|My deluxe size sample of Dior Addict Shine|
Dior Addict Shine Eau de Parfum is my favorite scent from my miniature fragrance collection. You could say I've saved the best for last! My predilection for Dior Addict Shine is not a surprise, as I do enjoy most scents in the Dior Addict series. Dior Addict Shine is a zesty fruity floral. It opens with a lemon rind that bubbles up and out like sparkling water. The lemon melds well with the tartness of raspberry. This joining is smoothed over with a stem of gardenia that adds a silky femininity and preserves the simplicity of the scent. Finally, the fragrance is finished off with a shot of clean cedar. The overall effect is crisp, optimistic, and beautiful. Dior Addict Shine is no longer available at mainstream U.S. retailers; fortunately I have good amount left to savor in my little bottle.
|The fragrance ban cohort. All these scents have been reviewed, finally!|
I enjoyed how writing reviews forced me to think critically about a scent. It taught me to appreciate the experience, as opposed to focusing on feelings of 'like' or 'dislike'. I like more scents now, but I love fewer scents. (This conveniently curbs the urge to buy). I rekindled an appreciation for the beauty found in simplicity. Currently, I'm enjoying scents that sing in duets, as opposed to those that play in a symphony of blooms.
In addition to being a good exercise for my nose, the fragrance ban provided new photographic opportunities. Perfume bottles differ in size and shape, allowing for fun and different compositions. And then, there were paper packets. Typically, fragrance bloggers will use stock and other illustrative images when describing a sample vial; however, I prefer to rely upon personal photographs, so I shot the leaflets instead. While photographing freebies might not be glamorous, I like that it reflects reality: I have a shoebox full of samples (see it here), not a cabinet of couture bottles!
|Prada Infusion d'Iris gift set|
Hurray, Dovey! Congratulations for sticking through it! I've enjoyed reading your fragrance posts, and the bottles are so cute :DReplyDelete
Hi Larie, Thank you so much!! :-)Delete
Yaay congrats, Dovey! My favorite Dior Addict is Dior Addict Eau Sensuelle, though I remember liking Dior Addict 2 as well!ReplyDelete
I'm just starting out to write about scents. It's not an easy job, because everything is so abstract. I try to do my best and engage people in my experience :)
Hi Sunny, Thank you! I'll have to try Sensuelle --- Dior Addict 2 is one of my favorites (sadly it's being discontinued too). I think you bring up a really good point about engaging people!Delete
Congrats on the end of your ban! It's such an accomplishment!ReplyDelete
I don't play around with perfumes too much because my boy is allergic, but I got the Dior Addict Shine as a sample and loved it! Perhaps I'll wear it when he's not around!
Hi Annick, Thank you so much! Oh no for the allergy; that's a good reason not to for sure. I'm so happy you've tried Dior Addict Shine too; I wasn't sure whether people would remember it, since it's been discontinued :)Delete
i must say that i much enjoyed your series of reviews thanks to(?) your ban, though. ;)
i used to be a worse fragrance junky and wanted to wear everything, but now i know myself and try to stick with what works for me. i usually like small sized full bottles and my cabinet is full of them. i should review on some of my winter favorites as well.
Hi Lena, Thank you so much, I'm so glad you read them :) Judging from your comments, you do have a lot of great insight when it comes to scents --- I would love to hear more on your blog as well!Delete
Anything Dior is simply fabulous :)ReplyDelete
Hi PDXbeautiful, agreed!Delete
Fantastic job on the ban. I wouldn't last a week.ReplyDelete
Hi Girlie Blogger, Thanks!!Delete
Hi this is the first time I came upon your blog and I loved it instantly!!! I am kind of a perfume addict myself, which is a very expensive addiction so these days I try to limit myself to 30 ml perfumes because I get bored easily and lose myself in another fragrance. But last month I made myself a list of perfumes which I already have and will use up and until then I can buy myself a new fragrance! Reading this post has made my mind more set to it and I hope I can pull it off :)ReplyDelete
HI Casey, Thank you so much! It's wonderful to hear from a first time reader. I hope you can pull off your personal perfume ban! I think it makes the newer ones all the more special!Delete
I loved reading the fragrance reviews Dovey, well done for sticking to your ban. I can't wait to hear how your new Prada baby fares for you, a well-earned treat :)ReplyDelete
Hi Emma, Thank you so much for the nice words of support! I'm really excited about the Prada too, and will of course post on it!Delete
Hurray, Dovey! Your Prada set is well-deserved and it's been enjoyable going through the ban with you (in spirit, sort of). :) It's also been quite motivating to see you power through the perfume reviews, so the whole thing has been quite wonderful all around in many ways!ReplyDelete
Hi Liz, Thank you so much for the support and comments! I'm glad I did well by my samples in the eyes of a true reductionista :)Delete
Hi Dovey, Congrats on the end of your ban! I've been thinking about going on a ban as well because I would like to use up and appreciate more what I already have. A few years ago I was even more interested in fragrance than makeup and would read many reviews & then wanted to try everything I had read about! I'm grateful for sites like Luckyscent that allow me to sample perfumes I'm intrigued by without having to splurge for a full bottle. I love your description of Dior Addict Shine - it sounds like a great scent! Enjoy your new Prada! :)ReplyDelete
Hi Makeup Magpie, Thank you so much! It's really fun to hear that you are a fragrance lover too! I think a ban helps change my perspective a bit (though at this point I'm not going to attempt any more a while!) I haven't tried sampling yet, but maybe I should! Thanks for bringing LuckyScent back to mind :)Delete
My favourite scent right now is Miss Dior; I'd love to hear how you would describe this one. You have a way with words when it comes to describing how the notes of a fragrance hit your nose! Do you tend to like the scented body lotions or shower gels that come in a fragrance line as well?ReplyDelete
Hi Bethy, Thanks for the kind words! Miss Dior is certainly a classic; it's been some time since I've spritzed it on myself. I checked my sample collection and I found Miss Dior Cherie (I think it's discontinued?), but no Miss Dior. I'll keep it in mind and try to get my hands on a sample somehow. As for body lotions, I have a couple but I don't actively purchase them, because I go back and forth between smells too often. That and they tend to be pricey unless they're purchased in sets. I've also heard that mixing a spritz in with regular lotion can do the trick (though I have yet to confirm) :)Delete
I've been told that Miss Dior Cherie is the same product and that they just changed the name however many reviews I have read claim that it doesn't smell the same. It has however been phased out and replaced with Miss Dior. No matter to me though, I got into it when Miss Dior was launched so I'm happy! My other no. 1 go to fragrance is Coco Mademoiselle. I just recently splurged on the bar soap as a treat!Delete
i can't remember if i said CONGRATS! yay i'm glad your fragrance ban is over :) i need to do something like this... for something. i have far too many things right now!ReplyDelete