Two new perfumes were sent my way, courtesy of Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl. I have sampled them both and offer my thoughts and impressions.
You should know by now that I am incapable of serious perfume reviews.
Truth or Dare: My first thought, upon application, was that one could dissolve a cherry lifesaver in water, add a bit of baby powder, rub the concoction on one's skin and create the same aroma.
Fortunately, as it develops, Truth or Dare gains a bit of floral freshness, still retaining it's sweet, cherry beginning. In the end, however, the freshness subsides and I am left with the life saver/baby powder drydown.
Rebel Angel: This one is somewhat more complex. A geranium vibe intervenes from the beginning, adding an earthiness to the top notes.
As RA develops, it becomes more gourmand and takes on a 'cakey' quality. After an hour, I find myself wondering what's making me crave Belgian waffles.
Ah, it's Rebel Angel.
Both Truth or Dare and Rebel Angel are obviously created for a very young audience. They have moderate sillage and staying power (Rebel Angel lasts longer than Truth or Dare on my skin).
With their naughty names, I expected a bit more edginess. In reality, both are virginal and ladylike. Almost old fashioned.
Perhaps even in perfume, history repeats itself.