First, I’d like to say thank you for all the wonderful comments on my post two weeks ago. I’m still living in the “Bizarre-O World”, but I’m coping a bit better. Knowing there are such wonderful souls out in the electronic void just melts my heart.
My rehabilitation consisted of a visit to a brand-spanking new Shoppers Drug Mart (right near my aunt’s house, ironically) where I sniffed my way around and landed on Juicy Couture’s new one, Peace, Love and Juicy Couture.
I’ve been curious about this one since Sniffa’s Karen Adams posted on Facebook that she thought this one smelled like original Herbal Essences shampoo. I flat-out loved the smell of that. And the picture on the bottle of the girl with the garland around her head? I so wanted to be her.
The selection at this new Shoppers was pretty good. This isn’t one with the full-scale Beauty Boutique, but the fragrance selection was extensive. I haven’t been sniffing all that much lately, so this will be the perfect place for me to catch up. In my opinion, there’s nothing more cheery than browsing in a good Shoppers and making some interesting discoveries. I was like a kid in a candy store.
I’d previously steered clear of the Juicy Couture scents because I’m not a big fan of flowers dipped in cake batter. I bought a bottle of the original fragrance for my niece (who was 14 at the time, if memory serves) and she loved it. It seemed the perfect scent for a girl her age. Their Viva La Juicy and Couture Couture scents didn’t interest me at all, but when I read, “smells like Herbal Essences”, I had to smell it.
Turns out, Karen was right. It does smell like Herbal Essences – and Cristalle; two hippy-dippy olfactory memories that take me back to Brooklyn in the mid-70s, when I washed my virgin blonde hair with Herbal Essences shampoo, and nicked spritzes of Cristalle from the three sisters who lived next-door to me. Peace Love and Juicy’s notes are lemon tree blossom, hyacinth, sweet apple, black currant bud, jasmine, magnolia, Malibu poppy, honeysuckle, linden blossom, orris extract, patchouli flower and musks. No patchouli to speak of, but plenty of linden, lemon and honeysuckle to keep it cheery and citrusy. It’s not a scent I’d usually be reaching for this time of year, but it’s done wonders to cheer me up. I need “uplifting” instead of moody, broody and dark. And the bottle is a hefty, boudoir worthy display piece with turquoise beads, tassles and a heart-shaped peace charm. The cheerful bit of kitsch is exactly what I needed. A bottle managed to find its way into my basket, along with some Garnier Nutritioniste skin care care items, and two bags of Lindor truffles. Whoever said retail therapy was dangerous doesn’t know what the hell they’re talking about. There’s lots to sniff out there, and I can’t wait to try it all.
Disclosure: Guilty as charged.