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August 11, 2006

Vera Wang Princess : Perfume Review

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One must conclude that Barbie is the latest target demographic of choice. In fact, no other theory can explain all of the new releases that smell either like sugary frosting or fruit juice. Juicy Couture was frank about the Barbie inspiration behind their fragrance. Britney Spears Curious In Control came close, but J.Lo Love at First Glow won the Barbie award in the end. Next comes Vera Wang Princess, a composition of such sparkle and sweetness that it should come with a Barbie doll in tow. ...

The composition plays by all of the rules of a girly fragrance—its sugary sweetness is comprised of fruity notes and vanilla, its sheer base is laced with musk and amber, which bear little relationship to their animalic predecessors. Princess is a cocktail of pink fruits sweetened with vanilla and topped with a dollop of frosting. Although it is probably in the sophisticated league of Barbie fragrances, like many perfumes of its type, Princess is difficult to imagine on anyone over 12.

“She is the fashion forward 'it' girl in her teens and twenties,” notes Vera Wang press release, yet as someone in my twenties, I find it difficult to relate to the concept of Princess. Ultimately, the age has little to do with whether one might find this fragrance attractive, but rather with what one hopes to express through their scent. The extraverted femininity and the giggly demeanour of Princess hold little allure for me.

Now, onto the more interesting question--what would Ken’s fragrance smell like?

Vera Wang Princess includes notes of water lily, lady apple, mandarin meringue, golden apricot skin, ripe pink guava, Tahitian flower, wild tuberose, dark chocolate, pink frosting accord, precious amber, forbidden woods, royal musk captive, chiffon vanilla. Princess is available from Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks5thAvenue as well as other retailers. Vera Wang Princess website also offers an opportunity to obtain a free sample.

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