Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Banana Republic Wildbloom Rouge is an autumn flanker to Wildbloom. It’s described as a “musky woody floral”. I guess technically it is but I find it fresher and lighter than the “musky woody” and more vibrant that its velour corsage. Wildbloom Rouge may have been launched as an autumn flanker but I find it seasonless.
Wildbloom Rouge is tart, freshly sliced Granny Smith apples mingling with dewy florals. It wears as a clean, almost shampoo-ish apple floral. The heart is an abstract white floral (like Marc Jacobs Daisy but with much more character). There’s an ambrette-ish musk that helps the transition from heart to base. The base is a powdery, clean musk. Yes, a cashmere musk; a very sheer cashmere musk.
Notes listed include green apple, bergamot, clementine, plum, guava, magnolia, freesia, jasmine, water hydrangea, amber, cashmere musk and sandalwood. Launched 2013. PERFUMER – Marypierre Julien
Give Wildbloom Rouge a try if you like clean florals. Or if you like perfumes like Kelly & Jones #1 Sauvignon Blanc, L’Artisan Parfumeur Fleur de Liane, A Dozen Roses Shakespeare in Love, Marc Jacobs Daisy, DKNY Be Delicious, Illuminum Skin Petals, CREED Acqua Fiorentina and/or Agent Provocateur Eau L’Agent. I consider Wildbloom Rouge feminine and a good choice for daily wear.
So here’s the deal, Wildbloom Rouge is an inoffensive fruity floral fragrance that I’m sure would make a great “class” or “work”/daily fragrance. It isn’t cutting-edge. However, it smells good and honestly it reminds me of CREED Acqua Fiorentina which retails for $275! I think Wildbloom Rouge is a good “value” fragrance. There are other fragrances in its family charging much, much more.
Wildbloom Rouge has below average projection and longevity. I think it wears more like an EDT.
The 1.7 oz retails for $48 at Banana Republic stores.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Tart green apple floral with ambrette musk. I admit that these clean, inoffensive florals aren’t “my thing”, However, I think this one is well-done and a good value. I get upset when expensive niche brands create clean, inoffensive florals and charge offensive prices.
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