In Pursuit of Perfume: Vera Wang Princess

Vera Wang Princess was definitely not as “prissy prissy princess” as I expected: not too strong, not too floral. It’s very feminine and almost old-fashioned; it made me want to dress up in gloves and a hat and throw a tea party. It almost reminds me of a white wine, like a Sauvingnon Blanc, with a salty/smoky flavor in the background. It’s definitely not too sweet, not overpowering or cloying–the word that came to mind was mellow (but not in a drug trip kind of way). I think it’s the dark chocolate and musk; they temper the assertiveness of the flower scents. For some strange reason I am reminded of markers, and I don’t know why.

Unlike Flowerbomb, Princess doesn’t diffuse too far and invade a room. It would be a good one to use if you were a nurse, I think, because it would counteract hospital-y smells but not make anyone sneeze with its invasiveness.

The bottle is really pretty. The heart shape seems like it would be hard to use, but it’s not, and would look really swelegant on a dressing table.

» Breakdown: Water Lily, Lady Apple, Mandarin Meringue, Golden Apricot Skin, Ripe Pink Guava, Tahitian Flower, Wild Tuberose, Dark Chocolate, Pink Frosting Accord, Precious Amber, Forbidden Woods, Royal Musk Captive, Chiffon Vanilla.

» Does it pass The Brother Test? “Light. If I don’t hate it, it must be good.”

» Verdict: Laid-back floral. Not for me, but great for a chic girl with a flower obsession.

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