Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I haven’t spent much time at all with the Aerin Lauder perfumes. I’ve sniffed them in store a few times. I don’t remember much about them other than I think I like the rose and lilac one. I get the impression that they are sort of Jo Malone London-ish – sheer, light and feminine. Maybe they’re meant for layering? Waterlily Sun is one of the newest launches in the collection. Honestly, I didn’t expect to like it since I don’t do well with “watery” florals. That’s a genre of perfume that has never worked for me. But, since this one is new, it’s the Aerin perfume that is being pushed right now, so I was given a sample in store.
Waterlily Sun opens with a sharp blast of bergamot and green tea. And then it gets these squeaky clean “green” florals that remind me of the sort of lily of the valley commonly used in functional fragrances. Waterlily Sun has this bitterness to it that I don’t know if it is intentional or some unpleasant reaction with my skin. But, every time that I sampled Waterlily Sun, I was left thinking to myself, “OMG, am I done yet? I’m so sick of wearing this!“. On my skin, the heart turns to an unpleasant, slightly plastic-y green tea with hissy florals. Waterlily Sun lasts longer on the skin than I expected (or even wanted). It eventually dries down to a “green” and clean vetiver musk.
My instincts were right. I didn’t expect to like this one and after sampling it a few times, I didn’t like it. These sort of florals never work on my skin and they frankly get on my nerves. This genre has been popular since the 90’s and apparently this style of perfumery never went out of style. Waterlily Sun is proof of that. I can see this working for some people, but it doesn’t work for me. And I’m OK with that¹.
Notes listed include bergamot, green notes, water lily, jasmine and musk. Launched in 2014.
Give Waterlily Sun a try if you like watery florals. Or if you like perfumes like Tommy Hilifiger Tommy Girl, Clinique Happy Heart, Alfred Sung Shi, Jo Malone London Lotus Blossom & Water Lily, By Kilian Water Calligraphy and/or Bvlgari Eau Thé Vert Extreme. Honestly, I think Tommy Girl is the best from this sort of genre and it’s probably one of the most affordable as well.
Projection and longevity are average. On a side note, I think that all of the Aerin scents would make better home fragrances than they do personal fragrances. They remind me of candle scents.
The 1.7 oz retails for $110 at Nordstrom.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Squeaky clean green tea floral. For over 20 years I haven’t been able to wear this genre and that’s not going to change with Waterlily Sun.
¹I’ve suppressed a rant about how much I hate watery florals; I should probably save that for another day because it’s not just Waterlily Sun. I have a long history of dislike for these sort of scents.
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