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Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Bath & Body Works Sweet on Paris shimmer mist

Sweet on Paris? Why, yes, I am! And I'm also pretty sweet on the scent from Bath & Body Works, though it's not for those who don't like a good dusting of sugar shock.

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.
For me, this scent is a total win, but then, I like gourmand scents, and I like glitter, so it seems like a no-brainer. Honestly, despite that, I wasn't sure I'd like Sweet on Paris. I like only a select few BB&W scents, but this one hits all the right notes for me.

Test notes

Perfume: 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.
Longevity: Awesome! 12+ hours
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

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