Reviewing a cult one: Aquolina Pink Sugar!

By Tina A. - July 02, 2013


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?


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6 comments

  1. My guy compliments on anything I wear.. but he particularly likes chanel no.5 eau premiere (he gifted me that, and he thinks it smells both classicly feminine and not too old as the original no.5)
    cheers :D

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    1. @Jacq H: See, that's the exact opposite of Pink Sugar, Chanel perfumes are always ladylike and sophisticated (even their male perfumes)! Hehe, sounds like Pink Sugar isn't for you either! :)

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  2. Don't find that this one is for me...I love sweet perfumes but more on the girlie and feminine side . You know my taste is close to Escada and Lancome Hypnose so...hahaha nice review hon! and nice to know to stay away! ;)

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    1. @Blushingloves Irene Greece: No, I don't think you'd like it either, this is probably way too sweet for you!!! Absolutely nothing like Hypnose or Escada scents!

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  3. Pink sugar is one of my favorite perfumes! But I think you need to like "vanilla" and "sugary" scents. I get compliments every time I have it on. Both from men and women. Men say I smell like a cotton candy or a creme brulee. Always a good thing, right? I think it's also the skin that makes the difference.

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    1. @Vicky: Compliments on a perfume is how you know if it works! And if it does, then you shouldn't stray from it! Yes, skin always plays a huge role, perhaps that's why Pink Sugar ends up too cloying on me after a while! Thanks for commenting! :)

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