Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
“Why did you buy a Tinker Bell perfume? Were they all out of Hello Kitty?”, David asks. And I admit that explaining that Van Cleef & Arpels Féerie isn’t actually a Disney branded Tinker Bell perfume is difficult. It looks like a product sold at Disneyland and I could argue that it smells like it too. I don’t feel like giving the response, “You see, Van Cleef & Arpels is a fancy jewelry line that for some reason decided to create a ridiculous collection of fairy inspired jewelry in the 1940’s…and to this day they still make a ridiculous collection of fairy inspired jewelry. And for some reason I bought a bottle of this fée perfume because I was deep in a violet phase within my perfume odyssey“. I’d rather just say that I did indeed buy a Tinker Bell perfume. I feel like their is less shame in that.
Féerie opens with sparkling aldehydes and a green violet. And then it gets so fruity. It’s raspberries and black currants over little powdered violets. It’s “synthetic” but it works. The heart is a sheer, powdery floral that is heavy on violet and rose. It fades into a quieter version of this with an addition of soft musks and one of those vetivers that are added for “greenness”.
Overall, this is a perfume as twee as they come. It’s cutesy “whispering” florals and fruits. It’s a bottle shaped like a faceted blueberry thing with a dang pixie parked on it. I have no clue who this is marketed to. I would say children but what adult would give a child a perfume bottle destined to gouge an eye out? My thought is this is actually for adults because I don’t think glitz’d out fairy $200,000* watches like this are marketed to children.
It’s also available in an EDT. I find the EDT less sweet and with more effervescence in the opening. I think I may prefer the EDT over the EDP (but I own a bottle of the EDP because longevity is an issue with the EDT). Yes, I own a bottle of this because at one time I wanted to have all of the candied violet perfumes. We all have a dark secret, now you know mine – I like to smell like frail violets and own a bottle of perfume in really campy packaging.
Notes listed include violet, green notes, mandarin, black currant, Bulgarian rose, Egyptian jasmine, iris, woods and vetiver. Launched 2008. PERFUMER – Antoine Maisondieu
Give Feerie a try if you like fruity-violets. Or if you like perfumes like The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest, Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling (because of the fruits), Opus Oils Dapper and/or Molinard Violette. As far as violets go, this one is rather feminine.
Projection and longevity are below average. I’m lucky to get 5 hours of wear from it.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Violet candies and blackcurrant juice (czarna porzeczka sok). Twee as f*ck, but what do you expect from a bottle that has a fairy perched upon it?
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*Price isn’t listed. If you have to ask, you can’t afford it 😉 My guess is that it’s in the $100-$200k+ range. Seriously, who are the people buying these things? I realize grown-ups can like fairies but $200k+ fairy love???