Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum. This fragrance contains the following notes: pineapple, acai berry and mandarin blossom (top notes), passion flower, vanilla orchid and star jasmine (heart notes), and musk, vanilla and sandalwood (base notes).

I’ve given this fragrance a try, and I didn’t care for it. I gave it another try, and another, and another… but this fragrance is just not good. Don’t believe anyone who says this fragrance smells like Deseo. It doesn’t. Deseo was such a sophisticated, grown-up and sexy tropical fragrance. Tempting smells nothing like it. OK! But what does it smell like? It’s a good question. Tempting doesn’t smell of much, and what little I can smell is a fruity mess, mixed with headache-inducing powder and… pencil shavings. If I hadn’t know that this is an actual celebrity fragrance, I would have thought it’s a cheap body spray.

I’m really disappointed with this fragrance, and I wouldn’t recommend it. Not even as a joke gift because it’s too expensive for that. But if you’re interested, Sofia Vergara Tempting Eau De Parfum is available as 100ml. I paid just under £20, I believe. A total waste of money. This is another fragrance I’ll “forget” next time I go to the office. I hope someone else will be happy to have it.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette. I’ve previously given this fragrance a quick review. So I could have written today’s post under the “Revisiting Old Favourites” tag. But the heading just didn’t look right. And this fragrance deserves its own stand-alone review.

Anyhoo, back to this fragrance! The notes for Water Jasmine are citrus (top note), jasmine and rose florals (heart note), and soft musk, cedar and amber (base note). Sounds fresh and summery! 😍

What’s this fragrance like? It’s a burst of citrus freshness. It’s like Light Blue – but Light Green. I am in love with the fresh and unisex citrus aroma and the transparent shades of jasmine. This fragrance is a delight, not just on hot days. I’m glad I bought 2 big 100ml bottles which I know I’ll enjoy!

I cannot recommend this beautiful fragrance enough. If you’re interested, Marks & Spencer Water Jasmine Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml for £5 and 100ml for £9.50. Also, this fragrance is vegan and certified cruelty-free (it carries THE Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist, Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist. Most of Superdrug’s Layering Lab body mists happen to smell like expensive fragrances. Their Blossom body mist smells like Alien, and their Paradise body mist is pretty close to Olympéa! Now let’s see if Sweetie and Oriental are just as nice.

Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist is supposed to smell like Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle. I don’t know this fragrance. And, unfortunately, NONE of the local drugstores or perfumeries stock it, so I couldn’t test it. Having said that, I do like Sweetie!

When you spray it, the first few seconds are difficult as Sweetie is too loud and too sweet, but it settles quickly and turns into a gentle, non-descript floral fragrance. It definitely has a “French” touch to it, but it also has an obvious drugstore aura. The fragrance is nice and office-safe – just don’t spray it immediately before you enter the office as it needs a few moments to calm down.

Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist (“spice, berries, floral”) smells sickeningly sweet. Good grief, what is this fragrance? Dupe lists have it as Diesel Loverdose (which I dislike). But I think it actually smells like Diesel Loverdose Tattoo (which I also dislike), with Britney Spears Fantasy (which I strongly dislike) mixed in, all rounded off with a giant load of whatever concoction vanilla-scented dolls are scented with.

Next time I go to the office, I will “forget” the bottle in one of the bathrooms. Someone else will take it with them, no doubt. If you love super sweet fragrances, you might want to give this one a try. But please, do test before you buy!

If you’re interested, Superdrug Layering Lab Sweetie Body Mist and Superdrug Layering Lab Oriental Body Mist are available as 100ml for £3.99. Superdrug runs special offers on the Layering Lab products most of the time which might come in handy if you want to try different products or if you want to stock up on your favourite cheap scent. Also, these body mists are suitable for vegans, and they’re certified cruelty-free (they carry the Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Yves Rocher Un Matin Au Jardin Cerisier En Fleurs Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Yves Rocher Un Matin Au Jardin Cerisier En Fleurs Eau De Toilette which I received as a free gift with a previous Yves Rocher order. Yes, a full size fragrance as a free gift… I really miss Yves Rocher in the UK. 😭

Alrighty, this fragrance contains the following notes: Green notes and mandarin (top notes), cherry blossom and almond blossom (heart notes), and musk and patchouli (base notes).

I’ve been wearing this fragrance for a few days now, and I like it a lot! This is a rather light fragrance that doesn’t last for more than 2-3 hours and that stays close to the skin. I’m generally a rather liberal sprayer of perfume, so with this one I can spray away to my heart’s content!

