Sampling The Scents: April 2018 – YSL, Aerin, Burberry, MAC, Acqua di Parma & Lancôme

It’s that time again! Where I dedicate this post to focusing on a total of six different perfume fragrances and give my review on them and a star rating. As you’ll know from my previous post on this series, this is a relatively new project (this post being the second edition) to my blog which shines the spotlight down on what current perfumes I have been testing out and enjoying. So.. welcome to the second instalment of ‘Sampling The Scents‘, for April 2018. To start it all off, let me introduce you to this month’s samplings..

Sampling The Scents: April 2018; featuring YSL, Aerin, Burberry, MAC, Acqua di Parma & Lancôme.

As you can see above, my April 2018 ‘Sampling The Scents’ series features; YSL, Aerin, Burberry, MAC, Acqua di Parma and last but not least, Lancôme. These particular samples are from shopping hauls and orders that I’ve made, don’t you just love the fact you get samples with almost every order?! I love it! Let’s get ready to go through them all..

The Fragrances and Their Notes

YSL Mon Paris; starting off with top notes of strawberry, pear, raspberry, orange and bergamot, with middle notes of jasmine, orange blossom and peony, while ending with base notes of patchouli, white musk, vanilla, cedar and moss. Released globally in June 2016, developed by perfumer’s Olivier Cresp, Harry Fremont and Dora Baghriche-Arnaud. The campaign for Mon Paris was shot throughout Paris at various locations including the Eiffel Tower. It starred French actor Jeremie Laheurte and Canadian model Crista Cober. This gorgeous perfume comes available in a clear bottle with liquid of a pink hue, blazoned with a sophisticated black ribbon tied around the neck, it comes available in the sizes of 30ml, 50ml and 90ml.

Aerin Amber Musk; top notes of musk, rose, coconut, amber & benzoin, middle notes of lily of the valley & ambroxan, with base notes of sandalwood. Amber Musk launched onto the market in November 2013 under Aerin Lauder’s house (granddaughter to Estée Lauder), Aerin had an inspiration to create a scent for each mood and time of the year. So this particular fragrance was designed to be worn in Winter and warm those who wear it up with aroma’s of ambrox, noted by the light brown colouring lid. The bottle is a design based around ‘Kenlyn’, and pays homage to the floral print decor in her grandmother’s house and features two birds nestling in exotic flowers and foliage. Amber Musk comes available in a 50ml size.

Burberry My Burberry Blush; top notes of pomegranate and lemon, top notes of rose petals, geranium & green apple, with base notes of rose, wisteria and jasmine. Launching onto the market on 24th July, 2017, My Burberry Blush has been inspired by floral hues and designed for the woman. Powerfully feminine, the scent is thought of to be stepping back into a London garden filled with wisteria, rose petals and freshened with crisp apple. The campaign was shot by Mario Testino and starred actress Lily James as the face of the fragrance, the bottle is a light pink hue with a light brown lid in the shape of a Burberry trench coat button, and features a gorgeous hand-tied gabardine knotted ribbon around the neck in blush pink. It comes available in a 30ml, 50ml and 90ml bottle, as well as a 7.5ml rollerball travel size.

MAC Ruby Woo Shadescent; top notes of cherry, pink pepper, saffron & leather, with middle notes of orris, may rose, violet, suede, and rounding out with base notes of mahogany, wood, and sandalwood. Ruby Woo, along with several other fragrances that were launched under MAC in November 2016, were all inspired by MAC’s top selling lipstick shades! Known as the ‘shadescents’, Velvet Teddy, Creme De Nude, Lady Danger, Candy Yum-Yum, and My Heroine were all designed to reflect the vibes and style of their name-related lipstick shades. Ruby Woo is a red hue, woody-floral scent that accords red leather. The packaging is a rectangle bottle, labelled with deep red print and reads ‘MAC Ruby Woo’ in simple black font on the front. This MAC lipstick inspired scent comes available in a 30ml bottle and a 2ml sample size.

Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile; top notes of peony, turkish rose, black pepper, geranium & raspberry, with middle notes of freesia & amber, and rounding it off with base notes of musk and patchouli. Created as a refined interpretation of the peony flower and with hints of black pepper thrown in to ensure vibrance, the Peonia Nobile fragrance was designed with a celebration of asserted femininity. It launched in July 2016, spilling elegance out everywhere, under the Italian house. Hand-crafted, like all the rest. This bottle is vibrant, with a mid-pink hue and emblazoned with gold labelling spelling out the name in black and corresponding pink font. There is also a body cream and mist spray now available in this scent. The fragrance is available in a 50ml, 100ml bottle size and a 1.2ml sample size.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle; top notes of pear & black currant, with middle notes of jasmine, iris and orange blossom, rounded off with base notes of vanilla, praline, patchouli & tonka bean. The french inspired fragrance for women to live their own way and on their own standards, and like it’s title ‘Life is beautiful’, it’s made with the strong woman in mind. Launched in June 2012 onto the market, the gorgeous packaging is a resplendent bottle known as the ‘Crystal Smile’, evoking the imprint of a smile at the heart of the crystal square and a remodelling of the classic original 1949 Lancôme bottle. It features a pearlescent grey silk ribbon tied around the bottle’s neck to signify the two wings of freedom. Known for it’s depth and complexity, a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a twist of iris gourmand. It was developed by Olivier Polge, Anne Flipo and Dominique Ropion. The campaign for this launch featured actress Julia Roberts as the face of the fragrance and the shoot directed by Tarsem Singh. Available in a bottle size of 30ml, 50ml, 75ml, 100ml and a cute 1.2ml sample size. There is also a 10ml glass atomiser travel size available at selected retailers.

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My Thoughts & Ratings
After a couple of months wearing these each on different occasions and repeated sniffing (haha), I have put together my exact thoughts on all of the sampled fragrances featured in this post. I must say I have quite enjoyed this round up of chosen fragrances. Let’s go over each one in a brief depth:

YSL Mon Paris; when I think of a pretty perfume, this one comes to my mind. Sweet but not over done, in fact it opens very softly and I recognise the white musk straight away. I also notice a bit of a leather-esque scent to it too but I think thats where the patchouli comes in, that isn’t my favourite aspect, to be honest. But it’s so feminine and oozes elegance.. I still like this fragrance a lot & for any occasion, it’s such a divine scent. Rating: I’m going to give this one 4/5 ★★★★☆.

Aerin Amber Musk; ahh another musk, means another favourite of mine. I’m a huge musk fan, as you can tell! I first smelt this scent when I received the sample in a Sephora order and I instantly fell in love. I notice the coconut straight away over the top of the musk, it’s almost similar to Mon Paris from YSL but the coconut and lily blend it toward a different direction. I find I can wear this one wherever, anytime. I simply love it! I ended up buying it in a set from Aerin recently. It’s definitely a favourite of mine! Rating: I 110% give this one a 5/5 ★★★★★.

Burberry My Burberry Blush; it opens sharp, I notice the crisp green apple straight away but it mellows out with the jasmine and pomegranate catching up. It’s a fierce and strong scent yet delectable. I enjoy this one but perhaps find it a little tad too strong for my soft-hue loving self. Nice for a random afternoon but not something I would wear on my favourite night out, does that make sense? It’s a casually worn one for me. Rating: I give it 3/5 ★★★☆☆.

MAC Ruby Woo Shadescent; this one is unique, it’s a quite strong red leathery scent with a noticeable appearance of raspberry, which mind you, SAVES it.. because I personally do not like leather but I can see and understand the direction MAC were going with this one, within being related to the strong fierce lipstick. This one is just not for me. Rating: I’ll give this one 2/5 ★★☆☆☆.

Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile; I instantly notice the black pepper and peony underneath, and the hues of raspberry come in next, I love this one once it mellows down. At first it can seem quite strong but it softens nicely. It’s a unique scent, or maybe just not what I’ve smelt before. I do enjoy this one, it oozes a touch of elegance to me. Rating: I’ll give it 4/5 ★★★★☆.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle; upon first smell of this one I smiled and closed my eyes, thats is when I think you know you love what you’re experiencing. Soft from the outset, this feminine scent is perfection to me. I instantly notice the vanilla and orange blossom, then the tonka bean, it’s blended so nicely too. I see myself wearing this one often and for any occasion, as many as I can in-fact, this is the type I would put in my go-to carousel of fragrances. I simply love this, it’s beautiful!! Rating: I give it a 5/5 ★★★★★.

Sampling The Scents: April 2018; featuring YSL, Aerin, Burberry, MAC, Acqua di Parma & Lancôme.

