Oh, joy, Posse folks! We’ve just gotten an Ulta in our neck of the woods. (Not nearly as wonderful as, say, a Neiman Marcus or a Nordstrom, or even Sephora, but still …) And I am thrilled to be able to purchase Clinique within 15 minutes of my home, instead of having to go 25-30 miles in either direction. So after waiting a few weeks for the door-buster crowds to die down, I headed in for a visit. Once there, I made a beeline for the new Sarah Jessica Parker scent called Stash. I’d heard good things about it, that it was a warm, woodsy scent, and was firmly in the unisex category. And I admire her and respect that she’s so involved with her scents, not just letting someone else create something and then slapping her name on it.
Anyhoo, I found the bottle — very attractive in its amber-gold and black getup. So I spritzed, then scouted out the store. The soothing, cedar-y vibe of Stash was very mellow and comforting and I enjoyed it for well over three hours. But pleasant as it was, it was a whole lotta sameness — there was no discernable sense of development on my skin, perhaps due to the 90-plus degree day? And I must confess, I’m not the best at parsing out notes and the subtleties each one adds. Methinks some chill in the air would probably help this a lot, for me at least. And even a bit more spice/sweetness, as it skewed a wee bit dry and austere for my taste. But I did think it would smell great on the DH in the autumn or winter; indeed, could be pretty nice to sniff on most guys.
Something about SJP Stash tickled my nose, and as I dredged through my olfactory memory, I realized that this new scent reminded me a bit of Spicebomb, although that one unfolds with more interest on my skin. And it was one of the few guys’ scents that I would have purchased for myself (no need to, however — when I need a hit, I just raid DH’s little stash of it).
Stash notes per Ulta: Top – Grapefruit zest, black pepper, sage; heart – cedarwood atlas, patchouli, ginger lily, pistachio; base – olibanum, massoia wood, vetiver, musk
There was also an elixir version of this, but no tester so I had to pass. BTW, this does come in a cute rollerball, as do so many things at Ulta and Sephora, so that’s a plus. And I could easily see layering Stash with other things to give them more depth.
I was also hoping to test the new-ish Angel Muse that I saw on the Ulta site, but alas, they didn’t carry it at my store.
So have any of you tried this? If so, would love to hear your take on it. Also, what’s your favorite unisex scent? Or what do you like to spritz when you go into an Ulta or Sephora?