I know I've mentioned this over and over again, but I really like this perfume. I am not a perfume connoisseur, and know nothing about the science behind fragrance-making, and I don't know anything about fragrance notes - the layers, the dry down, etc. I do know, however, that this bottle is beyond cute. I love the atomizer! I am normally pretty indifferent to Hello Kitty, but the atomizer gives the bottle a sweet charm. And I love the smell. It's floral, but with a sweeter note that lingers without being overpowering or too strong. S. also approves, and you know that's a good thing ;) $55 for 1.7 fl oz at Sephora. They also sell a rollerball and a solid version ($18 and $39, respectively; the solid version is housed in a bedazzled necklace thing).
Notes: Cassis Sorbet, Italian Mandarin, Apple, Magnolia Blossom, Freesia, Orange Flower, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk.
Style: Sweet. Sparkling. Pretty.
The problem I have with perfume descriptions is that I don't necessarily know what a Magnolia blossom smells like. Or a Tonka Bean. Or a Freesia, even. I didn't grow up with a lot of these flowers, and even if I had, I was never much for going out to smell them all. I suppose the descriptions are useful for when you actually know what the perfume smells like; you can then start to associate smells and that helps you look for new ones. I will say that "sweet, sparkling, pretty" does an excellent job of summing up this fragrance. It's not exactly sophisticated, but I like it. Starting to collect perfumes was a dangerous move - they're expensive. But the bottles are so pretty, and I like having different fragrances for different moods. I have my eye on some Guerlain bottles next. We'll see how long my willpower lasts!