Philosophy Unconditional Love Eau de Toilette

In 2010, my younger brother was interning in Boston so I threatened kindly asked him to get me a handful of things from ‘Murica. I’d asked for Lancome’s Oscillation Mascara (reviewed – here) because it had just been released and I never expected it to make it to Kuwait. I also asked for a Physician’s Formula Blush Happy Booster Blush (the one with all the ridiculously cute hearts all over it) because it had also just come out and I was dying to get my hands on all that cuteness! Most important of all, I’d asked him to get me not one, but two, Urban Decay Eyeshadows in the shade Stray Dog (because it was and still is my favorite eye shadow of all time!) and an Urban Decay Naked Palette (The original Naked Palette had just come out but Sephora still hadn’t opened up in Kuwait, at the time, and being a true makeup junkie, I had to get my hands on it somehow and thankfully my little brother got one for me). At first, he refused saying it was bad enough he was going in to a Sephora, let alone asking for something called “Naked Dog”. I sweetly told him that if even one of those products was missing, he could forget about coming back to Kuwait. Lastly, I’d asked for Philosophy Unconditional Love Eau de Toilette.

As per usual, it’s got the usual charming Philosophy quotes on the back as well as on the inner packaging.

Unconditional love is more than a feeling, it is more than a state of mind. Unconditional Love is all encompassing, a love that knows no limits or boundaries. It keeps on giving without asking for anything in return. Philosophy has tapped into the depths of love and bottled its passion into a new, soulful fragrance: Unconditional Love

this love-without-limits fragrance features a rich and unbreakable heart of black currant with a soulful floral center and a peaceful soothing finish that brings comfort through a sophisticated dry down.

Supposedly Unconditional Love features Bulgarian Rose, White Lily, Black Currant, Cashmere Vanilla, and Wood Notes. When I first spritz this on, it has a fresh, powder-y, clean scent (which I’m assuming is the Rose and Water Lily) which quickly turns into a super sweet, berry scent. It’s not a tart scent as much as it is sweet. It’s a lot and I mean a lot of sweetness (which I’m a huge fan of). Based on the notes, I’m not quite sure if what my nose detects is correct or not, but all I get is berries and a generous dose of caramel. Somehow regardless of the overly sweet fragrance, it doesn’t come across as “young” or cheap as it’s not overpowering at all. In fact, I can barely smell this on myself after awhile. Once it’s completely dried down, the scent settles into a light, sweet, musky fragrance. I’ll get the occasional whiff of lemon tarts every once in awhile but it’s so subtle that I almost feel that I’m imagining the lemon. Sadly, it has terrible lasting power but that’s to be expected from and eau de toilette. Overall, I love this scent so much as it starts of fresh and zest-y but bursts into an unmistakable Black Currant scent with a healthy dose of caramel before finally settling into a warm, delicate, musky fragrance.

Unconditional Love was released by Philosophy in 2009. Unfortunately, because it was limited edition, I use it sparingly (every once in a blue moon). That said, Philosophy have released another Unconditional Love in 2012 (different packaging) but I don’t believe they are the same scent (kinda’ like what Victoria’s Secret does and re-releases different scents with the same name, every few years) but since I can’t get my hands on it (and I’m not even interested in doing so) I can’t really confirm that.

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