According to Bath & Body Works, Sweet on Paris is "an enticing medley of juicy blackberry, lemon meringue and creamy vanilla, inspired by the sweet temptations of a Parisian patisserie." And does the scent live up to the hype? For once, absolutely. It's sweet and sugary without being cloying, and has good staying power, although I get more of the confectionery notes than the fruity ones; for me all that yummy fruit disappears into the very first whiff of the spray and is gone forever.
The shimmer mist version of the scent comes in a cute Eiffel Tower bottle that reminds me of Cinderella's castle at Disney — pointy, pastel, glittery.
You can see the resemblance, right? It's uber-girly and a little cheesy, but the opalescent aqua shimmer earned this touristy little bottle a place on my desk for a few weeks, where it provided a burst of visual cheer even when I was wearing another scent. When sprayed, the shimmer isn't overwhelming as long as you limit your spritzes in one spot.
|Glittery plastic replicas of landmarks, om nom nom.|
Test notesPerfume: Bath & Body Works Sweet on Paris
Released in: August 2012
Dates tested: various dates in August and September 2012
Concentration tested: shimmer mist
Weather when tested: warmish (80s)
Fragrance notes according to BB&W
Top: Sparkling tangerine, raspberry kir, luscious blackberry, lemon meringue
Mid: jasmine macaroon, apricot, pink peony, juicy nectarine
Dry: sugared musk, pink marshmallow, creamy sandalwood, vanilla infusion
|Swatched on my wrist,|
in shade, on a bright day:
a bare hint of shimmer.
Spritzed from 1 ft away.
Sillage: 3 out of 4 (people nearby can smell it)
Scent in the bottle: bright tangerine, with a hint of raspberry
Top notes on me: a whiff of tangerine and raspberry, then straight into macaroon, with a little peony and apricot
Mid notes on me: after 30 minutes to an hour, turns to semisweet chocolate and cotton candy, developing into marshmallow
Base notes on me: semisweet chocolate, with a blend of vanilla and spicy sandalwood
Character summary: Sweetly comforting, like a cup of gourmet hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows and just a tiny pinch of exotic spices. Begins cheerful and bright, then takes on the character of a leisurely, early autumn stroll down a Paris street lined with bakeries. Not heavy-handed or overpowering like some baked-good scents. Whimsically elegant, reminiscent of a playful autumn weekend at a classy but casual haven with great coffee, entertaining conversation, and fresh, perfect pastries.
Overall score: 4 out of 5