The fragrance itself is beautiful – it smells like cherry blossoms with a hint of lemon and strawberry, kissed by almond blossoms. The overall feel of this fragrance is floral, airy and transparent, youthful, definitely fresh and light, and absolutely perfect for spring and summer. ☀️

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance. Yves Rocher Un Matin Au Jardin Cerisier En Fleurs Eau De Toilette is available as 100ml. Mine was a free gift with purchase.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Awesome – Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance. Not just any fragrance, but a fragrance that I’ve loved dearly since the late 90s – Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette. I’ve gone through numerous 30ml and 100ml bottles over the years, and I guess I really could (should?) have reviewed it sooner. Well, better late than never, right? 😁

This fragrance contains the following notes: peach, apricot, pineapple and plum (top notes), tagetes, jasmine, rose, narcissus and lily-of-the-valley (heart notes), and vanilla, sandalwood, musk, litchi, amber and tonka bean (base notes).

What does this fragrance smell like? It smells like… paradise! OK, let me be more specific. Dalissime is a beautiful mix of peach, apricot, vanilla, amber, rose and other floral notes. The 2 strongest notes are peach and rose, and they remind me of Lancôme Trésor. Dalissime and Trésor do NOT smell alike, but they share a few important notes (peach, apricot, rose, vanilla, etc), and they both have that 90s perfume aura. 🥰

Based on my experience, I’d recommend this fragrance! If you’re interested, Salvador Dali Dalissime Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml and 100ml. Prices vary greatly, but you can find the small 30ml bottle for under £15, and the big 100ml bottle for under £25.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette. This post could be filed under “Revisiting Old Favourites”, but the heading would have been clunky. Regardless, this fragrance is an “old” favourite, and here’s why…

Let’s start with the notes! Spiced Bergamot has the following notes: bergamot, lemon and orange flower (top notes), white flowers and cardamom (heart notes), and cedar, amber and musk (base notes).  Sounds good!

Spiced Bergamot is an amazing fragrance. It’s starts very fresh – with lemon and bergamot. I can’t smell any orange flower or white flowers, but I can smell cedar and musk The fragrance lasts for about 3-4 hours (it’s a skin scent after about 1 hour) and I can sniff out some cardamom as the citrus notes disappear.

This fragrance remind me of Light Blue. It’s definitely NOT the same as Light Blue, but with lemon and cedar being such prominent notes, and with its cool, refreshing and unisex feel, Spiced Bergamot makes you think of Light Blue! Having said this, Spiced Bergamot is definitely “pink”, and it also has a more transparent feel. If you think of Light Blue as lemon and water, you could think of Spiced Bergamot as lemon / bergamot and air.

I cannot recommend this beautiful fragrance enough. If you’re interested, Marks & Spencer Spiced Bergamot Eau De Toilette is available as 30ml for £5 and 100ml for £9.50. I bought a special edition 200ml for £6.25 (half price post-Christmas clearance). Also, this fragrance is vegan and certified cruelty-free (it carries THE Leaping Bunny logo).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Giorgio Armani Armani Code Summer Eau Fraîche

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance I’ve had for a while but never used until last week – Giorgio Armani Armani Code Summer Eau Fraîche. This fragrance contains the following notes: bitter orange, neroli and pear (top notes), orange flower, jasmine, ginger and cyclamen (heart notes), and musk, vanilla and woody notes (base notes).

I’ve been wearing this fragrance for a week now, and I like it a lot. Armani Summer Code starts with a burst of neroli, then develops into a more floral direction with a strong orange flower note and a hint of jasmine. I don’t get much from the base notes, just a hint of musk, almost hidden under the neroli and the orange flowers.

I think this fragrance is a summer holiday fragrance – it’s for a more sophisticated holiday though. Somewhere in Italy, away from tourist hotspots, but maybe in a nice, secluded casa by the orange grove where you spend your time relaxing in the shade, reading a book and enjoying the peace and quiet.

Armani Summer Code doesn’t last long. But it’s just an Eau Fraîche, so it’s clear you can’t expect a fragrant spectacle that would go on for hours and hours… I think Armani Code Summer lasts for about an hour or two, and it doesn’t leave much of a trail on clothes or scarves. But that’s OK. At least you can spray away to your heart’s content!

