Reg: August 2001 Location: Lexington, MA Posts: 2587
Date: December 14, 2004
Price you paid?: $28.00
There is one word to describe this product: charming. It's charming.
It's meant to be a fragrance for young children (which is an idea that has always puzzled me, but the French do it a lot), so it's alcohol free. A pity, I think, because the scent is so short-lived. But then, its ephemerality is part of its charm. In order to make it a longer-lasting scent, they'd have to make it more potent, and the alcohol would make it harsh... no, that would ruin it entirely.
It comes in a charming, squat, wobbly bottle, in a charmingly decorated box (pictures that are very provençal French in the Fifties), with a charming little name: "Eau de Miel Honey Gentle Water".
But what does it smell like? Honey and the summer sun on a meadow full of flowers. It smells like Provence, but not the haughty parfum of Grasse (lots of stiff, dignified flowers, like lavender, rose, and carnation), but something more innocent. As one might expect from a children's perfume. It's on the opposite end of the spectrum to the leathery smell of tobacco (which is also a nice sort of thing in perfume). This is the perfect sort of delicate summer fragrance, for me, personally. It's unusual enough not to rend my mind with horrors of Clinique Happy or Elizabeth Arden Green Tea (which are very nice in their own right, but I'm very finicky about what I smell like and what other people smell like and I feel really, really strange when I'm wearing something other people are wearing—I can't wear Chanel, for example, because it smells like my friend who's a Chanel freak).
I have very selective taste when it comes to perfume; there are few I can stand to be near all day. Even then, I don't much wear it. This is sweet, but unobtrusive, and positively (you guessed it) charming.