On the same Ulta visit that I mentioned last week, I also gave a little test drive to Christian Dior’s J’Adore In Joy. The original and its siblings are nice enough fragrances but have never captured my interest significantly. In Joy went up a notch in my esteem, but was not a must-buy, despite being a pleasure to wear that offered something a little different.
In Joy reminded me a wee bit of an older scent that I used to love: Reem Acra. That and this J’Adore shared a similar spirit: a kind of fruit cobbler-poached fruit accord, a little sweet, yes, but warmed with a hint of cinnamon, other spice and even something akin to suede. Although upon wrist-to-wrist comparison, the J’Adore was much softer, more powdery and peachier, whereas the Reem had more of a spicy punch right out of the gate.
Upon seeing the notes for In Joy, I realized it could be the fleur de sel paired with ylang ylang and jasmine working their magic, keeping it soft and dry and out of syrupy overload territory. Notes listed for it are: Top — fleur de sel; heart — ylang ylang, transformed in Grasse, jasmine sambac; base — juicy peach.
I think In Joy would work well in my life as a subtle scent for an occasion that calls for a faint fragrance aura, a gentle whisper of scent, in which a more potent blast of perfume might be inappropriate. And with its pretty bottle, it might make a nice gift for a young person’s birthday or graduation. Btw, please forgive me using the image of the original J’Adore; I was in a hurry and my computer was not cooperating with my efforts to get the new bottle up.
Some of the mainstream scents I’ve sniffed lately have given me hope, hope that perfume lovers can all find something, not the same-old,same-old, to enjoy at their local store without having to go to more exclusive doors and spend an arm and a leg.
What mainstream fragrances have you tried lately and liked? Or do you enjoy the flanker of an existing scent?