Mini fragrance reviews… and my first (surprising) scrubber

So far, I’ve sampled about half of the 27 samples that I ordered off Surrender to Chance. As with all things unpredictable, the scents in turn disappointed and delighted me.

For now, due to time constraints, I’m just going to go into three scents which stood out the most, whether for good or bad reasons. I must say, however, that I only managed to consider each scent once, and for about 2-3 hours (this is what happens when you test scents after a long day of work and have to get sufficient sleep for another long day of work).

Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia – This fragrance is, to me, beautiful. If it were an item of clothing it’d be a soft, white spring dress, all flowy chiffon and no structure (not in a bad way). It reminds me somewhat of Annick Goutal Songes, but slightly sweetened; a light tuberose (though it’s clearly tuberose) fragrance which I think most would find easy to love.

CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan Tea – This smells to me like straight up iced lemon tea. It’s very bright, and the verbena almost overpowers the tea. It’s a little too sweet for my taste though; it reminds me of commercially bottled iced lemon tea (specifically, Seasons Iced Lemon Tea) rather than tea brewed from actual tea leaves. I get no smoke from this one.

Vero Profumo Rubj – Because of the stellar reviews on this one, and because I do enjoy white florals, I really thought I’d love it. So imagine my utter disappointment when not only did I not love it, I couldn’t stand it. For two hours after I had put a small dab on each wrist, I had to make a conscious effort to keep my arm movements to a minimum to reduce my chances of catching an accidental whiff of the fragrance. I didn’t wash it off as I wanted to give it a chance, but my opinion of it did not improve. I’m not sure what it is in this perfume that I can’t stand – Serge Lutens Fleur d’Oranger is quite a lovely orange blossom after a few minutes on the skin. I think the problem might be the cumin, which reminds me of Indian cooking – I like Indian food, but I don’t want to smell like it. Together with the orange blossom it’s somehow overwhelming.


True to self, I have broken all my new years’ resolutions, including my resolution to blog at least once a week (I think I’d broken them all by February, but that’s besides the point). It isn’t that I think anyone will miss reading this (or that anyone reads this, period) but that was part of my resolution to pursue my hobbies. Despite how ironic it sounds to have a resolution to pursue your hobbies, sometimes hobbies do take some effort. For me, it’s always starting that is the difficult part. Tearing myself away from endless hours watching Youtube, surfing fashion and beauty blogs… that takes work. But once I sit down to properly do something I enjoy – for me that’s writing, doing crafts, baking – I’m perfectly happy. 

So, I am going to renew my efforts to blog once a week, especially now that work seems to have quietened down a bit (I know the moment I say something like this, I’m gonna be hit with something big). It will likely have to do with my current obsession, perfume, because I placed a huge order with Surrender to Chance last month and my order arrived a week ago, bearing something like 27 tiny vials for my sampling delight. I’ve been dabbing a bit on my wrist every night, one sample a night… Unfortunately, nothing has made an impression so far and some have been downright disappointing given all the hype surrounding them. Perhaps it’s that Singapore’s been having a spell of extra warm, humid weather recently and most of the perfumes I’ve ordered are heavier scents for cooler weather? I don’t know. In any case, I will try to blog about each scent that I sample. Tonight it’s Demeter’s Thunderstorm, and to me it smells like wet, freshly-cut grass. I quite enjoy it, but I really wish I could find a fragrance that truly smells like rain. I want the feeling of sheer delight that I get when I slide open the window and I’m hit by a soft breeze carrying with it the scent of rain or an impending storm. Maybe tropical rain doesn’t smell the same as elsewhere?