9.06.2014

Perfume Diary - Burberry Brit Sheer, Joie Folle De Joie, Versace Bright Crystal

I figured I would never reach the bottom of my fragrance sample box at this rate, and I was also inspired by Larie's "Scent Of The Week" series. So here is another installment of my Perfume Diary featuring three different scents at once.


Burberry Brit Sheer, Joie Folle De Joie, Versace Bright Crystal (samples)





Burberry Brit Sheer
Image via Sephora

Notes:
Bright Yuzu, Pineapple Leaves, Litchi, Mandarin, Grapes, Pink Peony, Peach Blossom, Nashi, White Musk and Creamy Amyris Woods. 

Burberry Brit Sheer is the least favorite of the bunch. 
It is basically a watered-down cocktail of fruits and flowers with a bit of musk thrown in.
With very little presence or impression, I did not even understand what I spritzed when I first tried it. Out of my effort to "understand" the scent, I easily used up my sample by spraying it all over my body. Still, nobody complained nor did I feel that I needed to apologize even in the hot weather. Burberry Brit Sheer is a very light and safe scent and impossible to overdo since it fleets instantaneously, which I think is the only merit of it.  I learned that it actually smells nice if I liberally spritzed it on my hair, though.




Joie Folle De Joie
Image via Nordstrom

Notes: 
sweet citrus, woodsy florals, cognac, jasmine, rose, spicy wood, leather.

I did not know what to expect from Folle De Joie (roughly translated as "ecstatic"). I think I was even afraid because of the leather note. To my surprise, it is ultimately a spicy rose scent on me. It is initially heady and even boozy thanks to the cognac and jasmine, but it quickly settles down to a sensible rose with a little bit of sass. I quite like it!
I might have considered a full bottle if it had come in a smaller size. With a cabinet full of perfume, buying a 3.4 oz bottle is unthinkable for me. It is a beautiful and interesting rose perfume (well, at least on me), but there is other rose scent that suits my personality better.




Versace Bright Crystal
Image via Sephora

Notes:
Iced Accord, Yuzu, Pomegranate, Peony, Magnolia, Lotus Flower, Acajou, Vegetal Amber, Musk.

Versace Bright Crystal seems widely popular as I can often catch a whiff of this on the street from a stranger.
It is a sweet floral but not an overly cloying kind. There is a touch of cool flavor despite of its sweet nature. I'd say it is very typical but well-balanced. Bright Crystal is a seductive summer juice that blooms on skin even prettier in the warm weather.
On me, peony is pronounced the most with quite a long tail of amber and musk. Not bad, but the pomegranate note kind of ruins it for me to completely like the scent. It is just that fruits don't usually play nice on my skin. The citrus and the aquatic floral just disappear, as usual.
Bottle is absolutely gorgeous and I wouldn't mind having a small bottle sitting on my vanity, you know, for the vanity purposes.



Hope you enjoyed this entry.
Have you tried these fragrances?
Anything lately that is exciting and full-bottle-worthy to you?



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26 comments

  1. Joie Folle De Joie sounds delicious is because I love it the citrus notes!
    Lovely post!
    xx

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    1. It is my favorite out of the 3 reviewed here. Usually citrus notes disappear very quickly on me, but I'd love it if it stayed a little longer. :)

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  2. You and Larie have such sophisticated noses. Mine is allergic most of the time, so I tend to be very basic with my perfumes. (read mainstream and boring) LOL!

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    1. I agree Larie has a very sophisticate nose for sure, but I don't know about mine. LOL
      The thing is I really want to rock some more niche unique scents but my skin loves mainstream florals more, too. Nothing wrong with that, I guess. Except for the Joie scent, other two are pretty much popular scents that gazillion people wear. I'm kind of glad I don't "love" them on me. ;)

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    2. Haha, you guys are silly :P I like super sweet things...like a little girl...

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    3. But Larie, you also rock smoky, herbal, tea scents, too! That, is very sophisticate to me, and I love how you describe scents. ;)

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  3. Ok that Folle de Joie sounds like something I'd really like! A boozy, leathery rose-I need to sniff it for sure!

