Perfume Review: LaVanilla Vanilla Coconut

That’s right with my nose working once again we delve into the perfume reviews. This one is a little bit interesting actually. This is Lavanilla Vanilla and Coconut scented perfume.

Lavanilla is termed the Healthy fragrance and one of the reasons is that they use sugar cane alcohol because it is less irritating on the skin, and in fact helps soften the skin while maintaining antiseptic properties. At least this is the claim ion the brand website. But what of the perfume itself?

Paradise Found coconut vanilla perfume. Young coconut blends with Tahitian tiare flower and warm Madagascar vanilla for an utterly addictive island escape scent. 

As far as perfume descriptions go, it isn’t all that descriptive. I will say when I first sprayed it on my wrist I could only smell vanilla. I thought I was going to o through this trial smelling like a bakery. There are worse things of course, but I suspected that would just make me crave sweets.

Interestingly enough after that inital burst of vanilla, a slightly floral scent arose that brought with it coconut. Together the two balanced into a less bakery sweet scent when blended with the vanilla.

The two scents seemed to have tamed the vanilla and lead it out of the cullinary realm and back into the perfume world. I am guessing the floral notes come from the tiare flower. It is a soft floral that isn’t overwhelming and isn’t cloying. There is a slightly soapy scent to it that I think might be from the floral as well. It smells like the sort of flower you would put in a glass vase a hotel lobby rather than something you would grow in the garden. The vanilla and coconut are present and perhaps that is what keeps the floral from becoming overpowering. Both are, on their own, strong scents. They blend well together and do give a tropical feel to the fragrance without leaning too heavily into the coconut.

The scent does tend to create a cloud around you rather than sticking close to the skin. it isn’t a strong enough scent that it would go down the hall well before you took the first step to warn people of your imminent arrival however if you are working in a cubicle next to someone who is scent sensitive, they will notice.

For me this does feel like a day time scent. It also feels very summery. It does not feel like something that would work out in an office. It is the kind of scent that wants to be out doors. And given that it does like to create a bit of a cloud, perhaps that is where it is best worn. It would certainly get you noticed in the elevator.

For the first hour of wear, the scent was always noticeable. After that it did fade a bit. After four hours it was mostly gone. this is something to wear for an afternoon out with friends. It will be gone before dinner time.

Perfume Review: Tocca Stella

I have to say one of the things I hated most about losing my sense of smell when my nose was stuffed up was that wearing perfumes was pointless. In fact it was not only wasteful, but because I couldn’t tell how far the perfume was traveling or what it might be doing to those around me it could be potentially assault with a deadly scent.

And that we can not have.

But my nose is working again and into the box of perfume samples I went. Now above is pictured the actual bottle from the Tocca Website. I am working with a small sample vial. i just couldn’t resist putting up the full picture. I just love the look of the bottle. It has that simple but elegant look that I really do like. But there have been many perfume bottles that i have liked over the years and I have learned (often at great expense) that just because I like the beautiful bottle, doesn’t mean that the scent will work out for me.

But what does Tocca have to say of this scent?

Stella is a fresh floral fragrance that embraces your flirtatious spirit. It is inspired by a spontaneous romance and is a bright and breezy blend of lavish Italian citrus, sweet freesia, and spicy lily. It is a playful indulgence for your inner coquette. Scent Type: Fresh Floral, Key Notes: Blood Orange, Freesia, Spicy Lily, Personality: Flirty, Sensual, Spontaneous


And so we spritz and spend the week wearing. What is the final review?

when first sprayed there is a slight alcohol tinge to the scent. It goes away after a moment. Once it is gone, the scent comes through. At first it is very orange-y. It has those sweet orange notes that I do associate with blood orange. A few moments later and the florals start to come through. There is freesia and lily but there are spice notes that keep it from being too floral. The orange shifts to a back note.

After about an hour of wear most of the initial orange scent is worn away and the scent remaining is of a spicy floral. i had a really hard time trying to decide if I liked it or not. I think for me part of the problem is that I really liked that initial burst of orange and regretted it’s fading. Without that orange it became a different scent. I do like the spicy floral, as the spicy notes (which lean a little towards cardamom without getting into the warming notes of cardamom) really balance out the florals well and keep them from being too sweet and overpowering. I think if I hadn’t scented the orange at first I would have liked the resulting scent. But because I did, I missed the orange.