Where To Buy & Availability
Liked the sounds of one of the fragrances you saw on this post? Want to purchase it? I’ve got you covered! Please find below all the info you need on availability, pricing, locations, etc.

YSL Mon Paris – the 50ml for $99.99 AUD at Chemist Warehouse, the 90ml for $139 AUD at Priceline, the 30ml for $99 AUD, 50ml for $165 AUD & 90ml for $218 AUD at Myer, the 30ml, 50ml & 90ml from $99 – $218 AUD at David Jones.

Aerin Amber Musk – the 50ml for $175 AUD or the 8ml Roller-Ball for $45 AUD at David Jones, or the 50ml for $175 AUD at Estee Lauder Australia.

Burberry My Burberry Blush – the 50ml for $59.99 AUD at Chemist Warehouse, the 90ml for $220 AUD at David Jones or 50ml for $110 AUD at Myer.

MAC Ruby Woo – the 50ml is $89 AUD at MAC Cosmetics Australia.

Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile – the 50ml is $160 AUD at David Jones.

La Vie Est Belle Lancôme – the 50ml is $160 AUD at Adore Beauty, the 30ml, 50ml & 100ml range from $105 – $205 AUD at Lancôme, the 30ml and 50ml is $105 – $147 AUD at David Jones or the 30ml, 50ml, 75ml & 100ml are ranging from $105 – $205 AUD at Myer.

Would I Purchase the Full Sizes?
Back to the bigger question at the end of the day, would I purchase the full size bottles? Yes for some and no for others. Let’s go through them each and my choice. YSL Mon Paris; I like it but I don’t LOVE it so I think I would not buy a full size, sadly. Aerin Amber Musk; yes! I would in a heartbeat. I purchased a travel size set from Aerin which was a limited edition Christmas set, and it had Amber Musk inside it, I am happy to say I would buy the 100ml size in this too, easily. Burberry My Burberry Blush; I like this one but it’s a bit strong, it mellows a little bit not as much as I’d like. It’s a no from me. MAC Ruby Woo; the red leather just turns me off, sadly. It’s a no to purchasing. Acqua di Parma Peonia Nobile; yes I think I would but only a small size, I see it worn casually or on nights out. La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme; its a yes! Definitely! I love the instant soft hue of musk, the vanilla and praline sets in shortly after, I really love this one! That’s a wrap on this post, I hope you have enjoyed reading a little more about these individual fragrances and I hope you’ll join me again for next month’s series. Have a great weekend! xo

Sampling The Scents: March 2018 – Chanel, Gucci, Chloé, Burberry & Juicy Couture

I’m an avid lover of all things beauty, and this month I’m kick-starting a brand new monthly series on my blog called ‘Sampling The Scents‘. I’m not sure about you, but I somehow accumulate a fair few fragrance samples throughout my shopping adventures. Whether it be from orders I’ve purchased online or ones I’ve received in a sample bag, I’ve got a lot. So, I decided to point a blog post focus each month toward what new fragrances I’ve been testing out recently. Each month will see a new post featuring a lineup of six different products, from varying brands, that I have chosen to focus on. Let me introduce you to this month’s sampled scents..

Sampling The Scents: March 2018; featuring Chloé, Gucci, Chanel, Juicy Couture and Burberry.

As you see above, my March 2018 ‘Sampling The Scents’ series features; Gucci Bloom, Chanel Gabrielle, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Chloé Fleur De Parfum, Gucci Gucci Premiere and last but not least, Burberry’s ‘My Burberry’. I’ve gotten these particular ones from beauty purchases that I’ve made. I’m not sure I could pick one favourite from this lineup but I love Gabrielle Chanel and the Gucci Bloom, they would definitely be up at the very top. Now, lets break down the details on each one, shall we?

The Fragrances and Their Notes
Fragrances give us all sorts of feelings, aromas provide many vibes, our moods can change just simply by a certain scent. Known as an aroma compound we signify a ‘smell’ via the olfactory system in the upper part of our nose. Aroma compounds can be found in food, flora, wine, oils, and of course perfumes. In synthetic and natural aroma compounds of perfume, you will find what is known as the ‘fragrance wheel‘, made up of four chambers; fresh, floral, woody and oriental. Usually perfumes will be a mixture of notes under these categories. I’m going to give a run through of each six fragrances I’ve featured here, to talk about each one’s ingredient of notes, their pricing & availability, and of course what I like or dislike about them.

