little bitter, a little musky and some ginger mixes in with the coffee. This is one strange perfume. It’s not one I’d wear around anyone, really. It’s a perfume I wear only for  myself. It’s very different. It’s quite unique. It’s a perfume that must be sampled before you buy.

It’s not for bedtime. It’s for the day. It’s more of an uplifting fragrance. Springtime, summertime are good seasons for it. It’s sharp and bitter, and not soft at all.

As for the bottle, it’s ridiculous. You can’t hold it easily and spray it at the same time. The bottom is large and almost impossible to hold if you want to put your finger on the sprayer at the top which is extremely slim-necked. I have to balance it on my knee just to angle it correctly to spray it. Bad design. The mini is a splash and much easier to dab on.

I’m glad I purchased it since I now own a coffee perfume. To be honest, it was on a clearance rack for half-price with the body lotion, shower gel and EdP all in one package. For that price at $12.50, it was worth it. If I payed anymore, I might have been disappointed.

Rebelle was launched in 2012 as a fruity-floral with gourmand notes. I didn’t get any of the florals from it at all. It’s an interesting perfume that draws you in the more you wear it, I will say that. And I should say that it should definitely be on your sample list if you enjoy gourmands.

Top Notes: Plum, Strawberry, Ginger.

Middle Notes: Heliotrope, Cacao, Orchid.

Base Notes: Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Coffee.



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