SUNFLOWERS // ELIZABETH ARDEN
I’ll admit I don’t know if sunflowers have a scent and if they did what it would be.
This is a very floral scent and if I had to guess the scent is close to the freesia note. The melon note makes it somewhat aquatic smelling. This scent is very 1990s. Overall it smells sort of like clean laundry (fresh floral, slightly spicy) with melon, peach, and lemon.
Sunflowers is not a beautiful scent in my opinion but I think it’s one of the happiest scents on the market. It smells summery and bright. I like it but I don’t reach for it much.
It’s very inexpensive, a 100 mL can be bought for approximately 20 USD.
ULTRAVIOLET // PACO RABANNE
Loved it so much the first year of having it, as time passed became a bit disenchanted. It is special and unique but it is very sweet.
Ultraviolet in keeping with the futuristic/alien theme of the advertising & UFO packaged design, smells intentionally (?) synthetic & unnatural. What I mean by that is sometimes perfumes smell unintentionally synthetic (the supposed smell of fruit ends up smelling like fake syrup). But Ultraviolet is synthetic in a way that smells deliberate like it’s supposed to be part of the perfume, like Alien by Thierry Mugler or any other “futuristic” scent. Of course this is my impression, I could have it backwards!
Ultraviolet opens strong, with an acetone note. Dries down very sweet with violet and vanilla juxtaposition. The sharpness & overall strength and simplicity of these two notes together distinguishes Ultraviolet from the other violet/vanilla compositions on the market that remind of baby powder or something from Guerlain. It’s not powdery or very floral.
With age of the liquid, Ultraviolet becomes more peppery, both in the herbal and vegetal sense.
Not necessarily a pretty perfume, but it’s different. A distinctive choice for a night out.
ANGEL AQUA CHIC // THIERRY MUGLER
So there’s two versions of Angel Aqua Chic and they are very different. The later version I’m going to refer to as 2013 because that’s when it was released. The prior Aqua Chic had sparkles on the bottom and smelled unoriginal, a blatantly desperate attempt to cash in on the popularity of Coco Mademoiselle & Miss Dior Cherie (fizzy citrus / patchouli). Very bland, un-Mugleresque and certainly not Angel-y.
The newer 2013 Aqua Chic with the ombre faded bottle smells beautiful. It’s light, but certainly Angel. Delightfully untamed dirty patchouli so polarizing in the original, but unlike the original the patch isn’t muddled with the cacophony of notes and is also not so darn strong. In this new Aqua Chic the patchouli is co-dominant with the classic Angel tangy fruit note. 2013 Aqua Chic is pared down in the right way.
This fragrance certainly challenges those who are not drawn to fruity perfumes and summer scents to make an exception. It’s dirty, but it’s light, non-suffocating, and perfect for warm weather.
The catch? Two hours later it dries down to a perfume-y vanilla base that is close to the skin, not entirely unnoticeable but bland and too soft. Disappointing.
TOMMY GIRL // TOMMY HILFIGER
I don’t consider myself snobby when it comes to perfume, and own many very inexpensive scents, however this smells straight up CHEAP. If I could only use one word to describe how this perfume smells that would be it. The smell is bitter citrus and synthetic jasmine. I don’t find it well blended or even pretty.
The result is kind of like I sprayed heavily a (sorry to use the word again) cheap bland perfume earlier in the day, it has dried down to nothing but synthetic “white musk” in the base, then I went out for a jog at noon in the summer. Profuse sweat mingles with the perfume and then let THAT dry down. I mean just the fact that this is how this smells, from the very beginning without even having done all that is just badly done.