One Thousand Scents

Monday, April 26, 2010

Scentroulette Day 15: Ananas Fizz by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Ananas Fizz seems to have been constructed to be cheery and fun and likeable, so why don't I like it very much?

The top is a charming, barely sweet concoction of citrus zest and pineapple, which, given the name ("ananas" is French for "pineapple"), is less a star player than I would have expected. And then it fairly quickly goes flat, joined by a cedar note which doesn't seem to fit the rest of the scent, and the pineapple takes on a synthetic quality that didn't appear at the start. It isn't objectionable or hateful, it's not a scrubber; it's just kind of blah. And for the price--currently $95 for a 50-mL spray--it's shamefully short-lived, gone in less than two hours.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Pineapple (dense, creamy pineapple plus the usual CSP vanilla) and Demeter Blue Hawaiian (bright, chipper orange-pineapple) are much better pineapple scents, for my money. Over on Makeupalley, Blue Hawaiian, despite being the least expensive of the three, gets the highest rating, and I would have to agree: it has the usual Demeter longevity, which is to say very little, but it lasts just as long as Ananas Fizz and is fresher and cheerier, and at that price ($6 for a half-ounce splash, $20 for a one-ounce spray) you won't mind reapplying every hour or so. If you want one that lasts, and have a taste for that CSP brand of rich sweetness, then try Vanille Pineapple; it goes for hours and hours.

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