Spring in Colorado has seriously sucked so far. Snow, sun, snow, sun. Hey, God, isn’t it supposed to be April Showers bring May Flowers? April Snow showers are skeeving me right out and destroying all my blooming rose bushes as well.
Well. I feel better. Moving on, let’s look at some cheaper thrills. Probably like all of you, if a perfume is a mainstream release and has hit the discounters, I don’t hold it up to as high a standard as I do something I have to spring 150+ a bottle for. So having said that, just understand my bar is relaxed on the two things I’m sniffing today. The criteria is they must be very wearable, cheap, but don’t smell cheap, and make me want to wear them again and probably spring the $30-50 a bottle to get it at a discounter. I also keep in mind the target market.
Ed Hardy Love & Luck by Christian Audigier has been out a while, released in 2008, so it’s definitely hit the discounters. Fragrancenet has it for $53 for 50 mls. Notes listed are red sake accord, bergamot, blood orange, nectarine, sandalwood, patchouli black currant, pink peppercorn, forbidden plum, jasmine, cedarwood, sensual musk. So it’s running that fruity floral thing, but with a nice tea/musk twist. The open is bright and bubbly, but it just a happy, joyous way, not wth that overly sweet little girl gone bad mojo, it goes through a fairly pretty fruity floral musky middle and dries down to a fairly regular perfume. It’s not any masterpiece of perfumery, but it certainly is wearable enough for what I would guess its target market is, and I suspect it sells well because of the open, which is pretty cute. It’s not for me at all, but I don’t mind smelling it and think it would be a nice perfume for a young woman who digs the Ed Hardy tattoo thing, but doesn’t want the juice to be hardcore, just wants it to smell happy and pretty. The packagaing is nicely done for its target market, but I do wish they would have added some more interesting notes in this, it had the capability to be a little more out of the box than they wound up with.
Givenchy’s Absolutely Irresistible is the other perfume I decided to spray on Hand No. 2 today. Notes are listed as Rose,Mandarin Orange, Red Berries, Red Pepper, Egyptian Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Heliotrope, Cedar, Patchouli, Amber. This is a big old fruity floral. This one interested me a little more because it got nominated for either a CEW or Fifi, can’t remember which. This is a BIG old fruity floral, and I would caution anyone that loves it to not wear it to the office because it is amped up rose/jasmine. There’s some nice spicyness in it, but I’m not getting any heliotrope on me at all, which would have been nice. it’s way too loud for me, but it is pretty and if you dig big old rose jasmine scents made for a night on the town, this one could be your scent. I like it a lot more in the drydown than I do for the first 30 minutes. It’s better than about 90% of the fruity florals that are released every year, but is it too much to ask Givenchy to dig in their old bag of tricks and do something a lot more interesting?
Have a question for hikers since I’m going to take some survival classes to make sure I don’t get eaten by bears or buried in an avalanche. What’s the best backpacking/hiking (mountains) tip you have, and what was the best hiking trail you’ve ever been on that just blew your socks off?