Gucci Bloom; top notes of citrus oranges & fresh leafy stems, middle notes of tuberose, honeysuckle & jasmine sambac, with base notes of vanilla, sandalwood, orris root and a red native Indian flower called Rangoon, which is exclusive to this fragrance. Released globally in August 2017, it is the first fragrance released under Gucci’s new creative director, Alessandro Michele. The perfume comes available in a light dusty pink, frosted bottle with white labelling, in the sizes of 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. The exterior boxing it comes in is decorated with the red Rangoon flower and other flowers over a beige background. Pricing: 30ml – $105 AUD at Myer & 50ml – $140 AUD at David Jones.

Chanel Gabrielle; top notes of grapefruit, black currant & mandarin, middle notes of ylang ylang, pear, jasmine, orange blossom & tuberose, with base notes of sandalwood, musk and orris. Gabrielle launched in 2017 with actress Kristin Stewart as the face of the campaign, the fragrance is based around four white flowers and the glass bottle (available in either 50ml or 100ml) is covered in a light golden tint that transmits light. The label is a shiny light gold with black capital font. Pricing: 35ml – $134 AUD at Myer, 50ml – $174 AUD & 100ml – $248 AUD at Myer, and the same prices at David Jones, however slightly higher at 50ml – $200.50 AUD & 100ml – $267.50 AUD at Strawberrynet.

Chloé Fleur De Parfum; top notes of bergamot, verbena & grapefruit, top notes of cherry blossom, black currant, rose & peach, with base notes of white musk, powdery rice and cedar. Released in July 2016 with Dree Hemingway as the face of the campaign, Chloé Fleur De Parfum was described as a naturally elegant and sensual veil that covers the skin. The gorgeous bottle is draped in a beige ribbon tied around it, it has no labelling, and it comes available in a 30ml, 50ml and 75ml size. Pricing: 30ml – $99, 50ml – $140 and 75ml – $180 AUD all at Myer, 50ml – $140 AUD at Mecca, 50ml – $140 & 75ml – $180 AUD at David Jones, however I found it the cheapest at 50ml – $113 & 75ml – $141.50 AUD at Strawberrynet.

Burberry My Burberry; top notes of mandarin, sweet pea, lemon, bergamot & grapefruit, middle notes of freesia, geranium, gardenia, passionfruit, fresh green notes, peach and quince, with base notes of violet, rose, patchouli and musk. My Burberry was inspired by the smell of a London garden after the rain and the iconic Burberry trench coat, Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne serve as the faces of the campaign and it was released in September 2014. The perfumer of this creation is Francis Kurkdjian, the bottle is a glass design with a honey beige tint throughout, it’s draped with a beige golden ribbon made out of the same fabric as the Burberry trench coat and with a stopper replicated of the button from the same coat. The title ‘My Burberry’ is printed across the front in a yellow gold font. It comes available in a 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and 100ml size, it is also accompanied by a range of body care products in the way of a shower oil, three soaps, a body mist and a deodorant. Pricing: 50ml – $79 AUD at Priceline (reduced down from $150), 30ml – $79.99 AUD or 50ml plus body lotion – $79.99 AUD at Chemist warehouse or 90ml plus Moisturising Body Mist – $119,99 AUD also at Chemist Warehouse, or its 30ml – $110 AUD, 50ml – $150 AUD & 90ml – $220 AUD at Myer and 30ml – $110 AUD at David Jones. Very interesting pricing situation there on this one, its cheaper at Chemist Warehouse & Priceline in this case.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy; top notes of wild berries, oranges & mandarin, middle notes of gardenia, jasmine & honeysuckle, with base notes of amber, vanilla, praline, sandalwood and caramel. Launched in 2008; the bottle design is draped with a fuchsia ribbon tied around the neck and features a typical Juicy Couture glass design with logo embossed in the glass and no labelling, the perfume is a light golden honey tint. It comes available in a 50ml and 100ml size, with also a 7.5ml roll-on, perfect for your handbag! The release also saw a range of body care products launched in the same scent, including a 200ml body cream, a 250ml bath and body lotion. Pricing: 30ml – $34.99 AUD & 100ml – $49.99 AUD at Chemist Warehouse and 50ml – $85 AUD & 100ml – $110 AUD at Myer.

