Ready for a whack of new fragrance reviews?
Arden have launched a new version of an old favourite of mine – Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Mimosa EDT (R425 for 100ml). It’s the refreshing Green Tea you know and love but benefits from a citrus spike and lots of, you guessed it, mimosa.
The notes: Green tea, citrus, mimosa, heliotrope and ambrette.
What it smells like: A sparkling green-citrus, it
Who’s going to like it: Anyone who likes uplifting, zesty, easy-to-wear scents like the original Green Tea or citrusy-floral fragrances like Jo Malone Orange Blossom.
Wear it: On a hot summer’s day when the flowers are in full bloom and all the birds are singing.
Moving on, let’s talk about Huge Boss The Scent Intense For Her EDP (R895 for 30ml and for R1 210 for 100ml). If you loved the original EDT you’re going to love this new one. It’s an amplified version with great staying power boasting two new notes – honey and vanilla.
The notes: Honey, peach, freesia, osmanthus, vanilla and roasted cacao.
What it smells like: Warm, cosy peaches and a dash of white flowers with a subtle chocolatey dry down that’s delicious but not overtly sweet.
Who’s going to like it: Anyone who appreciates fruity-florals that are still sophisticated. (In a way this reminds me of Britney Spears’ bestselling Curious, albeit a hundred times more grown up.)
Wear it: On an autumn day to the office when you want to feel extremely polished but still very feminine.
Next up? Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct EDT (R895 for 50ml and R1095 for 100ml). While the name gives the impression of a ‘sexy’ fragrance it’s actually more of a demure, ‘pretty’ scent.
The notes: Grapefruit, passionfruit, magnolia, orange blossom, orchid, tonka bean (vanilla) and amber.
What it smells like: The grapefruit top note disappears fast but the passionfruit sticks around to play with the vanilla resulting in a soft, calming scent that’s reminiscent of The Body Shop’s Vanilla EDT.
Who’s going to like it: A younger woman who prefers very light, sweet-smelling scents and likes to keep things casual.
Wear it: On warmer days when you’re headed to work or running errands and want to smell clean with a touch of ‘yum’.
Last but not least, YSL Black Opium has just relaunched with a new leopard print bottle to celebrate the daring spirit of the women who adore it. So, without further ado, say hello to YSL Black Opium Wild Edition EDP (R1 299 for 90ml).
The notes: Pink pepper, pear, orange blossom, jasmine, coffee, bitter almond, licorice, vanilla, patchouli, cedar and cashmere wood.
What it smells like: A sexy explosion of coffee, white petals and sweet, creamy vanilla. (If you’re a licorice hater like me you’ll be glad to know I don’t pick up on a drop of it!)
Who’s going to like it: Anyone who loves a statement-making gourmand or coffee-licious fragrance with killer good staying power.
Wear it: On an evening when you’re all dressed up and ready for a big night out, be it ‘wild’ or otherwise.
See anything you’d like to sniff?