House of Cherry Bomb Pink Haze Perfume Review

House of Cherry Bomb Pink Haze

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about living in the NYC area is that the seasons are so distinct. For the first time in my life, I’ve experienced four very extreme, distinct seasons. In a city that is constantly changing; a city that is constantly a work in progress, I find that the seasons further punctuate this. The city never looks the same. I go away for two weeks and something that was once crumbling is now repaired while something totally new crumbles before my eyes. Excluding the constant construction, there’s the changing natural scenery. Yes, Mother Nature hasn’t given up, even in New York. She makes her presence known to all of us that usually walk around unaffected by our surroundings. This is my second spring here and I’m starting to think spring is my favorite (even though my seasonal allergies are killing me). New pastel shades break up the usual patterns of worn bricks and dull steel. It’s such a contrast to see chromatic tulips popping up where gray, slushy snowdrifts were. It’s also amazing to have all of your senses assaulted – crossing a street with seventy other people, deafening sounds of a hammer drill on pavement, a flash of sirens – and pick up the delicate aroma of hyacinths or the honey-like aroma of Black Locust blossoms. It’s surreal, really.

House of Cherry Bomb Pink Haze is a perfume inspired by spring in Brooklyn. It mixes florals with industrial elements.

Pink Haze opens as wet cement and lilacs after a spring rain. There’s wet earth and rainbow pools of oily water near the sidewalk. This opening is heady and floral but a little dirty. Because of the dirt and metal, it’s unlike other lilac perfumes that I’ve tried. The heart is a heady gardenia – one of those clean, humid gardenias. This mixes with a lily of the valley scented dusting powder. The dry-down is like clean skin scrubbed with floral scented soap.

I absolutely adore the opening of Pink Haze. It’s a perfect mix of heady florals and city grime. It really does remind me of spring in NYC. Like most openings, it fades quickly. Most of the wear is a clean, humid gardenia. This is nice but I do wish that opening would never end. The dry-down is like being in one of those enclaves of the city, like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where it’s really pretty and escapes the grime of city living.

Dorothy Provine

Notes listed include lilac, lily of the valley, gardenia, metallic notes, cedar, honeysuckle and beeswax. Launched in 2014. PEFUMERS – Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl

Give Pink Haze a try if you like heady floral perfumes or gardenia perfumes. Or perfumes like Kai, original Marc Jacobs, Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia, Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia and/or Neil Morris Rainflower.

Projection and longevity are average.

The 1 oz bottle retails for $75 at House of Cherry Bomb. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONSpring at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s a heady spring floral of gardenia and lilac with a little bit of weirdness from dirt and metal. It’s good if you are looking for something traditionally pretty but with a slight edge.

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2 thoughts on “House of Cherry Bomb Pink Haze Perfume Review

  1. My son decided on NYU so I’m hoping to experience all four seasons by visiting him! And all the perfume places! My husband and son were there last weekend and someone told my son his shoes were “Icy”. I’m thinking that’s good? They went through all three floors of the Uniglo store. My husband was amazed by all the city animals and how well behaved they are in stores. I’m sounding like a huge country bumpkin right now, but I don’t care. I’m excited for him and for me. I need a “best of”list for shopping fragrances in the city.

    1. Yay! Congrats! That’s great news!

      Icy = good.

      Uniqlo – One of my favorite stores and we have many 🙂 I’m taking it you went to the Soho one on Broadway? I like that one.

      For the most part, the animals are well-behaved. Avoid the animals on NYE, Halloween, Santa-Con and St. Patrick’s Day!

      A guide – I’ve been thinking about doing one, focusing in on neighborhoods. Now you’ve motivated me too 🙂 You’re going to have such a good time visiting him throughout the years 🙂 Yay!

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