Giorgio Armani Armani Code Summer Eau Fraîche is available as 75ml. This is a discontinued limited edition, so it’s probably not easy to find outside of ebay. I can’t comment on the price for this fragrance, but I snapped it up at a clearance sale a long time ago.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Caudalie Thé Des Vignes Eau Fraîche

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Caudalie Thé Des Vignes Eau Fraîche which I bought last year.

The small 30ml bottle got lost in my stash, but I managed to find it a few months ago, and I’ve been using it on and off since then. So let me tell you about this fragrance.

Thé Des Vignes contains the following notes: tea, orange flower and jasmine (top notes), grape, neroli and ginger (heart notes), and musk, woody notes and honey (base notes).

The notes sound really lovely, but the fragrance is rather simple. All I get from Thé Des Vignes is a mix of tea and orange flower, with a pinch of ginger. I cannot smell any grape, musk or honey.

The fragrance is definitely nice enough and very suited to the warmer summer months, but it’s very one-dimensional and also rather fleeting (it’s just an Eau Fraîche after all). I’m happy to use up the bottle I have, but I wouldn’t repurchase this fragrance.

If you’re interested, Caudalie Thé Des Vignes Eau Fraîche is available as 30ml and 50ml. I have the 30ml, and I paid £13.20.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Lancôme Hypnôse Eau De Parfum, Hypnotising Shower Gel, Hypnotising Body Lotion

Hi there! Today’s post is about Lancôme Hypnôse Eau De Parfum, Hypnotising Shower Gel and Hypnotising Body Lotion. These 3 items formed a gift set which I picked up during some post-Christmas sale spree a little while ago. I’ve now heard that the fragrance Hypnôse is being discontinued, so I thought I’d give these products a try before they disappear from the shelves for good.

Alrighty, let’s start with Lancôme Hypnôse Hypnotising Shower Gel which has a colour-shifting (beige to blue) effect. It’s so pretty! I also love how well the shower gel lathers up – a little goes a long way. And the fragrance is so beautiful!

Onto Lancôme Hypnôse Hypnotising Body Lotion. This is a very nice body lotion! It’s rather runny, but despite the light formula, it hydrates my skin very well. And the fragrance is heavenly! Also, thanks to the light but wonderfully hydrating formula, I don’t need to use a lot of product, so I should be getting a few uses out of this 50ml tube.

Now let’s get to the star of the show – Lancôme Hypnôse Eau De Parfum which contains the following notes – passion flower (top note), gardenia and jasmine (heart notes), and vanilla and vetiver (base notes). I think the name Hypnôse is perfect for this fragrance. It’s charming, alluring and captivating – and yes, hypnotic! The blurple colour is also a great match for the fragrance. The colour of my EdP turned brownish after a few years in my stash – but that’s normal with vanilla fragrances, and the fragrance itself still smells absolutely perfect.

I love the strong vanilla note – it’s warm and sensual. As the fragrance develops, there’s also a warm and cuddly woody note. Nice! I cannot smell any gardenia or jasmine, but Hypnôse has the most beautiful passion flower note. Passion flower in fragrances can be a difficult note. It’s often too crisp, too dusty, too tangy (too sour even) – and just way too “in your face”. But not in this fragrance! Hypnôse gets passion flower right.

I’m enjoying this fragrance very much – my husband also said that it’s very beautiful. Based on my experience, I’d recommend it. Hypnôse is a quality fragrance which would suit people in most age groups. It’s definitely a feminine fragrance, but a man can also get away with wearing it. And I know because I tested it on my husband (who is the best husband / guinea pig ever). 😇😁

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Christina Aguilera By Night Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today’s post is about this Christina Aguilera By Night Eau De Parfum. This fragrance contains the following notes: apple, pineapple, tangerine, rhuburb and freesia (top notes), heliotrope, peach blossom and lily-of-the-valley (heart notes), and vanilla, amber, sandalwood and oak moss (base notes).

I’ve given this fragrance a few tries, and I’m not blown away. Looking at the notes, it sounds promising. However, this is a very simple fragrance without much finesse or development.

The heliotrope note makes this fragrance smell like some vanilla sugar coating for tablets. But there’s also a touch of sandalwood which takes the fragrance from gourmand to cosmetic. I might have liked this fragrance when I was a teenager, and I can see that this type of fragrance probably appeals to a lot of younger women, but it’s definitely not for me. I’ll give it away.

If you’re interested, Christina Aguilera By Night Eau De Parfum is available as 15ml, 30ml and 50ml. I have a 50ml, and I paid £13.95.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