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Giorgio Armani Si Huile de Parfum (perfume oil), R1 395 for 30mls, exclusive to Stuttafords.
Oh hello there! Look who’s arrived just in time for Christmas! Armani’s new perfume oil version of Si – the first perfume with a pipette – is definitely the most indulgent fragrance to cross my desk in months. As it’s highly concentrated, you only need four drops to remain fragrant all day long and still smell it on your clothes the next day. There’s also a lot you can do with it, from dropping it into your bath to adding it to your body lotion and running it through your hair.
As far as the actual fragrance goes, the perfume oil smells much like Si Intense (which is all about blackcurrant rose, freesia, vanilla, patchouli, amber and creamy woods), but just a bit more… well… intense.
I reckon anyone who’s a fan of the Si family or appreciates warm, sweet vanilla-based florals is going to love Armani’s latest, ultra luxurious scent.
Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Morning Gardens EDT, R345 for 100ml.
I’ve never been a fan of Arden’s Sunflowers. In fact, that’s a serious understatement. I actually consider that particular scent to be one of the brashest, most migraine-inducing scents I’ve ever sniffed. Something about it was just so ‘yellow’ and ‘plasticky’ and this is me attempting to describe it with restraint!
So, when Sunflowers Morning Gardens crossed my path I immediately thought ‘Oh Lordy, here we go!’ Something made me think it would be a whiter, soapier version of the original and I just knew I’d hate, hate, hate it. Except it’s not. In fact, it couldn’t be more different and I love, love, love it!
An aquatic, citrusy scent, Morning Gardens opens with uplifting bergamot, grapefruit, neroli and pink pepper. The heart is a subtle floral blend of rose oil, peony, jasmine, sunflower and honeysuckle while the base is a soft mix of cedarwood, amber, vetiver and musk. It’s the kind of fragrance you could use as heavily as you liked and you’d still only ever smell fresh and clean. The perfect spritz on-and-go scent for a hot summer’s day akin to another of my Arden favourite’s – Green Tea. (Speaking of which, I’ll soon be reviewing the latest summer edition in another post.)
Anyone who likes ozonic, aquatic, almost tonic-like fragrances like Lancome O de Lancome or Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Yuzu should definitely give this a sniff.
Escada Joyful Moments EDP, R865 for 50ml.
Another subtle, summer scent, Joyful Moments is a pretty, delicate floral that’s all about celebrating everyday indulgences and was created to capture the optimism of a bright summer’s morning.
Notes-wise, you’re looking at juicy litchi, mandarin and blackcurrant up top, a gentle heart of violet leaf, rose and peony and a base of vanilla and honey. On my skin, however, I can only pick up litchi, rose and lots of violet leaf.
When it dries down, I can’t really smell any vanilla or honey. It kind of just remains in violet leaf territory with a hint of white floral soap. In a way, there’s something quite comforting about this particular fragrance. It makes me think of clean laundry hanging out on the washing line in a garden that’s experiencing the full bloom of summer.
Much like Morning Gardens, this is a nice every day, day time fragrance for warmer weather.
Juicy Couture I Am Juicy Couture EDP, R725 for 50ml and R1 050 for 100ml.
Juicy’s latest fragrance is a fruity-white floral that’ll appeal to anyone who likes raspberries – and lots of them! In fact, to my nose, I can almost only pick up the red berries along with gardenia, passionfruit and toffee, even though toffee isn’t officially included as a note.
According to the brand, it’s created for the young, independent ‘millennial’ girl, a playful, glamorous rebel who isn’t afraid to stand out. (If I had to take things further myself, I see her owning a million cocktail dresses and clutches, only sipping on drinks that match her outfit and being glued to a Swarovski-bedazzled cell phone, if only to stalk the Kardashian’s via Instagram and snap her #OOTD.)
In all seriousness though, I can see this being appreciated by a younger woman with a sweet tooth who wants her own statement-making fragrance as she views the older generation of ‘I’ve arrived!’ fragrances, scents like Mugler’s Angel, for example, to be more suited to her mom.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sunset in Salina EDT, R1045 for 50mls.
I’ve always loved Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue but how on earth do you describe it to someone who hasn’t smelled it? It’s so distinctive, yet I can never really pick out any notes. I’m having the same difficulty with D&G’s new summer edition of the scent, Sunset in Salina. I find it extremely similar to the original and the base notes – amber, cedar and white musk – remain unchanged. However, the top notes are rather green (vine and violet leaf) as opposed to the original which was citrusy and the heart notes still include jasmine but have gone a more white floral route, replacing rose and bamboo with orange blossom and freesia.
While it sounds like a lot of changes have been made, the new scent is still so similar to the first that very few who know the original will smell Sunset in Salina and pick up that it’s not the same fragrance. Still, Sunset in Salina is a bit less ‘sharp’ and somehow a teensy bit warmer in a way that, if the original is a lemon, then this new one is an orange. In fact, if you own the original, you probably won’t need to add this gorgeous new creature to your artillery but if you’ve yet to experience the magic of Light Blue, you’ve now got two fabulous fragrances to choose from.
Now tell me, which of these babies are you most keen to sniff?