Speaking of cheap-y perfumes, I was at Kuwait’s version of the dollar store picking up some crafts for DIY projects (I’m the type of person that starts stuff but never ends up finishing them…) when this woman carrying her toddler walked by and I got a whiff of a gorgeous, gourmand scent. Naturally, I tapped her on the shoulder and asked for the name of her perfume. Luckily, it turns out the perfume was being sold in the same shopping complex (which consisted of a variety of “dollar stores”). She said the perfume she was wearing was called Blue Lady 2. I found the store, purchased L’Incontournable (?) Blue Lady 2 by the the brand Rasasi. Also, in the same store, I found a long-discontinued Escada perfume (already opened and everything but I didn’t care) and immediately purchased that too.
What cracks me up the most, about all this, is that this perfume is called Blue Lady 2 so there must have been an original Blue Lady at one point! As it turns out, after checking out the “official” Rasasi site, my suspicions were confirmed.
Rasasi Perfumes Industry LLC is a family owned business in Dubai, founded in 1979. Today, Rasasi ranks amongst the UAE’s foremost fragrance companies, driven by global vision. Rasasi pioneered the concept of exclusive and dedicated mono brand fragrance store; right after its establishment- an initiative which became a widely emulated trend in the regional perfume retail industry. Another unprecedented milestone was the insurmountable success of its maiden label ‘Blue Lady‘ – the flag bearer of the Rasasi spirit in the Occidental range of perfumes.
That’s an excerpt nicked off their About Us section on the Rasasi website. They also have a little quiz that’s supposed to help you figure out what your “fragrance personality” is and which Rasasi fragrance to purchase.
This is what it looks like from the back.
She’s called the “Blue Lady”
She’s got style
She is fashionable because she has style
Blue Lady created by Rasasi over a decade ago, was for such a person who is bursting with optimism in a world which may seem hopeless at times. Age does not alter the beauty of the Blue Lady; she adapts to modernity in a classic way as one who truly understands fashion.
Rasasi now after a fruitful wait and reflexion brings out yet another masterpiece the L’Incontournable Blue Lady 2
Rasasi brings you Rasasi L’incontournable Blue Lady 2 Perfume for Women, which is a perfect blend of fragrances that enamour your senses and entice emotions. Get a bottle of this perfume and spread the sweet fragrance wherever you go. Its sweet smelling and alluring aroma will keep you fresh all throughout the day and heighten your feminine beauty. Dab on for a luxurious feeling that lasts through the day. It is ideal for both daily and party wear.
With a unique blend of floral and fruity notes, the perfume is the perfect concoction of what every woman desires. You will be able to detect notes of rose, plum and melon when you apply the fragrance. The base notes of the perfume hints sandalwood and musk. The three different notes are a great combination of violet leaves, jasmine, tuberose, vanilla, narcissus, peach, sandalwood and amber. Simply spray on yourself and feel the essence of luxurious beauty and enhance your feminine charm. This perfume is a must-buy for women who like to flaunt their elegance.
The sensational perfume is well blended with all the lush elements of nature that will ignite your senses of youth and make you feel gorgeous about yourself. Buy a Rasasi Perfume for yourself or simply surprise your lady-love by gifting her one today! The perfume makes of a great gift and your gift will not go un-acknowledged. Bring out the elegant lady in you, buy the Rasasi L’incontournable Blue Lady 2 Perfume for Women today.
I couldn’t find the actual description on Rasasi’s website so I had to resort to getting the above description (which is hilarious!) from somewhere else. Apparently, Rasasi has both Oriental fragrances which contain some form of Oud and Occidental fragrances which are what “western” perfumes are perceived to be (English Names, Bizarre Perfume Bottles, etc…) or something. I dunno’… it’s really confusing. I guess they don’t make Blue Lady 2 anymore as I can only find Blue Lady on their website unless they’ve updated the scent on the original, to make it smell more like Blue Lady 2 which negates the need for them to have both Blue Ladies, respectively. Like I said, I don’t know.
At first, I was afraid to spray this on my actual skin (I’ve heard of cheap-y brands using all kinds of harmful things in their perfumes) and just sprayed some on a tissue but so far, going by the their website, the brand seems to be legit, so I manned up eventually and sprayed some on my wrist. After I stopped sneezing, all I got was florals, florals, and more florals. Honestly, it smells like a floral-y air-freshener. What happened to the yummy gourmand perfume that I’d purchased? I guess it could be due to the fact that I’ve had this for a couple of years (it says manufactured in 2013 at the bottom) but then again, it was unopened (never spritzed) and was always stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Also, I don’t know if it’s just my mind playing tricks on me or what, but my wrist (where I sprayed Blue Lady 2) is starting to feel itchy. If I develop some sort of rash from this, I’ll be very sad and then I’ll really be a “Blue, Lady“.
I know I’ve mostly been making fun of L’Icontournable Blue Lady 2 but the packaging gives me Boy George vibes circa 80’s while the bottle kinda’ reminds me of a 60’s air-hostess. Plus it’s all ombre (half-empty), blue, and overall looks pretty cool. Maybe the yummy-smelling perfume that I wanted is actually the original Blue Lady and I’d misheard and somehow gotten the wrong one. I don’t know and at this point, I don’t care because I’m over it. I’m more worried about how itchy it’s making me feel!
Moral of the story, don’t save your perfumes for that perfect moment (when the stars are in perfect alignment, etc…) or a special event or whatever because perfumes can turn, pretty quick, especially the cheap-y ones. Funny enough, even though I keep referring to it as cheap-y, this wasn’t that cheap. Although I bought it at the “dollar store”, it was actually around KD5-7 ($15-23). That said, I’m definitely getting rid of L’Incontournable Blue Lady 2.