Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume (ROSE WEEK 2017 EDITION)
It’s Rose Week on EauMG! This is the annual celebration of rose-centric perfumes! This week I’m reviewing 6 fragrances that display a different aspect of rose perfumes.
I’m kicking off the week with a designer rose perfume. I’m not a perfume snob and most of the perfumes in my rotation are boring, mainstream designer perfumes. This doesn’t mean that I’m free of designer perfume complaints. One of my issues is that it is difficult to find a quality, cheap rose perfume (there are exceptions such as Elizabeth & James Nirvana Rose). I think one of the issues is that rose perfumes are viewed as old-fashioned and some business department says they won’t sell. And they probably won’t. I’m an anomaly in the market. Anyway, since I’m a rose-lover that appreciates perfumes that are accessible, I like to try every rose-centric designer perfume. Most of the time I’m disappointed but sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised (like I was with Bvlgari Rose Essentielle).
Givenchy Very Irrésistible was launched in the early ’00s and marketed to cool girls through a really popular Liv Tyler ad campaign. This was peak “pink perfume” era and in comparison to other pink perfumes, Very Irrésistible was more of a badass. Like I had this one girlfriend that wore it and she dated a cool guy in a cool rock band (that ended up getting crazy popular). I remember Very Irrésistible being a rose/patchouli that wasn’t like a niche rose/patchouli (think L’Artisan Voleur de Roses) but it wasn’t as boring as other designer things offered at the time. I also remember that stupid bottle would fall over if you just looked at it. I couldn’t sneak and use other perfumes on her vanity without knocking them all over because of this stupid bottle.
Years later, Givenchy launched an EDT version. In 2017, I’m sampling the EDT since I didn’t want to relive my early 00-era EDP memories. For this review, I’m reviewing the EDT. Very Irrésistible opens with a warm, minty green accord that reminds me of mint tea. This turns into a green-citrus verbena. Despite my description, the opening isn’t overly herbal. The florals are present from the beginning. The heart is an abstract, powdery, musky rose that is robust without being heavy.The heart isn’t really memorable which means that it’s also not unpleasant. They dry-down is like a modern musk with a scrubbed clean patchouli. It’s not as sweet or as patchouli-ish as I remember the dry-down of the EDP.
I’ve included Very Irrésistible in Rose Week because it’ the epitome of a Designer Rose. It’s the Rose that’s not really a Rose. It’s like the product of the careful calculation that huge beauty companies do to know what will sell. Like Very Irrésistible contains as much Rose as one possibly can to classify as a Rose without ever being an actual Rose. It’s a rose bouquet that’s overusing the blur filters and then uploading it to Instagram.
Notes listed include verbena, star anise, rose and patchouli. Launched in 2012.
Give Very Irresistible a try if you like powdery rose ambers. Or perfumes like Benetton Giallo Woman, Coach the Fragrance, Chloe Fleur, Sisley Izia and/or any of the other Very Irresistible flankers.
Projection and longevity are average for an EDT. I’m going by memory, but I think I prefer the Sensual version. It has more patchouli and more vanilla than the EDT and lasts longer on the skin. But, I’m going by memory and that gets faultier with every passing year!
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A powdery, patchouli rose through a Vaseline smeared lens. It’s what we call “safe” in Perfume World. It’s a pretty perfume but it’s not really memorable. Apparently, perfume executives don’t think that memorable will make them profits. I think that is changing because consumers aren’t boring.
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