I had said in my 6th Blogiversary post that I’d like to start doing a feature where I revisit perfumes to see if my “eaupinions” have changed. I said I wasn’t afraid to eat crow…and I’m not.
In July, I decided to re-try some fruity scents.It seemed liked the right thing to do in the summer heat.
Smell Bent Remix Little Miss Panda Gets Lei’d review published June 29, 2013
Initial Thoughts – I said that this breezy fruity floral was my favorite from the line. It’s a great mix of guava and jasmine.
Now Thoughts – I can’t remember how many other Smell Bent perfumes that I tried after writing this review, but I think I still really like this one. It isn’t the best example of a Smell Bent fragrance but I like it. It’s pretty. It’s fun. It’s jasmine sambac with some fruit.
Conclusion – I still like it.
Kelly & Jones #2 Notes of Riesling review published on June 26, 2012
Initial Thoughts – I liked it saying that it was a fresh “green” peach and pear fragrance that didn’t smell childish.
Now Thoughts – Once again, I wore it in the summer. It’s still really peach and pear but during this wear I pick up more on the tart raspberry leaf. It’s still not one of my favorites from the line but worth trying if you want something pear…that doesn’t smell childish.
Conclusion – I’m just not into pear fragrances. I just like eating pears.
Annick Goutal Petite Cherie review published on June 15, 2010.
Initial Thoughts – I said that it was an inoffensive “starter fragrance” that is fresh, fruity and with cut grass. I basically said that if you have a young niece, you should buy her a bottle of this.
Now Thoughts – Hey, guess what? It’s still a fruity floral! It’s balances between being perfume and a really great hair product scent. This isn’t a read. I think this is really good. I actually have enjoyed wearing this again. I’ve noticed that in this humidity, that the base is more lush. Everything is more magnified. I will say this though – the EDP is a lot better than the EDT. If you have a choice, get the EDP.
Conclusion – Petite Cherie is kawaii. After re-trying it, I’ve pulled out my bottle to wear when I want to be so very kawaii.
CREED Spring Flower review published on March 22, 2011.
Initial Thoughts – I went on to explain why I think of it as a totally campy technicolor fruit fragrance. Elvis impersonators and Dolly Parton were mentioned. Back then I could find some charm in this synth musk and fruit fragrance.
Now Thoughts – Heat has been known to make me transform into something evil, so maybe I’m really grumpy. Truth is, I’m grumpy and my patience is limited. Today, Spring Flower makes me angry at the world. It’s a musky fruit, that’s true. But, it retails for $175 an ounce! The larger bottle is almost $300. This is insanity. This is a <blah> musk with coffee bean nuances in the opening. It eventually becomes a generic designer fruity-musk that reminds me of summer flankers from Burberry or Coty. The dry-down is a salty ambergris in an ocean of fruity musks. I don’t hate Spring Flower but it irritates me. I can think of many better ways to spend my money. But, hey, that’s me. Also, apparently Lana Del Rey wears this so a lot of women of a certain age want it because of this. Oh, Creed really capitalizes on their celeb following…OK, moving on.
Conclusion – One can get fruits for much cheaper. But, that’s not the issue with Creed. They sell because they are expensive. That’s the point. They’re aspirational. I still think it’s campy as hell though. But, I don’t find it charming.
Thierry Mugler Womanity review published on August 26, 2010.
Initial Thoughts – I said that I felt terrible for Womanity for being a Mugler. It was going to be judged and compared to its siblings. I think, even back then, people weren’t actually judging the fragrance for what it was. I actually really liked it. Loved the bottle, hated the name. I summed it up as – “It’s like salty caviar & overripe figs sinking in a sea of cherry syrup and Pez“
Now Thoughts – Now that there’s distance from the launch, I’m going to say that I’m mad at everyone that disliked this one. OK, that’s an exaggeration, I’m not actually mad and I’ll still be your buddy, but man, I still like this one. In fact, I like it more than I did then. It’s weird. It’s wonderful. And it breaks my heart that this bizarre-o salty, savory fig and burnt sugar in a Giger-esque bottle did so poorly that now you can’t even find it in store in the US. I agree that the name is stupid. It’s no “Angel” or “Alien” and it should have started with an /a/ but it didn’t. When it’s gone, I’m going to become angry and bitter. PerfumeWorld, you’ve been warned.
Conclusion – I love Womanity. And this has reminded me that I should buy a backup bottle and maybe a few of the bath products. And I love the bottle so much.
As always, I’ve eaten some crow, mainly with the Creed. I’ve also realized that excluding figs, I really don’t own many fruity fragrances. I never went through a “fruits” phase.
If you’ve tried any of these, what do you think of them?
*Pics from the brands. Crow from hipwooddigital.com.