Towards the end of the day, the vanilla is a little more prevalent than it was earlier in the day. The florals tend to wear down after about three or so hours and the spice and slight vanilla scent remain until it fades completely.

While this scent does stick relatively close to the skin and doesn’t travel much, I wouldn’t term it an office scent. There is something slightly sensual about the scent (regardless of the orange or not) that doesn’t seem to blend well for office hours. It is definitely an off hours scent, but I think that despite it’s sensuality, you could still wear it in the day time. I would just wear it in the day when I wasn’t in the office. When wearing it I tended to think of vacations I’d taken in sunny locations where ocean breezes made the heat not as oppressive as it is here and now. I also began to wonder if my passport was up to date rather than focus on the work at hand.

So for me, this was not a scent i will be wearing during business hours. It is however one that I think i will add to my list of scents to add to my personal scent library. orange not withstanding, it is a nice scent that I would love to wear out on a date night with my babydoll.

Perfume Review: Skylar Coconut Grove Rollerball Perfume

This is a roller ball perfume that came in my recent IPSY Plus Glam Bag. I have been wearing it for the past week and I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about it.

First of all I like the brand Skylar. I love that not only is the box, bottle and cap recyclable, they have a video with the perfume showing you how to remove the one part of the package that isn’t recyclable (the roller ball) so that you know exactly how to recycle it when the product is empty.

It also makes me feel a slight bit guilty because I do like roller balls and that is the one part of the package that isn’t recyclable, However the fact that it does come out means that the entire system can be thoroughly cleaned and if it can be cleaned it can be refilled. I have several perfumes in larger bottles that don’t travel well or in open top samples that I don’t reach for. Before the bottle ultimately ends up in the recycling bin it may be recycled in house for a bit. I especially have a hard time remembering to reach for the small open topped samples so I think this will help me use them up.

One thing I also like about this perfume is seeing the size of it. Skylar has a scent subscription. It is a bit on the pricy side ($20 per month as opposed to one of my all time favorites Scent Box which is significantly less, I’ll link it below for those interested). All of their Skylar Scent subscription samples are Skylar scents. And this roller ball is the size of each shipment in the subscription (10 mL).

So that was nice to see. But it is the scent we are evaluating. So what does Skylar have to say about their scent?

Wander along a deserted beach on a faraway island.

There is something very reassuring about exotic locales. Coconut Cove transports your spirit to a place where creamy coconut mingles with the scent of coastal winds through green trees, heightened by blooms of jasmine and gardenia, almost intoxicating in its tranquility. It’s a sensual, calming scent that will awaken your desire to make your own way in the world.

Top: Bergamot, Cardamom, Hibiscus Nectar, Twist of Lemon; Middle: Coconut, Jasmine Petal, Gardenia, Lush Greens; Base: Ambrox, Coastal Woods, Heliotrope, Vanilla Orchid


The first application of this scent smells like a mix of coconut, jasmine and vanilla orchid. While I am not a huge fan of coconut, this sort of reminded me of the old fashioned coconut cake an elderly southern lady brought to church when I was younger. I am fairly certain that cake is the reason coconut exists. It is what all little coconuts dream of growing up to be before life grinds them down and turns them into sunscreen. It took three days to make so she didn’t make it often and there was almost a riot every time she did make it. It had it’s own place of honor on the pot luck table.

It’s arrival was an event.

So I can’t say I was upset by the scent. And I do have her recipe. I used to help her out when I was in high school (run errands, take her to appointments that sort of thing) and at some point she needed assistance making it and switched to directing me in it’s creation, usually while telling scandalous stories of elderly church members and neighbors who had long since died. The initial scent made me want to make it, even though it is traditionally a winter cake.

However after a few minutes, this delightfully nostalgic scent started to fade. Bergamot and gardenia began forcing their way forward. They overpowered the more delicate scents and sort of took over so it was an entirely different scent. This scent too reminded me of some of the older church ladies of my childhood, but not in a good way. It was overly floral an cloyingly overpowering.

The scent did have a lot of lasting power. It didn’t travel far but stuck close to the skin so if it is a scent you like then I thin you could get away with wearing it pretty much anywhere. Someone really has to invade your personal space to smell it.

