Reducing My Samples Stash – Katy Perry Killer Queen, Etienne Aigner Clear Day & Jesus Del Pozo Halloween Fever

Hi there! And welcome to today’s episode of Reducing My Samples Stash. I have lots of fragrance samples that I need to get on top of. So I picked 3 random fragrance samples to test and review. And I’m starting with Katy Perry Killer Queen.

Killer Queen contains the following fragrance notes: dark plum, wild berry and bergamot (top notes), velvet flower, rainbow plumeria and natural jasmine sambac (heart notes), and cashmeran, natural patchouli heart and liquid praline (base notes).

What’s Killer Queen like? It’s a simple fragrance. An incredibly sweet one. It smells like a mix of plum, dark chocolate and patchouli. I can see that this fragrance might appeal to women who aren’t really into fragrances, but who like sweet fragrances nonetheless. I’ll pass the sample on to a young relative – I’m sure she’ll be happy to finish it!

Sample number 2 is Etienne Aigner Clear Day (the sample on the left in the picture below). Clear Day features the following fragrance notes: apple, yuzu, mandarin and bergamot (top notes), melon, strawberry, peach, jasmine, magnolia and rose (heart notes), and chocolate, caramel, leather, musk, woods and vanilla (base notes).

I think Clear Day smells like a more dated version of Hugo Woman! It’s Hugo Woman with extra musk, soap and leather. I would describe Clear Day as a light yellow, feminine, fresh and optimistic fragrance that’s very suitable for day wear (office, day off, weekends, all seasons). I wouldn’t buy a full-size bottle, but I will finish this sample.

And the third sample is Jesus Del Pozo Halloween Fever (the sample on the right in the picture above) which features the following fragrance notes: orange, bergamot and rose (top notes), apricot, jasmine, lotus and ylang-ylang (heart notes), and vanilla, musk, tonka bean and patchouli (base notes).

I think that Halloween Fever isn’t very special. It smells like lotus or waterlily hand wash. I mean it! Over the past 15 years I’ve bought several cheap hand washes and shower gels that smelled pretty much like this fragrance. I hope my teenage relative will be happy to finish this sample.

Have you tried any of these fragrances? If so, how do / did you like them? Feel free to tell me. And thanks for reading! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie + Refreshing Body Spritzer

Hi there! Today’s post is about I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie and I Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer. I’m not entirely sure where and when I bought these products. But I’m sure I’ll be able to finish them this summer. Now onto the review!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie is a true 2 in 1 product. It exfoliates my skin nicely, but it’s also a proper shower product. And it smells fruity and juicy. It’s really nice!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer turned out to be just as nice. Initially I thought this body spray was OK, but after a  few days I started to like it. The mango & papaya fragrance is quite well done. It’s fruity and juicy, but it’s not cloyingly sweet. It smells just like… summer!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie is available as 200mlI Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer is available as 100ml. Superdrug no longer sells I Love…’s Mango & Papaya collection, so I’m not sure where you’d be able to get these products. But there are quite a few bargain stores that seem to stock I Love… products (incl. gift sets) from time to time, so don’t ignore those stores. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Eva & Davis Fragrance Mists – Berries & Love, Green Inspiration, Vanilla Seduction

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 fragrance mists I picked up from TK Maxx – Eva & Davis Berries & Love, Green Inspiration and Vanilla Seduction. These fragrance mists are described as lightweight, refreshing and non-greasy, and they promise hydration and antioxidant benefits.

Let’s start with my favourite! Berries & Love with wild berries and spring flowers smells amazing. It smells like a chilled red fruit jelly (raspberries, redcurrant, pomegranate…) without added sugar. It’s delicious!

Green Inspiration – with notes of green and white tea, bergamot, lime and precious woods – is really nice too. The white tea note is very strong but that’s fine because it’s so nice! By the way, this fragrance mist would be suitable for men too!
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Eva & Davis Vanilla Seduction isn’t very enjoyable. It smells cheap. The vanilla and amber mix is too sweet and quite artificial. However, I think that people who love very sweet fragrances would like or love this fragrance.

I think 2 of these 3 fragrance mists are very good – definitely better than certain designer fragrances that you can find in department stores, and they’re much cheaper! I paid £4.99 per fragrance mist (TK Maxx).

I tried to find out more about the brand Eva & Davis, but their social media accounts and their web site have been abandoned, and there are no links to any stores that might sell their products. So I think it’s safe to assume they’re no longer in business which is a shame because I would have been happy to buy Berries & Love and Green Inspiration again!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Dolly’s Mixtures Piña Colada ‘Don’t Be Shy’ Shower Gel & Body Mist

Hi there! Today’s post is about two items I found at my local Asda – Dolly’s Mixtures Piña Colada Shower Gel & Body Mist. These products were on special – they were 75p each. 🙂 So I sniffed the shower gel and decided to pick up both items.

