Also at Marina Mall, I popped by VaVaVoom.
I was actually looking for an Oscar De La Renta fragrance but couldn’t seem to find the brand (not at the Autumn Perfumes Exhibition and not at Harvey Nichols, not even at Sephora). I did however stumble upon the Juicy Couture counter which I didn’t even know existed there before now (I’ve been meaning to give Viva La Juicy Gold Couture a sniff since forever).
The lovely Filipina sales assistant was so helpful and accommodating that I ended up purchasing Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum on the spot! She even tossed in a 3pc Holiday Candle Gift Set (red box) and filled up an 8mL Atomizer Spray for me (with a perfume of my choosing) and gave me several fragrance samples to boot!
Initially, I’d walked in to VaVaVoom to ask about Oscar De La Renta, but then I clocked the Versace counter and asked to sniff Versace Crystal Noir (heard good things).
While walking around waiting for it to dry down, I spotted the Juicy Couture counter! Right away, I sniffed Viva La Juicy Gold Couture, liked it and purchased it.
I don’t believe I’ve ever owned anything from Juicy Couture before.
I might have visited the official Juicy Couture boutique (more than a decade or so ago) with a cousin of mine who was there to purchase one of their infamous tracksuits that had “Juicy” scrawled on the back (they were a thing waaay back then), but that was pretty much it.
As you can see, this thing came properly sealed and everything.
Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum
Decadent. Indulgent. Intoxicating.
Couture Overdose. She is couture all the way. Spinning an addictive web of glamour and decadence at the center of her golden world. For her, all that glitters is gold. Her fragrance, Viva La Juicy Gold Couture.
The bottle was an absolute abomination!
It was a reflective gold bottle (blech) encased in another clear glass bottle. The face of the bottle had the tackiest logo ever! The gaudy oversized cap was meant to be shaped like a gem or crystal or whatever. The cap also had a black polka-dotted bow wrapped around the neck (because all that other stuff clearly wasn’t enough to make this thing stand out lol).
The whole thing was just… hideous!
Look at that!
At least the polka-dotted bow was removable (thank goodness for small blessings) which made the ugly cap marginally less gaudy.
Don’t get me wrong. It was still very ugly, but slightly less so now.
A decadent rendition of Viva La Juicy that indulges the senses with luscious wild berries, a kiss of honeysuckle and a luxurious elixir of golden amber, melted caramel, and vanilla.
Top Notes: Wild Berries, Gardenia, Muguet
Middle Notes: Vanilla Orchid, Honeysuckle, Jasmine Sambac
Base Notes: Melted Caramel, Vanilla Cream, Praline, Sandalwood
Aesthetics aside, it was the scent that mattered. Sadly, the one I got was very, very, very different from the tester I tried out in-store!
For starters, as soon as I spritzed this thing on, I got a blast of pure alcohol. Clearly, mine was expired (thanks, VaVaVoom!) and had been expired for quite some time now.
After a few minutes, the alcohol-y scent dissipated and I got florals (blech). I adore honeysuckle and I don’t even know what vanilla orchid was supposed to smell like, but it sounded great! However, all I could smell was jasmine sambac, sadly. Eventually, a shy vanilla scent peeked out, but it was extremely faint, while the florals were still center stage.
At least it smelled pleasant on my clothes, kinda’ reminding me of Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Summer. Also whenever I’d re-enter a room where I’d spritzed this thing on in earlier, I could smell some sweetness, which I’m assuming was a faint echo of what the perfume originally smelled like, before it had expired.
Yeah, this thing was mostly definitely expired.
Here’s the kicker. I payed full price for it.
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum set me back KD 37/750
– Viva La Juicy was released in 2008
– Viva La Juicy Gold Couture was released in 2014
The perfume I got might very well have been one of the ones manufactured in 2014 (judging by the strong alcohol-y scent). I’m doubtful VaVaVoom are going to let me return it or exchange it for something else, but I should probably give that a try.
I also got a gift with purchase and some fragrance samples, which I like to believe was out of the kindess of the sales assistant’s heart (she seemed like a really nice older lady).
RB Scented Candles
She let me take my pick from a Pink Box (Pink/Purple/Silver Candles) and a Red Box (Red/Gold/Silver Candles). Both sets had no other info or anything else printed on them other than “Scented Candles” and the logo of what appeared to be a rose.
To be honest, I couldn’t smell a thing from both sets of candles, but I went with the Red Box because the color scheme seemed more “Christmas-y”. It’s safe to assume these “scented candles” were probably expired as well, based on their lack of scent.
RB Portable Refillable Perfume Atomizer
The sweetheart of a sales assistant also agreed to let me choose a fragrance to fill up the 8mL Travel Spray with, for me. She even let me take my pick from the different colored Travel Sprays. There were all kinds of colors from Red and Pink and so on, but I went with Black, naturally.