Oddly enough towards the end of the day, the coconut and a slight hint of lemon reappeared just before the scent faded completely. it was as if they were trapped by the bergamot and gardenia and only when they faded could the two lighter scents escape. It was a quick escape. i smelled the two scents, remembered they were in the mix and then they were gone.

This was a very peculiar scent to wear and honestly I can’t say it was my favorite. I liked the initial scent although it did remind me more of cake than of a scent i want to wear, it became something cloying and overly floral and then just before it left it had a flash of something light and delicate that i actually wouldn’t mind wearing. it was a rollercoaster ride of scent, but I honestly don’t think I will be lining up to try again. I may try other Skylar scents because I have had some that I really enjoyed and didn’t have this kind of scent swap, but as much as I like the brand, I don’t think that Coconut Grove is for me.

Perfume Review: I Want Choo by Jimmy Choo

Once again I delved deep into the samples box to extract a perfume sample to try out. I felt the crinkly paper and extracted a sample of I Want Choo by Jimmy Choo. I have to say, I was a bit excited. When I first decided to get a Scent Box account and start trying out more than just the tiny little bottles of perfume, one of the first samples I chose was Jimmy Choo’s Illicit. It has remained a favorite, as has the Scent Box subscription.

At the moment that subscription is on hold because of my collected box of samples. For a while they were coming in thick and fast and the box filled up. When the lid was no longer fitting without the possibility of samples breaking I put it on hold while tried and used up the smaller samples. The level of the samples box is low so soon, sooooon I shall go back to my Scent Box Subscription.

While Jimmy Choo’s Illicit has long since been added to my perfume collection, I have not always been enthralled by other samples I’ve tried from the brand, but a few have come close. So with great anticipation I opened the foil pack container of I Want Choo and began my trial. According to the product page I Want Choo is…

Built around the fascinating, almost hypnotic, red spider lily, I Want Choo is a deep yet uplifting floral scent combining soft vanilla notes with the sensual vibes of jasmine sambac. A burst of fruity notes combines the sparkling citrus of mandarin juice and contrasting smooth, velvety peach. The bottle is a true object of desire. A gold spray cap with hammered jewelled effect and the signature JC emblem is underlined by the soft and elegant peach tint of the fragrance.

Jimmy Choo

I have never smelled the Red Spider Lily but I have to say, this perfume makes me want to find one and smell it, possibly planting it in my garden. This scent has light floral notes that I can’t identify and I am guessing are a mix of the red spider lily and jasmine. A few of the notes are jasmine esque but it is clear there is something else in there.

The floral notes come on strong at first but they fade back fairly quickly. Vanilla and peach rise but have their sweetness toned down by a hint of citrus. It doesn’t really smell of mandarin, but it is definitely from the citrus family. The result is a well balanced slightly fruity perfume. while it goes well with summer, I can easily see myself reaching for this scent in February when the weather has turned nasty and I am dreaming of an early spring. I could also see myself wearing it to an outdoor barbeque. It is both the hope of spring and the warmth of summer.

There is something slightly sensual about the scent that makes me hesitant to wear it in an office environment. It seems more like an after hours scent. I think it could be a day time scnet as well as a night time scent, but if worn in the day time it says ‘go for a walk in the park’, not ‘this will not annoy Susan in the cubicle next to you.’

Admittedly it probably won’t annoy Susan, or anyone else actually. It is not a scent that travels very far. If someone is smelling the scent of I Want Choo then they are within your personal space bubble. while you still need to be cognizant of your coworkers and potential allergies, this is very much a personal scent that stays on the skin.

I don’t think it would bother anyone around you, but its scent doesn’t feel like it wants to belong to the work day.

It is a long lasting scent though. It comes on strong, but within a minute it settles down and the florals start to fall away. The light fruity scent remains for most of the day. the last of the scent to fade is vanilla with a blush of peach.

I really enjoyed this perfume. This was the perfect time to pull it out of the box and I can easily see myself adding this to my collection. It has been a while since I liked a scent enough to consider adding it, but I think this one may be destined to join my personal scent library. so yes, I too Want Choo.

Perfume Review: Ralph Lauren Romance

That’s right it is time for another perfume review. I still have a box of samples to work through and I made a deal with myself that I can’t re-subscribe to Scent Box until I have cleared out the box. I know, new samples are always coming in, but all I have to do is make it through the box completely once, and see it empty, even if it is only until the next subscription box arrives, for it to count. Admittedly i am not getting as many perfume samples as I was before I let my Macy’s Beauty Box subscription go so I may have a chance at clearing it out and returning to the once a month Scent Box Subscription.

