REVIEW: Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Bleue perfume

Tory Burch Jolie Fleur Bleue

The promise:

“Captures the intoxicating aroma of tuberose in Tory Burch’s garden in an elegant and understated mix.”

The reality:

I like this one. It reminds of Fracas by Robert Piguet. I’ve always considered Fracas iconic. I learned about it from a girl who was the girlfriend of a senior editor when I worked at Premiere magazine in L.A.. She worked at InStyle’s west coast bureau and had tons of personal style. She was funny, never wore pants — always dresses and skirts — and talked to me in a conspiratorial, just-us-girls kind of way. One time, she attended a small early screening of There’s Something About Mary with us (Cameron Diaz was also in the theater) at a movie-plex in an outdoor mall in Century City that also had a Bloomingdales. She plopped down in the seat next to me just as the movie was about to begin and said she’d just popped into “Bloomies” for a spritz of Fracas. She was the first person I knew who had an engagement party (at their cool little place in Malibu), and their wedding was covered in The New York Times. Fracas is fresh and floral and sweet, and I’ve always associated it with L.A. and this stylish girl I knew.

Anyway, last I heard, this gal now works in PR at Tory Burch in New York. Coincidence that Tory’s new fragrance smells like Fracas? Or maybe just the circle of life, am I right comrades?

REVIEW: Atelier perfume

Atelier

The promise:
“An electrical current runs through the subtle sweetness of vanilla, jasmine and fresh lime to bond with rich oak moss, woods and spicy coriander.”

The reality:
I started with Atelier because, duh, that description! I imagined a romantic midnight stroll through the lush gardens of Savannah in balmy June (something I’ve done countless times… okay, zero times). But it was SO cloyingly sweet. Imagine if you discovered an old cotton candy machine in your grandmother’s hot, stuffy farmhouse attic. Like old sugar. Next!

Sephora’s perfume sampler

I love these Perfume Samplers from Sephora. They’re $25, you get 7 samples of seasonal scents, and then you take a “Scent Certificate” back to the store to get a full-size rollerball of your favorite. Barrak got me this for an upcoming trip.

I’ll review each scent for you, and pick a winner at the end. I already one of these, but I’m always hoping to find a new favorite for warm weather. Stay tuned!