It's beginning to dawn on me that I will not clear out my sample backlog by the end of the year, in fact, I'm thinking maybe I will never clear my sample backlog. All the same, it doesn't hurt to try, right? Here are a few more unrelated quickie perfume reviews.
Ed Hardy Born Wild
Ed Hardy's fourth fragrance for women, Born Wild, is just what you'd expect — a sweet-ish, middle-of-the-road fruity floral in their signature tattoo-inspired packaging. The fruit du jour: peach. Born Wild is light (think spring/summer rather than winter/fall), clean and inoffensive, and the lasting power is reasonable enough.
Ed Hardy Born Wild For Women was developed by perfumer Calice Becker, and is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum and in matching body products. Shown above is a gift set with 100 ml Eau de Parfum, 90 ml each of Shimmering Body Lotion and Bath and Shower Gel, plus a travel spray and luggage tag, $75 at Macy's.
Honoré des Prés Love Coco
There were three fragrances in the recent We Love New York trio from French organic niche brand Honoré des Prés. I already reviewed I Love Les Carottes, and Erin is going to be reviewing Vamp à NY soon. I gave Love Coco, the third of the trio, a quick smell when it arrived, and immediately dumped in in my (huge!!) basket of samples that I'm done with but that need to be filed. A week or so later, I was thinking about Love Coco again, do I dug it back out, gave it another shot on skin, then dumped it right back in the basket. You already know how this goes, right?
Love Coco is an odd little Asian-food-ish sort of mixture of coriander (leaves and seeds), coconut milk, tonka bean, vanilla and cedar, and it's either disgusting or wonderful, I can't quite decide. Whatever it is, it's not boring: I will remember it long after Ed Hardy Born Wild has faded from my brain entirely.
Honoré des Prés Love Coco was developed by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti and is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum.
Crabtree & Evelyn Iris
I love iris in general, and hey, the packaging on Crabtree & Evelyn's new Iris perfume is mighty cute. As it turns out, the fragrance isn't bad either. I don't think your average iris-fiend perfumista (by which I mean me) is going to die and go to heaven, but it's a nicely done floral with a sharp fruity opening and a darkish (read: there's some very clean patchouli) iris-y base, earthy but not too earthy, more creamy-velvety than powdery. I was all set to tell you that it's a step up from the usual offerings at Crabtree & Evelyn, then I stopped to try to remember the last time I put a perfume from Crabtree & Evelyn on skin and realized I have no idea if it's a step up or not. Anyway, it's a step up from what I remember of Crabtree & Evelyn back in the day, and the price is quite reasonable.
Crabtree & Evelyn Iris is available in 30 ($25) and 100 ($45) ml Eau de Toilette, and in a gazillionty bath, body and home fragrance products.