It’s sort of funny that I review perfume online but I’m the type of person that tries to avoid reading stuff like Yelp reviews. There’s a few reasons why. One of the reasons is that I hate “researching” so much before eating. Do you remember when we were more spontaneous and would just eat at a restaurant you were walking by? Another reason is that the reviews get annoying. Someone is like “Wow, too spicy!” and then I go and think it’s not spicy at all. Or these sort of golden gems, “I ate at Best Thai and hated it. Terrible. But, I hate Thai food anyway”. And I think, “Why are you writing a review, who does that?” And here I am today. I’m doing that. I’m that person. What have I become?
DSH Perfumes Amouse Bouche is a perfume in the Passport to Paris Collection created for the Denver Art Museum. This one is based on Toulouse-Lautrec’s “The Dunce’s Cap” which is meant to be a fun scent. I don’t know what I expected with this one, but I didn’t expect for it to be such a sweet gourmand. And I have no reason for that! Even the brand says, “a succulent strawberry gourmand perfume”. Why would I think differently? It’s right there! Well, strawberry-hating me selectively focused on the “layered within an aldehydic flor*ental design”. Being a fan of DSH’s work, I expected for it to win me over (they usually do). I thought I’d wear this and say “That’s it, world. I’m now a lover of sticky sweet strawberry perfumes”. Well, it didn’t. But, it’s worth trying if “a succulent strawberry gourmand” sounds like something you’d like.
Amouse Bouche opens up smelling like a Strawberry Shortcake doll (vintage, yo). There’s a sweet strawberry with powdery doll heads and a childlike neroli “baby” cologne. This is going to sound weird but this smells so much like fluoride treatments that they would give kids (please tell me you have some idea of what I’m talking about). Amouse Bouche wears as a very sweet strawberry jam fragrance with rich buttered toast. It really does have some sort of “bread and butter” accord going on. It dries down to a a really pretty, powdery sandalwood incense.
If you read EauMG, you can probably tell I’m a DSH fangirl (because I am). Amouse Bouche didn’t really work for me becuase of my bizarre “flouride treatment” associations. I’m a freak with issues. I know, I know. I also don’t really like “butter” in fragrances. So, really my assessment of this fragrance should be taken with a grain of salt. I’m one of those Yelp-ish reviewers that drive me bonkers…sorry.
Notes listed include strawberry aldehyde, neroli, lemon, bergamot, vetiver, jasmine, ylang ylang ambrette, Australian sandalwood, Tahitian vanilla and tonka bean. Launched 2014.
Give Amouse Bouche a try if you like sweet, pastry like berry scents. Or if you like Aquolina Pink Sugar, Dior Miss Dior Cherie, Hanae Mori Butterfly, Givenchy Hot Couture and/or Estee Lauder Pleasures Delight. It’s gourmand and sweet. Most people will view this one as feminine…and young.
The modern perfume market is full of feminines that are strawberry/berry gourmands (see above). And if you want that theme with better quality ingredients, then try this. Because it is really good for this theme. It’s just that this theme rarely ever appeals to me.
Projection and longevity are above average.
Amouse Bouche comes in a few sizes with the 1/3 oz EDP retails for $63 at DSH Perfumes. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Strawberry jam and buttery baked goods. I accept the fact that strawberries aren’t a note for me. #1 I’m allergic to them. #2 I just realized that they make me think of dentists. I’ve found out so much about myself during this review.
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