Usually I talk about things that I’m excited about, which either means that I think they’re awesome, or I haven’t tried them yet (but want to). Not all of my reviews are glowing reccommendations, but as I peer through previous post titles, things seem a tad unbalanced. Why talk about things I hate? Well, for a couple reasons.
1. I’ll totally discredit myself and you can disregard everything I say (heh)
2. You’ll have a better idea of my tastes, which might make my positive reviews more useful.
With that, I’m kicking off my new “Things I Hate!” series with something I really actively hate. Drum roll please!
I hate Estée Lauder Beyond Paradise.
Why, Luca Turin, did you lead so many of us impressionable perfumistas down the path of destruction? An un-sniffed eBay purchase early in my perfume-obsessed buying career, Beyond Paradise made me question my sense of smell and of taste. In Perfumes, the A-Z Guide, Turin says,
Calice Becker’s Beyond Paradise… hits to perfection the dappled, fresh light of early morning shining on the sort of impossible garden that Swedenborg would have seen in visions and described in detail. Not sure about Beyond, but definitely Paradise (p. 93).
According to Estée Lauder, the notes are Eden’s Mist, Blue Hyacinth, Orange Flower Templar, Jabuticaba Fruit, Laelia Orchid, Crepe Jasmin, Mahonia Japonica, Pink Honeysuckle, Natal Plum Blossoms, Ambrette Seed, Zebrano Wood, Golden Melaleuca Bark.
What? There are about two real perfumery notes in this sweet, gaudy, tropical, mess (just give me this one, k?). I wore it exclusively on a week-long business trip to Orlando, Florida, in hopes that it just needed the right climate, and a little patience, to be appreciated. I was wrong. It went from bad to worse, and I have no idea where I found the tenacity to stick with it after the first nauseating day. Two thumbs down!
Have you ever bought something un-sniffed that you regret?