Stella eau de parfum by Stella McCartney

Do you like perfume? I do, but - and that's a big 'ol but...

Which brings me to today's post about Stella McCartney's perfume, Stella...

Stella eau de parfum by Stella McCartney

Let me just hop on my perfumed soapbox for a minute. Why does it seem that a lot of people (both men and women) feel they need to douse themselves in cologne/perfume? Less is more, people, less is more. As Kyan always said on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", "Spray, delay, and walk away". There is no need to bathe in the stuff. I've been in restaurants where someone has been seated at the booth or table next to ours and their perfume was so strong that when I opened my mouth to eat, instead of tasting my food, all I could "taste" was their perfume. Now that is nasty - and it spoiled my meal. I've had someone walk by me wearing too much cologne/perfume and I start sneezing uncontrollably, my eyes water, and I just generally want to hold my breath. Which is exactly what I do when I walk past Abercrombie or Hollister in the mall - you don't dare breath in deeply! (okay rant over!)

Do you remember how I said my eyelashes had superpowers - they can repel mascara? Well, I have another superpower, too. I can make lovely-smelling perfume smell perfectly horrid in just a few minutes. It's amazing! I have a weird body chemistry that changes fragrances and makes it difficult for me to find one that I can wear. In the past 30 years, I think I have worn four perfumes - and that's not because I'm picky, it's because that's all I could find that didn't turn "bad" on me. It's very frustrating.

I'm usually bummed when I get a fragrance sample as part of a free gift, because I know I won't be able to use it. When I saw the Stella sample in one of the Sephora Play! boxes, I sort of sighed - but I smelled it, like I always do - just in case. Smelling it in the sample vial, it didn't have much scent - just a very light rose fragrance. I was oddly attracted to it - and I say "oddly" because I usually don't like the scent of roses - they remind me of funerals. I tried it on, and I was hooked. It smells so lovely! It's not too "floral" (which is a good thing), but it's definitely feminine. I liked it so much that I purchased the travel size to use for my winter scent. I love the ombre plum bottle, too.

Stella eau de parfum by Stella McCartney

I know nothing about top and base notes in fragrances, but the description of the perfume on Sephora's website is this: "Soft rosy floral top notes drive the fragrance, subtly balanced with sharp, fresh mandarin essence and light peony flower. Intensifying and elongating the opening notes, the heart is pure rose, to represent absolute femininity. Stella’s base notes give a strong, sensual finish. Resonating up through the rose accord, the masculinity of the amber contrasts the floral side, making it bold with a sensual finish."

The travel spray is 0.25 oz. and sells for $22. There are three other sizes available: 1 oz. for $50, 1.6 oz. for $72, and 3.3 oz. for $92. Now through Feb. 14, Beauty Insiders get 3X points online and in stores for this item. (I don't get anything for your purchase, I just like the product and am sharing!)

And remember - Spray, delay, and walk away. Don't ruin someone's meal.

Do you wear perfume? Do you have a signature scent?


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