Fragrance Reviews

Pinrose Sugar Bandit Fragrance Review

* Starts with a soft hint of Play-Doh – with a mix of burnt sugar and caramel.

* Actually, that’s not really fair – the “Play-Doh” accord burns off quickly and the caramel gets stronger.

* It gets sweeter as white chocolate and vanilla joins the caramel.

* I find myself wanting to lick myself around this point.

* The sweetness is grounded by creamy sandalwood for a long-lasting base.

Summary: Sugar Bandit is a really fun scent to wear.  It skews very young with the sweet notes, though it reminds me a bit of Guerlain Gourmand Coquin.  It stays present for a long time but it is never too dense or overwhelming – it feels more like a cloud of sweet air around you.  It reads more feminine, but a guy could still pull this off.  If you like sweet gourmands but don’t want to spend a lot of money, Sugar Bandit is worth testing.

Life With a Southern Girl
A Day In the Life of Jennay
Curiosity Found
Sloppy Minimalist

Pinrose Sugar Bandit is available from the Pinrose website

Disclaimer: Samples purchased through Pinrose webite. Image courtesy of Pinrose website.

Fragrance Reviews

The Body Shop Chocomania Fragrance Review (MAINSTREAM MONDAY)

* Goes on kind of loud – with rich milk chocolate buoyed by coconut.

* Yes, I was craving a Mounds bar.

* The coconut gets stronger, making the chocolate seem like supporting player for a little.

* As the coconut recedes, a sweet vanilla joins the chocolate for a good bit.

* After about a half hour – the vanilla fades and coffee comes through.

* The cafe mocha aroma carries it into the base.

Summary: Chocomania is a fun, easy to wear gourmand. It reminds me of two of my favorite chocolate/coffee scents – Bond I Love NY for All (nearly identical) and Maison des Reves Mousse Au Cafe (very similar, just a little less milky). Initial projection is kind of strong but calms down pretty quickly, so it’s a good, fun office fragrance. Chocomania is the textbook definition of cheap thrill, retailing at $15. I also love that its available in a 30ml bottle and I wish all lines offered scents in smaller bottles – because let’s face it – who ever uses a full 100 (or even 50ml) bottle? The scent is also available in matching body products and gift sets in a heart-shaped box – making it a perfect gift for Valentine’s day. When I reviewed Montale Chocolate Greedy – I compared it to Guerlain Gourmand Coquin as being a mid-range Lexus compared to a high-end Mercedes-Benz. This would make Chocomania the fun and affordable Kia that those colorful hamsters took to the party before dancing to LMFAO and elevating our cultural discourse so.

One Girl’s Opinion (Body Butter)
Adorable on Your Vanity (Collection)
Ellelle (Body Butter)

The Body Shop Chocomania is available through their stores and website.

Disclaimer: Bottle purchased – no disclaimer needed. Image courtesy of Body Shop website.

Fragrance Reviews

Les Senteurs Gourmandes Vanille Chocolat Fragrance Review


* Honey is the main top note.

* It doesn’t feel sticky or heavy – rather cooling and refreshing, which is odd for honey,

Fragrance Reviews

Esscentual Alchemy Orange Chocolate Roses Fragrance Review


* This decadent treat starts off smelling like expensive orange chocolates.