It's an "upside-down" fragrance in the sense that most perfumes open with their prettiest notes and then end with a relatively generic bottom accord, usually some variation on musk or sandalwood. Purr has a really nice caramel and sweet patchouli dry down that fans of Angel will adore, but to get there, you have to sit through a bunch of fruity opening notes. Purr faded on me after about two hours, which means it's probably better as a scent sprayed on your hairbrush, since the oils on your scalp will help it last longer.
Both the spray and the solid have a nice, soft drydown, but the spray is a lighter, more powdery fragrance, and the solid is sweeter and a bit heavier. Neither scent develops an awful lot, but that's not necessary for enjoying a perfume if you like its body accord. It's made with a lot of high-quality absolutes (but not entirely organic), and for the price and the niceness of the scent, I'd say it's a very good deal.
It opens smelling like grape popsicles and then quickly dries down to a soft floral scent with a substantial wood base that stays and stays. It's high quality for its price point, but it's also not the leather and vetiver rock-chick smell it's billed as. It's the kind of scent you wear out dancing—sexy, not too expensive, and still on no matter how sweaty the dance floor gets or how late you stay out.
The Garden of Good and Eva ($36) is described as a "citrus floral," but more accurately, it could be described as a sweetened, softened neroli. Lookin' to Rock Rita ($36) smells like an actual margarita, with lots of lime, sweetness, and even a little saltiness. It's fresh, gourmand, and light. The last of the scents, and my favorite, is So Hooked on Carmella ($36), a warm, slightly fruity vanilla. It's not complicated at all, but it smells like comfort. Which one appeals to you most?
Looking for a lighter scent that's good for warm weather? Curious about what the fragrance world has in store for you this season? Then you've come to the right place. We Bellas sat down and sniffed a whole bunch of new fragrance releases designed to keep you cool and smelling great this Summer. We're describing how these perfumes actually smell, not just listing off notes, so if you want to know what someone means when they say something has a "solar accord" or an "infusion" of some note you really like, get ready to have your questions answered. To see what we had to say about 10 new releases, just click through.
Given its price, it's good that the partnership produced a thoroughly singular scent. IX opens smelling exactly like a Napa wine cellar on a rainy day: full of resinous, oaky must, then progressing quickly to a sage and bergamot botanical musk with a touch of rose inflected at the edges. The entire scent is pretty close to the skin, but the body and dry down particularly so, with loads of lavender and woody notes for a soft finish.
Wearing it really does feel like taking a winery tour on a March afternoon right before a rainstorm, which is a testament to SIP's ability to capture and relay scent memories. Next, I vote they re-create San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers in a fragrance — I'd be on that one no matter the price.
The other day, I received a mysterious package in the mail. When I opened it, there was a box marked "Aromachology" inside, and a funny, clever note that totally surprised me. It seems that Aromachology is a perfume line, and they decided to blend up a fragrance to "embody the BellaSugar reader" and then send it on over to us for review. Intriguing, no? I didn't want to miss the opportunity to find out what we all smell like, so I spritzed it on and took a good, long sniff. Want to see if they got it right? Just keep reading.