Tender, I could never feel disgust for a consensual love between a woman and her perfume. You’re living your life the way you choose, and no one is being harmed (except perhaps your friends with their nimimy-piminy aesthetics).
I need he-he-helppp! I've fallen for a great 'fume, a real sweetheart, but the problem is, I hate her looks and the company she keeps, and now I'm afraid my friends will hate me for wanting to be friends with her.
Yes, I'm a terrible snob, superficial and scentsitive, but what would you do if your new love turned out to be Miss Dior Chérie L'Eau (that's the green one, not the pink one)?
Katie, can you help me find something that smells like MDCL'E but isn't MDCL'E, or are you shaking your head in disgust at me?
Having said that, I positively pounced on your question, because I happen to have a couple of pretty good ideas for "grown up" variations on Miss Dior Chérie L'Eau’s theme.
But first, don't be too hasty to abandon your loyal companion if she's the one who's making you smell the way you like to smell. I happen to think that this watery fruity-caramel with soft musk is nicely composed and even borderline odd. I'm always in favor of a bit of quirk.
Anyway, most of the kids seem too preoccupied with older sis Miss Dior Chérie, with her strawberry Jell-O and patchouli ka-pow, so you’re not gonna be called out by an angry tween for co-opting the scent of Generation Z if you stick with Chérie L’Eau.
For the record, the official notes for Miss Dior Chérie L'Eau list bitter orange, gardenia accord and white musks. There seems to be no mention of what I refer to as “stoner munchie mix accord”: a borderline-stale caramel popcorn aroma that drifts around the periphery of Chérie L'Eau.
It’s a buttery, starchy sweetness that I also experience in Stella McCartney Stella Sheer (2009), except here the white flowers are swapped out for roses. And you should also seek out The Body Shop Love Etc, another cozy-fruity-musky caramel popcorn, though this still keeps you firmly, if sweetly, in mall-rat territory.
If it’s truly time to make like Sabrina back from Paris and wow Humphrey Bogart with how much you (Audrey Hepburn) have matured, I’ve lined up two contenders:
D&G Anthology 18 La Lune is a rosy tuberose that starts off citrus-y and drifts off into a verrrrry nice leathery sandalwood. It’s pretty and feminine with teensy kink.
Prada L'Eau Ambrée is a light jasmine-gardenia with a citrus kick-off into ambered vanilla. Like Miss Dior Chérie L'Eau, it has a watery quality that keeps things ambiguous and subtle.
Let me know if any of these pass muster with snobby you!
Fumeheads - what else might fit the bill for Tender?