Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Perfumes for the Week Days 22-31 and Round-Up

This is the final installment for the "Scent of the Day Challenge" created by Rebecca from Hello Pretty Bird.  This has been an incredibly fun "challenge" for me.  It allowed me to finally get around to trying some of the fragrance samples I have been hoarding.  Truly, I have enough samples to do this for at least another month (yep, I love fragrance samples), but I think I want to wear some of the favorite samples from the past month to see if I want a full-size of any of them.  A bottle of perfume makes a great gift...

Here's what I tried on days 22-31:

Day 22: Bottega Veneta -- This was unlike any other fragrance I have and was quite complex and interesting.  It is definitely spicy, and I wasn't sure I liked it when I first sprayed it, but I really liked the dry-down.  It ended up being one of my favorite samples of the week.
Day 23: CLEAN Rain -- Now, maybe it's because the sample card was a greenish teal color, but this smells "green" to me.  I don't know how else to describe it.  The Sephora website describes it as "an aquatic floral."  I didn't care for this one.
Day 24: Prada CANDY -- I expected something fruity or sweet with a name like "Candy," but it is a soft, warm, spicy scent that I really liked.  I couldn't stop smelling myself.  My husband saw me smell my arm and asked what I was doing, so I explained I was smelling this awesome perfume, and I made him smell it, and he really liked it, too.
Day 25: Acqua de Gioia by Giorgio Armani -- This is a citrus floral to my nose.  It was light and crisp, and it seems like it would be a great summer scent, but I only kind of liked it.
Day 26: JIMMY CHOO Flash -- This started off as a spicy floral that had a sweet dry-down.  It seemed a little strong, but was very long-lasting.  I did like this one.
Day 27: philosophy Loveswept -- This is a light floral that felt sort of generic and inoffensive (if you love this scent, please don't be offended by that statement -- this is simply my opinion of this fragrance!). I was, unfortunately, not swept away by this one, and it faded into nothingness quite quickly.
Day 28: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black -- This is quite a masculine scent, in my opinion.  I really wanted to like this.  I thought wearing it would up my cool factor.  Unfortunately, it was too sandalwood-y for my liking, although I thought the dry-down was ok.
Day 29: TokyoMilk Dark Tainted Love No. 62 -- Maybe the name is influencing my description of this, but I would say it's a dark, warm floral.  It starts out more floral, and gets more incense-y but softer as it wears. I wrote in my notes that it was "mysterious."  I definitely liked this one.
Day 30: Gucci Guilty -- It's described as an "oriental floral" on the little sample card, and I don't have a discerning enough nose to disagree.  I liked this one, but it was pretty much gone by the end of the day.
Day 31: Chloé -- The sample card says this is a "powdery rose."  I definitely agree with that description, as it seems quite rose-y.  I kind of liked the top notes, but it faded fast and I couldn't even smell the dry-down (bottom notes).

Favorites of the week in descending order: Prada CANDY, TokyoMilk Dark Tainted Love No. 62, and Bottega Veneta.

So, overall for this month:

My first tier favorite fragrances were Burberry Body, Dolce by Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci Flora Gardenia, Gucci Première, and Prada CANDY.

My second tier favorites were I ❤ NY by Bond No. 9, Thierry Mugler Alien, Marchesa, and TokyoMilk Dark Tainted Love No. 62.

I think found some new fragrances to add to my collection during this challenge.  Burberry Body and Prada CANDY might find their way onto my vanity.

I would like to than Rebecca for creating this challenge.  Even though I will now probably go and spend money on more perfumes.


  1. Congratulations on finishing! I'm so glad to have helped you drain your wallet. And I totally want to try Prada CANDY now. The arm sniffing addiction is real.

  2. I have Prada Candy, and it's one of the most worn in my collection. You won't regret getting that one. To my nose the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black smells a lot like Tom Ford Black Orchid. That was just my impression from the sample I have. I guess I should wear it again to get a more "honest" sniff!

  3. Okay, Prada Candy just went in my virtual/online Sephora basket...

  4. I have tried Clean-Rain and Prada Candy! I really like both of them!

  5. I'm thinking I need Prada Candy because it's pretty different from anything else I have.

  6. Nice roundup! I really like TokyoMilk scents and I actually am super fond of the Nirvana Black perfume. Guess I like fragrances with a bit of a masculine edge :)

  7. I saw in your "What's in my bag?" post that you carried a rollerball of Nirvana Black and really loved it, which is one of the reasons I wanted to like it so much!