In Pursuit of Perfume: YSL Opium

Like Dior Poison, YSL Opium assaults the nose on first contact. Seriously, it reeks of alcohol and poison, and while softer scents take a while to break down, Opium stayed full-strength for a couple hours at least. When it did, it started smelling of cinnamon, almost soft with some bitter on the side (but that might be my skin). It was intruiging, but kind of off-putting at the same time–almost Poison Lite.

Who is this for? Somebody who wants a drastic change from florals, but who doesn’t want to be obnoxious about it. It would be fun to wear this with a frilly dress and mary janes, to balance out any latent girlishness. Opium is formal smelling, so it would probably work best in a structured environment, but you might be able to get away with it for a casual outfit because of the patchouli.

» Breakdown: Mandarin orange, Bergamot, Lily of the valley. Jasmine, Carnation, Myrrh. Vanilla, Patchouli, Opoponaux, Amber.

» Does it pass The Brother Test? Didn’t get a chance to ask him. Doubtful, though.

» Verdict: In the middle between intense and obnoxious, providing you don’t spray on too much. Not my favorite.

In Pursuit of Perfume: Vera Wang Princess

20 February 2009 <!–enna–> Edit

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-ba


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