Even before I began my beauty blogging endeavor, I remember reading rave reviews about Aquolina Pink Sugar, a popular, yet, hard to find perfume, that managed to reach cult status over the years.
And even though I kind of knew that this wasn't going to be my cup of tea, as most reviewers described it as a young and sweet scent (whereas I lean towards anything with a subtle masculine edge), curiosity got the best of me in the end - who am I to resist a cult classic after all?!
Pink Sugar is definitely a young and girly scent. Its top notes consist of
orange, bergamot, raspberry and fig leaves, followed by a heart of red berries, lily of the valley, licorice and cotton candy, whereas the base relies on caramel, vanilla and musk. I must say, that the citrus-y freshness is only detectable for the first few minutes, before it gives its place to the musky, vanilla based sweetness that Pink Sugar is mostly known for. It's quite a noticeable scent (to others around you, anyways) and it lasts a good few hours without fading much, which means that one shouldn't overdo it, otherwise it may end up too overpowering and cloying.
Personally speaking, it really doesn't do it for me, I find it too simple, too sweet and too young, although I can definitely tolerate it better than, say, Britney Spears Fantasy, which would give me a headache every single time. If I were to describe this, I'd use the term "baby prostitute", which may not be entirely a bad thing, depending on the effect you're going for.
As for its male attention grabbing abilities, I didn't find that to always be the case: the reactions I got ranged from "fun" and "nice" to "heavy", so perhaps you might want to tread carefully if you're thinking of using this to impress someone with a sensitive nose. I suspect that its sweet "vanilla/caramel cupcake" essence would be a hit among many guys, but it lacks even the slightest hint of complexity and sophistication (i.e. this is really not "signature scent" material, especially if you're past your early twenties).
I might try to layer this though, before I completely write it off! Any recommendations are welcome!
Have you tried Aquolina Pink Sugar? Do you like sweet perfumes?
What perfume has gotten you the most compliments from guys?