Fragrance Reviews

Lush Scent Snow Fairy Fragrance Review

* The top smells just like the shower gel – sweet cotton candy (what the Brits call candy floss)

* It is loud and projects strongly – but it’s not as overbearing as the shower gel can be.  That’s not saying it’s weak or anything – it’s just not AS strong as it could be.

* Wait, I take that back.  After five minutes it gets stronger.  Okay, here comes the cotton candy attack with bubble gum and vanilla as supporting players.  Imagine floating in clouds of cotton candy .   It feels like you are enveloped in it.

* While it is quite linear, there is a bit of melon that wafts in from time to time.

* The sweetness stays present even when it dries down to a sweet vanilla musk and becomes a skin scent.

Summary:  I am a huge fan of Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel, so when I hear they were releasing the pure perfume version, I ordered it the first day.  The perfume is faithful to the shower gel and will bring a smile to your face.  Spray some on and your spirit is instantly lifted.  With the strong projection and silage, this isn’t office-friendly and I couldn’t imagine wanting to smell like cotton candy in the office anyhow.  Longevity is really good – between 8 and 12 hours when I wear it.  Since the shower gel is colored pink, this is obviously aimed feminine, but it definitely smells great on the right guy as well.

Other opinions:

Art Evolve (Shower Gel)
Love For Lacquer (Boxed Set Review)
Review Addict (Shower Gel)
Lusholic (Shower Gel)

Lush Scent Snow Fairy is a limited edition that was available only from their website. Check there first to see if it is still available. If not, ebay is pretty much your only option.

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

Fragrance Reviews

Smell Bent Holiday Collection Winter Vixen Fragrance Review


* Gourmand with a capital G – starting with the smell of making hot chocolate with nutella.

* The top projects strongly – people around you will start getting hungry.

* The nutella melts away and Musc Ravageur starts coming through – vanilla and cloves mixed with dirty musk.

* This part lasts for several hours which makes me love it every time I catch a whiff.

* Woods come in for the base with a touch of musk lasting throughout.

Summary: If you couldn’t tell by reading my description, I love this scent.  So much so that I am considering buying a full bottle. It combines two things that I love into one – hot chocolate and the top notes of Musc Ravageur. The holiday interpretation with the title is just about perfect… tempting you with a warm delicious treat and then seducing you sexually.  Longevity is about six hours, which is really good for an EDT.  Winter Vixen also smells like an expensive niche fragrance – like it could be a By Killian or a Tom Ford Private Blend.  With its robustness as an EDT, I could only imagine how glorious an EDP concentration would be.

Other opinions:


Smell Bent fragrances are available through the Smell Bent website.

Disclaimer: Samples purchased by me – no disclaimer needed. Image courtesy of Smellbent.

Fragrance Reviews

Smell Bent Holiday Collection Gimel a Break Fragrance Review


* First whiff is animalic and sexy, which turns quickly into sweet honey.

* The honey is strong and loud with great projection.

* As the honey begins to step back, a dirty patchouli and sweet flower comes to the forefront.

* At this point, the scent starts to soften and come much closer to the skin.

* The base is a sheer musk with a hint of patchouli.

Summary: Smell Bent scents have a sense of humor.  Gimel A Break is obviously a play on the TV show Gimme A Break starring the legendary Nell Carter.  This scent is a fitting tribute to her – with its strong and powerful yet sweet exterior which shields a soft and tender heart.  This one is clearly unisex and if you are averse to honey scents, don’t event bother testing (though this is on the very sweet side of the honey spectrum, it doesn’t veer even close to cat pee territory). It lasts about 4 hours on my skin, pretty average for an EDT.  The projection makes it not office-friendly.  It is definitely fun to wear and worthy of testing.

Smell Bent fragrances are available through the Smell Bent website.

Disclaimer: Samples purchased by me – no disclaimer needed. Image courtesy of Smellbent.

Fragrance Reviews

Providence Perfume Mousseline Peche Fragrance Review


* Imagine a strong peach cocktail with a grapefruit garnish, and you’ve got the first whiff.

* The aperitif vibe fades, and a really juicy and lucious peach is the forefront.

* The peach sweetness introduces the flower – rose- and another with a hint of vanilla sweetening it.

* At this point, maybe two hours in, the scent becomes sheer and very much a skin scent.

* The base is woody with a bit of vetiver and a slight touch of sweetness.

Summary:  Wearing Moisseline Peche made me realize something about my skin.  Vetiver scents do not work well on me, almost as a rule, but with this scent, I realize that it’s not all vetivers, but rather the stronger ones, that go caustic when they hit my skin. Softer, sheerer vetivers like the base of Mosseline Peche agree with me.  That’s not to say this is a vetiver scent- it’s part of the base.  The scent strikes me as a mature, fruity floral that is not overbearing. As a natural, it lasts about 4 hours on my skin, though others report much shorter wear times.   Basically, expect to reapply after lunch if you wear it to the office (and yes, it is office-friendly).   The scent is a collaboration with fashion designer Jonathan Joseph Peters (from Season 7 of Project Runway) and is inspired by silk muslin – which makes sense as it feels soft, luxurious, and sheer throughout its weartime.. 

Other opinions:

The Non Blonde
Ca Fleuere Bon
Now Smell This
Tinsel Creation

Providence Perfumes are available from the Providence> Perfume Company website and Twisted Lily.

Disclaimer: Sample provided by Providence Perfume. Image courtesy of Providence Perfume website.