After a series of questions plumbing my preferences on things like jewelry (gold and diamonds, or leather and studs?) and clothing (soft and silky, or revealing to show my tattoos?), the Playboy Fragrances’ website quiz pegged me for Playboy Play It Lovely. To be fair, it may be that none of the Playboy fragrances is capable of capturing my true marvel. But after smelling Play It Lovely, all I can say is, Really?
Play It Lovely was released in 2010 with two other fragrances, Play It Sexy and Play It Spicy. It has notes of citrus, blackberry, juicy pear, cherry baby orchid, belle-de-nuit, tuberose, amber, patchouli and tonka bean. In a nutshell, it smells like peach shampoo, only not as nice.
Play It Lovely is built on the white flower-fruit model, with a tepid oriental base. It opens with citrus and peach that if applied heavily combine to smell like sour pineapple. When the pineapple fades, a musky-clean peach tinged with thin gardenia and tuberose steps up, and the fragrance pretty much stays that away until it disappears four or five hours later.
Play It Lovely’s base notes integrate with its heart so that the patchouli and amber never waft out on their own. Reviewers have complained about Play It Lovely’s longevity. On me, the fragrance shrank to skin after an hour or so, but I could smell it all day, although it smelled more like I'd used a scented soap or hand lotion than perfume.
All told, whether you love peach, white flowers, or ambery scents, you can do a lot better than Play It Lovely, even at the drugstore. If you love Play It Lovely and think I’m a snob, I beg you to sample Madonna Truth or Dare or even Coty Sand & Sable.
Which leads me to my next observation: What's going on with perfume in drugstores these days? My local “everything” store, Fred Meyer, dumped its perfume section altogether. Walgreen’s has suddenly turned upscale, stocking its display cabinet with Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein and limiting its celebrity scents to Britney Spears and Halle Berry. Only Rite Aid still carries Jovan, Coty, and Dana. Will the day come when Dana Tabu is a cult item?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Playboy’s fragrances, if you’ve tried them. And does your drugstore still stock the low-end classics?
Playboy Play It Lovely comes in Eau de Toilette (30 ml is $20.95).