This is a series of posts where I reflect on beauty, skincare, makeup, etc products that I used up in 2019. You can read my previous entries here – Empty Thoughts Part I, Empty Thoughts Part II, Empty Thoughts Part III and Empty Thoughts Part IV.
”My sister and I have a thing where whenever we finish a perfume or a beauty or skincare or hair care product or anything like that, we send each other a picture of it and say if we liked it or not. For some reason (probably because I wanted to write about it to be honest), I’ve saved most of the empties I’ve finished over the past year and a bit. And I think if I keep collecting them for any longer it could be considered a problem. In my head. For keeping empty packages for years on end. For no other reason than to maybe write about them in my diary one day. Yeah, that would be weird. Ahem.
Sooooo let’s just nip this in the bud and get my thoughts out there. (By the way, I tried to sort them into categories as much as I could but… Well, let’s see how it goes.)”
Juicy Couture, Viva La Juicy EDP (50ml, £50)
I was introduced to this perfume by my younger sister when she sat in the car after having sprayed this and my nose immediately fell in love.
Most people would say this perfume is for late teens or early 20-somethings, but I disagree – if you’re feeling like going for something a bit sweeter and more fun, do it, no matter your age! Perhaps I’m a bit partial though, as I don’t have any memories of it from my teens, so it was a brilliant new discovery for me.
Top: Wild Berries & Mandarin Orange
Heart: Honeysuckle, Jasmine & Gardenia
Base: Caramel, Amber, Vanilla, Praline & Sandalwood
Givenchy, L’Interdit EDP (tester)
Another absolute favourite. Definitely a bit more sophisticated and ‘moodier’ than the previous one, I’d describe it as a dark floral scent. It’s got excellent staying power and you will get wafts of it (and compliments!) throughout the day.
Would not hesitate to buy this if I see it on offer anywhere (my perfume collection is a bit too large at the moment to justify buying it at full price).
Top: Bergamot, Pear
Heart: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Tuberose
Base: Patchouli, Vetiver, Vanilla, Ambroxan
PS! I was just writing my outro, when I remembered something very important about this scent. I was talking about the EDP, not the EDT of the same name, which is completely different and one I’m not too keen on.
Chanel, Gabrielle EDP (tester)
A nice fruity floral scent, perfect for spring/summer. I would not think it’s Chanel if the brand name rubbed off the tester though. Don’t get me wrong, I did really like this perfume, but it smells a bit generic if you will. Basically what I’m trying to say is that I would love to own this perfume but I wouldn’t pay the luxury brand price for it.
Tops: Mandarin, Grapefruit, Black Currant
Heart: Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
Base: Sandalwood, Musk
Police, Passion EDT (tester)
I was contacted by Secret Scent Box (a monthly perfume subscription box) to ask me if I’d like to receive one of their boxes for free to review. I mean… Of course I would! This is one of the three samples from that box.
It was the most affordable and coincidentally my favourite one of the three. Sweet and fun it makes for a great everyday scent all year round. In fact, I actually asked for (and got) this for Yule in full size.
Top: Granny Smith apple, Bergamot, Orange and Cassis
Heart: Lotus, Freesia, Hawthorn and Sunflower
Base: Caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Virginia Cedar and Musk
Tommy Hilfiger, Eau de Prep Tommy Girl EDT (tester)
The tester of this has dried up too much for me to get a proper memory of what I thought of this scent back when I tried it. But I have a strange feeling I’d like it more now if I was to give it another go. It’s another inexpensive one so I may well pick up a bottle.
It seems to be another nice everyday scent, a bit sweet and flowery but not too overwhelming.
Top: Granny Smith apple, Pink Pepper and Violet
Base: Sandalwood, Musk and Hawthorn
Hugo Boss, The Scent Private Accord EDP (tester)
The last of the three Secret Scent Box testers was not that big of a hit with me. Usually I love Hugo Boss perfumes, but this one gave me a headache.
It smells overly sweet and… something else that actually made me feel a bit nauseous. Maybe it’s the cacao (for those of you who don’t know – I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate. In fact, for many, many years I couldn’t stand even the smell of it without feeling sick and even though I’ve made some progress recently and am able to have some super light milk chocolate covered things – like Maltesers, for example – [as long as I’ve got a glass of water to wash it down with], I’d still never reach for an actual plain chocolate bar.) although my nose is not good enough to pick out exactly what it is that doesn’t sit right with me on this one. Nor do I want to spend any more time attempting to sniff it out.
I’m glad not to have this in my life any longer.
Top: Mandarin Orange
Heart: Coffee, Osmanthus
Base: Cacao, Tonka Bean
Home & Body Company, Relax Pillow Spray in Tea Tree Mint (118ml, £4.99*)
I know it’s not a perfume, but I didn’t know which other category to put this in, so I decided to stick it with all my other smellies.
I bought it from TK Maxx, so the price I’ve put here is pretty irrelevant, I’m quite sure it’s not available anymore from anywhere, but it can act as a guide to how much these sort of sprays are going for there.
As for the spray itself it was gorgeously minty with the tea tree adding a bit of a something to it, so it wasn’t dominated by pure mint. Beautifully relaxing indeed and I wish I had another bottle of it.
That’s it! That’s all my perfumes and sprays of 2019 covered.
Looking back, in addition to the Police perfume that I already have in full size, I’d really love to add the Givenchy one to my collection as well. It’s instantly recognisable and there’s something very special about it that I simply adore. I guess it’ll have to go on the wish list!
Also, due to some unforeseen circumstances preventing me from accessing my empties for a while, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do before the end of this year, so if I manage it, there will be six more of these posts coming up in the next few weeks. Wish me luck!