Smell Bent is a brand known for their jaunty perfumes and cheeky names. And this can sometimes distract from the constitution of the actual perfumes. I think this is something that has happened to Bollywood or Bust.
First things first, I wouldn’t describe Bollywood or Bust as a very “Bollywood” perfumes. So let’s get rid of that little assumption. Let’s just go into this thinking of it as an indie perfume with a reasonable price point. Bollywood or Bust opens with a sour, woodsy sandalwood and a hint of rose. With time it turns into a full-blown rose. It’s a spicy rose with a hint of dry woods that dries down to a creamier sandalwood with a savory saffron.
For me, it doesn’t conjure up the energy of Bollywood (now Neela Vermiere Bombay Bling does) and even though the origin of the notes may be Indian, the perfume itself doesn’t scream “Indian” to me. Really the painting with it’s rich colors below and her mellow composure sum up my feelings of this fragrance better than my words.
Notes listed include red rose, sandalwood and savory spices. Launched 2010. PERFUMER – Brent Leonesio
Give Bollywood or Bust a try if you like woodsy rose scents. Or if you like perfumes like L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant, Le Labo Rose 31, Tom Ford Café Rose, Lancôme Magnifique, House of Matriarch En Tendre and/or Guerlain Samsara EDT. Bollywood or Bust is unisex.
Projection and longevity are average for an EDT.
The 1.7 oz EDT retails for $50 at Smell Bent. A smaller size and samples are also available for purchase. It’s also available in an oil, but I’ve only worn the EDT.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sandalwood and rose. For something in this price point, I think it is really good.
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