Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Last year Taylor Swift Wonderstruck made the list of one of the top selling feminine perfumes in the U.S. I didn’t realize that she had that many fans but I’m a little disconnected from her demographic. Upon further research for the Top 20 Sellers of 2011 Perfume Project, I found so many on-line reviews, posts and girls on YouTube declaring that Wonderstruck is the best perfume on the planet and the best thing that they have ever smelled in their life (all of their 13 years of living). Of course with claims like that, I had to try it because I take all of my advice from 13 year old girls on YouTube…
Wonderstruck opens as a raspberry cotton candy with some juicy, fruity dewiness that keep it from being cloying. Now under all of that is the corpse of Cacharel Amor Amor. It’s red berries, musk, woods, and vanilla amber. Oh, and a hint of peach. The first few wears of Wonderstruck, I was struck with wonder how similar this is to Britney Spears Fantasy and then I was struck with Britney Spears Fantasy is very much like Cacharel Amor Amor. Now back to Wonderstruck. It’s syrupy fruits with mainstream florals and a nice addition of green tea. Wonderstruck is a boring concept that has been done over and over again but it does come across as more “mature” than the others in the genre. Taylor Swift with her fashion and makeup choices has always hit me as someone trying to come across as more mature than her age so the perfume is fitting. But, if you want to be taken seriously drop the cluster of charms on the bottle…this “charm choker” will always make this perfume seem “young” to me.
Wonderstruck isn’t a new concept but it’s balanced. For what it is, it works. But, it is not the best perfume that I have ever smelled in my life. Perhaps I shouldn’t take advice from YouTube 😉
Notes listed include freesia, green tea, apple blossom, raspberry and dewberry. PERFUMER – Olivier Gillotin
Try it if you like sweet fruity-florals. Or if you like perfumes like Cacharel Amor Amor, Britney Spears Fantasy, A is for Aldo Red for Her, and/or Justin Bieber Someday. Wonderstruck is feminine. And it does smell “young” to me, not juvenile, but young and youthful.
Projection and longevity is below average. It doesn’t last long on my skin at all. Maybe this is how they sell so much? People are reapplying more.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Red berry fruity-floral. Boring and an old concept, but well done. And it only seems to “work” because of the green tea. Not for me, but that doesn’t stop it from being a top selling perfume.
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