Judging by the rose logo on the packaging, I’m assuming the Scented Candles Gift Set was made by the same brand as the Travel Spray. I’ve never heard of RB before and doubt I ever will again. That said, the Travel Spray looked nice and sleek and a handy little window (to help keep track of how much liquid was left inside).
Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Eau de Parfum
Top Notes: Blood Orange, Grapefruit
Heart Notes: Honey, Gardenia
Base Notes: Patchouli
I chose Scandal which was sold out at the Autumn Perfumes Exhibition (here). It was wonderfully sweet! However, I could detect some florals similar to the ones found in Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense (haulage here). I wanna’ say it was the orange blossom, but not all the notes were listed. In any case, a delightful honey scent made an appearance and stayed there… the entire time!
Scandal had impossibly gorgeous sillage and smelled equally wonderful on my skin! I’m definitely going to purchase the full size, next chance I get!
– x2 Versace Crystal Noir Eau de Toilette
– Juicy Couture Regal Glistening Amber Eau de Parfum
– The Different Company Majaĩna Sin Eau de Parfum
Versace Crystal Noir Eau de Toilette
Top Notes: Blackcurrant, Black Fig, Violet
Heart Notes: Tuberose, Frangipani, Jasmine
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cashmeran, Vanilla Pod, Heliotropine
Crystal Noir was released in 2004
The sales assistant remembered my initial interest in Versace Crystal Noir and gave me x2 fragrance samples of the stuff!
It smelled surprisingly fresh and uplifting! I quite liked it! Unfortunately, there was a stinky note (frangipani?) which I found a bit… jarring. It went away 15 minutes later and all I could smell was the delightful citrus-y notes again. After some time, it turned into a musky masculine fragrance, which I did not enjoy.
Juicy Couture Regal Glistening Amber Eau de Parfum
Top Notes: Frangipani, Raspberry
Heart Notes: Orris, Vanilla, Incense
Base Notes: Amber, Cashmeran, Musk
– Juicy Couture Regal Royal Rose was released in 2017
– Juicy Couture Regal Majestic Woods was released in 2017
– Juicy Couture Regal Glistening Amber was released in 2018
At first, all I could smell was that unpleasant sour note (that I refer to as leather, but I’m willing to bet anything that it’s orris), which is usually found in fragrances favored by Arab grandmas. While it didn’t actually suffocate me, unlike Al Jalila (haulage here), it was still very unpleasant.
About half an hour or so later, I detected some vanilla and sandalwood which smelled delightful! My nose picked up on the raspberry as well, but I’m not the biggest fan of raspberry in fragrances, to the extent that I even gifted my Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Gift Set virtually untouched, aside from that initial first spritz, to someone else (haulage here), because I couldn’t stand the raspberry note.
Long story short, Regal Glistening Amber smelled suspiciously similar to something out of the Guerlain Les Absolus d’Orient Collection (dis). It had some sweeter notes that I typically tend to enjoy, but it had other notes that I found too overpowering and quite frankly, unpleasant. Hours later though, Regal Glistening Amber kinda’ gave me Maison Lancome Oud Bouquet vibes, which I adored! Still, that was too much torture to go through for the payoff, which only came much later (I’m not a patient person).
The Different Company Majaĩna Sin Eau de Parfum
My freshness is opulent, made from an excessive Vanilla – Madagascar’s brown treasure. Alongside the Vanilla, other riches from the fertile soil have inspired me: explosive Cinnamon and mouth-watering Ginger. From the Cologne Collection, I cannot hide the Bergamot and Neroli notes of which I am composed. Smelling me will generate a strong dependency, a feeling of belonging. I am a tribute to a country and its inhabitants. I am a sweet and refreshing madness, an olfactory paradox.
I am Majaĩna Sin.
Top Notes: Candied Orange Bigarade, Bergamot, Neroli, Orange Blossom, Ginger from Madagascar
Heart Notes: Heliotrope, Orchid Chestnut Cream, Cinnamon from Madagascar, Maple Syrup
Base Notes: Tonka Bean from Guatemala, Amber, Sandal Album, Musk, Vanilla Gold Extract from Madagascar
Majaĩna Sin Eau de Parfum was released in 2017
I’ve never heard of The Different Company prior to this. Apparently, it was a “niche” brand.
I was beyond excited to give Majaĩna Sin a sniff!
It was an airy gourmand!
It had all kinds of different “gourmand notes” including the ones found in the opening of Lancome La Vie Est Belle which were all so beautifully blended together! Afterwards, I could smell the cinnamon, which was never overbearing and juuust right. Sadly, the entire scent completely disappeared within minutes. I had to struggle to detect the scent on my skin, but then I’d randomly get a whiff of it throughout the day. Majaĩna Sin was extremely, extremely weak! Disappointing.