The Autumn Perfumes Exhibition took place at Mishref Fair Grounds (Halls 5,6,7,8) during October 24 and was meant to end on November 6, but was extended to November 9 (because… weekend).
After being smitten with a sample of Huge Boss Ma Vie pour Femme during the previous Perfumes Exhibition at the start of the year (here), I made it a point to hit up the Hugo Boss counter to purchase the full size, but instead, ended up falling in love and walking away with Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum (name needs to be longer). It was a delightful gourmand that put me in the mindset of sipping on hot cocoa!
Addictive cocoa absolute pulses at the heart of BOSS The Scent Private Accord For Her, while the freshness of sweet mandarin and captivating osmanthus contrast with warm tonka.
BOSS The Scent Private Accord For Her is presented in a refined faceted flacon of gradient amber glass, finished with a warm golden cap. The bottle offers a contemporary update for fragrance collections.
As you can see, it came properly sealed and everything.
The packaging was a nice pink-y brown, to match the cocoa scent I suppose.
Things were a bit chaotic at the Autumn Perfumes Exhibition so I didn’t get the chance to really take much notice of the cap and so, was a bit taken aback when I opened up the box only to find this pretty thing…
For whatever reason, the cap looked so appealing to me!
The “faceted flacon” or bottle looked lovely as well!
Also, the atomizer spritzed an insanely fine mist! One of the best spritzers I’ve come across, to date!
You could see what the bottle looked like head on in the first photo (all the way at the top), but here’s a few more pics of the bottle from different angles (note the smudge courtesy of my thumb, on the side of the reflective cap).
While the chocolate-orange combo has been done before, it was a bit obnoxious (okay, fine, very obnoxious) in Mugler Angel Muse Eau de Parfum (haulage here) whereas Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum was a much, much, much more mellow take on it.
This baby was much softer and consequentially didn’t last as long, sad to say. It’s fine though because I suppose I could just get creative with layering (for example, popping on a vanilla body lotion beforehand).
Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum was the most comforting scent ever! It wasn’t your average run-of-the-mill obnoxiously sweet gourmand. It was softer, creamier and more sophisticated.
It started off as an orange-y scent (not quite citrus-y), but mere seconds later, the unmistakable heavenly cocoa made an appearance, with possibly a hint of coffee in there. The dry down was a lovely soft vanillary scent. All in all, the whole thing smelled warm and cozy and comforting and just simply delicious!
As much as I adore the scent, I gotta’ be honest. This felt like something I’d find at Victoria’s Secret or Bath&Body Works, especially when you factor in the weakness of the scent and its non-existent lasting power. Beast-mode, this ain’t. I’m glad I bought it, but I’m even more glad that I got it at a reduced price, because this sure as heck ain’t worth the KD 41/250 price tag, sorry to say. It’s gorgeous… but weak (just being honest).
To be clear, I absolutely adore the scent on Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum, but it would benefit from being stronger.
While the 100mL bottle of Hugo Boss Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum normally retails for KD 41/250 I managed to snag it on sale for only KD 22 (score)!
Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum came in 30mL and 50mL and 100mL (as shown).
Boss The Scent For Her Eau de Parfum was released in 2016
Boss The Scent For Her Intense Eau de Parfum was released in 2017
Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum was released in 2018
Boss The Scent For Her Absolute Eau de Parfum was released in 2019
Each scent was substantially different but they all come in the same bottle (exact same design but slightly different color) which could be confusing. If you’re interested in the version I got, just keep an eye out for the words “Private Accord“.
Despite the fact that I’m already in love and quite attached to Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her (2018), I’m very, very interested in giving Boss The Scent For Her Absolute (2019) a sniff. It’s an addiction, I tells ya’!
They also tossed in a bunch of fragrance samples! Oddly enough, the samples were mostly from Gucci but one was from Mugler.
Gucci Mémoire d’Une Odeur Eau de Parfum
Presenting the first universal fragrance by Gucci, Mémoire d’une Odeur is a scent that explores the power of memories, bringing them back from the past and making them live in our present.
Transcending gender and time, Gucci Mémoire d’Une Odeur blends Roman Chamomile and Indian Coral Jasmine to establish a new olfactive family, Mineral Aromatic.