I like the larger samples that give me enough product to use the scent for a month before deciding if I like it enough to think about purchasing it. Of course some perfumes I don’t need a month to know if i like them or not.

pretty bottle, but the scent isn’t for me

Shall we see if Ralph Lauren Romance is one of them or if it makes the cut?

According to the product page…

The women’s fragrance that evokes the timeless essence of falling in love. Discover the sensual essence of velvety woods, extravagant florals, and seductive musk. Top notes: mandarin essence, pink pepper, white violet leaves. Middle notes: rose, jasmine, marigold, geranium. Base notes: patchouli, oakmoss, musk.

Ralph Lauren

This is an unapologetically floral scent. It talks about mandarin and pink pepper as well as musk. But to be honest i think it skips right over the top notes and blends rose, jasmine and geranium with elements of patchouli to keep it from being overly sweet. with the patchouli mixed in, the scent does feel like an adult would wear it. Often times florals can come off feeling very little girl-ish. This does not. I would say this is a scent that would work for the 20-30 year old range.

It has a medium travel range. So it doesn’t just stick close to the skin but wafts around a little bit. It won’t announce you down the hall but it will perfume your office cubicle and people may notice it if you walk past or sit next to them in a meeting. For me the patchouli is a little heavy and I am not a fan. I also prefer my florals with a little more spice to them. It does have a spring/summer vibe to it and I would say it is definitely a day time scent rather than a night time one. While not for me, I could definitely see several of my friends who prefer florals wearing it. It is nice, but for me a week of wear was enough. The sample is still half full so I will be passing it on to one of those floral loving friends with a great deal of confidence that she will like it.

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Perfume Review: Calvin Klein’s Defy

Calling this a perfume may be a misnomer. It has the feel of a cologne like scent and I could very easily see it termed masculine. On occasion I like wearing scents that are termed masculine just as much as I like the ones officially decreed feminine. However in the week before father’s day this seemed like a bit more of an appropriate scent to review.

According to the product page this scent is…

Fresh. Masculine. Addictive.

Calvin Klein Defy is a daring contrast of invigorating freshness and powerful woods. For the modern man who breaks boundaries while exploring his authentic truths and the contrasts within.

The scent opens with an addictive citrus blend highlighting crisp bergamot and fresh lavender absolute. Rugged and earthy vetiver oil—responsibly sourced from Haiti—is the heart of the fragrance, connecting the vibrant textural elements with a rich and alluring base of amber notes.

Dare to Defy.

Top notes: Bergamot oil, mandarin oil, cedar leaf oil, Mid notes: Lavender absolute, sage clary oil, notes of violet leaf, Base notes: Vetiver oil, notes of amber, musk note

Calvin Klein

While Bergamot isn’t my favorite scent and you can tell that it is mixed into the scent, the cedar leaf is far more prevalent a scent. When first sprayed the top notes of bergamot and cedar are more present than anything else so at first I was very unsure. As it sits on the wrist however the vetiver, and musk come to the forefront. They don’t dominate, but mellow the scent.

While I like some masculine scents, I generally find them to be more warming and wintery for me. Wearing this Defy this week was an odd seasonal shift for my brain. I would smell the scent and want to get a fluffy blanket out to curl up with. The fact that the temps outside have hit triple digits and we are in the middle of a heat wave made me feel a little bit off balance.

I would say this scent is masculine and warm. It is the kind of scent I find appealing as the air becomes crisp and leaves begin to turn colors and spiral down from tree branches. It is not a summer scent. I do think Defy isn’t really appropriate. It smells classically male. It isn’t a ground breaking scent but something that someone fond of traditional scents would appreciate. It actually reminds me of my uncle. in fact if you added the scent of pipe smoke to this scent then you would get the scent of my uncle. While I would be willing to wear this scent when the weather cools, it is a scent i could easily see myself picking up for one of the men in my family. It may not break boundaries as the description claims, but I could see most of them enjoying the scent of Calvin Klein’s Defy.

Perfume Review: Replica By the Fireplace

In one of the drawers in my dressing table I keep a metal box. Into this box go all of the perfume samples that come my way. Sometimes I recall how they arrived and sometimes not. This little sample of Replica’s By the Fireplace was rolling around in the bottom of the box when I dipped my hand in. It didn’t even have a card with it so my trusty reading glasses were put into play. Thin Optics- super fab reading glasses, BTW).

