For as long as I can remember, I've always been interested in woody fragrances. Like a real LA woman, I was committed to Le Labo's Santal 33 ($ 192) for years, changing only slightly to experiment with similarly tangy scents that were downright hearty with notes of sandalwood, bergamot, vetiver, and others Flavors are decorated. Scents classified as sweet or gourmet – the chic name for perfumes that smell almost edible with notes of honey, caramel, vanilla and the like – just never called me. (A brief stint in middle school with one of Paris Hilton's body sprays was the first and last time I focused on something that made me smell like I was dipped in sugar.) Too unsophisticated, I scoffed at my Le Labo-scented one High horse. But that changed when I finally got my hands on a bottle of Rihanna's favorite perfume, Kilian's Love, Don't Be Shy ($ 240).
It wasn't until recently that I seriously thought about getting into sweet perfumes, but a year-long love affair with Frédéric Male's portrait of a lady ($ 255) and a more recent rendezvous with Tom Ford's Bitter Peach ($ 350) got me thinking brought that maybe, just maybe, I'm into warmer, more syrupy notes than I'd imagine. Then a TikTok viral video reminded me that my Queen Rihanna is widely known as one of the best smelling people in Hollywood and that her signature scent is key to that reputation. The candied notes of orange blossom, vanilla and marshmallow that I normally would have turned my nose up at were suddenly so intriguing to me. It's not that I'm naive enough to believe that a price tag is always an accurate indicator of quality, but at $ 240 for a single bottle, I suspected this fragrance would be something special. Spoiler alert: it is.
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