Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I’m an Estee Lauder fan girl. Estee Lauder fragrances are attainable, affordable and well-done. Out of all of the Estee Lauder scents, Cinnabar, the spicy floriental, is the most “me”.
Cinnabar opens with this wonderful citrus floral nail polish. It’s classic Estee Lauder aldehydes and fruits. I get this antiqued, charming peach and stewed plum. The scent gets dustier with spices, cinnamon and clove, over spicy, fresh florals. I feel that Cinnabar uses lily wonderfully, one of the best lilies in this type of perfume. The clove in this gives a feeling of carnation. The spices in Cinnabar are dry, warm and dusty. The base is a mix of patchouli, amber and spice. Cinnabar is abstract; it smells like perfume.
Notes listed include jasmine, orange flower, tangerine, clove, muguet, lily, olibanum, sandalwood, and patchouli.
Give Cinnabar a try if you like spicy oriental fragrances or perfumes like YSL Opium, Chanel Coco, Aramis JHL, Guerlain Jicky, Estee Lauder Youth Dew, and/or Calvin Klein Obsession for Women. Cinnabar does seem dated or “antique” so keep that in mind. This is why I like it. But, it’s also why people dislike it. Because it is a popular fragrance and it has been around since 1978, people may associate it with a grandmother, mother, mother-in-law, etc.
Cinnabar has sillage. Even I use just one spray of Cinnabar. It’s also long-lasting. I prefer to wear it in the fall/winter. The bottle is plain but you don’t pay too much for this fragrance, so I excuse it.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A classic spicy oriental. My favorite Estee Lauder perfume.
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