I’m Bringing Sexy Back/Ungaro Diva

… And by “sexy”, I mean “this blog”. Hello my beloved readers! Academic issues kept me away from SOS for a little while, but like Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain, I just don’t know how to quit you. Or, in the words of Enrique Iglesias, you can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape my love. Has anyone else noticed that Enrique seems just a little less sexy (and more than a little less successful) ever since he had the surgery to remove his trademark mole? I mean, I understand that it was potentially precancerous and all, but it was just so beautiful. He was the Cindy Crawford of Latin music.

Why yes, you can be my hero, baby.

Today’s perfume is Ungaro Diva, which I found for the unbelievable price of $9 at Filene’s Basement. Diva was created in 1983 by Jacques Polge, one year after his Chanel Coco hit the market. Diva could definitely pass for Coco’s little sister, but to my nose it lacks much of Coco’s class and good manners. Diva is LOUD, brash, and brassy. Very ’80s. This is not to say that it doesn’t smell great, because it does- it’s a lovely rose chypre with jasmine and a strong honey note. Diva is reputedly worn by Sophia Loren, but I personally feel that it has more in common with a rather different Italian icon. I speak, of course, of Jersey Shore’s J-Woww.

When J-Woww appears on the TV screen, you know that one of three things is about to happen:

  1. Someone will get punched in the face and/or have their extensions pulled out.
  2. J-Woww will leave the club early because she “felt like eating ham”.
  3. DJ Pauly D will reveal that he has a pierced penis.

One of the three. Non-Jersey Shore lovers will just have to believe me when I tell you that J-Woww is an awful lot of fun, and terrifically trashy in the best possible way. She wouldn’t be caught dead in Coco, but Diva could be just right. (If you wear and love Diva, please know that I mean this as the highest compliment.)

14 thoughts on “I’m Bringing Sexy Back/Ungaro Diva

  1. Good to have you back. I figured school was likely the reason for your absence. And no, I am not that much of a stalker, I just get emails whenever you update.

    Oh Jersey Shore. One of my NJ friend’s mother works with the Situation’s mother. Priceless.

    1. Oh my God!!! What could the woman who gave birth to the Situation be like?? Do you have any details? And please, this is not stalking at all! It’s being supportive and lovely, thank you 🙂

    2. Please do!! Will you be going on any perfume-related adventures while in New York? I wish I could visit the new Frederic Malle boutique…

    1. Kristy, it was the Filene’s in the Harbor! I often have good luck there, but I never find ANYTHING at TJ Maxx, which seems to hold endless treasures for many others.

  2. Great to see you back! Fun review – although I must admit I would do anything to avoid a connection to J-Woww, so Diva might not be joining my stash haha

    1. Thank you so much for coming back after all this time! 🙂 I agree, I myself would not want to be J-Woww, but I kind of want her to be my best friend!

  3. I never watch Jersey Shore (or whatever its name is).

    And I’d rather have L’Arte di Gucci than Diva, but if my stash ever runs low I might have to switch… Diva is huuuuge, and smells much better to me if I dab on a very small amount than if I spray (eek). Interesting that you relate it to Coco, though – those two are very different in genre and feeling, I think, and the only thing I’d say they have in common is that lovely rose. (I like Diva; I don’t like Coco.)

    Glad you’re back!

    1. Thank you, Mals! I think JS is only for trash lovers like myself- folks who think “RuPaul’s Drag Race” wasn’t over-the-top enough.
      I really wish I could have tried L’Arte di Gucci, everyone says it’s a fabulous rose. I really did feel a kinship between Coco and Diva, but Coco is definitely a watered-down version to me. I’m not sure I could go back to it after trying Diva!

  4. It has a very similar vibe to Parfum de Peau by Montana, which I’ve always admired and still wear regularly 😉 Lovely rose chypre with jasmine and a strong honey note, YES, that’s absolutely the best way to describe them both.
    Diva and Parfum de Peau. Those close relatives.
    You can’t love one without loving the other.

  5. Hi this is my very first comment on your (excellent) blog.
    I really enjoyed reading your reviews.

    I can’t help but have an important correction to make to your wrtite-up of Diva by Ungaro.
    Coco came out in 1994 after Diva and not before. So regarding the influence, we may need to discuss…

    Diva was glorious when it first came out and the bottles were made of heavy glass in luxury packaging. The house of Ungaro changed ownership many times.
    Reformulations and decisions to decrease the cost of goods by the owners of perfume houses can change a scent drastically.
    And so can distribution channels. That’s how some scents can end up in drugstores or discount stores almost exclusively (Read Davidoff Cool Water or Halston Z-14 respectively)
    Look forward to reading you more!
    Dr. Eric

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