The Image is from the Replica Website. As is the info about the scent. According to them…

Remember the reassuring crackling fire on a winter morning with By The Fireplace fragrance.
Get back to this comforting memory with this smoky, woody Eau de Toilette.

Made of a warm heart of chestnut and woody accords, mixed with sweet notes of vanilla and red berries, the addictive fragrance is softened by the floral combination of orange blossom and neroli essence.

Winter has come and snow falls outside, but you are safe inside, by the fireplace. You admire the gracious dancing flames wrapped in a blanket with roasted marshmallows and smell the warm smoke of firewood and the cozy,  subtle hint of grilled chestnuts.


While I can’t say that I get the fireplace vibe from this scent. It does have a lovely orange blossom note, mixed with deeper elements which I suppose might be chestnut and then blended with vanilla for a hint of sweetness.

I’ll admit when I took it out of the box and saw the name I thought, nope this is going to be too heavy for the summer. Oddly enough, it isn’t. The orange and vanilla lift it and the woody notes merely balance it and keep it from being too sweetly floral.

It is a surprisingly outdoors sort of scent. while I don’t picture sitting by the fireplace, if i close my eyes and try to envision where i would where this, a picnic comes to mind. One of the grand ones Like in the Wind in the Willows. where there is a large wicker basket, a checkered cloth spread on the ground and someone playing badminton in the background.

I have no idea why the badminton sprung to mind, it has never been a part of any of my picnics. And we usually spread the checkered cloth on the top of a picnic table because my mother didn’t want us getting splinters.

Still the thought remains that it is a bit like an Edwardian picnic scent and I can almost see the straw hats. It is an enticing image and to my delight not really a winter one. I really enjoy the scent and would definately consider getting a larger bottle. A part of me wonders if my reaction to the scent is seasonally based. If it was cold outside and the snow was blowing around, would I think more of firesides than picnic grounds? I don’t know. And that too I find oddly intreguing. Bun now to other details you might wish to know if you are looking at this scent from a less fanciful direction.

It sprays on fairly strongly and immediately has that alcohol whiff to it. The alcohol scent fades after a moment. While you are wearing it, it tends to stay close to the skin, however I did notice that when I applied it to my wrist, I could come back to the room where I sprayed it and catch a hint of the scent even an hour after I was gone. Yet this was only in the room where i sprayed it. I tried spraying it in one room and then spending the next few hours in a different part of the room. I then asked my babydoll to do a sniff test. He could still smell the scent in the air where I sprayed it, but not in the room where i was sitting.

So it is over all a well behaved scent. It doesn’t go wandering down hallways and lingering in rooms after you’ve gone (unless it’s the room where you applied the scent and even that fades after a few hours.) On my wrist it did last all day. Towards the end of the day I noticed the orang blossom had more or less disappeared and I was left with a vanilla scent that was tamed sown by a little nutty earthiness.

Over all I enjoyed this scent. I will be looking to add it to my collection in the future, if only to see if my opinion changes through the seasons (and because i like it). It is a perfume I could wear during the day and at night. Replica’s By the Fireplace may not conjure fireside images into my mind, but it is a very well balanced scent. it is also the first one I have tried from the brand and it certainly encourages me to try more.

Perfume Review: Judith Lieber More is More Perfume Review

This perfume review is going to be a little bit different because the perfume is a little different. Now looking at the above photo you might think that this is a sample pack of three separate perfumes. This is actually what I thought, and it sort of is, but it sort of isn’t.

The Judith Liber More is More perfume is actually several bottles of perfume in one container. The picture of the actual bottle was captured from their website. The design is so that you can have several different scents in one bottle, shifting between them as your mood decides the scent. You can wear each alone or combine them to create your own unique scent.

As someone who has their own scent library where perfumes are concerned I really like this concept. But what are the scents? Well in this three pack I have they are labeled 1. Gourmand, 2. Zest, and 3. Floral. The official descriptions are…

1. More GOURMAND! For a delicious first impression, spritz 1. More Gourmand!
Concocted with edible notes, the fragrance opens with blackcurrant absolute and mandarin. Rich gingerbread and rose petals create a sensual heart, which should last 12 hours on the skin. To carry these gourmand, edible notes long into the night, we have strong vanilla and cashmere woods.

