Sunday, 24 July 2011

Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Perfume Review

Hello ladyyyyz. Hope everyone's enjoying a wonderful lazy Sunday. It has been drizzling here from time to time but this year we haven't experienced a proper monsoon in Islamabad as yet. Thats when it rains non-stop for days and the weather cools down significantly . It was extremely humid and hot a few days back and one could hardly breathe. The lake/dam outside my window has become more like an ugly swampland and cows graze there now lol. Last year the entire 9km lake filled up in one night due to flooding and the spill ways had to be opened. It was pretty scary.


Cows grazing
Sorry about the ramble. But I'm one of those people who lets the weather get the best of them. I will be reviewing a different sort of celebrity perfume today different in a sense that it`s not your average sweet sickly fume that celebrities usually churn out.It`s called lovely by sex and the city acclaimed actress Sarah Jessica Parker. I like the fact that Sarah claims to be involved in every step for making of this scent. From Inspiration, to notes, to packaging. Mostly celebrities just sign contracts with perfume houses to associate their names with fragrances as a self-promotion campaign for huge sums of money.
Lovely is the first fragrance by Sarah Jessica Parker (in partnership with Coty Inc.). Obsessed with style and fashion, Sarah always wanted to create a signature scent that would be very sexy and yet undeniably classy. She did not want her fragrance to be overpowering, but instantly recognizable, like infamous aromatic concoction she made for herself from 3 separate fragrances before she co-createdLovely.
Lovely is a soft, powdery, discrete and very intimate fragrance, announced as 'silky white amber'. It possesses an elegance characteristic of classic fragrances. And yet the fragrance is quite modern and very charming.
It opens with soft citruses (nectarine and bergamot) and woody (rosewood) notes, with a touch of lavender, which is very discrete and not at all sharp. The fragrance develops further with notes of apple martini, white daffodil and orchid. The base unites white amber, cedar, woody notes and white musk.
According to Sarah's words, the perfume is appropriate for all generations: 'from 17 to 107'. The fragrance was created by Laurent Le Guernec and Clement Gavarry in 2005 with Sarah herself being the creative director, actively participating in the process from its start to finish. (source fragrantica.com)
My small 1.7 FL OZ bottle
MY REVIEW: I absolutely adore "Lovely" by Sarah Jessica Parker. I immediately did a double take/sniff after smelling this for the first time. Ahhh! the swaying lavender fields of Provence.

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It`s a soft spicy lavender woody musk. I don`t experience all the notes on my skin. The prominent note is no doubt lavender. It`s perfect for warmer months when  fragrances that are too sweet gets cloying very quickly. It feels clean and fresh but not citrussy.It`s hard to tell from the bottle,but I find it`s a tad masculine too. If you look at the notes you will find most of them are used in men`s perfumes except for maybe the orchid. It can be unisex even though I cant imagine a guy buying something called lovely which is pink and comes in a bottle with a lavender ribbon around it :) The bottle is beautiful. Elegant and vintage in style. Interestingly, the drydown of lovely is exactly like  Narcisso Rodriguez For Her ( the pink bottle). So, if u like `for her' but find it too expensive this is very very similar. I`m surprised how perfumes tend to change the way they smell with the seasons. I find lovely does not work at all for the winters. It turns sharp and plastikcy  if there is such a word . Overall a great debut from SJP and can be enjoyed by all ages. It comes in a 50 ml bottle for $48, or 100 ml for $62.

Perfume Category: Floral Woody Musk.

TOP NOTES: Lavender, Bergamot, Mandarin

MIDDLE NOTES: Apple Martini, Rosewood, Paperwhites, Orchid

BASE NOTES: Patchouli, Musk, Cedar, Amber and Woods.

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 Off Topic: A collaborative effort titled, Outside My Window, is doing the rounds in quite a few blogs which I found interesting. Collection of pictures from all over the world of what people look at each day outside their window.

Glimpses from apartments in Paris, flats in Hong Kong, and backyards in North Carolina are shared with people in far away lands and aim to provide a peek of an everyday view. It doesn't have to be picturesqe or scenic that`s what makes it interesting. It can be anything even a plain brick wall is cute and funny. So I`m tagging all my followers (of course only if you are comfortable with the idea) to do a picture post titled Outside my window or whatever you want to name it.
Thanks to everyone who took the time out to view my post. Have a great Sunday.







23 comments:

benish said...

i got this as a birthday present from my sister.she knew that i am a fan of Sarah Jessica Parker and i wanted the perfume and i couldn't find it anywhere in Pakistan...i love the smell and the simple and decent bottle is adorable...its a good perfume for both day and night..i dont think it is masculine not even a bit:-)

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Pandora`s Box said...

@benish Thanks for your comment. You will be happy to know that now it`s widely available here :)

Su said...

What a view! I just love that you are so close to nature! I will be stealing the "Outside my Window" tag from you :)

Another great review. SJP is nice and classy from what I remember. I am intrigued by the comparison with Narciso Rodriguez her. I will surely compare the two next time I am at the shops :)

Pandora`s Box said...

@Su Please do :) I hope you are feeling much better. I find the drydown very similar to NR EDP, do tell me what you think.

Rakhshanda said...

Great review Pandora...looks great!!!!

bhumika said...

sounds nicee.. :)

Pooja_G said...

u can create such a beautiful story out of a perfume...it is as if I cud smell it from here.loved reading the post... :)

Viya ;) said...

I could literalllyyy smell the perfume by the way you have sooooo beautifully described it! :) ...
I bbaadddly want it nowww!! :|
And oh my gosh! You have a lovely view outside you window!!! Damn.. all i have is a barren terrace and a mango tree!..

Arrianna said...

you make me want to try all of these different perfumes! and you have the best descriptions of them! haha ^.^

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Mary ♥ Mur said...


Oh, you ve got such a beautifull blog.))
Love your post.)

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Diane said...

i so love that perfume... LOVE!

ZatZ said...

sounds beautiful :-) Never tried this perfume but im looking forward to.. i will do the outside my window post asap!

Thank you!

Pyari Beauty said...

This perfume is one of my mum's favourites. She loves SJP perfumes. :)

I may share a snap of what's outside my window it's not gonna be as interesting as your's though. :)

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Fragancia said...

I love this one! I prefer flowery scents over the made up ones! great review :) <3

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Lovely shots through the window...
And the perfume must be awesome, I love the top n base notes combo!!!
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Sara.H said...

Great review girl. I should try this :) <3

Glamarama said...

Excellent review! This is one of my favourite perfumes! I love it so much I've repurchased it twice!!SJP has done a great job with her first perfume.
Have you tried the rest of her perfumes. Would love to know what you think of them!

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Pandora`s Box said...

Thank you much love ladies

Pandora`s Box said...

@Glamarama Thanks for dropping by. Yes I have tried SJP`s Endless, dawn, twilight, covet (the first one) and SJP NYC. The review of Dawn coming up soon.

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

WOW...gorgeous pictures what a view!!!!!!!!! Amazing review and it only confirms how much I need this perfume. :)

<3 Marina
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Indgal said...

hey PB nice blog. Thanks for following me, following you back :)

Anonymous said...

The inspiration behind Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker's first scent, lovely, was her love of layering scents. What became of this inspiration is a femine and timeless signature scent for women of all ages.

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