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    1. I actually thought about you, Tracy. ;) It is not a full-on femme fatal or anything, but a zesty and spicy rose for sure. It is quite unique and easy to wear for this kind. :)

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  4. You are the best in describing perfumes, Lena!! I am the worst! lol
    I have never tried any of these perfumes but based on your description, I guess Folle de Joie would be my fave ^^
    I love perfume samples as they are the best for handbags!

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    1. LOL. You think so? ;) I don't know any fancy words, so I just go about saying whatever the easy way I can describe the scents. Thanks! ;D
      I always keep a few in my cosmetic bag, too. I usually just spray once in the morning, but they do come in handy sometimes!

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  5. I wanted to like the Folle De Joie more but ultimately it was just too spicy for me. I think I fare better with lighter cleaner scents in general. That bottle is so pretty though ;)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. I agree there is strong something about Folle De Joie! I try to spritz a very small amount, too.
      And the bottle is quite pretty, right? Vintage yet modern. :)

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  6. I agree about Burberry Brit Sheer, but sometimes I like mindless things to just spritz without worrying about it getting too heavy or too sweet or too anything...I never bought a bottle of that, but I think it suits that purpose!

    I've never hard of Folle de Joie! I have to be careful with rose perfume, but it sounds interesting!

    Thanks for the shoutout, Lena :) More reviews, please! More!

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    1. I have a few bottles that are really easy to wear yet interesting, like Clean Provence or Alfred Sung Pure. There's nothing offensive about Brit Sheer, but it suddenly is almost offensive when I think about the price. LOL.
      I'm the same way about rose perfume, and that's why I even considered purchasing Folle De Joie. Honestly, it is not my kind of perfume but a rose that doesn't turn sour or granny is something, you know? ;p
      I would have never followed up with the second entry if it wasn't for your collective post. I even laid out 5 for this coming week, so hopefully another Perfume Diary soon!

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  7. I really like the idea of sharing these perfume diaries to talk about the vast amount of perfume sample vials we have! Great recap of each! I quite like the Brit Burberry though haven't committed to the full-size yet!

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    1. This actually motivates me to wear different scents and gather my thoughts on them. I just counted my samples and I think I have at least a 1 oz bottle worth. Isn't this crazy? ;p

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  8. Ooooh, I love your new blog banner! Very Lena. :D

    I actually quite liked Burberry Sheer. It's one of the few samples I ever finished. I liked it only in the spring though -- I think it felt refreshing after winter's gloom. It's pretty generic though, so no thoughts of ever getting it or anything like that.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I'm a font junky I keep playing with new ones. I am pretty happy with this one, so let's hope I don't change it anytime soon. ;)
      Yes, "generic" is the word for Brit Sheer! Nothing of a bad sort, but I think I wanted it to be a little more impressive. To think about it though, I don't think I've ever used up a sample so fast like this one. :)

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  9. I really like Burberry perfumes. They're all very clear and sensible scents, making them appropriate for pretty much every occasion! But I might give Sheer a miss, since it does sound very weak!

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    1. My sister is a big fan. As you said, it suits many different occasions. To think many designers bring out perfume as a part of their clothing and other fashion items, it all makes sense. :)

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  10. Bright Cristal looks gorgeous !
    Love peony ! Need to check it !
    Xoxo
    Michelle
    WondersReviews Recently Posted : No Foundation Look[Guerlain,Dior,Chanel,ByTerry,Kiehl's]

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    1. Bright Crystal is a very pretty scent. It is like a sparkling juice. I think you'd like it. :)

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  11. Bright Crystal smells gooooood! And the bottle is indeed super pretty.

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  12. I haven't tried any of these,- I like the sound and packaging of Joie Folle de Joie though! Perfume samples take almost a lifetime to finish....I haven't dove into my stash of forgotten perfumes for a long time!

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    1. Oh, I wouldn't dare to "use them up". I am just hoping I can experience all of them and leave no regret behind. This series is certainly helping me but at the same time I am getting more samples..so ;p

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