2. More ZEST!
Zest it up with 2. More Zest!
Sparkling with fizz, this fragrance opens with thirst quenching grapefruit, fresh lemongrass and sunny green bergamot. After this citrus explosion settles, you should smell orris (the root of the Iris flower), and peony. Notes of sandalwood and cedarwood will melt into your skin and last into the night.

3. More FLORAL!
Glow up your fragrance collection with the ultimate in indulgent scents 3. More Floral!; the white floral. At first you’ll smell fresh pink pepper and mandarin, which give way to a magnificent bloom of flowers (the million-dollar moment in perfumery!). Ylang Ylang and Orchid carry the heart of this composition, or should we say bouquet. Coconut wood adds creaminess, while patchouli gives strength, which helps the floral notes really last (for all day compliments

Judith Lieber

With the gourmand I could smell the gingerbread and black current mixed with a hint of vanilla. As I wore it, the vanilla tended to come out a bit more as the scent warmed to my body.

The citrus is bright and clean and smelled of grapefruit mixed with lemon grass. There was a light floral note at the end, which I’m guessing is the orris. As I am not a fan of bergamot, I was pleased it didn’t make much of an appearance.

I’ll be honest I didn’t care for the floral. The first spritz smelled a bit like mandarin and then with the second whiff it came out as very patchouli forward which I didn’t care for.

The zest and the gourmand I would wear both alone and paired together. Alone, the Gourmand has a wintery feel to it that makes you feel warm and snuggly. It is also more of a night time scent. The zest on it’s own is very summery and very much a day time scent. When paired together, the citrus mixes well with the vanilla notes and lifts it. Then it becomes a nice day time scent that doesn’t really have a season.

I tried blending in the floral but for me the patchouli scent always took over and i simply didn’t like it. And I think that is the downfall of something like this. There is always the possibility that there may be one or more of the scents that you do not like. For me it is the floral. However I really like the other two, especially the Gourmand actually. That one I could easily see myself wearing once autumn arrives. I suspect that I would wear both the Gourmand and the Zest, both alone and paired, but never touch the Floral. I don’t think you can buy the scents separately. I understand it is part of the concept. The perfume is $145 and for me I don’t know if I would purchase that knowing that one third of the product I simply wouldn’t use. However, the Discovery Kit for her (which is what I have) is $12 and I would certainly repurchase this discovery kit so that i could reuse the Gourmand and Zest while passing along the Floral to someone else.

I know that’s a little bit of a different take on the discovery kit versus perfume, but this was after all a different product. I think the concept is amazing, I just wish the scents were also sold separately, or at least the components to refill the main bottle were sold separately. If they were, I would purchase two of the Gourmand and one of the Zest. The zest is nice but not something too out of the ordinary, but for me, the Gourmand is spectacular.

Perfume Review: Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana

I am continuing my quest to work through my collection of perfume samples and the latest one is Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana. I know this perfume has been around for a while, but I for me this is a first use situation. I sniffed it once in a store while shopping and it didn’t have an instant appeal so I never bothered delving further into it. And to be honest, I put the sample in my box of samples and let it slide towards the bottom.

For me this perfume did not give a good first impression. My first sniff of it felt very astringent. So when I pulled it from the box of samples to give it it’s week of trial, I wasn’t that enthused. Still I moved forwards and I am glad I did. This scent proved to be an interesting one. But before I get into my thoughts, let’s see what the official description says.

The Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue perfumes represent the aroma of sparkling summer days yielding to evocative evenings. They describe a story in which man meets woman. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are extremely proud of Light Blue’s legacy, which includes several perfume awards. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York as one of the century’s most ground-breaking scents.

Dolce & Gabbana

I will say it definitely feels like a summer scent. It is a light one. It is however one that changed as I wore it. When first sprayed on the wrist it came off as very astringent. After a few minutes the astringency faded. The scent is very interesting. A quick sniff and the scent is floral. Then there is a back note of citrus to lighten it up so the florals don’t feel too heavy. I know there is bergamot as I can feel it tickling the back of my throat, but it isn’t the dominant scent , which means there isn’t the eye watering sear that i tend to get from bergamot.

