A while back I posted about how much I love scents comprised of vanilla mixed with citrus notes. One of my all time faves of this combination is Fresh Sugar. Over the years there have been various flankers to the original Sugar scent, but none have come close to the original. The latest flanker is more of a departure from Sugar, because it is meant to resemble the company’s Brown Sugar bath and body products; the most famous being their Brown Sugar Body Polish, of which I’ve used jar upon jar, since its main ingredient is sugar, rather than salt. It also does not contain a considerable amount of oil, like many of those salt/oil scrubs that make you feel as if you’ve immersed your body in a Fry-O-lator. Plus, it does not sting you skin, especially after shaving, when you would literally be rubbing salt into your wounds. And it does smell exactly like firmly packed brown sugar, with the slightest hit of lemon.
Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum is complimentary, but it is not identical to the scent of the scrub. The notes are (courtesy of Sephora): Sicilian lemon, tangerine, açai berries, sugared magnolia (Grateful Dead, anyone?), honeysuckle, peach nectar, caramel, warm amber, cypress. The combination mimics the signature body products scent, but departs from it with the addition of peach and the subtle florals, but the vanillic caramel and the warm amber notes in the EDP make it that much more delicious.
It was love at first sniff for me, and I’d been chomping at the bit to smell this one ever since I heard it was created. It is sold in cute little 1 oz. bottles and 1/4 oz. roll-ons, but I would love oh, something more in the way of a liter size to spray with abandon. Yes, I love it that much.
I’ve long been a fan of Fresh, dating back to the late 90s-early 2000s when their product line was significantly larger, and they had many more scents that were so fabulous, they were sadly ahead of their time. There was a trio of chocolate-based scents I adored that were named for famous operas, as well as their cutesy Mukki and Jus scents that I couldn’t get enough of, in addition to a lineup of about 30 or 40 different eaux des toilettes. Their Milk line of shower gels made me give up soap in the shower forever, and I loved giving their colorfully wrapped soaps as gifts around the holidays.
Sadly, like many niche brands, their product selection has dwindled significantly, but the quality is still there. Everything I’ve ever tried by Fresh has been top-shelf, but unfortunately, much of it is now beyond my current price range. I’m not terribly disappointed, since most of my favorites, including the Milk line, Mukki, Jus and those phenomenal chocolate scents, have all been discontinued. They hit a home run with Sugar though, and the scents, bath and body products are always front and center in every Fresh display in any Sephora I’ve ever been in. I’ll always love Sugar, and now Brown Sugar, and I have a feeling I’m far from alone in that. But what I wouldn’t give for some of those old favorites I used to get in their Upper East Side and SoHo stores in New York City. Visiting them was like a trip to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I was always in heaven whenever I flitted through, and I never walked out empty-handed.
Fess Up Time: What niche beauty and fragrance brands/products do you miss? What would you “sell a kidney” to get a hold of if you could?
Disclosure: I sampled Fresh Brown Sugar at Sephora.