|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|