Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande

Hi there Posse. Over the holiday period I grabbed a mixed bag of unwanted fragrances from a fellow perfumista on an Aussie FB page. She didn’t want much money for the lot, just to get them out of her sight. Mostly department and drug store C19 blind buys she bought super cheap as an escape from the tedious humdrum of lockdown and working from home. Two things in the bag are among my most used faves, Calvin Klein Contradiction Woman and Cacharel Amor Amor. The whole bag cost half of what one of these would cost, even on the discounters. Thank U, Next was one of the bottles included and I’ve loved the bottle from pics and crossed my fingers. Ariana Grande is one of my faves from the 21st century crop of divas. She sings, speaks and even acts well, seriously LOVED her in Don’t Look Up.

Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande 2019

Thank U, Next Ariana Grande

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Raspberry Pear
Heart: Coconut Pink Rose
Base: Macarons Musk

Can we talk about the bottle? I thought that cool broken heart was a part of the bottle. It’s not. They come apart and are awkward and annoying to try and spritz together. It’s just a big, dumb, ugly, useless waste of petroleum product. So I’m kinda bummed about that. A spot of glue or a ridge to hold it all together doesn’t seem like a hard ask. On its own the bottle is remarkably like the CHANEL Chance flacon. So I’ve put the extra back in the box and have just kept the insert out for super sweet spritzing.

Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande the fragrance? Sparkling candy with that ubiquitous base note that so many fragrances have in the 2010s+++. Jin immediately noticed it and asked what that unbelievably sweet perfume was. It seems to have enormous projection and even with only one spritz filled the living room and dining room, in moments. I cannot stress enough how sweet this perfume is, 1% sweater and it would be nauseating. Imagine an even sweeter version of Baccarat Rouge.

Does it smell good? Yeah, it does. If you are a longterm perfumista though it might smell a bit dated and over the top.

While I rarely offer sex suggestions Thank U, Next is so sweet that it seems unlikely most blokes would want to wear it. Go for it though.

Even now, nearly 10 hours later I can smell candy floss and ambroxan. This is so tenacious and has only lost 1/3 of its heft.

So, would you try, or do you love, Thank U, Next?
Portia xx


  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    I absolutely LOVE when you post about non-pretentious frags, Portia! 🙂 I have her Cloud and God is a Woman fragrances, also debated buying some of the early sweet ones.

    • Portia says:

      YAY! Thanks VerbenaLuvvr,
      We talk about ALL the perfumes here at Posse. I remember Ann used to do some of the less highbrow stuff too.
      Portia xx

  • AnnieA says:

    I bought a set of AG minis, because I love minis, and yes, I needed a C19 drugstore purchase. The mini bottle is made of glass only, and of course it is Too Much. The ad for TUN is very funny, though.

  • Margo DAngelo says:

    Probably not. The reason being is I have a lot of gourmand, so can’t really see myself adding another sweet candy fragrance. If it was vanilla, though… ?

  • Teresa says:

    Yep, I’d give it a go! I’m over 60 and am entering my second childhood, I guess; I’m loving sweet perfumes lately after wearing (exclusively) Rive Gauche for over 45 years…I bought and wear ‘Cloud’.

  • cinnamon says:

    Your review of this gave me a sugar brain freeze. Can’t imagine I’ll look out for this one. I do like the candifloss note in moderation and in certain circumstances.

  • March says:

    Bummer about the bottle! This does … not sound like something I’d love, and with my sense of smell not working too well I’d be afraid I’d kill everyone around me hahaha. Win some, lose some!

  • Musette says:

    Every last NOPE! NOPE! NOPE!

    My teeth are hurting, just thinking of all that sweetness…


  • A Gourmand Lover says:

    I like sweet gourmands, so my measure might be different. I’m very curious if the sweetness is cloying or just standard gourmand. I would much rather pick up a decant than support Grande. It’s been very aggravating to watch her over the years try to pass as Latino, biracial, and Asian.

    • Portia says:

      Maybe it would hit your sweet spot AGL,
      Ah! I never knew what Ariana’s background was or is. Dopes the media portray her as iris it her own voice? Now i’m curious.
      Portia xx

  • MMKinPA says:

    Yeah, it’s a no for me. I enjoy some sweet but there’s a limit. The extra plastic on the bottles – why? Then again the target market is probably tweens and teens who like the look on display. Those of us who store our perfumes in dark closets just see the impracticality.

    • Portia says:

      You are so right. I gave it to the teen upstairs and she is bloody MAD for it.
      We are definitely NOT the target market MMKinPA.
      Portia xx

  • Tom says:

    It sounds like a fragrance that I would not only shrink from in horror, but have to move across town if dropped in my place.

    Haven’t seen “Don’t Look Up” yet. Seems too close to reality to be funny..