Passing through a Dillard’s store the other day, I breezed by the Clinique counter. I normally don’t stop there, unless I want a spritz of Calyx. But this day, a bright, colorful display of fragrances caught my eye — not only the ubiquitous Happy orange and pink, but bottles of green and blue and yellow. It was a new batch of six scents, collectively called My Happy.
I was immediately drawn to the aqua blue bottle, called Blue Sky Neroli. You know I’m a sucker for pretty much anything neroli, orange blossom, etc. And this lovely little scent was a sweet treat on a hectic Friday afternoon. I really need to get my mitts on a sample to give it a more thorough test drive.
The other scents include: Peace & Jasmine, Lily of the Beach, Peony Picnic, Cocoa & Cashmere and Happy Splash. The Clinique Web site says they are paraben- and phthalate-free and are easy to layer. Plus, they’re fairly easy on the wallet at $22 each for a 0.5 ounce spray. (Can you say affordable gifts and stocking stuffers, come the holidays?)
Now I’ve always like the original just fine, but over the years, with all the Happy variations: In Love, Heart, Happy to Be, In Bloom, Happy Over the Moon 😉 etc., I’ve kind of gotten immune to the line. But there’s lots else to love at Clinique, between the aforementioned Calyx, the Aromatics line, and one of my all-time faves, Wrappings.
By the way, did you know the original Happy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year? It was created by Jean-Claude Delville, who did Givenchy Indecence (yum!), several Carons, several Gres fragrances, five of the Odin scents and the original Vera Wang; and Rodrigo Flores Roux, he of the Arquiste line, several beloved Donna Karans and a few Tom Fords. Those are just a few of the highlights of these perfumers’ long histories. I enjoyed going back through their work and seeing all the cool scents they have been associated with throughout their careers.
Anyhoo, what about you? What’s your fave Clinique scent? Have any of you seen or tried these new babies? Or are you a fan of one of the older ones?