First of all, can I just write that I am so looking forward to the LA event? I think it will be so much fun and I am really looking forward to meeting new people and seeing Patty and March again. We had a blast a few years ago when they came to LA and I think this trip will be a blast as well. You can still register here to attend (don’t know about availability on the bus.)
I admit that I have a love of some of the scents by Fresh. This is sometimes greeted as if I admitted that I really enjoyed a nice unfiltered Camel while visiting the maternity ward or smuggling bacon quiche into Kosher restaurants. Why, I can’t quite figure out. The ones that I like are simple, refreshing and ones that I am inevitably complimented when wearing. I remember a female coworker who, when I was presenting in a meeting said “G-d you always smell great” when I was wearing Pomegranate Anise. I used to love that one, along with Cucumber Baie, Redcurrant Basil and Bergamot Citrus.
Of course, they’re all discontinued.
Hesperides Grapefruit isn’t. Which is a good thing. Especially on a day like today, when it was in the mid 80’s, or tomorrow, which should hit 90. It’s completely uncomplicated, but you must really like grapefruit. I do, a lot. I eat it as much as I can and buy the juice at Trader Joe’s (a bargain at $1.99 for a quart!) If you are a hater of the fruit then this will be the third circle of hell for you, since the opening is an olfactory carbon copy of a cup of perfected pink grapefruit served on shaved ice with the lightest sprinkling of sugar you can imagine. This portion of the program lasts for about an hour or three depending on the temps- three in cooler but the walk from the Sunset Blvd. Trader Joe’s to Santa Monica Blvd METRO bus home killed it off early. The middle is still tinged with citrus and when they cal it “transparent” jasmine they aren’t kidding. The dry down, while discernible is just a slightly sweet your-skin-but-better clean musk.
I really like this one. On a hot day it’s refreshing. Were I going to a job interview it would be perfect, in that I would smell fresh and nice in a completely unchallenging way; I won’t smell like the men’s department at Macy’s or the guy from the mail room who hits on all the secretaries. For those of us who like the really heavy hitters it’s like a palate cleanser. I don’t think I’m going to purchase this one since I have an ample supply of Annick Goutals that cover this citrus territory better (they’re the older formulations and in Fresh’s defense are more expensive) but if I were in the market for the giggle inducing Hollywood Diet opening alone would make me purchase, at least in the beensy $20 rollerball one.
Notes (from the Fresh Website): Top Notes: mandarin, Italian lemon, grapefruit
Middle Notes: bergamot, lotus flower, transparent jasmine
Bottom Notes: rhubarb, musk, peach
Available practically on the moon, $80 for 3.4 Ounces, with ancillary products. I tested over a period of days at Sephora, Nordstrom and the Fresh store in the Grove. Picture of the Grove from my iPhone that decided to turn sideways. Image of perfume stolen from Fresh Website.