Gucci Envy

Has anyone tried the Fragrance Finder tool on the Sephora website? It is way too much fun. You tell them a perfume that you love, and based on your tastes they recommend new perfumes for you. At first it seemed gimmicky, but to my surprise, many of their recommendations were spot-on (for example, they recommended Guerlain Shalimar for fans of Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur, which is often considered a modern-day Shalimar). Of course, some are a just a little bit off base (lovers of the leathery Robert Piguet Bandit should consider… Bvlgari Rose Essentielle??)

Anyway, when Gucci Envy was suggested as a substitute for both Christian Dior Diorissimo and Chanel 28 La Pausa, I had to try it. Gucci Envy was created by one of my favorite perfumers, Maurice Roucel (the man behind Musc Ravageur and Lolita Lempicka L de Lolita Lempicka), so I was imagining something rich and hyper-sensual. Instead, Envy opens on a sharp, green lily note. Although it’s not what I was expecting, I still liked the opening quite a bit. It struck me as Diorissimo Light, a very pretty lily without the richness of Diorissimo. HOWEVER. After ten minutes, Envy began to smell distinctly soapy. Turns out I hate soapy, especially in the context of a rather powerful scent like Envy (like all Maurice Roucel creations, Envy has a STRONG presence). I can’t say I much enjoyed wearing this.

There is one thing that I love about Envy, and that is the ad campaign. The vast majority of perfume ads have at least some sexuality, but the Envy ads are hilariously over the top. Get a room, y’all!

Gucci Envy is available at Sephora for $50 for 1 ounce, $70 for 1.7 ounces, and $90 for 3.4 ounces.

Disclaimer: I purchased a bottle of Envy from Sephora (which is likely going back).

Christian Dior Diorissimo

When I smell Christian Dior Diorissimo, I think Britney Spears. Just to clarify, we’re talking Britney circa 1998-2002, right after Crossroads but right before “Toxic”.

Diorissimo does not in any way smell like Kevin Federline, being barefoot in a gas station bathroom, or attacking a car with your umbrella. Personally, I blame Madonna for that whole downward spiral situation. I mean, Brit was doing great until 2003, when they had that ridiculous make out session at the MTV awards, and the next thing you know she married that guy in Vegas for like 36 hours and then all of a sudden she’s knocked up with Kevin Federline’s baby and I would not wish that on ANYONE, y’all.

Just say no to Kevin Federline, ladies!

So why does Diorissimo bring Ms. Spears to mind? Well, Diorissimo has a definite “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” vibe. For the most part, Diorissimo is a very light, green, absolutely stunning lily of the valley fragrance. However, the very heady and slightly spicy top notes whisper, “I’m not that innocent.” From the very beginning, Britney embodied that tension between purity and sexuality. She was the virginal blonde with the sweetest smile, but she was also the barely-legal temptress who dressed up as a Catholic schoolgirl and danced with a boa constrictor.

Yeah, that happened.

Diorissimo reads true as a lily fragrance to me. It has a very natural vibe. I am actually finding it difficult to say much about Diorissimo. Perfect lily. What else is there to say? If you do not like the smell of lilies, this fragrance has nothing to offer you. I am fairly sure that I tested this in the EDP formulation (unfortunately one of the samples leaked all over the rest, causing the labels to smudge) but I suspect that I would like the EDT even more.

I personally think that Diorissimo is just beautiful, and very classy. My very favorite model, Naomi Campbell, wears Diorissimo, and she can be very classy indeed when she is not throwing cell phones left and right. Now, just because Diorissimo has excellent breeding does not make it at all boring. On the contrary, it is exuberant and vivacious. Diorissimo sparkles in the way that a particularly charming girl often does.

I am not sure how my beloved readers feel about Britney, so I apologize if this post was more than you ever wanted to know. I bear her an incredible amount of goodwill from her cameo as a fembot in “Austin Powers 3: Goldmember”. As I’ve mentioned before, that movie came out on my birthday, because Beyonce is very thoughtful that way.