Citizen Queen won two side-by-side comparison battles in a row: First, battling the sensual, velvet skinned, bad-girl Calamity J, then, duking it out with Her Rosy Highness Lady Vengeance. After coming out on top after the intensive three-day trials, it was with no small measure of delight I opened up the CQ Purse Bullet this morning.
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After gliding the perfume oil up and down my fore-arm, I expereinced a moment of absolute receivers bliss (that’s the opposite of buyer’s remorse), followed by a happy moment of surprise: The perfume oil smells better than the EDP.
The EDP has a harsh blast of aldehydes at the beginning that doesn’t make an appearence in the oil version; additionally, the troublesome violet is subdued, and the musk has gone from Lioness to Manx. I find the oil creamier, smoother, and gentler overall than her alcohol-soaked twin.
Twins are a good analogy for the difference between the concentrated oil and the Eau de Parfum of Citizen Queen. One Queen is elegant, beautiful, commanding, and respectable. The other Queen is elegant, beautiful, commanding, and… a little tipsy.
Photo of The Watson Twins, 2008