I absolutely adore perfumes… this is one of those subjects I could hear speak about for hours on end.
I love the world of scents, and I’m fascinated by those people who can pinpoint exactly the components of a perfume and how it was blended (I admire this so much, I am unable to do this, much as I love fragrances). I love sniffing a perfume I’ve worn before and being engulfed in nostalgia, and above all, I love having an excuse like Mother’s Day, birthdays or some such, so that I can go out to try scents and select the right one for someone.
So today’s review is highly fragranced, from the lightness that is the eau de toilette Aire by Loewe, to the in-your-face, very, very scented Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Lotion.
“Aire” by Loewe eau de toilette
Much as I love perfumes, I seldom buy them for myself: I typically receive them from the fam & friends, so I always have at least one on my dresser waiting to be opened. Whenever I’ve bought myself perfume, it’s almost always been something that I loved so much, I want to go back to it (which is also rare in me).
So of course, Aire by Loewe also came to me as a gift, and I’ve been using it during the past autumn and winter… though mostly in order to use it up, because, though it’s nice and easy to wear for everyday, it doesn’t really speak to me… we’re just not in the same wavelength, all things considered.
To me this is an “office” fragrance: it’s light, clean and sharpish (I’d almost say it’s a summer scent, rather than an autumnal one, but in fact I tried using it last summer, and strangely enough, it felt just a bit too heavy for me), floral-fresh, inoffensive, and doesn’t last for very long; after a while it disappears with barely a trace.
To sum up, there’s not much for me to say about Aire by Loewe. I give it 3 points: it was nice while it lasted, but I find it just too square and boring, so I wouldn’t go back to it.
Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Lotion: Temptation & Coconut Passion
I got these VS lotions in a duty-free shop in Brussels, while waiting for a flight to take me back home; I was kind of in a hurry, tired and sleepy, which in all is a bad, bad combo for purchasing decisions.
In fact, if it wasn’t because I have several close relatives and friends that are mad about all things Victoria’s Secret, I doubt I’d have gone for them; these were part of a larger kit I bought to share upon arriving, and I kept these two tubes.
When I was quite young and living in the States, I was mad about this brand too, but now I’m mostly rather meh about it, especially the lingerie… in fact, the last few times I bought anything from this brand it’s been mostly gifts for my own angels. Yet, I still find their fragrances delicious and above all, lasting, in my experience: these two lotions in particular, smell like a getaway somewhere really nice 😍🌴.
Coconut Passion is everything I ask from a coconut-scented product: it has a sort of creamy-dessert, vanilla-tinged fragrance, but it isn’t cloying; it has a spicy touch that that makes it interesting. Of the two lotions, this one is predictably my favorite.
Temptation, on the other hand, isn’t something I’d normally choose because it’s rather fruity, and in my case, I tend not to be a fan of many fruity-scented products. On the tube it says that the scent is saguaro flower and fresh apple… I don’t know, to me it smells like a fresh, girly floral/fruit fragrance, and that’s plenty for me.
Aside from this, as moisturizer lotions they barely make the grade: the Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Lotion wouldn’t be of much use for seriously dried skin. They have a very runny consistency, they spread very well and they feel nice to use, mainly because of the olfactory element of the experience, which is why I bought them.
For serious moisturizing, I’d go for something else: this to me is mostly a fair-weather product, for when the skin isn’t really dry. The fragrance is lasting, which as I said it is what I want, but not the moisturizing effect; that’s to be expected, since this is mainly water and mineral oil… between this and the persistent perfume, this is obviously not a product for you if you’re a devoted believer in natural cosmetics.
Would I buy this again? For my personal choir of angels, I might nab these again if I run into them, because I know how much they Iove them. I like them too, but given all the new choices of similar lotions I want to try, I don’t see it happening anytime soon; besides, the in-your-face fragrance means that I can’t use them very often, or they’ll fight with my usual perfume. So I give the Victoria´s Secret Fragrance Lotion 3.5 points.