The card of notes says that there is mandarin and grapefruit in the blend and I can find the slightly bitter notes from the grapefruit in the scent. while I’m guessing the floral notes come from bergamot, it has an almost magnolia scent to it. I looked for further scent notes to see if I could identify the florals but there wasn’t one I could find. I don’t think magnolia is right but it is very close. It is a magnolia like floral.

The scent requires very little to last a long time. The scent applied lightly to the wrist lasted a full eight hours and beyond. I applied it in the morning and it was still detectable at bedtime. It is what I like to think of as a mid range scent cloud type of perfume. It does not hold close to the skin to provide you with your own personal scent, but it doesn’t announce you before you turn the corner either. It is one that is noticeable to those around you who aren’t in your personal space. which is something to be aware of if you work in an office with those sensitive to scent.

It is definitely a day time scent and it is a scent that is more suitable to warmer weather. I would say it is a summer scent. I would also wear it in an out door environment. It is a scent that is suitable for working in the office, but because it isn’t one that sticks close to the skin, i would have a hard time wearing it in an office environment. This is a scent to wear to a barbeque or a picnic or an outdoor concert. It is not one that I would wear indoors.

I am glad I tried it as the scent shifted from what I thought i would be upon first blush. It is more complex than I first thought it would be. There is a moment of astringency but it does fade back. For me it is a nice scent but I don’t think it is one that I would reach for often. I am going to keep the remainder of the sample handy however so that if I feel like reaching for it I can. I might surprise myself. If I do find myself reaching for it over the summer I might consider picking up a larger size. As of now, I think it is nice, but not something I feel I need to add to my own personal scent library.

Perfume Review: Clean Classic – Rain

That’s right it is time for another perfume review. Perfume samples are one of my weaknesses. We’ll perfumes in general are a weakness. I know loads of people choose one perfume and wear it all the time as their signature scent. My mother is like that, as were both of my grandmothers which is nice. It’s just not me.

I have never been a signature scent sort of person. I am a library of scents sort of person. I like to match the scent to the day, the season, my emotions or even to the emotion i am trying to feel. I have been known to have a bad day and deliberately spritz on a scent that makes me feel happy in order to help me alter my mood.

And usually it works.

I am a very scent oriented person. I’m sure you’ve noticed with not only the perfume reviews but the skincare and hair care ones especially. I think it even comes through with makeup. I recently had to set aside a faux coconut scented bronzer that worked really nicely but whose scent gave me headaches.

The point is, I like having a scent available for different occasions. Clean is one of those brands I have seen for a while and I have at various points tried several of their scents. I always hope I am going to like them because I really like the sleek look of their glass bottles and think they would look lovely on my perfume shelf.

Yes, I have a perfume shelf.

So let’s see what Rain has in store for us.

Fresh and pure hints of dewy flower petals wrapped around the purity of airy musk to evoke the simple scent of rain. Top Notes: Dewy Melon, Daffodil, Watermint, Middle Notes: Spring Daisy, Water Lily, Violet Leaves, Base Notes: Fluid Musks, Sleek Woods

Clean Classic Rain

The first sprits of the scent is well, clean and green. And to be honest it does smell a little bit like rain. I get the daffodil and waterlily right away and there is the hint of something underneath that smells a bit woody, which I am guessing is the sleek woods. It is very subtle, but enough to help ground the scent.

there is also something almost soapy about the scent. As if I had just given my hands a good thorough wash with a really high end soap

On first application it is nice. It remains a nice soft fresh scent for about two hours. After that, it seems to become slightly more astringent. It is almost as if the tannins in the wood have come out. It isn’t a bad scent, in fact I do like the slightly sharper scent, but it isn’t the same scent as when first applied. It is noticeably different.

And then after about an hour more, the scent is virtually undetectable on the wrist.

This was an odd scent for me to judge. I really liked the initial scent. I liked the secondary scent a little less, but it was still something I wouldn’t mind wearing. I hated that the scent faded completely before half of my work day was out. This is a scent that I could see wearing to an office, but as I don’t generally reapply perfume at the office I would only get about half a day’s worth of wear out of it.

Do I like it enough that I am willing to overlook the fading? If the scent remained as it was when it was first applied I might be inclined towards a yes. Given the change of scent and the fading, I am going to have to lean into no. Clean Classic Rain is a nice perfume with a beautifully sleek bottle, but I don’t think I will be adding it to my collection any time soon.