Sunday, May 29, 2011

What sunshine smells like...

I typically purchase one fragrance for every season, but I'm on a budget these days. I recently picked up a couple body sprays from Bath & Body Works to add something new (yet affordable) to my summer scent collection. I tend to gravitate toward girly, sweet and floral perfumes.

I received Vera Wang: Princess from my Polish grandmother as part of a graduation gift in 2009. I've used almost all of it so I spray it sparingly now. It's a girly musk that reminds me of a special time in my life! The website calls it "a sheer, fruity floral -- rich with vanilla and brimming with exotic flowers and succulent fruits."

Next came Escada: Marine Groove. I love how fun and summery it is! The scent truly whisks me away to a private beach party. I gifted it to myself for my birthday in 2010. According to the website, it's "a sweet and piquant scent with a tropical fruit note and redcurrant twist."

Juicy Couture: Viva la Juicy is the most recent Eau de Parfum I've acquired and my all-time favorite. I purchased it around Black Friday last year and it came in a beautiful boxed set with a plethora of free gifts! The website boasts the details of this sweet scent: "Top notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin gently tempered with honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine. Underlying it are warm tones of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline." Doesn't it sound like a dessert?

My two new B&B finds are Secret Wonderland and Country Chic. The website says the former is a "whimsical fragrance" whereas the latter is "an effortlessly sexy blend." I must admit that Country Chic is my favorite, but perhaps that's because it's "inspired by the fresh air and natural beauty of America's countryside" and I come from a small town. I've been layering this spray over Juicy on a daily basis and can't stop smelling myself!

I'd love to know what your favorite scent for summer is!


  1. Great choices! I was stuck on CK One for a long time because I liked that unisex sent, but decided to also venture out. Now I like more clean, fresh and floral scents. My new favorite scents are mainly Juicy Couture (yay Viva La Juicy!). I really like Couture Couture and the regular Juicy Couture. I also like Anna Sui's signature fragrance.


  2. Ooo these all sound really lovely! My all time favorite is Inis which I can only get online or in Ireland (I just had to be difficult). My day to day is Fantasy by Britney Spears or Live or Liveluxe by J. Lo. I do vary in DKNY Red Delicious, Curve Soul,Gardenia from bath & body works, and warm & cozy from VSPink. Haha look at me with my pop star perfumes. That's funny.

  3. I love Viva La Juicy! It was my favorite for a while, then I tried 212 by Carolina Herrera and now that's essentially my go-to. I also really like Flora by Gucci, and I came across another in a magazine a few months ago that I was crazy about but of course I forgot what it was. It probably sounds silly, but you know the perfume adverts in magazines where you can lift the tab to preview the scent? I rip those out and save them, then I stick them in my closet. I'll rotate them every few weeks. It's a fun way to try a scent temporarily and then every time I open my closet I feel all glam with my pretty-smelling clothes.

  4. I oscillate betweein Marc Jacobs Perfume and Michaek Kors "Very Hollywood" the later is more girly and I use it when I am feeling sweet. The other is my power scent!!! It has gardenia in it, but it also has cedar and ginger.....

  5. I love love love smelling scents but rarely buy them. I had tried Mango mandarin at Bath & Body Works and LOVED it , but it was gone when I went back to buy it! :(. I have these Calgon Take Me Away body sprays that I love, and my all time favorite scent is Estee Lauder's White Linen- it was my mom's signature scent and wearing it just holds so many memories. And it's a lovely light scent.

  6. I've always wanted to try the Vera Wang...I need a light, fruity summer scent and it sounds like that will fit the bill!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  7. Bond no. 9 "Brooklyn", Narciso Rodriguez "Essence" and Cartier "Cartier De Lune"...they smell fresh, clean and make me want to hug myself :)


  8. oooh great choices! Have you ever tried Burberry Weekend? It's pretty delicious smelling.

    I used to be big on perfumes, but lately they kind of irritate my nose soooo I've been sticking to body sprays. I'll have to try the Country Chic! Sounds right up my alley...

  9. I am completely digging Esprit d'Oscar by Oscar de la Renta. So feminine and floral with a bit of citrus.

    I absolutely loved Victoria's Secret Riviera Sun, but it was discontinued. Sunshine in a bottle.

  10. I love gardenia and jasmine so this Juicy sounds interesting. The bf recently gave me a bottle of Privet Bloom by Hampton Sun, I absolutely LOVE it!! It's bits of lemon, jasmine, rose, etc. so light and just feminine.. I call it My

    Thanks for sharing these aromatic bottles of the season. -xxoo
    *Get in on the V+V Series

  11. I loved reading about your favorite scents, it's always interesting to me to find out what people like to wear--perfume is so personal. I went to natural perfume school a couple of years ago and make my own (which will be debuting this year) - back in the day I used to wear Anick Goutal.

    Hope you're enjoying the long weekend!
    xo Mary Jo

  12. mm i totally need perfume i never wear any!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  13. i too love viva la juicy. they came out with it right after i stopped working for juicy and i HATED the smell of their original perfume. i did purchase a travel roller of viva over the weekend and im total LOVE. i too am too broke to buy a whole bottle. womp womp womp.


  14. I'm actually one of those people who doesn't wear a lot of perfume, and I rarely wear it. My favorite scents are Davidoff Cool Waters, pretty much anything with pomegranate, and White Cherry Blossom from Bath and Body Works.

  15. All those scents seem so dreamily wonderful! My fave scent of all time is Flower by Kenzo. I like that you have such nice memories for each of your scents.

  16. I adore perfume! I've been wearing Miss Dior Cherie and Tocca Stella lately. Mmmm...


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