Saturday, June 21, 2014

a little bit of spritz.

My lovely storage station was a great find at TJ Maxx.
From left to right: Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea, Taylor Swift Wonderstruck, Katy Perry Meow!, Chloe Classique, Gilly Hicks Kissing Point, Britney Spears Believe, Juicy Couture Peace Love & Juicy Couture, Kim Kardashian Gold, Calvin Klein CK One Shock, Clinique Happy, Taylor Swift Enchanted Wonderstruck, Burberry Weekend
In the past few years, my interest in perfume has expanded dramatically. After going through two bottles of With Love by Hilary Duff, I decided it was time for a change (although I will still always love that scent). So I began to create the collection you see here before you. I have definitely found some winners, along with some that are just OK and that I will not be buying again. It's fun to switch up fragrances and experiment with different smells in order to find the one that is best suited to you.

Here's a rundown of the fragrances and my thoughts on each of them:

Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea
    It's not bad as far as inexpensive fragrances go. It kind of reminds me of a sour candy for some reason. It goes on sweet, don't get me wrong. Yet there is also a nice sour, or zingy smell to it. I only wear this one in spring and summer.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted
   I don't know about you, but the two TSwift perfumes in my collection smell remarkably similar. Perhaps the only difference is that the blue one is sweet and floral while the red one is sweet and fruity. This is likely not the best description of them, but it's the best I can do. I like them a lot and wear them all year round.

Katy Perry Meow!
    If you like sugary smells, go buy this one immediately. It is the sweetest fragrance I have found thus far, which is probably a good thing because I don't think I could handle anything stronger. I do like it though since it is an instant pick-me-up. This is also one I can wear throughout the year.

Chloe Classique
    As I was researching this post, I found that this perfume is now discontinued. This is sad, but understandable as many of the other Chloe perfumes easily trump this one. However, I like this one's heavier floral scent. It feels appropriate for special events and parties. Or for feeling glamorous whenever.

Gilly Hicks Kissing Point
    I doubt this perfume is still available in stores, although you could probably find it online. This is quite a heavy, musky perfume, but I like it. I would only wear it in fall or winter or at night. It definitely has a strong scent, so a few sprays go a long way.

Britney Spears Believe
   Looking back on it, I probably shouldn't have purchased such a large bottle of this stuff because it feels like I will never get through it. But it was on a great sale at TJ Maxx, so I couldn't pass it up. I love this perfume for summertime. It's so light and fresh and helps me feel ready for the day.

Juicy Couture Peace Love & Juicy Couture
   This perfume smells remarkably like grass. Not in a bad way of course. It just really smells like grass. There is a nice sweetness about it and so it works very well during the spring and summer. All in all, it has a very clean scent. And the bottle is gorgeous.

Kim Kardashian Gold
   I took a bottle of this with me when I went to Italy and used the whole thing up. I was so surprised by how good this smells. It seems like a combination of lime, coconut, and vanilla. I'm probably so impressed by this perfume because it reminds me of With Love by Hilary Duff. They are not the same at all, except for the vanilla notes and the slightly heavier quality. I love them both though and will continue to rely on them as standbys.

Calvin Klein CK One Shock
   Do you like lemonade? Then get this perfume. It smells fantastic and lasts for a really long time. It is sweet and sour at the same time. I just love it. The bottle is super cool too.

Clinique Happy
   So I know I only have a mini of this, but I've been through two minis before this one, so I feel like I can include it here. This perfume has somewhat of a cult following, and for good reason. It smells like fresh oranges and is absolutely perfect for spring and summer. Also, I have been complimented on this perfume more than I have on any other perfume I own. I don't know what to say, except that Clinique did a great job on this.

Burberry Weekend
   This perfume is the queen of sweet, fresh perfumes. It is so light and seems like it is on the verge of being vanilla-scented, although it doesn't get there completely. The name is apt; I love wearing it on the weekends, and in spring and summer more generally.