Back in March, I blogged about my friend Meredith’s perfume subscription service (The SA List) and self-deprecatingly described my (non) knowledge of perfume. After four seasons and a dozen scents, me with my library of perfumes looks a little something like this:
Ok, not really, but I’m totally perfume expert.
Ok, not really.
What I said in that very first post was that I wanted to try lots of different perfumes and figure out what I like and don’t like, and I can say that was successful.
The final Sweet Anthem subscription box included three new perfumes.
Ulalume is the standout in this box, for me. It’s light and crisp, and I personally love the ylang ylang note – I used to use a ylang ylang shampoo and the familiar note in this perfume sparks some happy memories.
I also really like Lenore, which is sweet and citrusy. I wish it were a bit stronger – in the eau de parfum concentration, it disappears on my skin after just a few minutes.
The third sample, Agatha, didn’t do much for me.
I loved receiving the samples throughout the year, and trying many different scents – like I said, I wanted to figure out what I like when it comes to perfume, and I definitely did.
I probably would have figured out that I love Alice (my favorite of all the Sweet Anthem perfumes I tried this year) just by trying a tester. Others though, notably Walden from the summer box and Ulalume from this box, I felt very ambivalent about until I actually wore them for a full day.
Then there’s Poppy, from the spring box, that I was dismissive of at first smell – this summer, I switched the lotion I use and found that I actually really like Poppy, it just smelled off when worn on top of the old lotion.