– Top Notes of Roman Chamomile—a timeless, green aromatic scent, now used for the first time in perfumery.
– Heart Notes of Indian Coral Jasmine Nature Print ®—a note exclusive to Gucci, collected in India, with a honeyed temper and an orangey coral-colored heart—and precious Musks
– Base Notes of Vanilla and noble woods as Sandalwood and Cedarwood
The refined bottle recalls a vintage Gucci perfume from the ‘90s. Grooved like a column from an ancient world, the light green glass flacon features a gold-toned cap.
Symbolizing a starry night sky, the perfume’s green box is decorated with Celestial Firmaments inspired by Giotto’s Frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padova.
Released in August 2019
I was super excited to get several samples of Memoire d’Une Odeur because I adore scents that are supposed to “evoke memories”. They put a lot of effort into marketing this thing so I was expecting to be blown away. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
This smelled very, very light and faint (like something you’d purchase from Bath & Body Works or Victoria’s Secret, not Gucci). Also, it smelled like paint. You know when you step out of the elevator onto a floor that’s being renovated or whatever and they’ve just painted the walls a day or so ago? That’s what this smelled like at first.
Then it turned into the smell of the veggie drawer in our fridge (that houses cucumbers and whatever) before finally winding down to the smell of… dust. You know when you sit on a bench at one of those post-apocalyptic parks in Kuwait and you put your hand palm-down on the dusty bench and your hand smells dusty afterwards? That’s what this smelled like towards the end.
Since it evoked all those “memories” (paint and veggie drawer and dust), Memoire d’Une Odeur was an appropriate name, I suppose, so… mission accomplished, Gucci. Not to be a hater but the retro bottle looks like something a grandma would own, and all that green and stars on the packaging looked definitively Christmas-y, which was puzzling. All in all, not a fan.
Gucci Bloom Nettare Di Fiori Eau de Parfum
Top Notes: Ginger, Rose
Middle Notes: Jasmine Bud, Rangoon Creeper, Tuberose
Base Notes: Patchouli, Musk, Osmanthus
Released in 2018
Nope. I received a sample of this thing in a Fragrance Sample Pack with my order from Nordstrom months ago (here) and I hated the scent then, so I’m definitely going to skip it now.
Mugler Alien Eau Sublime Eau de Toilette
At the zenith of the sun, the Alien Sun Goddess reveals to us Eau Sublime, a new luminous and refreshing Eau de Toilette fragrance. A cocktail of energy that awakens the senses with a surge of freshness. A new solar revelation bursting forth from a flurry of sun-kissed Jasmine and Tiare Flower.
A luminous and refreshing fragrance, an energizing cocktail which stimulates the senses.
Top Notes: Lemon, Orange, Mandarin Orange, Galbanum
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Heliotrope, Tiare, Cherry Blossom
Base Notes: Cashmere Woods, Vetiver, White Amber
Released in 2017
I wish Mugler listed their fragrance notes normally (as in top, heart and base) like the rest of the fragrance companies, as opposed to their more… whimsical approach. I had to hunt down the notes elsewhere, so they may not be 100% accurate. That said, Alien Eau Sublime was limited edition and therefore may no longer be in circulation, making the notes irrelevant.
First of all, A+ for presentation (it’s only a sample but look at how cute they made it… look). Second, I was fully expecting to not like this scent (based on the notes), but I really, really like Alien Eau Sublime! Enough to hunt it down and purchase it, even! I should just accept the fact that I’m definitely going to love anything and everything by Mugler and take that as a given, at this point.
Wow! Just… WOW! Alien Eau Sublime truly was sublime! I couldn’t stop sniffing my wrist! The sillage on this beauty was everything! I thought this baby smelled familiar and I think I’ve finally narrowed it down to another long-discontinued limited edition fragrance which happened to be one of my favorites, Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixer Eau de Parfum (reviewed here). Well… that settled that! I’m definitely going to have to hunt Mugler Alien Eau Sublime down now!
I enjoyed playing around with the fragrance samples, but I was more pleased about the fact that Hugo Boss Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum was so greatly reduced in price and I look forward to hitting up their booth again… in March lol