I just added a category named “Blame March”. I decided we needed one; this is all her fault.
I’d been jonesing a sniff of DKNY Pure, and March beat me to it. So, I took it upon myself to locate some, and the verdict is…BAD. Sorry March, I know you were sure I was going to like this one, but uh, no. Funeral arrangement dipped in bad vanilla. I’d almost expect something like that to come out of a bottle of Febreze, not from the woman who puts her name on two of my all-time faves: Chaos and Cashmere Mist. I was blown back on my kiester, gobsmacked, horrified; dare I say it: nauseated.
In the hunt for greener pastures, I stumbled upon, of all things, Thierry Mugler Womanity, newly ensconced at The Bay, and damned if I didn’t have the exact opposite reaction to it. You all know I am one of the staunchest haters of Angel walking the Earth, but this…this has fig in it! And salt, er, caviar! God help me, I like it, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Before I sat down to pen this essay, I went back and read what Robin had to say from this past May, and Pattys take from last month. Both ladies were begrudgingly positive in their opinions, but I just flat-out fell in love with the stuff. I didn’t get the sharp, overwhelming citrus that Robin did, nor did I find it overwhelmingly sweet like Patty. I spritzed a bit on my skin, and was pleasantly surprised at how gloriously figgy it was right off the bat, with a nice bit of salt lurking in the background, courtesy of the caviar, I’m guessing, and a faint tropical vibe; almost like the woodsy/coconutty/limey-ness of Creed’s Virgin Island Water. The bottle is every bit as creepy in person as it is in all the adverts. I don’t know what to make of those faces. The cap is actually a ring attached to a chain that snaps over the atomizer. Interesting, but nothing all that innovative.
I would classify Womanity as “kitschy” in the same vein as Virgin Island Water. I don’t see how anyone could classify it as “sexy”, “womanly” or “seductive”. Then again, I don’t see how anyone can stand to be in the same room with a person doused in Angel. Granted, Womanity is patchouli-free, and much easier to wear than Angel. I know many would beg to differ with that, especially if you’re able to withstand the oppressiveness of summer with Angel as your armour. For that you have my enduring respect and admiration. I’m still on an all-Tylenol diet, but things are slowly improving. I’ve actually found some relief in the oddest of places: a jar of Physician’s Formula Organic Wear eye makeup remover pads. They were $19 for three jars of 60 pads at Costco, and I took a shot. They’re not all that thrilling in terms of mascara removal, but they do have the most heavenly lavender scent. So, there you have it: Womanity and lavender scented eye-makeup remover pads. I think I might need to investigate that surgery for a deviated septum.
Random Friday Musing: Has anyone tried Steam Cream yet? If you can get your hands on some, I can’t suggest it strongly enough. It’s been at BeautyHabit for a while now, and for all you MD/DC/VA girls, a store named The British Bazaar in Reston VA purportedly stocks it. It is such a wonderful, fluffy, natural all-purpose cream, and it’s packaged in the cutest metal tins. I’ve been using it on my face and hands at bed time, and the floral/herbal scent is also wonderfully soothing. Now if I can only get Womanity out of my mind… By the way, Steam Cream is only about $18 for a 2.6 oz. tin. Can’t beat that with a stick, can you?
Disclosure: Thierry Mugler Womanity was sampled at The Bay. DKNY Pure was sampled at Murale.