Now let’s have a closer look! Dolly’s Mixtures Piña Colada Shower Gel is really nice. The piña colada fragrance is quite authentic. I just love the strong pineapple aroma! Another thing I like is that this shower gel is actually more of a shower cream – it’s very gentle on my dry skin!
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Dolly’s Mixtures Piña Colada Body Mist surprised me. Unfortunately not in a good way. I expected it to smell just like the shower gel. However, this body mist smells like 95% coconut with a hint of a non-descript fruity freshness. I’m not a big fan of coconuts in general, so I’ll be passing this body mist on to a teenage relative of mine. But if you love the smell of coconuts, this product is worth checking out.

Dolly’s Mixtures Piña Colada Shower Gel & Body Mist are exclusive to Asda. The shower gels (300ml) and the body mists (100ml) are usually £2 – but lots of Dolly’s Mixtures products have been on special for quite some time. Let’s hope the product line isn’t going to be discontinued! And if you swing by your Asda soon, don’t forget to give Dolly’s Mixtures Bubble Gum shower gel a sniff!

Body Fantasies Pink Grapefruit Fantasy & Japanese Cherry Blossom Perfume Body Sprays

Hi there! If you read my blog regularly, you know I don’t just hoard toiletries and nail polish – I also have a ridiculous stash of fragrances and body mists. And today’s post is about two cheap fragrances I picked up at Superdrug a while ago, Body Fantasies Pink Grapefruit Fantasy and Body Fantasies Japanese Cherry Blossom.

Pink Grapefruit Fantasy is a pleasant body mist. It smells like… summertime in Florida. I’d describe the fragrance as a mix of grapefruit juice and vanilla sugar. And I think this body mist is perfectly suitable for warm summer days. But, whilst I do like this body mist, it’s not my dream grapefruit fragrance.
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Japanese Cherry Blossom isn’t a scent I particularly enjoy. In my opinion this body mist is too strong, too heavy and too dense. I can’t even ‘analyse’ the fragrance itself because I just find it overwhelming. And unfortunately it also reminds me of the deodorant my mum used to wear in the eighties. I think if you like floral scents, you might want to try this. But if you too struggle with dense floral fragrances, this one might not be for you. I’ll pass my bottle on to a teenage relative.

Body Fantasies Pink Grapefruit Fantasy and Japanese Cherry Blossom are available as 94ml Perfume Body Spray for £3.99 each at Superdrug (if you’re in the UK). I got these two for £1.99 each (half price offer), so I can’t really complain. 😉

Guilty Pleasure – Jennifer Lopez Live Eau De Parfum

J Lo LiveHi there! Today’s post is about a guilty pleasure of mine – Jennifer Lopez Live EDP. It’s one of my favourite fragrances. But I try to keep it a secret in real life. 😉

What I love about Live is that it’s not like ‘all the other fruity fragrances’, and that it’s definitely one of the best celebrity fragrances out there.

Live is full of live. It’s juicy, it’s sunny, it’s full of energy, it’s optimistic and it’s youthful. It’s alive. I think most fruity fragrances smell pink, but Live is different. It smells yellow! 🙂

Now, Live contains the following fragrance notes: Sicilian lemon, Italian orange and pineapple (top notes), redcurrant, peony and violet (heart notes), and tonka beans, sandalwood and caramel (base notes). Live sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

I think Live smells like a mix of fresh pineapple, caramel and vanilla with a hint of powder. It’s perfect for the colder seasons because the juicy, tropical fragrance is a real pick-me-up. But it’s just as perfect for the hottest summer days because it’s not too sweet. Yes, it’s got all these sweet notes, but it’s a lot more juicy and sunny than it is sweet. Like I said, it’s a yellow fragrance.

Jennifer Lopez Live is available as 30, 50 and 100ml EDP. Prices vary greatly – the RRP for the small 30ml bottle is around £24. However, lots of stores sell the big 100ml bottle for under £20.

Do you have any guilty pleasure fragrances? Feel free to let me know in the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

Suitable For Vegans – Original Source Shower Plum & Blackcurrant, Raspberry & Cocoa and Wild Cherry & Nettle

Hi there! I haven’t reviewed any Original Source products in a while. But now’s the time to look at a few fruity shower gels. Meet Original Source Plum & Blackcurrant, Raspberry And Cocoa, and Wild Cherry And Nettle. These shower gels are suitable for vegans – they’re approved by The Vegan Society.
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Original Source Plum & Blackcurrant is surprisingly refreshing. I thought the plum fragrance would make this shower gel a bit too sweet for summer – but I was wrong. The fragrance actually reminds me of blackcurrant cough lozenges – in a good way. It smells like blackcurrant juice and green currant buds. So yes, this one is definitely suitable for warm summer days.

Original Source Raspberry And Cocoa isn’t my favourite. This fragrant combination smells a bit weird. It’s not bad, but it’s not what I expected – and I can’t smell any raspberries or cocoa. I don’t really care for this shower gel (and neither does my husband), so this one might end up in the hand wash dispenser.

Original Source Wild Cherry And Nettle is another nice surprise. And it’s another shower gel that reminds me of cough lozenges – cherry-flavoured ones, of course. The fragrance isn’t as strong as the plum & blackcurrant fragrance, but it’s definitely yummy!

The RRP for 250ml Original Source shower gels is usually around £2 – but you can find these shower gels for £1 (Poundland and the likes) or less (special offer).

Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate it. 🙂