Molinard Miss Habanita

Miss Habanita: for the 12 year olds who found Miss Dior Cherie to be an “old lady perfume”.

Miss Habanita is actually very much in the Miss Dior Cherie tradition. Start with a beloved, classic perfume. Decide that this already perfectly good perfume needs a “youthful” makeover. Create a “modern” version that smells like strawberries and has absolutely no connection whatsoever to the original. Discontinue and/or reformulate the hell out of the original. Voila!

Although I wouldn’t have thought it was possible, Miss Habanita is a good deal less sophisticated than Miss Dior Cherie (although I have heard that Miss Dior Cherie has been reformulated recently). While Miss Dior Cherie had at least two different notes (strawberries and something sweet that wasn’t a strawberry), Miss Habanita merely smells like a scented Strawberry Shortcake doll. It’s actually kind of funny, in a way. Molinard has taken our obsession with youth (eye creams, serums, moisturizers made from stem cells … DO YOU HATE YOURSELF YET?? PLEASE HATE YOURSELF SO THAT YOU’LL BUY OUR PRODUCTS) to its logical conclusion. “The wimmenz want to smell young? Fine. Now you can smell like a five year-old. I hope you’re happy.”

That being said, I totally miss that Strawberry Shortcake doll.

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Molinard Fleur de Chocolat

All that Chanel lore about Grasse jasmine had left me under the impression that Grasse was  just one big idyllic field of fragrant flowers. As it turns out, this is not quite the case. Grasse has more hills than Gondor.

It was just like this, but with less hobbits.

As frequent readers may recall, I am not particularly athletic. A 5-year old flailing around in the kiddie pool looks like Michael Phelps next to me. Michelle Obama could obliterate me with one bicep curl. Had I had even an inkling of the physical exertion that would be required to walk to Molinard, you would not be reading this review today. Fortunately for y’all, my ADHD Inattentive type means that I am frequently completely unaware of my surroundings! Yaaaaaay!

Molinard Fleur de Chocolat was my one Grasse perfume purchase, mostly by virtue of being the cheapest item in the Molinard gift shop. The first 20 minutes of Fleur de Chocolat feature a very attractive dark chocolate note. It then becomes more floral, bringing to mind the chocolate-lily combination of Vera Wang Princess. Unlike Princess, however, FdC actually maintains its chocolate note. FdC’s florals also smell much less synthetic and screechy.

Fleur de Chocolat ain’t exactly high art, but at $23 for 50 ounces we could hardly expect it to be. Besides, it’s something even better: liquid cheerfulness. There’s just something so satisfying about a good chocolate note. Anyone who doesn’t immediately smile upon smelling this needs a decongestant.