Gucci Gucci Premiere; top notes of blackberry & bergamot, middle notes of orange blossom, musk & white flower, with base notes of sandalwood, patchouli and woody leather. Launched in 2012 with actress Blake Lively as the face of the campaign; in inspiration of the couture gowns worn at the Gucci Couture collection showcase at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Gucci Premiere is dedicated to celebrating the star in every woman. The bottle design has a shiny brown exterior with gold trim, and it comes available in a 30ml, 50ml and 75ml size with a range of body care products included, such as; a 200ml shower gel, a 200ml body lotion and a 100ml body spray. Pricing: 30ml – $59.99 AUD & 75ml – $99.99 AUD at Chemist Warehouse, 50ml – $79 AUD (reduced from $125) at Priceline or the 75ml – $144 AUD at Priceline and lastly 75ml – $159 AUD at David Jones. As you can see, prices vary if you shop around. I recommend scouring online & in-store for the latest specials before ever purchasing an expensive fragrance. With that, I do hope that pricing info & the direct links have helped you be more informed.

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My Thoughts & Ratings
I have gathered my thoughts on all of the sampled fragrances featured here, some I liked more than others, some I didn’t like much at all, etc. Let me break it down for each one:

Gucci Bloom; I love how refreshed it makes me feel when I smell it, it’s floral and perfect for a night or day outing. It is beautifully feminine to me. Rating: I’m going to give it 5/5 ★★★★★.

Chanel Gabrielle; hands down my favourite of them all, it screams sexy and sensual to me, I always instantly notice the musk and orange citrus in it which I think is a lovely mixture, and musk is an all-time fave of mine. Rating: I definitely give this 5/5 ★★★★★.

Chloé Fleur De Parfum; this one gives me summer vibes and after a while it is a pretty scent, however its quite strong at first & really needs to mellow out a bit before I like it. But I eventually like the scent once it has settled. Rating: I give it 3/5 ★★★☆☆.

Burberry’s ‘My Burberry’; this one reminds me of ‘Cool Water’ by Davidoff, its fairly strong at first but mellows down to a unisex scent.. I notice the mandarin in it straight away, but its not my cup of tea. Rating: I’ll give this one 1/5 ★☆☆☆☆.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy; instantly I notice the mandarin and vanilla, it’s pretty strong at first but mellows quickly to hints of gardenia and amber. I like it, especially when its mellowed down that’s when it’s quite beautiful, its great for a lunch date or dinner night. Rating: I’ll give it 3/5 ★★★☆☆.

Gucci Gucci Premiere; at first it sort of reminds me of ‘Old Spice’ by Procter and Gamble, but it’s not quite as nice, it’s a bit bitter and I notice the woody leather scent straight away. However, it gets a bit better when the musk and white flower make their appearance. Again, it’s still not really my cup of tea but has some nice aspects to it. Rating: I give it a 2/5 ★★☆☆☆.

Sampling The Scents: March 2018; featuring Chloé, Gucci, Chanel, Juicy Couture and Burberry.

Where To Buy & Availability
The fragrances shown here are available at either of your local Myer, David Jones, Chemist Warehouse or Priceline store. Let me break down which store each bottle is available at with direct links; Gucci Bloom can be found at Myer and David Jones. Chanel Gabrielle can be found at Strawberrynet, Myer and David Jones. Chloé Fleur De Parfum can be found at Myer, Mecca, Strawberrynet and David Jones. Burberry My Burberry can be found at Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, Myer and David Jones. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy can be found at Chemist Warehouse and Myer. Gucci Gucci Premiere can be found at Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, Myer and David Jones.

Would I Purchase the Full Sizes?
The big question is, which of these fragrances would I purchase a full size bottle of? I can definitely tell you right now that I would 110% purchase a full size bottle of both the Chanel Gabrielle and the Gucci Bloom… especially the Chanel Gabrielle!! I just simply love it! I already own the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy in a 100ml size and I like it, I probably would repurchase it but I’d only get a smaller size next time, I just don’t reach for it as much as I thought I would. It’s just not that scent I get addicted to, like I do for Chanel Gabrielle. Chloé Fleur De Parfum is a lovely scent once it has mellowed down & settled, I do like it. I probably would buy it but only a small size. Would I purchase the other two? No. Maybe if my partner liked them, I would, but they’re just not for me. That wraps up this month’s focus on the fragrances, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these six featured samples and I hope you can join me again for next month’s Sampling The Scents series in April. Have a great week ahead! xo