Today’s Hatin’: Death by Perfume
Even though I am as of now officially on holiday (yaaay!), now that I have more free time in my hands, apparently my brain has decided that thinking of things that annoy me was a good use of this time. So in a matter of moments I dashed off this hatey post, which got ahead of others in the queue.
I have to say that as far as perfumes and fragrances go, there are more of these that I like than not. Those that I did NOT like, however, have left a lasting impression in me.
Right now there are three that come to mind: “Sunflowers” by Elizabeth Arden, Liz Claiborne’s “Vivid”, which I distinctly remember as suffocating, and Shakira’s Rock!, which cemented my undying disdain for celebrity perfumes.
🌻 Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden: the smothery beast
I recall watching a vlog not long ago, in which the author commented that, although she loved the fragrance and enjoyed using it from time to time, she felt it was a bit dated by now*. I agree (not w/ the enjoyment part, of course), and in fact, I’m going to say it felt dated already when I first used it in the mid-90s, when it was in vogue.
*Still, if you’re a perfume-holic like me, you should check out Shana J’s vlog reviews anyway, Sunflowery leanings notwithstanding.
Why do I still feel so strongly about this fragrance, after all these years? Because, besides finding it overly synthetic (and this isn’t something that bothers me as a rule) I find it excessive and suffocating in extreme.
Worse, it does not improve with wearing, as do other scents that at first didn’t draw me in: Sunflowers, which already smells pretty potent in the bottle, on contact with my skin becomes a huge olfactive monster, which threatens to devour me and everyone that comes close.
You know those girls and women who marinate themselves in cheap perfume, till they become a public health hazard by toxic inhalation? This is exactly what this fragrance does to me, with only one or two spritzes.
Not enough to use them myself, mind you, because I just can’t get over the trauma inflicted by their big sister in my teenage years, but they are something I’d choose for a gift; in fact, I gave Summer Bloom (in the pink and yellow packaging) to a friend recently, and she loved it: says it’s quite light and perfect for summer, and has gotten many compliments while wearing it. I’ve got my eye on Sunflowers Morning Gardens for my mother, so if I do, will tell you how it goes.
👧🏻 Vivid by Liz Claiborne: little kid playing dress-up
I don’t really remember how I got this fragrance, but I’m almost sure that I nabbed it from my mother’s collection, when I was very young (more or less around the same time when I used Sunflowers… back when when we lived full lives without internet, and risked being eaten by a T-Rex whenever you stepped out of your cave, if memory serves… ). If it was so, the deed did not go unpunished.
What I do remember clear as day is that, just like the one above, this was a smother monster: I remember it as a big, very intense floral, warm and with a bit of spice, that became unbearable when the temperature rose even a bit.
Still, unlike with Sunflowers, Vivid was considerably more elegant and complex, and in other circumstances, it would probably have been much more attractive. It was no doubt a sophisticated, grown woman’s perfume, not the thing for a girl who stole her mother’s cosmetics.
😒 Rock! by Shakira: Meh-Barak
Much as I love perfumes, I’m a committed celebrity perfume hater. I don’t think I’d ever tried a fragrance in this group that I’d actually buy for myself.
This one, of course, I didn’t choose myself, but got it as a gift years ago. The thing is, I have this no-buy rule about many things, such as perfume, until I’ve used up all I have, and this is a habit I stick to most of the time. So I abided by my rule, though the temptation to break it was strong in this occasion.
This is a very boring, mild and flat fragrance, with no soul or anything that sets it apart from the pack of other mass market fragrances; supposedly, citruses are prevalent in this juice, but in practice, I couldn’t find much in that regard in this EDT; if that had been the case, I’d probably have enjoyed it more.
Curiously enough, apparently my fam and friends didn’t have the same opinion about this fragrance, because I kept receiving compliments when using this scent I didn’t really like; in general, although sweeter scents aren’t my first choice, or even second, my nearest and dearest enjoy these scents on me, so when I wear them it’s always all “oh, you smell so nice!” (why don’t you just call me a widdle cupcake and be done with it? 🙄)
So, dear perfumed readers, tell me about that scent that you can’t stand… or that frag you don’t like, but others love, and/or when you wore it the compliments kept coming… or that scent that you do like, but doesn’t like you and lets you know it when you apply… 😰 Join the hatin’ in the comments!