Welcome to a week of reviews of drugstore perfumes! Each day I'll review a fragrance from a different category of drugstore scent. Today's category is Cheap (in More Ways than One). My selection is Body Fantasies Sexiest Fantasies Strawberries & Champagne, Love Struck, and Va Va Voom! body sprays.
You've got to admire a company — in this case, Parfums de Coeur — for naming its line Sexiest Fantasies. Nothing subtle about it. This is also the company that brought us Sexiest Musk (and now owns Prince Matchabelli and makes Wind Song.) What could the sexiest fantasies smell like? A suite at the Ritz? Caribbean beaches at midnight? Fireplaces in Alpine lodges? Whatever they smell like, Parfums de Coeur has a hunch the Candy Man plays a major role.
I put off testing Strawberries & Champagne until last, but let's get the scariest out of the way right now. The back of the box says, "Think intimate tryst, drinking chilled French champagne and nibbling on ripe strawberries...and each other." I say, think shampoo. Fruity shampoo. Strawberry alone is tricky enough when the chasm between a ripe strawberry from your garden and a styrofoam-like Driscoll at the supermarket is a mile wide, but add Sexiest Fantasies' idea of Champagne and pressing the trigger on this bottle for me took a deep breath and a "1-2-3-press." In the end, it wasn't as bad as I'd feared, just a lot like shampoo. Lasts a few hours.
Love Struck is described as "an enchanting elixir of Cherry Blossom, Peach, and Sensual Musks that leaves your skin totally kissable!" Basically, it smells like peach without much musk at all. When I was in college, I spent two weeks working at the complaint desk at a dairy. One day I received a letter written on bilious pink stationery. It complained about the dairy's strawberry yogurt, comparing its flavor to the color of the note paper. Love Struck is peach like peach-colored note paper is peach. I might give this one to my niece in high school. Lasts an hour or so.
My favorite of the trio is Va Va Voom!. The box says, "Imagine a bewitching blend of creamy fig, dark flowers and exotic fruits drying down to a long lasting accord of rum chocolate liqueur and soft musks." This one smells like chocolate, fig, and musk. It's loud but tasty with a bright orange opening followed by a load of melted chocolate chips and over ripe figs smothering whatever dark flowers might be hiding. Something light — fruity aldehydes? — diffuses what could be heavy enough to be baked in bar form and sold at a 4H fundraiser. The promised musk turns out loud and strong. Va Va Voom! is to high-end perfumery as Heidi Montag is to Cate Blanchett. But as much as I love Cate, the occasional peek at reality television can be thrilling. Va Va Voom! lasts hours — possibly longer than you want to smell it. I just might keep my bottle.
The Sexiest Fantasies trio comes in a pink and black box with its $6.99 price tag thoughtfully perforated for easy removal in case you want to give it as a gift. Each spray bottle is 50 ml. They're also sold individually in larger bottles. I bought mine at Walgreen's.