Fragrance Reviews

Lush Scent Rose Jam Fragrance Review

* I don’t get the rose jam on top like with the shower gel – it’s more like toasted rose cracker..  There’s a bran or cooked starch weighing it down.

* That cracker note dissipates and the rose starts to get peppery and lemony.  The rose is still the star – it’s just that the supporting players change.

* At this point, Rose Jam goes in one of two ways – either soapy or fruity.  Each time I wear it, it’s a bit unpredictable.

* The starchiness of the top comes back again in the base – for a bready rose, with a touch of almond and honey.

Summary:  After reading Victoria’s review of Rose Jam shower gel, I picked up a bottle and now use it a few times per week.   Rose Jam Pure Perfume is a really good interpretation of the scent.   It lasts 8-10 hours on my skin before it becomes completely undetectable.  Rose Jam is more of a nighttime scent, and I wouldn’t consider it office friendly due to the projection.  If you spray it after bathing with the shower gel, you get a really decadent rose experience.  For the price point, I can’t think of another Rose scent of similar quality.

Other opinions:

EauMG (Shower Gel)
Now Smell This (Shower Gel)
Musings of a Muse (Shower Gel)
Oxford Owl (Shower Gel)
Journeys Are My Diary (Shower Gel)

Lush Scent Rose Jam 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 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.