Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bath and Body Works Review; Charmed Life!

Full line up to be released in October
I love when Bath & Body Works holds their Fragrance Events!
It was the first day of the Paris Amour launch, and with a purchase of any Signature Collection product you receive a full sized bottle of their next scent, Charmed Life. Charmed Life came inside a little pink bag with a Eiffel Tower zipper pull. The bag is okay, but I was far more excited to get my hands on this new scent.

The extended description I found describes Charmed Life as "A scent that dares you to live your most exciting life. Flirt with a stranger, splurge on stilettos, wear nothing but your favorite fragrance to bed and revel in pure pleasure—Charmed Life empowers you to do it all. The aroma of indulgence, Charmed Life is a sexy new addition to the Signature Collection. The sparkling blend of bright fruits, dazzling pink pepper, and frosted white orchids lets your spoil yourself every day. Charmed Life is a part of Bath & Body Works’ “Sexy” collection, a set of scents designed to make you feel alluring, confident and sensual.

My Fragrance Event Purchase
The extended description is a bit overdone. A scent daring me to "splurge on stilettos", and get me to "revel in pure pleasure"? Will it "empower me to do it all?"
Not likely, but I suppose you have to appreciate the enthusiasm Bath and Body Works tries to inject into their product.
Also, where is the pink pepper and the white orchids?!? I don't see it anywhere in the scent notes I was able to find.
And of course we have another "sexy" scent. (Has any one else noticed Bath & Body works has been putting everything in their "sexy" collection? Is there anything they have made lately NOT in the sexy category?) I suppose "sexy" sells, but I'm over it. Can we use another word please?

The back of the bottle reads "Charmed Life, a positively sexy blend of juicy guava sparkling pear and creamy vanilla musk, inspired by taking chances, having fun and savoring life's fabulous moments."
The specific notes are

Juicy Guava, Crisp Apple, Sparkling Pear, Succulent Red Berries

Peony Petals, Soft Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Coconut Milk

Apricot Skin, Creamy Vanilla, Praline, Sandalwood, Addictive Musk

I can smell some of the fruity top notes, but I wouldn't be able to pick them out. Same with the floral mid notes. As for the base notes, the most prominent is the musk, with a bit of the vanilla.

It is by far the most mature scent Bath and Body Works has produced in a long time. If you like very perfumy scents, and musk, this is the scent for you!
I enjoy the dry down on this scent quite a bit, it's soft, and lasts quite a while. 
The best way to describe it would be a mature version of Paris Amour. Lightly fruity, lightly floral, but a lot of sweet musk.
I didn't care for the packaging much on this product. It kind of seems like they randomly put the polka dots and 4 pointed stars on the label. A large ring in the lower left hand corner, and a bow at the top. (Aaargh, another bow!)

While I was a little lukewarm on Paris Amour, I think I will really enjoy Charmed Life. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review of the Charmed Life. I was so bummed out I missed the launch event. I'm going to look for the Charmed Life and see if I like it. I agree with you on the packaging. It does seem a little boring to me and I probably would walk right past it in the store.